Meet our 2022 Youth Mental Health Symposium Speakers

His Excellency Martyn Roper OBE, Governor of the Cayman Islands

Martyn Keith Roper is a highly experienced career Diplomat with a successful track record in senior corporate leadership roles across the world. Prior to his appointment as Governor of the Cayman Islands, Martyn was Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Beijing where he was responsible for a network of over 800 people across five diplomatic posts.

Martyn has previous experience working with the British Overseas Territories from his time as Head of the Gibraltar Section at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London when he had specific responsibility for policy concerning law and order, justice and good governance.

He was Vice Consul in Kuwait at the time of the outbreak of the first Gulf War and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2013 on his return to the UK from his posting in Algeria.

Married to Elisabeth he has two children, a son Matthew and daughter Jessica.

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Hon Andre Ebanks, JP, MP, Minister for Investment, Innovation and Social Development

The Honourable André Ebanks, MP, was given ministerial responsibilities for investment, innovation and social development; and for financial services and commerce, following his election to the Cayman Islands House of Parliament on 14 April 2021.

Under his Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development remit are Invest Cayman; Department of Children and Family Services; Business Development Centre; Sunrise Adult Training Centre; Needs Assessment Unit; E-Government; Computer Services Department; Cyber-Security; Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office; Children and Youth Services Foundation; Adoption Board; Housing Repairs Committee; Film Exhibition (Control) Board; Copyright Tribunal; Trade Marks Appeal Tribunal; and the Design Rights Tribunal.

He was deputy chief officer in the Ministry of Community Affairs, with primary responsibility for the Department of Children and Family Services, the Needs Assessment Unit, and the Gender Affairs Unit from 2018 to 2019; and a senior policy advisor in the Ministry of Financial Services from 2014 to 2018.

Hon Sabrina Turner, MP, Minister of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing

Minister of Health & Wellness Cayman Islands, Hon. Sabrina Turner, MP, was elected to her first term in the Cayman Islands Parliament in April 2021 as a Member for Prospect. Mrs. Turner was sworn in as Minister on Wednesday, 21 April 2021.

Following graduation from high school, Mrs. Turner ​ joined the Cayman Islands Health Services as a Nursing Assistant and enrolled in the training programme to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 1993 she graduated from the Cayman Islands School of Nursing as the Valedictorian. 

More recently, during her time as leader of the Prospect-Red Bay Community Group, she led the small executive team that worked to provide development and support services to the community of approximately three thousand. During her tenure, the group raised over $10,000 towards various projects focused on disaster resilience, the fight against crime and community cohesion. 

Her love for community work is shown in her effective leadership over the years.

Zaria Anthony

Born and raised in Cayman, Zaria has described that she has always been beyond the taboo of mental health. She developed a passion for science and the human body in school and became fascinated by our minds and how they work.

She has learned a lot through her own body. In June 2020, she was diagnosed with panic disorder and, just a few months after that first diagnosis, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) was added to the mix. Zaria suffered from anxious tendencies years before her diagnoses, but was given a new ‘identity’ during lockdown. In October last year, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Zaria has worked hard to accept these illnesses and refuses to let them take over her life, and prevent her from truly living. She is currently working at Doctor’s Hospital Pharmacy and training to become a future Pharmacy Technician. Eventually, she hopes to apply her training to get into the area of Forensic Science.

D’hani Bodden, Youth Ambassador Programme

16-year-old D’hani enjoys MMA and cooking. He was part of Cayman’s first strong man competition and is passionate to see more young people work on themselves through education and personal reflection. He has attended Clifton Hunter High School & University College of the Cayman Islands.

Sutton Burke, Clinical Director, Infinite Mindcare

Sutton Burke, MS, LCPC is the Owner & Clinical Director of Infinite Mindcare, a multi-specialty counseling practice in Grand Cayman. With over 10 years of clinical experience, she has a passion for working with difficult to treat anxiety disorders such as OCD, Panic Disorder, and Performance Anxiety, Substance Abuse, and supporting First Responders.

Besides Sutton’s therapeutic work, she has been a guest lecturer for multiple universities, and has facilitated workshops & conference talks on different topics both in Cayman and abroad. Sutton has a commitment to connecting with her clients, continued education on providing evidence based treatments while helping people improve their mental health and truly see the value in their lives.

Deirdre Carmola, SEN Case Manager Inclusion, Ministry of Education

On the surface, Deirdre Carmola is a seasoned trust professional. She became an Asst. Manager of Trusts in the private sector and, after 21 years in the industry, changed professions to the Education field in 2011 – where she currently remains.

Below the surface however, you will find a strong advocate of life-long learning who has recently completed her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours) – 2020 and the Professional Practice Course (PPC) – 2021, whilst undergoing chemotherapy treatments and working full time. She has simultaneously built her education career, first as the Manager, Scholarship Secretariat in the Ministry of Education for 8 years and now currently as the Special Education Needs (SEN) Case Manager, Inclusion for the last 3 years. Ms. Carmola maintains strong ties with the many students she has assisted with their scholarship applications and tertiary studies.

Isabella Do Valle, Youth Ambassador Programme

16-year-old Isabella Do Valle is a viola player and baker. Winner of the Spirit of the School Award, Isabella aims to see more government support for therapy and mental health support in school curricula. She is currently attending Cayman Prep.

Brittany Evans

Brittany Evans is a 21-year-old law student at the Truman Bodden Law School. The topic of mental health is something that is very close to her heart as she has personally experienced struggles with mental health. She is grateful that the conversations are being had and more people are sharing their stories because it gives her and many others reassurance that “you are not alone”.

Mario Garraway, Youth Counselor & Health Services Authority (HSA) Behavioural Health Aide

Mario Garraway was born in the Amazon District of The Pomeroon River Guyana South America. He Attended the St. Sweden High School and further on to Critchlow College, where he studied Sociology and Industrial Law and Graduated with a First Degree in Social Science. 

Mr. Garraway worked with UNICEF on their Mission to Eradicate child endangerment and developed Water and Sanitation Services for Children in Economically challenge Countries in South America and other Regions.

Mario holds a Advanced Diploma in Nursing and Work in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority.

In addition He is a trained Youth Counselor and Spiritual Mentor, and Serves as The Regimental Sergeant Major of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps.

 He enjoys working with Youths and Interacting with the Elderly.

Lilly Haug, Youth Ambassador Programme

15-year-old Lilly Haug plays the guitar, paints and runs her own charity club. She aims to help fight the stigma surrounding suicide and other mental health issues. She currently attends Cayman International School (CIS).

Cristin Jackson, Youth Ambassador Programme

19-year-old Christin Jackson is a Leader of the Youth Ambassador Programme, and has been a Dart Scholar since 2016. She has attended Grace Christian Academy, Cayman International School and the University of Western Ontario.

Bill LaMonte, Youth Ambassador Programme, Education Coordinator

Bill is a National Board Certified Science Teacher and the Youth Ambassador Programme Coordinator. He aims to empower the next generation of voices, while helping to improve both the environmental health and mental health of our community.

Jhadari Lumley, Youth Ambassador Programme

Jhadari is a 17-year-old student, and one of the Leaders in the Youth Ambassador Programme. She’s currently studying psychology at UCCI.

Pastor Christopher Murray, John Gray High School Counselor, Boyz2Men Cayman Director

Pastor Christopher Murray has been a trained and certified Counselor for 18 years. He has worked as School Counselor at John Gray High for the last 14 years – pastoring for 11 years. He is also a certified Human Behavior Consultant.

Since 2011, he has been Director of the Boyz2Men programme – turning boys into gentlemen in the Cayman Islands. Husband to Georgia Murray for 22 years, and Father to 2 young men and 2 adopted baby girls.

Jane Panton, Chairperson, Chairperson, Director, and Co-Founder, Alex Panton Foundation

Along with her duties as an active part of the APF, Jane holds down a fulltime job at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands as Director of Finance and Compliance.  Having discovered her passion for numbers early in her teens, her careers guidance counsellor at Cayman Islands High School pointed her in the direction of qualifying as a professional accountant. Supported with a scholarship from Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co (now KPMG), Jane became the first student in the fulltime scholarship program that had recently been introduced by PMM to qualify at the first sitting of the CPA exam which she sat in 1988 at the age of 22.    Jane spent 13 years at PMM/KPMG and then moved to be an Administrator of Finance position at another company for another 4 years, worked in her own consultancy/accounting business for 8 years found a job which she really enjoys at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands.   Although it is an accounting-based job, Jane also enjoys the diversity that working in KYC Compliance with new clients of the Cayman Islands Aircraft Register provides.  Jane remains committed to the challenge of balancing this very demanding job and working with the team at APF who are all passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues in children and young people and providing solutions to these issues.

Clare Panyandee, PE Teacher, Lighthouse School

Originally from the UK, I have been in Cayman for 5 years working as a PE teacher at the Lighthouse School.

I taught in London for 20 years, covering both Primary and Secondary sectors as teacher, head of department and Assistant Principal.

My passion for teaching and learning has never waned, rather, it has flourished since being at the Lighthouse School.

The change in culture wasn’t much of a change really, coming from a Mauritian background, many of our rituals, foods and beliefs are the same.

I am a firm believer of treating my body as a ‘Temple’ (not just because my family are Hindu) but because of my background as an athlete, dancer and nutritionist.

Soleil Parkinson, Youth Ambassador Programme

18-year-old Soleil is the base-guitarist of Cayman’s only all girl band “Ask Her.” She aims to help break down barriers for teens struggling with mental health issues. She currently attends Cayman International School (CIS).

Mark Phillips, Student, Boyz2Men 

Mark Phillips is a year 11 male student at John Gray High School. He is a presently enrolled in the Boyz2Men 2022 program. He will be sitting 7 CXC subjects this year and is striving for mastery.

Hailee Robinson, Deputy Chairperson and Legal & Policy Committee Member, Alex Panton Foundation

Hailee is an associate of Maples and Calder’s Finance team in the Maples Group’s Cayman Islands office. She has wide experience advising on all finance transactions including banking, fund financing (acting for both lenders and borrowers), aircraft financing, structured finance (in particular CLO transactions), and Cayman Islands Stock Exchange listings. Hailee also advises on general corporate and commercial matters.

Hailee is a Maples Group scholarship recipient and joined the Maples Group as an articled clerk in 2018. Upon her admission as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2020, Hailee joined the Finance group.

Hailee is the Deputy Chairperson, Director, and a Legal and Policy Committee member for the Alex Panton Foundation (“APF”). Hailee is also a member of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association, 100 Women in Finance, and 100 Women in Finance: NextGen.

Seaford Russell Jr, Director, Boyz2Men

Seaford Russell Jr currently works as a journalist with the Cayman Compass, leading the Sports Department. He is also a Director with the B2M programme. Russell is a sixth generational Caymanian who says his greatest passion is helping young men who are counted out by society, to succeed.

Dr. Shari Smith, Clinical Psychologist, Life Options

Dr. Shari Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist, with more than 30 years’ experience, in special education and disabilities in the Cayman Islands. She is founder and owner of Life Options, a private practice providing psychological and life coaching services.

Dr. Shari is passionate about working with young people and adults who struggle with anxiety and depression, and persons experiencing difficulty navigating the transitions of life. Dr. Shari utilizes a holistic approach with working with her clients, incorporating a format that appreciates the connection between the mind, body, and spirit and how all are key in learning how to manage the many challenges in life. Dr. Shari believes in empowering her clients to take hold of their own journey and become the best version of themself.

Monina Thompson, Youth Ambassador Programme

20 year old Monina is one of our Youth Ambassadors. She is passionate about community service and taking care of the environment so she regularly organizes volunteer work. She is also part of the Cayman Islands Women’s National Football Team.

Alanna Warwick-Smith

Alanna Warwick-Smith is a 25-year-old introverted extrovert who is deeply passionate about making the world a better place than how she found it.

Alanna is a past President of Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands and past Director of the Cayman Islands Society for Human Resource Professionals (CISHRP).

She is currently a Director of the Cayman Islands Marketing Professionals Association (CIMPA).

Alanna has recently been awarded “Proud of them” recognition by the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Heritage & Culture for her efforts and achievements in community service and her career.

In her spare time, she enjoys learning about astrology, playing chess, and writing poetry.

Lizzette Yearwood, Alternate Deputy Chairperson and Director, Alex Panton Foundation

Ms Lizzette Yearwood, JP, MMH, MHA, a Registered Nurse, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA), with overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Cayman Islands Hospital, Faith Hospital, and District Health Centres and Clinics across all three islands. In addition to her professional commitments, Ms Yearwood is a Board Director of the Alex Panton Foundation (APF).

Ms Yearwood assumed leadership of the Health Services Authority during a very difficult period in the organisation’s history. With support from her senior management team and the HSA Board, she has led various strategic initiatives resulting in a financial turnaround, and the achievement of the organisation’s first clean audit opinion in 2018.

Holding over 26 years of progressive experience in local and international healthcare settings, she has received the 2013 Medal of Honour (MMH), the 2015 National Heroes’ Day Emerging Pioneer in Health award, and the 2021 Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour (Cert. Hon.) in response for meritorious services rendered in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A Cayman Brac native, Ms Yearwood has one daughter, Kelsey, an accomplished IT professional with whom she shares the title of United World College alumna.

2022 Symposium Information

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