Devon was born and raised in the most notorious enclave of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, known as Waterhouse. He went on to become part of the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster film Cool Runnings.
Devon also competed in, and was captain of, the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. A graduate of the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, Devon received a Queen’s Commission in December 1985 and retired from the officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force in December 1992 as a Captain. Devon is also an athlete ambassador for Right to Play; an organization that uses sports and play in refugee camps around the world to enhance child development and build community capacity.
He is a published author and motivational speaker. At the heart of Devon’s message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one’s best life. His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their lives.
Willie O’Ree is the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and ambassador for NHL Diversity, a post he has held since January 1998. On January 18, 1958, playing for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadians, he became the first black person to play in the NHL — an extraordinary event that paved the way for future players of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. His long professional career spanned 21 seasons.
As Director of Youth Development, O’Ree has helped the NHL Diversity program expose more than 40,000 boys and girls of diverse backgrounds to unique hockey experiences. Willie O’Ree was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Breitbard Hall of Fame in the San Diego Hall of Champions in 2008. He received the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 2003. In 2008, the Fredericton, New Brunswick City Council named their new hockey arena after O’Ree in honor of his accomplishments
Dorothy McLeod is the CEO and co-founder of Jamaica Cultural Alliance, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization, dedicated to cultural exchange. The organization serves as a facilitator to promote Jamaica, their native culture and multi-faced lifestyle through the arts and music in the Los Angeles area, the Hollywood entertainment community and the sports world.
As a native Jamaican who migrated to the USA, Ms. McLeod held positions of executive assistant to a high power television executive producer at Gaumont Distribution as well as publicist, and event coordinator. She also spent two years in civil service with the U. S. Treasury, Department of Customs, and Fair Housing under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1999 Ms. McLeod established its Your Tour, a travel agency and consulting company. She has spearheaded many successful publicity campaigns for international clients including; Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festivals since 1965 (which she also co-produces); the Dominican Republic International Jazz Festival and the New Playwrights Foundation projects.
Ms McLeod holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunication from Columbia College Hollywood, and has taken many public relations courses at UCLA.
Theodore R. Johnson III
As a magna cum laude graduate of Langston University, an HBCU in Oklahoma, Trey Johnson was a 2 sport college athlete (football and baseball) before pursuing a career in video. In 1994, as the teenage spokesman of an industrial video for Washington Mutual Bank, Trey was introduced to a career in video production. After completing a degree in broadcast journalism 6 years later, he moved to New York where he began working as a production assistant for several television shows and motion pictures. With a growing desire to do more in video production, Trey was introduced to Avid and started work as an assistant editor before his career led him to Denver, CO.
Working as a video editor in news, sports and broadcast television, Trey is fuelled by a philosophy that guides both his personal and professional careers. It's summed up in 3 words. Leave a mark. The aim is to positively impact all he encounters, by video, in speech, or in writing. The Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation provides an opportunity to unify, inspire, and empower through ice hockey at a time when the world needs it most. As a small cog in the gears of change, it's an honor to be a part of an organization that dares to dream the improbable. And it's a privilege to join them on the journey to reach it.
Trey also serves as Senior Videographer for JOIHF.
Howard W. Green
Mr. Howard Green is Vice President of CoKo Art. He received his degree in Political Science from Ithaca College. After managing Poultry Time Restaurant for fourteen years he opened his own restaurant in Mt. Kisco, NY.
Howard joined Mitch Koff in helping to start CoKo Art in sales and marketing. He has been a proud NY Islanders fan as well as a lifelong ice and dek hockey player.
Mr. Donovan Tait, a dual citizen, is a native of rural British Columbia spending parts of his childhood in Kingston, Jamaica. Born to Jamaican parents in Canada, hockey quickly became a dominant force in his life, resulting in Donovan playing competitive minor hockey right through to the junior and college ranks, as a steady defenseman.
Donovan joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1994 where he also began coaching minor hockey as way of engaging with the youth who lived within the communities which he served. Donovan’s success in minor hockey lead him to coaching positions with the Sooke Stingers, and the Campbell River Storm, both teams of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in which he played.
Mr. Tait is widely known for developing and leading highly effective teams, whether it be coaching competitively on the ice, or professionally, leading his drug unit as a sergeant in the RCMP. He represented the RCMP and Canada, internationally playing ice hockey in 2011 at the World Police & Fire Games in New York City, finishing in 5th place in the Men’s 35 Plus event.
Donovan recently completed graduate studies at the prestigious Royal Roads University School of Leadership, effectively supplementing his undergraduate education in Criminal Justice. He also holds a Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University. Donovan is married, with three young children who are all hockey players and Jamaican citizens by descent.
Mr. Tait also serves as a JOIHF consultant/scout for Western Canada. In addition to his passion for the sport, he brings professional, academic, and cultural resources to the JOIHF team.
Andrew Sherman, the longest tenured 18U coach in the Rocky Mountain Region, is the owner of the Colorado Rampage (a Semi Pro Hockey team). The Rampage’s organization has experienced much success throughout the years under Sherman’s guidance. While at the helm, Sherman has guided the Rampage to the State Championship game in 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 winning the last three. The Rampage has also won prestigious tournaments such as the Dallas Cup, Outlaw Shootout and Rocky Mountain District championship going to USA Hockey Nationals in 2007. His teams have never had a losing season going 266-198-56 since 2002.
Before coaching the Rampage, Sherman was a certified NHLPA and NFLPA player agent. He worked closely with football greats Barry Sanders, Jerome Bettis and Eddie George as well as NHL players Michael Sykora and Josef Marha.
Frank Beatty is the owner of Beaty 4 International – an entertainment and hospitality industries services company – providing innovative branding strategies, social media, marketing, talent buying, personnel development, customer service and networking to all areas of these industries internationally.
He has more than 40 years of successful experience in all areas of entertainment and hospitality management, operations and marketing including festivals, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants, and providing management and fund raising expertise to nonprofits. Since 2002 provided entertainment, sponsorship and marketing expertise as a guest instructor at the University of Montana's School of Business. He held the position of entertainment director for Ameristar Casinos with management responsibility for all areas of entertainment at six casinos in four states including outdoor arenas, showrooms, nightclubs and special events.
He has provided consulting services to the Badaling Great Wall Foundation of China and the City of Yulin and the province of Shanxi in China in presenting the highly successful 2007 Yulin International Folk Music Festival. Prior to that, he served as executive director of the Reno Tahoe Blues Fest, awarded Nonprofit Event of the Year in its first year of operation.
He also assisted in the production of the Emmy award winning HBO series Taxicab Confessions, in its 12th year on the network.