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Meet The Board

The Caribbean Med Labs Foundation Board of Management reflects many years of relevant experience and expertise in laboratory medicine, health administration, clinical services, tourism and standards development, health research and human resource development, banking and finance, law and insurance and NGO operations. Board members represent a wide spectrum of laboratory stakeholders and partners, are well known and respected and have contributed significantly in their various spheres of influence to national, regional and/or international development.

We take great pleasure in introducing the Foundation’s Board members.

 Stephen James King

Dr. Stephen James King. MB.BS; FRCPC (Chairperson)

Dr. King is a St Lucian citizen and anatomical pathologist with 25 years of experience in health care management and the delivery of health services. In his capacities as Consultant Pathologist and Director of the National Ezra Long Laboratory, Victoria Hospital; Owner/Director of Lab Services & Consultations Ltd., Tapion Hospital; Chief Medical Officer and ongoing Advisor to the Ministry of Health, St Lucia, Dr. King has significantly contributed to national and regional health systems development. His passion and dynamism is evident in the many national, regional and international fora in which he has presented on health reform, health financing, public health and laboratory issues and in his work as lead author of the St Lucia Health Sector Reform proposals and the National Health Strategic plan (2006-2011).

His contribution to several other national health guidelines and policies is widely recognised. In pursuing his interest in health and youth development, Dr King established a Youth Development Foundation in St Lucia to address, among other issues, the issue of violence prevention. Dr King has been an ardent advocate for the regional medical laboratory strengthening effort from its inception and brings his passion for this to the Board. In January 2012, Dr. King was appointment as an Independent Senator in the Senate of Saint Lucia by the Governor-General.

 Ms. Ingrid L-A. Lashley

Ms. Ingrid L-A. Lashley; CA; CMA; FIBTT (Treasurer)

Ingrid Lashley is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Limited. Prior to joining TTMF, Ingrid spent eighteen years at Scotiabank in various senior positions in financial control, private banking, trusteeships and merchant banking. Her tenure at Scotiabank included assignments in Toronto, Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.As General Manager of Scotiatrust and Merchant Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Ingrid introduced foreign investment products to the Bank‟s customers and expanded its mortgage portfolio three-fold.

Ms. Lashley is the holder of an MBA in Accounting and Finance from McGill University in Montreal Canada and also carries the designations of Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Accountant. She serves on the Boards of two (2) schools, a publicly traded company, a private company and charities. She has also served on boards in the public sector over more than fifteen years.

 Dr. Paula Burns

Dr. Paula Burns, MAEd, PhD

Dr. Burns is a Canadian citizen and an accomplished educator and administrator of some 18 years with extensive experience in teaching, curriculum and faculty development and change leadership. She was recently appointed to the role of President & CEO of Lethbridge College, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Paula served most recently as the Provost & Vice President Academic at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Canada. In her capacity as Curriculum Consultant at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Dr. Burns provided dynamic and innovative leadership for the competency and curriculum development components of the „Strengthening of Medical Laboratory Services in the Caribbean” Project.

Dr. Burns has published and presented in several fora on the subject of education, learning and curriculum change and has demonstrated strong commitment to the medical laboratory strengthening effort in the Caribbean. Dr. Burns brings to the Board an extraordinary understanding of human behaviour as it relates to the many issues associated with transformational change in the academic environment.

 Farley R. Cleghorn

Dr. Farley R. Cleghorn, MD, MPH

Dr. Cleghorn is a Trinidad-born US Citizen who obtained his initial medical training at the University of the West Indies and has lived in the USA for many years. He is currently serving as the Vice President and Head, Constella Futures - a multi-disciplinary group of experts based in the USA, UK and 40 countries around the world, implementing a wide range of health and social programmes in developing countries. Dr. Cleghorn has accumulated over 20 years of experience in international development, research and programme implementation, including extensive collaboration with the Medical Research Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago and significant periods at the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

He is an expert on HIV/AIDS (having received numerous awards for outstanding contributions), surveillance and epidemiology, clinical vaccine trials and training for capacity building and serves as an expert reviewer for several renowned publications. He has published extensively on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Cleghorn‟s commitment to Caribbean development is unquestionable and he brings to the Board a full appreciation of the importance of evidence-based laboratory and medical decision-making and the experience of managing and growing a major Foundation.

 Mr. Lawford B. Dupres

Mr. Lawford B. Dupres, B.A.Sc (Deputy Chairperson)

Mr Dupres is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and a Chemical Engineer with 44 years of experience in the Energy Sector. He is the current Chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company and also served as Managing Director of Petrotrin for many years. During his term as Executive Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, Mr Dupres successfully combined his energy and passion with his training and skills in business development, human resource development, project management, marketing and corporate planning and governance, to the development and administration of local and international standards. Mr Dupres brings his tremendous business acumen and his extensive knowledge of and interest in standards development and enforcement, to the Board.

 Marvo Kathleen Harper

Marvo Kathleen Harper LL.B, LEC. B.Sc, Dip. Public Admin (Legal Secretary)

Ms. Marvo Harper is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and an Attorney-at-Law who established her legal firm, M. K. Harper & Co. 28 years ago. Having received her tertiary education at the University of the West Indies campuses in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, Ms. Harper is well acquainted with the key sociopolitical issues impacting regional health and economies. During her 13-year term in the public sector, prior to establishing her company, she gained extensive experience in human resource development and industrial relations.

This, in addition to a certificate in industrial relations from London and her training as a certified mediator, stood her in good stead when she was selected as an Alderman for the Port-of-Spain City Corporation in 1996 with collective responsibility for overseeing the management of the City and as a member of several public and private sector Boards of Management. Anyone meeting Ms. Harper for the first time is assured of her passion for governance and social developmental issues in the Caribbean region. She brings her legal acumen, her concern for marginalised communities and above all her passion for equity and justice to the Board.

 Mr. Jones P. Madeira

Mr. Jones P. Madeira

Mr. Madeira, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, is currently Court Protocol and Information Manager of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago. His career in media spans more than 40 years. His more recent appointments have included those of Manager of the Communication Unit of the Ministry of Health, and Information Adviser at the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC). His wide range of experience has included positions as Editor in Chief of several newspapers in Trinidad and Tobago; Head of News at national television and radio stations; Adviser, Media Relations and Public Information to the CARICOM Secretariat; Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and Public Relations Manager for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago‟s property management entity, NIPDEC.

Mr Madeira has been pivotal to the successful regional media coverage of several major regional and international events and creator of very successful regional television initiatives such as CARIBSCOPE and CARIBVISION. His contributions to regional media excellence have been recognized through national and regional awards for excellence in journalism and his induction into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame. As a former team member of the CAREC HIV/AIDS programme, he is very sensitive to the importance of medical laboratory services to sustainable regional development. He brings to the Board a tremendous sense of humour and a perspective on communication and messaging that will be critical to the Foundation‟s success.

 Emeritus Professor David Picou

Emeritus Professor David Picou, BS, MB BS, PhD, CMT

Emeritus Professor Picou, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, confesses that he initially wanted to be an architect but honored the wishes of his parents in pursuing the medical profession. He, however, soon discovered his love for medicine and moved on to become a renowned Caribbean public health researcher, Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit, UWI, Jamaica. Professor Picou has also published extensively on protein metabolism and treatment of severe malnutrition in infants.

He led the development of a clinical guideline for the treatment of these children in resource-poor countries which was adapted by the WHO and others working in the field for use globally and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives of babies and young children. As Director of Research of the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), he has promoted medical research in the Caribbean. He has served on the Board of the West Indian Medical Journal and as the Chairman of the CAREC Scientific Advisory Committee. He has served on several international Advisory Committees and as consultant to WHO, PAHO/WHO.

He has lectured at prestigious institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Institutes of Health and has received several awards including the Trinidad and Tobago Chaconia Medal Gold for long and meritorious service. Professor Picou is also noted for his guidance on ethical issues related to research and still serves as the Chairman of the CAREC Research Ethics Committee. While he loves Trinidad‟s mas and carnival celebrations, Professor Picou appreciates the importance of discipline and focus to the achievement of desired goals. He brings a pragmatic scientific approach integrated with a unique „joie de vivre‟ to the Board.

 Sonia V. Roache

Dr. Sonia V. Roache, M.B.B.S., F.CCFP

Dr. Roache was born in Jamaica and received her secondary education there. She married a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and is now also a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago but maintains her strong Jamaican persona. She is an independent medical practitioner and a Founder Member and Executive Director of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP) with responsibility for ensuring that the objectives of the College are met, that CCFP continues to have observer status in COHSOD and as a „Liason Organisation within CARICOM‟ and maintains its relationship with the World Organisation of Family Doctors.

Her contribution has been recognized by the CCFP through the Award of a Fellowship of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians (FCCFP). Additionally in May 2010, she was accorded the accolade of “Global 5-Star Doctor” by the World Council of Family Doctors, the first in the Caribbean to be so honoured, sharing the award with a Canadian Professor of Family Medicine, being the first females to receive this award. Dr. Roache has had continuing close interactions with medical students as a lecturer, mentor and examiner and has also served on the Accrediting Board for UWI‟s Post Graduate Progamme in Family Medicine.

She continues to contribute to health promotion as Director of „The Wellness Centre- Better Health Ltd” - a centre devoted to the prevention of illness and preservation of health, in addition to several other interventions. Dr. Roache brings to the Board a seriousness of purpose and a concern and passion for the sustainable delivery of high quality medical and laboratory services in the Caribbean.

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CMLF News Issue #7
27th January 2016