Board of Directors

Francesse Lucius


Francesse Lucius Cheron is an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Previously, she worked as an Attorney Adviser for Social Security Administration and as a Senior Attorney for Children’s Legal Services. She was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and serving her community through the voluntary bar organizations and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Nadine Gedeon

Vice President

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 ...

Vladimir St Louis

President Elect

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 of Science in Accounting from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Mr. St. Louis has handled thousands of hearings and his experience allows ...

Altanese Phenelus

Immediate Past President

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.

Altanese currently practices in the Aviation Division of the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, where she litigates commercial and construction disputes and provides counsel on transportation matters. She is stationed ...

Guerby Noel


Guerby started with Legal Services during his budding law school days and never left. Not only is Guerby committed to public service, he is committed to the City of Miami. He is a product of Miami-Dade County and advocates for the rights of the low income community. Guerby is a member of the Tenants' Rights Unit, tackling issues such as housing discrimination, self help evictions, and subsidy terminations. Outside of being an attorney, Guerby is an avid runner. He now runs half marathons with the goal of running a full marathon in the future without huffing and ...

Deborah Saint-Vil


My name is Michael’s Deborah Saint-Vil I am a staff attorney at Catholic Legal Services (CLS). I attended Oakwood University in Huntsville AL. where I received my bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law  a concentration in Political Science and minor in History. I received my Juris Doctor from Saint Thomas University School of Law during which time i was the 2014 recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association Scholarship. My legal training prior to working at CLS includes volunteering at Nadine Gedeon, P.A.

While in law school I volunteered at VIDA Legal Assistant, Inc. where we handle primarily U-VISA cases dealing ...

Alexandra Audate


Alexandra Stephanie Audate is a partner at Audate & Flemmings, PA. Prior to going into private practice, she was a staff attorney at Catholic Legal Services for three (3) years. During the course of her career, she has been the lead attorney on hundreds of cases. She has with over four years of experience representing immigrant clients in Federal and State Court. Prior to practicing law, she was a victim rights advocate for eight years.

She is a proud member of the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward and the Broward Immigrant Justice Coalition. She is the lead person ...

Frantz Destin Jr.


Frantz Destin Jr. is a trial attorney in Gass Weber Mullins’ Miami office.  He represents individuals and companies in a wide array of complex litigation matters in both state and federal court.  Currently, he focuses his practice on cases involving premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims.  Mr. Destin has significant litigation and trial experience.  For example, in September 2018, he obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial where the plaintiff sought over $535,000 in damages. 

Mr. Destin was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  He earned a Bachelor ...

Kevin Pierre


Kevin Pierre represents individuals and families in matters in a wide range of personal injury and automobile related legal issues. Specifically, Kevin handles personal injury cases including, but not limited to: slip and falls, negligence and automobile accidents. 

He was born in North Miami Beach, Florida. Kevin graduated Cum laude from The Florida State University with a degree in Criminology and Sociology. During his senior year, Kevin earned graduate level credit towards his graduate degree, earning his Master’s in Criminology again from Florida State University in only one year. Upon entering law school at Florida International School of Law, Kevin ...

Steve Charles


Steve Charles, Esq. is the managing partner of the law firm Charles Legal, PLLC based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Charles was an associate attorney with a law firm in Coral Gables, Florida representing homeowners in foreclosure matters during the height of the global financial crisis. Steve Charles, Esq. has since broadened his legal skills, knowledge and experience into personal injury law, specifically auto accidents, truck accidents, slips and falls, various forms of premise liability and general litigation as necessitates. The law firm represents injured clients through Miami-Dade, Broward ...

Veronique Malebranche


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 ...