Matthew is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a graduate of the Hunter School of Social Work with more than 25 years’ experience leading dynamic teams at award winning not for profit organizations. He served as a Director at YAI Network, an international recognized disabilities agency and at Action Against Hunger, a renowned global humanitarian and hunger relief organization.
Here in The Bahamas, Matt was the Director of Community Relations and Partnerships for Baha Mar; overseeing the BELIEVE Foundation. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for REACH, Young Marine Explorers, The Seahorse Institute and the Ministry of Social Services. Over his career. he has worked on advocacy and social justice efforts in the United States, Jordan, India, Bangladesh, The Bahamas and The United Emirates. Matt is recognized with an expertise in fundraising, marketing, community organizing, corporate social responsibility and not for profit management.
Chauntez is a public relations and policy wonk with deep roots in communications for the non-profit and philanthropy sectors having held public relations positions at international and local organizations such as The Clinton Global Initiative, The United Nations Association, The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Foundation, Citizens for a Better Bahamas, and several international banks developing strategy in corporate philanthropy.
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Chauntez studied Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University where she focused on comparative politics with emphasis in human rights, social movements, and democracy consolidation. A feminist and anti-violence activist Chauntez is an avid volunteer with the Bahamas Crisis Centre and a former member of the Advisory Board to the Women’s Bureau of the Government of the Bahamas. Chauntez is a proud QC Comet, a United World Scholar, and a Lyford Cay Scholar.
Terneille (professionally known as “TaDa”) is a Bahamian community activist, music executive, and former independent candidate who is richly invested in empowering the Bahamian citizenry to be engaged in the socio-political affairs of the country. A nationally recognized champion of the rights and protections of women and children and advocate for anti-corruption, accountability, and transparency, Terneille has represented The Bahamas at many interntional conferences including: CARIFORUM (2015) and the CARICOM Regional Cultural Committee Meeting (2009).
Terneille emerged in the international recording arts scene at the age of 19 as the Grand Prize Winner in hip-hop of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2000) and has received multiple Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards over the span of her acclaimed music career.
In 2009, she founded Bahamas Child Abuse & Sexual Violence Prevention an activist group aimed at creating public awareness and and supporting advocacy around anti-sexual violence, abuse, and gender equality. Five years later, Terneille put her music career on pause to form the grassroots activists movement Rise Bahamas, which is known for advocating for stiffer penalties for child abuse offenses, a violence prevention plan, freedom of information, enforcement of public disclosure laws and anti-corruption reform.
Terneille is a Lyford Cay Scholar, achieving an honors diploma in Recording Arts Management from the Harris Institute in Toronto, and an honors diploma in Entrepreneurial Business Applications from the Academy of Learning in Windsor, Ontario. In 2015, she was appointed the National Director for The Bahamas for the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), which is the largest advocacy initiative in the world on changing the representation of women in the media. She is also a 2015 recipient of the Bain & Grants Town Advancement Award for youth leadership.