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Catholic College of Mandeville - Profile of Board Members

Bishop Neil Tiedemann

CCM Chancellor

Bishop Neil Tiedemann was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was raised on Long Island. He was ordained in 1975 at our Immaculate Conception Monastery in Jamaica, NY. Since his ordination, Bishop-Elect Neil has primarily served in Hispanic Ministry at parishes in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. In 1987, he was one of a group of Passionists who began our ministries in Honduras, Central America. In 2006, while he was living at our hospice Casa Pasionista, and serving the Church in Honduras, he was elected Provincial Consultor. On May 20, 2008 he was appointed Bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica.

Monsignor Michael Palud

Chairman of the Board & Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mandeville

Michael Joseph Yves Palud was born in Manitoba, Canada and is the recipient of a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Manitoba, and a Doctorate in Canon Law from St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1987 and celebrated his first Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. In 1993 he left Rome and joined the Vicariate of Mandeville in Jamaica, where he worked as Judicial Vicar and Moderator for the Mission Team of South St. Elizabeth. He opened and became the first principal of St.Vincent Strambi High School and is also the Vicar General for the Diocese of Mandeville. In December 2002, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, appointed Msgr. Palud as a Prelate of His Holiness.

Miss Marcia Tai Chun

Attorney at Law

Miss Tai Chun is an Attorney at Law by profession and has earned a Masters of Business Administration with an HR emphasis from the Mona School of Business. She was employed with WINDALCO for 16 years and has held several positions in the company ranging from Legal and Property Manager, Human Resources and Community Relations Manager - Ewarton Works, and Compensation and Benefits Manager. She is an active member of her community and her many contributions include serving as a member of the Board of the Catholic College of Mandeville, Mt. St. Joseph Preparatory School, and is a member of the Finance Council of the Diocese of Mandeville and the Mandeville Art Fair Committee. For her service to the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica she was conferred in 2004 with the title of DAME OF THE ORDER OF ST.SYLVESTER, POPE by his Holiness Pope John Paul II.

Mrs. Beverly Minott

Retired Educator

Mrs. Minott is the immediate Past Principal of Church Teachers' College in Mandeville, Jamaica. She holds a Master of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Diploma in Education and Certificate in Francais Usuel. She has been awarded the Aubrey Phillips Memorial Prize for outstanding work in the Master of Arts Degree in Education and the JTA Golden Torch Award for 36 years of service to teaching. As an active member of her community, Mrs. Minott serves on the Board of the Bishop Gibson High School, the Catholic College of Mandeville, the Mandeville Three D Projects and Mico Care – Ridgemount, Mandeville. In addition, Mrs. Minott currently acts as academic advisor to students of Church Teachers' College/Temple University collaboration Programme and assists in various ways in Educational institutions in Mandeville.

Deacon Ronald Hamilton

Business Manager of the Diocese of Mandeville

Deacon Hamilton's long experience in the field of Education began as a Science Teacher, Founder and Officer Commanding the Cadet Unit at St. Mary's College. Other positions included Acting Vice-Principal at St. Andrews Technical High School, Vice-Principal and Principal at Holmwood Technical High School. He is former the Director of Education of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville. Deacon Hamilton's professional activities includes but is not limited to his role as Ex Officio Member of the board of Governors of 14 Diocesan Schools, Director of the Catholic School of Technology and chairman of the Board of Managers of the Hope Human Development Center.

Sr. Una O'Connor

President of CCM

Irish born Sr. Una is a vowed member of the Passionist Sisters – a Catholic Religious Community. She has served in the field of education as teacher and administrator for over forty years. She is the holder of a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the National University of Ireland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of London, a Masters Degree in Chemistry and Education from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island, U.S.A. Additionally, she has authored many articles in the field of Organic Chemistry & Education. From 1994 – 2000, while administering CCM, she also served as Principal for St. Paul of the Cross High School. Under Sr. Una's leadership CCM has earned accreditation status from the University Council of Jamaica for two of its programmes.

Mrs. Marthe Pink

Business Owner

Canadian born, Mrs. Pink has lived in Mandeville since 1960. From 1973 to the present, Mrs. Pink has served as Secretary and Treasurer for Automatic Control Engineering Ltd., based in Mandeville. She is an active member of her community, having served as the Treasurer for the Hyacinth Lightbourne Nursing Services and as a member of the Central Jamaica Outreach Foundation. She is currently a member of the Mandeville Art Fair Committee and the St. Paul of the Cross Building Fund.

Sr. Teresita DeSouza


Sr. Teresita Marie DeSouza OSF, is a sister of the order of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. She has had extensive experience in all levels of education in Jamaica. Sr. Teresita is currently Campus minister at St. Joseph's Teachers' College.

Sr. Maria Goretti Lowe


Sr. Maria Goretti is a member of the Sisters of Allegany, N. Y. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and of St. Bonaventure University. Sr. Lowe is currently the Director of the Spirituality Center in Kingston – a Retreat center that seeks to build a gentler society based on Franciscan ideals. She is also a member of the Congregation Environment Committee dedicated to promoting respect for all of creation.

Mr. Stephen Lyn Kee Chow


Jamaican born of Chinese descent, Stephen Lyn Kee Chow is an experienced and successful businessman. He is the C.E.O. of the Pickapeppa Company Limited in Manchester. The Director of the Board of Kingston Wharves Limited and St. Vincent Strambi High School. He is an active member of his community and has made many contributions. He currently serves as a Board member of the Catholic College of Mandeville. He is also a Justice of Peace for Manchester and a member of the Manchester Parish Council Board. He is a devout Roman Catholic; he was knighted by Pope John Paul II in 2000 and is a member of the St Vincent DePaul Society.

Mr. Vaughan Turland


British born, Vaughan Turland is an experienced and successful international businessman. In his early career he graduated as an officer in Her Majesty's Royal Marines. He has worked on major projects in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia also The Middle East and South America, leading high value marketing, sales and operations development programmes. He was Business Development Director for major Corporate Clients with Cellnet (now O2) one of the largest mobile telecommunications providers in UK and has held senior positions in British Telecommunications, Anglo-French company Matra Marconi Space and the Vosper Shipbuilding Group. He currently works as a business development specialist and advisor to Pickapeppa Co. Ltd, Mandeville, Jamaica and Reliable Adventures Jamaica an eco- tourism business at Bluefields.

Dr. Michele Stewart

Lecturer in Linguistics, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona

Dr. Stewart has a background in Education and Management, with Post Graduate qualifications including the Diploma in Education, Executive Masters in Business Administration and Ph.D Linguistics. Research interests include Syntax, Language Acquisition and Language Education in a Creole context. She serves also on the Archdiocesan Education Board (Kingston).

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