Dedicated and devoted
GCA BOARD MEMBERS
Vibert Compton Cambridge, Ph.D., is professor emeritus, School of Media Arts and Studies, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University and current President, Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc.
For the past 35 years, Dr. Cambridge has led academic departments and programs at Ohio University. He has also participated in the development and implementation of innovative academic programs, research initiatives, and tertiary-level human resources development initiatives to support participatory communication and social change in Africa, rural America, Central Asia, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Cambridge’s research and scholarship have focused on communication for social change; immigration, diversity and broadcasting; and Guyanese social and cultural history. In 2005, his book Immigration, Diversity and Broadcasting in the United States 1990–2000 was published by the Ohio University Press. It drew attention to innovations among Caribbean broadcasters in North America, especially the application of available technologies to fashion the “link-up” genre. His upcoming book Musical Life in Guyana: History and Politics of Control will be published in the Caribbean Studies Series by the University Press of Mississippi in June 2015.
He has received awards and recognitions from Ohio University(2013); Queen’s College, New York Chapter (2012); Guyana Tri-State Alliance (2012); Guyana Cultural Association of New York (2005); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Ohio University Chapter (2005); and the Netherlands Entertainment-Education Foundation (NEEF), Amsterdam (2000).
Dr. Cambridge’s current work focuses on the Guyanese diaspora in New York and its role in heritage preservation and the development of creative arts education and training in Guyana.
Ave Brewster Haynes:
Ave brings to her role of Vice President, Guyana Cultural Association, N,Y, Inc. decades of experience in the diverse fields of Management, Communication, Public Relations, Marketing and Public Service. She has interwoven these skill sets into an integrated creative marketing communications platform which is used whether serving as the first woman to head Radio Broadcasting in the Caribbean, Public Relations/Communication Officer to Guyana’s Presidents L.F.S Burnham and H.D. Hoyte, Néstle’s Business Manager, Executive Secretary, Guyana Diocesan Association, USA, (GDA), Vice President Planning and Marketing, Caribbean Media Enterprise (CME) and Warden of St.Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Long Island.
Her education was enhanced beyond the walls of the primary, secondary and tertiary class rooms, through extensive travel, while observing the interaction of nations and cultures at the levels of the Caribbean Community, the Commonwealth of Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement. These experiences and levels of exposure honed Ave’s life skills fostering a career of service which she continues to actively pursue.
She has been recognized for her work in the following areas: Marketing: Nestlé Caribbean for outstanding business performance (2002); Broadcasting: NYABJ – Best Public Service Radio Series (Script Editor) (2013); Community Service & Outreach: Women of Service – Latin American Mothers -(2013); The Bishop’s Medal, for distinguished service in the Diocese of Long Island (2014).
Ave Maria Haynes
Health Care Executive – Cultural Ambassador – Social Justice Advocate
Claire Patterson-Monah currently serves as Senior Associate Executive Director of the NYC HHC Queens Health Network, where she is charged with leading a borough wide initiative to transform healthcare delivery for more than 250,000 patients in New York City’s most densely populated borough.
Claire brings to her position more than three decades of outstanding academic and professional accomplishment in the fields of health care and administration. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from Queens College, a Master’s Degree from New York University, and post-graduate certificates in Health Care Administration from Cornell University, the Wharton School and the National Association of Public Hospitals (NAPH) 2008 Fellows program. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the American Dietetic Association, and the Nutritional Faculty Advisory Board at Queens College of the City University of New York, among other professional affiliations.
Claire is a cultural ambassador for her native Guyana. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Cultural Association and a principal organizer of the annual Guyana Folk Festival in New York. She serves on the organizing committees of several Guyanese pageants and is an active member of numerous charitable and humanitarian organizations serving the Guyanese and wider Caribbean communities.
Assistant to the Financial Director
Columnist/ Entrepreneur, New York
Guyanese American entrepreneur Edgar Henry has lived in New York for more than 40 years. He had a 12-year association with a Greek shipping company Hellenic Lines Ltd. which served the Red Sea, Middle East, East Africa and Pakistan. Operating successfully as a licensed real estate broker in New York, he also ventured into the optical industry and still serves the Caribbean community at ENG Caribbean Vision Center in Brooklyn. Aware of the importance of communication systems to the cultural Caribbean-American community, he established Sterling Communications Network in 1993, broadcasting “Calling the Caribbean” on WNJR Radio, 1430 AM. Since 2003, he has been part owner of the popular Caribbean Diaspora newspaper, “Caribbean Impact.” He is currently the editor of the New York Guyana Folk Festival magazine and Assistant Treasurer on the executive board of the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) of NY. As Music Master he also teaches music at the annual summer GCA workshop series. Additionally, Edgar is involved in community and philanthropic activities both in the United States and Guyana. He is the past President of the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District, a position he has held for over 25 years.
Claire’s passion for promoting the culture of her homeland Guyana is evident by her introduction of the annual Guyana Folk Festival to North America. One of the founders of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, she is the Cultural Director and one of the creative minds behind the annual Folk Festival
CEO of her own company, Hybiskus Creations, a company dedicated to developing and distributing art, craft and products that reflect the creative expression of Caribbean artists, she has developed her own line of handmade greeting cards. As a graphic artist, her creative talent can be seen in her production of magazines, brochures, newspapers and in marketing campaigns for GCA and other companies.
Claire is also President of Friends of Victoria Village Diaspora, an organization dedicated to the redevelopment of Victoria Village, the first village bought by freed slaves after emancipation in Guyana, through revival of its traditions and culture.
Claire Goring has been recognized for her work by the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President, the Guyana Tri-State Alliance, and the Guyana Cultural Association of New York
Assistant to the Cultural Director
Maurice G. Blenman is a cinematographer who studied in London, England. During his twenty -year career as senior cameraman at the National Film Center Guyana, he worked on Government documentary features, such as “World of the Caribbean” and “This is Guyana”. Maurice traveled extensively with the President of Guyana as cameraman, to countries such as Russia, India, Africa and the United States of America, recording Guyana’s participation in International events.
Maurice is a member of the Board of the Guyana Cultural Association as one of the assistants to the Cultural Director.
Assistant to the Cultural Director
A member of the Executive Board of the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) as Assistant to the Cultural Director, she is currently a doctoral student in the dissertation phase at Capella University. Rose October-Edun’s professional certificates include the licensed master social worker (LMSW), Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Internationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (ICDAC), and Diplomate of American Board of Forensic Examiners (DABFE). In addition to having an extensive clinical background in clinical practice as a social work specializing in substance abuse, she is currently a mentor/faculty member at SUNY and a recent member of the NYC Police Academy.
Rosalind “Rose” October-Edun holds an associate degree in Human Services from Borough of Manhattan Community College; a bachelor degree in social work from Herbert Lehman College; and a master degree in social work from Fordham University.
Her theatrical background through dance spans over 40 years, with training received in Guyana and her artistic involvement spans communities across the board. She has received multiple citations and proclamation from NYC and NYS’s council members for her contribution to the NY communities with which she collaborates.
Juliet A. Emanuel has carved out a career in the academy over several decades. Currently she serves as a tenured professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College in the City University of New York system. Concurrently she has maintained a number of interests that are reflected her involvement in the community. These include commitments to cultural and social organizations, the Episcopal Church/Diocese of Long Island; youth groups and academic organizations. A writer and editor of academic and other texts, she is active in the life of BMCC/CUNY in many respects, including serving on committees at the BMCC and at the CUNY Central levels. At present she is the Executive Director of College English Association with complete oversight for all aspects of that organization. Dr. Emanuel is the Secretary of Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc. In this organization has plays an integral role in its administration with emphasis on its Summer Youth Programs, its Symposium and its Literary Hang, a gathering of writers. She was born in Guyana.
Assistant to the Secretary
Patricia Jordon-Langford is a member of the Executive Board of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc. as assistant to the Secretary. She is president of The Guyana Tri-State Alliance and is passionate about the preservation of Guyana’s culture and the celebration of Guyana’s milestones,
For the past 15 years, she has guided 14 Guyanese young men and women on full scholarship through The University of the Southern Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago towards a degree conferred by Andrews University in the USA.
For twenty years as a Banker in the area of International Trade, and also an officer of Urban Bankers Coalition, Inc (UBC) (now UFSC) she spearheaded the BEAM program, a mentoring, educational and scholarship program that awarded many scholarships to various students in the New York area, and through mentoring and the adopt a school program was able to guide students from the 7th grade to graduation and assist them with navigating, and guidance to a tertiary education,
As a Global Citizen (recipient of the 2010 Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Helping Humanity) Patricia Jordon-Langford has travelled extensively , whether it is on behalf of the United Negro College Fund, Orphans International World Wide, or Domestic Violence and Child Abuse , she has approached each with the same commitment, power and compassion .
Pat Jordon-Langford, sits on several Boards, and has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her leadership qualities and dedication to humanity