Nik Tatarkin – Chair
Nik Tatarkin –Chair since October 2016, Director since May 2016. Nik joined Silver Wheaton in 2007 as Treasurer in the company’s Vancouver office, focused on corporate finance and capital raising. In December of the same year he was appointed Executive Director, and in 2011 the President of Silver Wheaton (Caymans) Ltd. He has overall responsibility for oversight and management of the company’s portfolio of streaming contracts, bullion sales and market research. In his current role, Mr. Tatarkin also oversees the corporate development activities and is directly involved with the structuring and execution of all Silver Wheaton’s precious metals streaming transactions. Prior to joining Silver Wheaton, Mr. Tatarkin held various treasury and corporate finance positions with Thomson Reuters and Finning International in Vancouver, BC. He holds the Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Tatarkin is a proud Dad of the 10-year old Jovi, and 9-year old Jana who was born with the Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Faith Gealey-Brown joined the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority in 2008 as the resident Speech Language Pathologist and is the first Caymanian to hold this position within the Health Care System in the Cayman Islands. She is an alumni of Florida State University and holds a M.Sc. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with an emphasis on working with multicultural populations. Faith also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology, which was awarded to her through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has over 14 years experience working with children, 7 of these as a speech language pathologist having gained clinical experiences both locally and internationally across a variety of educational and medical settings.
Faith is passionate about her work with individuals of special needs; having had both personal and professional experiences with the challenges these individuals face on a daily basis. Faith is an advocate for special education reform locally and for the establishment of a formal, locally based multidisciplinary team focusing on the early diagnosis and treatment of developmental disabilities.
Trained as an Educational Psychologist, Brent Holt has practiced in the Cayman Islands and the United States as a special education specialist and expert since 1985. He possesses a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota (U.S.). Beginning in 2004, Brent lived in the Cayman Islands and was employed as Educational Psychologist, Head of Student Services and Senior Policy Advisor (Inclusion) for the Cayman Islands Government.
Recently retiring from government and returning to the U.S., Brent continues to honor his investment and serve as the Chair for the Board of Directors. His commitment is to advance the the Strategic Plan, support Executive Leadership, and identify international funding opportunities and research partnerships on behalf of SNFC.
With a BA (Hons) degree in English from Southampton University (UK) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of York (UK), Juliet Austin worked as a secondary school English and Drama teacher in York and Hull, before moving to Cayman in 1995 to continue her career at St. Ignatius Catholic School where she became Head of English until 2007.
When, in 2001, her youngest daughter suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury at birth, Juliet’s real ‘life’s’ work began: to navigate the choppy waters of special needs provision on island and to find ways of empowering children to reach their full potential. Since this time, she has become a passionate advocate for children whose needs fall ‘beyond the box.’ Juliet sits on the Board of Directors for the SNFC and is committed to making a difference, one child at a time.
Samantha Tibbetts has been in the field of education for 20 years. She first trained as a classroom teacher, serving for many years in South Florida and Grand Cayman. Samantha then went on to obtain a masters degree in educational leadership and a masters degree in human resource management. During the past 15 years in Grand Cayman, she has held many leadership roles which include being the founding principal of Grace Christian Academy, the Director of Education Connection Ltd, and the Director of Teacher Education and Acting Dean at ICCI.
In all of these roles, she saw students struggling to learn with traditional teaching methods in traditional classrooms. This motivated her to find alternatives and research other methods. She has attended various conferences with the International Dyslexia Association and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and has received specialized training in many research-based programs including Wilson Reading Systems and Lindamood-Bell. Samantha is currently the Principal/Director of Hope Academy, a newly formed school geared towards students who learn differently.
Daniel Reid is Head of Information Technology for the London and Amsterdam Trust Company where he manages a multinational Information Technology program. Daniel holds a Bachelors (BBA) in Management Information Systems and an Associates (A.Sc.) in Computer Science from the Florida International University.
Daniel has over 15 years’ experience in the Finance\Technology industry, 10 of which he has served in a senior or management role. Mr. Reid, is an active member of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, Past President of the Leo Club of Grand Cayman, and Final Five Recipient of the YCLA (Young Caymanian Leadership Award) in 2007.
Having a son on the ASD spectrum has provided Daniel with a unique perspective of the gaps in policy and resources available to children and adults with special needs on island. As such, he has a vested interest in bettering the lives of all persons with disabilities in the Cayman Islands and has been actively involved with SNFC for over three years.
David is the Business Development Director at AirVu. AirVu utilize the latest in unmanned aerial technology to provide a higher perspective for technology to help improve our world. At team AirVu he also manages a very active bespoke brand solutions department (Known as AirVu Media). Using the array of marketing, media and corporate business experience, David has acted as a Marketing Strategy Consultant for SNFC. Including assisting in the production of powerful content to help with fundraising efforts. Dave’s time albeit sometimes limited, due to the complexity of his profession; is fully committed to helping ensure SNFC achieve its long term goals
Scott is a graduate student, enrolled in the Masters of Non Profit Leadership program at Washington State’s Seattle University. He has 7+ years of experience in the local recovery community, providing resources and assistance to those involved in the legal system due to substance abuse issues. He currently serves as Director of the Southern California based Haugh Foundation, a private charitable giving organization dedicated to issues specific to U.S. Veterans and children with developmental disabilities or other special needs.