The Board is responsible for governance and the strategic direction of the Association. The twelve directors are members of the Association and are elected by its members at their annual general meetings. The President and Vice President are elected by the Directors. The Board comprises an Executive and three sub committees: Strategic Alliances, Media Relations & Membership Services and Research, Professional Development & Conference.
MELISSA ANDERSON is a Purpose Woman.
A Human Resource Professional with over 14 years of experience, throughout her fulfilling career she has held management and leadership roles in industries such as Hospitality and Tourism Management, Manufacturing and Oil and Energy. She has represented Brand Jamaica companies such as Sun Island Jamaica Limited and LASCO Manufacturing Limited and is currently the Human Resource/Administration Director for Total Jamaica Limited, a key player in the petrochemical market in Jamaica. Her passion is people development and organisational transformation. She enjoys the challenge presented to bring both people and process to optimisation.
Prior to making a full-time commitment to the field of Human Resources, Melissa spent the former years of her career managing five-star five diamond hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities in the United States of America, United Kingdom and the Caribbean working with renowned brands such as Sandals and Raffles Hotels. She credits these cross-cultural and enriching experiences for her skill in using diversity as a great tool to foster collaboration and the know how to align a business to world class standards and best practice.
Melissa holds a BSc. in Hospitality and Tourism Management (Hons) from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology (UTECH) in Kingston Jamaica and is currently pursuing an MBA-HR from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University. She is a certified HR Practitioner, holding two distinguished certifications from the USA certification body Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources International (SPHRi) and a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She also holds the designation from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Melissa believes in ‘Service above Self’ and is a dedicated Rotarian, where she has held the offices of Secretary, Public Relations Director, Family of Rotary Chair, and is currently the Public Relations Director for the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal. Recently, Melissa accomplished a personal and professional goal by becoming a Professional Certified Christian Life Coach by the Christian Coaches Alliance (CCA).
Melissa is a Woman of God and is a core member of the Go for God Family Church where she serves in several Ministries, namely Mentorship, Hospitality and Kids Ministry. She is a mother and describes her 11-year-old son as her “heart on legs.” She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, dancing, laughing, learning new things and seeking out new adventures. She sees her life’s purpose as using her gifts to add value to the life of others, to help them realise their highest potential and live their best lives. She is a positive thinking enthusiast and has future ambitions of becoming a Writer and Motivational Speaker.