Zachary Zager, Chair Zachary has been connected with the people of Hagley Gap for over a decade, first visiting in 2003 as one of the founders of the Blue Mountain Project. After completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Daniel's College of Business at Denver University, he knew he wanted to use his leadership and management skills not only to make money but to better the world. His brings to the organization his passion for business strategy, strong financial integrity, and understanding complex systems. Zac loves world travel, woodworking, and trains Ving Tsun Kung Fu. Mary Avery, Secretary Mary is a respected leader and expert in business and non-profit management.She is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Marquette College and provides advice and counsel to the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and the Social Innovation Initiative, advising student entrepreneurs and area nonprofits and community members.For nearly 20 years prior (1997-2016), she served as the Director of the Business Management Program at Ripon College, while also teaching a variety of business and non-profit courses.It was during this time that she first learned about BMP, facilitated a Ripon College Student Service Learning Program group to Jamaica and even sat on the Board of Directors.
Not only is Mary an accomplished academic, she teaches from a foundation of practical experience.She started her career as a bank teller for US Bank and was eventually promoted into management.From 1986-1997, She was the president and founder of Business Development Services, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in financial consulting for start-up and emerging companies, as well as financial services for banks.She also Co-founded of commercial financing consulting service that provided commercial loan packaging, market research, feasibility analysis, business planning and strategic planning. Mary is a Certified Management Consultant and received her Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of WI.Mary is actively engaged in her community and has received several awards, including those from the US Small Business Administration, Students in Free Enterprise and Ripon College.Mary loves spending time with her grandson and is an avid equestrian.
Brad Crow, DHSc.,MBA, Treasurer Brad completed his Doctorate of Health Science (DHSc) degree with emphasis in organizational behavior and leadership in December 2015. Brad is also a board member of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, chairing the credentialing and quality assurance committees. The FQHC works to provide medical and dental care to the underserved and low-income residents of Tulsa. His previous experience included working with underserved patients as an outpatient department director in a local hospital. In this role, Brad helped coordinate available benefits to treatment plans to maximize patient treatment and outcomes. He continues to serve as a leader and mentor and has extensive experience with the development and coordination of medical in-service and peer-to-peer training.
Sheila Crow, Ph.D. Shelia is currently an Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Affairs at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine.She has experience in many facets of medical education including curriculum development, program evaluation, learner assessment, educational research, grant writing, and professional development.In her role as Assistant Dean, Dr. Crow focuses her educational efforts on improving care for the underserved and understanding the social determinants of health.
Trevor Golding Trevor was born in Washington, DC and raised between Montgomery County, MD and Kingston, Jamaica. He currently provides strategic consulting services to startups and businesses in transition. His industry experience includes work for clients in the medical, publishing, film, television, and music industries. He previously worked as a Financial Analyst/Client Liaison for a boutique investment advisory firm in New York City, and as a registered representative for T. Rowe Price in Baltimore. His volunteer work has involved, inter alia, providing pro bono legal work in post-Katrina New Orleans over the year-end holidays in 2009 and 2010; working with supervising attorneys to provide basic legal self help and letter writing assistance to laborers in a free walk-in employment law clinic; and providing crowd control and VIP assistance for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee during a pre-inauguration dinner and the Commander-in-Chief Ball. Trevor has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Liverpool, UK (Cayman Islands Campus) and a B.B.A. in Finance from the Howard University School of Business. He speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish.
Sheldon Grant With qualifications in Meteorology, Climate Research, Energy and Environmental Physics, Sheldon is extremely passionate about environmental studies. Sheldon believes that "the strength of any organization is built on the shoulders of conscientious, dedicated and service-oriented leaders." In addition to the Blue Mountain Project, he volunteers with the University of West Indies as Treasurer of the Renewable Energy Club and has provided leadership and mentoring within the St. Thomas Baptist Association Youth Group for over twenty years. Sheldon is a Hagley Gap native and currently works in Kingston.
Tameka Samuels-Jones Tameka is a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida, Gainesville FL. Tameka was born in Jamaica, where she worked for 7 years as an Investigator at the Financial Services Commission. She holds a Master of Science in Government with a distinction for her thesis on Participatory Governance in Sustainable development initiatives. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management (hons.) from the University of the West Indies. In addition to pursuing her PhD, Tameka currently teaches Criminal Investigations at the University of Florida. In her spare time, she volunteers at her Church and enjoys nature trails with her husband and son.
Nancy Magsig Nancy began her career as an elementary school teacher after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University. After four years of teaching, Nancy moved into the corporate arena where she worked in training and process improvement. While working, Nancy attended Central Michigan University, where she earned a Master of Science in Administration degree. She then spent 14 years as an Independent Management Consultant, providing training and general business consulting to clients in the United States and Canada.
When she turned 60, Nancy accomplished her lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps. She served as a teacher and teacher/trainer for two years in a village in Samoa. Following Peace Corps, she worked as a volunteer consultant for Challenges Worldwide in Malawi for six months. Now addicted to life as an expat, Nancy then taught at an International School in Myanmar for two and a half years before retiring to her Florida home.
Nancy enjoys travel, reading, volunteering and cooking.
Jamaica: Blue Mountain Project Hagley Gap Post Office St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica, West Indies
USA: Blue Mountain Project P.O. Box 861 Tulsa, OK 74101