New senior ministry officers announced

Senior staff added to ministries of financial services, education and health

The government on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new deputy chief officers and the transfer of three additional staff to the Ministry of Financial Services. 

Tamara Ebanks was appointed to the Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment while Tasha Ebanks Garcia will work with the Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs. Nancy Barnard will begin her post at the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture in the coming weeks. 

Acting Deputy Governor Mary Rodrigues said the new appointees are expected to contribute greatly to education, health and financial services.  

“These appointees come from backgrounds which we believe will greatly benefit their new ministries in particular and the civil service in general,” Ms Rodrigues said. 

The new deputy chief officers will assist ministry chief officers with management duties, and be responsible for liaising directly with local, regional and international stakeholders. 


Financial services ministry 

In addition to Ms Ebanks, new staff at the Ministry of Financial Services include Wendy Manzanares as chief financial officer, Troy Jacobs as senior policy adviser and Carla Martin as human resources assistant. 

Ms Manzanares will be responsible for managing the ministry’s budget and accounts, as well as providing oversight and support to entities under the ministry. 

Mr. Jacobs’s role involves providing guidance on policy and legislative matters related to the environment and commerce. He will also act as the ministry’s primary liaison to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. 

The ministry’s chief officer, Dax Basdeo, explained that the transfers were made possible after the post-election reassignment of subjects. 


Ms Ebanks 

After serving most recently as the chief human resources manager for the Ministry of Home Affairs and Community Affairs, Ms Ebanks brings more than a decade of experience as a civil servant to her new position with the Ministry of Financial Services. 

“A lot of work has been done to determine the strategic direction of the Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment and I look forward to being part of that process and to offer my expertise from operational and human resources standpoints,” Ms Ebanks said. 

Ms Ebanks has a master‘s of science degree in human resource management with distinction from the University of Portsmouth and a master’s in social work from the University of South Florida. 


Ms Ebanks Garcia 

A former president and chief administrative officer for the International College of the Cayman Islands, Ms Ebanks Garcia’s main areas of responsibility with the Ministry of Education will include workforce development, tertiary education, libraries and scholarships.  

Ms Ebanks Garcia earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  

“Through my skills, expertise and passions, I am able to serve as a facilitator of change and an advocate for those in need,” Ms Ebanks Garcia said. 

She is a founding member of the Young Caymanian Speakers Bureau and the Youth Anti-Crime Trust. She has worked with Cayman Big Brother, Big Sister, is a presenter of parenting workshops, was a keynote speaker at a national conference in the U.S. on solution-focused parenting, and was a presenter at the Future of Cayman Forum and Leadership Cayman. 


Ms Barnard 

Over the years, Ms Barnard has served as both business development and marketing manager for Mourant Ozannes, Cayman Islands, and director of the Cayman Islands National Gallery. 

“I am looking forward to working with the ministry to help it to meet its remits for our country, in particular within the ministry’s areas of responsibility about which I am most passionate: culture, youth and health along with environmental health,” Ms Barnard said. 

Ms Barnard is a lecturer and presenter at Leadership Cayman, University College of the Cayman Islands, Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs and the International InSEA Congress in Viseu, Portugal. 

She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University, Canada and a master’s of art from University of Leicester, England. 


Nancy Barnard has been appointed deputy chief officer with the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture.


Tasha Ebanks Garcia will join the Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs as deputy chief officer.


Tamara Ebanks is now deputy chief officer with the Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment.