Mary Joe Williams, Business Advisor III
Mary Joe Williams has worn many hats over the years at VI SBDC. She is currently the Network Training Coordinator for the VI SBDC. During her career at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), she has held the positions of Human Resources Technician, Financial Aid Counselor, Student Employment Officer, and Business Counselor/Training Coordinator. Ms. Williams has a BA in Sociology and she enjoys working with people. Ms. Williams can be reached at 340-693-1694 or email [email protected].
Raymond V. Henry, Business Advisor III
Raymond V. Henry is a professional ASBDC Virgin Islands Business Counselor on a mission to enlighten emerging and existing small business owners about the day to day operations of running their own business. He offers high-quality professional business counseling and training in operations, accounting, finance, export, and trade to small businesses. A graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands and with 25 years’ experience as a commercial banker gives him the advantage of getting the job done quicker. In 2016, he was selected as a State Star for ASBDC Virgin Islands. He is a founding member of SCORE Virgin Islands. He can be contacted at 340-693-1694, or email [email protected].
Debra Thompson, Administration and Fiscal Officer
Debra Thompson has been with the VI Small Business Development Center network since 2001. Mrs. Thompson has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. Mrs. Thompson is responsible for assisting the State Director in managing the VI SBDC budget for both St. Thomas and St. Croix office. Prior to becoming the VI SBDC Program Specialist in 2012, Mrs. Thompson started as a student and eventually applied for an Administrative Assistant II position in 2001, and later became the Administrative Specialist in 2004.
Sherrika Industrious, Training & Marketing Coordinator
Ms. Sherrika Industrious-Phillips a native-born and raised Virgin Islander of St. Thomas is an honor graduate of the illustrious Charlotte Amalie Class of 2008 and a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands Class of 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center’s team, she has worked at the VI Supreme Court, the Virgin Islands Police Department, the Virgin Islands Housing Authority, and most recently the University’s Caribbean Exploratory Research Center. While on her career journey exploring the social sciences locally, she strives to build her knowledge base on economics primarily in the business world. Already customer service oriented, she stands ready to support the VI SBDC in their initiatives by providing administrative support to improve the economic opportunities of the US Virgin Islands one small business at a time. Ms. Industrious- Phillips can be reached at 340-6931694 or email [email protected].
Karen Jones, Interim State Director
Ms. Karen Jones, is a graduate of Union College in Kentucky, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After returning back home to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, she pursued and obtained Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands.
Her professional career includes working in both the public and private sectors, providing financial and human resource management services. She has been affiliated with the VI SBDC network as the former Center Director on the island of St. Croix, and has over 18 years of experience providing counseling, technical assistance, training and outreach to nascent and existing small businesses within the Territory. Ms. Jones can be reached at 340-692-4294 or email [email protected].
J’Mari Clarke, Administrative Specialist II
J’Mari joined the VI SBDC team in February 2020 during his freshman year at University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), just before the pandemic. He was attracted to the SBDC organization as a whole but more so as a student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. During his senior year at UVI and while engaged in his studies, he remained active in several academic organizations to include the Golden Key International Honor Society. Since coming on board full-time as the Administrative Specialist II, J’Mari has quickly adapted to the work environment at the VI SBDC by becoming proficient in customer service, front desk management and administrative support to the entire staff. He continuously builds upon his communication and time management skills and displays enthusiasm for teamwork. Recognized publicly by VI SBDC clients on multiple occasions for his calm demeanor and willingness to help, the VI SBDC team is fortunate to be a part of his professional development as he aims to one day become a small business owner and accomplish his goals in life. Mr. Clarke can be reached at 340-693-1694 or [email protected]
Zhane’ Proctor, Program Specialist III
Ms. Zhane´ Proctor is the Program Specialist for SBDC on the island of St. Croix, USVI. She is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the VI SBDC team. Ms. Proctor is also responsible for coordinating, planning, managing, and supporting daily operational and administrative functions to advance the VI SBDC organization. Zhane´ obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands. She can be reached at 340-642-4294 or via email at [email protected].