DRCVI Central Staff
Appointed in May 2021, Angus Drigo is Executive Director of DRCVI leading a nine-member full-time team. Prior to heading the DRCVI, he served as a member of its Board for several years.
As Executive Director, Angus oversees all activities relating to fiscal management, case management, staff management, training, outreach, and program development.
Prior to joining DRCVI, he had a successful career as an executive in the private sector for many years and has also had public sector experience having worked as the Chief Financial Officer at the V.I. Department of Health for eight years, overseeing the Fiscal and Medicaid divisions.
Angus holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the Virgin Islands.
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 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.
Nicole Ross was born and raised on St. Croix. She earned a B.A. in History and minored in Pan-African studies at Drew University and went on to study film production in Toronto and DC. Nicole dedicated 10 years of her career working for marine conservation organizations in Washington, DC, including The Ocean Foundation, Alaska Oceans Program, and EarthEcho International. In addition to working in nonprofits, Nicole continued her passion for storytelling and film by working on various film projects in the DC area.
After almost fifteen years away from the Territory, Nicole returned home and worked at Lutheran Social Services of the VI in Public Relations and Development. In 2015, Nicole began working as a communications consultant, using her knowledge of film, communications, and fundraising to help companies and nonprofits amplify their stories and messaging. She started her work with DRCVI in 2016.
Kishma B. Francis was born on St. Thomas and she is a proud graduate of the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. After graduation, she moved to Texas to further her education and received Associate and Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and a Master's degree in Professional Development.
She is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she obtained her Juris Doctorate and a Master's in Public Administration. Currently, she is licensed as an Attorney in the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. She is a strong advocate for the elderly and seniors, along with students in need of special education services.
Nadia Paul joined the Disability Rights Center of Virgin Islands in 2022 as an Administrative Assistant. With 17 years within the public and private sector on St. Croix, Nadia uses her skills to assist with the company's daily task which includes preparing business correspondence, communicating with clients and vendors via email, mail, or in person, and other administrative-related duties. Nadia is a 2022 graduate from the University of the Virgin Islands. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Nadia is a team player and supports the mission of DRCVI.
Shammi has been in the disability field for nearly 25 years, first as an advocate for parents who have children in special education. After being an educational advocate, Shammi worked as the Director of Advocacy and Case Management at an Independent Living Center and then a Regional Technical Assistance Manager at Cornell’s University, Employment and Disability Institute in Syracuse and Ithaca, NY respectfully. At Cornell, Shammi worked with numerous stakeholders such as, parent and student groups, employers and business associations, system advocates, state and local governments and educational entities including K-12 schools and colleges. She has been trained by Department of Justice, Access Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. More recently, Shammi worked as a Program Coordinator with VI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability at the University of the Virgin Islands and as a Ticket to Work Coordinator at the local One-Stop in Ithaca, NY. Her current position as an Advocate with the Disability Rights Center of the VI entails her doing trainings and outreach to parents, support groups and other disability providers. Shammi has an extensive disability background in employment and education as well. This includes her working with various employment entities such as VI DOL, Vocational Rehab along with business organizations such as SBDC and EDA. Shammi holds a BA in Anthropology from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.
DRCVI Board of Directors
- Lisa Bass
- Kennesha Bedminster
- Abigail Cyntje
- Dr. Olutayo Delano
- Brenda Gujral
- Veronica Handy, Chair
- Flavia Logie
- Sherilyn Pogson
- Chevell Simeon
PAIMI Advisory Council Members
- Elaine Brady
- Karen Brown, PH.D.
- Richard Callwood
- Abigail Cyntje
- Scott McChain, Esq.
- Patricia Towal