Staff and Board

Our volunteer Board of Directors consists of community-oriented leaders who represent a variety of interests in the Virgin Islands from both the public and private sectors. Traditional officer positions are assigned based on bylaws. The Board meets monthly, requires a seven-member quorum and holds an annual membership meeting to fill any vacant positions and to update members on the state of the organization and the state of the Park.

 

Executive Committee
Andy Rutnik, Chairman
Sam Hall, Vice Chairman
Toya Frazer-Ellis, Secretary
Elsa Angel, Treasurer
Directors
Brenda Dalmida                  Andrew Luscz  
Adrian Davis                      Curtis Penn
Earl Thomas                      Miles Stair
John Fuller                        Andy Stillman
Cid Hamiling

Friends Staff


Joe Kessler, President Friends of VI National ParkJoe Kessler, President
Joe joined the Friends in 2001 with more than 20 years of non-profit management experience, principally as an international relief and development assistance professional.
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Karen VahlingKaren Vahling, Development Director

Karen Vahling joined us as Development Director in September, 2012. She is passionate about preserving the assets of the VI National Park for all to enjoy and learn from.  Karen can best help you with matters relating to sponsoring projects, programs and events, special contributions and planned giving. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Karen Jarvis, Program Manager
Karen Jarvis joined us as Program Manager in February 2013. A 20 year resident of St. John, Karen is committed to the enhancement of all Friends' programs, from scholarships and interns to seminars, Eco-Camps, EarthDay Environmental Fair, Beach to Beach Power Swim and beyond. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arlington Tyrell, Administrative Assistant

Arlington Tyrell, Administrative Assistant
Ali is the Friends’ administrative assistant who joined us in May, 2005. Arlington Tyrell (better known as “Ali”) is native to St. John. He is happy to have the opportunity to work for the Friends in that it fulfills his interest in environmental and cultural preservation. “We are truly blessed to be surrounded by so much beauty on St. John,” he says. Ali will help you with matters related to membership.
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Nikki Ahladis, Store Manager

Nikki Ahladis, Store Manager 
Nikki joined us as the store manager in August of 2012. Nikki can help you in matters related to the Friends of the Park Store, license plates, Senior Passes for Trunk Bay and the Reef Bay Hike.
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