Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer, Rise-N-Step

Jane Beup is a relationship and community builder who leverages her diverse skill set, high energy, expertise, and creativity to get results and realize the missions of the organization. Beup co-founded the capacity-building consultancy, MotleyBeup Group in 2006 in Hartford, Connecticut. Working exclusively with nonprofit organizations, Beup quickly and effectively became one with the community of Hartford. She oversaw the firm’s entire scope of service and delivered superior fund development and project management, providing thoughtful and strategic counsel, and enthusiastic leadership. In 2011, Beup independently formed New World Strategy, a creative communications, marketing, and development vehicle serving the nonprofit, private, and municipal sectors in Connecticut, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Beup was the founder of Urth Farms, Connecticut’s only urban organic farm, through which she has helped promote urban agriculture and food security, becoming a valued voice on the economic impact of urban farming.

Beup has served on the Board of Directors for Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, The Knox Foundation, and the Community Health Network Foundation. She also works to advance the Filipino village of Dulangan, her father’s birthplace, where she is committed to developing the community and protecting the environment.

Southeast Regional Director, Rise-N-Step

As the first Haitian woman elected the office of Mayor in the city of North Miami, Lucie has advocated her entire career for voiceless citizens. While living in New York City, Lucie volunteered to teach literacy at a Center for Haitian Workers (CTA) Centre des travailleurs Ayisyen). She then became a free-lance writer for the prestigious newspaper Tribune d ’Haiti moving on to build another media outlet by the name of Haiti-Progress.


After moving to Florida, Lucie developed an advocacy group that lobbied, protested, and advocated for the well-being of the Haitian community.

Chief Operations Officer, Rise-N-Step

Jean D. Vernet, II is a long-time community activist and organizer who played a very visible and crucial role in mobilizing the Haitian American community in participating in the historic march of April 20, 1990 against the unscientific designation of Haitians as particularly susceptible to the HIV virus. Subsequently, Jean worked on issues of voter participation, civic education and was successful enough to be solicited to run for the city council of New York in 2001. His unsuccessful campaign was a high-water mark in the political participation of Haitian Americans in New York City.

He has a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a focus on the evolution of cultural Identity in both the diaspora and African literatures and a Master’s of Science in Community Economic Development from the Southern New Hampshire University.

Jean has an abiding interest in economic empowerment as key to community resiliency. He has worked in that field in New York City and Haiti, providing training in business skills, money management and assets acquisition to marginalized communities. He has also worked as a consultant to the Central Bank of Haiti, the Office of the President of Haiti and the Deputy Speaker Assembly of the State of New York.

Jean’s commitment to community empowerment has recently been focused exclusively on financial education which is a natural outgrow of his education. He is currently responsible for a Financial Literacy program in Brooklyn, New York while continuing to work as a consultant in the private sector.

Community Outreach Director, Rise-N-Step

Ms. Yolanda Cadet is a Master Level Social worker with certification in multi- disciplinary practice. Her approach & skills come from a range of modalities, from modern psychology, to life coaching, NLP, CBT and counseling. Her background is very diverse.

Her work experiences include mental health counselor, therapist, and more importantly for Rise-N-Step.Org she served as unit manager in the Prison System for over a decade. She has experience as a medical social worker, a policy and procedure developer, substance abuse trainer, life and business coach. She resides in North Port, Florida with her 15 years old daughter.


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