V.I. Port Authority Governing Board
29 VIC 541
Created in 1968, this board acts as a board of directors, reviewing and authorizing major actions by the V.I. Port Authority. VIPA is a semi-autonomous agency, structured as a government owned corporation, that maintains and overseas the territory’s air and seaports. The commissioners of Tourism and of Public Works, the attorney general and EDA chair serve ex officio. The ex officio members do not receive stipends for serving. The other five members are appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the Legislature. They serve three year terms and may NOT serve until replaced.
Chair: Laurel Hewitt-Sewer, private citizen, St. John Term: Sept. 23, 2015 – Sept. 23, 2018
Vice Chair: Yvonne Thraen, private citizen, St. Thomas. Term: Dec. 20, 2016-Dec. 20, 2019
Secretary, Claude E. Walker, Attorney General, Term: Ex-officio
José A. Penn, Economic Development Authority Board chair; Term: Ex-officio
Nelson Petty, Acting Public Works Commissioner, Term: Ex-officio
Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Tourism Commissioner, Term: Ex-officio
Marvin Forbes, private citizen, St. Croix. Term: Dec. 20, 2016-Dec. 20, 2019
Vacant: Private citizen, STT
Vacant: Private citizen, STX
The St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island district private sector members are: Juanita R. Young, Secretary and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, Cheryl Boynes-Jackson, and Hubert Turnbull.
The St. Croix district private sector members are: Elizabeth Armstrong, Chairperson, Noel Loftus, Vice Chairperson, and Gerald Groner, Esq.