When we invest in the children of the world, we save our own lives.” — Chrissybil Boulin, Founder of Merkabah International Foundation
Each person on Merkabah International Foundation’s strategic team is committed to developing a business model that not only empowers children to maximize their own potential, but also invest in a STEM- and art-driven educational environment that becomes integral to Haiti’s economic and cultural growth.
Meet Merkabah’s Founder:
Chrissybil Boulin, Founder
Merkabah International Foundation Founder, Chrissybil Boulin, assists with research and policy advice at the OECD/UNDP Effective Institutions Platform and provides communications support to the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Secretariat. Prior to joining the OECD, Chrissybil worked with former U.S Democratic National Committee Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and for the Supreme Court of Florida. Chrissybil also currently serves as a United Nations Global Youth Ambassador for education.
Her organization, Merkabah (founded January 2015), currently partners with pre-existing schools in Haiti and abroad to play a role in advancing innovative curriculum for all children, focusing particularly on those from economically disadvantaged countries. Merkabah creates and distributes stem, art and mindfulness based curriculum to educational institutions abroad at a cost and provides a version of this curriculum to schools in Haiti at no cost. Merkabah’s purpose is to create a ‘hands on methodology’ to promote wellness and community building through a double pillar (art and STEM) educational approach for Pre- K – 2nd grade students. This holistic approach is designed to boost creativity while equipping teachers and students with the vocational skills necessary to encourage human wellbeing, practical innovation, and capital growth.
A Taino Haitian American, Chrissybil is passionate about local capacity building and sustainable economic growth in countries affected by conflict and fragility. In 2014, she was chosen by the Intel Corporation to be a student ambassador to India and was featured in a documentary regarding the link between economic development, gender and educational initiatives. She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and another in Gender Studies from Emory University. In 2017, she earned her Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Chrissybil speaks English, Haitian Creole, French and Spanish.
Meet Merkabah’s Valued Team of Volunteers
Nina Doleyres, Public Health and Community Outreach Specialist.
Nina believes in the welfare of every child and their well-being. This is demonstrated with her many years of volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem in Florida advocating for young children in the foster care system. She also lead the “Read to Me” initiative by the Hands-on-Miami organization for many years before the program ended. In this role, Nina helped the children in this transitional shelter with their homework and organized trips to the Museums and other venues to help expand these children’s world and creativity.
Nina is a seasoned Public Health professional with an extensive background and knowledge in the health field and whose goal is to advance the health and well-being of every child and human being.
Chelsea McCune, Public Health Graduate Student and Personal Trainer.
Chelsea is an entrepreneur passionate about investing her time and talent to improve education and health systems for underserved populations in the states and abroad. She is a freelance writing and reading tutor for primary, secondary and graduate school students; a volunteer policy development advocate for the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) School Health and Education Services Workgroup, and she is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer focusing on client rehabilitation and weight loss. She will matriculate with a Masters in Public Health in February 2019 from Purdue University Global. She looks forward to expanding the reach of her health and wellness knowledge and research skills to bring sustainable holistic education and wellness to underserved populations in as many places as she can. Chelsea started as a Merkabah volunteer in 2015, positioned to help the founder build upon the organization mission and priorities, and also helped lay the framework and curriculum for the organization’s very first art, science and mindfulness curriculum simulation pilot in Delma, Haiti in Summer 2016. Today she helps draft grant proposals, communication & marketing materials, and plans for Merkabah events in Haiti and in Florida, and provides assistance in research for curriculum development.