"Great leaders don't set out to be a leader...They set out to make a difference.
It's never about the role- Always about the goal."
BVF is governed by seven board members and a youth advisor whose compositions reflect the demographics and social diversity of its constituents. The board member's range of experience and education reflect BVF's mission-driven goals and represents diversity in the disciplines including, but not limited to not-for-profit governance and management, financial literacy and asset building for low-to-moderate income families, economic and business development and management, human services, positive youth and family development, youth sports and recreation, biology and environmental education, federal grants and program management, workforce development and readiness; customer relations, government and international relations, and marketing and public relations.
BVF's board members also serve key roles in government and private institutions provide the opportunity for them to see the “big picture” of the national and local economic and social issues facing BVF's constituency. This insight allows them to demonstrate commitment as true stakeholders when making policy decisions for BVF that address and impact the root causes the community’s social issues.
Fred has been in private practice for over twenty-two years. He is one of the founding members of BVF's board of directors. He serves as the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Real Estate Commission and was also a adjunct judge for the VI Department of Labor. Fred is a visionary leader and played a vital role of promoting and demonstrating BVF' capacity-building skills for not-for-profits resulting in grants management, fiduciary and intermediary services totalling over one million dollars. As BVF's board chair, Fred looks forward to serving towards his key focus on developing partnerships and collaborative initiatives with grassroots not-for-profits in addresssing social challenges facing predominately Black and Hispanic youths in underserved and hard-to-serve communities.
Stuart R. Ketcham, Ph.D, Vice-chair
Stuart has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Beyond Visions Foundation since 2005, including three years as Chair, two years as Vice-Chair, and two years as Secretary. He has been a full-time member of the faculty of the University of the Virgin Islands, teaching chemistry, biology and other sciences since 1992 and has lived on St. Croix since 1993. He earned a BS degree in Chemistry with Honors from the University of Washington in 1975 and a PhD in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1985.
Alcenta V. De Windt, Treasurer
Alcenta is a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands with a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and a MBA. She has worked in the accounting industry for over twenty-seven years, was the former Chief Financial Officer for the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation as the Director of Business and Financial Management and currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Virgin Islands Board of Education. She is an avid sports fan and advocates for educational and environmental empowerment especially those relating to the Caribbean. Owning a small financial business has made her quite aware of the need to empower the lives of single parents and disadvantaged individuals on financial empowerment. This has caused her to become actively involved in small business organizations and conduct counseling on individual financial management planning.
Abigail Charles, Secretary
Ms. Charles is a Supervisor at the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services-Richmond Head Start. She also is a supervisor at the Bethlehem House, a shelter for homeless residents, including families on St. Croix. She is very committed and passionate about the needs of our at risk youth and families and provides volunteer work with BVF in conducting teen pregnancy prevention projects. Ms. Charles is married with three children, yet find time to mentor young mothers with children.
A high honor graduate of Hampton University, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Social Work, is a Certified Paralegal, and Certified Caribbean Hospitality Trainer (CCHT) and in the Caribbean, she has designed, developed, managed and conducted training programs in multi-cultural private and public sector environments e.g. hotel, retail and educational institutions for thousands of school-age youth, employees, managers and entrepreneurs to better prepare them for the competitive and changing workplace in the 21st century. Small Business Development Administration, Black Chamber of Commerce, St. Croix Hotel Association, St. Thomas East End Lions Club and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) have honored her as an outstanding businesswoman, community leader and tourism educator.
Mabel Maduro, Chair/Public Relations Committee
Mabel is a trainer, public relations, marketing specialist and has been an entrepreneur, executive director and consultant for over twenty years. A native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mabel is highly skilled in designing and implementing public relations and education outreach campaigns that actively promote quality and productivity in a changing workplace. She is also well-known for her positive and practical techniques and is considered an expert in developing and implementing initiatives for school-age youth, managers, frontline employees and taxi operators, that train, motivates, and increase productivity. Ms. Maduro has a public record of success in working with education, labor, federal, and local agencies.
Eboney Serrano, Board Member
Ebony comes with a wealth of experience and training from the financial and grants management. A previous financial analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, Ebony now heads the fiscal division of the Department of Finance, as the Director of Finance for the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands. . Ebony's hallmark is a individual who takes pride I what she does and sees herself as a teamplayer in a supportive role. Ebony is a believes in family and though her job is demanding, quality time her family is a priority.