Meet The Superheroes

 

Toussaint, Ulysse

“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)

After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. His commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to fostering investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is as strong as it has ever been. Rendell has become a champion for progress in the area of alternative energy, and now serves as a consultant or board member for several green and alternative energy firms, including Own Energy, The Efficiency Network and VNG.co. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.
Perhaps no other issue has been and continues to be as important to Governor Rendell as America’s dire need to rebuild and reinvest in its infrastructure. As Governor, Rendell worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called “Building America’s Future.” The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power. Governor Rendell currently serves as Co-Chair of the organization, along with Mike Bloomberg and former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and travels throughout the country speaking about this issue.
In 2012, Governor Rendell penned his first book, A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great. In A Nation of Wusses, Rendell chronicles his storied political career with his trademark candor while making a strong statement about the state of American leadership.
Rendell served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011) and oversaw a budget of $28.3 billion as the chief executive of the nation’s 6th-most-populous state. As Governor, Rendell was committed to making government more responsible and responsive to the public’s needs, and he successfully cut wasteful spending and improved efficiency leading to savings of over $1 billion. His legislative agenda focused on common sense political reform and putting progress ahead of partisanship. Through his unprecedented strategic investments, he energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, protected the environment, expanded access to health care to all children, and made affordable prescription drugs available to older Pennsylvanians.
During his two terms as Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the City’s budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. Philadelphia’s renaissance, which The New York Times called “the most stunning turnaround in recent urban history,” is largely attributed to his determination, inspiration, and energy.
Before serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985. Rendell also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election. He currently sits on several boards, supports multiple non-profit organizations and teaches government and politics courses at the University of Pennsylvania.
An Army veteran, he holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova Law School.

CHAD FREY

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.


CHRISTOPHER KULP

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.

 
OUR SPONSORS
Toussaint Photography (www.toussaintphotography.com), Sipp (www.haveasipp.com),
PhilaMedia (www.phila.media/driven), PHEELHaiti (www.pheelhaiti.com)