Brenda Gadd, former director for the Perry Institute research centre for Marine Science, Bahamas, has accepted the position of Managing Director for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
Originally from South Florida, Ms Gadd spent 10 years of her life in Central America with her parents where they served as missionaries for New Tribes Mission. She received her BS degree in accounting from Tennessee Temple University and her masters in International Business from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Ms Gadd opened her own financial services firm in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1997. She served on the board of several civic and charitable organizations, some include; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Lung Association, Governors Club of the Palm Beaches and Angels of Charity. She likewise belonged to many prestigious organisations such as the Palm Beach County Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, and West Palm Beach Rotary Club.
She is a great lover of the ocean and an avid swimmer and free-diver. She moved to Lee Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas, in May, 2005, where she managed the PIMS’ Caribbean Marine Research Center.
In her words, she ‘wanted to contribute to the good of the environment by offering her talents, skills, and knowledge in the business arena.’
The experience she has gained from living and working at a remote field station in the Bahamas for the last four years, coupled with her business education and financial background, will be critically important for the key role she will play as Managing Director for Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
When asked why she accepted the position, Brenda remarked, ‘Because of the passion; the enormous potential; and the obvious commitment of the Caymanian people and the entire CCMI team to our mission. CCMI holds all the pieces to an environmental puzzle that, once all pieces are properly aligned, will become a completed masterpiece. I want to lead CCMI as a unified team to that level where, synergistically, the sum of the parts i.e. every staff member, supporter, and volunteer, and what he or she brings to the organization is greater than the entire organization as a whole,’ she continued,
‘Together, we have what it takes to bring this organization to world-class status. Together, we have the ability to arrest and reverse the decline of our important marine environmental resources, not only in the Cayman Islands, but also throughout the wider Caribbean.’
Brenda currently resides on Little Cayman at CCMI’s Little Cayman Research Center.