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Board of Directors

Head of Finance Committee

Natalie John - Founder

Natalie John

Natalie John, the founder of Caribbean Wedding and Event Professionals (CWEP), is a savvy and trend-forward entrepreneur who oversees a portfolio of growing businesses.

In 2019 she celebrated 20 years as a Caribbean wedding planner.

In 2010 and 2018 her company Dreamy Weddings was awarded 'A List Wedding Planner' and 'Caribbean Wedding Planner of the Year' by the Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine and Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards.

Head of Programs Committee

Michelle Stephens-Jules - Chair

Michelle Stephens

Michelle Stephens is a seasoned Business Strategist with over 15 years of experience in driving growth for organizations across the Caribbean.

As the founder of consulting firm Caribbean Strategy Inc., Michelle empowers clients to envision transformative solutions that drive long-term success.

Michelle holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Strategy Execution Program.

Deputy Chair,
Marketing Committee

Svetlana Maximova - Deputy Chair

Svetlana Maximova

Before Svetlana decided to start her own consulting business, she worked in the top marketing positions in various Russian companies.

She joined the Rambler Media Group as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) after the Group’s successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange. As the CMO her focus was the Rambler.ru – the first Russian search engine - and its development as the media portal.

She was responsible for the development and implementation of the marketing strategy in the new company’s environment as a public company.

Her knowledge and expertise in marketing and Internet business will be useful in CWEP especially in this time when many businesses go virtual.

Head of Marketing Committee

Dr Cherese Godwin - Head of Marketing Commitee

Dr. Cherese Godwin

Dr. Cherése Godwin is a University of Pennsylvania, Hall of Fame Inductee, a UNESCO Humanities Public Speaker, and an expert consultant in social policy, social and racial justice, and social entrepreneurship.

She is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice leading a course on Data for Equitable Justice where she lectures to master-level data analytic and social policy students on creating, marketing, and sustaining a creative mode of change such as a podcast, documentary, business, data program, policy brief, op-ed, Instagram account, etc to advocate for social justice in a social policy or social issue area.

She also lectures additional courses like Policy Analysis and International Social Policy.

Before lecturing in Philadelphia, Dr. Godwin was an organizational development, social impact, wellness, and program and policy consultant to Caribbean countries and organizations.

She is a creative catalyst and innovator, selected by the International Labour Organisation for the Women in Leadership and Business Award representing the island of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Head of Membership Committee

Nadia Felicien-Satney - Head of Membership Commitee

Nadia Felicien-Satney

Nadia Felicien-Satney, a young and dynamic Certified Wedding Consultant, heads Passion 4 Weddings a Brand known for its seamless Destination Wedding &Event logistics along with training and enhancement of local vendors in the Wedding Industry.

Certified by the school of Wedding professional in the UK and personally trained by Rebecca Reynolds Founder of Disney Weddings, Nadia holds more than a decade of expertise in planning and executing Destination Weddings & Events throughout the Caribbean.

In 2018 a shift was made after hearing the cries of our St.Lucian brides and Passion 4 Weddings was born. Nadia offers her services as a consultant to help couples with what can seem to be a stressful event. Brides rave that they “would be lost without Nadia”, who is not only a wedding Consultant but “a friend”, “ a guardian angel”, “a magician” that translates visions into dazzling personalized events and creates memories that last a lifetime.

Now currently a member of CWEP her focus is training and building a network of international Wedding Planners and vendors throughout the Caribbean, lamenting the concept collaboration over competition.