PROFILE AND MILESTONES
• Master of Science (MSc) Education - Southern Illinois University
• Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.) - G.C Foster College
Mrs. Marie Tavares
Mrs. Tavares is a graduate of Briarcliff College in New York and trained in Spanish at the University
of the Americas, Mexico. She has been serving on the JAAA Executive as Assistant Secretary since
2004 . Her principal responsibilities include liaison with the IAAF and other international
Associations, Communication with athletes, arranging team travel and charters to International
Competitions and athlete’s welfare.
Mr. Brian Smith has been associated with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association since
1984 when he was elected to the Executive Board, a position in which he served until 2002.
His main responsibility was that of the youth development program.
His wide range of experience included thirteen years at Air Jamaica as cargo and export agent,
Life of Jamaica (now Sagicor) Insurance agent and that of restaurant owner/ operator.
Mr. Ludlow Watts
A retired banker (retail and corporate), Mr Watts has served for twenty years as the Treasurer of the
Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). His principal responsibilities include
fundraising and the day to day management of the association’s financial affairs.
1st Vice President
Ian Garfield McKinley Forbes, JP
Ian Forbes was educated at the Mico University College, University of the West Indies – Mona
and University of Technology. He holds a Teacher’s College Certificate, Certificate in
Management Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BBA).
2nd Vice President
Lincoln Eatmon is a Consultant and member of the Dunn Cox firm’s Corporate and Commercial
Department. He has a wealth of experience in corporate and commercial law, banking, structured
finance, mergers and acquisitions, securitizations, acquisition finance and loan documentation.
He is a Notary Public and serves on the Board of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank
(Jamaica) Limited. Lincoln has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in the independent
publication, International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) as one of the leading business
3rd Vice President
Mr. Frater is a Graduate of Wolmers’ Boys School and Texas Christian University in the United
States and has a glittering resume as a Jamaican Athlete and has represented the country in a
plethora of international events over the years including 1997 and 1998 Carifta Games teams
Member of the 2000 World Juniors and Junior CAC Teams.
4th Vice President
Ms. Vilma Charlton is a retired Lecturer from the University of the West Indies, Institute of
Education. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University and a B.Sc. in
Physical Education. During this period, she was listed in Who’s Who Among Colleges and
She serves as an International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Instructor and as an official in a
wide range of various national track and field events. Vilma has had a career as an accomplished
athlete with over a decade of active competition at the national, regional and international level,
including representing Jamaica in 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics. She is an inductee in the Hall
of Fame at Pepperdine University in 2017.
Director of Records
Leroy Cooke is one of the founding members and current President of the Jamaica Triathlon Association (JTA), the former CEO of eGov Jamaica Limited/ Fiscal Services Limited (FSL) and a former board member of Central Information Technology Office (CITO). Leroy, an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professional for more than 25 years is also a great lover of Athletics and Triathlon. He has devoted majority of his life in developing the sport in Jamaica. His contribution to the sport began at an early age as an athlete, representing school and country, but later transitioned into an administrative role.