Board of Directors



Pedro Gassant


Pedro Gassant is an associate in Holland & Knight’s Miami office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on land use, zoning and procurement matters. Mr. Gassant also has significant litigation experience.

As a first year associate, Mr. Gassant won his first case in Federal Court, in the Middle District of Florida, reuniting a father with his son under the Hague Convention on the International Civil Aspects of Child Abduction.

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Sandy Boisrond

 Vice President

Sandy Boisrond is an estate planning and probate attorney licensed to practice in Florida.  She focuses her areas of practice on wills, trusts, and estate planning, probate administration, and special needs planning.  She is particularly involved in supporting special needs families to help them create long term plans, as she is the Aunt of a 10-year-old who has autism.  She also supports the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses in providing contract drafting and review.
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Lody Jean

 Immediate Past President

Lody Jean was born and raised in Haiti, and is of Lebanese ancestry. She attended the University of Miami where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science, as well as a minor in Foreign Languages. Ms. Jean received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, during which time, she was a recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association scholarship… [Read More…]

Altanese Phenelus

President Elect

Altanese Phenelus is an Assistant County Attorney in the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office. Altanese has practiced in the Zoning, Land Use and Environmental Section as well as the Tort Liability and Medical Malpractice Section. During that time, she successfully argued two appeals before the Third District Court of Appeal, one concerning a constitutional challenge to Miami-Dade County’s environmental regulations, and the other involving issues of notice and sovereign immunity.

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Alexandra Audate


Alexandra Audate

Francesse Lucius


Francesse Lucius was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida in 2009. She currently works as Attorney Advisor for Social Security Administration. Previously she worked as senior attorney for Children’s Legal Services. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.


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Vladimir St Louis


Vladimir R. St. Louis is a shareholder at St. Louis Morris, P.A. He tailors his practice in the areas of real estate transactions and civil litigation. He is also a licensed Realtor and Title Agent. Mr. St. Louis graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, Dean’s List designation, with an Executive Master of Laws in Taxation and Certificate of Study in State and Local Taxation. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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Nadine Gedeon


Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mrs. Gedeon obtained her first law degree from Université Quisqueya in Haiti. Mrs. Gedeon worked for the Haitian Red Cross for six years, where she developed  valuable leadership and managerial skills. She then went on to work as a legal officer at the Haitian Red Cross before she came to the United States.

Mrs. Gedeon earned a Master’s degree in Intercultural Human Rights from St. Thomas University School of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2012.  In May 2014, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, where she also graduated Magna Cum Laude. [Read More…]

Veronique Malbranche



Veronique Malebranche was born and raised in Haiti. After 15 years, Ms. Malebranche moved to Miami with her family. She is a graduate of Florida International University where she earned a Bachelor in International Business, followed by a Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Malebranche served on the board of the Public Interest Law Society as the Liaison between her law school and the several organizations on campus. She served as a Student Attorney with the Public Interest Law Society to receive a favorable decision on behalf of her client at the San Antonio Immigration Court. She was a member of the Moot Court Team and argued at the U.S. District Court in Atlanta Georgia. [Read More]