Myrtho Gardiner, LCSW
Myrtho Gardiner, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and social worker who was raised, currently lives, and practices in New York City. Myrtho serves as the Chair for the CapraCare mental health planning committee. He is very active and hands-on in the development of the CapraCare mental health program as he takes several trips annually to Haiti to work with the local CapraCare staff to conduct focus groups, trainings, and assessments in order to assist in the development of the mental program. Myrtho is of Haitian descent and speaks Haitian Creole. He holds his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Maryland and his Master’s degree in clinical social work from Smith College School for social work. Myrtho has experience working with youth and adults in various settings including, but not limited to, outpatient psychotherapy, group therapy, and substance abuse treatment.
Aside from volunteering with CapraCare, Myrtho also works as a social worker for The Veteran’s Administration where he aids Veterans who have been hospitalized on the psychiatric ward with their transition into the community. He practices psychotherapy for an outpatient clinic, serves as the Chair of the Community Action Committee for the Association for Black Social Workers, NYC Chapter.
Edna Aurelus, MSN, FNP-BC
Edna Aurelus, MSN, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner currently working with the Department of Correction. She first earned her BSN in 2005, then her MSN in 2008 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Edna specializes in providing primary care services to women and promoting healthy life styles and disease prevention. Edna, who is Haitian and speaks several languages, joined CapraCare in order to promote access to health to Haiti’s underserved population. She is a strong believer in CapraCare’s model of services and mission to promote access to health in Haiti.
Since joining CapraCare in 2010, Edna has made several trips to Haiti to assist Haitian medical professionals in providing health education prevention trainings and medical assistance services. “It has always been my goal to help the underserved population of Haiti; and CapraCare is doing exactly what I believe in and therefore, I am proud to join such amazing organization.”
Joshua L. Miller, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Dr. Miller co-authored Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions with Ann Marie Garran and co-edited School Violence and Children in Crisis. He has published numerous articles and regularly presents at conferences and at community organizations about anti-racism and responses to disasters. He is currently writing a book about the social ecology of disaster and psychosocial capacity building and co-editing a book about psychosocial responses to the Wenchuan earthquake in China. He has worked with colleagues in Northern Uganda in response to the armed conflict and with colleagues in Sri Lanka after the Asian tsunami. He volunteers for many teams from local and national organizations that offer disaster mental health and crisis intervention responses after tragedies and disasters. He is currently working on psychosocial capacity building projects in Sichuan Provence, China and in Eastern Sri Lanka.
Joshua Miller, a professor at Smith College School for Social Work, specializes in counseling in the aftermath of disasters. He's previously worked in New York following 9-11, in New Orleans after Katrina , and overseas. After the Haiti earthquake, Josh Miller spent three weeks in Fonfrede, Haiti, with CapraCare in February 2010, providing psychological first aid and counseling, training teachers, community leaders, and CapraCare's Community Health Workers on how to work with people in Les Cayes and Fonfrede affected by the January, 2010 earthquake. Some of Miller’s training involved teaching CapraCare Community Health Workers on how to help people deal with grief and mourning, and to help children process the disaster. Miller continues to work with CapraCare as a consultant to help CapraCare develops its mental health program and a core training curriculum to help the people of Fonfrede.
Phil is a retired software engineer, and he has been the web person for CapraCare since February 2011 at which time he rebuilt the entire site to where you see it today. He has a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Since retiring in 2003 Phil started putting his software experience to work by building web sites for secular non profits that are humanitarian in nature. His work is all pro bono. His first site was for a group wishing to educate the medical community in regards to geriatric oncology. Since then, he has developed over 25 additional sites covering everything from childhood obesity, mental health, food banks, private schools and disaster relief among others.
Phil lives with his wife in rural northern New Jersey. They are both avid amateur photographers with birds and wildlife being their favorite subjects.
Junior Chouloute, A.A
Loucito Chouloute was born in Les Cayes Haiti, but grew up in a town called Simon which is minutes from Fonfrede, the town where CapraCare is located. He currently lives and works in New York City. He was graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education.
After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, Loucito Chouloute decided to help raise money by selling Haitian wristbands to help those affected by the earthquake. “I used my own money to order the wristbands, and within a few weeks I was able to raise over $1500.” With the money he raised, Loucito Chouloute brought food, clothes and money to help those that were hit with hard times. When he came back, he shared his experience with his long time friend Jean Pierre-Louis. “I wanted to continue helping so I decided to team up with Jean Pierre-Louis and CapraCare to help make a difference in the lives of impoverished kids in Fonfrede Haiti.”
Mr. Chouloute serves as a member of the fundraising committee, and assists in planning and promoting CapraCare’s fundraisers.
Audrey Neff, MSW
Audrey Neff, MSW, is a social worker currently working with the New York University College of Nursing. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University focusing on International Social Welfare. Audrey, who speaks several languages including French, is experienced in conducting health education research, providing counseling, and health related services to adolescents. She joined the CapraCare mental health unit in the summer of 2011 to help develop the mental health program in Haiti and conduct mental health services with CapraCare.
Additionally, Audrey volunteers as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at New York Presbyterian Hospital providing counseling and social service resource information to survivors of trauma. She is currently working with CapraCare's mental health unit to develop psycho education materials and mental health curriculum to provide services to Haitians who suffer from life changing traumatic events.
Audrey is also very active in CapraCare's fundraising efforts in order to help promote access to medical care, mental health services, and health and nutrition services to the Les Cayes/Fonfrede community in Haiti.
LaToya Anderson is currently a Brooklyn College student who is earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She is interested in pursuing her medical degree in order to become a psychiatrist who specializes in mental health trauma and disaster medicine. She has gained valuable experience as a patient care volunteer in the physical rehabilitation unit at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center by providing assistance with daily tasks and a listening ear during their stay. LaToya joined CapraCare in 2011 because of her strong interest in mental health and her desire to work within the Haitian community. LaToya currently is working with CapraCare to develop health education curriculums and psychosocial interventions to support the long-term recovery of the Haitian people.
LaToya also serves as a fundraising assistant and looks forward to providing continued assistance as the organization continues to grow and serve the Haitian people.