GAiN Jamaica: “The Gospel According to Technology”

Guest Presenters

Here is an highlight of our highly-skilled presenters.

Williams Costa Jr.Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Williams Costa Jr.Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
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Abel MarquezCommunication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Abel Márquez is a commissioned minister who has served the church from 1992 always in the area of communication. He has been media center director, designer and producer at union level and also has served as university professor, university department head and university communication director.

He has a master’s degree in corporate and institutional communication and a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and graphic design.

From 2008 to June 2015 he served as Associate Communication Director for the Inter-American Division and at GC Session 2015 in San Antonio was elected as Communication Director.

He also manages Hope Channel Inter-America, the three TV official channels of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Abel MarquezCommunication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Abel Márquez is a commissioned minister who has served the church from 1992 always in the area of communication. He has been media center director, designer and producer at union level and also has served as university professor, university department head and university communication director.

He has a master’s degree in corporate and institutional communication and a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and graphic design.

From 2008 to June 2015 he served as Associate Communication Director for the Inter-American Division and at GC Session 2015 in San Antonio was elected as Communication Director.

He also manages Hope Channel Inter-America, the three TV official channels of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Brent HardingeAssistant Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Brent Hardinge is a communicator who is passionate about helping the church to build better websites and use technology to reach people. He is currently working as an Assistant Director for Communication at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, where he oversees the Adventist Living Pattern System, global church websites, and communication technology. Brent lives with his wife and 3 kids in Maryland, USA.

Brent HardingeAssistant Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Brent Hardinge is a communicator who is passionate about helping the church to build better websites and use technology to reach people. He is currently working as an Assistant Director for Communication at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, where he oversees the Adventist Living Pattern System, global church websites, and communication technology. Brent lives with his wife and 3 kids in Maryland, USA.

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Libna StevensAssistant Communication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Libna Stevens is the assistant communication director for the Inter-American Division (IAD), and news director for Hope Channel Inter-America, headquartered in Miami, Florida. She manages the news content of the Division’s website as well as its photography portal.
For nearly 20 years she has traveled all over the IAD territory, including Mexico, The Caribbean, Central America, and Venezuela, to cover major events and activities that have shed light into the dramatic change and growth that has taken place in the church territory. She has also written many eyewitness accounts on the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and the tireless efforts of the IAD membership to recover and rebuild.
In addition to covering the IAD territory, Libna is a regular contributor to top media outlets operated by the Seventh-day Adventist World Church. She has collaborated on many publishing projects with Adventist World magazine, Adventist Review, Adventist News Network, and others.
Libna is currently serving a two-year term as president of the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) of the North American Division. Prior to that, she served two years a general vice president of SAC and was instrumental in establishing the Inter-America chapter of SAC – the first and only chapter organized outside of the NAD territory since 2012.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Southern Adventist University and has completed various journalism and photography courses.

Libna StevensAssistant Communication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Libna Stevens is the assistant communication director for the Inter-American Division (IAD), and news director for Hope Channel Inter-America, headquartered in Miami, Florida. She manages the news content of the Division’s website as well as its photography portal.
For nearly 20 years she has traveled all over the IAD territory, including Mexico, The Caribbean, Central America, and Venezuela, to cover major events and activities that have shed light into the dramatic change and growth that has taken place in the church territory. She has also written many eyewitness accounts on the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and the tireless efforts of the IAD membership to recover and rebuild.
In addition to covering the IAD territory, Libna is a regular contributor to top media outlets operated by the Seventh-day Adventist World Church. She has collaborated on many publishing projects with Adventist World magazine, Adventist Review, Adventist News Network, and others.
Libna is currently serving a two-year term as president of the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) of the North American Division. Prior to that, she served two years a general vice president of SAC and was instrumental in establishing the Inter-America chapter of SAC – the first and only chapter organized outside of the NAD territory since 2012.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Southern Adventist University and has completed various journalism and photography courses.

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Samuel NevesAssistant Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

After 11 years as a local church pastor, Sam Neves now serves as the Associate Director of Communication for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Sam coordinates the branding and digital evangelism strategy of the world church. He was born in Brazil but moved to England as a teenager, eventually completing a Masters degree in Theology with emphasis on Evangelism to post-moderns. Sam and Amy are parents to three very energetic boys in Silver Spring, MD, United States.

Samuel NevesAssistant Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

After 11 years as a local church pastor, Sam Neves now serves as the Associate Director of Communication for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Sam coordinates the branding and digital evangelism strategy of the world church. He was born in Brazil but moved to England as a teenager, eventually completing a Masters degree in Theology with emphasis on Evangelism to post-moderns. Sam and Amy are parents to three very energetic boys in Silver Spring, MD, United States.

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Trudi-Anne HowePartner, Mason-Edwards | Howe Attorneys-at-Law
Trudi-Anne HowePartner, Mason-Edwards | Howe Attorneys-at-Law
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Damion MitchellChair, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, NCU

Damion Mitchell was born and raised in the community of Coleyville, in Manchester. He attended Manchester High School, where he graduated in 1997. He later matriculated at the Northern Caribbean University and pursued a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Sciences. In 2009 he enrolled at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he pursued the Masters in Computer Science. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems with an emphasis in Information Assurance and Security from the Dakota State University. He is a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Manchester. Damion is the recipient of national awards such as: Prime Minister’s Youth Award for International Excellence, Governor General Award for International Excellence, American Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. He has served for over 15 years in academia, and his driving force in life is: “with hard work and determination, you can achieve”. Damion currently serves as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences, at Northern Caribbean University. In addition to his professional duties, he currently serves as the First Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist at Waltham in Mandeville, Manchester. His hobbies include working with computers, playing badminton, reading, singing, preaching, and playing the keyboard. He is married to Syrie (Sir-I) Mitchell, and the union has produced one daughter, Zoie Jenesis Mitchell.

Damion MitchellChair, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, NCU

Damion Mitchell was born and raised in the community of Coleyville, in Manchester. He attended Manchester High School, where he graduated in 1997. He later matriculated at the Northern Caribbean University and pursued a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Sciences. In 2009 he enrolled at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he pursued the Masters in Computer Science. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems with an emphasis in Information Assurance and Security from the Dakota State University. He is a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Manchester. Damion is the recipient of national awards such as: Prime Minister’s Youth Award for International Excellence, Governor General Award for International Excellence, American Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. He has served for over 15 years in academia, and his driving force in life is: “with hard work and determination, you can achieve”. Damion currently serves as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences, at Northern Caribbean University. In addition to his professional duties, he currently serves as the First Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist at Waltham in Mandeville, Manchester. His hobbies include working with computers, playing badminton, reading, singing, preaching, and playing the keyboard. He is married to Syrie (Sir-I) Mitchell, and the union has produced one daughter, Zoie Jenesis Mitchell.

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David MartinLecturer, Graphic Arts and Animation, HEART NTA

David Martin is an entrepreneur, multimedia specialist and trainer. His areas of expertise being public relations, animation, multimedia production and TVET training and curriculum development.
He has regional experience as a Multimedia producer, consultant, animator and trainer, in Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada.

He considers it his mission to mentor young people in the digital arts for economic and cultural and spiritual growth.

While Currently pursuing his entrepreneurship ventures, David also teaches CAPE Animation & Gaming and CAPE Digital Media.

David has also participated in the CARCIP broadband infrastructure development programme and the ZERO hunger initiative in St Vincent and the Grenadines as an animation and multimedia production trainer.

He has also filled the role of a train the trainer consultant for the Ministry of Education In Antigua and Barbuda.

While he was a TVET instructor with Jamaica's Heart Trust national training, David was one of the first few animation and multimedia production trainers on the island.

Where his duties consisted of training and mentoring indigent youth from deep rural Jamaica, Curriculum writing and validation. He has also instructed at Northern Caribbean University and The Vocational Training & Development Institute.

He has garnered success in his endeavours, though his business he continues to service clients across the Region and North America, He is dedicated to make Adventist young people aware of the economic, creative and evangelism opportunities in the digital arts through “animation evangelism”, community interventions, online workshops and other forms of outreach.

He has seen his trainees and students go on to excellence such as winning film festivals and securing success entrepreneurship ventures from the digital skills they have learned.

David MartinLecturer, Graphic Arts and Animation, HEART NTA

David Martin is an entrepreneur, multimedia specialist and trainer. His areas of expertise being public relations, animation, multimedia production and TVET training and curriculum development.
He has regional experience as a Multimedia producer, consultant, animator and trainer, in Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada.

He considers it his mission to mentor young people in the digital arts for economic and cultural and spiritual growth.

While Currently pursuing his entrepreneurship ventures, David also teaches CAPE Animation & Gaming and CAPE Digital Media.

David has also participated in the CARCIP broadband infrastructure development programme and the ZERO hunger initiative in St Vincent and the Grenadines as an animation and multimedia production trainer.

He has also filled the role of a train the trainer consultant for the Ministry of Education In Antigua and Barbuda.

While he was a TVET instructor with Jamaica's Heart Trust national training, David was one of the first few animation and multimedia production trainers on the island.

Where his duties consisted of training and mentoring indigent youth from deep rural Jamaica, Curriculum writing and validation. He has also instructed at Northern Caribbean University and The Vocational Training & Development Institute.

He has garnered success in his endeavours, though his business he continues to service clients across the Region and North America, He is dedicated to make Adventist young people aware of the economic, creative and evangelism opportunities in the digital arts through “animation evangelism”, community interventions, online workshops and other forms of outreach.

He has seen his trainees and students go on to excellence such as winning film festivals and securing success entrepreneurship ventures from the digital skills they have learned.

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Senator Dr. Floyd MorrisLecturer, Disability Advocate and Motivational Speaker
Senator Dr. Floyd MorrisLecturer, Disability Advocate and Motivational Speaker
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Justine CollinsAssociate, Hart Muirhead Fata, Attorneys-at-law

Justine Collins is an Attorney-at-law, who is an Associate at Hart Muirhead Fatta.

Ms. Collins was called to the Bar in Jamaica in 2016, after having completed her studies at the Norman Manley Law School. She received a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) with honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Ms. Collins is also the holder of a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial and Corporate Law with Distinction from Queen Mary, University of London. While she was a Research Assistant at Queen Mary, she conducted research into applications of Blockchain technology beyond Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. She has an avid interest in technology law, with a research focus on blockchain applications, computer law, financial technology (Fintech) and E-commerce law. Ms. Collins is a member of the Caribbean Blockchain Alliance and also has a certificate in Fintech Law and Policy from Duke University.

Ms. Collins has published articles for the International Journal of Law and Information Technology; the Social Science Research Network (ssrn.com); and the Jambar Journal. She has presented at the 14th Annual Regional Investments & Capital Markets Conference of the Jamaica Stock Exchange; Annual Conference of the Jamaican Bar Association; the 2nd Annual Conference of the Barbados Bar Association; the 4th Annual Mona Law Symposium at the University of the West Indies; and seminars of the General Legal Council of Jamaica. In addition, Ms. Collins has presented submissions on the Data Protection Bill to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament.
Ms. Collins is a member of the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Technology Sub-Committee and the Commercial Law Sub-Committee of Bar Association of Jamaica.

Justine CollinsAssociate, Hart Muirhead Fata, Attorneys-at-law

Justine Collins is an Attorney-at-law, who is an Associate at Hart Muirhead Fatta.

Ms. Collins was called to the Bar in Jamaica in 2016, after having completed her studies at the Norman Manley Law School. She received a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) with honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Ms. Collins is also the holder of a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial and Corporate Law with Distinction from Queen Mary, University of London. While she was a Research Assistant at Queen Mary, she conducted research into applications of Blockchain technology beyond Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. She has an avid interest in technology law, with a research focus on blockchain applications, computer law, financial technology (Fintech) and E-commerce law. Ms. Collins is a member of the Caribbean Blockchain Alliance and also has a certificate in Fintech Law and Policy from Duke University.

Ms. Collins has published articles for the International Journal of Law and Information Technology; the Social Science Research Network (ssrn.com); and the Jambar Journal. She has presented at the 14th Annual Regional Investments & Capital Markets Conference of the Jamaica Stock Exchange; Annual Conference of the Jamaican Bar Association; the 2nd Annual Conference of the Barbados Bar Association; the 4th Annual Mona Law Symposium at the University of the West Indies; and seminars of the General Legal Council of Jamaica. In addition, Ms. Collins has presented submissions on the Data Protection Bill to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament.
Ms. Collins is a member of the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Technology Sub-Committee and the Commercial Law Sub-Committee of Bar Association of Jamaica.

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Byron BuckleyDirector, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, Northern Caribbean University

Byron Buckley is a veteran media and communication practitioner. He is currently Director of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations at Northern Caribbean University. He has held similar positions in other organisations including the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. Mr Buckley has also held several positions as editor at the Gleaner Company.

He has operated a training and communication consultancy firm Buckley Communications. He is a former president of the Press Association of Jamaica adn former Vice President of the Association of Caribbean Media workers.

Mr Buckley's qualification includes Master of Science in Workforce Education and Development from the University of Technology Jamaica.

Byron BuckleyDirector, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, Northern Caribbean University

Byron Buckley is a veteran media and communication practitioner. He is currently Director of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations at Northern Caribbean University. He has held similar positions in other organisations including the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. Mr Buckley has also held several positions as editor at the Gleaner Company.

He has operated a training and communication consultancy firm Buckley Communications. He is a former president of the Press Association of Jamaica adn former Vice President of the Association of Caribbean Media workers.

Mr Buckley's qualification includes Master of Science in Workforce Education and Development from the University of Technology Jamaica.

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Desmond AllenExecutive Editor, Jamaica Observer

Brief Bio of Desmond Allen, OD

WORK HISTORY

2013-present Executive Editor – Special Assignment
Jamaica Observer

2006-2013 Executive Editor – Operations
Jamaica Observer

2006-present Media consultant to Hon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart,
Chairman of Sandals/ATL Group of Companies

2002-2006 Managing Director
Desmond Allen and Associates, media consultants
and public education specialists

2001-2002 Director of News and Information
Jamaica Information Service

1996-2001 Executive Director, JAMPRESS
Jamaican Government News Agency

1992-1996 Founding Editor, Jamaica Observer
Newspaper

1990-1992 Editor-in-Chief, JAMPRESS

1986-1992 Kingston Correspondent, Madrid-based
Spanish News Agency (EFE)

1986-1988 Kingston Correspondent, Rome-based
Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency

1982-1983 Chief Reporter, Jamaica Daily News

1973-1981 Senior Reporter/Features Writer, Daily
Gleaner

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• President of the Press Association of Jamaica 1998-2000
• Author of the weekly column, The Desmond Allen Interviews which tells the history of the Jamaican people through the lives of outstanding individuals, and published in the Sunday Observer – 2003-2005
• Author of the weekly training column, The Spike, which made Jamaican journalism history when it was syndicated in two national newspapers - The Daily Gleaner and The Sunday Herald, and then exclusively in the Jamaica Observer - 1998 to 2012
• Lecturer at the Caribbean institute of Media and Communications Summer School, University of the West Indies – 2004
• Chief Media Co-ordinator – Royal Visit of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh – February 18-20, 2002
• Freelance writer, Radio Jamaica – 1989
• Caribbean Representative, North-South team of journalists which produced tri-weekly newspaper for the Sixth UNCTAD Conference, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, May-June, 1983

AWARDS

• Order of Distinction (Officer Class), Jamaican Government for outstanding contribution to Journalism - 2014
• Fair Play Award 2004 (Print Journalism Category)
• Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Gold Medal for contribution to new media – 2000
• Best News Story (newspaper), PAJ National Journalism Awards 1983
• Best News Story (newspaper), PAJ National Journalism Awards 1981
• Winner French Government Journalism Scholarship - 1979

EDUCATION

• School of Journalism, University of Strasbourg, France - 1979
• Cornwall College, Montego Bay, Jamaica – 1973

Married to Jennifer Quarrie Allen; father of two sons, one daughter; grandfather of three

Desmond AllenExecutive Editor, Jamaica Observer

Brief Bio of Desmond Allen, OD

WORK HISTORY

2013-present Executive Editor – Special Assignment
Jamaica Observer

2006-2013 Executive Editor – Operations
Jamaica Observer

2006-present Media consultant to Hon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart,
Chairman of Sandals/ATL Group of Companies

2002-2006 Managing Director
Desmond Allen and Associates, media consultants
and public education specialists

2001-2002 Director of News and Information
Jamaica Information Service

1996-2001 Executive Director, JAMPRESS
Jamaican Government News Agency

1992-1996 Founding Editor, Jamaica Observer
Newspaper

1990-1992 Editor-in-Chief, JAMPRESS

1986-1992 Kingston Correspondent, Madrid-based
Spanish News Agency (EFE)

1986-1988 Kingston Correspondent, Rome-based
Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency

1982-1983 Chief Reporter, Jamaica Daily News

1973-1981 Senior Reporter/Features Writer, Daily
Gleaner

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• President of the Press Association of Jamaica 1998-2000
• Author of the weekly column, The Desmond Allen Interviews which tells the history of the Jamaican people through the lives of outstanding individuals, and published in the Sunday Observer – 2003-2005
• Author of the weekly training column, The Spike, which made Jamaican journalism history when it was syndicated in two national newspapers - The Daily Gleaner and The Sunday Herald, and then exclusively in the Jamaica Observer - 1998 to 2012
• Lecturer at the Caribbean institute of Media and Communications Summer School, University of the West Indies – 2004
• Chief Media Co-ordinator – Royal Visit of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh – February 18-20, 2002
• Freelance writer, Radio Jamaica – 1989
• Caribbean Representative, North-South team of journalists which produced tri-weekly newspaper for the Sixth UNCTAD Conference, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, May-June, 1983

AWARDS

• Order of Distinction (Officer Class), Jamaican Government for outstanding contribution to Journalism - 2014
• Fair Play Award 2004 (Print Journalism Category)
• Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Gold Medal for contribution to new media – 2000
• Best News Story (newspaper), PAJ National Journalism Awards 1983
• Best News Story (newspaper), PAJ National Journalism Awards 1981
• Winner French Government Journalism Scholarship - 1979

EDUCATION

• School of Journalism, University of Strasbourg, France - 1979
• Cornwall College, Montego Bay, Jamaica – 1973

Married to Jennifer Quarrie Allen; father of two sons, one daughter; grandfather of three

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Leon FrenchInformation Systems Manager, East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Leon Ffrench has been serving the church in the area of media and technology for over 20 years.
In 2012 he joined the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventists' team as IT Manager, while also serving in the communication department as sound engineer, videographer, photographer and editor.
In the year 2016 he led the EJC media production team to successfully stage the single largest web stream evangelistic series which reached over 200 countries.
Leon enjoys serving God through technology and believes that his technical gifts were given to him to fulfill the mandate of Matthew 28- GO into ALL THE WORLD and teach, using technology as his medium.

Leon FrenchInformation Systems Manager, East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Leon Ffrench has been serving the church in the area of media and technology for over 20 years.
In 2012 he joined the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventists' team as IT Manager, while also serving in the communication department as sound engineer, videographer, photographer and editor.
In the year 2016 he led the EJC media production team to successfully stage the single largest web stream evangelistic series which reached over 200 countries.
Leon enjoys serving God through technology and believes that his technical gifts were given to him to fulfill the mandate of Matthew 28- GO into ALL THE WORLD and teach, using technology as his medium.

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Dr. Louie Marvin Rouhotas Jr.CEO Andrews Memorial Hospital

Dr. Louie Marvin Rouhotas is of Greek descent and his last name used to be “Rouhotapoupalas” until his grandfather shortened it to Rouhotas when he was seven years old. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Dr. Rouhotas graduated from Army and Navy Academy High School (where he met his wife, Kimberly). In his senior year, he was voted “Most Popular Senior” and “Most Inspirational.” He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Pre-Med and received his Medical Degree from Loma Linda’s Tropical School of Medicine in Montemorelos, Mexico.

Dr. Marvin, as he is affectionately called, has worked in Tropical Medicine as a Medical Missionary Physician in Central America and Mexico. He has also worked as an Emergency Room Physician in Texas and in Geriatric Medicine in Los Angeles.

Dr. Marvin was recruited by Adventist Health Systems and selected as an administrator of Jellico Community Hospital in rural Appalachia, Tennessee. He was subsequently recruited and selected as the CEO of La Paz Behavioural Health in San Antonio and McAllen Texas to help serve & treat veterans returning from the Gulf War.

After spending time off and relaxing in beautiful San Diego, California, he was recruited by Faith Search Partners and eventually selected as CEO/President of Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. His wife, Kimberly, also works at Andrews Memorial Hospital as an ultrasonographer and supervisor of the Radiology department. (His favourite employee!) They have been at the hospital since July, 2016 and they have two handsome and gregarious adult sons, Adam and Sebastian. Dr. Rouhotas is fluent in English and Spanish and is proficient in rehabilitation and exercise therapy.

Dr. Louie Marvin Rouhotas Jr.CEO Andrews Memorial Hospital

Dr. Louie Marvin Rouhotas is of Greek descent and his last name used to be “Rouhotapoupalas” until his grandfather shortened it to Rouhotas when he was seven years old. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Dr. Rouhotas graduated from Army and Navy Academy High School (where he met his wife, Kimberly). In his senior year, he was voted “Most Popular Senior” and “Most Inspirational.” He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Pre-Med and received his Medical Degree from Loma Linda’s Tropical School of Medicine in Montemorelos, Mexico.

Dr. Marvin, as he is affectionately called, has worked in Tropical Medicine as a Medical Missionary Physician in Central America and Mexico. He has also worked as an Emergency Room Physician in Texas and in Geriatric Medicine in Los Angeles.

Dr. Marvin was recruited by Adventist Health Systems and selected as an administrator of Jellico Community Hospital in rural Appalachia, Tennessee. He was subsequently recruited and selected as the CEO of La Paz Behavioural Health in San Antonio and McAllen Texas to help serve & treat veterans returning from the Gulf War.

After spending time off and relaxing in beautiful San Diego, California, he was recruited by Faith Search Partners and eventually selected as CEO/President of Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. His wife, Kimberly, also works at Andrews Memorial Hospital as an ultrasonographer and supervisor of the Radiology department. (His favourite employee!) They have been at the hospital since July, 2016 and they have two handsome and gregarious adult sons, Adam and Sebastian. Dr. Rouhotas is fluent in English and Spanish and is proficient in rehabilitation and exercise therapy.

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Felecia DatusManager, Special Projects, Center for Online Evangelism

Felecia Datus started her work in media and communication while a student at Northen Caribbean University. She has been a radio host for the past nine years and served as an associate radio producer at the South Bahamas Conference for two years before. During her time as a graduate assistant at Andrews University, she worked as an editor for the award-winning collegiate magazine, Envision. Felecia currently travels to train church members in online evangelism, while performing other duties at the Center. She also helps manage a mission school and feeding program in Haiti.

Felecia DatusManager, Special Projects, Center for Online Evangelism

Felecia Datus started her work in media and communication while a student at Northen Caribbean University. She has been a radio host for the past nine years and served as an associate radio producer at the South Bahamas Conference for two years before. During her time as a graduate assistant at Andrews University, she worked as an editor for the award-winning collegiate magazine, Envision. Felecia currently travels to train church members in online evangelism, while performing other duties at the Center. She also helps manage a mission school and feeding program in Haiti.

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Delroy McLeanSenior Director of Sales, C&W Business

Delroy has over 20 years of experience in the design, delivery and support of integrated Government, SME and Enterprise solutions. He has developed a track record of spearheading engineering systems integration across multiple technologies, leading change management and facilitating ICT business transformation. With a focus on building effective teams, he has held several leadership roles, including Vice President of Service Delivery and Support for Fujitsu Caribbean and Director of Sales Engineering at Columbus Communications immediately prior to the merger with Cable and Wireless Communications.

From 2015 to 2017, Delroy led the C&W Business Regional Sales Engineering team, where he contributed significantly to the transformation of the organization’s Caribbean Sales and Sales Engineering processes. In his previous role as Director of Products for Networking, Security and Mobile Workforce Solutions, he streamlined the managed services solutions offered by C&W Business across the Caribbean and Latin America, while maintaining competitiveness, innovation and offering business customers increased value.

As Senior Director of C&W Business Jamaica, he has responsibility for leading the B2B team and driving the accelerated growth of C&W Business’ solutions portfolio across all segments of the market as well as delivering increased efficiencies in service delivery and support.

Delroy McLeanSenior Director of Sales, C&W Business

Delroy has over 20 years of experience in the design, delivery and support of integrated Government, SME and Enterprise solutions. He has developed a track record of spearheading engineering systems integration across multiple technologies, leading change management and facilitating ICT business transformation. With a focus on building effective teams, he has held several leadership roles, including Vice President of Service Delivery and Support for Fujitsu Caribbean and Director of Sales Engineering at Columbus Communications immediately prior to the merger with Cable and Wireless Communications.

From 2015 to 2017, Delroy led the C&W Business Regional Sales Engineering team, where he contributed significantly to the transformation of the organization’s Caribbean Sales and Sales Engineering processes. In his previous role as Director of Products for Networking, Security and Mobile Workforce Solutions, he streamlined the managed services solutions offered by C&W Business across the Caribbean and Latin America, while maintaining competitiveness, innovation and offering business customers increased value.

As Senior Director of C&W Business Jamaica, he has responsibility for leading the B2B team and driving the accelerated growth of C&W Business’ solutions portfolio across all segments of the market as well as delivering increased efficiencies in service delivery and support.

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Upcoming Presentations

Keep up-to-date with our schedule of presentations and activities

  • July 4
  • July 5
  • July 6
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12:30 PM - 01:00 PMDigital Marketing By TBD
01:00 PM - 01:30 PMCrisis Communication By Byron BuckleyDirector, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, NCU
04:00 PM - 04:30 PMWireless T.V. By Christopher DeringCEO, Ready TV
05:30 PM - 06:00 PMMedia Relations By Byron BuckleyDirector, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, NCU
  • Conference Room
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMCyber Security By TBD
09:00 AM - 09:30 AMCopyright & Defamation By Trudi-Anne HoweAttourney-at-law
09:30 AM - 10:00 AMData Protection Bill By TBD
10:00 AM - 10:30 AMBlockchain Technology By Justine CollinsAssociate, Hart Muirhead Fata, Attorneys-at-law
10:30 AM - 11:00 AMRobotics & Artificial Intelligence By Damion MitchellChair, Department of Computer and Information Science, NCU
11:00 AM - 11:30 AMTechnologies in Medicine By Dr. Louie Marvin Rouhotas Jr.CEO Andrews Memorial Hospital
11:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnimation By David MartinLecturer, Graphic Arts and Animation, HEART NTA
02:00 PM - 02:30 PMNews Writing By Libna StevensAssistant Communication Director, IAD
02:30 PM - 03:00 PMCinematography By Abel MarquezCommunication Director, IAD
03:00 PM - 03:30 PMPhoto Journalism By Libna StevensAssistant Communication Director, IAD
03:30 PM - 04:00 PMWebsite Development and Management By Brent HardingeAssistant Communication Director, GC
  • Conference Room
  • Calypso Theater
09:00 AM - 09:30 AMThe Mission-driven Church/Cross Culture Mission By Pastor Adrian CottrellSabbath School and Personal Ministries Director, JAMU
09:30 AM - 10:00 AMGlobal Identity Standard – The Promise By Sam NevesAssistant Communication Director, GC
10:00 AM - 10:30 AMAdventist Communication Training By Williams Costa Jr.Communication Director, GC
“The Gospel According to Technology” – The Five Apostles
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM“The Gospel According to Technology” – The Five Apostles By Communication Directors, JAMU
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM“The Gospel According to Technology” – from Tablet to Tablet (Divine Service) By Sam NevesAssistant Communication Director, GC
02:30 PM - 03:00 PMTechnology for Persons with Disabilities By Senator Dr. Floyd MorrisLecturer, Disability Advocate & Motivational Speaker
03:00 PM - 03:30 PMTraditional Media in a Social Media Environment (Panel Discussion) By Desmond AllenExecutive Editor, Jamaica Observer
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM“The Gospel According to Technology” Comes Alive (Musical/Drama) By Various Artistes
Recognition and Awards
04:30 PM - 06:00 PMRecognition and Awards By Jamaica Union Conference

Topics

Here are some of the topics that will be covered during the Conference

Adventist Communication Training
Adventist Global Identity
Animation
Blockchain Technology
Cinematography
Copyright and Defamation
Crisis Management
Cyber Security
Data Protection Act
Design Thinking
Digital Marketing
Media Relations
News Writing
Photo Journalism
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Social Media and Traditional Media
Technology for Persons with Disability
Technologies in Medicine
Techniques of Live Streaming
Website Development and Maintenance
Wireless T.V. Technology

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about this event.

  • What is GAiN?

    Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) is a conference of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church designed to foster the use of technology, media and the internet to help in the outreach mission of the Church.
    Through annual, worldwide events, GAiN seeks to educate and train communication and technology professionals in finding new ways to reach their communities.
    It is a conference for people who work in communication, media and technology both professionally and in their churches.

  • Who should attend?

    Seventh-day Adventist communication and media practitioners and technology enthusiasts.

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