UCCI Performing Arts Group
The UCCI Performing Arts programme was firmly
established in 2009 under the leadership of Dr
MoniKa Lawrence as Artistic Director/Dance
Professor and Glen Inanga as Music Director. This vibrant programme continues to feature local
and international performances by UCCI Dancers, UCCI Choir, UCCI Instrumental Ensemble and
the award winning UCCI Steel Pan Band, Pandemix. These groups collaborate on numerous occasions and are having an increasingly strong impact on Cayman's cultural landscape.
Dr. Alexandra Bodden is licensed as a Psychologist in the Cayman Islands and Maryland, USA. She currently holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology, General Psychology and Clinical Psychopharmacology. She recently returned home to Cayman and began working with Behavioral Health Associates Cayman (BHAC) where she provides individual, family and group therapy and conducts psychological assessments for adults and adolescents. For the past six years she has worked in community mental health clinics and hospitals in Florida and Cayman, specializing in working with persons who have experienced violence and abuse, persons with difficulties with substance abuse and persons with severe and persistent mental illness.
A former school teacher with a Master's in Marine Biology, Cathy Church decided to pursue underwater photography full time. She has since been inducted into most halls of fame, written many magazine articles and offered seminars across the US as well as in the UK and France.
She has taught thousands of divers how to better enjoy underwater photography, written several books, sold thousands of prints, and yet feels as though every day she is just getting started.
Cathy carries her camera out to a reef and shoots as though it were all new. Each student is a new challenge, and every photo she takes is a new joy. Every time she meets someone who is not diving with their family because they are “not a water person” Cathy feels so sorry for their not being able to experience being underwater that she immediately start asking questions and start them on their new journey.
Chas is currently a student at UCCI and a member of the President's List (Fall 2014). He is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Computer Science.
He spends his free time being active through a weekly fitness regime and longboarding.His interests range from beatboxing to dance, from literature to the strange obsession of pen spinning. Chas believes it is a shame not to utilize the body and mind we are born with. Thus, he is always open to opportunities that would better himself.
Having minored in marine biology in California, Courtney Platt then taught scuba at Bob Soto’s Diving, during which time me he made over
2,400 scuba dives and witnessed the last of out largest, friendly reef fish on the west side of Grand Cayman disappear. He is still an avid scuba diver with more than 5,000 scuba dives in total. This experience has given him an intimacy with Cayman’s reefs.
Being a photographer, he has been especially sensitive to the rapid decline in the size and quantity of reef fish and offers a unique understanding to what that means to our dive industry’s bottomline. He believes that prompt action could potentially restore Cayman’s reefs to a status of world renowned greatness while enhancing our fishing experience at the same time. His coffee table book “Paradise Interrupted” is a visual portrayal of Hurricane Ivan’s impact on Grand Cayman.
Donna Mitchell is CEO of a healthy lifestyle consultancy company, Lifestyles, Ltd., in the Cayman Islands. Donna hails from Newfoundland, Canada, and began an exciting career with Weight Watchers International after losing 87 lbs.
The sudden and tragic death of her boyfriend in 1984 changed everything. She left family, familiarity, career and country, stepping outside the comfort zone towards the edge, to discover life's meaning, who she is, and what can be accomplished.
Hylton Grace has worked in the areas of human services for over twelve years, spanning areas such as sexual and reproductive health, youth development, substance abuse counselling and prevention, and parenting.
He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds a Master’s degree in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change. He is also a Certified Professional Life Coach, through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).
Hylton is a behavioural specialist and training facilitator at The Wellness Centre (TWC). He is a published poet/author, master trainer, and motivator. He is a lover of words, has a passion for working with people, and finds it easy to connect with persons of all walks of life. He is committed to his continuous growth and seeks to empower others.
Dr. Leonardo Raznovich obtained a LL.B. from the University of Buenos Aires in 1995, a LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1997 and a doctorate degree from Oxford University in 2004. He was Head of Law (2008-2010) and principal lecturer in law (until 2012) at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK where and also served as Convenor of the Legal Education Section of the Society for Legal Scholars Conference in the U.K. for the triennium 2009/2011.
Leo is currently a law lecturer at the Cayman Islands Law School where he teaches evidence, EU law, jurisprudence and dispute resolution. As an attorney at law in practice since 1995 in Argentina and called to the Bar in England in 2010, he gained experience in a wide range of commercial matters and more recently also public law matters, in particular, in cases involving human right issues in the area of LGBT equality.
Mina Whorms was born and raised in Grand Cayman. She is 16 years old, currently attending Cayman Prep and High School, with plans to attend university next year. She aspires to be a writer, possibly pursuing a career in journalism or literature. Her hobbies include reading, writing novels, playing instruments, and extra-curricular activities to aid her community.
Dr. Pavlov Rameau is Haitian by birth, American by choice, citizen of the world by education. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Florida. He has participated in international study programs such as The Global Citizen in Salzburg, Austria. He has spoken on subjects such as Slavery: Waiting for an Apology from the African People, at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, A letter to the Youth of Haiti, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Math Phobia and Probability & God, fractals: the most beautiful objects in mathematics, at the STEM Carib conference at UCCI.