Our Team

BCRC-Caribbean Staff

The BCRC-Caribbean team is made up of a dynamic group of environmental, science and research practitioners, project management specialists and core administrative staff. The team members combine their global, regional and national experiences to ensure the successful execution of projects throughout the region and the provision of feasible recommendations for environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste in the member countries.

Our team members include the following:

Jewel Batchasingh

Director

Ms. Batchasingh joined the BCRC-Caribbean in March 2016 as the organization’s policy, research and planning specialist. Ms. Batchasingh is a career environmental management practitioner and has over fifteen years of diverse experience in environmental assessment, policy and planning in both the private and public sectors within the Caribbean region. Ms. Batchasingh’s past experiences range from global climate change negotiations to marine resource conservation.

Karen P. Persad

Executive Administrative Assistant

Ms. Persad has been appointed to the BCRC-Caribbean since June 2011. Ms. Persad had 20 years of experience in the medical arena as both a medical administrator and an office manager at a laboratory and medical clinic in Trinidad and Tobago and Ontario, Canada respectively. She has training in the areas of medical administration and computer programming as well as experience in the development of quality management systems for ISO 9002 accreditation for laboratories.

Kerwyn Fletcher

Logistics Coordinator

Mr. Fletcher began working at the BCRC-Caribbean as the Logistics Coordinator in December 2014. Mr. Fletcher is dedicated to fulfilling his roles and responsibilities within the organization in order to ensure efficient operations.

Janine Boodram

Research Analyst

Ms. Boodram joined the Project Management Unit of the BCRC-Caribbean in July 2020. She graduated from Kings College, London, U.K. with an Integrated BSc. and Master of Science in Chemistry with Biomedicine. Ms. Boodram has published research on breast cancer and has attained over three years of experience in the field of environmental management and regulation.

Rachel Ramsey

Project Coordinator

Mrs. Ramsey joined the BCRC-Caribbean in April 2016 as a part of the Project Management Unit. Mrs. Ramsey is an environmental and sustainable development professional with over eight years’ experience in environmental management and project management throughout the Caribbean region.  Mrs. Ramsey’s project experience includes environmental impact assessments for onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration, infrastructure development and coastal protection works. Mrs. Ramsey is driven by the desire to contribute to sustainable living and biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean.

Maurissa Charles

Project Execution Officer II

Ms. Charles joined the Project Management Unit of the BCRC-Caribbean in April 2016. She has over 5 years’ experience in research and laboratory settings and is a published researcher. Ms. Charles has an MSc.E in Civil, Sustainable and Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University, as well as a MSc. in Biotechnology from Claflin University, USA.

Laura Teixeira

Project Execution Officer II

Ms. Teixeira joined the BCRC-Caribbean in September 2017 under the Associate Professional Programme of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Teixeira graduated from the Loyola University New Orleans, USA with a BSc. Environmental Sciences in 2016. She is passionate about environmental and biodiversity conservation as well as raising awareness and promoting sustainability in the Caribbean.

Adeose Celestin

Project Execution Officer I

Mr. Celestin joined the BCRC-Caribbean in October 2021. Mr. Celestin has completed an MSc in Environmental Economics at the University of Glasgow and a BSc in Environmental Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. While in the UK, he gained experience as an environmental sustainability officer and served as convener of the United Nations Association of Glasgow. His areas of specialism include project management, environmental policy, and waste management.

Amara Prevatt

Project Execution Officer I

Ms. Prevatt joined the BCRC-Caribbean in October 2020. After completing an undergraduate degree at Duke University in the US, Ms. Prevatt’s interest in protecting the environment continued to grow. In September 2019, she completed an MSc in Environmental Technology with a focus on Pollution Management at Imperial College London, UK. Ms. Prevatt is passionate about waste management, the circular economy and seeing recycling becoming more widespread in the Caribbean.

Sarah de Freitas

Research Officer

Ms. de Freitas joined the BCRC-Caribbean in November 2021. She graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a BA in Environmental Studies and Environmental Planning and Management in 2012. In addition to her formal education and training, she has eight years’ experience in recycling and waste management. She has a passion for promoting environmental awareness and building a recycling culture in T&T.

Arielle Mootra

Research Officer

Ms. Mootra joined the BCRC-Caribbean in October of 2020 under the Associate Professional Programme of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She studied at the University of the West Indies and attained a BSc in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology, graduating with honours. She is passionate about sustainable development and the environment and intends to further her studies in the area of Environmental Policy and Management.

Hadassah Bournes

Research Officer

Ms. Bournes has rejoined the BCRC-Caribbean in February 2022 after completing the Associated Professional Programme of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in August 2020. She has attained a BSc in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology (special) from the University of the West Indies and is very passionate about the promotion of sustainable environmental practices and waste management.

Dana Lewis

Research Officer

Ms. Lewis joined the BCRC-Caribbean in February 2022. After graduating from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in 2019 with a BSc. in Geography and Environmental Natural Resource Management, she began pursuing an MPhil in Geography the following year. Ms. Lewis has GIS and Remote Sensing competencies as well as experience conducting research, with her undergraduate thesis being accepted the Comprehensive Disaster Management conference in 2019. She hopes to contribute to understanding and improvement of human environment interaction across the Caribbean region, as it relates to waste and chemicals management. 

Danielle Akeung

Junior Research Officer

Ms. Akeung joined the BCRC-Caribbean in February 2022. She studied at Florida Gulf Coast University and attained a BA in Environmental Studies in 2018, graduating with honours. She is passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation, as well as spreading awareness about sustainability through education.  

Shalina Rooplal

Associate Professional

Ms. Rooplal joined the BCRC-Caribbean in September of 2021, under the Associate Professional Programme of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. She studied at the University of the West Indies and attained a BSc. Chemistry and Management (Special), graduating with honours. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration with specialization in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and is passionate about promoting sustainability within the Caribbean.