Board of Directors

Vladimir ST. Louis


Vladimir St. Louis is an Agent with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to joining the IRS, he practiced real estate law for six years. Vladimir 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; Florida International University (FIU) with a Juris Doctor; and Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While at FIU College of Law, Vladimir was on the Trial Team and had the privilege of interning for a Judge at the Third ...

Nadine Gedeon

President Elect

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 ...

Veronique Malebranche

Vice President

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 ...

Francesse Lucius

Immediate Past President

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.

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 ...

Emmanuella Petion


Emmanuella Annette Petion was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is the youngest of four siblings, and the daughter of two loving and hard-working parents.

Emmanuella attended Florida Atlantic University (FAU). While at FAU, she was an Orientation and Welcome Leader and a member of Konbit Kreyol. At the core of her heart, she has long demonstrated a love for the Haitian community’s rich culture. This is evident in her active membership in Konbit Kreyol throughout her college journey. As a member, she was dedicated to the mission of promoting cultural awareness about the country of Haiti. Present ...

Geralda David


Geralda David developed a passion for law at a very young age.  After earning her B.A. degree with honors at Florida International University (FIU), she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an attorney.  She received her Juris Doctorate from FIU Law in 2013.  While attending FIU Law, Geralda spent a summer studying abroad in Seville, Spain.

Geralda worked for the Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at FIU as a Certified Legal Intern (CLI), representing low income immigrant clients in cases involving, but not limited to, political asylum, citizenship, cancellation of removal, and deportation.  She also ...

Loune-Djenia Askew


Loune-Djenia Askew is an Associate Attorney at Panza Maurer, P.A. Loune-Djenia’s work primarily focuses on administrative and regulatory matters and academic law. Prior to joining Panza Maurer, Loune-Djenia graduated in the top 15% of the FIU Law May, 2020 class and completed over 250 pro-bono hours. 

Throughout her law school career, Loune-Djenia demonstrated a commitment to public service by serving in leadership positions of organizations dedicated to minority communities. As the President of the Caribbean Student Bar Association (CSBA) at FIU Law, she partnered with the career office to host a “How to Interview” event for the students. ...

William Saintilus


William Saintilus, Esq. is a Senior Associate at Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo and Cohen in their Miami office.  There he handles general liability, premises liability, automobile liability and occasionally products liability matters. While in law School,  Mr. Saintilus  had an opportunity to intern with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. In the nation’s capital, he also interned with the U.S. Department of Justice. Upon admission to the Florida Bar, William worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. There he vigorously advocated for the rights of the indigent youth and ...