Our Board of Directors
Our work in the community is accomplished in large part through the dedication and support of 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.
2016 WCSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board President 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.
Board Vice President Carol 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.
Karen Hunt began her board membership in 2015. She sees the importance of integrating traditional supports, including families and communities, to foster resilient youth who will be prepared to face the challenges of stress, chaos 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 began her board membership in 2015. She 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.
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 the office manager for a local business firm.
2016 Board Members:
Xiomara Sanchez is proud to say that she began her counseling career with WCSC in 2002, just after earning her Bachelor’s degree. She also became a volunteer advocate at that time. She has obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling and is now a school social worker at the Department of Education. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of the Virgin Islands. Xiomara continues to volunteer as a WCSC advocate. She remains committed to educating the community and working to end domestic violence. Xiomara hosts, Jueves En Negro (Thursdays In Black), on local Spanish language radio stations. The show focuses on topics which include domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Xiomara’s personal interests and passions include community service, continued work with youth on St. Croix, art and volunteering at the community theater. Her dream is to lead adolescent groups from St. Croix on global community service trips.
Barbie Walker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in business management, entrepreneurship and event planning to her service with WCSC. She has owned a design firm and a chain of furniture, antique and consignment stores. She is also a proud and dedicated mom, raising a 7-year old and a 15-year-old.