- Mr. Steve De LasChairman- NCRHA
Mr. Steve De Las is the Production Manager at YARA Trinidad Limited (Formerly Federation Chemicals – FED CHEM). He has worked at YARA for over three (3) decades, with over twenty (20)years experience being at the Managerial Level in various capacities. Mr. De Las is particularly specialised in implementing quality standards, systems and operational procedures; and focuses on analytical objectivity and precision. He has successfully led teams to accomplish disciplined operational excellence; implementation and integration of software programs in purchasing and warehouse management and the development of a turnaround handbook. Well known for setting high standards for both himself and others, Mr. De Las is a stickler for ensuring fixed cost is within the budget while increasing equipment reliability to achieve production volumes. As such, projects are completed within constrained budgets, on schedule and within quality standards. He obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and also holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Henley Management College in England.
- Mr. Elvin EdwardsDeputy Chairman-NCRHA
Mr. Elvin Edwards is the Technical Assistant to the present Mayor of Arima. He attended both Ryerson University in Toronto and Algonquin College in Ottawa, where he acquired qualifications in programming and management disciplines. His expertise in Computer Operations was developed while being employed at the University of Toronto. Subsequently, he worked for twenty-four (24) years at RBTT Bank (Trinidad) occupying managerial positions in Computer Operations, Processing Centre and Business Resumption and Planning. Mr. Edwards has also served as Mayor of Arima for seven (7) years. He then dedicated six (6) years as an Information Attache at the High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Ottawa, Canada. An avid sportsman, Mr. Edwards represented several clubs, local and foreign in the field of cricket and soccer.
- Mr.Randolph CloudenBoard Member- NCRHA
Mr.Randolph Clouden is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with over thirty (30)years experience in international financial marketing and investment advisory services. He has worked for a number of large corporations in the United States of America and Canada in the areas of logistics and accounting. He is currently the CEO of Optimum Investment Solutions Ltd., a business consulting firm and serves as advisor to a number of financial institutions. As a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, he served on the Board of the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange for six (6) years. He was the Managing Director and Stockbroker for a full service Investment Banking firm in Trinidad & Tobago for nine (9) years and recently as the Senior Advisor Wealth & Project Management for a non-bank financial company. Mr.Clouden is a graduate of Fordham University, New York with a B.Sc in Economics and an MBA in Marketing and International Business. He is the holder of several awards, including a Proclamation for the City of Atlanta, Georgia.
- Mrs. Yvonne Bullen-SmithBoard member- NCRHA
Mrs. Yvonne Bullen-Smith has to her credit over fifty (50) years of nursing experience both locally and internationally. A widow and mother of four sons, the dedicated Mrs. Bullen-Smith has worked as a nurse since 1964. She obtained qualifications in Nursing Administration, Human Resource Management & Management, at the University of the West Indies. After graduation from the Nursing Programme as a Registered Nurse in Trinidad, Mrs. Bullen-Smith was assigned to the Scarborough General Hospital for three and a half (3 ½ ) years. She then returned to Trinidad where she completed her midwifery programme and worked at the Port of Spain General Hospital (POSGH), delivering over three thousand (3000) babies including breeches, twins and triplets. During this time, she also taught Medical Interns and other pertinent staff delivery practices. Subsequently, Mrs. Bullen-Smith was promoted to Head Nurse at Mount Hope Women’s Hospital (MHWH). As she continued to develop in her nursing field, Mrs. Bullen-Smith was further promoted to Supervisor and sent to Operating Theatre, San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) for eighteen (18) months and later transferred to the Operating Theatre, POSGH. Her next post was at the Sangre Grande Hospital (SGH) where she spent one year as Matron. She returned to MHWH as Nursing Administrator I where spent another six (6) years. Whilst at MHWH however, a number of programmes were initiated by her such as: Prevention Mother to Child Transmission- HIV, Menopause Clinic and Family Planning Clinic with an emphasis on Pap smear. Being promoted again, this time to Nursing Administrator II, Mrs. Bullen-Smith was assigned to POSGH for another five (5) years. She eventually became the General Manager, Nursing Services, North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) for three (3) years, where she was directly involved in the recruitment of the Cuban and Vincentian nationals, to assist with shortage of medical staff in Trinidad and Tobago. Ultimately, the Ministry of Health contracted Mrs. Bullen-Smith to manage the Mentorship Team for approximately one (1) year at North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA), which was a fitting opportunity for her to impart her nursing expertise and bring her many innovative ideas to life.
- Mrs.Marie Ayoung-CheeBoard Member- NCRHA
Mrs. Ayoung-Chee has extensive experience in senior management positions in the Information Technology industry. Her expertise in the fields of systems development and operations, quality management and project management were earned at an international financial institution. She has brought with her forty (40) years of international experience working throughout the globe meeting targets with project deliverables and cost containment. She also holds the position as the President of the Friends of the Blood Bank Association which is a registered, voluntary, non-profit organization, whose vision is to share life’s best gift, by registering voluntary blood donors, in the hope of building a reasonable collection of blood for use in Trinidad & Tobago. Mrs. Ayoung-Chee hopes to contribute to the improvement of NCRHA processes, especially in the areas of Tender Approval, Financial Accounting and Quality & Operations.
- Mr.Stewart SmithBoard Member- NCRHA
Mr.Stewart Smith, Fellow, PAHO/WHO International Health Leadership Program (1997), is a career public officer and health management professional with over twenty-five (25) years progressive leadership in hospital management and public health consulting in the Caribbean region. Over the past twenty-five (25) years he has consulted with regional and international organizations such as the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Office of the Caribbean Program Coordinator (CPC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health OAR/NIH) (2000-2008) and the Trans-Caribbean HIV/AIDS Research Initiative (TCHAR) as well as a number of Caribbean governments.He served as the first Chief Executive Officer, South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) (1995-1998); and for eleven (11) years held the position of Hospital Administrator of the Port of Spain General Hospital, San Fernando General Hospital and St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital’s respectively as well as Assistant Hospital Administrator, General Hospital Port of Spain for two (2) years (1989-1991). He was Executive Director, Victoria Hospital, Saint Lucia (September 2000-May 2005) and Project Director for the National Oncology Centre (NOC) design and construction project, GoRTT (June 2005 to March 2011). He served as the Ministry’s representative (Director) on the Boards of Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) (January 2015 to Oct. 2015), North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) (Nov. 2012-Nov. 2014 and National Ambulance Emergency Services Authority (NAESA) (April 2013 – April 2014). A Commonwealth Scholar, he holds a B.Sc. (Upper Second Class Honours), from The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad (1986), a Master in Health Administration,Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, (1989) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Sector Restructuring and Financing, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London, (1993); and a Certificate in Project Implementation and Management from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Barbados (1996). He is currently the Senior Health Systems Adviser at the Ministry of Health.
- Dr. Maria BartholomewBoard Member - NCRHA
Dr. Maria Bartholomew is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist who graduated from University of the West Indies and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians UK. She pursued training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bartholomew has served in the past as a lecturer with the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medicine and also worked as a consultant Gastroenterologist with the North West Regional Health Authority(NWRHA), she has written publications in leading medical journals. Under the NWRHA, Dr. Bartholomew led the Gastroenterology service for fifteen (15) years, a position which allowed her to further develop the gastroenterology service at Port of Spain General Hospital. Dr. Bartholomew established a paediatric liver transplantation service in partnership with colleagues in Argentina. The first child that was transplanted at age ten (10) and is now a healthy nineteen year old university student. Dr. Bartholomew serves as voluntary faculty for the William J. Harrington Medical Training Program which offers training opportunities at Jackson Memorial Hospital to medical students and physicians from Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also a Director of the National Association of Crohns and Colitis of Trinidad and Tobago and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.
- Dr. Keith CliffordBoard Member- NCRHA
Dr. Keith Bury Clifford is a former top College and Trinidad & Tobago junior national sprinter. He was also a member of the football squads for both Presentation College, San Fernando. Keith Bury Clifford subsequently earned an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1968. Based on his outstanding undergraduate record, he would later be awarded an academic scholarship to attend Meharry Medical College in 1971. After graduating in 1975, he completed his internship at Queens Hospital Center in New York, followed by a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the esteemed Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. Upon the completion of his Post-Graduate training in New York, Dr. Clifford was recruited in 1980 by the Ministry of Health to work at Mt. Hope Women’s Hospital, before transferring to the San Fernando General Hospital. He worked in the public service for four years before embarking on a career as a private medical practitioner in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. To-date he has continued to serve the populace diligently in this capacity, blending it with his consistent contribution to a number of service organizations, such as the Past Students’ Association of Presentation College where he served for six terms in the capacity of President; the Friends of the Blood Bank Association, where he served as Chairman for eight years; and the Family Planning Association of T&T where he also served as Medical Director for a period of seven years. He has also been a member of the First Citizens Sports Foundation for ten years, the last eight, in the capacity of Chairman. Dr. Clifford has also demonstrated his all-round capabilities and skills by hosting the Morning Edition TV6 programme from 1998 to 1999 and the CNC3 Early Morning Show from 2005-2009. In June 2014, he produced and launched “House Call”, a medical information programme on C TV, where he again astutely performed the roles of expert host and advisor.
- Ms. Kimoy ThomasBoard Member- NCRHA
Kimoy Thomas is an Attorney-at-law with over ten years’ experience. Ms. Thomas’ areas of expertise include human trafficking law, refugee law, contract law and general policy formulation. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma Degree in International Relations and is currently pursuing her International Masters’ Degree in Business Administration. Ms.Thomas has been very instrumental in providing research and opinions for the amendment of many laws which govern Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to her portfolio as Legal Counsel, Ms. Thomas is a member of a number of specially appointed committees all of which are tasked with improving the lives and services offered to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. In her spare time, she volunteers as a motivational speaker for secondary school students. Ms. Thomas also enjoys reading, physical exercise and spending time with her family and friends.