Donovan Wilson


Donovan is the President of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. and the Immediate Past President of St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) Alumni Association USA Inc. Donovan became a Director of UJAA in 2015 and was elected as Vice President in 2018. He graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications and a minor concentration in Industrial Psychology.

Donovan is also a corporate transportation professional and a tax professional who has been registered with the Internal Revenue Service and New York State for over 15 years. Having worked in the Transportation industry for over 20 years, he is adept at Travel Supplier Relationship management. As the transportation industry struggles to emerge from the economic impact of COVID19, Donovan is working to develop strong business relationships with executives and travel managers, as they seek to deliver customer service of the highest standard. His role in UJAA also requires building strong relationships with various stakeholders.

As UJAA moves forward, it is Donovan’s vision that the organization will continue to be the premier diaspora voice for our children in the education space, and that the organization will work, in conjunction with various stakeholders, to create and deliver new and more creative ways for alumni organizations to assist with advancements in education in Jamaica.

Michael G. Salmon

Vice President

Michael graduated from Knox College, Jamaica, in 1972, and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, in 1978. One year later, in 1979, he received his Master of Science degree in Economics, specializing in Economic Development. Upon graduation, Michael was invited to apply for the position of lecturer in the Department of Economics, Mona, and served in that capacity until he migrated to the US in 1984. In 1985, he was the recipient of the prestigious LASPAU-Fulbright fellowship to pursue the doctorate degree in economics at NYU. In 1987, Michael began his over thirty-years teaching career at New York University. In 1993, he was also invited to teach economics at Marymount Manhattan College, where today he is an Assistant Vice President and Dean of the Center for Academic Excellence.

Over the years, Michael has been the recipient of outstanding teaching awards both at NYU and at Marymount Manhattan College, as well as being the four-times recipient of the annual Outstanding Administrator Award at the latter institution. In 2012, because of his extensive work with incoming college students, he was one of 10 college administrators and faculty across the US to receive the prestigious “Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award” from the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

Today, Michael continues to teach, research, and manage several college programs, while always finding time to mentor young college students. As the current president of the Knox Association of Past Students (New York Chapter), Michael is always working on ways of ‘giving back’ to his beloved alma mater and to his country of birth.

Melaine Forrest-George

Recording Secretary

Melanie Forrest-George was appointed to the Board in 2017 to fill the position of Recording Secretary, then was elected the following year and re-elected to her current term. Melanie is currently the President of her alumni association St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) Alumni Association, NE Chapter. She previously served as Assistant Secretary and on the Entertainment Committee.

Ms. Forrest-George has worked for thirty-six years as an Administrative Assistant – a Legal Secretary and Executive Secretary. She is currently employed at the New York Branch of an international law firm in Manhattan.

Karlene Largie

Corresponding Secretary

Karlene Largie currently serves as the Corresponding Secretary, having been a Director for several years before being elected as the 6th President from 2008 to 2014, then again as a Director from 2014 to 2019.

Over her twenty-eight-year association with the Union, Karlene has contributed to increased membership and programs. Her participation in forming community collaborations have steadily resulted in UJAA being a leading Diaspora organization, working with like groups and individuals to advance education in Jamaica.

Karlene is the Vice President of the Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) Alumnae Association NY Chapter, having served as their President for many years. She was inducted in the ICHS Hall of Fame in 2017.

Following a successful 32-year career in corporate banking operations, Karlene retired as a Vice President in Cash Management Operations.

She serves and has served on the Board of Directors of other community organizations. Her activities in the Diaspora are many and varied and includes being a founding member of the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF).

Karlene Largie is a beacon of service to her community, her alma mater, her homeland and UJAA!

Clair Menzies-Forbes


Clair Menzies-Forbes – Alpha Academy Alumnae Association, Tri-State Chapter.

Clair is the Immediate Past President of Alpha Academy Alumnae Association, Tri-State Chapter. She joined Alpha Academy Alumnae Association in 2013 and was elected to the post of Secretary in 2015 and President in 2017. Clair became a Director of UJAA in 2018, having been asked to completed Mr. Donovan Wilson’s term after he became Vice President of UJAA. In 2019 she was re-elected to the position of Director on UJAA’s board. In 2020 she was elected to the position of Treasurer.

Clair is always studying and trying to improve herself. She strongly believes in UJAA’s tag line – “Education is Empowerment, Only the Educated are Free.” She feels that we as alumnae, if we can, should help the current student body in whatever way(s) that we can. We are molding and shaping future leaders of Jamaica and the world.

Clair worked with Royal Bank Jamaica, Mutual Security Bank, and National Commercial Bank before migrating to the US. She started her banking career as a Registrar Clerk in the Trust Company and worked her way up the ranks, leaving as a Personal Loans Officer for one of NCB branches. She has worked in the non-profit industry in the US in the accounting field for the past twenty-two years. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance (BBA Finance) from University of Technology, Jamaica (U Tech), (formerly College of Arts Science and Technology). She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (A.C.I.B) (UK). She holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University; an MBA in Accounting; as well as Master of Accounting and Financial Management (MAFM) from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Ansell Williams

Assistant Treasurer

As the owner of two businesses Ansell Williams is comfortable in the responsibilities of Assistant Treasurer.

He is a founder and the President of Bethany Past Students Association, USA Inc. (BPSA) for the past six years. On the UJAA Board he also serves on committees where he lends his financial training from within the management arena of two major Wall Street firms – Lloyds of London and Chemical Bank Foreign Exchange Unit.

Ansell is a graduate of NYC Technical College where he studied Accounting, The American Banking Institute where he studied International Banking/Foreign Exchange, and National Tax Training School where he studied IRS Taxes. He is a leader within his church community as well as within various civic organizations.

Ansell Williams brings leadership, knowledge, discipline, and versatility from his selfless and relentless support shown in his alumni association to the UJAA Board.

Milton Baker


Milton Baker was elected to the UJAA Board of Directors as a Director in 2023.  For the past ten years, Milton has been the President of the Rusea’s Old Students Association, New York Chapter.

After graduating from Rusea’s, Milton graduated from both Mico Teachers’ College and the University of the West Indies.  He then taught mathematics at St. Catherine High School, Calabar High School and Wolmers High School for Girls.

Milton is a retiree of the New York City Board of Education. He is married for almost 40 years to wife, Diana and is the proud dad to daughter, Milana.

Dwight Clarke


Dwight Clarke was appointed to the Board to complete the term of a Director.

Since 2017, Dwight has been the president of his high school alumni association – York Castle Alumni Association, New York Chapter, and recently assisted in the launch of the York Castle Foundation in Jamaica.

Mr. Clarke is an architect and Senior Project Officer at New York City Schools Construction Authority where he has worked since 2008. He manages construction for building state of the art facilities for students. Mr. Clarke is also a graduate of Brown’s Town Community College and the Institute of Design and Construction.

Wilbert Davis


Wilbert Davis was appointed to the UJAA Board as a Director, after serving as UJAA’s Assistant Treasurer for three consecutive terms, until September when he was term limited. Prior to being elected as Assistant Treasurer, Wilbert also previously served in the position of Director. An alumnus of St. Catherine High School, he is currently the acting Vice President of the New York Chapter of his alumni association.

Prior to migrating to the USA, Mr. Davis was a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force for over nine years where he completed his probationary period at the Mobile Reserve, Harman Barracks. Most of his service was at the Jamaica Police Academy where he was a classroom instructor in laws and police duties and where he lectured on West Indian History, the Jamaica Constitution, and the Rights of a Citizen.

Mr. Davis has been employed as Coordinator, Corporate Paralegals at a major New York City law firm for the past 24 years. He holds a B.A., Hons. From John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Evelyn Godden


Evelyn Godden has worked at Citi Private Banking for the past 30 years where she has held several positions from analyst to Vice President. As Vice President at Citi Private Bank, she managed the Knowledge Center team and the Information Security & Control team in Mumbai, India. She provides strategic direction on key CPB application roll-outs to users in the US and Latin America countries. She has also served in a leadership role on Citi‘s African Heritage Network (NYC) Committee, and co-chaired the Career and Professional Development team.

Evelyn is also a member of Citibank Women’s Leadership Council – Internal Network and Events committee. This organization works with women in leadership positions to empower them further.

Evelyn supervised the Citi Private Bank on-boarding of 40 plus international interns annually, placement process, performance review and exit interviews. Upon the completion of their rotation she was responsible for the exit interviews that helped us improve the on-boarding and program experience for the next round of interns.

For the past 5 years, she served as president for New Day School Alumni Association NY Chapter (NDSAA). In September 2019, she was elected to the UJAA Board as a Director and currently chairs the Primary Schools Team. Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from New York City College. She worked as a volunteer on several political campaigns and organized fundraisers for churches and schools. In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys attending performing arts, sports and gardening.

Paula Morris, Ph.D


Paula C. Morris, Ph.D was elected to the UJAA Board of Directors as a Director in 2023.  Dr. Morris is an active member of both St. Andrew Technical High School Alumni Association Northeast Chapter, USA Inc. and GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport Alumni Northeast Chapter.

Dr. Morris is currently the Chief Instructional Technology and Innovation Officer, in the Charter Management Organization in Long Island, USA.  She was an Education Officer of Information Technology in the Core Curriculum Unit, Ministry of Education Youth & Culture between 1995-1998, and was Lecturer of Information Technology in the School of Education, of  the University of the West Indies, Mona, for 22 years.

Dr. Morris holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Education – Information Technology from the School of Education, University of the West Indies and a Master of Science degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Rochester. She holds several other degrees from New York Institute of Technology, as well as a Diploma in Teaching from GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.

Lesleyann Samuel

Immediate Past President

Lesleyann Samuel has been the President of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) from 2014 to 2022. During her long tenure, UJAA membership has grown from 32 to over 60 alumni organizations. A leader of vision and passion, she has focused on developing the programs of the Union, establishing UJAA as a stakeholder with various education organizations in Jamaica, including the National Education Inspectorate, enhancing the effectiveness of the member organizations, and collaborating with other alumni umbrella groups around the globe. With over 30 years of leadership experience in several non-profit organizations, Lesleyann also currently also serves as Assistant Treasurer for the alumnae association of her alma mater – Immaculate Conception High School, St. Andrew, Jamaica, and as Vice-Chair of the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force.

Lesleyann has been employed in various leadership capacities in the telecommunications sector for the past 35+ years, and since 2001, has been an adjunct professor with University of Maryland Global Campus in the Business Management department. She currently teaches Organizational Leadership.

Lesleyann holds M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering – Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is the proud mom to son, Nicholas who lives and works in southern California.