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Fueled by a desire to serve as agents of positive societal change, a group of expert public speakers and debate enthusiasts, led by Germaine Barrett, formed a national umbrella organisation for the advancement of debating, public speaking and critical thinking in Jamaica. This Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) came into being in 2014 as the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment (JADE) Limited or JADE for short.


Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

    • Michael Hester (Chairman of the Board of Directors)
    • Germaine Barrett (Founder and Executive Director)
    • Jevon Henry (Director)
    • Dr. Julian Walters (Director)
    • Kimberley Brown (Director)
    • Bryan Henry (Director)
    • Sayeed Bernard (Director)
    • Sanjay Lewis(Director)

Senior Managers

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Senior Managers

  • Germaine Barrett (Founder and Executive Director)
  • Najani Stewart (Communications and Technology Manager)
  • Jadon Hewitt (Programmes Manager)
  • Rushana Jarrett (Wellness Manager)
  • Ravonne Thomas-Matthews (Special Projects Manager)
  • Trishana Thomas-Matthews (Finance Manager)


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Office of the Executive Director

  • Executive Assistant - Khi Lewis
  • Special Assistant - Sonique Martin
  • Administrative Assistant - Tyreese Johnson
  • Administrative Assistant - Joshua Atkins

Programmes Department

  • Deputy Programmes Manager (Tertiary) - Jadon Hewitt
  • Deputy Programmes Manager (Secondary) - Calicia Vassel
  • Deputy Programmes Manager (Primary) - Xavier McFarlane
  • Development Assistant - Kevonn Grant

Communications and Technology Department

  • Digital Media Specialist - Jordaina Denton
  • Graphic Design Specialist - Leah-Jay Holness
  • Public Relations Specialist - Truston Grizzle
  • Public Relations Specialist - Dejanae Fagan
  • Technology Integration Specialist - Dekardiago Nelson
  • Technology Projects Specialist - Shavar Campbell

Special Projects Department

  • Enterprise Connection Specialist - Shantel Hughes
  • Measurement and Evaluation Specialist - Enroy Madourie
  • Strategic Initiatives Specialist - Allan Carter

Wellness Department

  • WorkForce Development Specialist - Kenisha Nelson
  • Wellness Support Specialist - Mattheu White

Finance Department

  • Business Development Specialist - Javon Downie

Ravonne Matthews is a Senior Manager of JADE

Ravonne Thomas-Matthews is the SPM of JADE