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VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY
BOARD OF GOVERNORS

The Virgin Islands Port Authority is an autonomous agency governed by a nine-member board which sets policy. The executive director is responsible for implementing these policies and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the agency.  Board meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month and are open to the public under the Sunshine Law of the Territory.  As per VI Code Title 29 §541, four members of the governor's cabinet sit on the board. These members serve at the pleasure of the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  They are:

  1. the commissioner of the Department of Tourism,

  2. the attorney general,

  3. the commissioner of the Department of Public Works, and

  4. the chairperson of the Economic Development Authority's board.

The five other board positions are reserved for private citizens who are appointed by the governor and are subject to the approval of the Legislature of the Virgin Islands. Two of these members must come from St. Croix, two from St. Thomas and one from St. John. They are appointed to a three-year term of office and each is eligible for re-appointment.  There are currently two vacancies on VIPA's board: a private citizen from St. John and a private citizen from St. Croix.

 

Image Dr. Yvonne Thraen Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen
Private Citizen, St. Thomas
Acting Chairperson

Term: Dec. 20, 2016 – Dec. 20, 2019

Dr. Yvonne Thraen is a program liaison for VI projects funded by the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture's graduate school - the International Institute. She has over 30 years of experience in government planning, policy making and administration. Thraen was an assistant to Governor Alexander Farrelly in March 1987, and to Governor Roy L Schneider until her retirement in January 1997. Thraen currently serves on the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees and on the board of Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands. Her civil service also includes directorship of the VI Youth Services Administration. She has a doctorate in social welfare from Brandeis University.

 

 
  Carol Thomas-Jacobs
Acting Attorney General

Term: Ex-officio

 

 
Joseph Boschulte
Tourism Commissioner Designee

Term: Ex-officio

 

 
Nelson Petty Jr., PE
Public Works Commissioner
Term: Ex-officio

Nelson Petty Jr., PE is a civil engineer and surveyor who has served in the US Virgin Islands Public Works Department for over 20 years.  He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.

 
Jose A. Penn José A. Penn
Chairman, Economic Development Authority Board
Term: Ex-officio

José Penn is the chair of the Enterprise & Commercial Zone Commission. He is chief financial officer of his family's group of businesses. Mr. Penn obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands and serves on other boards, including: Virgin Islands Board of Land Use Appeals; Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park Advisory Board; the St. Thomas/St. John Horse Racing Commission; Junior Achievement of the Virgin Islands and the Julius E. Sprauve School Charitable Trust. He is also a member of the St. Thomas - St. John Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and is a charter and honorary member of the Rotary Club of St. John, Inc.

 

 
Marvin Forbes Marvin Forbes
Private Citizen, St. Croix
Term: Dec. 20, 2016 – Dec. 20, 2019

As a local businessman with a strong background in information technology, Marvin Forbes has ran his own telecommunications business on St. Croix for over 20 years. Forbes is also the President of VI Action Group - an organization focused on ensuring fair elections in the territory.

 

 
Lee Steiner
Private Citizen, St. Thomas
Term: Dec. 21, 2017 - Dec. 20, 2020

Lee Steiner is a businessman who serves on the board of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. His local business, USVI Sotheby’s International Realty, is a real estate brokerage that is comprised of top local experts supported by the global reach, global recognition and brand heritage associated with the Sotheby’s Auction House.

He founded USVI Sotheby’s International Realty in 2011 which has quickly become a leading real estate brokerage in the territory. In addition to Mr. Steiner’s real estate brokerage experience, he has undertaken his own projects and consulted for real estate ventures in the US and British Virgin Islands and has successfully been the point person for companies taking property through the rezoning process in the USVI. Mr. Steiner’s brokerage experience includes many years of luxury real estate, commercial property and development property sales and he has brokered deals ranging from single-family lots to hotels. Most recently he is the top producing real estate broker on St. Thomas in 2014 and he was voted the top real estate broker in the US Virgin Islands by the readers of the VI Daily News for 2013.

Prior to founding his company, he was the top real estate agent on St. Thomas in 2009 and 2010 while being an integral part in the development of the boutique brokerage Sea Glass Properties. Prior to that, he was the top agent at Coldwell Banker Stout Realty where he was awarded the President’s Circle designation at Coldwell Banker in 2008, which was an honor received by only the top 3% of the 120,000 Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. Currently Mr. Steiner serves as the President of USVI Sotheby’s International Realty where he leads an industry leading team of real estate professionals.

 

VIPA BOARD COMMITTEES

Finance Committee
  1. Beverly Nicholson-Doty
  2. José A. Penn
Property Committee
  1. José A. Penn - chairperson 
  2. Beverly Nicholson-Doty

  3.  Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen

  4.  Lee Steiner

Projects & Operations Committee 
  1. Marvin Forbes  - chairperson

  2. Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen

  3. Lee Steiner

  4. Nelson Petty Jr., PE

Personnel Committee
  1. Marvin Forbes

  2.  Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen

  3.  Nelson Petty Jr., PE

 

 


BOARD ACTIONS ARCHIVE

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
January 24, 2018 January 18, 2017 January 27, 2016 January 21, 2015 January 19, 2014
February 21, 2018 February 22, 2017 February 17, 2016 February 28, 2015 February 19, 2014
March 21, 2018 March 22, 2017 March 30, 2016 March 25, 2015 March 19, 2014
April 18, 2018 April 19, 2017 April 20, 2016 April 22, 2015 April 16, 2014
May 21, 2018 May 17, 2017 May 18, 2016 May 27, 2015

May 09, 2014 
(special meeting)

 

May 21, 2014

June 20, 2018 June 21, 2017 June 22, 2016 June 17, 2015 June 18, 2014
July 30, 2018 July 26, 2017 July 20, 2016 July 2015 
- No meeting held
July 16, 2014
August 22, 2018 August 21, 2017 August 17, 2016 August 19, 2015 August 20, 2014
September 26, 2018 September 2017 
- No meeting held
September 22, 2016 September 16, 2015 September 17, 2014
October 17, 2018 October 04, 2017 October 21, 2016 October 21, 2015 October 3 and 21, 2014
November 2018
- No meeting held
November 08, 2017 November 16, 2016 November 18, 2015 November 19, 2014
 December 3, 2018

December 19, 2018

December 20, 2017 December 21, 2016 December 16, 2015 December 15, 2014

 


 

VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY
St. Thomas
St. John
St. Croix
161-A Subbase
PO Box 1707
St. Thomas, VI 00803
Theovald Moorehead
Dock & Terminal
Cruz Bay
PO Box 1707
St. Thomas, VI 00803
 
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Terminal - 2nd Floor
Christiansted
PO Box 1134
St. Croix, VI 00821

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