Archives: Board Members

Ms. Deanna James

Deanna James was appointed President of St. Croix Foundation for Community Development (SCF) in 2015 as the first person of color in over 25 years to lead any of the 3 community foundations in the USVI. During Deanna’s 18-year tenure at SCF, she has overseen Grantmaking, Fiscal Sponsorship Services, and Educational Program Development. Currently, Deanna works intimately with a cadre of public, private, and civic partners throughout the Territory advancing the Foundation’s core mission of marshaling resources and encouraging greater philanthropic activity. Today, she is leading SCF through the most radical shift in its history, building an extensive national philanthropic network and deepening the USVI’s nonprofit infrastructure through comprehensive capacity-building investments. A St. Croix native, Deanna holds a BA in Literature from Lehigh University and an MA in Public Communications from American University. She currently serves on the Board of the Philanthropy Southeast and several national climate justice councils.

Mr. Mike Dunham

Mike Dunham is the Chairman and investor in Mobile Video Computing Solutions, LLC (MVCSOL). MVCSOL provides software and technology solutions to capture and live-stream video from emergency responder vehicles and specialty work truck fleets. Previously, Mike was the owner and Chairman of WorkWise, LLC which specialized in ERP and CRM software systems for manufacturing companies. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President-Business Development for Industrial & Financial Systems (IFS). Mike reported to the CEO of this multi-national organization, which is headquartered in Sweden. Mr. Dunham was also a co-founder and CEO of Effective Management Systems, Inc. (EMS), a Milwaukee-based public software corporation that provided Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) with over 1,600 customer locations in North America, Asia and Europe. Mike is proud to serve as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Miguel Tricoche

Miguel Tricoche joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as Board Secretary. Separately, Miguel is the Deputy Commissioner for the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services. Miguel has attended the University of the Virgin Islands, Emory University, and earned an MBA from the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

Ms. Gladys Washington

Gladys Krigger Washington is the retired Deputy Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With a mission of supporting organizations and networks helping to move people and places out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice in the South, Gladys supervised the Foundation’s programmatic work in 11 Southern states. Prior to joining the Babcock Foundation, Gladys was a Program Officer for the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

In 2019, Gladys received the Berea College Service Award and LISC’s Rural Champion Award. In 2015, Gladys was named James A. Joseph Lecturer by the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the organization’s highest honor.
Gladys earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Charleston and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina and the University of Charleston. Gladys is happy to have returned home to St. Croix and serves proudly on the Board of Directors for SCF.

Mr. Shawn Williams

Shawn is a Project Manager and Program Manager with over 15 years of experience managing programs, projects, products, and applications across various industries including airline, retail, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and banking. Shawn joined the Board of Directors in January 2022 and looks forward to supporting the mission of the Foundation to benefit the people of St. Croix- his childhood home.

Attorney Ron Belfon

Forty years ago, Ron moved to St. Thomas to head Legal Services of the VI. He learned quickly that the needs of Virgin Islanders were not just for equal justice under law but also for equal access and equal opportunity to become self-sustaining and self-supporting. Lincoln University and Howard University prepared him to serve as a Tenant Organizer, Law Professor, Legal Services Executive, Land Use and Environmental Lawyer, Community Legal Education presenter, and advocate for community-based economic development. He is proud to serve in his role with SCF in fulfillment of its mission and to improve our community’s health and wealth.