Dr. Guerda Joseph Valere – Co-Founder and Vice President
DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C
Dr. Valere was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Growing up, Guerda experienced the ramifications of bad healthcare policies and the devastating, life-threatening inequalities in health care. These experiences and the inefficiencies in the healthcare system in Haiti had a deep and profound impact on her and so, from an early age, nursing became Guerda’s chosen profession. After migrating to the United States, she enrolled in Sheridan Technical School where she obtained her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She received her Associate’s degree in Nursing from Miami Dade College and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing (Cum Laude). Always driven to be her best, she continued to purse higher education and earned a Master’s in Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and a Post-Master’s certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at South University. Dr. Valere completed her Doctorate degree in Nurse Practitioner from the Florida Atlantic University in 2021.
Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, long-term care/gerontology and nursing management. Ms. Valere – as she is affectionately called by her peers – is a professor at Florida Atlantic University and at Brightmed School of Nursing. Former adjunct professor at Miami Dade College of Nursing. She lives in South Florida with her husband Jeancot and her daughter Jayne.
Driven by her memories of her childhood in Haiti, Guerda is always mindful of those less fortunate and always strives to improve the welfare of those in her community. Throughout her nursing career, she has participated in programs which directly impact those with the most needs: health screenings and health promotion activities in communities, presentations at health fairs, and presentations on healthy lifestyle behaviors in schools and community groups.
Serving as a board member of House of New Vision and Hope is fulfilling a desire that she has always had as a young child, to help provide a better future for the underserved children of Haiti. Through her philanthropic efforts and her career, Guerda hopes to serve as an inspiration to the children of her homeland, helping them realize that through the avenues of academia and other endeavors, the only limit to achieving their full potential is the size of their imaginations.