To improve the quality of life for residents of the Cayman Islands by providing supplementary literacy programmes and initiatives for children and adults, and by helping to raise the quality of education in the public school system.
To significantly increase literacy levels in the Cayman Islands.
LIFE Ltd is governed by a trustee and an independent board of directors. Our directors and officers come from diverse backgrounds and have a wealth of varied experience and expertise. They are united by their passion for literacy and their shared commitment to achieving LIFE’s mission.
Woody is the Managing Director of Foster’s Food Fair-IGA and a member of the Board of Directors of the Foster Group of companies. Woody attended St. Ignatius Catholic Primary School and Triple C School in Grand Cayman, followed by Florida Air Academy and Louisiana State University where he pursued studies in business. Woody began his career in the grocery business at Foster’s Food Fair-IGA in 1987 when he returned to Grand Cayman.
Woody is a Member of the Education Council and is passionate about and committed to the future of education in the Cayman Islands. He has served on numerous boards throughout his career and currently sits on the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee and the CUC Board. Woody is a Past President of Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise and the current Director of their Literacy Committee.
Andrea qualified as a teacher in 1972 and has taught at Cayman Brac High School and Cayman Islands Middle School. After attaining an Advanced Diploma in Curriculum Development from the Cambridge Institute of Education (UK), she was appointed Deputy Principal, Cayman Islands Middle School.
In 1986, Andrea attained a Masters in Education Management and Administration from Bristol University (UK) and was appointed Deputy Chief Education Officer in the Cayman Islands Education Department. She was Chief Education Officer from 1989 to 1994.
In 1994, Andrea was appointed Permanent Secretary (Chief Officer) in the Cayman Islands Ministry of Health. She was awarded an MBE in 2002 “for exceptional achievement and tireless leadership as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health”. She retired from the civil service in 2006. Andrea is a Past President of the Rotary Sunrise Club and a former Director of their Literacy Committee.
Kevin is a shareholder and Head of the Cayman Islands office of off-shore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. Kevin joined Conyers in Bermuda in 1997 and moved to the Cayman Islands in 2004. Kevin grew up in Canada and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario (1987) and an LLB from the University of British Columbia (1993). Kevin has been admitted to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law in British Columbia (1994, non-practising), Bermuda (1998) and the Cayman Islands (2004).
Kevin has a keen interest in literacy and education having been raised by teachers (his mother and grandmother). He is the Vice President of the Cayman Islands Law Society and an Alternate Director of Cayman Finance. Kevin was formerly a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise.
Anthony is the Head of Alternative Investments and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) at KPMG Cayman Islands. Anthony moved to Cayman in 1999, and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise for over 10 years. He is a member of KPMG’s Global Alternative Investments Leadership Team and KPMG’s European Council for Investment Management. Anthony is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is passionate about the need for good literacy and numeracy skills.
Anthony leads KPMG’s Cayman Islands CSR programme which facilitates the implementation of KPMG’s global CSR ambitions. In 2013, he led the launch of KPMG’s first cross-border CSR programme, the BRIGHT programme, which involved working alongside the COO Childline International to help build capacity in their operations in Zambia. Anthony is the Chairman of the Cayman Islands Alternative Investment Summit.
Reina has over 40 years’ teaching experience at primary and secondary level in both public and private schools in the Cayman Islands. She strongly believes that education is the key to success. She began her teaching career at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in Grand Cayman in 1973 after attaining a BA in Early Childhood Education from City University, New York. She holds a Masters in Education (with an emphasis in Reading) from Virginia Commonwealth University, USA (1979).
Reina owned and operated a child care centre at her home in Cayman for a decade and taught specialist literacy to children and adults. She returned to full–time teaching in 2002 at Savannah Primary School, then John Gray High School. Reina retired in 2011 but undertakes supply teaching in the public schools. Reina is the President of the CI Early Childhood Association and a Member of the CI Education Council.
Finley is a construction engineer at DECCO Ltd, a member of the DART group of companies in the Cayman Islands. He was born in the Cayman Islands, and attended Cayman Islands Middle School and Cayman Islands High School (now John Gray High School), both government schools. Finley holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
Finley is passionate about the importance of good literacy skills and believes that poor literacy is the source of most social evils. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise and was their Community Service Director in 2012-2013. He is also a member of the Grand Cayman Toastmasters Club.
Pauline has 22 years of experience in primary school education, as a classroom teacher, Head of Department and Principal in both public and private schools in Ireland, Turks & Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands. She holds a B.Ed in Education from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and is passionate about literacy. She has lived in the Cayman Islands for over 20 years and is a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise and a former Director of their Literacy Committee (2012-2013). She was instrumental in starting the first Reading Partner programmes in George Town Primary School & Sir John A. Cumber Primary School.
Pauline currently works in finance & administration at Crown Global Insurance.
She continues to enjoy volunteering her time to help improve literacy in the Cayman Islands.
Paul is the Managing Director of Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and worked for KPMG Cayman Islands from 1997 to 2004. In 2004, Paul orchestrated the management buyout of Genesis Trust from KPMG and has subsequently transformed the firm into a leading corporate service provider in the Cayman Islands, where he has lived for over 20 years.
Paul has been the Treasurer of LIFE Ltd. since its incorporation in 2012. He is passionate about the importance of a good education and, having previously assisted teaching math in a government school, he has experienced first-hand the challenges faced by teachers. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants. He is also a Notary Public and was a member of Rotary Sunrise for 10 years.
Pilar Bush is the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Dart Enterprises and Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. and oversees LIFE's marketing and communications strategy. Pilar became involved in LIFE in early 2012 while at AtWater Consulting. Prior to founding AtWater in 2008, she was Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands (2005 – 2008) and Deputy Director responsible for US Marketing, based in New York (2001-2005).
Pilar is passionate about helping children achieve their full potential and believes education, especially literacy, is an essential part of each child’s life toolkit. A product of the Cayman public school system, she is the Chair of Big Brother Big Sister Cayman, serves on the Editorial Board of the Cayman Financial Review and holds a BA in Economics from the Univ. of Waterloo and an MBA in Aviation and Airline Management from Concordia University, both in Canada.
We are lucky to have a group of enthusiastic, committed volunteers in our Executive Team:
Faye Lippitt is a former journalist, a published author and a former School Board Trustee (in Alberta, Canada). She has lived in Cayman for over 3 years and is a member of Rotary Sunrise.
Julian Foster was born in Cayman and is the Senior Marketing Manager at Foster’s Food Fair-IGA. Julian assists with LIFE’s marketing initiatives.
Patrick Kreitlow formerly served the Literacy Volunteers of the Chippewa Valley where he was honored as Wisconsin Literacy Advocate of the Year. A longtime journalist and news anchor, Patrick also served as senator in the Wisconsin State legislature before relocating to Cayman. He is a member of Rotary Sunrise.
Mark McBryan, a digital guru at Fountainhead, is LIFE’s technical consultant.
Laurie Hall, an IT specialist, assists with LIFE's Volunteer Paired Reading and CALS programmes.
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