John M. Morosco, State Director
Before returning to the Virgin Islands as the VI SBDC State Director, John had many years working as a Certified Business Advisor in Iowa, Washington State and the Virgin Islands. In addition to the years with the SBDC, John has been a successful business owner, college professor, and Nursing Home Administrator, and worked in corporate America for more than 35 years. He has spent most of his career working his primary job and teaching at many colleges nationwide. John has extensive experience managing restaurants, hotels, assisted living and nursing facilities. He also assisted with his family restaurant and owned a college consulting business, and a janitorial business, which he later sold. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism from Florida International University and a Master of Public Administration in Long-Term Care from the University of New Haven. He can be reached at 340-693-1694 or via email at [email protected].
Mary Joe Williams, Business Advisor III
Mary Joe Williams has worn many hats over the years at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). She is currently a Business Advisor for the VI SBDC. During her career at UVI, she has held the positions of Human Resources Technician, Financial Aid Counselor, Student Employment Officer, and Business Counselor/Training Coordinator, Network Training Coordinator and Network Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Williams has a BA in Sociology, and she enjoys working with people. Ms. Williams can be reached at 340-693-1694 or via email at [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, marketing and training 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].
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].