Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team of highly experienced, motivated and professional administrators are committed to taking COSTAATT to higher levels of quality, service standards and global recognition.

Dr. Gillian Paul

President

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Dr. Gillian Paul was appointed to the position of President of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), with effect from June 01, 2015.

 

Dr. Paul has played an integral role in the College’s ongoing development, having served as Chair of the Academic Affairs Team – one of seven technical teams responsible for the formation of COSTAATT in 2000–and Chair of the Community College Implementation Team from 2000-2002.  She served as the College’s Chief Executive Officer from 2002 – 2004 until the first President was appointed, and more recently, has acted in the position of President from July 2012 to May 2015.

 

Dr. Paul brings to the Office of the President, a wealth of experience in higher education administration, an in-depth knowledge of curriculum development and a passion for facilitating student success.  As the longest serving Vice President at the College, having served as Vice President of Academic Affairs for over eleven years, she has also led many quality initiatives and improvements in diverse areas of college operations. She is known for her aggressive and transformational work agenda and is well poised to lead COSTAATT at this juncture, as the College builds on over a decade of service in broadening access to tertiary education for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Dr. Paul has made significant contributions to national and regional educational development through service on various Cabinet-appointed committees including the Review Committee for the White Paper on Tertiary Education and Technical-Vocational Training; the National Curriculum Council; the National Advisory Council on Education; and the National Task Force on a Seamless Education System. Most recently, she served as a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Teaching Service Commission from 2011 to 2014. Regionally, Dr. Paul served as President of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) from 2005-2009 and is well respected by her peers in regional and international higher education.

 

Dr. Paul is a Fulbright scholar who holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and a Master’s degree in Education from Teachers College Columbia University, New York; an M.A. in French from the University of South Carolina; and a B.Sc. in French and Spanish from Georgetown University, Washington D. C., U.S.A, which she attended on the basis of having won a national scholarship in 1982.

Ms. June Alexis-Matthew

Vice President, Institutional Advancement

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Ms. June Alexis-Matthew was appointed to the position of Vice President, Institutional Advancement in November 2006 and previously held the position of Director, Marketing and Public Relations having joined the College in 2003.

 

She possesses many years’ management and leadership experience, in the areas of air travel, hospitality, tourism, marketing, public relations, training and higher education administration, having held several senior positions in various private and public sector organisations. She served as Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Training Institute and as an entrepreneur, was Lead Consultant and Managing Director of Hospitality and Events Management Services (HEMS) firm.

 

Ms. Alexis-Matthew holds the MBA in Leadership and Innovation from Edinburgh Napier University, UK; the Post-Graduate Diploma in Training and Performance Management from Leicester University, UK; and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management Science from Bernard M. Baruch College, New York.

 

She is an external verifier for City and Guilds UK, for the Caribbean and Central and South America; a professional development trainer; and marketing and event management consultant; and has lectured in marketing, tourism and hospitality education. Ms. Alexis-Matthew has served on the boards of the Trinidad Hotels and Tourism Association; the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA); the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad & Tobago (AFETT) and is currently a Director on the Board of Vision on Mission.

Dr. Camille Samuel

Vice President, Student Affairs

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Dr. Camille Samuel currently holds the position of Vice President Student Affairs.  She possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in both academia and enterprise management, having held several senior academic positions at the University of the West Indies. Dr. Samuel has led many strategic management interventions at both public and private institutions, locally and regionally, and also serves as academic advisor to Masters’ students at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and is a member of the school’s adjunct faculty. She is also an academic supervisor at the University of the Netherlands.

 

Dr. Samuel has an extensive and diverse background in strategic leadership and has anchored many student-centred initiatives at the University of the West Indies.  She is profoundly committed to student development and the deepening of linkages with industry partners.

 

Dr. Samuel holds a Ph.D. in Corporate Turnaround and Gendered Leadership from the University of the West Indies; an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy from the Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Management from The University of the West Indies.

Dr. Naseem Koylass

Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

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Dr. Naseem Koylass is currently the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT). She is the holder of a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership/ Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Science in Economics, a Diploma in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of the West Indies.

 

Dr. Koylass has considerable experience in teaching and in higher education administration both in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider region. She was a senior lecturer (economics and mathematics) and department head at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia until 1998 when she returned to Trinidad and joined NIHERST, where she spearheaded the development of the Business Studies Department, which has since grown to become one of the largest departments within COSTAATT.  Dr. Koylass also plays a critical leadership role in all accreditation and quality assurance activities at the College.

Ms. Carla Alonzo

Assistant to the President

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In February 2005, Ms. Carla Alonzo joined the COSTAATT team in the capacity of Assistant Director, Enrolment Management from the University of Westminster, London, where she was the Deputy Manager Admissions and Marketing, Harrow Campus. As Assistant Director, Carla was charged with the responsibility of setting up systems to establish the College’s first independent admissions office. Within a year of her tenure at the College she was appointed to the position of Director, Enrolment Management and spearheaded the successful implementation of COSTAATT’s first online admissions function.

 

In 2009, she was promoted to the position of Assistant to the President and currently serves as a member of the College’s Executive Leadership Team. Ms. Alonzo has been Chair of COSTAATT’s Quality Council since 2009. In addition, she has served as a member of the College’s institutional registration team and the Accreditation Steering Committee, which guided the College in its successful quest for accreditation in 2010.

 

Ms. Alonzo possesses an MSc. in Educational Leadership, from the University of Leicester (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication from the University of Westminster (UK), a B.A. in Languages and Social Science and a Diploma in Education (Teaching of Modern Foreign Languages) from The University of the West Indies. She is the current interim Country Director of the local chapter of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE), and served on the Board of the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT).

Ms. Joycelyn Francois

VP Finance and Administration

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Ms. Joycelyn Francois holds an Executive MBA with a focus on Finance and Entrepreneurship from the UWI /Institute of Business (now called the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business). She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a B.Sc. Industrial Management from The University of the West Indies.

 

A competent Management Generalist and Chartered Accountant, she has held key management functions in organisations, performing in Sales and Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Procurement, Tender Management, Purchasing, General and Academic Administration, Human Resources and Statutory Compliance. Ms. Francois has held the position of Registrar for ROYTEC and Finance Officer for UPIU, where she was responsible for handling the financial disbursements aspect of the UWI IDB/CDB expansion project.

 

Ms. Francois is currently a board member for the National Training Agency and Founder of The Towers Boy’s Club, an initiative for the personal development of boys which she undertook while employed at the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Anna-May Edwards-Henry

VP Academic Affairs

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Dr. Anna-May Edwards-Henry was appointed Vice President, Academic Affairs at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of the Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) in January 2018.

 

Dr. Edwards-Henry earned her doctorate in Educational Evaluation at the School of Education, The University of the West Indies (UWI) (2003) with a thesis entitled: An Evaluation of the Development and Assessment of Clinical Competence in a Radiological Sciences Programme in Trinidad & Tobago.

 

She has practical experience in curriculum design and in the use of alternative teaching, learning and assessment methods. As a panellist for the development of the Biology syllabus instituted by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and as the Chief Examiner in Biology for over 10 years, she also has vast experience in the practical application of curriculum design and assessment practice.

 

Dr. Edwards-Henry has wide-ranging experience as an Education Administrator at both secondary and tertiary levels and was the Director of the College of Health Sciences, NIHERST, for five years. She has been the senior education administrator at the Instructional Development Unit of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and conceptualized and developed the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), UWI, St. Augustine where she served as Director from 2009 to 2015.

Dr. Alvinelle Matthew

VP Human Resources

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Dr. Alvinelle Matthew was appointed Vice President, Human Resources Division at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of the Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) in January 2018.

 

She possess a wealth of experience in developing and administering strategic human resource functions within the tertiary level sector and in various private organisations. She is passionate about human resource development and on a part-time basis engages in teaching human resource principles as an adjunct faculty. She also serves as a practicum supervisor at the University of the West Indies.

 

She is the holder of a Doctorate in Philosophy in Social Policy with an emphasis on Human Resource Development from the University of the West Indies. Her program was partially completed at the University of Alberta, Canada through a scholarship award from the Canada-CARICOM scholarship. She also holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (distinction) from the Arthur Lok Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Human Resource Management and Psychology Counselling from the Caribbean Nazarene College.

Ms. Lisa Solomon

Corporate Secretary

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Lisa Solomon is an Attorney-at-Law with close to 20 years experience, having worked as a member of various firms, in public institutions and in her own private practice. She is knowledgeable in company law and corporate governance and has worked closely with various boards of directors in the capacity of Assistant Corporate Secretary and Corporate Secretary.

 

Ms. Solomon obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies and the Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School.

Ms. Anjenney Dwarika

Dean, School of Nursing, Health and Environmental Sciences

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Anjenney Dwarika joined the COSTAATT team in 2001 as Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technology Programme and was promoted to Chair, Health Science Technologies department in 2005 and later Dean, School of Nursing Health and Environmental Sciences in September 2009.

 

Prior to Anjenney’s career at COSTAATT, she worked as regional manager for laboratory services at the North Central Regional Health Authority. In addition to serving on several external committees, such as the Regional Curriculum Advisory Committee for Health Sciences (Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), Mrs. Dwarika is currently a member of the MSTTE Steering Committee for the establishment of the National School of Nursing and Allied Health at El Dorado.  She served as a member of the team that was successful in applying for European Development Fund (EDF) grant funding for the establishment of the College’s Health Sciences Research Institute (HeSRI).

 

Mrs. Dwarika holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Health and a M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ulster. In addition to her academic qualifications she is a certified Prior Learning Assessment Administrator (Council of Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL), a certified Competency Based Curriculum developer (Worldwide Instructional Design Systems (WIDS), as well as a certified member of the American Medical Technologists (AMT) Association.

Mr. Neil Sylvester

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Human Services

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Neil Sylvester was appointed Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Human  Services in September , 2009. He has been at COSTAATT since October, 2001 and has also held the posts of   Lecturer Transitional Studies, Senior Lecturer and Chair in the Department of Mathematics.

 

He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration (Finance Option) and Applied Mathematics (Fluid Dynamics), a Diploma in Educational Administration and a B.Sc. General.

 

Before COSTAATT, Mr. Sylvester was employed at St. Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain which he left in 2001 as head of the department of mathematics.

 

Mr. Sylvester has been spearheading an outreach programme to at risk youth resident at correctional facilities in this country. This is considered a major project of the School of Liberal Arts and Human Services and officially began in June 2010. It is his hope that this would assist in the transformation and rehabilitation of these young men and women who are to be reintegrated into the wider society. The project is ongoing and is heavily supported by full-time faculty at the College.

Ms. Lalita Ramlal-Chirkoot

Dean, School of Continuing Education & Lifelong Learnings

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Lalita Ramlal-Chirkoot currently serves as the Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, a position she has held for the past 2 ½ years.  Under her leadership, the School has moved from being a mere concept on the organizational chart, to become a well established provider of professional development programmes and a key revenue generating arm of the College.

 

Lalita joined the COSTAATT team in 2001 as the sole full-time senior lecturer in the Department of Natural and Life Sciences, and was charged with the responsibility of developing a support unit to serve the College’s many para-professional programmes that required courses in these areas.  Not surprisingly, Lalita became the first ever Chair of the Department of Natural and Life Sciences, during which time she lead the team responsible for the development and implementation of three associate degree programmes, and for supporting the entire College in its natural science requirements.  She also initiated work on two new bachelor degree programmes, which were implemented, subsequent to her appointment to the position of Dean.

 

Mrs. Ramlal-Chirkoot possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Physics (hons.) from the University of the West Indies.  She also possesses a Masters degree in Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration.   A research affiliate of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Mrs. Ramlal-Chirkoot actively participates in their many publications on adult education and is also a certified Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) assessor.  She has served on many national committees in higher education and is driven by the philosophy that learning takes place both within and external to the classroom, which supports her passion for research in the areas of adult education and student development.

Ms. Clarinda Jack

Dean, Ken Gordon School of Journalism & Communication Studies

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From as far back as she can remember, Clarinda Jack has been driven by a passion for pedagogy.

 

She joined COSTAATT in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer, bringing more than 15 years of teaching experience. She previously taught students of diverse backgrounds and educational levels, including in private high schools and urban senior comprehensives. She spent three of those years as a secondary school teacher in Grand Cayman.

 

In addition to a Diploma in Education, Ms. Jack holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English from the University of the West Indies.

 

As Chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Studies Department, Ms. Jack co-wrote the proposal for the School of Journalism and Communication Studies. Journalism was her first love and she is now the acting Dean of the College’s newly opened flagship Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies.

 

Those who interface with her within the classroom or without find a warm, welcoming personality and a receptive ear.

Dr. Joan  Bobb-Ward

Campus Dean – Tobago

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Dr. Joan Bobb-Ward has been an educator for the past forty-four years. She has served at all levels of the education system in Trinidad and Tobago and has been a special educator for the past twenty-eight years. She holds a PhD in Education; a M.Ed. with distinction in Youth Guidance; a B.Ed. with First Class Honours in Educational Administration; and a Certificate in Education, Teaching of the Hearing Impaired from the University of the West Indies.

 

Dr. Bobb-Ward is a former Head of the University of the West Indies Open Campus Trinidad and Tobago and also served as Site Coordinator of the location.

 

Her wide experience as a tertiary level educator includes tutoring at the UWI Open Campus Tobago. She is also a research supervisor for postgraduate students and practicum supervisor for the B.Ed. Educational Administration and the B.Ed. Early Childhood Care and Education. She lectured at the postgraduate level in the M.Ed. Youth Guidance and the M.Ed. Inclusive Education programmes, and lectured and led the courses Special Education Advanced Studies and Early Childhood Intervention in the B.Ed. Early Childhood Care and Education programme at the University of the West Indies.

 

Her national contributions include serving on the Cabinet Appointed Advisory Committee on Special Education; the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association Special Education Committee; and the Cabinet Appointed Committee for Standardizing of Trinidad and Tobago Sign Language. She was an External Evaluator for the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago; a team member/co-author of the Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago Sign Language; Chairman of the Curriculum Committee of the South Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists; and a member of the Advisory Committee on Special Needs Ministry at the South Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. Internationally, Dr. Bobb-Ward reviewed the Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities for the Hesperian Foundation, California in 2007.

 

Dr. Bobb-Ward is an avid researcher and has presented conference papers locally and internationally.

Mrs. Anita Ramkalawan

Campus Director – Sangre Grande

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Mrs. Anita Ramkalawan has been serving as Director of the Sangre Grande Campus since January 2012, having joined COSTAATT in January 2009 in the capacity of Director, Quality Assurance and Accreditation.  Having held leadership and management positions in public and private institutions, she possesses years of experience in the areas of higher education administration, strategic planning, business development, relationship building, resource management, quality assurance, accreditation, institutional research, examinations, project and events management, and marketing.

 

Mrs. Ramkalawan possesses an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University (UK), an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from the Association of Business Executives (UK) and a Professional Certificate in Resource Mobilization from the University of the West Indies.  She is currently a member of the College’s Executive Leadership Team who has served on the institution’s Accreditation Steering Committee in fruitful pursuit of accredited status in 2010 and re-accredited status in 2017.  She was also a member of the College’s Quality Council, and the institutional team who won the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago’s (ACTT’s) inaugural award for Quality in Tertiary Education in 2011.  Mrs. Ramkalawan has served on national committees within the higher education landscape and is currently a member of the Local Economic Development Planning and Advisory Committee (LEDPAC) of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation.

Mr. Don Gonzales

Chief Internal Auditor 

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Mr. Gonzales is an experienced chief audit executive with over twenty-five (25) years in governance and assurance functions in the private and public sectors. He recently held the position of Head of Internal Audit at the Atlantic LNG Company  of Trinidad and Tobago. He also served on the board of directors and chair of audit committees in many organisations.

In addition to possessing and MSc in Accounting and a BSc in Industrial Management, Mr. Gonzales is a Certified Risk Management Auditor (CRMA), a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (ISO 14000 EMS), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) as well as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).