Meet the Team

About Us

Meet the Team

Executive Team

Karen Leslie

Chief Operations Officer

Karen was previously, Head of Admissions and Bespoke Services for Life Works, one of the UK’s leading private treatment centres for addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and stress. As head of Bespoke Services she was responsible for the coordination of treatment for a number of high profile clients in the corporate, music, acting and art fields as well as those others requiring high end bespoke confidential services. Following Life Works’ acquisition by The Priory in 2015, Karen led the team on addiction treatment enquiries and as such has worldwide associates in the addiction treatment industry.
Karen also brings 30 years’ of experience in the music business and has held a variety of senior positions including Head Of TV for Virgin Records, Island Records, A&M, Universal and EMI Chrysalis/Cooltempo. She has an extensive background in working with some of the world’s largest bands, artists, their managers and record label executives; as such is ideally placed to understand the pressures of the music industry and the needs of clients working in it.

Allan Evelyn

Chief Executive Officer

Clinical/Medical Director and Lead General Practitioner (GP)

Dr Kristi-Anne Evelyn, BSc MBBS

Dr Evelyn is a member of the American Society of Addiction, and Affiliate member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals and a member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine.

As well as being Strong Hope’s Clinical/Medical Director, she is also our resident GP. Although she has close to 20 years’ experience as a GP, with an interest in addictions and aesthetic medicine, Dr. Evelyn is passionate about continued professional development and has just completed the Royal College of General Practitioners Certificate in Management in Drug Misuse.

She has previously been a GP at the Elcourt Clinic, which is a private general practice with a long history dating back to the 1960s and one of the longest serving GP Clinics in Barbados. Since 2004 she has been the principle GP at the Nova Med Family Clinic in Christ Church.

Dr Evelyn completed her comprehensive intravenous nutrition training with Dr Jacques Otto. Dr. Otto enjoys a worldwide professional reputation and has authored numerous scientific papers and conducted several international clinical trials.

Medical Doctor

Dr. Carlisle Goddard, MBBS MSc DM FACE FACP FRSPH

Dr. Goddard assumed the role of Medical Director of the Endocrine Centre Inc. in August 2008 but has been a practicing Internist/ Diabetes/ Endocrinologist at the Clinic since 2003. Dr. Goddard is a Consultant Internal/ Diabetes & Endocrinology specialist at the Bay View Hospital and a Consultant Medical Doctor at Strong Hope.  Dr. Goddard is the current CEO of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and a former lecturer in Internal Medicine at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus).

Psychiatrists

Dr George Mahy, (Lond-UCWI), DPM, FRC Psych, CBE

Lead Psychiatrist - Barbados

Dr. Mahy gained his British specialist qualifications in psychiatry in 1970 and then became a founding member of the Royal College of Psychiatry in 1972. Since then he has acted as consult to many of the Caribbean island governments in the region, to the Pan American Health Organization, and to numerous other nongovernmental groups trying to carry out mental health initiatives in the West Indies.

He is well known for his addiction work in Barbados as well as lecturing at the University of West Indies (Cave Hill).

In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contributions to general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry in the Caribbean.

Dr Maisha Emmanuel MB BS UWI, DM UWI Psych, MSc (Birm)

As well as having her own private practice Dr Emmanuel is resident psychiatrist at the QEH Barbados and lectures in Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at University of West Indies (Cave Hill).

She has published a number of papers in the InterAmerican Journal of Psychology & the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law as well as being one of the contributors to The Caribbean Health Research Council Guidelines to manage Depression in Primary Care in the Caribbean.

Dr Gary Bell BA MBBS FRCPsych

Lead Psychiatrist - UK

Dr Bell is a Clinical Consultant and lead psychiatrist to Strong Hope and is a highly respected Consultant in general adult psychiatry in London. He has held consultant posts at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and, since 1997, the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, Middlesex – the largest Cancer Centre in the South of England. Dr Bell is also an Honorary Consultant at St Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy and is a Court Assistant of the Society of Apothecaries. He was a Membership Examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1998-2007. Dr Bell also holds a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Queensland.

Dr Bell has worked in private practice in Central London for almost 20 years. He is a general adult psychiatrist with special interests in addictions, treatment-resistant anxiety and depressive disorders, perinatal psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorder and liaison psychiatry especially oncology and pain syndromes. He has published widely in the fields of liaison psychiatry and medical education. He has presented original research at conferences and regular lectures at medical meetings.

Dr Bell is a member (Commander) of the Order of St John and was Chairman of St John Ambulance Berkshire from 1999 to 2008. He continues as the county fundraiser for the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. He is a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle where he is also a Lay Steward.

Psychotherapists

Jacqueline Lewis

Clinical Manager and Certified Experiential Therapist/Trauma Specialist

Jacqueline has more than 25 years’ clinical experience as a therapist and is Strong Hope’s trauma specialist. She is an Addictions Studies graduate of the University of Miami, has studied at Hazelden and is a member of the American Society of Experiential Therapists. She is the former Clinical Director of Verdun House, a residential treatment facility managed by the Substance Abuse Foundation Inc. (SAF) established in Barbados in 1996 to fight the harmful impact of illicit drugs and alcohol on the lives of citizens and their families in Barbados and the wider Caribbean.

Dr. Marcus G. Lashley SSC ; B.A (Hons),; M.A.; Ed.M.; CPC; D.Min.

Spiritual Director and Community Services Liaison

Marcus is Strong Hope’s Spiritual Director, Community Services Liaison and a clinical psychologist with a thriving adult private practice. He has special interests in family counselling, addiction and spiritual development and is a respected leader and advisor on community outreach and education. He has over twenty-seven years of theological and pastoral experience and is still an active member of the clergy.

Ayana Hypolite BSc, M.A.

Psychotherapist

Ayana graduated with a BSc and Masters in Counselling Psychology from Howard University in Washington D.C. and specializes in psycho-education, assessment, grief and group counselling sessions. She has conducted workshops across the Caribbean and is currently enrolled with the California Southern University completing her Doctorate in Psychology. Prior to working at Strong Hope she held a therapy post for the Ministry of Health & the Environment, St. Vincent & the Grenadines. She has also held senior positions leading on health policy projects concerning the reduction of stigma & discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS.  She has also developed and managed several health initiatives with six country partners (Dominica, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia & Barbados) and has maintained a private practice since 2016.

Elector Pearson EAGALA

Equine Therapist

Elector Pearson is an Executive Director and Founding Member of the John Maxwell Team and a certified John Maxwell coach, trainer and facilitator. He is also a certified EAGALA Equine Specialist and has many years’ experience with horses having received instruction from the legendary “horse whisperer” Monty Roberts.

Kurlyne Alleyne B.A.

Music & Art Therapist

Kurlyne Alleyne is a creative arts and media practitioner, who has been involved in the Creative Arts and Media industry for over twenty years with a special emphasis on visual media & communication. Her work experience in the area of developmental communications and alternative media strategies led her to successfully pursue a degree in Art for Society with Media and Communication Studies from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. This course of study fuelled her interest in the role of art in our daily lives and led her to explore art and wellness through community practice and psychotherapy.

Having worked in the context of art and healing in hospitals, schools and care facilities, Kurlyne’s practice includes support for multidisciplinary teams that provide clinical and psychosocial care to clients in rehabilitation for substance abuse and mental health issues and to persons engaged in spiritual direction and personal development.

Dietitian

Rachel Harris BSc.

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Rachel Harris has several years’ experience providing dietetic and nutrition advice and guidance to her clients in her private clinic. With extensive experience as a dietician at the renowned St George’s Healthcare Trust in the UK, she was also the senior dietician at the Atkinson Morley Hospital for Neuroscience. Her main interests lie in chronic diseases, associated risk factors and nutritional biomarkers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Kings College in London, is working towards a Philosophy PhD in Public Health from the University of the West Indies and is a member of the British Dietetic Association.

Complementary Therapists

Lana Sealy

Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Lana received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at New World School of the Arts in Miami. She then trained and later danced professionally with the Merce Cunningham Reparatory Understudy Group in New York. While there, Lana did her full Pilates certification with the Kane School. Since then, she has been certified as a Pilates for Buff Bones Instructor working with bone health and Osteoporosis, and did her Yoga training at Livity Yoga studio in Barbados with Christy Punnett and Bow Spring workshops with John Friend and Desi Springer.

Later, Lana’s different movement disciplines began to diverge and then merge as she moved from teaching dance at the Errol Barrow Centre of Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies, to annual anatomy trainings with FAMI (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries) to her Thai Yoga bodywork training.

Now based back in Barbados, Lana’s love for Bio Mechanics and pure movement has taken her from one discipline into a fusion of different types of movement with a common thread, which she houses at her studio, Body Mekanix and Dragonfly House of Retreat – melting pots of her dance experience and various movement principles combined with healthy ways of using the body fully, anatomically, functionally, physically and spiritually.

Brandon Dowding

Adventure Therapy Assistant

Chefs

Larry Rogers

Executive Chef

Larry Rogers, our executive chef, is renowned on the island and cooks at one of the most prestigious restaurants on the West Coast. His menus are inventive, with lots of interesting combinations on the plate and his eclectic range of Mediterranean-style dishes with a Caribbean flair guarantee to tantalize the most discerning palate.

Linda Yearwood

Head Chef

Linda attained a specialized Associate degree in Culinary Arts from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has spent over 10 years refining her culinary skills working as a chef at the prestigious Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados. During her two years stay at Burj-al-Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates she specialized in Arabic Cuisine and Garde Manger. An international baking and pastry master, Linda also holds certification from the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Management and Administration

Chris Cordell B.A. (Hons)

Business Development Consultant

Chris has over 25 years of senior managerial experience, the last seven of which have been as Hospital Director for one of Europe’s premier private addiction, eating disorder and behavioural health residential treatment facilities. With a degree in Social Psychology, qualifications in counselling, postgraduate certificate in management and qualifications in leadership development from Deloitte and Dove Nest, Chris has demonstrated a high degree of vision and strategic operational leadership. He has developed and managed multi-site substance misuse services delivering robust financial management and exponential organisational growth alongside high quality and effective treatment.

Prior to starting in the private sector, Chris was responsible for leading a staff team of 80 employees, including consultant psychiatrists, specialist substance misuse doctors, psychologists and a team of nurses and substance misuse workers. As a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Registered Manager he had responsibility for countywide provision of substance misuse treatment for West Sussex as well holding this status with his last treatment centre, a service that was rated as “outstanding” by the CQC while under his tenure.

Chris has also held many advisory roles including being part of the advisory group, along with Director of Policy and Research (UK Drug Policy Commission) and the Head of Drug Strategy Unit Delivery Team at the Home Office, in contributing to the “Whole Person Recovery: A user-centred systems approach to problem drug use” – a national investigation into UK Drug Policy.

Chris is also a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine and a certified international recovery specialist

David Evelyn

Operations Manager

Leisha Dorson

Clinical Administrator