Our Board of Directors
Dr. Leon B Wellington, Bth, MSPH, DD, CD - President served the Seventh day Adventist church as Pastor, Youth Director and Administrator for 22 years before he was called to serve Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia and the Caribbean from the Miami regional office. Thirteen years ago, he co-founded the Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Inc. with the objective of rescuing children who experience abandonment, abuse, neglect, and deprivation, particularly in Jamaica and elsewhere as the Foundation is able. Pastor Wellington was recently re-elected as President of EFCCI.
Eric R Allen- Vice President has been a businessman for over 38 of the over 45 years he has been living in Florida. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Miami and an AA from Miami-Dade community college. He is a foundation member of Maranatha SDA Church and co-founder of the William Kirlew Junior Academy. He has served the executive committee of the Florida Conference for 6 years, and its K-12 Board of Education 12 years. He co-founded Men’s Ministry, Florida conference and has been Co-Director for the last 23 years. He currently serves on the constitutional and by-law committee and GMA Trustee, Florida Conference, as well as the Sourthern Union Executive committee and on the board of Trustees Atlantic Union Collage Bro. Allen is married with three children and grandchildren
Samuel Bryan - Vice President, Consultant and Notary Public, was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica. He attended Kingsway High School in Kingston and the Jamaica Police Academy in Port Royal. He graduated in 1968 and dedicated 18 years of service as a law enforcement officer in many capacities, including Protective Services where he worked with three Prime Ministers. He migrated to the United States in 1985 and continued his studies at University of South Florida where became certified as an Employment Specialist. Sam, as he is affectionately called, has diligently worked with adults and children with varied disabilities for over twenty five years. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for Education Foundation For Children’s Care, Inc.
Pauline Ameir - Vice President is a Nutritionist/Medical professional. She is affable and sociable, and considers herself an extrovert. A philanthropist in her own way, she is always ready to help her brothers and sisters, (humanity), no matter what color, class or creed. Pauline loves the Lord, loves people, and is a committed Seventh Day Adventist. She is CEO/Manager PAC Home Care Service, serving Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. She is a Kiwanian, and has served the club in many capacities, in Jamaica and USA, including as Chairman/ Director, and Past Kiwanian advisor for Whelleby elementary, Sunrise, Florida. She is also a Charter member of the Optimist Club of Barbados, a former member of the Portmore Lioness club, as well as a former nominee for Community Service Award from the Jamaican Diaspora Southern USA.
Dr. Balvin B. Braham - Chaplain is Chair of the Strategic Plans Committee and Chaplain of EFCCI. He is committed to the success of the Foundation and is one of the leading supporters of all the initiatives of EFCCI. Presently he is assistant to the President of the Inter-American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists responsible for Evangelism; Administrative Field Secretary and Leadership Development Coordinator. He is married to Anett nee Simms a registered nurse, and they have two young adult daughters; Shavannie who is a lawyer and Julaine who is a student in medical school.
Tara N. Collins - Assistant Secretary is a Child Advocate supervisor at ChildNet Inc, in Broward county, a field she gravitated to, in May of 2007 and one she absolutely enjoys. She earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2006 from Central Connecticut State University, USA, and a Bachelors of Arts in Education in 2003 from Northern Caribbean University, in Jamaica. Tara is currently a certified Family Services Counselor since 2007. Tara continues to live by the philosophy, “With Christ all things are possible,” and lives her life by making positive changes in the lives of families and children on a daily basis.