Meet Our Team

Reginale Durandisse, Founder & CEO

(561) 493-1190 or (561) 540-9188 | Rdurandisse@forthechildrenfirst.org
Reginale “Reggie” Durandisse is a passionate advocate and spokeswoman for children and their families in the City of Lake Worth and Palm Beach County. In 1999, after her previous employer closed a non-profit in Lake Worth providing child care support, Reggie decided to fulfill her vision of offering continued after school activities that would keep children in school, off the streets, and out of trouble.

With only $250 dollars, a dream and a handful of supporters, Reggie founded For The Children. The organization initially served 25 elementary school children in a single location, but has since expanded to four sites that provide tutoring, homework assistance, computer training, mentoring, conflict resolution, music, dance and field trips to more than 400 children from age 3-18. For The Children also offers family support services including mental health counseling, health education, and case management.

A native of Haiti, Reggie founded the Haitian Citizen United Taskforce in 2002 to empower other Haitian-Americans and immigrants with information about naturalization, voter registration, and get-out-to-vote efforts. The Taskforce also convenes public forums with elected officials at the local, state and federal level. Reggie currently serves as vice president of the board of directors.

In 2003, she founded “Tribune,” a one-hour Saturday afternoon radio program that focuses on school issues and explains how parents can get involved in the education of their children. Guests on the show are interviewed in English, Creole and Spanish. Reggie also participates in Tele Ibo, a television program that covers physical and mental health issues, and access to community resources. The show is available both online and on Comcast channel 232 in Palm Beach County.

Throughout the years, Reggie has developed strong community support for her dedication and tireless efforts to help minority children and families in Lake Worth. She is an admired businesswoman, widely respected for the success of For The Children and the quality child care the agency provides.

Reggie has received recognition for her work, including the South Conference Women’s Missionary Society Award and the Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award. She is involved with the Lake Worth Kiwanis, the Palm Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, and is an Academic Advisor Committee member for the Palm Beach County School District.


Yesy Gabriela Avila Matute

Administrative Assistant/Group Leader
561-493-1190 | yesy@forthechildrenfirst.org
Yesy is administrative assistant and Group Leader at For The Children. She oversees all aspects of our general office coordination. As Group Leader, Yesy works with the after school youth, assisting them with homework and club activities, and facilitating field trips. She is Fluent in Spanish and English. “My biggest dream is that For The Children remain a competitive, progressive organization, and that we continue the same great standards of quality we have today.” Yesy loves to play soccer and enjoys dabbling in computer technology.


Trudy Denise Lowe

Director of Early Childhood Academy &Youth Zone
561-541-6833 or 561-493-1190 | Tlowe@forthechildrenfirst.org
Trudy is our Program Director for both the Early Childhood Academy & Youth Zone Program, which serves children aged 3-12. As director, Trudy oversees the day-to-day operations of both programs. “The highlight of my day is when parents drop off their children with a look of assurance and a worry-free smile. I love that their children are glad to be here and come in with an eager ‘let’s get started’ smile. “After school activities are held at the historic Osborne School where Trudy also attended classes in the 1960s.“The computer lab was once my classroom. I remember there were not enough books for every child. Some classrooms had only one book for all the students to share. Despite this, we learned and had great respect for our teachers. “Trudy enjoys developing short skits and has written three works that have been performed by children at local churches and community events. Her greatest hope is that For The Children receives unrestricted funding from a generous donor who embraces the organization’s mission.


Johnsonley St.Pierre, Assistant Director

Johnsonley is the Assistant Director for the Youth Empowerment Learning Center (YELC).  He is a reliable, dependable and well-liked by the children and staff. Mr. Johnsonley is a sophomore at Palm Beach State College where he is pursuing an associate’s degree in human services and a bachelor’s degree in youth development. He earns the director’s credential for the child care field.


Christina Decime

“Christee,” as she is affectionately known at For The Children, works as Assistant Director for the Youth Zone in the after school program at Barton. She is a sophomore at Palm Beach State College, where she is pursuing an associate’s degree in youth development and a bachelor’s degree in business management. Thanks to a scholarship from Prime Time Palm Beach County, Christee is on an educational pathway that will earn her a youth development college credit certificate.

“I like loud music, the show “Walking Dead,” and chocolate ice cream with brownie bits. And the kids think I’m awesome – just ask them!”

Christee would love to see For The Children with its own building — or to one day develop into a full-blown school.


Hazeller Decime, Director

Mr. Hazeller is our Director for the Youth Empowerment Learning Center (YELC) / Transportation Manager. He is well-liked by everyone at For The Children because of his even temperament and kindness. Hazeller is a sophomore at Palm Beach State College where he is pursuing an associate’s degree in human services and a bachelor’s degree in youth development. He  earns the  director’s credential for the child care field.

“I enjoy gardening, watching scary movies and enjoying a nice meal.”

In five years, Hazeller would like For The Children to become nationally accredited in the field of childcare and have its own building with a nice garden, kitchen, and ample space for the children and community to gather, learn and have fun.


Love Toussaint

Love is the office manager of our Children Community Wellness Center. She keeps us organized by overseeing billing, employee files and appointments with our families. A fledgling writer, Love hopes to author several books in the future. She has almost completed a bachelor’s degree in Health Management and is pursuing credentials as a child care director. Her favorite saying is “everything happens for a reason.”

Love’s hope is that For The Children grows into a larger organization with more services that fit the needs of everyone in the community.


Adella Bell

Adella is the lead teacher for the Early Childhood Academy /Kids Zone at For The Children. She would like to  return to school so she can better her education and secure a stronger future for herself/family.

Adella  loves to spend time at her  church mentoring  girls.

“I would love to see For The Children grow bigger so we are able to help more kids.”