Project Medishare has recently welcomed two new members to the team. Gabriele Denis is Medishare’s new Program Coordinator, and University of Miami graduate Samira Sami is serving as the organization’s first intern.
Gabriele Denis, Program Coordinator
Born in Haiti, Gabrielle migrated to the U.S with her parents in 1989 due to Haiti’s unstable political climate. Settling in New York, Gabriele completed high school at Washington Irving and in 1998 she graduated from Marymont Manhattan College with a BS in Psychology and Social Work.
During her senior year in college Gabriele did an internship as a case manager for Haitians living with HIV/AIDS at The Haitian Center in Brooklyn. Here she linked clients with institutions providing health care and psycho-social services. After graduation, she attended Quisqueya University in Haiti through an exchange program called ‘Discover Haiti.’ Through the program Gabriele traveled to a range of provinces in the country organizing mobile clinics, providing health care services, and HIV/AIDS counseling to the Haitian people.
Afterwards, Gabriele moved to South Florida where she worked as a suicide counselor in the Haitian community. In 2003 she graduated with a master’s in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. Currently, she is working on her Doctoral degree in Health Care Administration.
Gabriele enjoys her work as Project Medishare’s Program Coordinator because she says she enjoys serving the people of Haiti and learning more about her own culture.
Samira Sami, Intern
Samira approached the Project Medishare in 2005 about collaborating with local Rotary clubs. She co-chaired a campaign to raise funds and awareness for Medishare’s Akamil Nutrition Project. Through these efforts, her group was able to raise over $110,000 and create partnerships between Medishare and Rotary clubs in Monroe, Dade, and Broward counties. After graduating from the University of Miami, with a major in Neuroscience, she has become Project Medishare’s first intern before she plans to attend graduate school to earn her masters in Public Health.
Samira is dedicated to help the people in the Central Plateau of Haiti by conducting research on and raising additional funds for the Akamil Nutrition Project.