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AJA Executive Board (2009)
President Derrick L. Harvey
Vice President Errol Ritchie
Treasurer Granville Saunders
Assistant Treasurer George Aird
Secretary Karlene Duncan
Assistant Secretary Marcia Graham
Parliamentarian Winston Henry
Trustee Robert Infantry
Trustee Astley Leslie
Committee Chairpersons
Previous year (2008) Executive Board
Previous year (2007) Executive Board


Derrick L. Harvey

Derrick L. Harvey 

Derrick L. Harvey

President 

Derrick worked as the first bookkeeper for the founders of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Company in New York and New Jersey upon his arrival to the USA . He was transferred to Atlanta to be the Managing Director of the first corporately owned distribution center. During the next fifteen years, Derrick was the Business Manager and Administrator for a Medical Center in Atlanta - he also started his own private accounting and consulting company.

He attended Monroe College in New York City , majoring in Computer Science, but ultimately his transfer to Atlanta resulted in the move to Kennesaw State University where he completed studies in Management Accounting. Derrick has worked as a Chief Financial Officer, Tax Practitioner, Small Business Consultant, Corporate Accountant, and currently Corporate HR/AP manager for a local family-owned company.

Derrick has been a member of the Atlanta Jamaican Association, Inc. since 1999 and was elected that year as the treasurer. He served as the treasurer until he was elected President in October 2000 and served until September 2003. His priority is to maintain involvement with the church, his family, and other community organizations.

Derrick is currently residing in Marietta, Georgia and is married with three children.

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 Errol Ritchie

Errol Ritchie

Errol Ritchie

Vice President

Errol is currently President of Tropic Products International, Inc., located in Stone Mountain, a major distributor of Caribbean products to wholesalers and retailers in the Southeast United States. He worked as an Analyst with Alcan Jamaica Limited at their Kirk vine Works in Jamaica before taking up residence abroad. Here in the United States, he worked as a Senior Systems Analyst with Pitney Bowes of Stamford, Connecticut and as a Financial Consultant with IBM, before starting his own business.

A graduate of Munro College in Jamaica, Errol holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and International Business from Columbia University, New York. He was an avid hockey player and was a member of the Jamaica National Hockey squad in 1974.

He is married to Evora (nee Pearson) and has three children Errol Jr., Elizabeth and Cornel.

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Karlene Duncan

Karlene Duncan

Karlene Duncan

Secretary

Karlene was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica to A.C. and Lena Williams, AJA members since 1998. After graduating from St. Hugh’s High School in Kingston, she migrated to the United States, where she attended the University of Houston (BBA-Finance) and Prairie View A&M University (MBA-Finance). While at the University of Houston, she served as President of the Caribbean Students Organization, Secretary of the International Students Organization, and President of the campus chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

After graduating from the university, Karlene continued to serve the Caribbean and Jamaican communities in Houston through active participation in local organizations, including:

 
  • 1993 to 1994 Secretary – Jamaican Association of Greater Houston
  • 1993 to 1997 Board member – Houston Caribbean Festival, Inc.
  • 1995 to 1997 Treasurer – Houston Caribbean Festival, Inc.
  • 1995 to 1997 Volunteer Coordinator – Houston Caribbean Festival, Inc.
  • 1998 to 2000 Membership Committee Chairperson – Jamaican Association of Greater Houston
  • 2005 to 2006 Asst. Secretary – Jamaica Foundation of Houston
  • 2006 to 2007 Treasurer – St. Luke the Evangelist Episcopal Church; Houston, Texas
  • 2007 March of Dimes Team Leader – Bank of America; Houston, Texas

Professionally, she has been employed as Operations Manager/Registered Rep with Duncan Private Wealth Management LLC, Senior Credit Analyst with Washington Mutual, and Portfolio Management Administrator with Bank of America where she is currently employed. An active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Karlene has been a Henry County resident since December 2007and a member of AJA since the beginning of 2008.

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Marcia Graham

Marcia Graham

Assistant Secretary

Marcia currently works as a Petition /Para Legal with a prominent law firm in Atlanta which specializes in Bankruptcy Law.  Originally from St. Mary, Jamaica, she relocated to Montego Bay where she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the tourism and legal sectors. For over
ten years.
 
She was an active member of the Jamaica JAYCEES and served as the Secretary of the Montego Bay local Chapter. Marcia was also active in the Jamaica Junior Chamber of Commerce and became State Secretary of the Chamber before being elevated to the rank of Vice President.
 
Since migrating to Atlanta in 1991, Marcia has become involved in the work of several organizations.  She takes special pride in being a member of the Atlanta Jamaican Association, where one of her main focus is membership.  She is the owner of two businesses one provides janitorial services, while the other provides a wide variety of types of flooring for her customers. 
 
Marcia holds a Bachelors Degree in business administration from Phoenix University and an Associate Degree in Para Legal Studies.  She is a Notary Public for Clayton County.
 
She has three children including an adult son who currently resides in Hawaii.

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Granville Saunders

Granville Saunders

Granville Saunders

Treasurer

Hailing from the hills of St Andrew, Granville Saunders is a graduate of the Mico Teachers College in Kingston. After graduation he spent six years, which he describes as his most gratifying years, in the Secondary school system during which time he achieved the status of Senior Teacher and served as head of the Industrial Arts and Art departments. Granville migrated to the United States and resided in Connecticut for 8 years. He holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Central Connecticut State University. He also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt in Project Management and is a lead Engineer in the nations number one lighting company. He has been a supporter of the AJA since his arrival in Atlanta in 1983. He joined the organization in the late eighties and served as treasurer for two terms beginning in 1995 and a third term during Derrick Harvey's administration, 2002-2003.

Asked what is his vision of the organization, his reply, "the envy of all local nonprofit organizations and the acquisition of a permanent meeting place"

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George Aird

George Aird

George Aird

Assistant Treasurer

George Aird is currently a banker with a local Community Bank and has worked in the financial services industry for over thirty years. Work related experience in Jamaica includes; National Meteorological Service(Weather Radar Operator), Jamaica Mutual Life(Life Underwriter), Life of Barbados Ja, Ltd.(Principal Officer). Since relocating to the US in the mid 1980,s, George has worked in various positions with major financial services corporations in NY,Fl and Ga .

George was born in Hanover and is a graduate of Rusea's High School. He is also a Chartered Life Underwriter, and a graduate of the Caribbean Meteorological Institute(Barbados), Life Management Institute(Atlanta), and Mercer University's Stetson School of Business & Economics(Atlanta). A former Vice President of Rusea's Old Students Assoc.(Florida), George currently serves as a Welcome Minister at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic church in Decatur. George is married with three adult children.

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Winston Henry

Winston Henry

Winston Henry

Parliamentarian

Winston is currently a Mechanical Engineer, specializing in Packaging Machinery, with a food packaging company in Atlanta . Originally from St. Ann, Jamaica , Winston graduated from York Castle High school in Browns Town.

He worked with Barclays Bank Jamaica before attending the College of Arts , Science and Technology (now U-Tech) to earn a Diploma in Mechanical Technology. Winston then worked with Reynolds Jamaica Mines for two years and then went on to attend Penn State University . Winston graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T) with a Bs in Mechanical Technology.

Winston is married to Joycelyn, has three young adult children, and is a member of the Greenforest Community Baptist Church .

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Robert Infantry

Robert Infantry

Robert Infantry

Trustee

Robert is a high school English teacher in Clayton County. He was elected Teacher of the Year for North Clayton High School for 2007/2008

Formerly a student of Oberlin High School and Cornwall College, He moved to Toronto after high school. He has lived in the Bronx, Brampton (Ontario) and Montreal and moved to the Atlanta area in 1994. Robert holds degrees from City College of New York (B.A), University of Toronto (B.Ed.), Brock University (Ontario) (M.Ed.) and Georgia State University (Ed.S). .

He lives in Stockbridge, Georgia, with his wife, Annemarie and son, Cameron.

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Astley Leslie

Astley Leslie

Trustee

Astley is a certified Conflict Resolution Specialist registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He is a founding member of the Association for Conflict Resolution - Georgia Chapter   He previously served as Permanent Secretary in the Jamaica Ministry of Social  Security and the Ministry of Labor before joining the International Labor Organization - an agency of the United Nations Organization - to establish, and develop over a fifteen year period, the Caribbean Labor Administration Center in Barbados.;

Astley  joined the Atlanta Jamaican Association in 1993, served as its President in 1995 and from 1997 to 2000 and chaired its Constitution Committee in 2005 and 2006. He was instrumental in revising and updating the By Laws of the Association. These revised By Laws were adopted by the quarterly members meeting held in January 2007.    He is a founding member of the Sugar Canes - a Jamaican folk singing group established in Atlanta to promote the Jamaican culture He is currently serving as a Trustee of the Association for the second consecutive year.   Astley holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science(Economics) and Master of Science (Personnel and Employment Relations).  He is married and has two grown daughters.

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Commitee

Chairperson/s

Building
Winston Rubie
Cultural
Sybil Leslie
Disciplinary
Trevor Oldacre
Education
Robert Infantry
Family Relations
Copeland Comrie
Finance
Everton Williams, CPA
Membership
Allan Alberga
Public Relations and Marketing
Sandra Gammon
Social
Janice O'Shea
Youth Program
Allan Stewart.
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