The Board of Directors at Island Academy is dedicated to creating the best international school in the Caribbean. Our members are drawn from many different vocations and industries, and are all respected contributors to the community.
Island Academy’s Board of Directors are volunteers who freely donate their time to ensure the vision of our school.
PAUL SUDOLSKI, Chairman/Treasurer
Paul Sudokski is currently a director and consultant to a company in the online industry in Antigua. Prior to this position, he started an online e-cash processing businesses, which lead him to his current position in the industry. Before moving to Antigua ten years ago, as a full-time resident, he lived in Canada. He held various positions in industry, including two years organizing and operating an online e-cash processing business, three years as CEO of a merchant banking business, five years as the CFO/CEO of a publically held conglomerate and three years as a partner in a leveraged buyout boutique. During this period, he also held several board positions in Canadian public companies. Between 1979 and 2006, he was Managing Director of Brysons, one of Antigua’s premier companies. He is a chartered account by profession, having articled and received his degree in 1971 with Deloitte Touche in Canada where he remained until 1978.
IAN FRASER, Vice-Chair
Ian Fraser is a graduate of Imperial College, London, where he obtained a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained articles from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales while working for Arthur Andersen & Co. Since returning to Antigua in 1992, Ian has worked in the tourism industry, responsible for the development of Redcliffe Quay, Cocos Hotel, Cocobay Resort, Coconut Beach Resort, and NonSuch Bay Resort. He is the chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Hotel & Tourism Association and serves on the boards of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, Mill Reef Club, the Antigua Yacht Club and several other companies.
BERNADETTE SHERMAN, Secretary
Bernadette Sherman was born in Trinidad but has lived in Antigua since the age of four. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Psychology from Beirut University College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Political Studies from Oregon State University. At present she is a shareholder and director of three restaurants in Antigua, as well as Next Trading Company, and all the Big Banana Group Companies. She is one of the founding members of Island Academy.
Dr. Lowes is currently Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies (http:/www.ilt.columbia.edu) and Adjunct Professor in the Program in Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she has directed many research and evaluation projects at both the university and K-12 levels. She has a long association with the International Baccalaureate Organization as a researcher of their online professional development program, their IB DP Online course offerings, and their new IB Career Certificate (IBCC) and IB Open World Schools (IBOWS) programs.
Dr. Lowes also has a long-standing connection with Antigua. She first came in 1980 as a doctoral student in anthropology at Columbia University and received her doctorate in 1994 for her study of the development of Antigua from 1834 to 1940. She has since written on the 1918 riots and on the legacies of the U.S. Bases that came to Antigua in the early 1940s. Her writing can be found on her website, http://antiguahistory.net, which also contains a large archive of historical photos of Antigua. She is married to Antiguan journalist (now retired) Milton Benjamin.
Sharon is an Attorney-at-Law practicing in Antigua and Barbuda and a partner in the firm Cort & Cort, Attorneys-at-law, Antigua.
In addition to her Bachelor of Law’s degree obtained from the University of Westminster, London, England and her Master of Law’s degree from University College London, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Sharon also qualified as a Barrister in England and Wales and has also been called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands. She is a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Tax Appeal Board and the St. John Association Board.
Anne Hamilton is a recognized highly active philanthropist and volunteer whose contributions have profoundly benefited children, education, arts and culture, animals and countless other worthwhile causes.
A devoted mother of five, Mrs. Hamilton, her husband Matt and their family reside in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is a 1974 graduate of Agnes Irwin School and a 1978 graduate of Boston University.
Mrs. Hamilton has received many honors for her tireless efforts, including the Agnes Irwin School Alumnae Award in 1999, Philadelphia Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001, The Heart of Philadelphia Award in 2002, and Fundraising Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has also received the Liberty Award on 2008 from the National Liberty Museum and the Great Friend to Kids Lifetime Achievement Award from the Please Touch Museum in 2009.