Advisory Board Members

Lear Matthews

Lear MatthewsLear Matthews, professor at State University of New York and former lecturer at the University of Guyana, is an Executive Board member of the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Caribbean American Social Workers Association. Learn more..>

Wayne FordeWayne Forde

Wayne Forde is the Founder and President of the United Guyanese Diaspora Global Network Corp (UGDGN).
Wayne has always played a role in community development and matters concerning Guyana. He was the President of Guyanese Cultural Network of Tampa Bay. His professional background spans two decades in various capacities with AT&T, IBM and Qwest in New York and Florida.
Wayne holds a Master of Public Policy Degree and is currently a Doctoral candidate in Business Administration with a specialization in Energy Management. Learn more..>

Shoba  Gaymes

Executive Secretar

Miss.Shoba  Gaymes was born and raised on the East Coast Demerara, Guyana. She has a passion for civic engagement and volunteers frequently in many organizations including the University of Guyana Diaspora Planning Committee. She is active in several charitable organizations in Mississippi.Shoba graduated in history and political science from Belhaven University.


Claudia Simon

Claudia SimonMs. Claudia Simon is a native of Guyana and an Expert in the field of Healthy Aging. Ms. Simon has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master’s degree in Health Administration with a specialty in Gerontology from the University of Phoenix, and a Certificate on Aging from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more..>

Dr. Terrence Blackman

Dr Terrence BlackmanDr. Blackman is Dean of The School of Science, Health Technology at Medgar Evers College in the City University of New York. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and a former Chair of The Department of Mathematics at Medgar Evers College. He is a former Assistant Professor in The Department of Education Research Policy and Practice in the Morgridge College of Education at The University of Denver and a former Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). Learn more..>

Eric Phillips

Eric PhillipsEric Phillips is currently a Special Advisor to Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency and a part time Lecturer at the University of Guyana. Eric has been the Managing Director of AT&T Africa & the Middle East, Vice President of AT&T Network Systems; the Managing Director for AT&T Central Europe (Ukraine) and the Deputy Director for AT&T Globalization in Belgium, Europe. Learn more..>

Vishnu Mahadeo

Vishnu Mahadeo has been an active member of the Richmond Hill/ Indo- Caribbean community in Queens for over 30 years. He serves as the president and founder of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council (RHEDC), an organization of property owners and commercial tenants in Richmond Hill that is dedicated to promoting business development and improving the area’s quality of life.He has developed an Adult Day Care Center providing services 3 days per week service to advise and guide the senior citizens with regards to their entitlement (Medicare and SSA) and HRA benefits.

He graduated from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England in 1981 with a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Engineering. He was a math and science teacher who specialized to assist special educational needs students and serves as a President and Secretary in the Richmond Hill High School PTA.

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