Eve For Life

Supporting Women and Children Living with HIV    

Our Board of  Directors

 

Peter Crawford

Chair

Peter Crawford has been working in field of Information Technology and project management for the past 22 years in various technical, supervisory and management roles. Peter believes in volunteerism and has been a volunteer for the past 25 years with various local organizations such as Hope Worldwide Jamaica. He is currently volunteering with  Scotiabank foundation and Eve for Life

Lorna Napier

Company Secretary

Lorna Napier is a Communication Specialist/Trainer and Attorney-at-Law.

Lorna is a strong youth and community development advocate and has spent more than 20 years empowering youth especially in media and technology and drama. She spent 18 years with the Gun Court Cultural Movement using community drama methodologies, to reduce recidivism, and to engender behaviour change. The group won several awards from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for these dramatic productions.

Lorna is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portmore and has been with EVE for Life since inception as its Board Secretary

Gregory Simms

Member

Gregory Simms has been working in regulation and enforcement in various sectors for the past twenty years. He  holds a Masters’ degree in International Law and has worked in financial regulation and oversight at the Securities Commission and the Financial Services Commission in Jamaica and at the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission. Most recently he worked as Senior Director, Inspections and Monitoring, at the Police Civilian Oversight Authority.


Gregory has completed training in anti-money laundering and fraud prevention and detection as well as in securities oversight and regulation.

A football enthusiast he has served the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) in various capacities including General Secretary. His other interests include sports and he is an animal lover. He has been married to Gail for the past seventeen years.

Claudia Fletcher

Member

Claudia Fletcher is the Chief Executive Officer, Lead Transformation Strategist and Head of Integrative Life Coaching at SOULutions, Partners and Consultants in Integrative Life Transformation Strategies.

An ordained Minister of Religion, Ms. Fletcher is a leader and teacher of emotional education, shadow work, and personal mastery.

 

SOULutions is an organization that focuses on individual and Corporate Personal Growth and Development. The company provides a suite of services and offers multi-faceted programmes that expertly guide individuals and organizations to discover and experience new realities and extraordinary possibilities while assisting them in unleashing their true and highest potential.

 

Her understanding and trust in the transformation process, her abilities to listen deeply, spot dis-empowering beliefs and patterns, offer honest feedback, and communicate with clarity and humour, allows clients and students to feel safe and supported so they can access a deeper intelligence to find their own passion and purpose and develop authentic, abundant, joyful and fully integrated lives.

Michele A. Salmon

Member

Michele A. Salmon, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, and a member of the Human Rights, Sexual Offences and Intellectual Property Unit in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. She is Past President of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights and lives the Rotary motto, “Service above Self.

Community Service is therefore important to her as she constantly find ways to improve the quality of life for people in various communities and serve the public interest.


She is from the town of Old Harbour and is the last of six children of a loving family, which groomed her into being a passionate advocate for all, and so she believes firmly that to whom much is given much is required.

Michele has received several academic honours and is a member of numerous academic societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

She loves cooking and dancing, people, service and the Arts. She is past member of Cathi Levy’s Little People and Teen Players Club and founding member of the Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Company

Renée Johnson

Member

Renée Johnson is a Public Health Consultant with approximately 20 years’ experience in the specialty areas of HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Her career in HIV and SRH began as a volunteer at the Jamaica Red Cross. Ms. Johnson is a past member of the Jamaica Network for Seropositives Board where she sat for four years and became familiar with the support and care issues of the PLHIV community and wrote grant proposals for the social empowerment of members of network. She is also past member of the Board of Governors of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) where she led the “Stakeholder Analysis” for the HIV/SRH integration process.

Ms. Johnson’s expertise includes working with vulnerable populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers (SW) and youth. She has also participated in research on access to health and education for these vulnerable populations. Much of her work informs programme and policy decisions at the national level.

Over the years, Ms. Johnson has worked with agencies such as UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and JFLAG, Caribbean Public Health Agency as well as the Ministry of Health. She also has international work experience, as she worked with the Norwegian Red Cross developing a SRH programme for their youth.


Ms. Johnson holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Birmingham where dissertation focused on the sexual health of Afro-Caribbean in Birmingham had experienced domestic violence. She is a graduate of the Caribbean HIV Leadership Initiative and holds a certificate in Effective Public Policy Making.

Her publications include: “Integration of Jamaica National Family Planning Board and the national HIV programme, a Regional Health Authority perspective”; “Social Media Use among Most-at-Risk Populations in Jamaica” and “Voluntary Counselling & Testing; a best practice for the Jamaican Tourism Sector”.

She is a former volunteer with the Jamaica Red Cross and is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights

Colleen A.M. Campbell

Member

Colleen A.M. Campbell is a trained Nurse Educator with over 20 years’ experience in the field of Nursing. She is also a midwife and has special interest in adolescent reproductive health and HIV and AIDS. She lives by the adage ‘It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one; than to have an opportunity and not be prepared”.


She is motivated to help young people having been encouraged along the path of her educational career by older mentors. Her current mentor is Mrs. Sadie Coombs who provides motivation and support in her professional decision making.


Colleen believes in being a well-rounded person and as such is involved in several professional bodies including the Nursing Council of Jamaica, the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica, Exed Nurses Alumni and the Caribbean Honour Society for Nurses to name a few.

 

Since high school, she has been involved in community police youth clubs, citizens associations, and has given back through voluntary service whenever the need arises. Her volunteerism includes various agencies, the most recent being EVE for Life. Her many interests in youth stems from her family taking in other children who were in need from her community.

 

Colleen is from a large family and adores her immediate and extended family alike.  She is the proud mother of a son and many nieces and nephews. An outdoor person she loves farming, a trait inherited from her father and baking inherited from her mother. Many individuals have benefitted from her home grown mangoes, yam and ackee. She bakes a mean sweet potato pudding. She is also a certified Sister locks consultant.

 

Shernett E. Robinson

Member

Shernett E. Robinson is the founder and managing partner in the law firm Shernett Robinson and Associates Attorneys-At-Law, which is located in Christiana, Manchester. Her main areas of specialty are land, labour and property law.  She also practices criminal and general law.

 

Shernett has extensive experience in management and managed one of Jamaica’s leading media houses: the Gleaner’s Western Bureau for over ten years. Shernett has over twenty two years’ experience in media at both the managerial and supervisory levels with leading media houses.

 

In addition to law, she is a Public Relations Strategist whose primary focus is on the positioning and re-positioning of companies in the market place. She has worked extensively and assiduously at restructuring companies’ reputation and at improving their competitiveness in the corporate arena. She has also focused on strategic planning in relation to marketing, best practices and improving customer service relations.

Shernett holds a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School, a Bachelor of Laws Degree with honours from the University of Technology, a certificate in Personnel Management from the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies and a Diploma in Education from Shortwood Teachers’ College

Nadene Bigby Swaby

Member

Nadene Bigby Swaby is a wife and mother of one son. She has a very caring personality which has made her a socially accepted mother to many young persons in and around her community of residence and at work.

Nadene is a graduate of the Open Campus University of the West Indies where she obtained a certificate in Social Work and looks forward to furthering her studies in the field Social Work. Professionally, she has reached the lives of many and is often times looked up to as someone that can relate to many challenges and issues faced by the young.

 

Rushell Gray

Member

Rushell Gray is a young advocate for social, cultural and policy change that supports young people’s sexual health and rights. A rape survivor, Rushell believes that in order to change the trajectory of sexual violence in Jamaica, significant work needs to be done to change attitudes, behaviours and practices towards the sexual abuse of girls.

Born in 1992, Rushell’s path towards becoming a psychologist was delayed by violence. She is now pursuing the required subjects at the CSEC level that will allow her to matriculate to university."


 

Patricia Watson

Executive Director

Patricia Watson is co-founder of EVE for Life.

A seasoned development practitioner and advocate, Patricia has been involved in HIV and AIDS advocacy, research and programme development for the past 16 years.

 

Her work in HIV began at The Gleaner newspaper in Jamaica where she wrote groundbreaking articles on HIV and related issues consistently for five years, beginning in 2001. She received numerous awards for her work including the Pan American Health Organisation Caribbean Media Awards for Excellence in Health Journalism (11 awards) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR Rosa Cisneros Award. 

 

After leaving the media, she continued working in HIV and development for Panos Caribbean.

She continues to do pioneering work with adolescent and young mothers living with HIV through EVE for Life and in partnership with the Jamaican government, international development partners and other civil society organisations.

 

Educated at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, University of the West Indies and at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Media and Communication and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies  

Joy Crawford

Ex Officio member                                    


Joy Lovelet Crawford is Co-founder and Director of Programmes and Training at Eve for Life. A Registered General Nurse by training,

Mrs. Crawford’s work experience spans 30 years in such areas as Project Management, HIV Programme Development and Implementation, Trainer, Coach, Counsellor and facilitator.  She is an (JHPIEGO-trained) HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing Master Trainer and has conducted VCT services to various organizations in the Caribbean region.  She is a Clinical Supervisor (UTCWI) providing supervision for Pastoral Counselling Students.

She also specialized in the Management of Primary Health care Services, Adolescent sexual and reproductive programming and General Nursing with special emphasis on Mental Wellbeing.

 

Joy has developed and co-authored several training material/manuals on Adolescent Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS and Parenting. 

These include: HIV/AIDS Group Education: Reference Manual, Participants Handbook and Course Notebook for Trainers (Supported by JHPIEGO, USAID and CHART), February 2006; ALERT: Adolescent Lifestyle Education Risk-Reduction Tool (Supported by HOPE Worldwide Jamaica and GLOBAL Fund Project to Scale Up of HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention & Policy Efforts in Jamaica.) Published August 2005; POSITIVE PARENTING: “Bridging the Gap” (Supported by HOPE worldwide Jamaica and GLOBAL Fund Project, Scale Up of HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention & Policy Efforts in Jamaica.) Published August 2006  

 

Her passion includes: HIV Advocacy, Parenting and Family Life, Women and OVC, Adolescent Sexual Health and New Thought Principles.

 

Joy is a committed visionary for the Empowerment, Safety, Actualisation of the Adolescent Girl, Teenager Mother and Adolescent Living with HIV. She and her team has conceptualised many strategies, programmes and interventions to address these groups.

Joy is an alumna of the Caribbean Health Leadership Institute, (UWI/CHART). She is married and mother to Jade and Joneal and co-parent to Jared and Hope Divine.

 

Lavern Deer

Board Member

Lavern V. Deer B.S., MBA
Former Campaign Manager to Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness
Former Chief Administrative Aide to Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness
Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill International Committee Chair
Founder: Jamaica International Female Development Inc. (JIFD)
Co-Founder: Jamaica High School Sporting Network Inc.
Lavern Deer was born in Kingston Jamaica, she migrated to Nassau Bahamas at the early age of nine; and several years later she migrated to South Florida and lived in the inner city area of “Over Town” where she attend Booker T Washington Middle School. Lavern Later moved to North Miami Beach where, she graduated from North Miami Beach Sr. High School.
Lavern obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She has over 12 year’s management experience in the Healthcare field. She is actively involved in the Caribbean-American community, engaging the Diaspora and fostering education through sports.
As a community minded individual, Lavern found her love for community service as a “Soccer Mom” at the YMCA where she became a soccer coach for her son’s team; she later transferred to the Ives Estate Optimist Youth Club and was later voted to the Board of Directors and Soccer Commissioner. Years later she served as Public Relations Board Member for the Caribbean Americas Soccer Association. Lavern is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. She successfully managed the campaign for now Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness and worked in the government sector as Chief Commissioner’s Aide, to Holness; Lavern currently serves as a Sr. Program Performance Manager for Broward County Government, Human Services Department.
Lavern is founder of the Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD) Inc., established to serve as facilitator and conduit for the holistic development of young females by way of social development, health & wellness, educational and athletics training. Lavern is currently engaged in designing an international holistic development program which help young girls and young women, become better citizens by improving the physical and emotional qualities of their lives. She advocates for the prevention of child sexual abuse both within the local and International Caribbean Community. She is also Co-founder of the Jamaica High School Alumni Sports Network Inc. (JHSASN).
Lavern is the 2017 & 2016 African American Achievers Nominee and South Florida’s 2014 Diaspora Honoree, Change Maker; presented by Jamaica Consulate General, Franz Hall.
Lavern currently resides in Miami Dade, Florida USA and is the proud mother of a wonderful son.