BOARD

Janis Valmond

Janis Valmond
President

Kareem Edwards
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Kareem Edwards
Vice President

Lisa Mordhorst

Treasurer

Bob Palmatier

Bob Palmatier
Secretary

Allison Johnson

Allison Johnson
Human Resources

Sonia Dean

Sonia Deane

Orville James

Orville James

Kai Nielsen

Kai Nielsen

Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins

Kareem Edwards attended Georgia Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently employed at the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority as a Plant Engineer. Kareem continues to stay active after his academic career by participating in many extra-curricular activities. He is a member of the millennial board at CMCArts and also a board member of the St. Croix Farmers in Action Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching Moko Jumbie to young people on Saturdays. BACK TO TOP

Kai Nielsen whails all the way from St. Croix, he is the founder and chief executive of the Virgin Islands Collaborative Solutions LLC. Based on more than a decade of academic and professional experience in teh spaces of policy design, community engagement and development, Kai formed VICS on the premise of sustainable environmental management with a peope-first approach to creatively solving problems facing life within the 21st Century. BACK TO TOP

 
 
 
 
 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The CMCArts Board of Directors are highly talented individuals with prestigious arts and business experience all dedicated to the promotion of art and education in the Caribbean community. Click on board members portraits to access their bios.

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Janis Valmond
President

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Kareem Edwards
Vice President

Lisa Mordhorst

Treasurer

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Bob Palmatier
Secretary

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Allison Johnson
Human Resources

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Sonia Deane

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Orville James

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Kai Nielsen

Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins

Janis Valmond has lived and worked in the USVI for over thirty years, interrupted by brief stints spent on the US mainland to pursue graduate school. Dr. Valmond is a former researcher and part-time faculty member of the University of the Virgin Islands. Dr. Valmond joined the staff of the Department of Health in April 2019, as Deputy Commissioner of Health. She is a founding Board member of BrightSaprk, Inc., a non-profit organization based on St. Croix and the primary sponsor of the Dominique James Reading Program: Reading Carnival and Book Fair. Her volunteer efforts in the past have included time as Troop Leader with the St. Patrick School Girl Scout Troops and she currently serves as an adult volunteer with the St. Patrick Youth Ministry. Serving as a Board member at CMCArts is one way she finds to give back to a vibrant St. Croix community that has provided a rich, stimulating environment to raise an awesome daughter and provided opportunities to work with a wide range of talented, committed individuals. BACK TO TOP

Kareem Edwards attended Georgia Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently employed at the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority as a Plant Engineer. Kareem continues to stay active after his academic career by participating in many extra-curricular activities. He is a member of the millennial board at CMCArts and also a board member of the St. Croix Farmers in Action Inc. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching Moko Jumbie to young people on Saturdays. BACK TO TOP

Lisa Mordhorst owns DONE!, an administrative services firm focusing on accounting, audit management, bookkeeping, human resources and business management with a primary focus on scalable and sustainable systems development and implementation for many clients on St. Croix. Lisa moved to St. Croix from New York City. She also provides marketing, graphic design, web design and social media services. Lisa attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, now absorbed by GW University, and received her BFA in photograph in 1993. She exhibited her fine art photography as a practicing artist through 2009. Lisa has worked in arts administration, operational management and exhibition management since 1989 in the development office of the Corcoran Museum of Art, operational manager for the Akira Ikeda Gallery NY satellite gallery, worked with the sculptor Mark di Suvero and his non-profit Socrates Sculpture Park for twelve years, and then with Tom Powel Imaging, exhibition photographer of all the great shows in New York City for five years. She has mounted an uncounted amount of exhibitions from conception to final public exhibition carrying out all administrative functions including curating, art shipping and handling, financial management, publicity. She is now a proud member of the Board of Directors at CMCArts. BACK TO TOP

Bob Palmatier has served in a variety of educational and community leadership positions over the past 67 years. Early in his career he worked in teacher education at Syracuse University, University of Georgia, and Northwestern State University, mostly at the graduate level. After 16 years of university level work, Bob spent 20 years serving in administrative positions in Birmingham (Alabama) City Schools. Following retirement from public education he entered the proprietary college arena, working at Fortis Institute, Virginia colleges and their parent company, Education Corporation of America, as academic dean, campus president, and in corporate curriculum development and compliance. After leaving the college arena, Bob continued traveling to serve as a member of college accreditation visiting teams. Throughout his career and following retirement, Bob has served in leadership positions in numerous community service non-profits, including Birmingham Healthcare, Equality Alabama, AIDS Alabama, CMCAts, and St. Croix pride . BACK TO TOP

Allison Johnson is the co-owner of Cowboy Jungle Inc., an omnichannel retail/e-tail commerce company focused on medical apparel and footwear. She currently handles PR and marketing for the 19-year old company's multiple business to consumer e-commerce sites with her husband of 24 years. While her children were young, Allison taught children aged pre-K to 8th grade in public and private schools in San Francisco, Atlanta and North Carolina. Her first teaching job was at a Title One elementary school that served a large concentration of low-income students. She was an English language development specialist, teaching emerging multilingual students (Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish) to be English proficient. Other specialties included teaching gifted education, and working with students with behavioral problems and learning disabilities in a self-contained classroom. Allison cultivated a love of people, places, art and culture through extensive travel at an early age. She studied in Canada and Japan and worked in the Secretariat of Women's Rights of the French Parliament translating documents from French to English for the European Economic Community. She fell in love at first sight with the people, culture and natural beauty of St. Croix and chose to make it her family's forever home in 2017.       BACK TO TOP

Sonia Deane was born in Guyana, South America. Her family migrated to New York City at the age of 11. Sonia holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from the City of New York University with a specialty in education. Her experience as an educator spans a period of over 30 years with the New York City Department of Education. Her illustrious career experiences included such accolades as the establishment of Manhattan Community College's first family daycare program network. She is an exuberant and passionate art collector and an enthusiast in the distillery and marketing of runs from every corner of the world. She fell in love with St. Croix after several visits since 1989. Since that time she has made St. Croix her principal residence. Currently, her focus had been on the rehabilitation of a 4,000 square foot building in Christiansted. Upon completion, the historical building complex will be a mixed-use property of residences and an art gallery and cultural center. The art gallery will fulfill a decades-long desire to bring together her love for education and art into a space where other collectors can appreciate and purchase Caribbean art.  BACK TO TOP

Orville James is a native son from Dominica and has lived in St. Croix for more than twenty years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida and manages capital and renewable energy construction projects for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. Orville values community service and has served as a past president of WAPA's Professional and Technical Employees' Union and the Elena L. Christian school's Parent Teacher Student Association and as the secretary of People United for a Better Virgin Islands. As the race director of The Virgin Islands Pace Runners, he officiates many competitive and other sporting events. He also volunteers as an assistant to the Director of Judging and Awards for the Agrifest Board of Directors and participates in the music ministry of te Midland Wesleyan Holiness Church. Orville enjoys spending time with his family and delights in all that living in the Caribbean provides including swimming, sailing, scuba diving, gardening, and hiking. He believes art expresses culture, celebrates beauty, and inspires people and considers it an honor to be a member of CMCArts Board of Directors. BACK TO TOP

Kai Nielsen hails all the way from St. Croix, he is the founder and chief executive of the Virgin Islands Collaborative Solutions LLC. Based on more than a decade of academic and professional experience in the spaces of policy design, community engagement and development, Kai formed VICS on the premise of sustainable environmental management with a people-first approach solving problems facing life within the 21st Century. After staging more than four dozen planning sessions with countless individuals within the Territory's three branches of government, Kai began formalizing his visionary approaches for sustainable development, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, under the banner of V.I. Collaborative Solutions in 2015. His efforts were quickly realized by the Territory's non-profit sector as organizations such as the St. Croix Environmental Association, CMCArts, and the Oscar E Henry Farmland Preserve - vied for his leadership and strategic guidance. In 2018, Kai became the youngest President in the history of the Rotary Club of St. Croix, the second oldest Rotary Club the Caribbean namesake of the largest member ran non-profit organization in the region. While holding the post, Kai organized one of the territory's first community based "Emergency Management Panels", which featured industry experts and led to the recruitment of key stakeholders within the space. Later that year Kai was recruited by the newly elected Bryan and Roach administration to become a member of their Economic Development Transition Team, an experience which greatly enriched his views on policy design and strategy development for the region. He is now closing out his Masters in Public Administration degree with the University of the Virgin Islands and is fully committed to the needs of the Virgin Islands and its people. BACK TO TOP

Susan Atkins is a tireless advocate of civic involvement, she has served on numerous boards and organizations including Chair of the Fun-raising committee of the Women's Coalition of St. Croix, Library  Commissioner in San Diego, Chair of the Diversionary Theater Board and of the national Victory Fund, to name a few. With an MBA from Pepperdine University and BA and MA degree from the University of Oklahoma, Susan had a 40 year career in Communications including Vice President of a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company, teaching journalism at the University of Tulsa and eventually founding the most successful investor relations and public relations firm in the biotechnology industry in California which she sold to Porter Novelli, a global communications firm. Susan is a patron of the arts and an aficionado of the theater. As a fine art collector her paintings include Caribbean artists and some of the most respected and esteemed Chinese contemporary artists working today. This collection attests to her belief in how art informs the present and creates a path for the future. Susan is involved and committed to increasing understanding of the importance that arts programs serve in a community. BACK TO TOP

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