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The Board 2018-08-17T14:15:17+00:00

Board of Directors

Lucas Metropulos
Lucas MetropulosChairman
Lucas Metropulos officially founded the organization in 2014, and recruited Bahamian colleagues to grow the organization. He is currently a fundraising professional, and graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Studies. He also holds a Certificate in Blockchain Strategy from Oxford University. He has been the recipient of multiple national accolades including being named One of Ten Outstanding Young Americans, an Environmental Educators 30 Under 30 recipient, SeaWorld’s Environmental Educator of Year, a Nantucket Project Scholar, and he received the USA Weekend Magazine National Make a Difference Day Award in 2010. Lucas is also the author of Civic Engagement: How to Start, Grow, and Sustain Your Efforts.
Edmund Dorsett
Edmund DorsettVice Chair
Ed retired from the Central Bank of the Bahamas in 2009 where he was employed for 29 years as a Senior Assistant Manager. He studied at McMaster University, Ontario Canada where obtained a B. A. in Economics (1976). He also worked at the Ministry of Works as an Architectural Draughtsman for several years.
He is presently serving as Chairman of the Pastoral Board at the East St. Gospel Chapel where he is involved with youth ministry and hosts a weekly radio program on ZNZ 1540. Ed is passionately involved with the young people in the Bain and Grants Town area, where he spends most of his time.
He is married to his lovely wife Kelsie and is the proud father of one daughter Dr. Daria Dorsett who is a Dental Surgeon.
Shelagh Pritchard
Shelagh Pritchard
Shelagh Farrington-Pritchard is the founder of Lignum Vitae Bahamas, which has recently merged into Lend a Hand Bahamas. She has 25 years of experience working with youth and families. Educated in Nassau and United Kingdom, she is a founding member of Blairwood Academy. Her passion for multi-sensory education led her to a collaboration with The University of Florida’s 4-H IFAS extension services and she leads the Bahamas 4-H National Youth Development Plan for the Bahamas. Pritchard’s research into economic empowerment for “at risk” impoverished women and mothers led to the creation of a consumer-science pilot project launched in July 2012. She recognizes the intrinsic importance of economic equality for women, understanding when they thrive, so do their families and societies. A founding member of the The Bahamas Kennel Club, who until 2014 served on the boards of Corona International Women’s club (Bahamas Help for children), Mary Ingraham Senior Citizen’s Intergenerational Home. She is a recipient of The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation Golden Heart Award (2013) and a member of Rotary East Nassau’s “Inner Wheel” of District 7020.
Tara Robinson
Tara Robinson
Tara Robinson was born and raised in Freeport, Bahamas. She received her B.A in International Business at Rollins College. In 2013, Tara completed her MBA with a concentration in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship at LIM College in NYC. During her time at LIM, she was actively involved in Black Retail Action Group and other programs such as Fashion Campus NYC. After gaining a few years of retail experience in New York, Tara accepted the role as Marketing Manager for a retail footwear consulting firm. In this role she plans the marketing and branding objectives for an international shoe retailer with more than 110 retail stores and a ecommerce platform. She hopes her efforts will aid in career and economic diversification within the region.
George Maillis
George Maillis
George Maillis is the Deputy CEO of Andbank Bahamas Limited and has been in the Private Banking world for almost 20 years. With a passion for seeing people and communities thrive and develop, George involves himself in a wide range of organizations and activities. He is currently the Treasurer for the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund, and is a passionate founding member of the AGOC Nation Builders Toastmasters Club while being deeply involved in his church. His hobbies include fishing, farming, archery, and in his spare time he is also pioneering quail farming in the Bahamas through the Adelaide Quail Company with a keen interest in developing new niche agricultural ventures in the Bahamas.
Valentino Brown
Valentino Brown
Valentino “Scrooge” Brown is a former gang leader in Nassau turned community leader who has been working tirelessly to bring new opportunities and activities to the children and their families in the Grant’s Town/Bain’s Town areas of the Bahamas. Scrooge is also a talk show host of a weekly radio program called “Inside the Inner-City” featured on Guardian 96.9 radio.
Karla Wells-Lisgaris
Karla Wells-LisgarisTreasurer
Karla Wells-Lisgaris is a Brand Manager at Caribbean Bottling Co. (Bah) Ltd., the authorized Coca-Cola Bottler and distributor for The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. She holds a Bachelor degree in History from the University of Maryland College Park, and Masters degree in International Trade Policy from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. As Brand Manager at CBC, Karla is responsible for the general marketing policy of the company, as well as select sales initiatives. Prior to joining CBC, she worked for the Government of The Bahamas in their trade policy divisions, beginning with the Ministry of Finance and culminating at the Ministry of Financial Services. Karla is also a board member of the Bahama Light Industries Development Council (BLIDC) and previously served on the board of Lignum Vitae Center of Hope. She is passionate about the further development of The Bahamas and is a member of the Government’s Trade Commission.
Sharleen Hanson
Sharleen Hanson
Sharleen completed her HBA/BEd at Lakehead University in 2007. After traveling extensively through South America and Europe and working in the U.K., Sharleen accepted a teaching position in Nassau in 2009. Canadian by birth, she now considers herself Bahamian at heart. Her business-savvy husband helped to spark an entrepreneurial spirit that had previously lain dormant, and together, they now run several businesses including Boost Educational Services, JKL Media, and the Savage 100 record label. She is passionate about education, protecting the environment and leaving this world a little better than it was when she came into it.
Marvin Coleby
Marvin Coleby
Marvin is a former UNESCO policy writer, social entrepreneur and venture technology lawyer from The Bahamas that is building technology solutions for positive transformation in emerging market countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. Along with a team, Marvin co-founded Emerge, a product studio that leverages blockchain to create inclusion for emerging markets and diaspora communities around the world. Emerge researches blockchain innovation in emerging markets and builds technologies through its product studio.
Julie Good
Julie Good
Originally from Toronto, Canada and raised in Dallas, Texas, Julie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Julie has a master’s degree in historic preservation from the College of Design at the University of Kentucky and a certificate in Green Interior Design from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. She was previously Executive Director of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation in Lexington, Kentucky and Executive Director of Historic Beaufort Foundation in Beaufort, South Carolina. Based in Nassau, she currently does website development and volunteer work.
Timothy Carroll
Timothy Carroll
Timothy can hardly remember a time when leadership and performance weren’t important themes in life. The son of an entrepreneur, he was raised in an environment where leadership values were prized, and no one was surprised when, later in life, Timothy started a successful business of his own. An avid sportsman from childhood, Timothy mastered Barefoot Waterskiing and was chosen at just 16 years old to represent New Zealand at four World Championships. After working in the personal/professional development industry in Australia and studying cognitive behavioural sciences and self-actualizing psychology, Timothy founded the Carroll Consultancy Group. Today, he is a recognized expert in organisational and behavioural change, and has helped some of Europe’s most successful organisations dramatically develop their people and performance. In addition to corporate clients such as Schneider Electric Group, Kuwaiti National Petroleum Co, KAEFER Group, Yellow Pages and Mannheimer Swartling, Timothy has worked with PGA of Sweden and the Swedish Golf Federation and continued to coach a number of elite athletes. In 2008, he served as performance coach for a Swedish equestrian eventing rider at the Beijing Olympics.