Karen Hunt

Karen began her board membership in 2015. She also serves on the Fundraising Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. Karen is the program director for a nonprofit perinatal center.

Carolyn merritt

Vice President
Dr. Carolyn Merritt is also a member of the Finance Committee and the Strategic Planning/Bylaws Committee. Carolyn is a board-certified dermatologist, with a practice in Christiansted.

Adrienne Seward

Adrienne is a long-time supporter of WCSC's mission. She is the office manager for T.E.A.M. Consultants and the owner of Abby's Lingerie Salon in Christiansted.

Venné Williams

Venné Williams, PT, DPT, serves on the Finance and Membership Ad Hoc Committees. Dr. Williams is a practicing orthopedic therapist, and a physical therapist in the community.

Melbourne Adams

Captain Adams is a retired member of the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department. He also serves on the Board Development and Fundraising committees. Melbourne has volunteered with WCSC in various capacities since its creation.

Lisa Coates

Lisa is a long-time supporter of WCSC's mission, through our major fundraisers. She is a personal chef and owner of Cafe Christine Bistro in Christiansted.

Kristin Dare

Kristin's educational background is in business marketing. She moved to St. Croix from the mainland to be of service in the community. She has taught at and written grants for one of the island's schools and is the owner of Dare Yoga.

Yemaya R. Jones

Yemaya is a well-known local artist and a fabric designer. She has been a WCSC supporter for many years, particularly with our art fundraisers.

Claire Roker

Claire worked for the legislative branch of the Virgin Islands Government before her retirement. She is a long-time supporter of WCSC's mission, from financial support to acting as a community ambassador.

Claudette Anderson

Claudette is a Certified Public Accountant, who has held accounting positions in the V.I. government, public accounting firms and in private industry. Claudette has been a WCSC supporter for many years.

Aisha Webster

Aisha is a volunteer victim advocate with WCSC, and a former employee. She also currently serves on the Finance Committee and the Fundraising Committee. Aisha is the service manager for a local business firm.


Clema S. Lewis

Executive Director

Clema is responsible for overall management and is our chief spokesperson. She sets annual goals and objectives, and implements policies.

Josefina Cruz

Director, Crisis Intervention/ Bilingual Counselor

Josefina is our bilingual Spanish-speaking crisis counselor and supervises the counseling staff.

Open Position

Director, education programs

Responsible for operations at the Alice Pfaelzer Children’s Center, including career exploration and volunteer service programs for youth.

Bernice Kight

Office/hr Manager

Bernice coordinates administrative support–including supervision of staff, maintenance and repairs for all locations, ordering of supplies, records maintenance and related services.

Open Position

Fiscal Officer

Handles overall accounting and finance functions, and is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of WCSC’s financial information. Also works with the executive director on the organization’s annual budget. 

Sheelene Gumbs

Crisis Counselor

Sheelene provides advocacy, crisis intervention and other supportive services for people impacted by violence, including assistance with action planning.

Brenda Lewis

Case Manager

Brenda provides crisis intervention and supportive services to the residents of Sojourner House, including court advocacy and action planning.

Judy Fyfield

Childcare Provider

Judy provides on-site childcare services for the youth residing at Sojourner House shelter while their parents work, go to school or keep appointments.

Swinda Hall-Daley

Shelter Night Manager

Swinda oversees the evening, weekend and holiday operations of Sojourner House, WCSC’s emergency shelter.

Elisabeth Stewart

Child Counselor

Lis provides crisis assessment, intervention and emotional support to child survivors of violence, including addressing their emergency needs.

Minerva Saldana

Court Advocate/Counselor

Minerva is responsible for providing court and criminal justice advocacy to victims of domestic violence, rape and other crimes.

Temara Honore

Transitional Housing Case Manager

Temara manages our Transitional Housing Program, including securing temporary housing and providing case management for victims and survivors.

Debra Benjamin

Communications Coordinator

Debra’s work includes developing WCSC’s messaging, marketing of our mission, vision and efforts, and management of our online presence.

Suzanna Christopher


Suzanna arranges for pickup and delivers large donations to our thrift store, and assists with organizing merchandise.

The Driver arranges for pickup and delivers large donations to our thrift store, and assists with organizing merchandise.

Open Position

Sorting Room/Volunteer Coordinator

The coordinator handles retail operations, including organizing donations, sales and volunteer schedules.

Katherine Echevarria

Front Desk Client Navigator

Katherine greets clients and visitors, handles incoming calls, performs general administrative tasks and assists with special projects.

Karlean DeLeon

Thrift Stores Manager

Karlean is responsible for daily operations and administration in Closet To Closet, Shabby Chic Corner and The Home Store.

Syretta Fleming


Syretta’s responsibilities include recording daily financial transactions, assisting with payroll preparation and tax reporting.

Open Position

Fundraising/Grants coordinator

Our primary liaison with donors, develops our annual fundraising plans with the Executive Director, and oversees our fundraisers.

Open Position

the home store coordinator

The coordinator handles retail operations, including sales, organizing donations and arranging displays in our home goods thrift store. 

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