Our Board of Directors
Assisting victims and survivors in the community is accomplished in large part through the dedication and support of volunteers, women and men who contribute their time, experience and so much more to fulfilling our mission. The term for WCSC board membership is three years, with elections held at annual meetings.
Our board of directors is actively involved in executive management, policy setting and long-range planning for WCSC, as well as selection and supervision of our leadership for daily operations, and approving the hiring or promotion of managerial staff. All of our board members make financial contributions in support of WCSC’s mission.
2017 WCSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board President Adrienne Seward has been a WCSC volunteer for many years. She has served on many fundraising and event committees. Adrienne orchestrated one of our most successful fundraisers, where over $100,000 was raised for our mission. Adrienne is also the office manager for a local business firm.
Board Vice PresidentCarol Battuello is a founding member of WCSC. She has been an active volunteer victim advocate for more than 20 years. Carol plays a very active role in advocate training and has served on many committees over the years. Carol is also a social worker for hospice care patients.
Board Secretary Dr. Carolyn Merritt has served as a board member previously. She is a sponsor for a number of WCSC’s annual fundraising events.
Board Treasurer Claudette Anderson is a 40-plus-year resident of St. Croix. She is a Certified Public Accountant for the State of New York, with a reciprocity certificate in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has held various accounting positions in the V.I. government, public accounting firms and private industry. Claudette has been a supporter of WCSC’s mission for many years.
Captain Melbourne Adams is a retired member of the USVI Police Department. He has been volunteering with WCSC in various capacities since its creation. Captain Adams also serves on event committees, including “Take Back the Night.” Captain Adams is a recipient of our Hero Award, given to community members who have made significant contributions to domestic violence prevention.
Susan Atkins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in media, public and investor relations to her service with WCSC. She has taught at the university level, and served as a library commissioner in San Diego. Susan has received several awards for philanthropy, including an award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She lives on St. Croix and is an avid supporter of WCSC’s cause.
Karen Hunt began her board membership in 2015. She sees the importance of integrating traditional supports, including families and communities, to foster resilient youth to face the life challenges and negative peer influence without becoming involved in problem behaviors. Karen is also the program director for Virgin Islands Perinatal Inc.
Yemaya Jones is a well-known local artist and fabric designer. She has been a WCSC supporter for many years, particularly with art fundraisers.
Makeda Kamara has been involved in creating feminist health centers and teaching a womanist perspective to women on birth, health and their bodies. Makeda has been a midwife for over 40 years, and is working with the V.I. Department of Health currently.
Lisa Harris Moorhead is an attorney for the Legislative Branch of the Virgin Islands government. She has supported WCSC’s mission in many ways over the past 20 years.
Claire Roker worked for the Legislative Branch of the Virgin Islands government before her retirement. She has been a long-time supporter of WCSC. Her commitment to our mission ranges from financial support to acting as an ambassador for the organization in the community.
Xiomara Sanchez began her counseling career with WCSC in 2002, after earning her Bachelor’s degree. She also continues to serve the community as a volunteer advocate. Xiomara is an adjunct professor at the University of the Virgin Islands, and remains committed to educating the community and working to end domestic violence. She hosts, Jueves En Negro (Thursdays In Black), on local Spanish language radio stations. Xiomara’s personal interests and passions include community service and working with youth on St. Croix.
Kathy Sheats has been a long-time volunteer and financial supporter of WCSC. Kathy was instrumental in developing our volunteer victim advocate program and has chaired our Annual Tennis Classic committee. Kathy is also a faculty member for the nursing program at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Venné Williams, PT, DPT, holds the healing arts as her calling and physical therapy as her specialty of choice. Dr. Williams is a practicing orthopedic therapist and has been a physical therapist in the St. Croix community for the past eight years. She has served as the Director of Rehabilitation Services, and successfully designed, developed and implemented the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at the Virgin Islands Cardiac Center. Dr. Williams also successfully developed and opened the Women’s Health Center. She serves her community by participating in health education events and through alliances with community organizations.