World Ocean School Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

World Ocean School Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

We are thrilled to welcome seven new members to the World Ocean School Board of Directors!

This inspiring cohort of leaders, educators, administrators, and business thinkers were welcomed aboard in September after an intense summer of recruitment carried out by members of the existing Board of Directors. The new members will strengthen our ties to our two homes, Boston, Massachusetts and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Their knowledge of these communities, passion for forging new connections, and diverse skill sets will be invaluable to the organization as it seeks to expand and endure in the face of a continuing global pandemic.

In June, World Ocean School Executive Director Eden Leonard released a statement outlining ways the organization plans to build upon its equity and anti-racism practices in the months and years to come. This recruitment effort was realized in part to pursue the first point in that list: "Developing a more diverse board and staff to more appropriately reflect the students we serve." World Ocean School remains committed to these action items, and we are excited to have the participation of our new board members as we continue to advocate for equity and anti-racism as an organization.

Join us in welcoming our new board members!

Alicia Barnes served as Senator in the 33rd Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she was Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment, and Planning. She is highly involved in government and nonprofit efforts to support Virgin Islands communities, including as a board member for the St. Croix Boys and Girls Club.

Brian Campbell is an international tax director at PricewaterhouseCoopers with a wealth of experience in advising multinational financial service institutions on asset management tax functions. He is a leader of a diverse team, with colleagues from around the globe, and lives with his family in Brookline, MA.

Camille A. McKayle, PhD is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). Deeply committed to providing quality education, she has developed numerous curricular and extra-curricular programs to better engage students in learning. She has a particular interest in improving access to STEM education and career preparation, especially for students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields.

Fred Eustis is an entrepreneur with decades of business experience in corporate settings as well as the owning and operating of a hardwood chair manufacturing business, Eustis Chair. Fred has deep roots in the Boston area and a lifelong passion for sailing and the world of Tall Ships.

Glen Palmer has assisted in managing academic medical departments for the last 18 years. Currently, he is the Senior Administrative Director for Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Glen has held a variety of leadership positions at prominent healthcare institutions and nonprofit organizations, where he has developed expertise in strategic planning, finance management, and customer service.

Shirma Pierre is the Director of Community Health Operations and Projects at the Center for Community Health and Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and her areas of professional focus include finance, communications, data and evaluation, and community relations.

Waseem Givens is a conservationist and Boston native committed to giving back to his community, mentoring youth, and advocating for the preservation of the environment. Waseem has spent the last 8 years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA (BCBSMA), where he strives to help BCBSMA make a greater impact on the lives of their members and explore the correlation between health outcomes and the environment.

To learn more about our new collaborators, visit our Who We Are page.