About hamoc

What is hamoc

Founded in 2012, The Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) is the realization of a dream by its co-founder, Elsie Hernandez, to create an institution that would hold programs and exhibits that will contribute to the rich multicultural tapestry that is Chicago. Since 2012 the museum has hosted a wide array of programs and exhibits showcasing Haiti’s rich culture and art as well as its complex history. We invite you to enjoy our changing exhibits, attend virtual and in-person programs, and safely visit to the museum.


Elsie Hernandez

Originally from Haiti, Elsie has a strong sense of attachment to her place of birth. It’s her love for Haiti that prompted her to open the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Her passion for Haiti and its rich culture is contagious and follows her everywhere she goes. Elsie has an extensive background as an educator, nurse, civil leader and scholar.


Carlos Bossard

Originally from Roseville, Minnesota, Carlos earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Art Institutes International Minnesota in 2017. After working in commercial photography, he moved to Chicago to further his education. Carlos  graduated in May 2020 with a Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His Capstone Project focused on creating more diverse and inclusive museum practices and highlighted HAMOC as a museum excelling in the field. Carlos’ passion for the institution will ensure the museum continues to be a key voice for the Haitian society in the United States and the world.



Executive Members

Elsie Hector Hernandez 

President/City Colleges of Chicago

Dr. Brenda Jones 

Treasurer/City Colleges of Chicago

Margaret Poe

Secretary/Imagination Agency

Dr. Karen Richman

Director/University of Notre Dame

Daniel Hernandez 

Director/Fayo Bilingual Institute

Carla Carr 

Director/Olive-Harvey College

Kent Shankle 

Director/Waterloo Center for the Arts

Advisory Members

Fabienne Beauzil 

Liason in Haiti 

Jean Herbert Danier 


Luckner Jean 

Adjunct faculty

Cesar Ramirez Lopez


Nathaniel Holcomb


Natasha Phicil

Social Media and Marketing

Professional  Members

Chicago Cultural Alliance 

American Alliance of Museums

Uptown Chamber of Commerce

Interns and  Volunteers

Romeo Hernandez 

Curator and Installer

Carlinthia Cox 

Archivist Consultant

Amanda Sexton 

Library Consultant

Benjamin Henderson 

Educator/Grant Writer

Jean Yves Hector 

Artist in Residence

Dr. Cranston Knight 


Luis Limardo 


Michael Harris 

Library Assistant

Chi Chi 

Administrative Assistant

Kenna Ladendorf

Retail Consultant