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Lieut. Colonel Verona Haughton
Lieut. Colonel Verona Haughton Training Principal of the Salvation Army Caribbean Territory College for Officers Training and Secretary for Leader Development in the Caribbean. Prior to this, the Colonel served with her husband as, Divisional Leaders of Eastern Jamaica Division with specific responsibility as the Divisional Director of Women's Ministries. Other appointments include Director of Special Services at the Training College, Divisional Leaders for Western Jamaica Division, Corps Officer of the Montego Bay Temple Corps, appointments in Trinidad, and Guyana. Along with her husband she has conducted evangelistic campaign meetings, youth conventions, marriage enrichment seminars and local leadership training in Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Kitts and Washington DC.
Verona has gained certificates in Supervisory Management and Public Speaking from Training and Development Services in Human Resource Management. Verona is also a recipient of a certificate of distinction in Cake Baking and Decoration and Advance Drug Counselling. Verona's unassuming yet assertive disposition has earned her the title, "Miss Vee." In 2003 the Colonel Haughton obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guidance and Counselling from the Institute of Theological Leadership Development (ITLD) In 2011 the Colonel graduated from the International University of the Caribbean in association with St. Stephens College of Canada with a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling.
Senior Training Officer
Captain Vilece Thomas
Captain Vilece Thomas - The Senior Training Officer since July 2011- is a University educated Haitian Officer who entered Training College in 1995 from French Guiana after a long career in teaching. His leadership skill was noticed early after commissioning as he along with his Guyanese wife Joan then Lieutenant - now Major, were sent to pioneer the work of the Salvation Army in Sint Maarten only after eighteen months of Officership; where they spent five years of successful ministry which remains to date a highlight of their officership.
Captain Thomas has also worked in Guyana and in Jamaica as a Corps Officer. He has taken Management, Counseling and Theology as post commissioning courses. Captain Thomas has attended seminars in a wide range of subjects which include: Mass Evangelism with Billy Graham in Holland in 2000 in Holland, International Training Seminar in 2004 in California. The Advisory Board Conference in Texas in 2005 the Territorial Finance Seminar in Jamaica in 2008 and the Brengle institute in Saint Lucia. In 2009 the Captain attended the teaching Children Seminar in Virginia and the Advanced Leadership -Haggai Institutein Hawaii. The socail Justice Conference in Jamaica in 2010.
Captain Thomas comes to his present appointment after serving as Divisional Youth and Candidates Secretary in the Guyana Division for three years. The Captain is on his second appointment at the Training College, having served as Education Officer for five years from 2003-2008. Captain Thomas is currently completing a Degree in Divinity with the University of London.
Education & Finance Officer
Major Joan Thomas
I am Joan Thomas, a Guyanese by birth and I am a member of the Messagers of the Truth Session 1994-1996. I was commissioned in June 16, 1996 and my first appointment was the Rae Town Corps. I spent one year and then I was transferred to the Kingston Central Corps for six months where I got married to my husband Vilece whom I then joined in service at the May Pen Corps. We spent one year in May Pen together after which we were sent as pioneers of newly opened work in Saint Maarten. Our tenure in Saint Maarten was very rewarding as God used my husband and I to do what at that time seemed impossible. Then in 2003 we were appointed to the Training College where I served as the Finance Officer and five years later I was transferred and appointed as the Divisional Finance Officer and Citadel Corps Officer in the Guyana Division, that appointment lasted for three years and I am currently serving again at the Training College this time as the Education Officer. In 2012 the additional portfolio of Finance officer was added.
Personnel Officer & I.T Coordinator
Major Winston Evelyn
Major Winston Evelyn was born in Barbados and educated at Wesley Hall Junior and Louis Lynch Secondary Schools and the Barbados O'Level Institute. He went into training in 1994 as a member of the Messenger of Truth Session and was ordained and Commissioned in 1996. He attended seminars in Aids awareness, premarital counseling and Family planning. He is presently pursing a degree in theology at the International University of the Caribbean.
Appointments: He served three years in Tobago Scarborough Corps and the Argyle outpost. My wife Captain Sherma Evelyn joined me in my second year and together we served until we were transferred to Jamaica to the Spanish Town and Linstead Corps.
Following this Major Evelyn had the privilege of serving in Barbados as Chaplain for the Lancaster House for Fire & Flood Victims, Corps Officer of the Bridgetown Central Corps and General Arnold Brown Youth Centre. While there he served on the Barbados Prison board, Barbados Disaster and Emergency Management Agency and the Barbados Christian Council as an executive member. First appointed to the training College as the Field Training Officer and in 2010 a change of appointment followed the Major currently serves as the Personal Officer and the IT Coordinator.
Major Evelyn hobbies are writing short plays, cooking, and information technology and engaging in wholesome theological discourse.
Field Training Officer
Captain Luis Melendez
Born in Puerto Rico, USA. Lived in Paterson, New Jersey; Worcester, Massachusetts and Bradenton, Florida. I am Fluent in Spanish and English. i am happily married to Captain Laura Melendez. Family consists of 4 children: Fernando, Enrique, Luis Jr. and Dayralys and 4 grandchildren.
Education: Graduated from Technical & Vocational High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Bachelor Degree in Pastoral Studies from Pentecostal Bible College in St. Just, Puerto Rico. Associate Degree from College for Officers Training in Atlanta, Georgia. Awarded the Evangelical Training Association Standard Teacher Diploma. Completed 5 years of continued education courses at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. Certified in The Salvation Army Leadership Training and Disaster Services Training.
Appointments: Corps Officer: Houston Temple Corps, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and William Booth Garden Apartments in Houston Texas.
Corps Officer: Lufkin Corps & Community Center, Salvation Army Thrift Store and Adult Day Care in Lufkin, Texas. Presently the Field Training Officer: Caribbean Training College; Kingston, Jamaica.
Home Officer & Assistant Finance Officer
Captain Laura Melendez
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I'm happily married to Captain Luis Melendez. Our family consists of 4 children: Fernando, Enrique, Luis Jr. and Dayralys and 4 grandchildren. After graduating from Catholic Providence High School, I pursued studies at the University of Puerto Rico where I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts. I came to the USA and pursued studies at the American Commercial College in Lubbock, Texas where I received a Diploma in Office Management. I have also received an Associate's Degree from the College for Officers Training in Atlanta, Georgia and was awarded a Standard Teacher's Diploma from the Evangelical Training Association. For the past 5 years I have completed continuing education courses at the Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm fluent in Spanish and English.
Prior to becoming a Salvation Army Officer, I served in USA government offices such as the Texas Youth Commission, the Florida Health Department, and the Children Services Department. I have also worked in corporate America offices such as Arthur Andersen & Co. and Tropicana Products.
To God be the glory, I have served as Corps Officer in Houston Temple Corps & Community Center and Corps Officer in Lufkin Corps & Community Center. I am serving now as Home Officer/Assistant Finance Officer in the Caribbean Training College in Kingston, Jamaica. My favorite SA song is "Joy In The Salvation Army" and my favorite Bible verse is Acts 16:31 "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved you and your household."
Music Director & Training Officer
Lieutenant Carl Thompson
Lieutenant Thompson is Jamaican by birth, born in the friendly tourism city of Montego Bay located on the north coast of the Island. After working several years as a research associate for US based business intelligence solution power house ‘Market Track' Carl Thompson then entered training to become an officer in 2006 and was a member of the ‘God's Fellow Workers' session. In 2008 the Lieutenant successfully completed his training and was commissioned and ordained as an Officer of The Salvation Army.
Since his commissioning Lieutenant Thompson has held several appointments, his first being in the South American country of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana where he worked as Corps officer to the Vergenogen and East Street Queenstown Corps respectively. After his tenure in Guyana, he was then appointment corps officer to the Mandeville Corps in his homeland country of Jamaica and now has been appointed as the Music Director at the Training College and as Training Officer.