Board of Directors

nigelNigel Baptiste, Chairman

Nigel Baptiste is Executive Director of Republic Bank, a donor partner with ALTA since 2009 through its Power to Make a Difference social investment programme. Nigel’s involvement with adult literacy grew from a genuine interest in promoting literacy and sharing his knowledge about the donor environment with the NGO sector. He joined the Board in 2013. Nigel holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies (UWI), and is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking in England and a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in the United States.




Paula Lucie-Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Paula Lucie-Smith is founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Adult Literacy Tutors Association (ALTA). Paula holds several awards for her work in adult literacy, among them are a national award, Hummingbird Medal (Gold) 2001, the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence 2012 for Public and Civic Contributions, and two Paul Harris Fellowships for community service from Rotary International.

Her work in adult literacy began after attending a UNESCO-sponsored course in 1990, International Literacy Year, to train volunteer adult literacy tutors in Trinidad. As a secondary school teacher, Paula had witnessed the huge literacy deficit among her students.  Since starting ALTA, Paula has authored and co-authored over 60 adult literacy books and continues to develop and manage ALTA from its head office in Belmont.



Hamilton Padmore, Treasurer

Hamilton (Tim) Padmore is a retired professional with graduate qualifications in Business Management and a background in accounting, economics and finance. ALTA’s Treasurer since 2008, his skills lie in effective, efficient management of accounting and financial records, as well as the development and maintenance of new systems. Tim became an ALTA tutor in 2006 and continues to be an active volunteer at the St George’s College Level 3 class. 


mariseMarise Warner, Legal Adviser

Marise Warner is an attorney-at-law, holding a Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1995 and a Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School in 1997. With a range of skills and qualifications including a BSc. in Psychology, training in Mediation Settlement and Family and Divorce Mediation, there is a neverending list of things added to her portfolio on ALTA’s Board. As its Legal Officer, Marise assists with the provision of governance and stewardship, giving legal advice to the Association; drafting and negotiating contracts collaborative management of ALTA and the formulation of its policy. As a certified A-grade tutor herself, Marise is also the co-author of the ALTA Spelling Dictionary and lead trainer of the ALTA Level 3 programme.


gemGem Rowe, Secretary

Gem Rowe has served at the Executive Secretary level in the corporate sector for many years and became an ALTA tutor in 2004.  She continues to volunteer at ALTA’s International School of Port of Spain Level 2 class. Gem’s ALTA expertise and experience have qualified her to be an ALTA class coordinator and member of the ALTA tutor training team. She became Secretary to ALTA’s board in 2006 and the organization is well-served by her previous experience as secretary to a corporate charitable foundation.



Amol Golikeri, Board Member

Amol Golikeri is an ALTA Tutor and the past Assistant General Manager at First Citizens Asset Management Limited with responsibility for the Investment and Marketing. Mr. Golikeri has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector encompassing asset management, merchant banking, corporate banking, risk management, treasury management and financial services. He joined the First Citizens group in September 2001 after holding key management positions at Intercommercial Bank, Citibank and RBTT Bank. Mr. Golikeri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA in Finance from New York University.



Cassandra Ramkerrysingh, Board Member

Cassandra is a transformation specialist with over 30 years’ experience. She has led complex institutional strengthening projects for Governments, Ministries, Utilities, and Private and Public Sector organisations toward performance improvement, growth and development. Several of these targeted socio-economic and educational reform. She has worked primarily in the sectors of education and social development, governance and financial management – all relevant to Alta. She has proven experience in facilitating dialogue with Ministers and Senior Leadership, International Development Agencies, Labour Sector, NGOs and community groups.