DRCVI Central Staff
Amelia Headley LaMont, Esq.
Executive Director Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islandsr
Amelia Headley LaMont is an attorney and has served as the Executive Director of DRCVI since 1996. In that capacity Amelia oversees all activities relating
to case management, training and outreach, fiscal management, personnel management, and program development.
Amelia also worked as a staff attorney with Legal Services of the Virgin Islands for seven years where she had a concentration of cases in the areas of housing, employment, income maintenance, education and disability rights. She was engaged in the private practice of law for five years and worked as an instructor at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Paralegal Studies Program for 10 years.
AAmelia is a member of the board of directors of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). She is a former board member of the Good Hope Country Day School. She had also served on the District Court Magistrate Merit Selection Panel, the Board of Governors of the V.I. Bar Association, V.I. Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, and Legal Services of the Virgin Islands.
She attended New York University from 1973-1975, and she is a graduate of Queens College, CUNY and Howard University School of Law.
Archie Jennings, Esq.
Archie Jennings began his legal career as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society in the state of Ohio where he represented hundreds of clients in cases involving employment, elder law, housing, transportation, and neighborhood economic development.
In 1982, Archie joined Legal Services of the Virgin Islands as the Litigation Coordinator for a period of 4 years, where he spearheaded class action litigation covering such matters as special education, housing waiting lists, health care services and income maintenance issues. Archie was then engaged in the private practice of law from 1986. In 2004, Archie joined DRCVI as its Managing Attorney. In addition to handling cases, he is responsible for the supervision, training, and skill development of the DRCVI advocacy/outreach staff.
He is a certified mediator and a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where he majored in economics. He holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University Of Denver College Of Law.
Kippy Roberson was raised on a sheep and cattle ranch in Western Oregon. He worked several years as an adult in the agriculture and construction industries before graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Range Management from Oregon State University in 1994. He then went on to law school and graduated from Vermont Law School in 1997.
Attorney Roberson then went into the private practice of law in Eastern Oregon for ten years in a general practice law firm, first for three years as an Associate and then seven years as a partner. He sold his practice and moved to the Virgin Islands in May of 2007. He took the Virgin Islands Bar Exam and was admitted to practice law in 2008. Attorney Roberson worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Virgin Island Department of Justice until 2016. He has now chosen to go on serving the People of the Virgin Islands as a Disability Rights Advocate.
Vincent R. Anderson, CPA
Vincent Anderson has been responsible for the management of DRCVI’s fiscal affairs since 1996. Vincent provides and directs procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records to afford adequate accounting controls and services. He prepares and submits required financial reports to Federal funding agencies and oversees budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, purchasing, payroll, and insurance activities for DRCVI. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the state of Minnesota.
Kishma Creque has been with DRCVI since January of 2006. Before joining DRCVI, she worked as a legal secretary for six years.
Kishma is a principal assistant on administrative matters. She prepares memos, correspondence, reports, legal and other documents as requested. She is a graduate of the Charlotte Amalie High School.
ADA Consultant and Trainer
Julien E. Henley, Sr. is a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and a leading expert in retail management in the Virgin Islands. He presently serves as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Consultant and as a Trainer for the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands.
VMr. Henley was born on January 18, 1962 and grew up with his family in Savan. After graduating from Charlotte Amaile High School in 1980, Mr. Henley began working at Kinney’s Shoe Corporation; one of the largest footwear chains in America. During his employment at Kinney’s Shoe Corporation, Mr. Henley was able to learn the various aspects of managing and was successful in becoming General Manager after three years of employment. He then transferred to Champs Sports as a General Manager, and soon thereafter became the Regional Manager.
Julien Henley later worked for Passman Galleries, the home of independently crafted jewelry and fine objects. After two years of employment at Passman Galleries, he became the General Manager of their Alaska, and St. Thomas locations. In 2008 he was promoted Regional Manager over their Cayman Islands, and St. Thomas locations.
In 2008, Mr. Henley was shot in a senseless act that paralyzed him from the waist down. During a two month recovery period, Mr. Henley was hospitalized in Miami, Florida.
After returning home to St. Thomas, Julien Henley became actively involved in the launching and development of St. Thomas Crime Stoppers thus, satisfying his desire is to do away with crime in St. Thomas.
Mr. Henley serves as Chairman of the State Rehabilitation Council Board and many other disability organizations. He has a great determination to improve the lives of our Virgin Islanders by creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
His success in business and his endless network of friends are a testament to his unwavering kindness and his unending work ethic.
Vincent Francis has over 19 years of experience as a counselor, social worker, and advocate for individuals with disabilities, and families that are culturally diverse and reside in economically disadvantaged communities.
Vincent holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. His undergraduate work earned him a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Business Administration.
His work history includes coordinating services for 500-700 youths who are at-risk, or children of incarcerated parents. As a disability rights advocate, Vincent successfully cleared a 3 year backlog of special education mediation cases within an 8 month timeframe and achieved a 90% compliance rate. He identified Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) noncompliance issues in the hotel, communication and customer service industries and contributed to bringing these deficiencies to a successful outcome.
Vincent Francis is a US Air Force veteran where he served as a leader and manager for over 20 years.
Iris Bermudez earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Sp Ed. She began her professional career August 1973 providing direct social work services, healthcare related services, developing meaningful partnerships with various community and federal entities, teaching, training, and advocacy.
She held various management positions within the Depts. of Human Services, Health, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the VI as well as other specialized positions with the Dept. of Ed - Special Education Program, the University of the VI - St. Croix Campus and the VI Advocacy Agency, Inc.
She was subsequently hired and worked for the federal government at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the NY and Atlanta Regional Offices for 13 years. Iris retired from government service June, 2015.
DRCVI Board of Directors
Veronica Handy, Chair
Dr. Olutayo Delano
PAIMI Advisory Council Members
Dina Cruz, Chair
Julia Gabriel de Lopez
Ramona Moss, Ph.D.
Hon. Patricia Steele