Our Leadership


Yoleine Gateau-Esposito

Co-Founder and Director of NEGES Foundation.

I am Marie Yoleine Gateau Esposito, a retired guidance counselor from the NYC Department of Education.

I am married to Louis Esposito for the past 27 years and together we raised our 3 children, Karin, Didier and Lori.

I was born and raised in Leogane by my loving and caring parents, Josema Desanges Gateau and Pierre Gateau. We were three girls in the house, me, and my sisters Germanie and Carmelle. Together we lived a pleasant and contented life with our parents and our extended family members.I grew up on Rue Lacroix in a warm and caring neighborhood. My family and my neighbours were at times my audience during my summer plays, my fans during my summer soccer games and my guests during my dance parties.

My childhood memories are filled with joy and certainly emotional support that every child needs to mature with self confidence and understanding of culture and its acceptance.




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Co-Founder of NEGES Foundation.










Lisel Burns

Clergy Leader Emerita of the Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture, Lisel Burns is a  trainer and facilitator, long active with women leaders in  community development groups local and global through the Networks of Neighborhood Women, GROOTS INTL and Huairou Commission.

She is passionate about the value Neges Foundation efforts have brought  the Léogâne local community in Haiti, and to the hundreds of volunteers who have visited to collaborate with Mon P'tit Village.




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