The Board of the GraceKennedy Foundation is currently comprised of 9 directors: Three (3) External and six (6) Internal Directors and a secretary/executive director.
Dr. Fred Kennedy
Dr. Fred Kennedy was appointed as Chair of the GraceKennedy Foundation in June, 2017. Dr. Fred Kennedy was first appointed as Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation in 2013. A graduate of St. George’s College (1966), Fred Kennedy later attended the University of the West Indies to complete his BA and Graduate Diploma in Education.
He began his teaching career in Jamaica at York Castle High School and Trench Town Comprehensive and later migrated to Canada with his wife in the late seventies. He continued his career in education, obtaining both Masters and Doctoral degrees of Education at the University of Toronto. Over a 27 year period, he taught at several secondary schools and served as school administrator with the Toronto District School Board. In 2004, he took a leave of absence to return to Jamaica to become Principal of St. George’s College, for a two year term.
Since returning to Canada, he has served as Jamaica Liaison Director on the Board of P.A.C.E. (Canada), a not-for-profit organization which sponsors Basic Schools in Jamaica. In 2008, he published the critically acclaimed Daddy Sharpe, a historical account of the life of National Hero, The Honorable Samuel Sharpe. He has since completed his second work (to be published 2014), which tells the story of the Taíno in Jamaica. His work with St. George’s College continued in his capacity as President of the STGC Old Boy’s Association (Ontario) (2012-2014).
He has since completed his second work (to be published 2014), which tells the story of the Taíno in Jamaica. His work with St. George’s College continued in his capacity as President of the STGC Old Boy’s Association (Ontario) (2012-2014).
Cathrine joined GraceKennedy Limited in 1999. Prior to leaving the group to do her MBA in 2004, she worked as a Management Cadet in the Financial Services Division and FX Trader/Treasury Officer in GraceKennedy’s Group Treasury Department. Since returning to GraceKennedy in 2006, Cathrine has held the positions of Insurance Cadet at GK General Insurance Company (formally JIIC), Business Operations Manager and Strategy and Governance Manager at Allied Insurance Brokers and Group Chief Risk Officer of the GraceKennedy Limited. She is now the General Manager of Hi-Lo Food Stores, GraceKennedy’s retail chain. Her areas of expertise include Risk Management, Business Continuity Planning, Strategy and Business Development, Project Management, Treasury Management, and Securities and Foreign Exchange Trading.
Cathrine received her B.Sc. in Business Administration – Management from Webber International University in Florida and her Bi-Lingual MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra in Spain.
Cathrine is a Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation and the GraceKennedy Co-Operative Credit Union. She is also the 4th Vice President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce. Cathrine tutors Spanish at the Learning Institute of Central Kingston and is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, swimming, and travelling.
James Moss-Solomon CD, JP
James Moss-Solomon attended the Priory School, Jamaica College, and McMaster University, and was elected by his peers to lead them as Head Boy of Jamaica College in 1969.
He joined GraceKennedy Ltd. as a management trainee in 1971. Since then has served as Executive Chairman of Hi-Lo and Medi-Grace Ltd.; Divisional Director, International Business; General Manager – Grace, Kennedy (Merchandise); Divisional Director – Industrial Retail and Trading, and in June 1998 was appointed Director responsible for Corporate Affairs.
He has contributed much to the development of the Jamaican business community through his membership in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, where he served as President for two (2) consecutive terms. He was also a Director of Pharmaceutical Council of Jamaica and Vice President at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica for one term. He serves as Executive-in-Residence to the Mona School of Business and is a board member of the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation. He served as President of the Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce for two (2) years, August 2005 – August 2007. He has served as Served as Deputy Chairman of The National Youth Service (NYS), past chairman of The Scientific Research Council (SRC) and Universal Access Fund and is the outgoing Chairman of The University Hospital of the West Indies.
He was a Founding Director of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation, and The GraceKennedy Foundation. He was awarded Manager of the Year 2002, by the Jamaica Institute of Management. He was recently the recipient of the S. Carlton Alexander Memorial Award for excellence by Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association.
A talented musician and sportsman, he represented Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games and the Central America and Caribbean Games in swimming and water polo and held the National Record for 100 and 200 meters – Butterfly – between 1966 – 70.
He continues to play with his band 50/50 and is proficient on the keyboards, guitar and bass.
He retired from GraceKennedy in the year 2007.
Hilary Wehby’s career has been spent in contributing to the continued growth and development of GraceKennedy Limited, particularly in the areas or marketing and new product development.
Her early years with the company were spent with Caribbean Greetings and Grace Tours Limited. Mrs Wehby then moved to the Food Trading Division where she has been integrally involved in revolutionising the company’s product offerings. Over the past two decades she has played an active role in the planning and execution of multiple projects aimed at expanding the range of products and brand strength in domestic and export markets that have contributed significantly to company sales and profits.
Mrs Wehby has a first class honours B.Sc. in Management Studies (UWI); and an M.B.A. in Business (University of Western Ontario) and an M.Sc. in Sociology and Social Policy (UWI).
She has served in the Mentorship Programme administered by Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation since 1999 and is the proud mother of three children.
Philip Alexander’s training in mechanical engineering provided structure and focus to an already keen and incisive mind. These qualities were bolstered by his deep interest in reading and research, driven by an insatiable desire to keep abreast of new trends in technology and business.
Philip spent just over three decades of his professional life at GraceKennedy, serving in a range of positions from Maintenance Engineer to Director of Manufacturing, Acting CEO and GM Operations Engineering at Kingston Wharves, Divisional Project Manager Food Trading Division and, finally, Group Chief Risk Officer. Philip contributed significantly to transforming the company into a dynamic international network, well on its way to achieving its vision of being a global consumer group. The now institutionalized ISO certification, balanced scorecard and enterprise risk management systems stand as enduring legacies to Philip’s efforts. Among the most outstanding attributes highlighted by colleagues and staff is Philip’s sense of fairness and caring. He is integrally involved in the work of the company’s two outreach arms the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation and the GraceKennedy Foundation.
Dr. Carol Hordatt Gentles
Dr. Carol Hordatt Gentles holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada. She currently works as a Teacher Education Specialist with the School of Education, UWI Mona and as an External Examiner for the Joint Board of Teacher Education providing quality assurance for Teacher Education Institutions in Jamaica, Belize and the Cayman Islands.
Prior to coming to GraceKennedy Ltd, she served as the Executive Director of “Building Bridges”, a one-year initiative implemented by Ambassador Sue Cobb who was then the US envoy in Jamaica.
She has also provided consultancy services for the World Bank in the field of Teacher Education in Guyana. Dr. Hordatt Gentles has worked as an assessor for the University Council of Jamaica, was a member of its Board and served as Chair of its Accreditation, Curriculum and Development Committee (AC&D). She also served as Chairperson of the Lowe River Primary and Junior High School in Trelawny for seven years. Currently she is a member of the University of Technology Advisory Board for Undergraduate Studies, a member of the Board of ICET (International Council of Education for Teaching) and a national representative for Jamaica to ISATT (International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching). Dr. Hordatt Gentles’ research focuses on the ideologies that inform the practice of teaching, teacher professionalism and professional learning, pedagogy in qualitative research and quality management /quality assurance in higher education.
Allison M. Rangolan
Allison Rangolan is the Chief Technical Director of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) and Executive Director of the Jamaica Protected Areas Trust (JPAT). She became a Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation in 2017, Chair of the Environment Committee in 2018 and is a member of the Education Committee and the External Innovation Council of GraceKennedy Limited.
She is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee, Chair of the Technical Committee, and Director of the Water Resources Authority (WRA) within the portfolio of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, and has been a member of the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals (JIEP) since 2009 and a Council Member since 2014. Allison represents the EFJ on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) National Steering Committee and has served as Vice Chair since 2015, and was a member of the cabinet-appointed multi-stakeholder Plastic Packaging Materials Working Group where she chaired the Environment Sub-Committee. She has represented Jamaica at regional and international conservation financing and project management events, including building networks with bilateral and multilateral agencies.
Allison graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology (First Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, and a Master of Science in Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University. She enjoys reading, scuba diving, hiking, and farming
Deidre has contributed to the improvement of business processes and governance structures for IT, Security and Risk & Compliance in both public and private sector environments. She has held positions within GraceKennedy, including Group IT Audit Manager, Business Development Manager.
She completed a 3-year assignment at GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC in the capacity of Vice President- Business Systems, Risk & Compliance, where she was instrumental in developing and implementing IT infrastructure, applications and process improvement projects, for the newly acquired business.
Upon her return to Jamaica mid 2017 she was assigned the role of Business Development Executive at GraceKennedy Ltd, Corporate Office with a special assignment to Head the Results Management Office at First Global Bank. In 2019, she was appointed Chief Information Officer of GraceKennedy Limited.
She has a passion for the continuous development of professional talent and knowledge sharing of best practices which is evidenced by her presentations at International Conferences held by the MIS Training Institute in Boston and Chicago and more recently the 2017 ASUG SAP Conference held in Orlando, Florida where she represented GraceKennedy.
Chaluk Richards is currently the General Manager for GK Insurance. He joined the GK Insurance team (then Jamaica International Insurance Company) in 2003, as an Underwriting Associate. Since then he has held various middle and senior management positions, including Operations and Business Improvement Manager, Assistant General Manager, Strategy & Business Support, and Assistant General Manager, Strategy and Commercial Lines.
As General Manager for GK Insurance he is charged with the development and management of the company’s strategy and financial performance. In addition to developing and executing the company’s strategy, Chaluk has the overall responsibility of the company’s transformational initiatives, Innovation and Product Areas, namely the Personal Lines, Claims & Commercial Lines portfolios and support functions.
Chaluk has been given the honour to serve as a board member of the Insurance House Limited, EC Global Limited, College of Insurance and Professional Studies and Junior Achievement Jamaica and invitee to the boards of GK Financial Group and First Global Holdings Limited. Chaluk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (First Class Honours) from The University of Technology (UTECH) and a Masters of Science in Administration from California State University (Baker’s Field).
His leisure time is heavily invested in serving in the church community of Webster’s Memorial United Church where he has served in many areas. Other interests include swimming, excursions and spending time with his wife, Gillian and two children- Jazéyah and K’Leb.
Caroline was grounded in the principles of philanthropy through her role as Executive Director of “Building Bridges, The Florida-Jamaica Connection” a one-year initiative implemented in 2004–2005 by Ambassador Sue Cobb.
She was then recruited by GraceKennedy to be the Programme Coordinator for the GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme. And subsequently in May 2008, she was appointed as the Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation. In this role, she has served as a member of the Corporate Committee for the Council on Foundations, a US based Association of Foundations; Vice-Chair of the Bureau of Standards CSR Committee, a member of the PSOJ Education Committee, and the National Education Council. She is currently a member of the Board of the Grace & Staff Foundation where she serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. She is also the Chair of the Jamaica Network of Corporate Foundations and co-founder/ vice- chair of the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance.
She has BA (Hons) in History and English Literature from the University of the West Indies.