I, Scherie Murray, am writing to express my interest in becoming a member of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC). I was born in Jamaica and came to America at 8 years old. I studied Law, Government and Community Service during High School and obtained degrees in Computer Business Systems and Broadcast Journalism.
I'm an entrepreneur, public speaker and community organizer and have served in my community in different capacities. I have experience in Governance, Diaspora Relations, Legislation, Policy Reform and Data Information and have developed the skills to work with people of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
I led a youth task force at Jamaica's 55th Independence - Day of Action in Jamaica, and was successful in executing the mission of giving back. I also created the NYS Caribbean Commission on H.R.4939. The Commission with Caribbean Stakeholders across the USA submitted policy recommendations to the White House, which was adopted by the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs and executed by the US State Department.
I currently serve as Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 483 in support of Veterans and Military families. I am also a NYS Republican county committee member in Queens, NY.
Shaune Anthony Brown
Shaune Brown, a Spanish Town, St Catherine native has resided in London, England and New Jersey USA. He has 16 years working in the Financial Sector for giants like TD Bank, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and HSBC USA. Currently a Manager/Assistant Vice President with Citizens Bank N.A., he studied Business Administration at Northeastern University, Boston MA. He has advanced knowledge and experience leading corporate initiatives, client relationship management, business development, KYC, AML & Global Sanctions - risk mitigation and improved financial crimes controls; Corporate Risk and Compliance and managing multimillion dollar domestic and international clients.
Shaune is forward thinking, and possesses great passion for his country. He is no stranger meeting with Heads of State, State and Local Government Leaders and C Suite Executives, to promote and strengthen trade relations along with increasing economic activities locally and cross border.
Shaune sits on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Board impacting over 20,000 employees. He has established connections with organizational groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Network Counsel, the African American Chamber of Commerce, SBA and NJEDA.
Philanthropist Shaune is passionate about community outreach: "the fulfilling feeling of giving back and contributing to society is unparalleled".
Michelle Tulloch Neil
Michelle Tulloch-Neil has been a Coordinator in the Juvenile Court Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. For eighteen years, she has provided supervision and training to all new hires. She is an educator of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency at Harcum College, and Victim Advocate instructor at NOVA’s Victim Academy.
She serves as secretary for the 24th Police District’s Youth Aid Panel. This program provides first-time juvenile offenders an opportunity to appear before a panel of volunteers, as opposed to a Juvenile Court Judge. She served as co-chair for the Philadelphia Coalition for Victims Advocacy. PCVA is a membership-based organization of individuals from various agencies throughout City of Philadelphia. Ms. Neil was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania as a member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee.
She has been a volunteer with Team Jamaica Bickle Philadelphia since 2004, and currently serves as its Co-Chair. In 2022, she was awarded by her alma mater Holy Childhood High for her ongoing support of sports.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Palmer Theological Seminary. She is currently a Trustee Board member of ENON Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Diane Forbes Berthoud
For twenty plus years, I have served as an educational leader, advocate, policy advisor, and strategist in educational equity, access, administration, and leadership development. Currently, I serve as Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore leading university wide planning and implementation of equitable educational and academic policies and processes. I was previously Associate Vice Chancellor, University of California, lecturer and doctoral fellow at Howard University; and Senior Fellow, University of Maryland in public policy and leadership. I have taught at every level of the education system - primary to doctorate. I taught both in the primary school system briefly in West Kingston where both my parents served for close to four decades, and at the secondary level.
I have sponsored education for rural Jamaican students and currently serve as consultant/advisor to the CEO and executive leadership of a healthcare enterprise in Jamaica in early stages of planning to create educational and workforce opportunities and partnerships in Jamaica. As Vice President, DC Chapter of the Immaculate Alumnae Association, we successfully funded and supported educational access and college attainment in Jamaica, as well as STEM initiatives and facilities. I would be honored to serve Jamaica through GJDC.
Rukie Wilson is a Juvenile Justice Practitioner based in Washington, DC. She is a proud Howard University alumna with two bachelor's degrees, one in Political Science and the other in Administration of Justice. She holds a Master's of Business Administration from the University of the District of Columbia.
Rukie is dedicated to helping young people in the juvenile justice system through a rehabilitative, restorative and trauma-informed lens
Rukie is active in the Jamaican Diaspora. For the Jamaica Diaspora Northeast, she is a Co-Chair of the
DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) Think Tank and a member of the Citizen Security
Sector. She is a Board Member of The Joseph and Vera Douglas Family Foundation (JVDFF) where she
helps lead the Women Entrepreneurship and Women and Self-Defense S.A.F.E (Safety Alternatives for Female Empowerment) Programs. She is a member of the Advocates Network that advocates for good
governance in Jamaica. Rukie is a lifetime member and former Treasurer of The Jamaican Nationals
Association of The Washington, D.C Metropolitan Area (JNA).
Michelle Stoddart is the Vice President of Community Development and Public Affairs for Resorts World Catskills and New York City (RWNY). Ms. Stoddart coordinates public relations, community partnerships and she is responsible for coordinating charitable support to nonprofit organizations.
Prior to RWNY, she was the Director of Marketing & Tourism for the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) where she oversaw the research, development, and execution of projects promoting business and new neighborhood revitalization in Queens County. Ms. Stoddart initiated and enhanced several projects directly contributing to QEDC’s growth and prominence throughout the borough and beyond.
Before QEDC, she worked with SBA Women’s Business Center, Women’s Venture Fund, where she was a special events manager and client services associate. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive Officer of ElleDeuce Communications, a marketing and event production company specializing in marketing for start-ups to mid-size businesses and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Stoddart holds a BA in Journalism from Baruch College in New York City. Ms. Stoddart also serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls of Metro Queens, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Queens Botanical Gardens, the Jamaica YMCA and York College.
Kimisha Simpson resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania within the northeast region of the United States. Kimisha is a current doctoral student at Saint Joseph’s University in the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders and is currently a school district administrator. She has 9 years of experience in the field of education. As an educator and mother of two Kimisha’s philosophy is to ensure our children across the Diaspora are equipped with the skills required to become global leaders.
Kimisha quickly realized her mission is to utilize her expertise to further develop communities that mean the most to her. This led her to establishing her children’s nonprofit organization, Ignite Jamaica Fund. Kimisha was born to Jamaican parents from the parish of Manchester. Kimisha believes the legacy of Jamaica is contingent on the success of future generations. Kimisha is taking steps towards building the educational literacy and economic prosperity of high need communities.
Asha Richards is a Master’s student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in the Development Practice program. Part of Asha’s life mission is to advocate and assist in the development of Jamaica in ways that minimize inequality and empower marginalized communities. This passion drives her academic and career pursuits, and ultimately compels her to run as the incumbent for the Northeast USA Regional Lead position. During her year as regional lead, Asha has advocated for the embracement of Jamaican diaspora youth and sought innovative ways to advance Jamaica’s development, with interest in strategies that leverage the diaspora. This was displayed through her opening speech for the Jamaica 60 Diaspora Conference, as well as her research and championing of collective remittances. Outside of the council, Asha worked with the Inter-American Dialogue in the Migration, Remittances and Development Program, where she analyzed migration and remittance trends for Jamaica and the greater Latin American region. With a new full term as regional lead of the Northeast USA, Asha hopes to revamp engagement, establish programs to connect Jamaican-Americans with their heritage, and most importantly empower diaspora youth, because a strong and united diaspora contributes to a stronger Jamaica.