Wendy Fitzwilliam is Miss Universe 1998, the second Miss Universe in history from Trinidad and Tobago. Wendy is attorney, entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother and author. She was UNAIDS and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for her work in HIV/AIDS education and awareness and Red Cross Ambassador. She is the host of “The Wendy Fitzwilliam Show” on Heart Beat radio in her native Trinidad. Wendy also hosts the Caribbean Next Top Model and Soca Monarch competitions. She is also a member of the musical group the BQ Girls. Wendy is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Hugh Wooding Law School.
Roy “Gramps” Morgan, a member of the internationally renowned reggae group, Morgan Heritage. The group has sold over 1 million records over 10 years and has toured worldwide. Gramps has also performed and toured as solo artiste. Passionate about helping others in need, Gramps established the charity Music Orchestrating Miracles (MOM), to help bring relief to the needy in various parts of the world. In Africa, MOM works in conjunction with various medical organizations to provide mosquito nets, Malaria medication, HIV test kits and water purification tablets amongst other resources in remote areas.
Kimberly Vandenberg is an American Olympic and World Championship Medalist in swimming. For the past decade, she has traveled around the globe for swimming competitions and motivational talks given to youth swim teams, International schools, and a variety of companies sharing her Olympic journey while encouraging the development of goal setting, overcoming setbacks and achieving success. Kim is an Olympic Bronze Medalist, a World Championship Silver Medalist and a Pan American Gold Medalist. Outside the pool, Kim writes for the brand Sachin & Babi and has worked with the Wild Magazine and Photographer Rebecca Handler on Marketing, Photo shoots, Event Management, and Social Media strategy. Kim works with several organizations, including Up2Us, a leading national movement to advance youth in sports as a means of addressing critical issues facing today’s youth and Kid’s Play International. She is a Program Coordinator for Educational non-profit Shashamane Sunrise, directing their Sports and Physical Activity projects. Kim has a Bachelor’s of Art degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Lauryn Williams is a three-time Olympian and multiple-title holder in Track and Field and Bobsledding for the United States. She won silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, IAAF World Indoor Championships and U.S. Championships in 2006, and 2007 World Championship in Osaka. Lauryn attained gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2005 World Championships. In 2013, Lauryn retired from Track and Field and began her career in Bobsledding. She attained a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. In addition to a very successful athletic career, Lauryn has also worked as an intern in several finance institutions, such as Citibank and Briaud Financial Planning. Lauryn was named Pennsylvania Sportswoman of the Decade 2009, Visa Humanitarian in 2006, and Runner’s World-Hero of Running in 2005. She is also member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attainable at The University of Miami. Lauryn holds a Masters in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She is pursuing her Certification as a Certified Financial Planner.
Wayna Wondwossen, is a Grammy nominated soul/jazz artiste who counts among her favorite artistes Minnie Riperton, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway. Wayna has recently opened for a number of internationally recognized artists on the DC leg of their respective tours, including Fantasia, Amerie, Common, Bobby Valentino, Jaguar Wright, Kindred, and Chuck Brown. She’s performed and headlined at renowned venues such as the White House (DC), the Temple Bar (CA), the Apollo Theater (NY), the Lincoln Theater (DC), Joe’s Pub (NY), Dream Nightclub (DC), the Black Cat (DC), the 9:30 club (DC), Bohemian Caverns (DC), Takoma Station (DC), the Ashford and Simpson Sugar Bar (NY), and the Georgia Dome (GA).
Kenny Desmangles aka Kenny Way is a Haitian born Kompa musician that hails from the Cap Haitian part of Haiti. His early musical influences include two of the biggest Orchestras from Cap-Haitian, Tropicana d’Haiti and Septentrional d’Haiti. Kenny’s awards include Ministry of Tourism, Haiti (Honors for Participating in Tourism Development of the North of Haiti, July 2012), Kompa Magazine, USA (Breakthrough artist of the year 2007), Radio Touchem Dous / Ti Guy Promotion / Maxi Sound, Miami (Best upcoming artist of the year 2003), Heart of Our Parks 2003 (Certificate of Appreciation), Boukan Night of Art, Miami (Certificate of appreciation). His social contributions have included Children Orphanage in Leogane (Haiti), Food for the Poor program in the USA, After school music program for kids in Croix des Bouquets (Haiti) and Shashamane Sunrise the education non-profit.
Wesley Louissant (Wesli) is a Haitian born world music musician whose music as garnered him international acclaim. Wesli has been recognized as Galaxie Rising Star Award London 2011, Babel Med Music Award France 2010, CBC Revelation 2009-10. Wesley Louissaint has produced, composed and arranged musical creations for films, including CBC’s documentary about Dany Laferrière. He composed, with Arianne Moffat, Nomadic Massive and Doba, the popular song « Nap chante pou Ayiti » the day after the earthquake in Haiti, on January 12th 2010. He has had collaborations with many musicians including Peter Morgan of Morgan Heritage. Welsey has been an Ambassador for the non-proft Shashamane Sunrise since 2013 whose work creates educational opportunities for children in rural and inner-city communities.
Mutabaruka (formerly Allan Hope) was born in Rae Town, Kingston on 26th December, 1952. After primary education he attended Kingston Technical High School, where he was a student for four years. Trained in Electronics, he left his first job after about six months and took employment at the Jamaica Telephone Company Limited. Muta saw himself as a young revolutionary. While still employed at the Telephone Company, he stopped combing his hair, started growing locks, altered his diet, and declared himself Rastafarian. To Muta now, Rastafarianism is part of a universal quest which may also be pursued by other routes, such as Hinduism or Buddhism or Christianity. Muta was the first well-publicized voice in the new wave of poets growing since the early 1970’s. They have developed a living relationship between a poet and a wide audience such as, in Jamaica, only Louise Bennett has achieved before them. Early work by Muta regularly appeared in Swing, a monthly that gave fullest coverage to the pop music scene. Introducing Outcry (March, 1973) John A. L. Golding Jr. wrote: “In July 1971, Swing Magazine published for the first time a poem by Allan Mutabaruka…Our readers were ecstatic. Since then, and almost in consecutive issues, we have derived much pleasure in further publication of this brother’s works… They tell a story common to most black people born in the ghetto… And when Muta writes, it’s loud and clear.” Muta resists the label of “dub poet” as much as “protest poet”. Each, he feels, refers to only one aspect of his work.
Serala Ramlogan is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s top female television presenters and radio broadcasters. She is currently the head of entertainment news/producer and presenter of popular entertainment magazine Roll Call on Synergy TV which has its home in Trinidad and is broadcasted in Grenada, Antigua, and St. Lucia. She is a co-producer of her radio show on Sangeet 106.1 fm, the only local radio show with an all female duo. She also produces her show which airs on SLAM 100.5fm. Serala has a B.SC in Economics with a minor in International Relations from the University of the West Indies. She has obtained two certificates from reputable local broadcasting schools, namely the Announcer’s Broadcast Academy and the Oral Communication Institute.
Athaliah Samuel started modeling at the age of 15. She is Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2012 (47th overall, Top 40 Top Model and Beach Beauty), Miss Intercontinental Trinidad and Tobago 2014 (18th place, Top 10 National Costume and Top 5 best body) and Top Model of the World 2015 (8th place, Top 3 Best Body, Top 5 National Costume). She has graced the runway in St. Maarten, Cayman Island, New York Fashion Week, Caribbean New York Fashion Week, Atlantic City Fashion Week, Miami and St. Lucia. She has also been on the first season of Caribbean’s Next Top Model. She has served as National Director for Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2013 (one year), Miss Intercontinental Trinidad and Tobago (currently), Miss Supranational Trinidad and Tobago (currently) and Top Model Trinidad and Tobago (currently). She is also a TV host, international model, designer (Afrodesaick), CEO of Caribbean Africa Fashion Week (CAFW), entrepreneur, Model and Pageant Coach, Founder of Athaliah and Friends Foundation and Director of Trinidad and Tobago World Class Limited. Athaliah is pursuing a BA in Mass Communication.
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Imani Duncan-Price is a Government Senator for the Government of Jamaica She is an accomplished professional with years of experience in business, marketing and business management. She is the Group Marketing Manager at JMMB Group, one of the leading financial groups in the Caribbean. Before joining the JMMB Group, Imani was the Managing Director of My Tropic Escape. Imani has also been a Consultant to international organizations such as Yale University and the World Bank Group. In addition to her professional and academic success, Imani holds the title of Miss Jamaica World 1995. Imani holds a MPA/ID in Economics, Social Policy and International Development from Harvard University-Kennedy School of Government, as well as a B.A. in Economics, History, Government and Philosophy from Wesleyan University.
Dr. Sanneta Myrie is Miss Jamaica World 2015, Miss World Caribbean and Miss World third runner up 2015. She is a medical doctor with a keen interest in the Performing Arts and a sincere passion for the Jamaican culture. She is a graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls (2008) and the deCarteret College (2010). At deCarteret College she was president of the Arts and Culture club as well as executive member of the Young Innovators Club. She won national awards at the JPS National Science & Technology Expo in 2010 for her high school science project. While pursuing medicine at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Myrie participated in several extra-curricular activities involving the performing arts and mentorship. She also served as Miss Aston Preston Hall 2010 and Miss UWI Mona 2012. She is a senior member of the Quilt Performing Arts Company and a mentor to teens in the Craig Town community. In 2013 and again in 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Charles Denbow Memorial scholarship as well as other academic awards and for her involvement in mentorship. Her mission is to develop dynamic social intervention programs and use the Arts as a means of therapy and to further empower the otherwise marginalized population to improve their lives.
Yendi Phillipps is Miss Jamaica World 2007 and Miss Jamaica Universe 2010. She is of Indo and Afro-Caribbean descent. She represented Jamaica at the Miss World 2007 contest and at Miss Universe 2010 where she finished as the first runner up to Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. There, Phillipps scored the highest in swimsuit and came in second in evening gown, entering the final question round in second place with a score of 8.884. Yendi became the first contestant in history to make it to the finals of all the fast track events at Miss World 2007. She was 1st runner-up in Miss World Beach Beauty and a finalist in the Miss World Sports, Miss World Talent, Miss World Top Model and the Beauty With A Purpose Award. During the telecast, she made the final top 16. After Miss Universe, Phillipps has appeared in commercials for brands such as Toyota, Pepsi, and Sprite. Yendi Phillips has also appeared in publications such as Skywritings magazine, Caribbean Beat magazine, Woman & Home, Fair Lady, Buzz, Collage, Soul, Basia and Ocean Style. Yendi holds a Bachelor’s degree of fine arts with a concentration in dance from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Management. She attended St. Andrew High School for Girls in Kingston, Jamaica. Phillipps previously hosted Digicel Rising Stars.
Anedie Azael is an entrepreneur and model with over 5 years experience. She holds the title of Miss Universe Haiti 2011 and Miss International Haiti 2012. Anedie was the first to represent her country at Miss International in its 52nd edition, Ms. Anedie was amongst the top 15 and received a special prize for her humanitarian efforts. Anedie has modeled for many fashion houses including Carolina Herrera, Dior, Chanel, Zac Posen. After the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, Anedie mobilized a group of people to collect over $USD8M in goods and supplies. Her dedication to help her country in the long-term led her to found the Peace Love International Inc. The nonprofit currently supports an orphanage with 75 children and a school with 200 children. Anedie’s love for the children led her to become the Haiti Ambassador for Shashamane Sunrise Non-profit Organization whose mission is to build schools in impoverished communities and a clinic in an area called La Saline. These establishments will give the children and the communities the necessary tools and resources needed to create leaders for Haiti’s future. Anedie is also an entrepreneur and she currently holds the franchise for the Miss Haiti World and Miss Haiti International. Anedie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a minor in Liberal Studies. (ALUMNI 2013)
George Bovell is the most successful swimmer in history to come out of the Caribbean. He is a 4-time Olympian for Trinidad & Tobago winning the Olympic Bronze Medal in 2004. He was the world record holder in the 200m Individual Medley in 2004-2005 and captured 5 Pan American Medals (2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze), and 5 individual NCAA Titles. George is currently the Fourth Fastest Man in History in the 50m Freestyle. He was a T&T Sports Ambassador and Chaconia Medal Winner. George is a graduate of Auburn University. (ALUMNI 2015)
Mervyn Dillon is a West Indian cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago. He has played 38 in Tests and taken 131 wickets. He has also played 108 One Day Internationals from 1997-2004. After the retirement of bowling greats Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose retired from international cricket, Dillon was the spearhead of the West Indies bowling attack. Most recently Mervyn has been a coach in the High Performance Unit at UTT where he worked with National and West Indies players to improve their techniques. He is also a representative on the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA). (ALUMNI 2013)
Lee-Ann Forbes is Miss Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) World 2011. Lee-Ann placed 24/140 contestants representing countries from all over the world at the Miss World Peagant in London in October 2011.. Lee-Ann is a professional model and has worked with T&T designers such as Calvin French, Peter Elias, Meiling, Claudia Pegus, Heather Jones, Zadd & Eastman, Robert Young and others. She has also modeled in Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Week 2010 as well as Islands of the World Fashion Week in the Bahamas in 2010. Lee-Ann has also done promotional campaigns for Micles and Caribbean Airlines. Lee-Ann is a graduate of St.Francois Girls’ College and Polytechnic Sixth Form Government School. She also attended University of the West Indies for one year where she studied Geography. She is currently enrolled as full time geography student at the Academy of Tertiary Studies and a part time model. (ALUMNI 2012)
Leah “Marville-ous” Marville is an international model, television host, philanthropist, Miss Barbados World 2009, Attorney-at-Law and Entrepreneur. She has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle and appeared in campaigns such as Dunhill Cigarettes, American Swiss and was the face of the worldwide Campaign for Nivea visage, to name a few. Leah has been the main host for the US Network – BET-J’s Caribbean music show – Wicked Style, which later led to landing another show – Splash! shown on BET’s sister station – CENTRIC, that saw her interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at the BET awards and more! In 2009, she formed the Love Campaign, a charity registered under the laws of Barbados. Leah’s numerous awards include: Miss World Continental Queen, the People’s Choice Award and Global Beauties’ Sexiest Woman Alive, The Phenomenal Woman Award by the Girlfriends Foundation, being named one of the 69 Most Influential People in Jamaica, and many more. Leah is the founder of Marville Management Inc. an entertainment services company in Barbados. In 2014, she started an entertainment tourism company – The Destination Weekend Company Ltd. (ALUMNI 2012)