Hanover Charities is blessed to have a cohesive board of diverse talents and skills; each director and member plays a vital role in the success of our organization.
Katrin Casserly has been our chair for a decade, and has brought a new level of professionalism and fundraising to Hanover Charities. Because she lives in Jamaica and is highly connected in Hanover Parish, she brings a deep knowledge of the people and their needs. And because she is a businesswoman herself, she has added a higher level of professionalism to our efforts, overseeing our successful application as a 501C-3 organization, revamping our web site, adding events to our Sugar Cane Ball weekend to make it bigger and better each year, and ensuring our beneficiaries live up to their promises.
Jennifer Flanagan, vice chair, is a homeowner at Tryall who also lives in the USA. She and her husband grew and later sold a large health care information company, so her passion is in furthering the health of Hanover parishioners. She and Katrin work hand-in-hand on all Hanover Charities’ projects to ensure their success. Jennifer has chaired the Ball several times, and annually manages the silent and live auctions for the event. She also serves as Hanover Charities’ US liaison, ensuring we meet the requirement for 501C3 status and other government regulations.
Roy Ten-Fah has been involved in Hanover Charities for 35-plus years. He serves as both secretary and our highly trusted and talented treasurer, having been chief of finance at Round Hill for decades before his retirement. As a native Hanoverian, he brings knowledge of the needs there as well as important business contacts in the community. One fine example of his dedication is our Hanover Charities’ Resource Center, a remedial education program serving as many as 15 students who need assistance in English and Math. The resource center was his idea and he follows its success with pride.
Stanford Brown Sr, came to our board initially with pleas for help with housing for the poorest local parishioners. As a photographer, he showed us pictures of deplorable living conditions along with estimates for improving them. His kind heart and local knowledge have provided our board with a great deal of insight into the housing needs of our neighbors.
Pernel Crossman is a retired teacher and former principal of the large Ruseas High School in Lucea. She lives in Sandy Bay, and brings to the board a much-needed knowledge of local schools and educational needs.
Josef Forstmayr, managing director of Round Hill, has a passion for all things Jamaican including the efforts of Hanover Charities. He has been a part of Hanover Charities for two decades and actively aids us in fundraising and assessing the needs in the Parish in which he lives. What’s more, he is the charismatic emcee for our Ball each year. Hanover Charities is grateful to Josef and the Round Hill board for allowing us to host the Sugar Cane Ball at Round Hill, in its most fabulous setting.
Candace Hart, PhD, maintains an invaluable passion for education in our Parish. She reviews every scholarship application each year, and follows students avidly. She provides the board with deep insight into our scholarship program.
An interesting fact – On the passing of Willy Delisser, a motion was agreed by the board that whoever was the Custos of the parish at the time would always be invited to become a board member. This tradition continues to this day, and the current Custos of Hanover—The Honorable Dr. David Stair–is an integral part of our Board. His medical practice is in Sandy Bay, so he also serves as a much-needed liaison with the Hanover Parish Council in our efforts to improve the Infirmary and Library there.
Donna Christie, who heads a villa at Tryall, brings a new and youthful enthusiasm to our board. Before becoming a board member, she impressed us with her individual charitable efforts, particularly toward the Infirmary in Lucea.
Patricia Falkenberg is a member of our board as well as a shareholder at Round Hill. Pat chaired the Ball on numerous occasions, and has generously hosted cocktail parties in her cottage to solicit funds for specific Hanover Charities projects. The Falkenbergs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Round Hill, and instead of gifts, they asked for donations toward the computer project in Jamaica. Read Full Article
A long time friend of Hanover Charities, Fenella Holland is now a board member who handles our publicity, writes our program for the Ball, and gives us advice on public relations.
Vanessa Noel is a noted designer of luxury shoes, hotelier, and philanthropist and also a member on Hanover Charities’ board. As chair of our Ball several times as well as for 2017, Hanover Charities’ 60th anniversary, Vanessa brings a great style—and a host of contacts–to our event. She is a Round Hill shareholder with a huge charitable spirit.
Sherrill Robinson, niece of Hanover Charities founding member Cecile Clare, is now a member of our board. She is continuing her aunt’s charitable spirit and is heavily involved in the operation of the Kitchen of Love.
Shadai Miller is our youngest board member and a past scholarship recipient for three consecutive years. A recent graduate of the University of the West Indies Mona, she pursued a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication with a minor in Social Psychology. With a focus on administration and planning, Shadai helps with coordinating events, drafting press releases, liaising with scholars as well as internal and external stakeholders. As a firm believer in volunteerism and a love for her parish of Hanover, Shadai is extremely passionate about community development and education. She not only brings a youthful flair but offers a wealth of knowledge on strengthening ties between Hanover Charities and its stakeholders.