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The Board of Trustees is the governing body of The International College of the Cayman Islands. At present there are 14 members, including a faculty representative, although it can have as many as 20 members. Three of the trustees are International College Alumni. The board meets at least three times a year, usually on campus.
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the national organization for higher education governance and leadership, describes the role of a board of trustees as follows:
Trustees of independent colleges and universities are surrogates of the general public. They are responsible for acting on behalf of their fellow citizens and institutional founders as their individual consciences and best judgment dictate.
A governing board’s fundamental responsibility is to chart the institution’s course and ensure that the institution has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission. The board also has a unique fiduciary role in finance and budgeting, in endowment and investment management, and in preserving and expanding physical resources. In addition, the board ordinarily is called on to participate in fundraising activities.
Specific responsibilities of the board of trustees include:
- Setting and clarifying the institution’s mission and purpose
- Appointing the President, supporting the President, and evaluating the President’s performance
- Assessing its own performance as a board
- Supporting the institution’s engagement in sound strategic planning
- Reviewing the institution’s educational and public service programs
- Participating in fundraising
- Ensuring good institutional management
- Preserving institutional independence
- Relating the campus to the outside community and the outside community to the campus
- Approving policies
Current Roster: The International College of the Cayman Islands Board of Trustees:
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mike Mannisto (Chairperson)
Dr. Elsa Cummings
Audrey Ebanks (Posthumously)
George McCarthy, George Town
Carlyle McLaughlin, West Bay
Anand Adapa is the Senior Manager for Nursery & Landscape services for Dart Realty (Cayman) Limited. He is active in community causes. He served on the ICCI Presidential Committee and sits on the Board of Trustees’ Fundraising committee.
Anand holds a Master’s degree in Horticulture science from University of Western Sydney, Australia and Bachelor’s degree in Farm Science & Rural development from Loyola Academy, India. He has 17 years of professional Horticulture, Nursery and Landscape project management experience in the Cayman Islands.
Dan Charleston is the General Manager of DMS Organization and Morning Show Host on Cayrock 96.5 at DMS. He has been involved with the radio for over 30 years, covering all aspects from on-air, programming, sales, sales management, national sales management, NTR management, to Market manager. He has experience in both domestic and international markets. Dan has served as a member of the Board since 2011. He is chair of the marketing and promotion committee, applying his expertise to increase awareness about the College in the community in order for ICCI to meet its enrollment goals. Dan holds a BA, in Journalism, English, Psychology from theUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln.
April Cummings Her family founded the International College of the Cayman Islands in 1970 and with it, a teaching radio station – ICCI-FM. It was in the booth at ICCI-FM that Ms. Cummings got her first taste of broadcasting, hosting a children’s radio show at age 6. April earned an associate degree from ICCI and then a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in 1988. She wrote and anchored the Islands’ first newscast in 1991 while working for CITV. In 1992, Ms. Cummings joined CITN as a reporter, producer and on-air host. She currently serves as owner of Cayman Life TV.
Woodward “Woody” DaCosta, LLM has been the Managing Director of Real Property Group Ltd. (RPG) for the past twenty years. RPG has several companies under its umbrella that primarily focus on servicing the real estate market. Its affiliate companies are BSI Real Estate, Facility Management Ltd. Facility Services and Maintenance, Armand Steele General Contracting , and Castle Developments.
Woody is very active in the community and serves on a number of Boards including: The Port Authority of The Cayman Islands (the Port), Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Law Review Commission, Deputy Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board, Co-Founder and Director of The Cayman Islands Youth Development. Woody has been married to Shirley for twenty-one years and they have three wonderful children. Woody is also a host on the popular morning talk show, Cayman Crosstalk on Rooster 101.1 FM
Amy Scott Wood Gage:, BA, MA graduate student & Teaching Assistant, Portland State University, Oregon 1969-71, Anthropology and Art. Certified and registered Yoga therapist: CYT, RYT 500e. She has had an on going commitment to lifetime international education. During the mid 1960s, her father, Capt. Victor Thornton Wood, born and raised on Cayman Brac, saw the need for higher education in the Cayman Islands. Her deceased husband, Fred Kline and she joined a team in Portland, Oregon: “The American Friends of the International College of the Cayman Islands”, founded by Dr.Elsa and Dr. Hugh Cummings. Her commitment to ICCI has been steadfast since the beginning of our college.
Her other experience includes work with the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI), Sausalito, CA, Director of Stress Management Education & Retreat Programming, and Coordinator of the Lifestyle Heart Trial Research Participants (RPs): a clinical trial proving the beneficial effects of lifestyle changes in Coronary Artery Disease patients and later on Prostate Cancer patients.
She is the former executive director and president of The International Association of Yoga Therapists; Founding member of the Yoga Alliance. Founding member of the North Coast Council for Birth and Family Information, Cofounder of the North Coast Hospice Association, OR; Cofounder Fire Mountain Elementary School, OR. She is a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, CA; and St. Catherine’s Episcopal church, OR. Among her other accomplishments, she organized the “International Conference on Science and Meditation”, 2002, Dehradun, India, Himalayan Trust Hospital and published numerous articles in professional journals. She is married to John C. Gage; they have four daughters, five grandchildren, and a dog: Sir Max.
Mike Mannisto is Chair of The ICCI Board of Trustees. He is a partner in the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands (BBC) region of Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Office. He has approximately 22 years of experience with Ernst & Young, having spent approximately 18 years with the Cayman Islands firm. Mike works with a number of Ernst & Young’s largest global asset management and banking clients and is the banking sector leader for the BBC.
Mike holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting from Lakehead University. He is also a Canadian CA and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mike is a past president of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants (CISPA), and currently holds the position of Secretary and Council Member.
Wayne McManus serves as the faculty representative on ICCI’s board. He has more than 30 years of academic experience teaching a broad variety of graduate and undergraduate course in accounting, taxation and business law, including 18 years at ICCI as an adjunct professor. He is a CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFA, and has extensive work experience in the private banking sector, providing accounting and wealth management services for high net worth clients. Wayne has an LLM in taxation, a JD, and an MBA as well as an MS and BS in accounting. He serves as a director and audit committee chair of Endeavour Mining Corp., an intermediate sized publicly traded gold producer with five operating mines in West Africa.
Lucille Seymour was born in George Town where she completed her high school education. She continued her studies in Jamaica at Shortwood College and the University of the West Indies. She taught for a few years before completing a bachelor’s degree at ICCI and then continued her education at Leeds University, England, and Pace University in Manhattan, where she received her Masters in Educational Administration. Her professional career as a civil servant progressed from a teacher in primary, secondary and deaf education schools, to Principal of George Town Primary. In the Cayman Islands Government she was Education Officer (Primary), Senior Education Officer (Curriculum and Testing) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Sports, Women, Youth Affairs and Culture.Aside from her working career, Ms Seymour has spent 40 years on a voluntary basis helping to empower youth, women and others through sports and community development. She was active in developing the National Youth Policy and the Office of Women’s Affairs and the Women’s Resource Centre and received the BEM from Her Majesty the Queen for her work in these areas.She is a founding member of the People’s Progressive Movement and served as the third elected member for George Town in the Legislative Assembly.
Brian Williams r is the CEO of Saxon comprising of Saxon Motor and General Insurance Co. Ltd., Saxon Insurance Solutions Ltd. and Saxon Pension Services. Prior to leading Saxon, Brian worked with Morgan Stanley in NY and Pinnacle Asset Management. As Saxon CEO he spoke at Accenture’s 2013 Insurance Executives Conference in San Antonio, Texas on insurance systems automation and was a panelist at Celent’s 2014 Model Insurer of the Year award event where he also received the runner-up award for Saxon.
Brian currently serves on the board of directors of Marathon Insurance Brokers Ltd., Jamaica and as a trustee on the Board of the International College of the Cayman Islands, and is otherwise very involved in the community having conceived the first ever investment competition and driver education in Cayman’s public high schools. Through Brian’s leadership, Saxon has a mentorship program which seeks to develop young Caymanians either for college or long term employment.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida at Tampa, and a post-graduate certificate in Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin.
Ormond A. Williams holds an MBA with Merit from the University of Liverpool, UK and is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services, UK, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, UK and a Fellow of the Caribbean Banking and Finance Institutes. His banking career spans over 35 years with 21 of these years with Barclays Bank Plc where he worked in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Belize and the United Kingdom. He was Executive Vice President of CNB from 2002 – 2003 before taking on the responsibilities of President in September 2003.
Mr. Williams is an Accredited Lay Preacher in the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) and Lay Pastor in the United Church in the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Williams has served and continues to serve on a number of local boards. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Cayman Prep and High School (CPHS) and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI).