Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas

PEOPLE BEHIND UTEB

Executive Committee

Daniel Thompson

President

Daniel Thompson presently serves as the President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB), since May 2019, and is an Assistant Professor of Business Management at the University of The Bahamas in the School of Business and Hospitality Management. At UB, he has been Head of the Department for Management and Marketing twice and served twice as chair for his school. He received an Associate degree in Biology with Agriculture from the College of The Bahamas, a Bachelor's degree in General Agriculture with an emphasis in agricultural economics and farm management from  the University of The West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago and a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading (UK). He has worked at The Bahamas Department of Agriculture as an Assistant Marketing officer;  the Bahamas Development Bank as a Projects Officer; the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation as a Business Development Officer; and the College of The Bahamas, Centre for Entrepreneurship as a Project Development Officer and Acting Director. Currently, he plans on contributing to the insight and knowledge regarding trade unionism in The Bahamas. He is also the proud father of 3 sons, a member of Grace Communion Church in Lumumba Road, Nassau, and has served as the Pastor of the Church of God (Seventh Day) from 1985 - 2011.

Dr. Erecia Hepburn

Vice President, External

Dr. Erecia Hepburn is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry and Environmental Life Sciences at the University of The Bahamas. A PhD and Masters Graduate of Clemson University, she has done research at The College of The Bahamas, Tuskegee University and Clemson University and worked briefly at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. She is a consultant for Hepburn’s Green Consulting Group, an agricultural consulting firm which works on various agricultural projects around the world and in The Bahamas. Her main areas of research focus on agri-tourism, food security, climate change, sustainability and trade. Dr. Hepburn is also the Vice President of The Bahamas Heart Association, member of the National Progressive Institute, member of Organization of Young Professionals, a Junkanoo Commando and the Faculty Advisor for The Bahamas Red Cross Collegiate Chapter along with being a disaster team member. 

Shananda Hinsey

Vice President, Internal

Mrs. Shananda Hinsey serves as Vice-President and Systems Librarian at the University of The Bahamas. She has been with the institution for sixteen years. Mrs. Hinsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Information Management. Passionate about technology and the use of technology to improve and streamline processes, she is a lifelong learner, at heart, and believes in research at the core of education. Her interests also includes educational technology.

Shananda Hinsey served as UTEB's Assistant Secretary 2014-2016 and currently serves as the Vice-President, Internal.

Felicia Armbrister

Secretary

Felicia Armbrister has worked at the University of The Bahamas since 2002 and currently holds the position of Access Services Librarian in University Libraries. She holds a Bachelor's degree (with Honors) in Public Policy and Management from University of Bedfordshire (formerly Luton) and a Master's degree in Library and Information Services from Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen). She has served as UTEB Secretary since 2017, is active in her church and is motivated to assist in uplifting and empowering everyone she comes in contact with, especially the UB community.

Terry Rolle

Assistant Secretary

Terry Rolle is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of the Bahamas (UB) at the Grosvenor Close Campus. Her primary areas of teaching include community health and medical surgical nursing. She joined UB, then the College of The Bahamas, in 2012 and has worked on various committees within UB. Mrs. Rolle now serves as the Assistant Secretary of UTEB. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Education from the University of The West Indies and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Nova South-Eastern University. Her hobbies include reading and journal writing.

Joseph Ferguson

Treasurer

Joseph Ferguson is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of The Bahamas. He received his PhD from ​Mississippi State University. His dissertation was on Quadrilateral Mesh Optimization. A former Head of Department for Mathematics, he has over 20 years of teaching and research experience at UB and is a UB alumnus: Class of 1996. He has been serving as the Treasurer for The Union of Tertiary Educators for over 5 years.

Alvaro Bonilla

Membership Secretary

Alvaro Bonilla Chinchilla is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Studies at the University of The Bahamas and serves as the Chair of Communication & Creative Arts since 2020. He received a Master's degrees in Literature from Maxim Gorky Literary Institute (Russia). Currently, he is in charge of the Consulate of Costa Rica and has been appointed Honorary Consul of Costa Rica in The Bahamas. Additionally, he is the Senior Pastor of Church of Love, International Christian Community, since 2007, an advisor to the Spanish and Art Clubs at UB and speaks Spanish, Russian and English fluently. 

Anastacia Forbes

Trustee

Anastacia Sanfra Forbes is the Director of Counselling Services Department at the University of The Bahamas (UB). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Art Therapy from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in School Counselling from Kent State University and Post Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy from Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has also served as the Coordinator of First Year Seminar and Learning Support Services and Disability Support Services and regularly teaches the First Year Seminars and hosts several workshops throughout the academic year at UB. Mrs. Forbes is co-author of “A Facilitator’s Guide To Tutoring and Mentoring” (2008), published by OAS/FEMCIDI and The College Of The Bahamas, Counselling & Health Services Department. Her interests include pottery/ceramics, art making, reading and finding meaningful ways to engage her daughters in wholesome activities.


Esmond Weekes

Trustee

Esmond Weekes teaches in the Management and Human Resources Programs and serves the Union of Tertiary Educators in The Bahamas as a Trustee, representing the faculty of the Northern Campus of the University of The Bahamas.  Born on the island of St Vincent & The Grenadines, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Politics from the Queens’s University (Canada) and later received a Master’s degree in Business Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University. He has been working at the UB, North campus since 1993 and is an vivid sports enthusiast. However, due to destruction of the Northern Campus and the COVID 19 Pandemic, he directs his sporting enthusiasm to watching television.

Anastasia Brown

Trustee

Anastasia Brown is Director of Testing Services at The University of The Bahamas and received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Organization Development from Grand Canyon University and a master's degree in Special Education - Business Education from the University of Georgia. She has been serving the Union of Tertiary Educators in The Bahamas as a Trustee since November 2020.

Senator Hon. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson

Ex-Officio

Senator, The Honorable Ms. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson was elected as President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) in October 2016. Her career in trade unionism began as a shop steward at the Government High School, and she served as the Vice-President, External prior to becoming the President of UTEB, serving in this office from 2004-2013 and was re-elected as President in 2016.  She has served as the First Vice-President and Second Vice-President of CCL, is a past President of the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas and is currently the Ex-Officio of UTEB as well as President of CCL; she is the first Bahamian female to hold all of these positions. Ms. Isaacs-Dotson serves as Associate Professor and Head of Department, Secondary at UB in the School of Education. She attained a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education graduating summa cum laude from Saint Augustine’s College now University and a Master's degree in Health and Physical Education graduating magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University and becoming the first Bahamian female to hold a Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education. She was appointed as a Senator on Monday, May 22, 2017. Ms. Isaacs-Dotson’s is a proud mother and grandmother and her hobbies include sports, meeting people, reading and traveling.