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Patricia Frorup

Graduated from Christiansted High school-1958.  Attended the College of the Virgin Islands and the University of the Virgin Islands. (Secretarial & Para-Legal).

Worked with the Virgin Islands Government for 28 years in different departments such as the Dept. of Social Welfare, Dept. of Agriculture & Labor, Dept. of Labor, Office of the Governor and the VI Legislature; in various capacities such as Secretary, Recording Secretary, Bookkeeper, Accountant, Administrative Secretary, Administrative Officer and Special Assistant.

Retired from the VI Government in 1992 and entered the private sector. Worked with Retirement Housing Foundation a California based senior housing company as Manager of their only facility in the Virgin Islands- Sunny Isle Housing for the Elderly.

Retired again, this time “FULLY” in 2002 from Sunny Isle Housing and began doing volunteer work with the Veterans’ Medical Clinic taking disabled veterans to the Veterans hospital in Puerto Rico until 2013.

Dr. Lois Hassell-Habtes 

Dr. Lois Hassell-Habtes, has over forty (40) years of experience in the field of Music & Cultural Education where she served through the years, as Music Supervisor and State Coordinator of Cultural Education in the territory. Additionally, she served as an Assistant Principal and Principal of schools in the District of St. Thomas/St. John. Dr. Hassell-Habtes holds an undergraduate degree from the College of Notre Dame and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, culminating with Ph.D. in Music Education/Educational Administration).

Additionally, she has worked as a Consultant with the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Folklife Programs for the Virgin Islands’ presentations on the National Mall (Washington, D.C.) and the Director of the Restaging of the Folklife Festival on St. Croix in 1991. She further served as an elected Delegate to the Fifth Constitutional Convention. She brings a wealth of hands-on professional expertise to the Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial Commission 2017.

Patrice Harley 

Patrice L. Harley, daughter of the late Victor and Thelma Ebbesen, grew up on St. Thomas with both St. Thomian and Crucian roots flowing through the Ebbesen and Oliver families.

In 1981 she married Julien Harley and relocated to the island of St. John, raising three children there, Julice, Jamien and Jaurel.  Mrs. Harley who is currently retired, taught in the Public School system for over 33 years both on St. Thomas at the E. Benjamin Oliver school which was named after her great grandfather and on St. John at the Guy H. Benjamin School.  She has also volunteered as a Cub Scout Leader, Coach of the Love City Leapers Jump rope Team, After-school tennis instructor and an at-home Tutor.

Sen. Myron D. Jackson 

Senator Myron D. Jackson, serving his second term, is the Secretary and Chair of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation of the 31st Legislature of the Virgin Islands. Previously he was a sitting member of the Committees on Education & Workforce Development; Economic Development, Agriculture & Planning; Rules and Judiciary; and Finance. Senator Jackson also serves as Liaison to the United States Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs.

During his freshman term, he was invited by the former Delegate to Congress to Capitol Hill to deliver a historical narrative of the 1917 Sale and Transfer of the former Danish West Indies to the United States. In January 2014, Senator Jackson traveled to Copenhagen to meet with American Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford, the Danish Foreign Ministry, and heads of institutions and societies to facilitate their engagement in the 2017 Centennial. He was appointed to serve as a representative of the body on the 2017 Centennial Commission, and at the 2013 Reparations Conference in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Senator Jackson has spearheaded the implementation and recognition of Virgin Islands holidays and observances at the Legislature.

Senator Jackson over the decades has researched and published widely in the area of cultural heritage and preservation. He has received many service community awards for his commitment and dedication to the people and cultural patrimony of the Virgin Islands of the United States.

Gerville R. Larsen

Gerville Rene Larsen is a 6th generation Crucian, born and raised on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Throughout his career, he has received honors and awards in the fields of art and architecture. Gerville is the Principal & Owner of TALLER LARJAS, LLC situated in Christiansted, St. Croix. It houses his architectural firm as well as his art studio and innovative fine art gallery. Gerville is a V.I. Registered Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.).

Beyond his creative talents, Gerville has extensive experience in V.I. Government development and regulatory agencies, having worked as the St. Croix District Director of Permits for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. He is also a former Department of Public Works Architect. He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in 1989.

Hans Lawaetz

Hans Lawaetz is a 3rd generation Crucian and attended the St. Patrick’s School in Frederiksted. A graduate of Cornell University, he also served five years in the military service as an Air Force Officer, before returning to St. Croix.

He is presently President of Annaly Farms Inc. and Annaly Farms Senepol Inc. and has served on many non-profit organizations. Hans is presently Honorary Life President of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC) and the “International” Senepol Cattle Breeders Association (SCBA), as well as Honorary Trustee of the Good Hope School.

Hans was instrumental in developing the St. Croix breed of Senepol cattle, now known in most tropical countries of the world.

Clement "Cain" Magras

Clement "Cain" Magras is a graduate of the Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary & High School and is a graduate of the University of Dayton in Ohio, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology.

From 1974 thru 1991, Magras was the owner and business manager of Professional Laboratory Services where, in addition to his technical and business duties, he was responsible for training interns from our high schools and the Youth Multi-Purpose Center in laboratory techniques. In 1984, Magras was elected as a Senator to the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands where he served two terms and was Chairman of the Housing Committee and Government Operations.

In 1989, Magras served as the Special Assistant to the Governor for Audits Resolution and continued on as Commissioner for the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs from 1991 thru 1995.

Magras was the Crisis Counseling Coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 1995 to 1997 then was selected as the Executive Director for the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands until 1999.

From 2001, he served as Associate Director for the Office of Management and Budget, Federal Grants Management Unit until 2007, then took on the responsibility of Executive Assistant to the Director, Chief Financial Officer and Governor’s Authorized Representative at the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) until 2012 when he retired from government service.

Over the course of his career Clement Magras has served as a member on the Advisory Board for the Governor’s Conference on Libraries; V.I. elected delegate to the White House Conference for Handicapped Individuals in Washington, D.C.; Member of the National Planning Committee for Epileptics; Tradition Bearer for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.; Coordinator, designer and costume maker for the Eagles Carnival Troupe for over 23 years.

Most recently he was an elected delegate to the Fifth Constitutional Convention and is currently serving on the VI Centennial Transfer Commission.

Colette Conroy Monroe

Colette Conroy Monroe was appointed to the Centennial Commission by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp and serves on his policy team in the Office of the Governor where she also served for former Governor John P. deJongh Jr.  Her areas of policy include waste management, housing, environment, public works, maritime, Office of Interior, and Water Island.

Prior to serving in the Office of the Governor, Mrs. Conroy Monroe worked for the 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29th Legislatures as Senate President Louis P. Hill’s Chief of Staff where she was responsible for his legislative bill drafting and oversight of legislative committee meetings and staff.  She was appointed to the V.I. Anti-Litter and Beautification Commission by Governor Charles W. Turnbull and to the V.I. Marine Economic Development Council by Governor deJongh.

Colette’s experience in key positions provides her with a unique knowledge of the functional workings of the Virgin Islands government and she firmly believes in God, family, and country, in that order. She serves our community on the Virgin Islands Board of the American Cancer Society, VI-PR Area Maritime Security Steering Committee, and the Water Island Search and Rescue Squad. She formerly served on the board of the Virgin Islands American Red Cross, Dept. of Defense Ombudsman for VI-ESGR, League of Women Voters of the Virgin Islands, and as President of the Water Island Civic Association. Colette is a communicant of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral since 1979. 

Shelley Moorhead 

In 2004, Shelley Moorhead founded the African-Caribbean Reparations and Resettlement Alliance (ACRRA) in the US Virgin Islands and pursued a role in shaping and defending humanity both historically and in the present day. Mr. Moorhead led the first official Virgin Islands delegation to travel to Denmark since renowned St. Croix labor leader David Hamilton Jackson in 1915. The delegation included USVI Senators Terrence Nelson and Usie Richards, US Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen and Dr. Carlyle Corbin - Minister of State for External Affairs, as well as civic leaders and a youth delegate. On April 11, 2005 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed which established the USVI / Denmark Joint Reparations Task Force co-chaired by ACRRA and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

Moorhead continues to engage the world on the issues of slavery-era reconciliation and is dedicated to advancing the cause of humanity and to securing the future for coming generations.

On July 6, 2015, Governor Kenneth E. Mapp appointed Mr. Moorhead to serve as his Special Advisor on External Affairs where he presently serves at the Office of the Governor in the US Virgin Islands.

Robert O'Connor Jr. 

A life-long resident of St. John, Robert O’Connor Jr. is a former Senator at Large for the islands of St. John during the 17th and 18th Legislature of the Virgin Islands. He’s served as Chairman of the State Job Training Counsel, Vocational Board of Education and the Virgin Islands Port Authority Board.

 

Dr. Eugene A. Petersen 

Community Activist, Musician, Cultural Torch Bearer, Veterinarian, Radio Talk Show host and Author are a few of the titles used by Dr. Eugene A. Petersen.

A resident and native of St. Croix, Dr. Petersen has served as a board member for several organizations in the territory ranging from the Virgin Island Veterinary Board, Frederiksted Economic Development Association, WTJX -Public Broadcasting System of the Virgin Islands and Island Center for the Performing Arts.

Pamela Richards Samuel

In addition to her former post as Commissioner of Tourism, Richards Samuel served as the assistant press secretary to former Governor Alexander A. Farrelly. She also served as the press secretary for U.S.V.I. Senator David S. Jones and the office manager for the late Senator Lorraine l. Berry.

As Tourism Commissioner, Richards Samuel was also the First Vice President and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Association. She has served as the executive director of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Charles W. Turnbull 

Dr. Charles Wesley Turnbull was the sixth elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was born on the island of St. Thomas in February 1935.  Prior to being elected in 1998   he was a professor at the University of the Virgin Islands, Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of the territorial Department of Education, principal and assistant principal of Charlotte Amalie High School, and as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools.  He was also an elected member of the five constitutional conventions and was an elected member of the Boards of Education and Election. He was elected governor in November 1998 and re-elected in 2002.

He is a graduate of Hampton University, earning bachelor's and master's degrees and earned a doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1976.

During his tenure as governor, Turnbull served as a member of the National Governors Association, the Southern Governors' Association, and the Democratic Governors Association. Turnbull was prohibited from seeking re-election in 2006 due to term limits. His term of office expired on January 1, 2007, and he was succeeded by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr.

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