Meet The Superheroes
“It is not what we have in life that matters, rather the passions and the heart we pour out into what we do in turn reflects who we are. Imagine growing up with no photographs of your grandparents let alone your father and all the relatives who came before you? Living in a town where most of the residents have no family portraits in their homes? This is the reality where I come from in the small village of Jean Rabel in Northern Haiti. Becoming a photographer was more a necessity than a hobby. Photography is part of my DNA. The ability to freeze time to preserve a story for a lifetime is the essence of photography. We are known for the stories we share, the stories we are told, and the stories we create.”
Toussaint graduated from Messiah College in 2008 with a double major in French and Communications. A significant part of his bachelor’s degree was spent in Studying Les Beaux Arts, Photography, Political Science at Institut d'études politiques de Strasbourg and Marc Bloch University. Toussaint has continued to seek knowledge through professional masterate certificate programs in Economics and Global Health from MIT and Harvard respectively. As an award winning photographer Toussaint combines his passion for photography with a global awareness. Toussaint combines his passion for photography with a global-minded awareness. His talent for capturing beauty through photography shows in his work in the wedding and fashion industry. Toussaint co-founded doing this through his involvement with Professionals for Higher Education, Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Inc (PHEEL). He is producing and directing a documentary film that was commissioned by Edward G. Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania. The upcoming film, titled Ayiti, the 12th Hour, focuses on the educational system in his homeland of Haiti. Toussaint is also the author of a children's book titled SuperHeroes of Service: an Immigrant Story. The foreword is written by Edward G. Rendell, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Rendell calls Toussaint a modern day “Renaissance man.”
As a Renaissance man, Toussaint bring together his love for wardrobe styling and photography and the “StyleOgrapher” experience was created. It is the ability
to dress up and photograph his client all under one roof. Toussaint photography’s path is specializing in wedding, fashion, family portrait a domicile, and wardrobe styling. Toussaint love affair with fashion push him to be an ambassador for Louis Vuitton, Moet & Hennessy, (LVMH). Therefore, he is no stranger in dressing up celebrities. He make sure to make available his wardrobe styling skills to high schoolers and college students via fashion workshops at their local schools. He has dressed up celebrities such as Vice President Joe Biden for the Inauguration night in 2008, American Idol Finalist Justin for the final performance, Bravo TV, Top Chef season seven winner, Kevin Sbraga to name a few. Through his job at Thomas PINK Toussaint has been able to connect with and style events for GQ and Glamour magazines.
NEWS ANALYST, NBC - SPECIAL COUNSEL, BALLARD SPAHR, LLP - GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA (2003-2011) - MAYOR OF PHILADELPHIA (1992-2000)
Presently I am shooting the rapids of social entrepreneurship where the currents of innovation and change cross cut institutions of higher education. My strengths and skill set lie in strategic planning, program evaluation, teaching and grant writing. Having worked in local, national, and international contexts I am particularly interested in capacity building initiatives that effectively connect individuals and organizations to emerging technologies. I dabble in documentary film, serve on several non-profit boards and have presented at national and international conferences.
Specialties: Custom software solutions; educational makerspaces; community engagement and service-learning pedagogy, methodology, and institutionalization; community-based research; grant writing and program evaluation.
I am a licensed architect and craftsman who has felt a call on my life use the skills, experience and opportunities that I have been blessed with to serve others.
My ideal job would be encouraging and facilitating the collaboration and training of people to design and build beautiful, creative and responsible architecture. Through this process I desire to see people’s lives enriched, agency empowered and resilience grow.
I am currently serving as the project manager for the architectural team working on 100 Fold Studio's largest international project in Battambang, Cambodia. This role includes leading / managing a team of 3-5 designers working on 3 different building projects on our client's new campus ranging from the design phase to the construction phases.
100 Fold Studio is a non-profit architecture firm who's mission is to "train, equip, and send young architects to demonstrate the love of Jesus through designing buildings that are safe, efficient and inspiring." We primarily accomplish this by partnering with other non-profit and missions organizations (in the USA and internationally) and providing them with high-quality design services that increase their impact in the communities they serve. We provide internships and fellowships for young designers who are working towards getting their professional license and feel called to work on this type of projects.