Staff - STEM ACCESS FOR GIRLS

Meet Our Team

With over 65 years of combined experience, our team consists of innovative, authentic and passionate people who dare to transform communities.

 

“Stay positive and always find your smile, that’s a treasure you shouldn’t let people take away from you!”

-Winnie P.

Winnie Petit Paul

Winnie is an entrepreneur, business manager, and the Co-Founder of Haitibrand. She graduated from Collège Saint-Louis de Bourdon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2019, Winnie joined STEM Access For Girls as the Haiti Program Manager. She recruits and supervises volunteers, recruits students, manages the preparation for and implementation of the STEM program in Haiti. She also serves as the STEM Access For Girls Haitian School System Expert and is an advocate for STEM education and empowerment. 

 

“Not All of Us Can do Great Things, but We Can do Small Things with Great Love.”

– Mother Teresa

 

Varzi Jeanbaptiste

Varzi is the Strategic Partnership Director for STEM Access For Girls. She started with STEM Access For Girls in 2018 as an advocate. Her role with STEM Access For Girls is to support strategic planning, supervise program implementation in Haiti and Suriname, and conduct outreach to partners. She also supports the Needs-based Scholarship that is available for participants and their families. Varzi earned her M.S.Ed in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. Varzi is an educator, a connector, and a creator, which aligns well with STEM thinking. Additionally, both of her twin sons are pursuing STEM careers. 

 

“Tell yourself you can!”
-Dr. Amy Rubinson

 

Dr. Amy Rubinson

 

Dr. Amy is a scholarly practitioner who has a diverse professional background in the education field including service as an educator and a board chair, educational research and evaluation, and informal-education program development and management. Since its inception in 2016, Dr. Rubinson has been an advocate and advisor of the program. In 2019, she officially joined STEM Access For Girls, as the Program Developer and Evaluator. Dr. Rubinson earned her Ph.D. in Education from Colorado State University, where she researched factors that contribute to educational outcomes for underrepresented students who participated in an out-of-school-time STEM college-readiness program. Dr. Rubinson earned her M.S.Ed. From the University of Miami and her bachelor’s in Biology from Emory University.

 

“To accomplish your goals in life, I believe you should work hard and never quit.”

-Jennifer G.

Jennifer Grandchamps

Jennifer started her educational journey in Okap, Haiti where she completed 12 years of her studies then moved to the United States in 2016. She is currently enrolled at Miami Dade College pursuing a degree in Computer Science.  She believes in taking advantage of every opportunity presented to her. She is passionate about helping others improve their lives and promoting equality amongst minorities in the technology industry.  Her knowledge and experience in Haiti and Haitian school system,  appreciation, and understanding of STEM and  Fluency in French and Creole have made Jenniffer an asset of the STEM Access For Girls team. She joined STEM Access For Girls in 2019 as the Program Director.

 

 

“To accomplish your goals in life, I believe you should work hard and never quit.”

-Jennifer G.

Fantiana Abiaka

Fantiana V. Abiaka is the Program Coordinator of STEM Access For Girls in Suriname.  She studied at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, where she majored in Education.  Fantiana has overcome many obstacles like vision impairment since the age of six, but none of her challenges has stopped her from being optimistic and aiming for a brighter future.  As an Education major at Anton de Kom University of Suriname, she always felt that through education people can achieve success. She decided to study Education to improve the education system of her home country, Suriname.  Through education, she believes the country can develop and collaborate with people and tap into the global market. For Fantiana, joining STEM ACCEFor Girls meant a lot to her;  There’s an African proverb that says ‘’ If you educate a man you, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’’.  So, that means educating young girls about different careers of STEM means investing in the nation.  Fun fact about Fantiana, she loves Reggae music performed by the legends Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, and Peter Tosh.  And she embraces her natural and authentic self and loves kinky hair.

 

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