Meet Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge
The New Leadership of the Nevis Reformation Party & Candidate for Nevis 4 - St. James Parish
Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge was born April 17, 1962. Her father was the late Right Excellent Dr. Sir Simeon Daniel and her mother is Rosita Daniel. She has five living siblings, two adult sons and one granddaughter. She spent her formative years in Nevis, where she attended the Ivor Walters Primary School (formerly Prospect Primary) and then the Charlestown Secondary School.
After high school, Daniel-Hodge attended college in England, where she was born, and later in the United States of America. By 1985 she graduated from St. Francis College in New York with a B.Sc. degree in Biology and she obtained a M.Sc. degree in Microbiology from Alabama A&M University in 1987. She successfully defended her dissertation in 2019 at the University of the Virgin Islands and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Creative Leadership for Innovation and Change. Daniel-Hodge is a sports enthusiast and was a member of her college track and field team and a member of her community tennis cub while attending college.
Before embarking on a career in natural resource management and policy development at the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (1992 – 2003 & 2007 - 2009), Dr. Daniel-Hodge lectured at Alabama A&M University and at the University of the Virgin Islands. During her tenure in the US Virgin Islands, she was selected to serve as the USVI Governor-appointed liaison to the United States Coral Reef Task Force that was established by Presidential Executive Order 13089. She represented the US Virgin Islands extensively, including at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and American Samoa in the Pacific. Daniel-Hodge served on the Research and Public Service Advisory Council of the University of the Virgin Islands, the United States Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute Advisory Board and Chair of the Virgin Islands Marine Park Advisory Committee. She received an USA Presidential Partnership Award for her exemplary work in establishing the first Territorial Marine Park in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Following her resignation from the Virgin Islands Government in 2003, Daniel-Hodge followed her heart and returned to Nevis, establishing her home in St. James Parish. That same year, she established the environmental consulting firm Caribbean Development and Environmental Consultants, Inc. Daniel-Hodge facilitated the sustainable development of Nevis through the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment reports, including the federally approved Seabridge (St. Kitts-Nevis) Inc. Car Ferry Service, and the Caribbean Development Bank-approved Nevis Island-wide Water Network Rehabilitation Project. Other major projects approved but not implemented include the Aman Resort, The Wyndham Resort, Tamarind Cove Marina and the Gallows Bay Fisheries Complex.
Additionally in natural resource management, Dr. Daniel-Hodge successfully coordinated efforts on behalf of The Nature Conservancy and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis that led to the establishment of the St. Christopher and Nevis Conservation Foundation and contributed to the establishment of the St. Kitts and Nevis Marine Management Area. She also collaborated with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Organization of American States and community stakeholders to develop a co-management model for the sustainable use of marine resources in St. Kitts and Nevis; she also participated in the economic valuation of marine resources around Nevis. Daniel-Hodge served as Director and Chairperson of The Bank of Nevis Ltd. (2006 – 2016) and is currently serving as a Director at The Bank of Nevis International, Ltd.
Volunteerism for Daniel-Hodge is primarily centered on the Newcastle Bay Foundation and the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society. She actively participates in conservation projects, securing grant funding for community projects, raising awareness about environmental issues and providing technical support to enhance livelihoods, especially for fishers. Daniel-Hodge has provided mentorship to entrepreneurial youths and has volunteered with sporting groups to organize interregional football, parish cricket and club basketball. Her volunteer work and community involvement brought Daniel-Hodge face to face with many of the challenges that persons living in Nevis experience in their day to day lives.
Daniel-Hodge has an innate love for Nevis and a keen interest in the welfare of the people of Nevis; maybe it’s in her DNA since her father was recognized as “the Father of Modern Nevis”. She is deeply concerned about the eroding democratic principles and declining morals that are creeping into the social fabric of Nevis. The economic hardships of so many are worsening and Nevis’ financial dependence on St. Kitts is becoming more and more troubling to her; she is certain that many others feel this way. There is no clear plan or vision for improving the economic and social well-being of Nevisians and there is a huge disconnect between the needs of the majority and the actions of the current government. The sense of helplessness and hopelessness that so many are experiencing cannot be allowed to take root and shape Nevis’ future. Daniel-Hodge knows that the people of Nevis are mostly hardworking, resilient and independent-minded people, who deserve a government that will work for them and with them, to build a better and stronger Nevis.
With the demise of Nevis looming under the current government, Dr. Daniel-Hodge was compelled to take a more active and far reaching role in the affairs of her country. She was elected political leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) in 2020, becoming the first woman to be elected leader of a major political party in St. Kitts and Nevis. She recognizes that the principles upon which the Nevis Reformation Party was founded 50 years ago (Independence, Inclusivity, Integrity, Innovation, Industry, Institution building and Inspiration) are still critical for the country’s success today. She is of the firm view that the newly transformed Nevis Reformation Party, with a historic majority-woman candidate slate, can bring about the change that is required to put Nevis back on the path of sustainable growth. She invites everyone to imagine a better Nevis and then work together, with the Nevis Reformation Party, to make Nevis the best that it can be, for present and future generations.
Dr. Janice Hodge
Meet The Honorable Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds
Candidate for Nevis 5 - St. Thomas' Parish
The Honorable Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds was born in Nevis, the smaller of the twin Island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. She was raised in the small village of Cotton Ground by her grandmother, the late Eulaly Moore-Liburd. Cleone attended the Ines France Village School until the age of five years, and then enrolled at the St. Thomas’ Primary School.
After graduating from Primary School, Cleone attended the Charlestown Secondary School. She graduated from the Charlestown Secondary School in 2000 and enrolled at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant Sixth Form College for two years, during which time she read A‘level Law, History and English.
After successfully completing Sixth Form in 2002, Cleone commenced her teaching career at the Charlestown Primary School under the astute leadership and guidance of Mrs. Alice Swanston. She taught at the school for two years and then enrolled at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant Teacher Training College for two years.
In 2006, Cleone graduated from the CFBC Teacher’s Training College and commenced teaching English and Literature at the Charlestown Secondary School. In 2007, she was afforded the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Central England later renamed Birmingham City University. She graduated from the Birmingham City University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws with Business Studies Upper Second Class Honours Degree. She also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Law from the College of Law in 2011.
Cleone returned to Nevis in 2011 and introduced the CAPE Law Course at the Nevis Sixth Form College. This remains one of her proudest achievements to date, stating that “students from Nevis no longer had to journey to St. Kitts to study A’level Law like many others and I did for 11 years previously.”
In 2013 Cleone enrolled at the Hugh Wooding Law School to pursue the Legal Education Certification, the requisite qualification to practice law in the Caribbean Region. She successfully graduated from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 2015, and was called to the Bar of St. Kitts and Nevis on November 10th, 2015.
Cleone continued to serve the Nevis Island Administration as Legal Counsel at the Legal Department from August 2015 to August 2016, when she resigned from the Public Service. She joined the Bank of Nevis as an Assistant Compliance Officer in 2016 and served for approximately two years before becoming the Vice President of Compliance of Bank of Nevis International.
In February 2017, Cleone was fortunate enough to open her own Law Firm dubbed CTS- Simmonds Legal Chambers and thereby accomplishing one of her life-long dreams. CTS-Simmonds Legal Chambers is a boutique Law Firm that specializes in Non-contentious practice in areas such as Probate and Wills, Conveyancing, Property Management, Estate Planning and Administration, Family Matter and Debt Collection.
In December 2019, the Hon. Joseph W. Parry officially retired from active politics and vacated his seat in the Nevis Island Assembly. With a by-election due in 90 days Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds was recommended by the Hon. Joseph Parry and was duly selected as the Nevis Reformation Party candidate for the impending by-election. The Hon. Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds won the by-election that was held on March 5th 2020 and became the first female representative of St. Thomas’ Parish (Nevis 5) in the Nevis Island Assembly.
Meet Jaedee S.K. Caines
Candidate for Nevis 1 - St. Paul's Parish
Jáedee S.K. Caines is a communications specialist, part-time educator and community activist who continues to leave an indelible mark on the island of Nevis.
She is popularly known for her involvement in Nevis’ Culturama Festival, having served as Chairperson of the Senior Pageants Committee, a pageant consultant and coach, and coordinator of the children’s troupe, BAADAYE. She is also revered for her significant contribution to media in St. Kitts and Nevis as a journalist, editor, reporter and host of the hit television programme, Candid. Jáedee’s love for children coupled with her love of Language Arts recently led to her serving as a part-time Language Arts tutor for Primary School-aged children. As an advocate for women empowerment and women in leadership, Jáedee has volunteered her time and services to the annual International Women’s Day activities of the Ministry of Gender Affairs on Nevis.
Jáedee is a devout Anglican and mother of one who served on her church’s vestry for two years. She is also a former Youth Parliamentarian and Leeward Islands Debater and has willingly offered assistance to other young people in those roles.
Jáedee’s love for service to the community started at a young age when she became a member of the 1st Nevis Rainbow, Brownie, Girl Guide and Ranger Unit. As she grew, so did her interest in community work. She was a member of the Anglican Young People’s Association (AYPA) and later served as Parish Youth Coordinator at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church.
She holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Communications from the University of the Virgin Islands and was that institution’s Class Speaker in 2010. She has received numerous academic and leadership awards including the Top Communication Student Award, the Outstanding Student Leader Award and the UVI Voice Award for exceptional work with the university’s newspaper. Jáedee was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Society, both for high scholastic achievement. In 2010, Jáedee was awarded with a trip to Australia and New Zealand after she received the highest grade point average in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s International Region.
Jáedee considers herself a true Nevisian, having resided in many communities around the island. Much of her childhood was spent in the close-knit community of Bath Village and later Brazier’s Estate - which is located on the outskirts of the sports-rich villages of Government Road and Hamilton. She also spent many summer vacations in Newcastle and Morning Star where several of her family members reside.
Jáedee is humbled to be the Nevis Reformation Party’s candidate for the St. Paul’s Constituency. She wants to address issues that affect Nevisians and those who call Nevis their home. It is her plan to raise the profile of politics on Nevis and fulfil a platform that encompasses youth, education and training, equal opportunities, gender balance, culture, and community and social development.
Meet Dr. Patricia Bartlette
Candidate for Nevis 2 - St. John's Parish
Born and raised in Brown Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA
Retired Civil Servant of the Nevis Island Administration
40 years of working experience in the field of Agriculture
First woman, and Nevisian, in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to be trained as a Veterinarian
Director and Corporate Secretary of the National Bank Trust Company
Owner and Manager of Occasions Entertainment Arcade for 15 years
Served the Community as: Brownie/ Girl Guide, Culturama Committee Chairperson, Co-ordinator of The Brown Hill Shopping Club, President of The Brown Hill Community Management Team, Manager of community Roller skating programme, volunteer in school and church activities
A panellist on The VON Radio talk show “Let's Talk."
An advocate for Gender Equality
She is committed to continue working with her community in finding solutions to tackle poverty, strengthen families, and providing job opportunities for all
She believes that the people should be more involved in the policy making process
She is ready to put her experience, skills, and knowledge, to work for the benefit of the people of the St John's constituency, and Nevis by extension
Dr. Patricia Bartlette
Meet Rohan Michael Isles
Candidate for Nevis 3 - St. George’s Parish
Rohan Isles is a family man. He married a Montserratian gem, Mrs. Joanna Beazer Isles and their union produced four gifted children: Tejauné (tey jaun eh) Roné, Azurdé and JoRhon. Recognising the importance of having strong families and positive role models, Rohan continually supports his wife and children in any and every activity they choose to partake in.
He is the son of Iona Isles Wallace of Barnes Ghaut and the late Basil ‘Dinah’ Challenger of Bath Village.
Rohan attended the Charlestown Pre, St. Thomas Primary and Charlestown Secondary Schools then later enrolled at the Nevis Sixth Form College. His love for the education sector led him to pursue studies at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.
Rohan was the second member of his family to become a teacher, a profession he loved dearly. He spent an amazing 14 years in the classroom, where he worked with many children of varying learning styles. His success stories are many and told not by him by the students he helped. He is a former 1st Vice President of the Nevis Teachers Union. Rohan has always been keen to help so despite transitioning from the education sector, he continues to be seen assisting students in preparation of examinations.
After leaving teaching, Rohan was attached to the Nevis Disaster Management Department as the Public Information Education and Training Officer. In that role, he made numerous disaster and safety presentations on the island and successfully completed a number of relevant courses namely CDEMA’s Comprehensive Disaster Management Pilot Program, Hydrology Training, First Aid and Incident Command Training with United States Southern Command.
He was later transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture where he undertook the task of Communications Officer and host of the informative “On The Farm” television programme. His creativity and innovation led the show to attract new audiences.
Rohan has extensive community experience and has done charitable activities as a Master of Ceremonies for events of varying types. Additionally, he served as the Chairperson of Culturama’s Adult Street Parade Committee and on the festival’s central committee for four years. He was once the President of the Nevis Football Association. He remains a seasoned cricket umpire, having successfully completed the Cricket West Indies Theory exams.
From sports to community development…Rohan was a member of the very first St. Thomas Parish Festival. In 2006, Rohan founded HopeNevis Inc.: a non-governmental organization that promotes development in sustainability, academics, culture and youth work. In 2007, Rohan was among young people from across the region who received training in leadership by the United Nations Development Program in Guyana and Trinidad.
Today, Rohan is proud to be the Nevis Reformation Party’s candidate in Nevis 3 (St. George, Gingerland) but his political involvement began many years ago, at a very young age. He led the Nevis Literary and Debating Society as President to Antigua in 2002. He was a local youth parliamentarian from 2000 to 2006 and a Regional Youth Parliamentarian in 2002 and 2003. Rohan holds the distinction of being the only youth parliamentarian to be President of the assembly and speaker of the house.
Rohan believes that as a people, we are capable of attaining great things and that in life, extra ordinary things can happen when ordinary people believe. He is committed to service. He is a humble individual. He is Rohan Michael Isles!