To provide nurses the opportunity to unite as a group, to share and provide ideas of interest and to become effectively involved with the issues and services relevant to the health and welfare of  immediate communities and abroad.

Welcome to
Haitian American Nurses Association of Hudson Valley, New York, Inc.

Hatian American Nursing Association

Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) of Hudson Valley, New York, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit nursing organization. HANA of Hudson Valley, New York, was founded in 2008 by Registered Nurse, Berthilde Dufrene,  following a disastrous flood that took place in the northwestern region of Haiti. The need to create a nursing organization was necessary not only  to reach out to the global community,  but to also address the health and socioeconomic concerns in the immediate Rockland community.  Since then, our members have participated in several missions around the world.

HANA of Hudson Valley, New York, was preceded by HANA of Florida which was established in 1984 in South Florida. Currently, HANA has  several chapters nationwide in the states of Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

Our President's Message

Bibiane Dimanche Sykes was born in the country of Haiti and immigrated to the United States in the 1980s.  She completed high school and enrolled at the State University of Stony Brook in pursuance of a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Sciences.



  • Berthilde Dufrene

    Berthilde Dufrene

    RN, BSN, MSN, CARN, DNP (c)
    Founder & Past President

    Ms. Dufrene was born in the beautiful Caribbean island, Haiti but migrated to United States in the 1970s.  She has held several positions in marketing and administrative support at International Business Machines, Inc (IBM).  She opted for a career change in 1993 from Business Marketing to Nursing when her employer relocated to Raleigh, NC. 

  • Esther Louisme

    Esther Louisme

    BSN, RN

    Need Intro Bio

  • Jen Morin

    Jen Morin

    BSN, RN
    Corresponding Secretary

    Jennifer Morin was born on May 13th in Brooklyn, New York to Haitian immigrants Raymond and Mimose Morin. Jennifer is the middle child of three daughters. While still a toddler, her parents relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Spring Valley, New York. She later graduated from Spring Valley Senior High School. Jennifer is described as a dedicated, compassionate, and detailed oriented individual.

  • Rose-Andre Armand

    Rose-Andre Armand

    BSN, RN

    Rose André Armand was born in the quaint town of St. Marc, Haiti, “Perle des Antilles.” She moved to Petite Riviere de L’Artibonite where she completed her primary and secondary schooling. She later went on to attend College Frere Adrien Du Sacre Coeur in Port-Au-Prince. After completing her schooling Rose later re-located to Spring Valley, NY, where she currently resides.

  • Bibiane Sykes

    Bibiane Dimanche Sykes

    BSN, MSN, RN
    President/HANA of Hudson Valley New York

    Bibiane Dimanche Sykes was born in the country of Haiti, to parents Raphael and Agnes Dimanche. Her father, a prominent judge in Haiti, and her mother, a dedicated elementary school teacher, instilled into Bibiane a love for education and learning.

  • Mirielle Leroy

    Mireille Leroy

    BSN, RN
    Immediate Past President

    Mireille Leroy was born in Port-au-Prince and raised in Cap-Haitian. She completed her early education in Port-au-Prince and later migrated to the United States and settled in New York. She began her professional career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1988.

  • Marlyn Lestage-Laforet

    Marlyn Lestage-Laforet

    Marlyn Lestage-Laforet, MA, MPH, CNM, RN
    First Vice-President

    Need Intro Bio

  • Farah Fils-Aime

    Farah Fils-Aime

    RN, BSN
    Second Vice-President

    Farrah Fils-Aimé RN, BSN is the proud eldest of five children and the only daughter of Jerome and Marie-Marthe Fils-Aimé who migrated to the United States in 1976 from the beautiful country of Haiti “La Pearl des Antilles”. Ms. Fils-Aimé is a lifelong Rocklander and a graduate of Spring Valley High School. Her parents instilled in her the value and importance of education, being a hard worker, being a leader and being helpful.


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