The Regional Coordination Unit
The Project Coordination Unit is located at the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) in Castries, Saint Lucia.
The Project Coordination Unit Team:
Vincent Sweeney, Regional Project Coordinator (RPC)
In May 2006 Vincent was appointed Regional Project Coordinator for the GEF-funded IWCAM Project. Prior to that he served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI). He has also served, or currently serves on a number of Advisory Bodies within the region, including the National Water & Sewerage Commission in St. Lucia; the National Council for Science & Technology for Development in St. Lucia, the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Basin Water Management Program (Inc.), and Technical Advisory Committees for a number of regional projects. He was a member of the Work Group set up by Health and Environment Ministers of the Americas and is the Co-Chair of the Integrated Watershed Management Sub-Committee of the White Water to Blue Water (WW2BW) Initiative. He was also member of the Organizing Committee for the Inter-American Dialogue on Water and a two-time Vice President of the Caribbean Water & Wastewater Association. Vincent has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) and a Masters of Applied Science from the Centre for Water Resource Studies, TUNS.
Sasha Beth Gottlieb, Technical Coordinator (TC)
Sasha Beth Gottlieb joined the IWCAM Project Coordinating Unit in October 2006 after several years working with the Caribbean region for the Organization of American States and Chemonics International. She has extensive experience in integrated water resources management, land management, and sustainable energy issues through the management and technical participation in a wide variety of projects, including the establishment of a Central American water level observation network, the Caribbean Dialogue on Water and Climate, the Eastern Caribbean Geothermal Development Project (Geo-Caraïbes), a land management / sustainable livelihoods project in the Suriname/Brazil border region, the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII) and the Caribbean Open Trade Support Program. Sasha holds two masters degrees, one in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, focusing on the impact of free trade agreements on the environment and the other from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, with focus in international economics and energy, environment, science and technology. Sasha has also received training in gender integration in project management and has conducted training in this area. Sasha is fluent in Spanish.
Una McPherson, Administrative Officer (AO)
After 19 years at UNEP-CAR/RCU in Kingston, Una joined the IWCAM PCU as Administrative Officer in August 2006. She has extensive experience in Administration and Human Resources and has worked with several GEF projects including the PDF Phases of the IWCAM. Una holds a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies and a Masters in Business Administration from the Institute of Financial Management, University of Wales and Manchester Business School. She also has a certificate in Project Management from the University of New Orleans.
Donna Spencer, Communications, Networking and Information Specialist (CNIS)
Donna joined the IWCAM Project in November 2006 after being the Chief Information Officer at the Institute of Marine Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago from 1998. Her experience in information management and communications is varied including: channeling the results of marine research to a variety of users; the design, implementation and dissemination of information products; public and community education, media relations and public relations. She has coordinated national involvement in a number of initiatives including the Ocean Data and Information Network for South America and the Caribbean (ODINCARSA) and the first phase of development of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Programme of Action (NPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Sources of Marine Pollution She has a B.A. Hons. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of London and a M.Sc. in Environmental Science from George Washington University. She also has a Certificate in Management – Management Information Systems, from ROYTEC.
Magnalia Goldson, Bi-Lingual Administrative Assistant (BAA)
Prior to joining the IWCAM Project in November 2006 Magnalia worked at the Embassy of Mexico in Kingston, Jamaica as the Personal Assistant to the Ambassador while also teaching Spanish at the University of the West Indies. Magnalia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages and Literatures while minoring in Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. She further went on to pursue graduate studies at the School of Hotel and Tourism in Varadero, Cuba earning a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. She is fluent in Dutch and Spanish.