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Joseph deLeon, President -  Joseph is a Jamaican Jewish descendant living and working in New York as a Senior IT Manager for the regional utility company. He earned a B.S. degree in Economics from the City University of New York, and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College. Joe and his son, Joseph, have volunteered on the CVE (Caribbean Volunteer Expedition) cemetery documentation team in Jamaica since 2014, and continue to volunteer their time with a continued keen interest in this next phase to preserve these hallowed sites where many of their ancestors are laid to rest. 

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David London, Vice President - David London is an attorney in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his family. He is a veteran of three Caribbean Volunteer Expedition trips to Jamaica to catalog and document the island's numerous Jewish cemeteries. He supports various Jewish historic preservation causes as well. David did his undergraduate work at Duke University, received his law degree from the University of Chicago, and  has a masters degree in history from the University of Colorado.

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Rachel Frankel, Treasurer - Rachel Frankel is an architect. In 1996 she established her practice in New York. She began documenting the historic Jewish sites of Suriname in 1997 and co-authored Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname. From 2007-2017, at the request of Ainsley Cohen Henriques, she led volunteers from CVE (Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions) in documenting Jamaica's historic Jewish cemeteries. In 2016 she, Diane Lyon Wead, Joseph deLeon, Marina Delfos, and Ainsley Cohen Henriques formed the JJA (Jamaican Jewish Archive); a partner of the University of Florida's Digital Library of the Caribbean to provide free access to digitized cemetery documentation including maps, photos, epitaph transcriptions and translations, and tombstone descriptions, thereby bringing veritable archives of Jewish life in Jamaica, to the internet. Rachel did her undergraduate work at Duke University and has a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design Harvard University.

 

Diane Lyon Wead, Secretary -  Diane grew up in Jamaica, but now lives and works in Florida where she is a partner in a family business supplying printers and publishers throughout the Caribbean. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona. An avid amateur genealogist (focused on her Jamaican ancestry) she began volunteering with the CVE in 2015, an now is accompanied by her daughter, Alice. Diane is a founding member of the JJCPF with high hopes of supporting efforts to preserve the remaining Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries.

 

 

Marina Delfos, Director - Marina is a Heritage Tourism Consultant and operator of walking tours in Falmouth, Jamaica. She received her BA from the Florida State University and an MA in Heritage Management from the London Metropolitan University, receiving a distinction for her thesis “Representing Jewish Heritage in Jamaica: A Case Study of a Museum’s Development”.

Marina is passionate about preserving Jewish Heritage in Jamaica and maintains the 200-year old Falmouth Jewish Cemetery through tours of the site. She has been joining the CVE expeditions to Jamaica since 2011.

 

 

Kenneth Ainsley Cohen Henriques, Director Emeritus – Ainsley's lifelong involvement in Jewish experiences, from a young adult in 1958 as president of the Reading University Jewish Club, continues to the present. Just a few of Ainsley's notable achievements in Jewish causes are: Working with the HIAS airlift of Cuban Jews to Jamaica; President of Jamaica’s B’nai Brith Lodge; Vice President of BB’s District XX111; President, United Congregation of Israelites; represented Jamaica at the 350th anniversary of the Jews of Curacao; led development of the Jewish Heritage Center to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Jews of Jamaica; Hon. Consul of Israel; initiated clean up of the historic Hunt’s Bay Cemetery and co-coordinates the Caribbean Volunteers Expedition (CVE); managed the Jewish Home and Hostel; former board member Casa Shalom Institute; founder and President of the Jamaican Jewish Genealogical Society; Co-chair of the Conference on The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean; guest speaker for launch of the publication Jews in the Caribbean at the Centre for Jewish History in New York and speaker and presenter at other Jewish functions . He also chaired the Jamaica National Heritage Trust for many years and was a member of the Council for the Institute of Jamaica and a number of other public Agencies

 

Mary Jablonski is an Architectural Conservator and President of the firm of Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc.  Her work varies from conservation of architectural elements and sculpture to field surveys, conditions assessments, field testing, laboratory analysis and forensic research, and architectural paint research.  Her work has included a significant number of cemeteries in the United States including the three Congregation Shearith Israel Cemeteries in Manhattan and the ghost town cemetery in Bodie, California.    Mary has a Master’s of Science from the Columbia University Historic Preservation Program with an emphasis in Architectural Conservation and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Historic Preservation Program where she teaches conservation courses.  She is a Fellow of AIC.