About Us

History and Location of the School

FTSJS emerged from a non-accredited, independent social work college, Enstiti Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosya; (ETS), first established in Haiti in 2012, which utilized an idealistic and exciting set of academic offerings and an eclectic and wide-ranging  teacher base.  Volunteer Instructors from abroad and Haiti came and worked in different ways (brief onsite intensive and distance learning approaches, for example) with Haitian undergraduates. 

With a change in leadership and the establishment of an affiliation with Université Episcopale d’Haiti (UNEPH) in the fall of 2018, FTSJS is now a school that maintains an innovative approach to teaching and learning while  offering accreditation and a more structured curriculum.

The affiliation with UNEPH provides an academic liaison with a long- established and renowned Haitian university.  Founded in 1920, the main branch of the university is located in downtown Port-au-Prince, with eight active “faculté” divisions (of which FTSJS Is the most recent), and three off site campus locations: sites in Leogane for the schools of Nursing and Rehabilitation Science; Les Cayes for Business technology; and Bon Repos for Social Work. 

The university is highly regarded, highly selective of its student body and extremely aware of its role in Haiti as provider of quality, diverse undergraduate and graduate programs. It is based on provisions of: 1) solid, traditional academic teaching with a French language focus; 2) Research, and 3) Community Service. FTSJS is proud to be affiliated with UNEPH , while maintaining its autonomous fiscal and programmatic oversight.

Our school is located on a secure, private campus in Bon Repos, just north of Port-au-Prince. The campus is shared with Vivario/Perles Noires, a strength based sports oriented program for youth with an environmentally conscious and receptive staff.  Dormitory space, classrooms, dining areas, recreational facilities, and an extensive and pleasant open space area is shared and accessible for students, faculty, visitors and staff of FTSJS.


The administrative organization of FTSJS is made up of a predominantly Haitian staff,
under the advisory oversight of a Board of Directors.

Miranda Phelps​

Is the Dean of the program.   Miranda is a Maine-based child and family psychologist with more than 20 years experience as a clinical, teaching, training and consulting professional. Hers is an unpaid position.

Vildens Dorvilier

a recent graduate of the prior school, is Assistant Director of Academic Affairs. He is committed to higher education and is involved in an enormous range of responsibilities that include translation, on-campus oversight, and outreach to students, community organizations and professors.

Jean Francillon Enock
Campus Manager

Is responsible for  everything related to food services, physical plant, and the coordination of logistics for guests and student exchanges.  He  is completing his studies at FTSJS this year.

Francesca Bleus

The youngest member of our staff, the Office Manager, Francesca, is the Founder of the Fondasyon Fanm se Flanbo, a non-profit organization aiming to empower young women in the community of OnaVille, where she lives. She has been a student at FTSJS for more than one year now.

Rycado Carasco

Is a student at the school who also serves as an interpreter for classes and a teaching assistant. He is gifted with languages and is often called upon to translate documents and facilitate conversations between foreign staff/teachers and students.

Dieuvella Moise

Is the school’s  cook and housekeeper. Her food is delicious and typically Haitian, yet she is able to accommodate vegetarian and vegan dietary preferences. In addition to feeding staff on a daily basis, she has created wonderful large group dinners at special events, such as our annual conference.

Volunteer Oportunities

The school welcomes Maine-based and Haiti-based volunteers who can contribute specific skills.  Current needs include additional Board members with experience and a strong commitment to our vision, marketing, graphic design, website design and editing, and skilled English language instruction.  If interested, please contact Miranda Phelps or Vildens Dorvilier. 



Education Haiti/Edikasyon Ayiti Board of Directors

Edikasyon Ayiti is a Maine-based non-profit corporation with 501c3 tax exempt status. Its main priority is to support and advise The FTSJS program. Support comes through fundraising events and grant writing  as well as educational consultation for the curriculum and faculty development of the school. It also oversees the  fiscal and organizational needs of the school.  Edikasyon Ayiti’s  Board of Directors includes educators, professional psychologists, community organizers, and business people from Haiti and the US, all of  whom share a love for Haiti and for fostering a Haitian based, high quality, community relevant social work training program. Board members currently include:

Miranda Phelps, Psy.D

Is a clinical psychologist in Maine with 20 plus years of professional experience. Background includes individual/child/family therapy, teaching, supervision/consultation, writing, and development of educational programs.

Laura Lewis​, Ph.D.

Is Assistant Dean for Global Partnerships and Director of Field Education at SUNY Buffalo’s School of Social work. She has extensive experience using online learning tools to create programs for students overseas.

Roger Phelps, Psy.D.

Is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience.  Having been a program and clinic director, he now is the onsite teaching psychologist for Maine Dartmouth Family Practice, a medical residency training program in Central Maine.

Kimberley Allonce, M.P.A.

Kimberley Allonce, M.P.A, is currently a Doctoral student in Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida(UCF). He also works as an Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Orlando, Florida. Kimberley is passionate about higher education in Haiti and plans to teach Research Methods and other courses at FTSJS.

Filomena Critelli, Ph.D.

Is Co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement and faculty member at SUNY BUffalo’s School of Social Work. She has experience teaching online, globally networked courses.

Nancy Herard-Marshall, M.S.

Nancy Herard-Marshall, M.S, LCAT, R-DMT (Board-Eligible) is a Haitian-American licensed creative arts therapist specializing in dance/movement psychotherapy, an authentic movement practitioner, Ra Sekhi Kemetic Reiki Practitioner, wife and mother living in New York City. Her work focuses on treatment interventions that blend western psychotherapy, concepts in African psychology, and Afro-Caribbean healing practices.

Melina Martin, L.C.S.W.

Melina Martin, L.C.S.W. works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a world renown pediatric medical center; where she serves as part of a specialized multi-disciplinary medical team. Melina has thirteen years of expertise in working with patients and families living with chronic medical conditions and a special interest in working with adolescents.

Erin Nghe, LCSW

Erin Nghe is an Atlanta OCD Therapist and owner of OCD Set Free, a specialized mental health private practice in Atlanta. Erin comes to FTSJS with extensive international community development experience due to her experiences living and working in Dominican Republic, Peru and Spain.


In addition to the formal Protocole d’Accord with the Université Episcopale d’Haiti, the school has relationships with several prominent American colleges and universities. These involve expert consultation, joint shared programming and plans for further projects in the future. The schools include the University of Buffalo School of Social Work; William James College in Boston (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) and Thomas College in Waterville, ME. Rotary Clubs in Maine and Eastern Canada have indicated strong interest in offering technical and financial assistance to FTSJS. The development of additional affiliations is ongoing.