Aura grew up in Lithuania, where from childhood she was intensely drawn to creativity and the visual arts. She studied architecture at Vilnius Academy of Arts and continued her studies in New York, where she received her BFA in Accessories Design from Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2013, Aura visited several Haitian schools and orphanages, where she learned that arts education for children was considered a first world luxury that they couldn't afford.
After her return to New York, she researched the idea of teaching art to the underprivileged children, and found that, in fact, it helps heal from the trauma of abuse, as well as greatly improves their later life prospects. It has since become her passion to share her love for art and creativity with those children who need it most. In 2014, Aura co-founded Les Couleurs NYC, a charity dedicated to bringing arts education and creative resources to unprivileged children throughout the developing world. She currently resides between New York and Port-au-Prince and divides her time between design and charity work.
A California native, Teliza Adams, brings her background in legal studies, research and community activism as well as communications to Les Couleurs Charity. Teliza attended undergraduate and graduate programs on the East Coast, where she served as research assistant to notable legal scholars Charles A. Sullivan and Ronald S. Sullivan, and participated in Harvard’s prestigious Trail Advocacy Workshop where she honed her skills as a Trial Litigator.
Currently Teliza is a student of legal studies, with a focus on Intellectual Property and Transactional Law. Her resume includes everything from Judicial Externships in the Southern District of New York, the United States Attorney Office, Criminal Division, and the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard University, Municipal Student Prosecutor to serving as Director of Communications for American Home Ownership and volunteer efforts to help and serve victims of domestic violence and underserved immigrant populations. When she’s not serving as an advocate for the underserved she is most likely serving as wingman to her 17-year-old daughter in their zany adventures. Teliza’s adventurous spirit and passion for helping others, especially those in need, make her a great addition to the Les Couleurs Charity family.
Haley Findlay has been a philanthropist her entire life. She loves giving back to her community as well as organizing fundraising events. Haley went to school for Event Planning and has worked for several charities, assisting them with their development and growth through corporate sponsorships and events. She is very passionate about assisting Les Couleurs with this wonderful mission. What she loves most about this charity, is the fact that it is not only creating jobs and training teachers in Haiti, but truly providing the children with the infrastructure and education that is so desperately needed. Providing them with a strong foundation in education and tools to grow is truly the key for creating a longterm success and a brighter future.
Hien Dao is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work studying Advance Generalist Practice and Programming. She has a field of practice specialization in Contemporary Social Issues designed to focus on issues, policies, programs, and research on topics including: incarceration, criminal justice system, racism, classism, education, homelessness, violence, substance use, HIV/AIDS, and the intersectionality among these populations. Post graduation, she continues collaborate with organizations such as the NYC Initiative for the Children of the Incarcerated. Hien earned a B.A. in Sociology with Departmental Honors from the University of Southern California. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a thesis on fragile families, 'Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment of the Differences between Single-Mothers and Single-Fathers' using snowball sampling. Hien is excited to now apply her diverse social work background with Les Couleurs to provide Haitian children a positive therapeutic outlet to heal through creative art expression.
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Louis Olny graduated from classical studies at Lyceé Jacque Roumain. Louis has a genuine humanitarian nature and is passionate about arts, music, singing and dance. Luis strongly believes in the transformative power of arts on human lives and is dedicated to teaching children how to discover that power for themselves.