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About the Virgin Islands Port Authority

The VIPA management team is comprised of some of the most diverse, educated, innovative and hard-working individuals living in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Led by Carlton Dowe, the agency's executive director, the management team keeps the wheels of the VIPA ship turning.


Principal Officers

Carlton Dowe, Executive Director
Carlton DoweCarlton Dowe joined the VI Port Authority in Jan. 2013 as the agency's executive director. Director Dowe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Port and is responsible for the overall leadership of the Authority and its staff.   Dowe is committed to working with the staff to ensure the Authority operates in the most efficient and effective manner, and maximizes its assets and resources to the benefit of the Authority and the users of the ports.

Dowe’s professional life is marked with public service. He has over 26 years of management experience serving as a firefighter who rose through the ranks to become the youngest fire chief in Virgin Islands history, as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, and Director of the Virgin Islands Fire Service and five terms as a Senator representing the St. Thomas-St. John District during the 24th, 25th, 27 th, 28th and 29th Legislatures. 

Dowe has an Associate of Science degree in fire science and technology and an Associate of Arts degree in fire administration from Miami Dade Community College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.


David W. Mapp, Assistant Executive Director
David W. MappDavid W. Mapp serves as the VI Port Authority’s assistant executive director.  He has worked with the Port Authority since 1985 and is directly responsible for the oversight of all Port Authority operations and its employees on the island of St. Croix.  In his capacity as the assistant director, Mapp also serves as the manager of the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.
Dale A. Gregory, Director of Engineering
Dale GregoryDale Gregory is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the planning and management of the capital improvement projects for both the aviation and marine divisions – including managing all federal grant monies received for construction and improvement projects.  The engineering department solicits bids and funding for capital projects, oversees project design and performs construction management, project inspection, facility operation and major maintenance for all construction projects.

Gregory was hired by the Port Authority as a project representative and project manager in 1983.  He was promoted to engineering director in 1995.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of West Virginia.  He is also a licensed Civil Engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Association of Airport Executives and the International Conference of Building Officials.

Ms. Donna Frett-Gregory, Chief Financial Officer
Donna Frett-GregoryDonna Frett-Gregory joined the Virgin Islands Port Authority as its Chief Financial Officer in March 2015.  In her capacity as CFO, Gregory has oversight of the Authority's administration and finance, accounting and purchasing departments.  She is charged with creating innovative practices to improve the Authority's financial and credit standing; performing regular reviews of the Port Authority's aviation and marine tariffs; oversight of the annual financial audit; managing the Authority's assets; ensuring the agency obtains the most adequate and affordable insurance liability coverage; and developing all purchasing and financial procedures for the agency.

Gregory has 28 years of public financial management experience. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University, Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Morgan State University. Ms. Gregory successfully completed the State Leaders in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2011.

Nycole Thompson, Esq., General Counsel


Executive Staff

Carlton Dowe
Executive Director

David W. Mapp
Assistant Executive Director

Dale A. Gregory
Director of Engineering

Donna Frett-Gregory
Chief Financial Officer

Denise M. Mills, CPM®
Director of Property Management

Dayna M. Clendinen
Director of Human Resources

Nycole Thompson, Esq.
General Counsel

Julice Harley
Chief of Staff

Damali Rogers
Special Assistant

Jose Nazario
Airport Manager - CEKA

Kelvin Industrious
Marine Manager - STT/STJ

John Payne
Marine Manager - STX

Ava Penn
Crown Bay District Manager

Monifa Marrero Brathwaite
Public Information Officer

M. Anna Penn

Felicia V. Blake
Maintenance Manager - STT/STJ

Hughley Daly
Maintenance Manager - STX



Virgin Islands Port Authority
8074 Lindbergh Bay
P.O. Box 301707
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands  00803-1707
Tel: (340) 774-1629  Fax: (340) 774-0025 / 
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