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Board of Directors 2016-2018


Vonulrick “Von” Martin
Interim Co- Chairperson
CCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Founder

Serge Bellgard
Co-Chairperson

Rick Martin
Vice Chairperson

Lilian P. Bernard
Interim Secretary

Vonetta B. Martin
Interim Treasurer;
CCI VP Resource Dev. & Operations

George A. Abrams, CPA
Member

Honorary Advisory Board of Directors


Brenda C. Martin, 2009-2011 Chairperson
Luzette King, 2009-2011 Secretary
Royston DeSouza, 2009-2011Member and 2010 Chairperson of Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee
Dr. Louisa Buadoo Amoa, 2009-2011 Member
Karen Barrington, 2009-2011 Member and 2010 Chairperson of Website and Technology Subcommittee

Staff


Vonulrick “Von” Martin, Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Von was born in Port-of- Spain, Trinidad to an entrepreneurial father and loving mother. He retired in 2008 from the Organization of American States (OAS) as its premiere English/Spanish speaking radio broadcaster. In 1977 he was one of the first volunteer broadcasters to be on the airwaves of WPFW 89.3 FM and remains one of its earliest personalities.

He served in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago military prior to migrating to the U.S in 1960s where he went to school at Federal City College, now University of District of Columbia, obtaining a bachelor‘s degree in Computer Science. He is the first of eight siblings and presently resides in the United States (Washington, DC Metropolitan area) for more than three decades. He has raised two children alongside of his wife of 40 plus years and now two granddaughters.

His past work includes interviews with entertainment giants and political dignitaries such
as: calypsonians the Mighty Sparrow, Chalkdust (Dr. Holllis Liverpool) and Growling Tiger as well as reggae legends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. When asked about interviews he has enjoyed other than musicians, three politicians spring to mind in the following order: Colin Powell, secretary of state (2001–2005), son of Jamaican immigrants, Michael Manley, Jamaican prime minister (1972–1980, 1989–1992), Forbes Burnham, Guyanese prime minister and president (1964-1985) and many more. Contact Von Today: Von.martin@caribbeana.org

Vonetta B. Martin, Vice President, Resource Development & Operations
Ms. Martin was born of Trinidadian parentage in Washington, DC, raised in and Trinidadian household in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She graduated fall 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Arts focus on Communication Theory from the University of Maryland College Park. She has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Strayer University and has worked with the District of Columbia government for near 12 years plus serving in roles such as a Senior Business Certification Analyst, Senior Compliance Specialist, and Business Development Specialist, Marketing Specialist and Communications Intern.

She is a founding member of Caribbeana Communications Incorporated (CCI) and has volunteered with Caribbeana Radio Services for more than 15 years by working on the Community Calendar and then co-hosting the show from time to time with its chief producer, Von Martin. Her involvement with CCI has been since the inception of the organization, by writing its business plan, completing its nonprofit application, devising a strategic action plan, and coordinating with the CEO the development of CCI‘s first board of directors‘. Affiliations include Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.-Gamma chapter of Washington, DC- a business and professional organization (1/22/2004), American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP)-(2007), and St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church (1995). Contact Vonetta Today: Vonetta.martin@caribbeana.org

Bryan Bernard, Vice President, Programming and Technology
Bryan graduated from Howard University‘s School of Business with a Bachelor‘s degree. He is considered as a real cool guy. Since the inception of CCI he has been an integral part in the organization’s technology and social media development while managing as a liaison for CCI’s website. His career expands over twenty years in radio and media production. He has experience as a Production Engineer 1 Master Control with Radio Free Asia and as a Development Assistant, Webmaster, Studio Production Assistant/Board Operator, Computer Network Administrator for WPFW 89.3 FM during 1998 to 2014.

He volunteers as the engineer on Caribbeana’s radio program on a weekly basis and fills in as host when the producer is not available. His passion and interest include international futbol, traveling the world to connect to history and past, quality and substantial good feeling music. He is an avid fan of Soca Warriors. And he is heavily into the arts and entertainment of the Caribbean, with a background in playing the trombone. If you want to volunteer with our social media campaign Contact Bryan Today: bryan.bernard@caribbeana.org

Caribbeana Radio on WPFW 89.3 FM:

Von Martin, Executive Producer
Bryan Bernard,’ Bryan B’, Chief Engineer
Faith , News Broadcaster
Ian Edwards, Sports Broadcaster