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Miami Dade College Professor Named New Executive Director of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition


Miami, June 28, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) professor Diana Bien-Aime, MS, has been named the new Executive Director of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC).

“We feel very fortunate to have found such a consummate professional and transformational leader for HAPC,” said Attorney Richard Champagne, chairman of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition. “We are confident Ms. Bien-Aime has the passion, knowledge, and leadership skills to carry HAPC’s mission.”

Bien-Aime is a professor of Speech Communications at the college. Born in Nyack, New York, she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in 2001 and a Master’s in organizational communications from Barry University in 2007. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership and Communication. Bien-Aime also travels the state as a communications facilitator, hosts television shows and has authored poetry and motivational books.

“Collegiality and professionalism do not guarantee the functioning of a successful organization, but they most certainly assist in facilitating such. As the current executive director of HAPC, I am elated to know I will be working with individuals who possess both of those qualities along with the longevity of commitment to our community's issues.” said Bien-Aime. “This year, we will reinvigorate member commitment to the strategic planning of goals tailored to foster economic development in relation to our coalition's objectives of providing interventions, policy advocacy, civic engagement and partnerships. This will be truly exciting and quite dynamic.”

HAPC is a U.S.-based, volunteer non-profit organization that has been in existence since 2001. The organization is comprised of a core assembly of professional associations, chambers of commerce, professionals, advocates and community members that seeks to advocate and promote the well-being of Haitian communities in Florida, the United States, Haiti and abroad.


For more information about HAPC, visit

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