Lorna Napier is a Communication Specialist/Trainer and Attorney-at-Law.
Lorna is a strong youth and community development advocate and has spent more than 20 years empowering youth especially in media and technology and drama. She spent 18 years with the Gun Court Cultural Movement using community drama methodologies, to reduce recidivism, and to engender behaviour change. The group won several awards from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for these dramatic productions.
Lorna is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portmore and has been with EVE for Life since inception as its Board Secretary
Colleen A.M. Campbell is a trained Nurse Educator with over 20 years’ experience in the field of Nursing. She is also a midwife and has special interest in adolescent reproductive health and HIV and AIDS. She lives by the adage ‘It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one; than to have an opportunity and not be prepared”.
She is motivated to help young people having been encouraged along the path of her educational career by older mentors. Her current mentor is Mrs. Sadie Coombs who provides motivation and support in her professional decision making.
Colleen believes in being a well-rounded person and as such is involved in several professional bodies including the Nursing Council of Jamaica, the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica, Exed Nurses Alumni and the Caribbean Honour Society for Nurses to name a few.
Since high school, she has been involved in community police youth clubs, citizens associations, and has given back through voluntary service whenever the need arises. Her volunteerism includes various agencies, the most recent being EVE for Life. Her many interests in youth stems from her family taking in other children who were in need from her community.
Colleen is from a large family and adores her immediate and extended family alike. She is the proud mother of a son and many nieces and nephews. An outdoor person she loves farming, a trait inherited from her father and baking inherited from her mother. Many individuals have benefitted from her home grown mangoes, yam and ackee. She bakes a mean sweet potato pudding. She is also a certified Sister locks consultant.
Nadene Bigby Swaby is a wife and mother of one son. She has a very caring personality which has made her a socially accepted mother to many young persons in and around her community of residence and at work.
Nadene is a graduate of the Open Campus University of the West Indies where she obtained a certificate in Social Work and looks forward to furthering her studies in the field Social Work. Professionally, she has reached the lives of many and is often times looked up to as someone that can relate to many challenges and issues faced by the young.
Rushell Gray is a young advocate for social, cultural and policy change that supports young people’s sexual health and rights. A rape survivor, Rushell believes that in order to change the trajectory of sexual violence in Jamaica, significant work needs to be done to change attitudes, behaviours and practices towards the sexual abuse of girls.
Born in 1992, Rushell’s path towards becoming a psychologist was delayed by violence. She is now pursuing the required subjects at the CSEC level that will allow her to matriculate to university.".
Joy Lovelet Crawford is Co-founder and Director of Programmes and Training at Eve for Life. A Registered General Nurse by training,
Mrs. Crawford’s work experience spans 30 years in such areas as Project Management, HIV Programme Development and Implementation, Trainer, Coach, Counsellor and facilitator. She is an (JHPIEGO-trained) HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing Master Trainer and has conducted VCT services to various organizations in the Caribbean region. She is a Clinical Supervisor (UTCWI) providing supervision for Pastoral Counselling Students.
She also specialized in the Management of Primary Health care Services, Adolescent sexual and reproductive programming and General Nursing with special emphasis on Mental Wellbeing.
Joy has developed and co-authored several training material/manuals on Adolescent Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS and Parenting.
These include: HIV/AIDS Group Education: Reference Manual, Participants Handbook and Course Notebook for Trainers (Supported by JHPIEGO, USAID and CHART), February 2006; ALERT: Adolescent Lifestyle Education Risk-Reduction Tool (Supported by HOPE Worldwide Jamaica and GLOBAL Fund Project to Scale Up of HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention & Policy Efforts in Jamaica.) Published August 2005; POSITIVE PARENTING: “Bridging the Gap” (Supported by HOPE worldwide Jamaica and GLOBAL Fund Project, Scale Up of HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention & Policy Efforts in Jamaica.) Published August 2006
Her passion includes: HIV Advocacy, Parenting and Family Life, Women and OVC, Adolescent Sexual Health and New Thought Principles.
Joy is a committed visionary for the Empowerment, Safety, Actualisation of the Adolescent Girl, Teenager Mother and Adolescent Living with HIV. She and her team has conceptualised many strategies, programmes and interventions to address these groups.
Joy is an alumna of the Caribbean Health Leadership Institute, (UWI/CHART). She is married and mother to Jade and Joneal and co-parent to Jared and Hope Divine.
Lavern V. Deer B.S., MBA
Former Campaign Manager to Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness
Former Chief Administrative Aide to Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness
Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill International Committee Chair
Founder: Jamaica International Female Development Inc. (JIFD)
Co-Founder: Jamaica High School Sporting Network Inc.
Lavern Deer was born in Kingston Jamaica, she migrated to Nassau Bahamas at the early age of nine; and several years later she migrated to South Florida and lived in the inner city area of “Over Town” where she attend Booker T Washington Middle School. Lavern Later moved to North Miami Beach where, she graduated from North Miami Beach Sr. High School.
Lavern obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She has over 12 year’s management experience in the Healthcare field. She is actively involved in the Caribbean-American community, engaging the Diaspora and fostering education through sports.
As a community minded individual, Lavern found her love for community service as a “Soccer Mom” at the YMCA where she became a soccer coach for her son’s team; she later transferred to the Ives Estate Optimist Youth Club and was later voted to the Board of Directors and Soccer Commissioner. Years later she served as Public Relations Board Member for the Caribbean Americas Soccer Association. Lavern is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. She successfully managed the campaign for now Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness and worked in the government sector as Chief Commissioner’s Aide, to Holness; Lavern currently serves as a Sr. Program Performance Manager for Broward County Government, Human Services Department.
Lavern is founder of the Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD) Inc., established to serve as facilitator and conduit for the holistic development of young females by way of social development, health & wellness, educational and athletics training. Lavern is currently engaged in designing an international holistic development program which help young girls and young women, become better citizens by improving the physical and emotional qualities of their lives. She advocates for the prevention of child sexual abuse both within the local and International Caribbean Community. She is also Co-founder of the Jamaica High School Alumni Sports Network Inc. (JHSASN).
Lavern is the 2017 & 2016 African American Achievers Nominee and South Florida’s 2014 Diaspora Honoree, Change Maker; presented by Jamaica Consulate General, Franz Hall.
Lavern currently resides in Miami Dade, Florida USA and is the proud mother of a wonderful son.