WHO WE ARE

C

hildren of the Caribbean Foundation was founded on June 1, 2010 by Julien Adams and Rosie Hodge-Adams. Built on the premise that Every Child Matters, the charity provides relief and assistance to children across the globe. The Foundation’s efforts are geared to resolving the ongoing struggles that some children face every day – poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease – and to replace these struggles with hope for the future.

 

Our Goal is to give children the opportunity to achieve personal growth, and to realize their dreams in a healthy environment without regard to race, creed or place of origin.

 

Our Mission is to create lasting positive change in the lives of children so that they may reach their fullest potential.

 

Recognizing that the extent of child poverty is not just dependent on family income, but also on the availability of infrastructure and services such as healthcare, education and social services, Children of the Caribbean focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Social Development and Climate Change.

 

Julien Adams

Position: Co-Founder/President
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Julien is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 1991) and the University of Southern California (B.A., 1988). Julien started his career in Los Angeles practicing complex commercial litigation at O’Melveny & Myers and then at Kaye Scholer.

In 1995, Julien left private practice to become a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles and then in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. There he worked in the government fraud and public corruption section, where he successfully tried 21 jury trials and prosecuted a variety of complex white-collar criminal cases. Julien received commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Julien then returned to private practice, joining Dovel & Luner in 2001 and becoming a partner the next year.

Julien Adams

Co-Founder/President

Julien is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law...

Rosie Hodge-Adams

Position: Co-Founder/Executive Director
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Julien is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 1991) and the University of Southern California (B.A., 1988). Julien started his career in Los Angeles practicing complex commercial litigation at O’Melveny & Myers and then at Kaye Scholer.

In 1995, Julien left private practice to become a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles and then in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. There he worked in the government fraud and public corruption section, where he successfully tried 21 jury trials and prosecuted a variety of complex white-collar criminal cases. Julien received commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Julien then returned to private practice, joining Dovel & Luner in 2001 and becoming a partner the next year.

Rosie Hodge-Adams

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Julien is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law...

Erika Jackson

Position: Global Growth and Development
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Erika Jackson

Global Growth and Development

Wendy Fitzwilliam

Position: Global Growth and Development
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam is a Trinidadian lawyer, actress, model, singer, TV Host and beauty queen who won Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 1998 becoming the second Miss Universe in history from Trinidad and Tobago.  At the age of 25, Wendy was the fourth woman of African heritage to capture the Miss Universe crown.

During her reign, she was honored by the United Nations and bestowed the title of UNAIDS and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for her work in HIV/AIDS education and awareness.

Her dedication to the HIV/AIDS cause also led her to found The Hibiscus Foundation (THF) in Trinidad & Tobago on 6 September 1998. This organization was established to heighten AIDS awareness in Trinidad & Tobago and to give assistance, financially and otherwise, to children’s homes in Trinidad.

She was the international spokesperson for Clear Essence Skin Care and made several notable television appearances having hosted segments of “Wild On…” for E! Entertainment Television and the Miss Universe Special for the same network.

She made appearances on “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee”, “The Magic Hour”, “Politically Incorrect”, “The O’Reilly Factor“, CNN’s “Talk Back Live”, Trinidad & Tobago Carnival” for BET, “The Johnny Cockran Show” on Court TV, Soca Monarch Finals for CNMG with Danny Glover and Chris Tucker, among others.

Wendy Fitzwilliam

Global Growth and Development

Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam is a Trinidadian lawyer, actress, model, singer,...

Stephen “Mick” Horwitz

Position: Global Strategy, Global Growth & Development
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Stephen Horwitz was born in Los Angeles and has lived in the Los Angeles area most of his life.  He is a graduate of Cal State Northridge and received his lifetime teaching credential in 1967.  Stephen taught at the Los Angeles City Schools for ten years.

In 1972, Stephen and his long time friend – Howard Wang the Sierra Canyon Day Camp in Santa Clarita Valley, California.  In 1977 Stephen and Howard purchased property in Chatsworth and moved the camp to this purchased site.  This was the beginning of the Sierra Canyon School which opened in 1978 with 150 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  The school facility grew to 17 acres, 40,000 sq ft of buildings and over 200 employees when it was sold in 2006.  A non-profit organization was formed to build the new school.

Stephen “Mick” Horwitz

Global Strategy, Global Growth & Development

Stephen Horwitz was born in Los Angeles and has lived...

Justine Pasek

Position: North America Program
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Yostin LissetteJustinePasek Patiño is a Polish-Panamanian model, philanthropist and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2002. Originally the first runner-up at the Miss Universe 2002 competition, Pasek became the first ever runner-up to be crowned the winner after the dethronement of original winner Oxana Fedorova.[1]

Pasek was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine to a Panamanian mother and a Polish father; her mother was a homemaker, while her father was an engineer. Despite her birth name being Yostin, Pasek was raised being affectionately referred to by her Polish name Justyna. She is the eldest of three children and only daughter; her two younger brothers are Edward and Alvaro. The family resided in Ukraine for one year, and later moved to the village of Wożuczyn, near Zamość in southeastern Poland, close to the border with Ukraine. After her mother finished her studies in chemistry, the family left Poland and settled in Panama City, where Pasek was raised.[2]

Prior to pageantry, Pasek worked as a professional model in Panama City; she appeared in television productions and fashion shows. Pasek had planned to complete a university degree in environmental engineering in New Zealand with her brothers, and later work for the Smithsonian Research Center.

Justine Pasek

North America Program

Yostin Lissette “Justine” Pasek Patiño is a Polish-Panamanian model, philanthropist...

Arthur Martin, PhD

Position: Global Strategy, Global Policy
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Dr. Arthur W. Martin was born on the island of St. Kitts which is located in the north eastern Caribbean. There he received most of his secondary education. In 1988 he attended the University of the Virgin Islands where he majored in Chemistry; in 1990 he transferred to the City College of New York where he majored in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. He always believed that summer was a time to gain work experience. So in the summer of 1990 and 1991 he worked at the Dolphus Milligan Research Institute with Dr.Henry McBay under an NSF-Undergraduate Research Grant in Chemistry. In the summers of 1992 and 1993 he was able to receive summer internships at Corning Incorporated due to the two previous summers of his academic summer internships.

Arthur has had 13 years of industrial experience. He has contributed significantly to several cutting edge technologies. He began a cooperative employment at Corning Incorporated in1994 before relocating to Morristown, New Jersey to work for Allied Signal in Liquid Crystal Display Technologies. In 1997 Dr. Martin accepted a position as a Development Scientist working on continuous wear hydrogel contact lens. In 1998 he received his Masters Degree in Polymer Science & Engineering from NYU-Polytechnic University. In 2000 he was offered a position at IBM as an Advisory Scientist working on low-k polymeric materials for inter-level dielectrics for semi-conductors where he led the development effort to bring high speed computers. In 2003 Arthur decided to pursue his passion and enrolled in a PhD. Program at NYU-Polytechnic University where he worked on the Protein Engineering of cutinase enzyme for the degradation of polyesters and their application in drug delivery. In 2006 after completion of his PhD in Material Chemistry he joined Corning Incorporated as a Senior Research Scientist where he is working on a significant area that would impact this generation and future generations to come. Arthur is involved in designing novel chemistry and engineering in-vitro surfaces for stem cells for drug discovery and therapeutic value and was promoted to Group Leader of Bio-surface Process in Corning Life Sciences Division where he leads development effort to commercialize stem cell surfaces. He certainly thinks this would be a game changing technology that would revolutionize the health industry with huge global implications. Arthur has several scientific publications, 8 granted patents and has11 published patent applications both United States and World in the area of biomaterials for drug delivery and stem cell technology.Arthur has dedicated his life to mentoring young African American men and women in science & engineering and currently advices and supports historically black colleges and universities. In his spare time he enjoys political discussions, debating, spoken words poetry,tennis and basketball. He is an avid Jazz listener and collects jazz.Arthur is a proud father of four children, Charisse 13, Justin 10, Kaelin and Kristin 4. He lives in Corning, New York and is married to Judene his wife of 7 years. Arthur enjoys life to the fullest and believes that the most important resource given to mankind is its people. That is why he cares about investing in our children, that is, the children of the Caribbean.

Arthur Martin, PhD

Global Strategy, Global Policy

Dr. Arthur W. Martin was born on the island of...

Wyck Godfrey

Position: Trustee, Global Growth and Opportunity
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Wyck Godfrey is an American film and television producer best known for producing The Twilight Saga series and The Maze Runner series. He was also partner of production company Temple Hill Entertainment with his friend Marty Bowen, which they founded in 2006. In 2017, he was named President of Paramount Motion Pictures Group.[1] In 2020, Godfrey left Paramount and returned to producing with Temple Hill Entertainment.[2]

Godfrey graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee,[1] earned a degree in English literature from Princeton University, and later moved to New York City, where he interned at New Line Cinema.[3] In February 2006, he and his friend Marty Bowen founded their own production company, Temple Hill Entertainment, and produced The Nativity Story as their first film together.[3][4] He was raised Christian.[5]

Godfrey produced the five films in The Twilight Saga series from 2008 to 2012.[6] In 2014, he produced the young adults novel adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars[7] He has also produced the three films in The Maze Runner series.[8]

Wyck Godfrey

Trustee, Global Growth and Opportunity

Wyck Godfrey is an American film and television producer best...

Dr Mary Kerr

Position: Global Development, Global Health Director
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

A leader in her field, Dr. Kerr has been honored as one of the top OB/GYNs in America. She’s also been recognized for her work with cord blood stem cell collection and Special Needs Network-LA, an organization that provides resources for low-income families of children and adults with developmental disabilities in the autism spectrum. She has been honored by the March of Dimes “Celebration of Babies” efforts to end premature birth in America, the Thirst Project for her philanthropy and efforts to raise awareness regarding the global water crisis, and JHPAIGO’s efforts in international women’s and families’ health.

In addition to maintaining her private practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Kerr is a clinical faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Los Angeles Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Kerr’s approach to medicine involves devoting time and consideration to each patient as well as a never-ending commitment to women’s health education and research. Outside of work, Dr. Kerr loves spending time with her husband and three sons.

Dr Mary Kerr

Global Development, Global Health Director

A leader in her field, Dr. Kerr has been honored...

Dr Cherrie Hodge

Position: Global Development, Global Health
Email: info@caribbeanchild.com

Cheryl was born and raised in St Kitts – a tiny, English-speaking, Caribbean island.  She credits her mother for very early in life, illustrating to her siblings and herself that there is nothing too small to share with those in need; a tenet (among many  learned from her mother) which today she adheres to, and passes on to others.  She deems it an honour to be able to work with ‘Children of the Caribbean’ and thus be granted the opportunity to reconnect with her roots and to give something back!

As an internist and endocrinologist, Cheryl has worked in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Ontario, Canada.  She lives with her family in Quebec, where she is the Medical Director of Clinique Modica – a medical aesthetics enterprise which she founded in 2010.

Dr Cherrie Hodge

Global Development, Global Health

Cheryl was born and raised in St Kitts – a...

Wendy Fitzwilliam

Position: Global Growth and Development
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam is a Trinidadian lawyer, actress, model, singer, TV Host and beauty queen who won Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 1998 becoming the second Miss Universe in history from Trinidad and Tobago.  At the age of 25, Wendy was the fourth woman of African heritage to capture the Miss Universe crown.

During her reign, she was honored by the United Nations and bestowed the title of UNAIDS and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for her work in HIV/AIDS education and awareness.

Her dedication to the HIV/AIDS cause also led her to found The Hibiscus Foundation (THF) in Trinidad & Tobago on 6 September 1998. This organization was established to heighten AIDS awareness in Trinidad & Tobago and to give assistance, financially and otherwise, to children’s homes in Trinidad.

She was the international spokesperson for Clear Essence Skin Care and made several notable television appearances having hosted segments of “Wild On…” for E! Entertainment Television and the Miss Universe Special for the same network.

She made appearances on “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee”, “The Magic Hour”, “Politically Incorrect”, “The O’Reilly Factor“, CNN’s “Talk Back Live”, Trinidad & Tobago Carnival” for BET, “The Johnny Cockran Show” on Court TV, Soca Monarch Finals for CNMG with Danny Glover and Chris Tucker, among others.

Wendy Fitzwilliam

Global Growth and Development

Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam is a Trinidadian lawyer, actress, model, singer,...

Justine Pasek

Position: North America Program
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Yostin LissetteJustinePasek Patiño is a Polish-Panamanian model, philanthropist and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2002. Originally the first runner-up at the Miss Universe 2002 competition, Pasek became the first ever runner-up to be crowned the winner after the dethronement of original winner Oxana Fedorova.[1]

Pasek was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine to a Panamanian mother and a Polish father; her mother was a homemaker, while her father was an engineer. Despite her birth name being Yostin, Pasek was raised being affectionately referred to by her Polish name Justyna. She is the eldest of three children and only daughter; her two younger brothers are Edward and Alvaro. The family resided in Ukraine for one year, and later moved to the village of Wożuczyn, near Zamość in southeastern Poland, close to the border with Ukraine. After her mother finished her studies in chemistry, the family left Poland and settled in Panama City, where Pasek was raised.[2]

Prior to pageantry, Pasek worked as a professional model in Panama City; she appeared in television productions and fashion shows. Pasek had planned to complete a university degree in environmental engineering in New Zealand with her brothers, and later work for the Smithsonian Research Center.

Justine Pasek

North America Program

Yostin Lissette “Justine” Pasek Patiño is a Polish-Panamanian model, philanthropist...

Stephen “Mick” Horwitz

Position: Global Strategy, Global Growth & Development
Email: Exec.Assistant@caribbeanchild.com

Stephen Horwitz was born in Los Angeles and has lived in the Los Angeles area most of his life.  He is a graduate of Cal State Northridge and received his lifetime teaching credential in 1967.  Stephen taught at the Los Angeles City Schools for ten years.

In 1972, Stephen and his long time friend – Howard Wang the Sierra Canyon Day Camp in Santa Clarita Valley, California.  In 1977 Stephen and Howard purchased property in Chatsworth and moved the camp to this purchased site.  This was the beginning of the Sierra Canyon School which opened in 1978 with 150 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  The school facility grew to 17 acres, 40,000 sq ft of buildings and over 200 employees when it was sold in 2006.  A non-profit organization was formed to build the new school.

Stephen “Mick” Horwitz

Global Strategy, Global Growth & Development

Stephen Horwitz was born in Los Angeles and has lived...

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Esther Joo

Corporate Officer
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Lawnie Grant, Esq.

Legal & Compliance
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Elmo Johnson

Event Coordinator
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Island Field Manager