Introducing the CCCN

Who We Are

Directors

Dr. Barbara Landon

Barbara Landon is a clinical neuropsychologist, community psychologist, and co-founder of Saving Brains Grenada and CCCN; she is also a Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor. The focus of her work has been neurodevelopment and violence prevention. Although born and educated in the US, she feels more at home in the Caribbean, having lived and worked in Grenada since 2008.

Dr. Randall Waechter

Randy is a Cognitive Neuroscientist, social entrepreneur, and public health advocate who teaches psychopathology and researches how to prevent it. He co-founded and co-directs the Caribbean Center for Child Neurodevelopment with a long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Barbara Landon. He believes that equity is the foundation of human rights, health, and well-being. Equity begins with maternal-child health and early child neurodevelopment. Promoting and supporting this neurodevelopment is his career mission.

Team Leads

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Stephanie Holmes

Stephanie Holmes (Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor) is a wife, mother, teacher, trainer and coach who has worked in the educational field for over 30 years. As the Saving Brains Grenada Project Manager, Stephanie promotes the belief that the transformational process of Conscious Discipline can help adults truly connect with each other and children. These connections, with an emphasis on love rather than fear, help to build more loving families, schools and communities.

Roberta Evans

Roberta Evans, MS I/O, works as Research Project Manager within the CCCN and has overseen various studies that intertwine public health, child intervention and neurodevelopment in Grenada. Her past experiences have allowed her to recognize the value and challenges of research, and she aims to continue pursuing projects that would collect critical data to fill important gaps in the region. She enjoys working with her team of experts and the CCCN grants her the perfect opportunity to work on what drives her: developing research capacity in Grenada and the wider Caribbean.

Team Members

Haliey-Ann Green

Halieyann Green is a Conscious Discipline Coach in schools. Her role is to teach Conscious Discipline skills to help parents and teachers deal with many behaviours they see at home and in the classroom and to build strong connections. She strives to work to the best of her ability because she can see the changes it has made for herself and her family.

Jerry Bascombe

Jerry Bascombe is a Conscious Discipline Coach. He is part of the team and he believes that children are the future and that CD empowers us with the mental shifts and practical skills to become instruments of positive transformation in our own lives and in the lives of children. ❤️

Desere LaQua

A desire to see young children grow, learn and develop holistically in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment led Desere to embrace Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline provides support and opportunities for conflict resolution, student and teacher interaction, daily routines, and involvement of every child. This environment allows the child to be in his or her executive state where optimum learning occurs.

Carlene Byam

Carlene Byam is a Conscious Discipline Coach. Carlene believes that the Conscious Discipline program can help adults and children create safe, connected and problem-solving environments. In addition, she believes that Conscious Discipline helps to reduce aggression, increase academic achievements and enhance social-emotional competence.

Toni Murray

Toni Murray is a Grenadian national and an Early Childhood Assessor with the CCCN. Within this role, she has spent the last several years administering neurodevelopmental tests to children under 6. Toni is passionate about learning and contributing to the existing/current knowledge of child neurodevelopment; particularly in the Caribbean region. Similarly to the great Whitney Houston, ‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way’.

Cora Belmar-Roberts

Cora is a proud Grenadian who grew up on the sister island of Petite Martinique. She attained her masters in Clinical-Community Psychology from St. George's University. Cora is passionate about mental health, research, human rights, and being a voice for the voiceless. Her mission is to make an impact by being of service and contributing to causes that provide both short-term resources and solutions for Grenadians, as well as long-term benefits that will have a positive impact on society.

Aklemia Rhonda Lucas

Aklemia Rhonda Lucas has been a team member since 2017. She is a Research Assistant responsible for scheduling neurodevelopmental assessments by liaising with caregivers, health centers and nurses.

Dr. Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas is a social and behavioral scientist and collaborates on several projects within the CCCN. The focus of her work has been on context-specific formative research to develop and evaluate interventions to improve child and household health. Liz has worked on projects in Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, the United States of America, and elsewhere, and is happy to now be working on projects with the CCCN in Grenada. Liz has been living in Grenada since 2020.

Kemi Burgen

Kemi Burgen is the Assessment Manager of the Saving Brains Project and a Clinical and Community Psychologist currently working at St. George’s University, Grenada. She is passionate about creating positive change and believes that Early Childhood is a key stage for learning and development, which can bit by bit become the change that we wish to see in this world.

Curlyn Jeffrey

Curlyn Jeffrey is a Conscious Discipline Coach in schools. Her role is to teach CD skills to teachers so that they can pass these skills onto children. With a Conscious Discipline environment, the school family can build strong connections, feel safe and solve problems. She is part of the team because she is dedicated to spreading Conscious Discipline in schools, in her home environment and because of the positive changes it makes in her life.

Christiana Lashington

Christiana Lashington is a retired school principal who dedicated 39 years of service to teaching children from Day Care to Primary school. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pedagogy and professional certificates in Child Care and Development, Administration and Management Of Day Care and Pre- Schools, and is a certified Recreational Volunteer for the Emotional Recovery programme. She believes that the Conscious Discipline Programme can play a key role in addressing the aggression that she’s noticed in children and adults in her country, having also personally witnessed positive results with her students and teachers.

Kenisha Francois

Kenisha Francois is a Conscious Discipline Coach whose role is to model Conscious Discipline to teachers in schools who, in turn model Conscious Discipline to their students. Kenisha believes that if we are more conscious of the behaviour of others and have the skills to respond to this behaviour, we will have a more productive society.

Rashida Isaac

Rashida Isaac is an Early Childhood Assessor. She works on various research projects and primarily conducts neurodevelopmental assessments on young children across Grenada. Rashida is zealous about initiatives aimed at promoting the holistic development of the child. She is dedicated to innovating and reforming resources, opportunities and systems particularly in education that would prove beneficial to children especially in impoverished communities.

Jesma Noel

Jesma Noel is a 2022 graduate of the Master of Arts Clinical-Community Psychology program. Jesma collaborates on several projects as a co-investigator/researcher. Jesma hopes to support the indigenization of psychology in the region through her involvement in projects such as Saving Brains Grenada that contributes to the growing body of Caribbean-based psychological knowledge, perspectives, and approaches.

Lauren Mohammed

Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Lauren earned a Master’s in Clinical-Community Psychology from St. George’s University in 2020. Formerly an Early Childhood Assessor, Lauren conducted neurodevelopmental assessments on infants enrolled in various studies. Currently, she is involved in research that supports the development of neurodevelopmental assessments for Caribbean children and supports with the delivery of manuscripts. Lauren is passionate about advocating for the human rights of marginalized populations such as women, children, and LGBTQ+ people, an ethos shared by her colleagues whose combined efforts endeavor to support Caribbean children in reaching their full developmental potential.

Nurses

Nurse Nekisha St. Bernard, Nurse Aeisha Levine, and Nurse Adlyn Matthew are Grenadian Community Health Nurses who conduct maternal and child physical assessments in the field along with the CCCN's Early Childhood Assessors.

Dr. Lauren Orlando

Lauren Orlando, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St George’s University in Grenada. As a public health consultant, she engages in community-based programming and research with vulnerable populations, at-risk youth, sexual and reproductive health advocacy and rights, and violence prevention.

Troy Nelson

Troy Nelson is a reliable driver with an excellent reputation for punctuality and flexibility. He is part of the team because it provides him with the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to his country, as the project promotes the development of children.

Ana Kolaric

Ana Kolaric is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, a minor in Management and Society, and a certificate in Sustainability. Throughout her undergraduate studies she worked on different research projects at University of Calgary and completed an internship at Kluane Lake Research Station in Yukon, Canada. She is a community-oriented thinker with a passion for intercultural relations and community development who feels a sense of social purpose to foster a place of belonging and connection.

Board of Directors

Treasurer

David Shaw

David Shaw, M.B.A., is a finance and accounting professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Saint George’s University. As a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, he also teaches martial arts to SGU students and Grenada youth. Prior to joining the faculty at SGU he worked as a Financial Controller in multiple business settings. He is committed to helping children in the Caribbean achieve their goals and fulfill their potential.

Volunteers

    • Kiereth Atariwala
    • Rachel Austin
    • Mira Cheng
    • Sean Hanna
    • Joel Landeau
    • Macda Lucas
    • Delma Mark
    • Charcini Pandy
    • Finbar Richard
    • Jenna Smarzinski
    • Feaven Tewfik
    • Ndeira Viechweg 

Volunteer Spotlight

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