EXECUTIVE BOARD

Chairman


Patrick Campbell, Esq.
Patrick S. Campbell, Esq., is a partner in the Communications and Technology Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, Garrison LLP Law firm in Washington D. C. Patrick concentrates on transactional, corporate and regulatory matters, and has worked extensively on such matters on behalf of numerous domestic and foreign telecommunications, satellite, media and Internet companies.

Patrick's experience has included representing numerous satellite operators and customers in the negotiation of agreements for the establishment of joint ventures, the procurement of satellite systems, and the leasing of satellite capacity; representing telecommunications clients in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission; providing regulatory and corporate advice to companies, financial institutions and investors with respect to public and private equity and high-yield offerings involving communications entities; negotiating contracts for the construction of undersea and underground fiber optic telecommunications systems and for the leasing of rights-of-way on such systems; and advising clients on various dispute resolution and litigation matters in the communications and technology areas.

Patrick has been very active over the past 15 years in the local community of WashingtonDC working with inner city youths. He recently received Street Law’s "2012 Law Firm Community Service Award". Patrick Campbell attended Jamaica College (JC) in KingstonJamaica and completed his education at:
J.D., Stanford Law School, 1995
with distinction
B.A., Georgetown University, 1992
cum laude
Clerkship
Hon. Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia

Executive Board

Rula Brown
Founder/Exec. Director
Ruel "Rula" Brown, attended Excelsior High School in Kingston, Jamaica and subsequently immigrated to the USA. He graduated high honors (Tau Alpha Pi) with a BSc. and MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute Of Technology (WIT) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) respectively. He worked at Bell Labs/AT&T/Lucent Technologies as a computer hardware design engineer.

Rula is the Founder/Exec. Director of PALAS. He is also the CEO of Qualitex Designs and Bee Cat Records. Rula is the host of the popular Internet radio show "Peace and Love Vibration Show" (PALVS) which is simulcasted on twenty (20) radio/TV networks and broadcasting five days per week. 

In 1999-2005, Rula awarded twenty-five (25) scholarships (GRANNY-Icy Academic Scholarship) valued JA$6.5 million on his own to students residing in the Long Mountain Community of East Kingston, Jamaica to memorialize his late mother and grandmother. Rula volunteers each Christmas and Thanksgiving day at the Hosea Feed The Hunger for the past  ten (10) years in Atlanta, Georgia to assist in feeding thousands of hungry/homeless individuals. You may listen to his radio broadcast at www.RulaBrownNetwork.com for the popular radio show.


Milton Galloway, Director
Milton M. Galloway, completed high school in Kingston, Jamaica at Excelsior and pursued further education in Europe via an engineering scholarship. He graduated from Leicester University (England) with a BSc (honors) degree in Civil Engineering. Subsequently he immigrated to the USA wherein he has been practicing engineering for over 25 years with major focus on heavy construction. 

This specialty entails the implementation and reconstruction of sewer and water main systems as applied to the infra-structure of New York City. He’s presently employed at the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), where he’s licensed as a professional engineer (P.E.) and registered to practice in the states of NY and Delaware.


Outside of the professional circles, Milton is a strong advocate for the preservation and promotion of Caribbean folk culture. Thus he remains a founding member of the world renowned Cari-Folk Singers of Jamaica. This group has twice entered the International Choir Olympics in Europe (Austria & Germany) wherein they’ve won gold & silver medals in respective years 2000 and 2004.When on tour in the USA the group was promoted through Lignumvitae Edutainment, Inc. for which he’s the president. Presently he’s compiling raw footage for the group’s first DVD after 38 years in the business.

Patrick Smith, Director
Patrick "JJ"Anthony Smith aka “Tony” roots began in Kingston, Jamaica. He played drums and keyboards throughout the Caribbean & the United States with various major reggae groups. He played with S.W.A.M.M.P band & opened show for Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Third World, Black Uhuru, Dennis Brown, Sugar Minot, Gregory Issacs, Mighty Diamonds, Beres Hammond, Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, Ken Booth, Fyah Wyah, Leroy Smart, Heptones, Frankie Beverly and Maze. The dynamic, vibrant, self-motivated, , energetic, Patrick Smith has been a successful, flourishing working artist since the age of 13.

Tony Smith played in bands like The Jet Set, Titans, Happiness Unlimited, Father Gooden, and Tour with Big Youth in the 70’s. His career led him to Bermuda. He also toured with Pluto Shervinton in the Totola, Virgin Isles performing with Don Carlos and Apple from Israel Vibration gave him all the confidence he needed to continue to make the business of music his passion.



T. Ray Campbell, Director
T. Ray Campbell, Assistant Professor in Computer Information Systems at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.  Ray is a graduate of Manchester High School, Mandeville, University of Technology (UTECH) formerly College of Arts, Science, & Technology (CAST), and University of the West Indies (UWI).  With a B.Sc. in Economics and Management (UWI), and an MBA (University of Phoenix), Ray has had many years in accounting and finance, and technology, particularly in the financial industry. 
A former VP of Infrastructure, Servers and OS at J P Morgan Chase in New York, Ray recently made the transition into education where his research activities and interests are in the areas of network infrastructure, information security, and network survivability. Ray is a member of IEEE and ACM and has published conference papers on information security with emphasis on access and authentication.  Ray is currently doing research for his Dissertation for a PhD in Information Systems. 



Jackie Brown, Director
Jackie Andrews Brown was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica and grew up as a teenager in the Jarrett Lane/Norman Gardens community of East Kingston. After graduating from Saint Monica’s College in 1971 she worked as a proof reader for the Jamaica daily News.

In 1974 she immigrated to the USA where she started her career in the financial environment. She worked with Chase Manhattan Bank first as a Commercial Service Representative and subsequently as a Loan Investigator. After nine years she went to work with Canon USA for thirteen years as a Major Account Coordinator with a ten million dollar portfolio. Jackie presently works with Wegener Communications, Inc. in the capacity of Credit Manager and also as a Certified ISO 9001 Internal Auditor.

Jackie and her husband are the owners of Paramount Entertainment Group LLC.
She serves as the CEO and CFO for the group. She has completed various course work and accounting certifications through Chattahoochee Technical College, Kennesaw University, Georgia Technical University and Dun & Bradstreet. Her passion is helping young adults to “be all they can be” and volunteering.



Malvern Edwards, Director
Malvern Glenroy Edwards, was born in Brown’s Town, St Ann, he attended  Holmwood Technical High School, Manchester. He is a former employee of Colgate Palmolive Jamaica Ltd,  Gleaner Company and National Commercial Bank, Jamaica Ltd. Mr. Edwards later migrated to the United States to attend Fort Lauderdale College where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree, with a major in Accounting and was also the recipient of “Who is Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges” award.  He later studied at Nova Southeastern University and earned a Masters of Accounting Degree.

Malvern has over 33 years experience in business, finance and accounting, specializing in financial, cost and management accounting.
Malvern is an International Senior Accountant with PRGX International, the world’s largest profit recovery organization. He is also the CFO of SYGEC International, a company providing tangible solutions, in national infrastructure, education, vocational training, healthcare and societal development. 

The SYGEC vision is to generate positive international perception of developing nations with particular focus on sub Saharan Africa. Malvern has contributed to the growth, development and stability of other leading companies and educational institutions such as: Barr &  Barr, Inc., Office Depot, Callaway Partners LLC, and Clark Atlanta University.



Sharon Chevannes, Director
Sharon E. Chevannes, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is currently employed as an Associate Director of an Investment Management company in Springfield, Massachusetts.  In addition, she has been passionately involved in a local nonprofit group for the past 14 years called Women of Worship Ministries, Inc, or WOW as the current Treasurer.  Our (WOW) mission is to help families in need in the local community and Jamaica by feeding them both spiritually as physically.  All of our funds are raised through annual fundraising events and donations.  

Women of Worship have helped families over the years with everything from paying utility bills, rents, buying food and plane tickets, to paying for cemetery plots and other funeral costs.  There is also a scholarship fund under the organization called the Adrian Dream Alive Scholarship Fund, which is in memory of the son of one of our members who lost his life tragically at the age of 25.  It is through this scholarship fund that WOW has donated to PALAS over the past few years.

She has been  blessed to be married to a wonderful husband for the past 30 years whose name is Maurice, and we have two lovely daughters, Leyana and Sherice.

She brings a breadth and depth of experience gained through WOW to assist Mr. Brown in his efforts to raise funds/wareness for PALAS for the upcoming year.

Donna Myrie, Director

Donna Myrie, Donna Myrie is a member of Excelsior High School’s Graduating Class of 1980.  During her time at Excelsior, Donna was an academic excellence award recipient, member of the Student Council, Choir, Drama Club and Swim Team.


Her post high school education includes a three-year tour of duty at the US Army’s Fifth Corps Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany where she served with distinction under the early leadership of General Colin Powell. She did her undergraduate studies in Communications at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and over the past two decades has served on various community and fundraising projects including the Make A Wish Foundation and Community Food bank of NJ. She is a mentor of high school students, former environmental awareness club co-lead and tour guide to pharmaceuticals research program. She has been the recipient of various professional awards of excellence for outstanding job performance during her two decades in the pharmaceutical industry.  

During Excelsior’s 75th anniversary celebrations in Kingston, she was honored to receive the school’s Award of Excellence for her volunteer work and contributions to date.   The Class of 1980’s motto, “Giving Back Matters” under her leadership had undertaken a number of ambitious projects including academic scholarships, sponsorship of track, football, cricket, and cadets to name a few. During the Class of 80, 30th anniversary celebrations, she coordinated the class gift to undertake eye exam screenings for all 1st Formers and pay for prescription classes for students identified during the screening. It is indeed her desire to leave a legacy of giving.



Michelle Mack, Director
Michelle E. Mack, is employed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; a premier international youth development organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Michelle’s relationship with the Boys & Girls Club Movement began in 1997 as a parent volunteer at the Conyers/ Rockdale Unit of Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and later joined their staff.  In June 1999 Michelle was hired by Boys & Girls Clubs National Headquarters and went on to expand her career working in their Regional Office in New York, Field Services and the Training departments both in Atlanta.
In 2009 Michelle relocated to Virginia and became involved with mentoring in collaboration with the Commonwealth Challenge, a program geared to giving a second chance to at-risk youth.
In addition, Michelle served at Regent University, Center for Entrepreneurship as a volunteer councilor providing motivational support for current and past Cohorts of an intense 13-week business entrepreneurship program based in Rwanda.  She established the alumni program by reconnecting with past cohorts and engaged them in a mentoring program that matched them with successful subject matter experts in the US.
Since returning to Atlanta, GA in September 2014, Michelle has rejoined the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Planning and Measurement department and the Office of the President.


Michelle holds a Business and Finance degree from the University of North London, England and also a Counseling degree from Life Christian University.  Michelle is married to John Mack and has two adult sons:  Damond and Marlon. 


Trevor Flowers, Director
Trevor Flowers, is the President & CEO of Kwest A/E Corporation. He co-founded this development, architecture, and engineering services operation, catering to both public and private sector clients.
He has been active in the acquisition, and development of income producing properties; his experience covers a wide area of real estate including leasing, client representative, construction management and design and construction.  The activities have involved single-family homes, commercial office buildings and industrial properties.

Mr. Flowers has combined development hands-on experience in real estate development, marketing budgeting finance, full profit and loss activity with strong history of creativity and operations/productivity management.  A purposeful and dynamic leader/team player who communicates effectively with all levels/multiple disciplines.  Exhibits a “can-do” attitude exemplified by a history of achievements and innovations.  Skilled contract administration, scheduling, materials management and problem resolution.  Adapts well to change and the pressure of aggressive timetables.

Mr. Flowers has a BS Degree in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and attends New York University Real Estate Institute.  He holds professional engineering licenses in New Jersey, Delaware, Arizona, and Jamaica, W.I. He is a member of American Management Association, American Society of Professional Engineers, Past President of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Educational Opportunity Advisory Board and past President of Caribbean Business Association. Trevor attended Kingston College (KC) in Jamaica.


PALAS, Inc. is a 501(c) (3), non-profit organization which is headquartered in Georgia. Founded by Jamaican-born Rula Brown,   our mission is to help improve the health, education and general well-being of less fortunate children in the Caribbean region. PALAS operates with ten (10) working board members and five (5) advisory board members. Our motto is “Preserving Young Minds for Posterity”. 


Millissa LadySong, Director

Millissa LadySong, has a full time career in information technology by day, but every Thursday evening she is the host of The LadySong Show - an online music and entertainment show. Millissa is originally from Birmingham England where her early years were spent in church choirs. She now resides in South Florida.
Recently Millissa has been involved in various non-profit organizations such as Women In Jazz South Florida (WIJSF), The Belize Association and most recently PALAS.
Millissa enjoys utilizing her creativity and technology skills whenever possible.







Cherille Cameron, Director

Cherille Cameron, was born in Manchester, Jamaica.  Prior to migrating to the United States in 1984, she worked for the Jamaica Income Tax Department.
In 1986, Cherille became the owner of Sterling Variety Store. At that time, it was one of only two Jamaican grocery stores in the Springfield, Massachusetts area serving the local Jamaican community.
In 1991 she transitioned into the banking industry and worked for Springfield institution for Savings as a Customer Service Banking Specialist. She also volunteered with a local D Edward Wells Credit Union and provided financial guidance and advice to students in the community in the areas of banking and investment in the stock market.
This Credit Union was the only one in the state of Massachusetts that provided students ages 7-18 access to conducting Savings Book Transaction, the bank tellers were children of the same age. She travelled with the students to different states to attend the General Credit Union Conferences. One of our students was nominated to travel to the White House and met the then President Bill Clinton.
After several mergers and reorganization, Toronto Dominion Bank evolved at which time she was promoted to Assistant Vice President in the United States Customer Service Department division.  
Cherille is an Executive Board Member of the Women of Worship (WOW) Ministries. A local nonprofit organization that provides assistance to families and individuals both in our local community and Jamaica. In the past 14 years this organization has provided financial opportunities, spiritual guidance and scholarships to many families. She enjoys being part of a journey that empowers women and girls in particular to overcome any obstacles that they may face in life.
Cherille was married to Glenroy Cameron for 33 years who passed away suddenly in November 2013.  “It was an emotional and exciting experience to award a PALAS scholarship in his honor in 2016”.
Cherille has two awesome children Lloyd and Tasha and five wonderful grandchildren, Devin 22, Ariana 18, Janyia 12, Kevin 6 and Lauren 3.


Advisory Board


Laurel K. Brown, Esq.
Laurel K. Brown, Esq. Laurel Brown serves as the Executive Vice President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), an economic development non-profit that partners with the public and private sectors to spark investment in New York City's third largest central business district - Downtown Brooklyn
Overseeing a collective budget of $10 million, Laurel is charged with coordinating major public investment projects, managing approx. 1.1 million sq.ft. of public space, and overseeing the general financial and administrative needs of DBP.  
Prior to joining DBP, Laurel served as the Executive Director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District in Jamaica, NY.  Her success as a revitalization expert earned her a 2013 Neighborhood Achievement Award from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Laurel is a former Wall Street attorney who practiced real estate finance and development as well as corporate financial restructuring, working on numerous complex, multi-million dollar real estate and chapter 11 restructuring deals representing owners, borrowers, and developers.
Ms. Brown earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Harvard Law School. Laurel received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics and computer science from New York University (NYU), where she graduated magna cum laude, and also held a Leadership Alliance Fellowship in economics at Princeton University.  
When she’s not practicing, she is shaping the next generation of public leaders as an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at Baruch College School of Public Affairs.  As an aspiring polyglot, in addition to her native English, Laurel speaks Spanish, French and knows a number of advanced computer languages. She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School. 


Dr. Ev. Richardson
Dr. Evelyn Richardson, RT (R). (M)  BHSc, MS.Edu, PhD., attended Excelsior High School in Kingston, Jamaica and subsequently immigrated to theUSA. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BHSc. in Health Science and MS.Edu and PhD in Health Promotion/ Health Education/Gerontology from Virginia Polytechnetic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). 

Dr. Richardson is also a graduate of Harlem School of Radiology/Columbia University and is a licensed Radiologic Technologist and Mammography Technologist. She worked in many New York area hospitals.  Dr. Richardson is the CEO of G-Property LLC and host of Caribbeanradioshow.com a radio broadcasting network aired seven (7) nights per week.




Danny Roberts, CD, MPhil
Danny Roberts; CD, Bsc, MPhil is the Head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute (HLSTUEI) at the Consortium for Social Development and Research at the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies, Mona. He presented the Sixth Annual National Bank of Dominica (NBD) Ltd. & UWI Open Campus Dominica National Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, May 30, 2013. An African, Caribbean & Pacific European Economic Community (ACP-EEC) scholar, Mr. Roberts is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a BA Honors in Communications with Social Sciences and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Government.

Mr. Roberts was the recipient of Jamaica’s fourth highest National Honors in 2009, the Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) for his contribution to the trade union movement, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace for St. Andrew in 2011. Mr. Roberts has spent more than twenty years in the trade union movement serving as President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Vice President of the National Workers Union, and President of the Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees. He currently serves as Vice President of the umbrella trade union organization, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions.

Mr. Roberts has authored a number of book chapters and has written and presented dozens of papers on industrial relations, trade unionism, labor market issues and aspects of labor studies at workshops, conferences and seminars locally and regionally.  He was a co-host of News Talk 93 morning radio program, “Jamaica Speaks”. He also serves on a variety of committees including the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, the Labor Advisory Committee, National Council on Education and the Jamaica Productivity Centre. Mr. Roberts has been a newspaper columnist, radio commentator and television analyst in Jamaica. He is married to Geraldine and has two wonderful daughters – Sherice and Sasha-Kay. Danny attended Kingston Technical High School in Jamaica.



Nicole Nation
Dr. Nicole Nation, M.D A graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus was recently appointed an Advisory Board Member to the PALAS Foundation. Nicole is a 3-time PALAS recipient while attending medical school at UWI.
This 23 year old Montegonian was selected as the Inaugural Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation Ambassador in 2011 and has since gone on to become Jamaica’s first female recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader Award in 2015.
Nicole during her tenure at university, founded Volunteer Nation, which is a student, led organization dedicated to raising awareness about disabilities in Jamaica. Under the umbrella of Volunteer Nation, its volunteers were able to fundraise for several projects including the purchase of a stove for the St. Christopher's School for the Deaf in Brown's Town, St. Ann as well as award several scholarships to students who have a disability. Volunteer Nation was also able to host a NCB Foundation sponsored radio show, dubbed ‘Moments of Inspiration’ which is aired on ROOTS 96.1 FM. ‘Moments of Inspiration’ was dedicated to sharing stories which provided practical insight into how the everyday Jamaican can be of service to members of the disability community.
The offspring of hardworking Jamaican parents, Nicole is a firm believer in the transformative power of education. Having been the recipient of close to a dozen scholarships and grants during her academic career, Nicole now proudly represents as one of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s 2016 PATH Youth Ambassadors.
This PROUD Rexan was inducted as the recipient of The Inaugural Rex Nettleford Award for Excellence in 2016. Of note, while a medical student, Nicole wrote online content for the Jamaica Observer’s All Woman Magazine as well as The UWI Connect Alumni Magazine. She is currently in the process of authoring her first book, ‘YOU is for UNIVERSITY’ which coincides with her conviction about the power of education.
She likes to read, go on hikes and travel. Already, Nicole has visited three continents and hopes to one day travel the world while being able to fuse her interests of medicine, media and volunteerism.


Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston has been involved in the journalism field for over 20 years. She started out with the Jamaica Record (now defunct) and moving on to the XNews/Jamaica Herald.
                                                       
After spending six years with the Jamaica Observer she is now writing for the Jamaica Gleaner as its Clarendon Correspondent. A Christian and member of the Miracle Tabernacle Free town Church of God of Prophecy she is the force behind two of its community outreach – Back to school giveaways and its annual children’s treat for over ten years now.

Cecelia has long been a very strong supporter of the PALAS organization over the past six years, where she authored approximately ten articles highlighting press releases and students in the PALAS program. Many of the students have benefitted immensely due to the exposure in the Jamaica Observer, Gleaner and other medium in Jamaica.

Cecelia has a passion for helping others and is involved in several volunteerism efforts. She also serves on her community – Longville Park committee.