Meet Some of our Alumni
Dr. Guyan Channer
Dr Channer's interest in medicine was born from his observation of the selfless attitude of his mother who is a registered nurse. Her love and dedication for her job impacted him greatly, and casting all other career options aside, he decided to study medicine. When he entered the Medical Faculty at the University of the West Indies in 1997, he was the top entrant in the region.
The only one with his specialization in the English-speaking Caribbean, he developed a keen interest for otolaryngology during medical school and pursued this at The University of the West Indies and at several institutions in the United Kingdom. He completed his residency in otolaryngology in 2008 and was once again the top performer across all surgical disciplines. (Let them Hear (2013, April 7), The Gleaner.)
Dr. Aldeam Facey
An active member of Advent Fellowship, Dr. Facey is a former president of the AdFel AZ Preston cell group and former president of the AdFel Marlene Hamilton cell group.
Dr. Aldeam Facey originates from a small farming community called Giblatore in St. Catherine. He attended the St. Catherine High school and thereafter matriculated to the University of the West Indies.
Dr. Aldeam Facey graduated from the University of the West Indies with a PhD in Biochemistry (high commendation). He was awarded the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in the category of science and innovation in 2018 and so far, has 8 papers published in international journals.
Dr. Facey has been wholeheartedly been involved in sports over the years as he has held positions such Chaperone, Doping Control Coordinator and Officer for the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission directing testing of athletes in the national registered testing pool. Dr Facey is now a part of UWI's newest faculty, the Faculty of Sport where he is the head of academic programs and activities in the Mona Academy of Sport.
Senator Dr. Floyd Morris
Senator Dr. Floyd Morris whilst at the UWI from 1992 to 2001 became actively involved in Advent Fellowship. He not only developed spiritually but he gained renewed vision, sharpened his leadership skills and formed social bonds for a lifetime.
Floyd Morris is a devout Christian and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He is married to the vivacious Shelley-Ann. His personal motto is: “it is nice to be nice.” Floyd Morris recently successfully completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona and is the Director for the UWI Centre for Disability Studies. He is also the author of the book, ‘By Faith, Not by Sight’ that chronicles his life experiences and is a must read for all.
Senator Dr. Morris was the Guest speaker at our recent 50th Anniversary launch.
Marisa McPherson was an active member of Advent Fellowship and the Irvine Hall cell group from 2008-2013. Marisa describes Advent Fellowship as her home away from home as it created a sense of community for her and she was able to form some wonderful friendships. Her fondest memories were the annual tertiary retreats as this was where she was able to unwind and participate in clean wholesome fun with Christian young people.
Marisa hails from the community of Geddes Mountain in Oracabessa St. Mary. She is a proud Alumna of The St. Mary High School and The Mico University College. With a few years of teaching under her belt this educator by profession still had a burning passion for teaching thus she decided to read for her Bachelor and Masters of Education Degrees at the University of the West Indies. With Christ in the lead Marisa was successful in her studies completing both degrees with first class honors and distinction respectively.
Her love for Education did not stop there as in 2016 Marisa was awarded the Commonwealth scholarship to read for her PhD in Education at the Victoria University in New Zealand.
Jessica Tyghter Shaw
Jessica is from the community of Delveland in Westmoreland. She is a proud past student of the Frome Technical High in Westmoreland and Russeas High School in Hanover. Her philosophy - why settle for mediocre when you can achieve excellence - continues to drive her passion and love for people. Consequently, she completed her first Degree and Masters in Social Work (Hons) at The University of the West Indies. She is currently employed to the HEART Trust/ NTA - Youth Services Division as a Regional Coordinator of the HOPE project- Document Management Corporation. she is also a Part Time Social Policy Lecturer at The Jamaica Theological Seminary.
As an active member of Advent Fellowship in 2008 - 2011 Jessica held a number of positions such as Cell group leader on the Mary Seacole Hall, choir member on the AdFel choir. She is currently a subcommittee member of the Advent Fellowship's 50th Anniversary Programmes committee.
Jessica has much to thank the Lord for as not only was she successful in her studies while at UWI but it was through Advent Fellowship that she met the love of her life, her husband Omroy Shaw.
A past active member of Advent Fellowship from 2011-2015, Debronique Ellis is now a finalizing Medical student in China.
Originally from Port Antonio, Portland, Debronique attended the Titchfield High School where she served as the Deputy Head Girl in 2011 before commencing studies at the University of the West Indies. She completed her first-Degree BSc. in Physical Therapy from the Faculty of Medicine in 2015.
While at UWI, Debronique was a member of the AZ Preston Hall cell group and a committed member of the AdFel Choir. As a spare-time artist and creative, she is remembered for her invaluable contribution to programmes and being the writer of the hit 2015 AdFel Retreat Victorian-style Play: “To be or Not to be".
Since migrating for further studies, Debronique has served as the International Student Union President for her Medical school, the current Choir Director of her local Adventist Choir, and was last year’s recipient of a Government academic scholarship for Outstanding contribution as an International Student.
She encourages young students to commit to their goals no matter the sacrifice or failures involved, or the lengths through which they must go to achieve them. And to be driven by nothing but the divine purpose for their lives which expands far beyond self.
Dr. Sachalee Campbell
A student member of the UWI, Mona Advent Fellowship family from 2009 - 2015. She is from Hendon Norwood, St. James. She attended Montego Bay High School and Montego Bay Community College.
In 2009, Sachalee Campbell matriculated to the University of the West Indies, Mona. After commencing studies at the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (now Science and Technology), she transitioned to Medical Sciences where she read for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Program.
She was involved in various extra-curricular activities during her time at the UWI. One of the most meaningful for her was Advent Fellowship where she served as Aston Preston Hall’s Cell Group Leader (2011) and was instrumental in the Cell Group’s activities throughout her time on campus. She also worked to establish the Women’s Fellowship and lead this group during her final year at the UWI. She enjoyed spending time with the AdFel family. AdFel offered a reprieve from a busy week and allowed for communion with God in a welcoming atmosphere.
Dr. Campbell is now a Medical Officer in the Accident and Emergency Department at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Since her installation at the hospital she was awarded Junior Doctor of the Year for 2018. Sachalee believes in lifelong learning, and is now looking forward to further studies.
Sachalee is grateful to God for his blessings throughout her time at the UWI, creating avenues to complete her degree debt free. She looks forward to the blessings He has planned for the future.
Dr. Richard Wildman
Dr. Richard Wildman is from the parish of St. Mary and he is an enthusiastic, creative and passionate educator, mentor, and advisor. He believes in the human capacity for growth and this growth must be nourished in stimulating environments characterized by healthy relationships.
A member of Advent Fellowship from 1992-1996 and 1998-1999. Dr. Richard Wildman completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry in 1996 and later a Post Graduate Diploma in Science Education at UWI Mona in 1999. He later completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Liverpool in 2009. Dr. Wildman believes in lifelong learning so in 2015 he completed his Doctor of Education at the Walden University.
During his time on campus he was actively involved in AdFel's Campus Outreach Programs, the choir and Concert Season. His fondest memories were travelling with the fellowship during Concert Season and performing in Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay. He recalls they had a strong sense of fellowship and this played a pivotal role in transitioning the freshers and new members alike into the fellowship.
Meisha S. Cruickshank
Meisha S. Cruickshank (formerly Forrest) is the lead counsel at her Chambers, Cruickshank Law Office, which commenced operation in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Human Resource Development with First Class Honors from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Second Class Honors from the University of London, England. She earned her Legal Education Certificate at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica.
Meisha is an alumna of Advent Fellowship (AdFel) from September 2005 to May 2008. She was the Assistant Social Activities Coordinator in 2006, a member of the AdFel Choir, and Secretary to the Advent Fellowship 40th Anniversary Committee in 2009. She was actively involved in AdFel’s Concert Season, Chapel Day and Retreat programs. It was on one of AdFel’s retreats that she met her now husband, Allanson Cruickshank, former Music Director of the Advent Fellowship choir.
Today, Meisha is the President of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Council of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mission of Seventh Day Adventists, and a member of the Caribbean Religious Liberty Association, an arm of the prestigious International Religious Liberty Association whose mandate is to promote religious liberty, with particular emphasis on liberty of conscience, for peoples of all faith. As an advocate of entrepreneurship, education and training, she, along with her husband, are the founders and Directors of the Maranatha Education Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 2018.
Meisha is one of only two Jamaican lawyers practicing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.