A Letter from the Production Team
The Creators of BVI Newbie
Creative Director & Newbie Creator: 2005 – Present
Nick’s role has now been focused more toward developing an online experience for the tourism audience to engage with, by connecting travellers with local tour excursions and local businesses.
Founder of aLookingGlass and Co-Creator: 2002 – 2015
Now, less involved with aLG, Colin runs one of the most prominent shipping and freight forwarding companies in the BVI, Aeropost – BVI. He also contributed his first-hand knowledge as a mailing guru to update our Shipping and Duty section.
Founding Editor, Co-Creator, Contributor: 2008 – Present
Now as a contributor, Traci helps keep BVI Newbie up to date and relevant to our continually growing audience.
The Production Team
Sales and Marketing Manager:2014 – Present
Maros (Mo) Pristas
Web Developer, 2012 – P
Mo is a massive fan of the BVI in general and promises to return again one day, especially if he can book his tickets through BVINewbie.com.
Stephen L. France
Editor-in-Chief: 2014 – Present
In addition to providing content and editorial expertise to BVI Newbie, Stephen is a self published novelist now residing in London, UK.
Digital Content & Strategy: 2016 – Present
Accounts & Distribution: 2005 – Present
She also handles accounts payable and generally keeps our Road Reef Plaza office in order. By no means a newbie herself, Frankie is always available for useful advice and tips.
Senior Graphic Designer: 2013 – 2017
It encouraged the local youth to discover the excitement of being a kid in the BVI as they learned fun things about our islands, our ocean and the adventures they can have here!
Now a resident of Florida, Taylor works at Magic Memories as a senior graphic designer where he “doesn’t just sell photos, he tells and sells stories.”
Our Expert Team of Guest Contributors
Heather Anderson, wedding planner and mother of three, provided information on getting married and having a baby in the BVI.
Sachkia Barnes—a freelance writer and public relations manager in the Territory—is a fountain of knowledge about the BVI, sharing information with BVI Newbie in the Healthcare, Education, Starting a Business and Utilities sections.
David Blacklock, is a charter captain and freelance writer living in the BVI who always keeps our Splashing section updated.
Dr. Cindy M. George, “Dr. Cindy” is a Couples and Family Therapist who holds a Doctorate in Marital, Couples, and Family Therapy, from Barry University. She has twenty years of experience in the field of counseling, and works with couples to help them overcome their relationship challenges. Dr. Cindy also counsels individuals for numerous concerns such as anxiety, stress, and depression, and children for behavioral and adjustment issues. Her physical office is located in the Roger Downing Building on Main Street, Tortola. She also conducts online therapy as part of her services. For more information contact Dr. Cindy at 284-346-0662.
Kelly Bos, family therapist, wife and mother contributed to sections related to children, family, ‘island fever’, socialising and community events.
Charlie Brigden, admin for the law firm Martin Kenney & Co, contributed her extensive ‘new-starter’ research to sections Immigration & Work Permit, Transportation, Money & Banking, and her Hurricane Emergency Kit.
Judy Haycraft moved to the BVI in 2000 after eight years building a successful recruitment career in London. She greatly assisted authorship of the Relocating section.
Gareth Thomas, provided his expertise on navigating the formalities of a newbie’s first few weeks on island. He is a long term member of the BVI Financial Services Industry.
Karyn Alexander is a young Virgin Gordian who was educated at The Little Rainbow Primary School, Bregado Flax Educational Centre- Secondary Division, H.Lavity Stoutt Community College, and the la communicator and believes that she can reach and influence others by her positive online messages. She enjoys reading and writing. Fashion is another of her passions. Karyn knows that determination, discipline, and effort leads to success.
Claire Hunter proved a valuable resource from inside the Governor’s Office, pointing out necessary updates throughout its growth. Her resourceful and insightful input helped a great deal.
Armando Jenik has dedicated much of his life to the waters of the Virgin Islands with his experience taking him from National Geographic expeditions to the Hollywood role as an underwater stunt double for ‘Bernie Lomax.’ He clarified marine facts and information in our Newbie Junior section.
Dr Mitch Kent—historian and archaeologist—is a beacon of information. Referenced throughout Newbie as our source for much of the BVI’s culture and history, he is perceived by many as a living encyclopaedia.
Charlotte McDevitt, Green VI’s founder has made it her mission to make the BVI the sustainable and ‘green’ haven it’s capable of being. She updated Newbie’s information about waste management and budding recycling programmes.
Clive Petrovic who heads the environmental agency Econcern is the go-to guy in the Territory for most environmental assessment needs. He can tell you all the quirky facts about BVI wildlife and helped in the flora and fauna department.
Louise Reardon has taught sailing with Offshore Sailing School on Tortola since 2006. She is a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, and US Sailing Instructor, contributing her knowledge to the Splashing section.