Jon Brunson J.P. – Chairman

Jerry Rivers – Director

Glenda Edwards – Director

Dr. S. Glenn Faries – Director

The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Dill – Director

Nigel Clark – Director

Cindy Clarke – Director

Cindy L. Weeks –  Director

Gideon M. Kigotho – Director

Karen Olson – Treasurer

Michelle Furqan Knights –  Corporate Secretary 

Debi Ray-Rivers – Founder & Executive Director (Ex-Officio) 


 

 

 

 

 

Jon Brunson, Chairman of the Board of SCARS

Jon currently serves as a Board Director of Bermuda Immigration Appeals Tribunal, Director of Colonial International Group,  whose mandate is to provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged young Bermudians that demonstrate academic excellence and the potential to make a contribution to Bermuda in the future, Director of Colonial Pentagon Global Diversified Bond Fund and Director of Take Five Ltd.

Jon worked for 13 years with Orbis Investment Management Limited a leader in the Global Funds industry.  In 2002 Jon was appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the Governor of Bermuda and in 2003 was successfully elected to the House of Assembly as a Member of Parliament and Deputy Leader of the Opposition serving two terms before resigning in 2008.

Jon has also served on many public bodies most of which have a focus on education. This includes his Directorship on the Joint Select Committee for the Advancement of Educational Reform, Directorship on the Board of Governors of Cedarbridge Academy, Directorship of the Masterworks Foundation, Directorship on the Donor Forum and his Directorship of the Duke of Edinburgh Foundation, The Bermuda Education Council, The Learning Disabilities Association of Bermuda, Bermuda Overseas Missions and Orbis Founders Philanthropies – Scholar Program.  Jon is also a former Director of Bermuda Commercial and Bermuda Housing Corporation.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Computer Science, Master of Arts in Management and Human Resources Development.

Jon is a trained facilitator with the Darkness to Light Organization whose mission is to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse.

In December 2016, Jon was recognized for his exceptional service and work in the community and awarded The Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour.

 


 

Jerry Rivers

 

 

 

 

Jerry Rivers, SCARS Director

Jerry is Senior Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer of Oil Casualty Insurance, Ltd.   He is responsible for the management of OCIL; leading the strategic planning process, setting policies and procedures, interacting with rating agencies, acquiring reinsurance, overseeing the underwriting department, etc.

Jerry’s insurance career, which began in 1982, is quite diverse including claims adjusting, underwriting, employee recruitment, and consulting in alternative risk transfer arrangements such as captives and rent-a-captives.

Jerry holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Scranton; Scranton, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.).

 


 

IMG_8181 

 

 

Glenda Edwards, SCARS Director

Since taking an early retirement in 2013, Glenda worked in the area of child protection for over 25 years.

Glenda attended Warwick Academy and the Academic Sixth Form Centre and went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Law/Sociology, before realising that her real passion was social work, not law. She obtained a Post Graduate Certification in Social Work, from the University of Southampton (UK), and spent the next three years gaining experience in the Probation and Social Services field, before returning to Bermuda in 1980.

In 1981, Glenda joined the Department of Health and Social Services as a financial assistance worker and a year later she was hired as a social worker with Family Services. In 1991, Glenda became Supervisor of Family Services. As Supervisor, Glenda was responsible for carrying out the mandates and protocols of the agency, with respect to child abuse, foster care, adoption and custody evaluations.

Glenda was one of the founding members of the Child Protection Team at the Hospital (CPT-KEMH) and The High Risk Interagency Committee (T.H.R.I.C.). These teams were responsible to review high-risk children and their families and to develop comprehensive multi-disciplinary service plans.

Glenda has many years experience working with children and their families, and has extensive knowledge about government agencies and private sector organisations who provide services to sexually abused children. As the mother of three children, Glenda has always been a strong advocate for children and is passionate about ensuring that every child in Bermuda grows up happy and healthy.

Glenda is a trained facilitator with the Darkness to Light Organization whose mission is to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse.

In December 2017, Glenda was recognized for her exceptional service and work in the community and awarded The Queen’s Certificate and of Honour.


 

rglogo1.gif&LogoXPos=0&LogoYPos=290&maxw=630&maxh=350

 

 

 

Dr. S. Glenn Faries, SCARS Director

Dr. Glenn Faries is a Bermudian who has spent the majority of his educational and career life in Canada and the US, in addition to some time working in Africa and Australia. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta School of Medicine, obtaining a BMedSc degree in 1981 and his MD degree in 1983. Post-Doctoral training was undertaken at McGill University, University of Toronto and Sick Kids Hospital, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as well as at the University of New South Wales and Camperdown Children’s Hospital (now Westmead Children’s Hospital.)

He is an academic physician who, until just prior to returning to Bermuda, was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado Children’s Hospital. His clinical focus was Pediatric Emergency Medicine; his fields of interest included medical education at all levels across the spectrum from Pre-med through to Continuing Medical Education for practicing physicians, as well as injury prevention, especially for underserved populations.

After returning to Bermuda, Dr. Faries has dedicated his energy, skills and enthusiasm to work in the third sector in Bermuda, focusing specifically on issues pertaining to our island’s children and young adults.  He has a passion for seeing that every individual has the tools needed to pursue his or her dreams, and live a successful, happy and productive life, in a caring and nurturing environment, from childhood through to adulthood.

 

 


 

dill4The Rt. Revd. Nicholas B.B. Dill, SCARS Director

Bishop Nick was born on Dock Hill, Devonshire in hurricane Arlene in the dark ages of

1963. Husband to Fiona, Father to 6 amazing children.

A perpetual drain on his parent’s patience and money, he did two degrees – Politics and History at University of Toronto and Law at the University of London. He practiced as a barrister in London and Bermuda, working at the firm founded by his grandfather, Conyers, Dill & Pearman.  During this time he felt the call of God to offer himself for ministry in the church of God and found himself selected by the Anglican Church of Bermuda for training at Wycliffe Hall Theological College at the University of Oxford in England.

Thereafter he completed a four year internship in a large and thriving Evangelical Anglican Church in England, becoming the associate minister there for a further three years. He was later appointed Priest in Charge of the Parish of Pembroke here in Bermuda, serving the congregations of St. John’s, St. Monica’s and St. Augustine’s. Having spent a number of years in Pembroke he was involved in setting up community based ecumenical programs to help address community needs in response to the gang violence that erupted in Pembroke East, helping to form the grass roots organization One Community Unified apart from the usual tasks of baptizing, marrying and burying people.

Bishop Dill helped to re-establish links between the church and the local schools and was instrumental in setting up community outreach and feeding programs across the parish and new initiatives for outreach to the youth and children.

In February 2013 he was elected as the next Bishop of Bermuda. In May of the same year, he was consecrated in the Cathedral in Hamilton.

Bishop Dill is looking to see where God is leading the Church  – but knows it includes a greater emphasis on evangelism, youth, communication, work within the community and with Christian brothers and sisters of every denomination, fueled by the scriptures and prayer.


 

DSCF3652
Nigel Clark, SCARS Director

Nigel is from the UK and has been married to his wife, Sue, since 1985.  In 1989 they moved to Bermuda to take up a new position in the reinsurance business.  Nigel & Sue have two children in their mid-twenties, Anna & James, both of who live & work in the UK.

Nigel is Executive Vice President at Willis Re Bermuda, having joined them in early 2015, where he is responsible for producing and managing reinsurance clients in various Liability classes of business. He started in the reinsurance business in London in 1977 at the age of 19, on the underwriting side of the industry. In 1993 he moved to the broking side of the business where he remains today. Nigel has worked at senior levels for a number of companies in Bermuda including the positions of CEO at both Carvill & RFIB where, in both cases, he established brand new operational broking offices for London parent companies.

 


Cindy Clarke -SCARS Director

Cindy sits on the National Child Safeguarding Committee, and is also a member of the Bermuda Bar Council.

Cindy has an extensive background in the prosecution of offences against children, having worked in the Department of Public Prosecutions since she was called to the Bar in Bermuda in August 2000; she had been previously called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 1999.  She has played a major role in reforming the common law in relation to the prosecution of these cases, and also advises and suggests amendments to legislation.  She is also internationally recognised for her work with The INTERPOL Specialist Group on Crimes against Children.

Cindy has a BA from Trent University, and an LLB from the University of Kent. She has five Bermuda Police Commissioner’s Commendations and two Bermuda Police Service Merit Awards for her work as a prosecutor.


 

Cindy L. Weeks -SCARS Director

Cindy L. Weeks is an Educator of some thirty-three years. She presently serves in the capacity of Acting Principal at the Harrington Sound Primary School. However, she has worked in the public and private school arena both locally and abroad. Mrs. Weeks began her career in Baltimore Maryland as a Research Scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She then taught in the Baltimore County Public Schools before returning home to Bermuda. On island, she taught for a number of years at The Bermuda High School for Girls, The Saltus Senior School, The Berkeley Institute and The Whitney Institute Middle School, before being hired as an Administrator at the Harrington Sound Primary School.

Cindy is passionate about all that she does, but particularly, the unwavering education of our youth and adults alike. She is equally, as passionate about Science, as this was the focus of both her undergraduate and graduate school studies. She presently holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree, in conjunction with an advanced Science Certification from Cambridge University and the University of Bath, both in the United Kingdom. Cindy has also obtained credits towards her PH.D in Educational Administration/concentration – Community College Administration.
Cindy, a native of Devonshire, Bermuda, having received her formative education at the Elliott School and later went on to attend The Berkeley Institute. Over the years, she has served on a number of Boards inclusive of the Berkeley Educational Society’s – Management Committee, The Devonshire Parish Council and the Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc – Bermuda Alumni Chapter, to name a few. She is also a member of the illustrious Phi Beta Kappa Honours Society and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).

Cindy is married to Mr. Michael A. Weeks and together, they have raised four beautiful young adults. They are now the proud grandparents of two granddaughters. Cindy lives by the axiom, that ‘leadership is not about a title or designation, but about the impact, influence and inspiration that one imparts’ – Anonymous.


 

Gideon M. Kigotho  – SCARS Director

Gideon  is the Chief Financial Officer at the Ministry of Public Works, Government of Bermuda, charged with the responsibility of managing and maintaining Bermuda’s critical assets and infrastructure including public lands, buildings, highways, roads, water supplies, parks as well as and providing essential services such as waste collection, sewage, land title and registration, land valuation and has oversight responsibilities over two government golf courses as well as the Bermuda Housing Corporation, the Bermuda Land Development Company Limited and the West End Development Corporation which are set up as QUANGO’s.

Previously,  Gideon served as Financial Controller with Bermuda Football Association, Head of Finance with Universal Weather & Aviation Bermuda and as an Audit Senior with Deloitte Caribbean & Bermuda and KPMG East Africa.

Gideon concurrently studied architecture at the University of Nairobi and accounting at Strathmore University.  Gideon holds an MBA from University of Warwick’s Warwick Business School and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and the Project Management Institute

 


 

Michelle Furqan Knights  – Corporate Secretary

Michelle Furqan Knights is a legal professional with over 28 years’ experience in the legal and international business sectors. She graduated from the University of Kent Law with a Certificate in Law. She also has holds a Corporate Procedures Certification with Institute Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Michelle is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Paralegals in the United Kingdom and is a Qualified Member of the New York City Paralegal Association Inc. Michelle is presently a student of Ashay University, where she is studying African and Pan-African history and culture.

In the past Michelle has served on the Board of Prison Fellowship (Bermuda) and has volunteered her time on the Angel Tree Project and the Women’s Resource Center. After the death of first husband, Michelle founded a women’s support group called Widows Wears Stilettos, Bermuda Chapter. This organization encourages widows of all ages by reinforcing that they are not alone in the widowhood chapter of their lives.

Michelle is the mother of three children, William, Benjamin and McKenzie and is married to Jerome Knights.


Karen Cooper Olson  – Treasurer

Karen has been a part of Rosemont Guest SuiteS since its inception in 1966. She took over as manager when her mother retired in 1983.

She attended Bermuda High School and Bryant College in Rhode Island where she obtained an Associates degree in Secretarial Studies and a
Bachelors degree in Office Management. Since graduating, she has managed the day-to-day running of ROSEMONT GUEST SUITES, together with management of the accounts.

In 2006, the Cooper family sold ROSEMONT. Since then Karen has continued as the financial Controller.

She also works for ABS Limited as Office Administrator handling the back office administration in a busy Doctor’s office. She also manages accounts for several small companies.

In 2009, she was the Administrator for the Bermuda 400th anniversary events.

Karen is a past executive member of the Bermuda Junior Service League ( BJSL ). She also manages the SKAL Club of Bermuda – an international travel hospitality group who meet monthly. She is also an active volunteer member of several Bermuda charity groups.


 

Debi Ray Rivers – Founder & Executive Director (Ex-Officio)

Debi was born and educated in Bermuda; graduating from Roger B. Chaffee High School. She entered the business world working for Delta Airlines in Bermuda as a customer service agent for 13 years. Prior to SCARS, she spent 14 years as a Human Resource Manager.

With the support of her loving husband, Jerry and her two precious daughters Brittany and Christy, SCARS was created out of a devastating family experience in 2004 which brought to light the need for greater awareness, education and healing with respect to the issue of child sexual abuse. Debi began her crusade to prevent child sexual abuse in 2011.

Debi has a passion for God, family and the protection of children. She is an example of how you can turn pain into purpose. A survivor of sexual abuse herself, she was determined to “Break the Silence and the Shame” associated with this crime against children.

Debi has a certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is a trained facilitator with the Darkness to Light Organization whose mission is to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse.

Debi is a recipient of the 2013 Cablevision Community Service Award.

In December 2016, Debi was recognized for her exceptional service and work in the community and awarded The Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour.