Paula Kovinsky - President
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada to Jamaican parents, Paula has strong ties to Jamaica since she was a young child. Earning her Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master’s in Education, is evidence of her passion for lifelong learning. With her desire to support the children of Jamaica, in health and education, Paula joined the Tryall Fund in 2011. She was elected President in January 2016, and has offered to serve on two of our standing committees – the Scholarship Committee and Taste of Tryall.
Nanci Kraus - Vice President
Mrs. Kraus joined the Tryall Fund Board in 2010. She has a degree in Physical Therapy which gives her a unique perspective and insight into our Health and Wellness program. She headed the "Taste of Tryall" 2012 Silent Auction and has served on the Taste of Tryall Committee each year. Mrs. Kraus is also heading our Health and Wellness Initiative Committee and was instrumental in orchestrating the 2012 Dental Mission. Mrs. Kraus was elected Vice President in 2013 and has chaired all 4 Dental Missions serving over 2300 patients.
Shelly Hoon Keith - Secretary
Shelley Hoon Keith returned to the Tryall Fund Board in 2015 after a four year absence. Mrs. Keith has had a continued commitment to the mission of the Fund. She was elected Secretary in January 2016, and has offered to serve on two of our standing committees - the Scholarship Committee and the Taste of Tryall. Her depth of experience will be a great asset to the work of the Tryall Fund.
Nancy Pinchas - Treasurer
Mrs. Pinchas joined the Tryall Fund Board in 2010. She initially became involved in our Annual Fundraising Event, "The Taste of Tryall" and our Early Education Project. Shortly after joining the board, she because Treasurer of the Fund and currently serves in that capacity. She has helped to reorganize the accounting procedures for a more up to date and transparent financial picture.
Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Alice earned a Master's Degree in Urban Planning and another Master's in Landscape Architecture. She also served on the Board and as Treasurer of an organization involved in community activism and childhood issues. Alice was President of a PTA and conceived, organized and instituted a full day kindergarten program that was later added to all schools in the district. Mrs. Needle joined the Tryall Fund Board in 2009. She helped develop and oversees the Basic School Initative. She also co-chaired the Scholarship committee from 2009-2011 and continues to serve on that committee. Mrs.Needle has also co-chaired the annual "Taste of Tryall" and is instrumental in helping to organize the annual event. She was elected President in 2013, and continues her tireless efforts to expand the scope and impact of the Tryall Fund.
Manuela Cerri Goren
Entertainment journalist with over 30 years of experience, wife, mother, activist and philanthropist. Presently on the Board of Directors of American Friends of Jamaica, Center Theatre Group and on the Dean’s Council at the Gallatin School at NYU. Also part of the Women’s Initiative at NYU. Sitting on the Advisory Board of Face To Face/ Faith To Faith. Involved with the Tryall Fund since 2009, and committee member of the Taste of Tryall for three years. Recently returned to the Board of Directors and currently Chairing the Scholarship Committee and Co-Chairing the 2016 Taste of Tryall.
Mrs. Curtin joined the Tryall Fund Board in 2012. She is currently working on our health initiatives
Mr. Zerunian is The Tryall Club Managing Director. He has extensive experience in all aspects of resort operations, including construction, villa operations renovations, new facility opening, project management, budgeting, training, food and beverage, and administration. He acts as facilitator between the Tryall Fund and Tryall Club. Mr. Zerunian brings to the Fund, energy, experience and a unique perspective to our missions. We are most appreciative of his time and energy.
Mrs. Ross joined the Tryall Fund Board in 2009. She has been involved in our donor outreach program and has been supporting the Annual Fundraising Event. Mrs. Ross has been a great supporter of the fund for years prior to joining the Board.
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Laura pursued Business Administration studies and a Master Degree in Accounting and Controlling Management. In 1993 Laura Mazabel was offered a job in Jamaica to work as the Administrator of the Montego Bay office of SAM Airlines that operated flights between Colombia and Jamaica. This job awoke her interest in and love for Jamaica and its People. In September 2008, Laura opened Liceo Montessori School, focusing on the reading area for children between 3 and 9 years old, adding a unique alternative in Montego Bay for early childhood education. Laura has also dedicated time to participate in the work of the Tryall Fund since 2010. She currently serves on the Scholarship Committee, and is Co-Chair for Taste of Tryall 2016.
"I joined the Tryall Club over a year ago but am no stranger to Jamaica having first set foot on Jamaican soil in the 1960's. The education and welfare of the youth of Jamaica has always been at the forefront of my association with the country, stemming from my many years with the Jamaica Tourist Board, Sandals Resorts and Half Moon. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and I stand firm in the belief that we should do all we can to nurture the young so that they can live their aspirations and dreams".
Mitsy Clarke is the Executive Assistant for the Tryall Club, and administrator for the Tryall Fund. She is charged with some the administration of and responsibilities for the Tryall Fund Initiatives. She is a dedicated, committed member and a great assest to the Fund. We are grateful to work so closely with Mitsy.