Mansfield's Faustin-Parker earns big honor
MANSFIELD - Mansfield University head women's track & field coach Nadine Faustin-Parker has been named as one of the inaugural list of 25 people to be selected to The 1804 List of 25 Haitian American Changemakers in the United States by The Haitian Roundtable.
Faustin-Parker will be honored along with 24 other recipients from across the nation during a recognition ceremony at the French Alliance - Alliance Française in Manhattan on November 3.
"I remember receiving the telephone call while I was in my office here at the university and learning about this wonderful honor," said Faustin-Parker. "I am truly humbled and thankful for my blessings. I never expected this, which is what makes it that more special.It reiterates to me that someone is always watching, so always do your best to do good works and be a positive light in another person's life.
"I am truly happy to be making a difference. Tom Brokaw once said, 'It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.'"Faustin-Parker, a three-time Olympian, enters her second season as the head women's track and field coach at Mansfield University.Faustin-Parker, represented Haiti in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China in the 100 meter hurdles. She also competed at the 2000 games in Sydney and 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where she was a semi-finalist, posting a personal best time of 12.74 in the 100-meter hurdles.
The national record holder in four different events, Faustin-Parker is one of six appointed representatives on the Athletes Commission for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for the period of 2010-2013.
She came to Mansfield after serving the last four years as the Director of Track and Field Operations/Administration and Assistant Coach at her alma mater the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
A 1999 graduate of North Carolina, Faustin-Parker earned All-American honors at her alma mater during her undergraduate career. Faustin-Parker was inducted into the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Track and Field Hall of Honor in 2007.
Following her collegiate career, Faustin-Parker competed on the Elite Track and Field European circuit from 1999-2008 traveling the world. In 2005, she won the Gold Medal for Haiti in the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Nassau, Bahamas.
At the Francophonie Games, Faustin-Parker won the bronze for Haiti in 2001. She was a semi-finalist at the Indoor and Outdoor World Championships in 1999 (Seville, Spain ), 2001 (Edmonton, Canada), 2003 (Paris, France), 2004 (Birmingham, England), 2005 (Helsinki, Finland), 2006 (Moscow, Russia), and 2007 (Japan).
In her first season with the Mountaineers, Faustin-Parker made an immediate impact by coaching senior sprinter Justen Johnson to a PSAC men's indoor 400m title and a 12th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Johnson's individual PSAC title and NCAA qualification were the first for a sprinter in Mansfield history.
This past summer, she attended the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy where she was one of just two coaches to be honored with the Judy Sweet Award.
Faustin-Parker has been equally as impressive in her work with the community.
She has visited Haiti and the local schools to inspire the youths. When the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti, Faustin-Parker, ran a clothing drive in collaboration with the American Red Cross with the support of the University of North Carolina.
She later was awarded the Village Pride Award for her work with the University and local community. Most recently, Faustin-Parker has spoken at the local Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA's.
The Haitian Roundtable was founded in 2008. It is an organization of Haitian-American professionals who are committed to civic engagement as well as philanthropic endeavors benefiting Haiti, Haitian organizations and causes. The organization seeks to heighten the awareness among key stakeholders of Haitians as an emerging constituency and to promote Haiti as a positive brand.
The 1804 List, named in honor of Haiti's year of independence, recognizes 25 Haitian-American Changemakers in the United States who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession and proven themselves to be forces for change in their communities.
They are seen as thought leaders, trailblazers, or unsung heroes who, through their deeds and accomplishments, have helped to create a better understanding of Haiti and the Haitian community.
The inaugural list reflects a broad range of accomplishments by Haitian-Americans in the United States. The 1804 List includes community activists, public and elected officials, a judge, surgeons, athletes, actors, a supermodel, branding executives, educators and other leaders.