Staff

Project Coordinator

Mr Ajani Benoit

Ajani holds a BA in Sociology from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey as well as an MA in Sociology from Brooklyn College. While studying at Brooklyn College, Ajani successfully designed and conducted an independent research project centred on the role that relationships play in the ascription of Race in New York City, which later contributed to his Master thesis.

Benoit has developed a keen understanding of social groups, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education and identity politics which he applies to his work. Coming from a research-oriented background, he is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and understands the importance of ethical research.

Ajani became affiliated with GrenCHAP in 2011 while attending workshops and programs hosted by the organisation. In 2018 he was hired to coordinate and manage GrenCHAP’s programs and projects.

Project Officer

Ms Danielle Greer

Danielle graduated with a BS degree in Psychology in 2015 from St George’s University in Grenada. She has worked in sexual education on her home island of Tobago for two years with a focus on Sexually Transmitted Infections. During her time in Tobago, she co-founded a group called Rights and Spaces which aims to create safe spaces for LGBT youth in Tobago. Danielle became involved with GrenCHAP in 2016 when she attended the Women’s Circle and was hired in 2018 to assist in the management of GrenCHAP’s programs and projects.

Board of Directors

Director of Programmes

Ms Kerlin Charles

Kerlin is currently pursuing a BSc in Psychology, at St George’s University. She joined GrenCHAP in 2007 and became the Project Coordinator in 2009.

She has been a Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) provider since 2008 and has facilitated informational sessions with young persons and adults, both locally and regionally. Kerlin is also certified in documentation of LGBT issues. She currently sits on the OECS Regional Coordinating Mechanism for the The Global Fund grant, and is a member of the technical team for International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), and a former member of CARIFLAGS and the Caribbean Sex Workers Association.

Kerlin has worked and developed a program for youth prisoners in Grenada (Project Reach) and is trained to provide psycho-social facilitation to victims of domestic violence and young boys in conflict with the law. She is the president and founder of another non-profit organisation, GrenAIDS, and the Vice-President of Grenada Planned Parenthood Association (GPPA). Kerlin is presently the Assistant Manager of the Bacolet Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre for Juveniles.

Director of Finance

Mr Hayden Bethelmy

Trained and certified in the Tourism and Hospitality industry. Hayden joined GrenCHAP in 2009 as a volunteer and has assisted with several projects since that time. He is a training facilitator in media advocacy, stigma and discrimination documentation, and sexual and reproductive health.

Hayden was very instrumental in mobilising and conducting our men’s forum on behavioural change an education project funded by amfAR. He is also a former Community Animator for the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance. In his professional career, Hayden works as a supervisor in a training program that aims to help develop young persons through career orientation, first-hand exposure to the work environment, skills training and certification.

Assistant Director of Programmes

Ms Kimani Parke

Certified Quality Assurance and Customer Service coach. In 2009 Kimani represented GrenCHAP and by extension Grenada, at the OAS General Assembly in Honduras. She has since participated in various sensitisation and advocacy projects, including but not limited to: educating youths on appropriate contraceptive use and providing support to individuals struggling with their sexual orientation.

She has also been interviewed by local media on issues that may affect the livelihood of LGBT persons living in Grenada. As a domestic violence survivor, Kimani has also participated in Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW) Violence Against Women campaign and was featured in their PSA. She is also an author of the Love Without Fear part written series.

Director of Human Resources

Mr Chris Edwards

Mr Edwards joined the GrenCHAP board in 2016. Chris has extensive experience in management, sales and marketing, customer service, training and developing new staff, and providing consultancy to companies on increasing productivity.

Advisors

Liaison/Advisor to the Board

Mr Michael Thomas

Michael joined GrenCHAP in 2007 as a volunteer. Recognized for his commitment to the organisation, he was appointed to the Advisory Board. Michael is currently pursuing a BSc in Psychology, at St George’s University.

Since 2008, his focus has been HIV & AIDS Prevention and Education and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, especially among LGBT persons. From 2011 to 2014, Mr Thomas worked with the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance on the ECAP II project, as a peer educator focusing on marginalised groups affected by HIV During his time with Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance he was recognized in the 2014 Commonwealth Young Achievers Book. He has also served as the chair of the Barbados and OECS Youth Advisory Group for the United Nations Population Fund.

Michael has also worked with many charitable organisations throughout Grenada, regionally and internationally. In 2015 he had the opportunity to represent GrenCHAP at the One Young World Summit, as a youth panellist on a special session on HIV/AIDS. He also participated in the 2014 Atlantic Dialogue and Young Emerging Leaders program and the 2016 International HIV/AIDS Conference.

He also served as the co-president of SGU’s Pride & Equality LGBT student organization, and also a One Young World Caribbean Ambassador for the One Young World Foundation. He was a recipient of the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Advisor

Mr Nigel Mathlin

Nigel is a co-founder of GrenCHAP and served as the President of the organisation from 2003 to 2013. He continues to volunteer as a certified Voluntary Counselling & Testing (VCT) and HIV & Syphilis Rapid Testing provider, and advises the board and staff on projects and programmes.