Blue Butterfly Collaborative's Leaders

Charlotte F. Cole, EdD is co-founder and executive director of Blue Butterfly Collaborative. Dr. Cole has over two and a half decades of experience working in international development and has applied her expertise in curriculum development, educational content creation, and research in the support of large-scale educational media projects in more than thirty countries across the globe.

Prior to founding Blue Butterfly Collaborative, Dr. Cole was senior vice president of global education at Sesame Workshop in New York City.  In this capacity she oversaw the company’s international education and research strategies and was instrumental in the advancement of education innovations such as: the creation of Kami, the

HIV-positive Muppet character who appears on the South African version of Sesame Street; the development of strong educational content designed to support girls’ education in countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and India; and initiatives to promote respect and understanding across group divides in the Middle East, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, and elsewhere.

Dr. Cole received her doctorate in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Boston College, Lesley College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Harvard University. Dr. Cole was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Children and Media and served as the publication’s first review and commentary editor. Her research has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Behavioral Development and Communication Research Trends.

Linda Hawkins Costigan, Executive Producer, is a Los Angeles-based documentary film producer and director. Her documentary films and reality series include the award-winning Inshallah: Diary of an Afghan Woman. She also directed the award-winning, feature-length documentary film, The World According to Sesame Street, which explored Sesame Workshop's international children's educational media work. After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Costigan produced short films in Port-au-Prince as part of a Sesame Workshop-Mercy Corps co-production. Costigan is currently producing and directing Growing a Revolution, a feature-length documentary film about pioneer urban farmer Will Allen and the increasing concern over feeding our growing population. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and studied film at the University of Paris: Sorbonne and Jussieu.

Patricia Préval, Project & Strategic Development Manager for Lakou Kajou, supports operational planning, fundraising, public-private partnerships, and sustainability in Haiti. Prior to consulting for Blue Butterfly Collaborative, Préval contributed to a series of media efforts to advance awareness on policy and social issues touching the lives of the Haitian people. Her experience includes three years of collaboration with the Haitian government to establish best practices in public communication services; helping the development of free-of-charge mobile cinema programs made available throughout Haiti; advocacy initiatives for free speech in connection with emblematic abuse cases; and preparing audio and video contents and archives for the purpose of informal education. Préval holds a BA from McGill University (Montréal, Canada) in agricultural engineering.

Carole Sassine is Lakou Kajou's Educational Consultant and chaired its Curriculum Workshop, held in Port-au-Prince on February 28, 2015. Sassine currently teaches at the State University of Haiti and provides consulting services to Haiti's Department of Education and other organizations. Her professional commitment to education in the country, since obtaining a degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Paris VIII, France, is constant. Recipient of a scholarship (Fulbright) in the early 1990s, she holds a Master of Education from Northern Illinois University, USA, where she also completed postgraduate studies in adult education. Her recent experience in Haiti has spread to areas of education policy, vocational and university education, environmental education, and issues affecting the rights of women and children.

Suzanne Cole
, Blue Butterfly's co-founder and director of operations, oversees the organization's communications, fundraising, and project management. Before joining Blue Butterfly, Suzanne worked in philanthropy, first as the library manager at the Pew Charitable Trusts and then as a researcher for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She holds a master's degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in library and information science from Drexel University, and a BA in sociology and environmental studies from Bowdoin College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Phi Mu (the honor society for library and information science).