The Board of Directors of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation comprises 12 members, a combination of past and present GraceKennedy employees. Mr James Moss-Solomon is the Board Chairman. New directors are either nominated to the board by current directors, or GK staff, or named by the GK Group CEO.
Current Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation Directors
James Moss-Solomon, CD, JP
James Moss- Solomon was appointed Chairman of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on September 15, 2010. He is a Founding Director of both the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation and the GraceKennedy Foundation.
He currently serves as Executive-in-Residence to the Mona School of Business and Management (MSM).
Over the years, Mr Moss-Solomon has made significant contributions to the development of the Jamaican business community. He has served as President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), President of the Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce, Director of the Pharmaceutical Council of Jamaica, Deputy Chairman of The National Youth Service (NYS), Chairman of The Scientific Research Council (SRC) and Universal Access Fund, and Chairman of The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).
He currently serves as a Board Member of the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation and was recently appointed Chairman of the Institute of Jamaica. In 2002 Mr Moss-Solomon was awarded Manager of the Year by the Jamaica Institute of Management. He is also a recipient of the S. Carlton Alexander Memorial Award for Excellence from the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association. In 2012, he received the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) from the Jamaican Government.
An avid sportsman, Mr Moss-Solomon has represented Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games and the Central America and Caribbean Games in swimming and water polo. He also held the National Record for 100 and 200 metres – Butterfly – between 1966 and 1970. He has been a band musician for over 55 years.
A past student of Jamaica College, Mr Moss-Solomon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Senator Don Wehby, CD
On July 1, 2011, Mr Don Wehby was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited. Prior to this appointment, Mr Wehby held the position of Group Chief Operating Officer from October 5, 2009.
During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Division, the division’s pre-tax profit rose from $280 million in 2000 to $1.417 billion in 2005, an increase of 406 %.
In December 2005 Mr Wehby relinquished his role as Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Division to take on expanded responsibilities as Group Chief Financial Officer, which included heading a new Strategic Planning Unit. In 2006, following the reorganisation of GraceKennedy he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GraceKennedy Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer, GK Investments.
In September 2007, Mr Wehby resigned from his positions at GraceKennedy Ltd. and its Board of Directors to serve for two years as Government Senator and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
Following his two-year stint in public service, he was reappointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Ltd. On his return to GraceKennedy on October 5, 2009. He is also a Director of several of GraceKennedy’s Boards including chairman of First Global Holdings GK Foods & Services Limited and GraceKennedy Money Services SRL.
Mr Wehby’s prior professional affiliations include Vice Chairman of the Diaspora Conference Implementation Council and Chairman of the Jamaica Cricket Franchise Development Company. In December 2014, he retired from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) where he previously held the post of Vice-President of the PSOJ and Chairman of its Economic Policy Committee. His prior association with the PSOJ was that of Honorary Treasurer. He also served on the Boards of Food for the Poor, Cable & Wireless Jamaica and his alma mater St. George’s College (where he also served as a Director of its Endowment Fund Board up to March 2016). He previously a Director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and Chairman of its newly created Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He is an avid sports fan and was instrumental in GraceKennedy’s sponsorship of School Boy Cricket in Jamaica and the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Championship.
The first Jamaican to win the Young Caribbean Professional Network’s (YCPN) Award, Mr Wehby was honoured as the International Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 for his leadership in making GraceKennedy a major player in the global marketplace, his commitment to investing in downtown Kingston and to Sports. In May 2015, he received the key to the city of Miramar, Florida, from its mayor, Wayne Messam, for his work in the private sector, his two-year stint in government, and his overall contribution to Jamaica. The ‘Key to the City’ is an honour bestowed by a city upon esteemed residents and visitors. He was the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) Distinguished Member Awardee for 2015. The award recognises a member who through service and achievements, has contributed to the prestige and status of the Institute and the Accountancy profession. Mr Wehby is the youngest recipient of the ICAJ award. Additionally, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, Mr Wehby was inducted into the St. George’s College Hall of Fame for Excellence and Achievement in Business, Community Spirit and Service to the College. On March 23, 2019, he received the G. Raymond Chang Award and was inducted into the Immaculate Hall of Fame. On June 29, 2019, Mr Wehby was recognised by the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) for his transformational leadership for the JSE’s Junior Market.
Mr Wehby is currently New Zealand’s Honorary Consul to Jamaica, following his appointment in September 2015. In March 2016, he was appointed by Jamaica’s Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, as an independent Senator, which will once again allow him to offer his services by giving an independent, non-aligned voice in critical national matters, including among other things, helping to shape new legislation and amend existing legislation in need of reform. In September 2020, Mr Wehby was reappointed to the Senate allowing him to continue his service to Jamaica and his contribution to nation-building. He is also the Chairman of JAMPRO following his appointment in April 2016. JAMPRO is a government agency which promotes business opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector. On October 16, 2017, Mr Wehby received the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for his sterling contribution to both the public and private sectors. He is also the Chairman of the Finance Commission for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston following his appointment on August 2019.
A Fellow Chartered Accountant, Mr Wehby holds both a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from The University of the West Indies and has completed an Advanced Management College certificate course at Stanford University.
Mr Wehby is married with three children. He is an avid cricket fan and a member of the Kingston Cricket Club.
Joan-Marie Powell became a Director of the Board of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on January 16, 2014.
Ms Powell also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Aerotel Ltd (2011-2016), a subsidiary of Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and acted as the General Manager of Aerotel from January to May 2015. In that role she worked with the Board to develop operating procedures in accordance with governing laws and regulations and was successful in recruiting a new General Manager for that company.
Ms Powell has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Immaculate Conception High School for Girls, her alma mater. She has an avid interest in sports and is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston. She is also a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Kingston.
Ms Powell holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Management Studies and a Master of Business Administration (Hons.) in Management of Information Technology from The University of the West Indies.
Marsha Cope-Riley became a Director of the Board of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on April 10, 2015.
She is passionate about serving and caring for those in need, particularly youth and the elderly. She spends time coaching and mentoring youths through Grace & Staff’s mentoring programme and on an individual basis. Over the years, she has been associated with several non-profit organisations, and volunteers in numerous capacities. Some of her past and present involvements with charitable work include serving as a Board Member for St. Jude’s Primary School; Church Council President and Fund-Raising Committee Chair for St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church; Treasurer for the St. Vincent De Paul Society; and Charter Member and VP Membership for the ICAJ Toastmasters Club.
Mrs Cope-Riley holds an Executive MBA from The University of New Orleans and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ). She is a past student of St Hugh’s High School for Girls.
Rachel Greenland became a Director of the Board of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on April 10, 2015. In addition to being a Director, she is the Chair of the Visibility and Communications Committee.
Mrs Greenland enjoys peer to peer coaching with fellow millennials, planning events, traveling, reading and volunteering for community activities. She holds membership in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Mu Delta Chapter and is a Coordinator at Camp Yellow Bird – a camp for juvenile diabetics and their peers.
A past student of St. Andrew High School for Girls, Mrs Greenland holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, with a minor in Economics from the George Washington University in Washington DC. She also holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon.
Jason Moses was appointed a Director of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
Mr Moses currently serves as President of the Southern Conference Basketball Association, a Jamaican basketball league which has been in existence for nearly 30 years. The SCBA League provides recreational and competitive activity for close to 530 young men from 30 teams based in and around the Corporate Area and the parish of St. Catherine. The League promotes community integration and participation in yearly personal development activities and is facilitated by over 100 support staff consisting of coaches, statisticians and club administrative personnel. The League has also assisted approximately 530 young men to access scholarships to local and overseas colleges. Mr Moses also serves on the board of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA).
Mr Moses holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Economics and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management; both from the University of Tampa. He is a past student of St George’s College.
Suzanne Stanley was appointed a Director of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
Ms Stanley currently serves as a Director on the Board of JET and the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC).
Ms Stanley holds a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management with distinction from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a minor in Geology (first class) from The University of the West Indies, Mona. She is an alumnus of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar, Georgetown University and a Certified Change Practitioner and her academic writing has been published in Environmental Policy and Practice in the Caribbean (UWI Press).
Christopher Lai became a Director of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
Mr Lai is currently the Chairman of the Jamaica Down’s Syndrome Foundation and has served as a Director of that organization since 2015. On Saturdays, he teaches mathematics at his alma mater, Calabar High. He is also Secretary of the Real Mona Football Club, having represented the Club as a player.
Kaydene DeSilva was appointed a Director of the Grace &
Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
Miss DeSilva joined the GK Family when she was selected from over 750 applicants as one of 10 candidates to participate in GK’s inaugural Internship Programme in March 2013. Upon the successful completion of her internship, she was hired fulltime as an HR Associate in 2014. Following the establishment of GraceKennedy’s HR Shared Service Centre (HRSSC) in March 2016, Miss DeSilva was appointed Human Resource Officer, GK Corporate & HRSSC. Then in January 2017 she was appointed Talent Development Officer. In that role, she provided support for the implementation of the Group’s talent management initiatives and programmes.
Miss DeSilva has a passion for helping people. She has always been an active participant in events held by the Grace & Staff and GraceKennedy Foundations. She is also involved in church activities, women’s ministry and the Acts of Grace Foundation. She enjoys planning events, traveling and spending time with her loved ones.
She holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Training from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Dominican University in Illinois.
Tamara Thompson was appointed as a Director of the Board of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
Mrs Thompson’s career at GraceKennedy started in 1996 where she began as a Manager-in-training in the Foods Division. Throughout her tenure Mrs Thompson has performed in several key areas of GraceKennedy’s business including sales, product management, and trade marketing. In March 2012 while serving as Food Service Manager of Grace Foods & Services Company (GFS), she was seconded to WBS to serve in the post of General Manager. Following the acquisition of CBL by GraceKennedy in July 2017, Mrs Thompson assumed oversight management responsibility of the CBL portfolio, in addition to her role as General Manager of WBS. Over the years, she has built a solid reputation in the business for returning consistent double-digit profits.
She is also known as being a very caring individual, who frequently volunteers with the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation. A past student of Immaculate Conception High School, Mrs Thompson holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Florida International University (FIU) and has participated extensively in training courses in Leadership Development, Managing Diversity in a Global Company, and Coaching for Excellence.
She is also a certified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Professional and is a subject matter expert on mitigation of food safety risk in food manufacturing and distribution.
Rory Burchenson was appointed a Director of the Board of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
Robert Arthurs became a Director of the Board of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
Kimberley Lue Lim
Kimberley Lue Lim was appointed Director of the Board of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020. She also serves as a mentor and volunteer with the Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer & Secretary to the Board
Tanketa Chance-Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Board of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation on December 8, 2020.
- General Manager to Chief Executive Officer – Tanketa Chance Wilson – 876 932 3028
- Counsellor – Dr Curtis Sweeney – 876 932 3501
- Accountant – Bronia Sinclair – 876 932 3266
- Field Officer – Michelle Peters-Mullings – 876 932 3503
- Field Officer – Tameica Lewis – 876 932 3526
- Field Officer – Marjaalaine Francis – 876 932 3457
- Project Officer – Daniel Jarrett
- Administrative Assistant – Yanique Clarke – 876 932 3036
The secretariat is located at the corner of Duke Street & Harbour Street (entrance on Harbour Street).