FRC Appoints New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Rhyesa Joseph as Executive Director effective June 1, 2022.

Rhyesa Joseph is a resident of La-Ressource, Vieux-Fort, with roots in the community of Mon Repos. Ms. Joseph is the holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and was the 2017 valedictorian. She also possesses a Master of Philosophy degree in Political Science from the UWI Cave Hill which focused on, “An Investigation on the Political Ideology of St. Lucian Koudmen and Its’ Utility as a Post-colonial Model of Governance, and Social, Economic and Political Development”.

Prior to joining the FRC, Ms. Joseph taught at the secondary school level in a number of subject areas including Introduction to Caribbean Politics, Ethics and Professional Development, Caribbean History, Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies. Her professional expertise also expands to the media having worked as a feature interviewer for UWI TV, a role for which she received the inaugural UWI TV Student Ambassador Award in 2017, and at the Government Information Service (GIS) as an information assistant where she gained proficiencies in English and Kwéyòl news, radio broadcasting and print media.

Ms. Joseph has facilitated the research and development of national youth policies in the Caribbean, and is the founder of the Political Science consultancy, ‘From Classroom to Community’ which provides advice to government and non-governmental agencies.

She is a former national debating champion, and youth parliamentarian. Miss Joseph has served on several youth organizations, inclusive of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Association for Persons with Disabilities (UWICAPD), the Faculty of Social Sciences Committee, the Catholic Students’ Movement, the St. Lucian Students’ Association at Cave Hill (LUSAC) and the Cave Hill Association of Postgraduate Students (CHAPS).

Ms. Joseph will be working with the FRC Board on the implementation of the strategic plan of the organization and will also be responsible for the overall management of programmes and administration of the FRC.

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