Meet the Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Antilles School. It provides support and oversight to the Head of the School, who is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and staff. Together they consult on strategic, financial and other policy initiatives, monitoring and ensuring that the school’s mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves.
Currently composed of twelve members of the community, the Board follows the guidelines and principles established by the National Association of Independent Schools (www.nais.org). Members include investment and finance specialists, marketing and strategic communications experts, insurance and other business specialists, accountants, and attorneys. Four are native Virgin Islanders, three are Antilles alum, eight are parents of current students, three are parents of former students, and five are new to the Board in the last two years.
Claire Starkey has three decades of experience in organizational and business development, and marketing and strategic communications. She and her husband Tom are co-founders of Fintrac Inc., a technical services company that improves agricultural productivity and incomes for small farmers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. They have two children, one who still attends Antilles, and one who is an alum (’09) married to another alum (inspired by Antilles faculty, both are now teachers themselves).
Sarah Loewenstein is currently a consultant for MLM Leasing, a company that specializes in leasing Beech 1900D aircraft to the international aviation market. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with BA degrees in both Communication Studies and Theatre & Dance; has worked in the television industry; and served on other non-profit boards. She and her husband Elliot have two children who attend Antilles School. She is both an officer on the Antilles Board, and chair of its Advancement Committee.
Juanita Young has decades of financial management experience, inclusive of controller positions at Globalvest, Sapphire Beach, and Trust Asset. She is also the former president of the United Way, and current chair of the WAPA Governing Board. She and her husband John Phillips have resided in the Virgin Islands over 30 years, and their son is an Antilles graduate ('02). Juanita is both an officer on the Antilles Board, and chair of its Finance Committee.
Carol Baker Robinson is an executive with Marriott International, and currently serves as director of Finance & Accounting for the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, USVI. She graduated from Pace University (Lubin School of Business) in New York with a BS in Accounting. She and her husband Donovan moved their family to St. Thomas seven years ago, and have two children – one who currently attends Antilles, and one alum (’18). Carol also serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Thomas/St. John, and on the Virgin Islands Tennis Association.
Beverly Drew-Petrus was born and raised on St. Thomas. She is a marketing specialist, with a BA in business administration from Webber College in Florida, who spent her earlier career in the hospitality industry (e.g. Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, Hard Rock Café, USVI Department of Tourism), and is now vice president of the portfolio of companies (e.g. Subway, PG gas stations, Petrus Plaza, and Sbarro restaurant) that she owns with her husband, Allie Petrus. They have two daughters, one who currently attends Antilles ('27), and one who is an alum (’12).
Mike Allietta is president of the International Private Bank (IPB) located in the USVI, which oversees investment management, asset allocation, tax planning, and operational integration across a broad portfolio of Stephenson Family companies. Prior to IPB, Mike was a founding partner of a private equity firm focused on lower middle market healthcare businesses, and a senior manager at ICMC, leading financial planning and investment services lines. He graduated magna cum laude from Babson College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
Shane Brunt was born in St. Thomas, and is an Antilles graduate (’91). He holds a BA from the University of Miami, and has held senior management positions in various family businesses since 1997. He is currently operations manager for both MSI in St. Thomas, and B & B Manufacturing in St. Croix. He and his wife Tina have two children, both of whom attend Antilles, and in addition to being a school trustee, Shane serves on the boards of the St. Thomas Swim Association, and the VI Swim Federation.
Richard Doumeng is managing director of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort and president of Harborside LLC. He is a former president of both the USVI and Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Associations, a recipient of the CHTA Hotelier of the Year award, and a trustee of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Education Foundation. He is also a board member of the VI Taxi Cab Commission, and chair of the Antilles Trustee committee. He and wife Katarina have a son who is an Antilles alum (’09), and Richard himself attended Antilles from 1969 to 1972.
Averad Penn was born in Tortola, and grew up much of his life in Brooklyn. After various stateside positions (e.g. PriceWaterhouseCoopers, VP/Chase Manhattan), he returned to the territory in 2007, as an owner and manager of Penn Hotels & Marinas in the BVI. Averad is also founder-director of Small World Group, a financial advisory company based in the BVI. He holds a BA from Dartmouth, an MBA and JD from Cornell, and is a member of the New York State Bar. He and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Celia Penn, have two children, both of whom attend Antilles.
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Celso Vargas has three decades of financial management experience. He is currently VP of Accounting for the Guardian Insurance Company. He has a BA in Accounting from the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico, and holds an MBA with a concentration in finance. Celso has also contributed accounting services to non-profits including the United Way of St. Thomas-St. John, and chairs the Regulatory committee of the Antilles board. He and his wife Julia (born and raised in St. Thomas), have one child who attends Antilles.
Kevin Williams has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is a former officer with the U.S. Navy SEALs, and has spent the last decade in senior management with private equity and investment firms. He and his wife Toni have three children, all of whom variously attended Antilles prior to relocating stateside. In addition to serving as an Antilles trustee, Kevin is a board member of the National Center for Arts and Technology, and was instrumental in developing the UVI Entrepreneurship Program.