Meet the Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body that ensures and stewards the mission of Antilles School. Currently composed of seventeen members of the community, the Board follows the guidelines and principles established by the National Association of Independent Schools (www.nais.org). Ethnically diverse and gender-balanced, members include business owners and executives, lawyers, accountants, educators, alumni, and parents of current and former students. The Antilles Board provides support and oversight to the Head of School, who manages the school’s day-to-day operations. 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.
Claire Starkey is president and co-founder of Fintrac Inc., an agricultural consultancy firm that has been improving farm productivity, family nutrition, and smallholder incomes in Africa, Asia, Central America, Jamaica and Haiti for twenty-five years.
She and her husband (and business partner) Tom Klotzbach opened a corporate office on St. Thomas in 2005. Fintrac recruits in the territory for staff across multiple disciplines, including project management, monitoring & evaluation, human resources, information technologies, and accounting, and is pleased to have so many talented Virgin Islanders (and Antilles graduates!) on its team.
Prior to joining Fintrac, Claire managed a small business program for USAID in the Eastern Caribbean, and worked as a program manager for Caribbean-Central America Action in Washington, DC. She and Tom were also married in Barbados, and spent their early marriage in Antigua, so have long and deep ties to the region.
Claire sits on the board of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, as well as on the Antilles board, and is a past board member of National Women's Business Association. In addition to leading Fintrac's organizational development, she provides oversight to its philanthropic giving, which includes incredibly deserving organizations such as the Family Connection, Dancing Classrooms, My Brothers Workshop, Family Resource Center, VI Patient Assist, G-clef Music Academy, and the Forum. The company is also a major sponsor of the Mothers Against Guns Annual Walk/Run event, and the St. Thomas & St. John Agricultural Fair (underwriting awards to schools with the best community gardens, aquaculture ponds, and livestock activities in 2015).
She and Tom are the proud parents of Liam Klotzbach, who is currently a graduate student in education in NYC, and Maggie, who has the distinction of having started at age 2 in the very first TLC class.
Mike currently serves as President of 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 Sheridan Capital Partners, a direct private equity firm focused on lower middle market healthcare businesses.
Prior to the launch of Sheridan in 2011, Mike spent six years at International Capital and Management Company (ICMC) where he led the financial planning and investment service lines, and his responsibilities included real estate acquisition and expansion, new hospital development, financial modeling and analysis, project management, and investment and tax planning. Prior to ICMC, Mike completed a management fellowship at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a national chain of integrative cancer hospitals, focusing on finance, hospital operations, and new center development.
Mike graduated magna cum laude from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and holds a Lean Six Sigma Green belt.
Sarah Loewenstein is currently a consultant for MLM Leasing, a company that specializes in leasing Beech 1900D aircraft to the international aviation market. Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA and holds BA degrees in both Communication Studies and Theatre & Dance. She and her husband, Elliot, have two children who attend Antilles School. Sarah is dedicated to volunteering not only as a Trustee of Antilles School but also as an active participant in the daily lives of her family.
Juanita Young has rejoined the Antilles Board of Trustees having previously served as the Board's Treasurer and Head of the Finance Committee during her term from 1993-2003.
The Accounting Manager at Trust Asset, Ms. Young has extensive experience in the financial world having been the Chief Operating Officer and Controller at Globalvest and the Controller at Sapphire Beach Resort. In addition to her professional positions, Ms. Young is the former President of the United Way and current chair of the WAPA Governing Board.
Ms. Young and her husband John Phillips have resided in the Virgin Islands over 30 years. Their son Nicholas is currently living and working in the Washington, DC area.
Erika A. Kellerhals is an attorney in private practice who specializes in tax and transactional matters. She is a member of Kellerhals Ferguson Kroblin PLLC. Ms. Kellerhals attended University College London and graduated from St. Peter’s College. She holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a Masters in Taxation (LL.M.) from New York University.
Born and raised in New York City, Ms. Kellerhals remained in NY after graduation from NYU and practiced at a boutique New York firm that specialized in providing comprehensive tax advice to individuals and closely held corporations. After relocating to the Virgin Islands in 2003, she expanded on these practice areas and gained a comprehensive understanding of doing business in the territory at a local U.S. Virgin Islands firm before launching her own firm in 2008. She formed Kellerhals Ferguson LLP in 2011 with her current partner and former co-worker, Greg Ferguson. Ms. Kellerhals is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and England and Wales.
In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of Antilles School, Ms. Kellerhals is actively involved with many community organizations to which she donates time and services.
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Throughout his extensive career, Richard has also shown a personal commitment to civic participation and outreach in the USVI. Over the years, he has served as the Chairman for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Board Member for the United Way, Co-Chair of the Tourism Transition Team established by Governor Charles Turnbull, a member of the Economic Recovery Task Force established by Governor John P. deJongh, Jr., a member of the Overall Economic Development Strategy organization, and Richard has coached Little League Baseball and JV Flag Football at Antilles School. Richard is also presently serving as a Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission.
Richard attended Antilles School from 1969 to 1972. He later moved to Florida, graduated from high school there and attended the University of Florida. Richard's son attended Antilles from kindergarten through 12th grade and recently graduated from U. of Miami.
Averad Penn is an owner and manager of Penn Hotels & Marinas, a real estate development and management company, in the British Virgin Islands. Averad is also founder and director of Small World Group, a financial advisory company, in the British Virgin Islands.
Averad was born in Tortola, British Virgin Islands and raised primarily in New York City. His family lineage derives from the Virgin Islands and he has always remained connected to the Virgin Islands: spending summer vacations during his formative years in Tortola and St. Thomas with extended family; completing several internships with Virgin Islands companies during his college years; and, vacationing annually in the Virgin Islands during his stateside career.
Averad graduated from Bronx High School of Science and continued his education first, at Dartmouth College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, and then, at Cornell University, where he obtained a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate. He also holds an International and Comparative Law Certificate from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, is a member of the New York State Bar and a Six Sigma Black Belt trained project manager.
Before returning to the Virgin Islands in 2007, Averad had a successful career in financial management and regulation, with tenures as a securities trader at Heartland Securities, a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a vice president at JP Morgan Chase, and a senior examiner at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
Averad and his wife, Dr. Cecilia Penn, a pediatrician and health care administrator, have two children at Antilles School, Araba and Averad.
Meaghan was born and raised on St. Thomas. She graduated from Antilles School in 1998 and then attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where she was a member of the sailing team and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After returning from College, she worked at The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club in various capacities from Sales Executive to Director of Sales. She then jumped into the Insurance industry, starting at Theodore Tunick & Company as a Producer. In 2012 she started her own insurance agency, Cornerstone Insurance Services, Inc. which is licensed with numerous insurance carriers offering Property, Casualty, Marine, Life & Health Insurance.
Meaghan is married to her high school sweet heart, Cyril, and they have two children Connor (2029) and Madison (2032) who both attend Antilles School. Meaghan is a passionate Virgin Islander who loves the island life; boating, sailing, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding and playing tennis. Meaghan is active in the community as the co-founder of Charity Chicks, a fund at the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands; and is the Founder of Project Playground, an effort to build an accessible playground on the East End of St. Thomas.
Mr. Celso E. Vargas serves as Vice President of Accounting for Guardian Insurance Company, Inc. (a local property and casualty insurance company), Heritage Insurance Company (incorporated in the BVI), and Echelon Property & Casualty Insurance Company (based in Illinois). Mr. Vargas has been employed with Guardian since July 1990 and during his tenure has worked in various roles within the Accounting and Finance departments. Prior to joining Guardian, Mr. Vargas served as an Accounting Supervisor for Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Puerto Rico from 1985 to 1990, which at that time was the largest pharmaceutical company in Puerto Rico. Mr. Vargas has studied at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez campus, and Sacred Heart University. He received a BA degree in Accounting from the Inter-American ... University and continued studies toward the MBA with a concentration in finance. Mr. Vargas has over 30 years of experience in accounting. He has provided accounting services to not-for-profit organizations such as the United Way of St. Thomas-St. John.
Celso E. Vargas was born in Manhattan, New York and lived in Connecticut for 12 years before moving with his family to Puerto Rico. He has been living on St. Thomas since July of 1990 and is married to Julia Vargas, a local CPA, who was born and raised on St. Thomas. They have one daughter, Gabriela, who has attended Antilles School since the age of two. Mr. Vargas also has three (3) adult children from a previous marriage.
A proud graduate of the Class of 2000, Attorney Su-Layne Walker is truly a product of the Antilles system. While at the school, she was an active member of the student body and served as officer for multiple student organizations, while also excelling as a three-sport athlete (Su-Layne also picked up the title of Most Valuable Female Athlete in 2000). She holds fond memories of her time at Antilles.
After graduating in 2004 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Su-Layne returned to Antilles School as a member of the faculty and assistant in the Admissions Office. She taught Caribbean History, World History, and Civics. She also served as an advisor to the Class of 2006, coach for the Antilles' Moot Court team, a school chaperone, and the assistant coach for the boys' varsity volleyball team.
Su-Layne is also a graduate of George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virgin Islands Bar. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Kaye Christian of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the Honorable Ive A. Swan of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. Currently, Su-Layne is an Assistant Attorney General for the Virgin Islands Department of Justice where she works in the Solicitor General's Division.
In 2014 Su-Layne co-founded Get Involved VI, a small nonprofit that aims to broaden social awareness on many community issues. Get Involved VI successfully executed a voter registration and awareness campaign that included registration drive happy hours, a social media push, community interaction at the annual Peace Concert, and a very successful gubernatorial forum. Su-Layne serves as a wish granter for Make-A-Wish VI and is an active member of the Antilles School Alumni Association.
Kevin Williams currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer at 13D Research (USVI), LLC, an investment research firm focused on identifying the asset classes, markets, and industry groups that are positioned to outperform all others in the coming year. Prior to joining 13D, Kevin worked as a Senior Associate at Chicago Growth Partners, a middle market private equity firm, where he focused on identifying and executing leveraged buy-out investments in the firm's core focus areas. He spent the previous 12 years serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams where he led a SEAL Assault Troop and Coalition Forces in prosecution of the Global War on Terror. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Arts and Technology and involved in the development of the UVI Entrepreneurship Program. He and his wife Toni have three daughters.