Meet Our FOHO Staff
Claude Reginald Jean, Founder, President
Claude Reginald (“Reggie”) Jean has been a humanitarian helping below-poverty-level children and other underprivileged Haitians since 1980. He comes from a family of 8 children. His mother was incredibly loving and was a “mother” to hundreds around her. His father came from a modest family, and despite economic constraints, managed to support his own large family, in addition to helping those less fortunate. These humanitarian seeds were planted in Reggie and his two brothers.
Reggie holds two Master’s Degrees (in Data Communications and Management) and worked in management positions in the telecommunications industry for 27 years. He also taught college students in Haiti for 23 years. He observed many students, highly intelligent, having no real opportunities, who had lost hope. He also saw the hundreds of thousands of children living on the streets, having to beg and fend for their own survival, and he decided to do something about these non-optimum conditions.
Reggie has supported poor families, giving them food and clothes, that he collected and re-distributed. He has delivered life-improvement (tools on how to study, basics of communication, and administration) seminars to thousands of young people through many different schools in the Port-au-Prince area and other cities all over the nation.
He has personally paid tuition for over 300 children’s schooling through high school and technical school. He has supported many orphanages since 1986. In 2010, he started the Future of Haiti Orphanage (FOHO) after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, when several of the orphanages he had been supporting perished. Many of the children at FOHO came from these orphanages.
Reggie has also bought many pieces of land, particularly dry land, and has taught children how to cultivate, reforest and protect trees. He has planted about 100,000 trees in Haiti.
You can contact Reggie at: Reggie@futurehaiti.org
Leslie Hobbs, Co-Founder
Leslie Hobbs was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx in a family filled with love and laughter. She attended the Bronx High School of Science and graduated “cum laude” from New York University with a degree in Music Therapy. She has enjoyed helping people since she was a teenager.
Growing up in a “melting pot” of different races and nationalities, and herself being first-generation American, she herself does not see the “cover of the book” but instead looks for “what’s inside.” She has always wanted to help make the world a better place, and considers that she has a “bottomless pit” of help supply available in her.
Leslie has worked with blind and deaf children, developmentally disabled children, learning-disabled children, and has also worked in geriatrics. She has two adopted daughters, one who spent many months in an orphanage in China.
She became friends with Reggie Jean in September of 2010. When the opportunity to help him and his orphanage in Haiti fell into her lap, she found her calling. What started as salvaging a Christmas party for the kids in Haiti in December of 2010 when some expected monies didn’t arrive, led to her co-founding GRODYSH-FOHO. with Reggie Jean in 2011. She is known as “Mommy Leslie” to the kids at FOHO and wishes she could live in two places at the same time.
You can contact Leslie at: Leslie@futurehaiti.org
Reverend Dr. Charles S. Mckenzie Jr., Community Liaison
Rev. Dr. Charles S. Mckenzie Jr. was born on April 27, 1956 in Camden, New Jersey. He is a 1972 graduate of the Breckinridge Job Corps Center G.E.D. program and a 1975 graduate of Deland Senior High School. He did undergraduate studies at UCF Orlando and Morehouse College of Atlanta, Georgia . He is a 1982 graduate Bethune- Cookman University of Daytona Beach, Florida with a degree in Religion and Philosophy. He was listed in the National Jaycees “Outstanding Young Men In America” 1982 edition and nominated for Who’s Who Among American Educators in 2002.
He has done graduate work at National Louis University in pursuit of a Masters of Educational Leadership and was awarded a Doctoral degree in Sacred Theology from Christ The King International School Of Divinity of Tarpon Springs, Florida. He has spent almost three decades as a public educator .
He is an Ordained Minister of the Henry L. Porter Evangelistic Association of Sarasota, Florida and former Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church of Sanford, Florida. He is also the former Pastor of the Westcoast Center of Tampa, Florida. He is a former U.S. Congressional Candidate of District 13 of Florida and a former State House Candidate for Florida House District 55.
He is the State of Florida Coordinator of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow-PUSH Coalition Dr. Mckenzie. He has been a guest lecturer and featured speaker at Churches, Colleges, Universities, Public Schools, Community Centers and prisons across the state of Florida, around the nation and on the continents of Africa and Asia.
He is the Co-Author of a dual biography of the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama. He is an International Evangelist, Teacher and Missionary, Family man and Father.
JOSETTE TOULME, Goodwill Ambassador
Josette Toulme is the unofficial “Mayor” of the Haitian community in Tampa Bay.
She left Haiti in 1959.
She served as President of the Haitian Assoc. Foundation of Tampa Bay (HAFTB) for 6 years. HAFTB will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2016. She also held the position of Secretary for 2 years and has been Treasurer for the past 6 years. Josette has been mentoring and tutoring Haitian children in public schools in Tampa Bay since 1990.
Josette has single-handedly sold the most FOHO calendars each year to help raise money for FOHO. She also has collected the largest amount of donated clothing, uniforms, shoes and school supplies for the children at FOHO.
Josette remembers when her country was beautiful and flourishing, and shares our vision of rehabilitating Haiti to how she used to be.
Dr. Pierre Conze states:
“JOSETTE IS THE SYSTEM OF REFERENCE for Haitians in Tampa Bay, period!
Always dedicated to the service of the community and admired by us all.
Good luck always, Josette. We wish FOHO full success.”
Mrs. Ginette Larame was born on August 25, 1952. She has always worked as a cook and is now Chief Chef in charge of our kitchen at FOHO.
Mr. Fritzson Castil was born in Port-au-Prince on October 27, 1991. He received a degree in Auto-Diesel at “Coeurs-Unies Professional school” in 2010. In 2011 he started teaching French communication at “Centre de Formation Classique.” He joined the FOHO family in September 2015 as Disciplinary Officer at our humanitarian school IHT.