Washington DC

President: Ms. Malene Alleyne  

Malene Alleyne is a attorney-at-law at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the UWI, Cave Hill Campus in 2009. While at UWI, Malene served as the Treasurer of the Jamaican Association of Students and was an active member of the UWI Dance Society. After graduating from UWI, Malene obtained a Legal Education Certificate of Merit from the Norman Manley Law School in 2011 and was called to the Jamaican Bar in that same year. She began her legal career in Jamaica as an associate attorney at the law firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2013. Malene also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Eckerd College in Florida and a Master of Advanced Studies in International Relations, with a specialization in Political Science, from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

CONTACT: washington.dc@alumni.uwi.edu

Executive Board 2014-2015
The board members are:
First Vice President - Peter Edwards  

Dr. Peter “Horlicks” Edwards is a Marine Scientist and Environmental Economist.  He is a US government federal contractor and currently works for the Coral Reef Conservation Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As a member of Jamaican diaspora, Peter volunteers some of his time and efforts as he is currently an independent member of Jamaica’s National Council on Ocean and Coastal Management, as well as a Member of the United Nations Expert Pool in the area of Global Reporting and Marine Environment Assessment on behalf of the government of Jamaica.  Peter is a proud graduate of the UWI, Mona Campus, with a Bachelors in Zoology and a MPhil. in Marine Sciences.  As an undergraduate and also graduate student Peter represented Taylor Hall and UWI in Track and Field as well as Field Hockey.  He also served in student government as an undergraduate as the Faculty Representative for Natural Sciences and as the Postgraduate Representative for the Mona Graduate Students. He holds a PhD from the University of Delaware, in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Policy. In his spare time, he enjoys a number of recreational sports, Caribbean fusion cooking and live music concerts. He is also is engaged in long distance agricultural pursuits at his family farm in St. Thomas, Jamaica.

 Second Vice President - Noel Godfrey 

Secretary - Barbara Brissett 
Treasurer - Neville DePass 
Assistant Secretary - Courtney Vaughan
 Courtney Ashley Vaughan is an Investment Banker who specializes in finance to support economic development.  Ms. Vaughan has over two decades of experience working with corporate and international finance, financial instruments, institutions and markets. She leverages her experience with investment and development banks to lead the Courtney Vaughan LLC (Gulf LadyCV) team, which pursues major investment and divestment opportunities in the United States and around the world. .  Ms. Vaughan’s professional background includes technical assignments with Arthur Anderson, Booze Allen Hamilton, Consolidated Edison Company, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Ms. Vaughan is currently advising several United States-based entrepreneurs on strategies to finance and scale disruptive technologies in the renewable and energy efficient segment of the power sector and life science industry.  She develops commercialization strategies and builds cross-border alliances for these firms to distribute their emerging technologies in foreign markets. She is currently a member of the Brown Bag Committee of the Women in Housing and Finance (WHF). Ms. Vaughan is also a member of the DC ArchAngels.
The Immediate Past President is Ms. Sha-Shana Crichton. 
Sha-Shana Crichton is the Director of the Legal Writing Program and an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at Howard University School of Law.  Prior to joining Howard’s faculty, Prof. Crichton was a litigation associate at the international law firm of Clifford Chance Rogers and Wells, LLP (now Clifford Chance, LLP) and president of Crichton and Associates, Inc., a literary agency that represents writers of quality fiction and non-fiction.  Prof. Crichton has travelled extensively across the United States lecturing on publishing matters. She is an active member of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Courts and past president of the University of the West Indies Washington-DC Metro Area Alumni Association. Prof. Crichton is the proud graduate of Howard University School of Law (J.D. cum laude), where she was managing editor of the Howard Law Journal, and the University of the West Indies (B.A. Hons.). She speaks Spanish and French.
This board will be working with PELICAN PRIDE to "re-connect" alumni with the UWI. They welcome other "willing hands" so if you are in the Washington DC area please volunteer!


The Chapter raised over US$50,000.00 for Nursing scholarships through the generosity of caring donors. 


The Chapter raised over US$50,000.00 for Nursing scholarships through generous donors.


US$50,000 was raised through the network of members and given for student scholarships through the American Foundation of the UWI (AFUWI).


The Chapter held a signature event: Caribbean Fall Frolic Happy Hour. It was a well supported and received networking event. They also gave a total of US$11,,000 for a Chancellor's Student Scholarship to each UWI campus


The Washington DC Chapter held a 60th AnniversaryCommemorative Service at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington DC on Sunday, June 1, 2008. In her welcome address, President of the UWIAA Washington DC Chapter Sha-Shana Crichton noted that "UWI is the oldest, fully regional institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth Caribbean and it is safe to say that the Caribbean region and countries around the world which are impacted and influenced by UWI, would not have made the strides that they made over the past decades without UWI".

The Washington DC Chapter contributed US $3,000.00 to the UWI Regional Endowment Fund as well as US$10,000.00 for scholarships in 2008.


Distinguished UWI Alumni in the Washington DC area

Sir George Alleyne -UWI Chancellor                                                    

Lady Sylvan Alleyne - Professor and Coordinator for the Human Development Programme at Howard University 

Professor Franklin Knight  (former Chapter President) - Director, Centre for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University                          

Dr. Garth Samuels - Vascular Surgeon / Physician 

Dr. Claire Nelson - Leader of the Futures Forum, President of the Board for Development, Foresight Institute                                                                             

Dr. Charles Lewis - Optometrist  

Dr. Derick Hanlan - Radiologist and Radiation Oncology Specialist                                                                         

Dr. Enid Bogle  

Dr. Omowale Elson - Vice President for Business Development at Elson Consulting Group  

Dr. Malcolm Manning

Dr. Patrick O'Mess - Urological Surgeon, Phoebe Sumter Urology Associates 

Dr. Yolande Smith - Pediatrician 

Dr. Anthony Kalloo - Professor of Medecine at Johns Hopkins University, Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Winsome Leslie - Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank 

Dr. Kisha Mitchell - Associate Professor of Pathology, Director - Autopsy Services 

Dr. J. Steuart Richards - Rheumatologist 

 Sonia Subaran Clayton 

Richard Fletcher 

Eddie Rochester







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