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White Plains Man Named 'Rising Star' For Work With Haitian Community

Judeson Saintil earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY-Old Westbury.
Judeson Saintil earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY-Old Westbury. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Judeson Saintil of White Plains has been named a "rising star" by the Business Council of Westchester for opening the Haitian Resource Center in White Plains this year.

The community relations representative at Hudson Health Plan in Westchester and Rockland counties has also been named one of Westchester's 40 Under Forty for 2013.

The Haitian Resource Center opened in March at the Thomas H. Slater Center. It provides English classes for Creole- or French-speaking adults, as well as Creole classes for young Haitians who want to preserve their ethnic roots.

“I personally know what the Haitian immigrant experience is like," said Saintil who moved from Haiti to American at the age of 8. "Schools have English as a Second Language programs for students who speak Spanish, but Haitians speak Creole."

Creole-speaking volunteers help students with homework after school and assist parents in advocating for their children in school. Haitian natives get answers to common questions about immigration status, or help with tax preparation and other official paperwork.

“I expect to see many great things in the future from this capable young man,” Georganne Chapin, president and CEO of Hudson Health Plan said in a statement. “Although Judeson is only 29, he has the poise and maturity of someone much older. He is both patient and diligent, and can manage challenges that might overwhelm others his age.”

Saintil is a trustee with Bethel Baptist Church in White Plains and previously served on the board of the White Plains Community Action Program. When the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, he brought medical personnel and supplies, and raised funds for earthquake relief.

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