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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 is currently one vacancy on VIPA's board: a private citizen from St. Croix.

 

Image Dr. Yvonne Thraen Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen
Private Citizen, St. Thomas
Acting Chairperson of VIPA's Board

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. 

 
Marvin Forbes Marvin Forbes
Private Citizen, St. Croix
Secretary of VIPA's Board
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.

 
Joseph Boshulte

The Honorable Joseph Boschulte
Tourism Commissioner Designee

Term: Ex-officio

Tourism Commissioner Designee Joseph Boschulte has a wealth of experience in government management and strong ties in the tourism industry.  Most recently, he served as a specialist at the VI Department of Tourism to assist in forging critical bonds with leaders in the cruise industry. He worked with the USVI committee that comprises the "Ports of the Virgin Islands" to help the territory achieve operational improvements to the cruise ship sector as well as economic benefits to the community.  He is also a former Chief Executive Officer of the West Indian Company, Limited.  During his tenure, the agency negotiated three long-term agreements with three separate cruise ship corporations and invested over $20 million worth of infrastructure repairs of the cruise dock, which receives the majority of the cruise visits in the territory.  His career has included service with the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, the VI Government Employees’ Retirement System, VI Public Services Commission and the University of the Virgin Islands.

 

The Honorable Denise George, Esq.
Attorney General Designee

Term: Ex-officio

Attorney Denise George has been nominated by Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. as the Virgin Islands Attorney General.  Attorney George was most recently a senior staff attorney at the Virgin Islands Port Authority.  Prior to her employment at VIPA, she was employed as an Assistant Attorney General at the V.I. Department of Justice for more than 18 years. She served as director of the White Collar Crime and Public Corruption Division, where she instituted legal proceedings against public officials within local agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Department of Human Resources. Attorney George also has experience prosecuting violent crimes.

 
The Honorable Nelson Petty Jr., PE
Public Works Commissioner Designee
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.  

 
Kevin Rodriguez
Chairman, Economic Development Authority Board
Term: Ex-officio

 

 

 
Leona Smith Leona Smith
Private Citizen, St. John

Term: May 15, 2019 - May 15, 2022

 

 

 
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. Joseph Boschulte
  2. Marvin Forbes
  3. José A. Penn - chair
  4. Lee Steiner
Property Committee
  1. José A. Penn 
  2. Lee Steiner - chair

  3. Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen

Projects & Operations Committee 
  1. Marvin Forbes - chair

  2. Nelson Petty Jr., PE

  3. Lee Steiner

  4. Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen

Personnel Committee
  1. Marvin Forbes

  2. Nelson Petty Jr., PE - chair

  3. Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen

 

 


BOARD ACTIONS ARCHIVE

2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
January 31, 2019 January 24, 2018 January 18, 2017 January 27, 2016 January 21, 2015 January 19, 2014
February 20, 2019 February 21, 2018 February 22, 2017 February 17, 2016 February 28, 2015 February 19, 2014
March 2019
- No meeting held
March 21, 2018 March 22, 2017 March 30, 2016 March 25, 2015 March 19, 2014
April 4, 2019 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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