Co-Founder and Board Member
Sarah Hughes grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana State University. She majored in Biology. After college she came to the U.S. Virgin Islands to pursue contentment. She became an integral part of the arts community by volunteering her services at the non-profit The Alternative Art Alliance. Having been involved since inception of the Alternative Art Alliance, as a volunteer she oversaw fundraising and grant writing, program and exhibit organization and execution.
Sarah has worked in management positions for prominent local businesses including Beans, Bytes and Websites, and the Virgin Island Coffee Roasters. Sarah also was a worker/owner of a small business in Asheville, North Carolina for a year. She has volunteered as a trainer for professional skills sessions at My Brother’s Workshop. Sarah spent 1 ½ years in South America traveling and working with local farmers on ecological conservation and sustainable farming practices, and is fluent in Spanish.
The Virgin Islands Children’s Museum is the brainchild of Sarah Hughes. She and cofounder Sarah Erickson have dedicated the past four years of their lives to the creation and development of the VICM, from grant-writing, to the development of programs and services, the conceptualization and construction of exhibits, the development of the business plan, finding and securing the location, generating documents, policies, and procedures, obtaining the 501(c)(3) designation, fundraising, renovating, and opened the museum to the public on March 20, 2016.
Sarah Erickson grew up in Colorado, then attended the University of Southern California, majoring in Art History. She moved back to Colorado to finish her schooling with a minor in Museum Studies at the University of Colorado. As a senior in college Sarah was part of a group working at the newly formed Pikes Peak Children’s Museum. After college, she worked for a series of non-profit organizations including the Southern Colorado AIDS Project, where she was an Assistant to the Executive Director, and at PEAK Parents Center, an advocacy group for children with disabilities, where she was in development. Sarah has lived and taught English as a Second Language in Seoul, South Korea. She has volunteered for numerous soup kitchens around the world.
Sarah moved to the Virgin Islands to work for the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef in 1998 but soon left to help a friend with his new coffee company, King’s Caribbean Coffee. After 8 years she left to get married and start a family. She lives with her husband and 10 year old son on St. Thomas. Prior to living in St. Thomas, she and her family have lived in the Bahamas, Australia, Florida, Hawaii, Colorado and California.
Director of Programs and Curator
Amber McCammon is a "military brat”; born on a Marine Corp base in California and moving countless times between West Coast and Midwest states throughout childhood. She dropped out of high school but wasn’t content with a life of office work. She earned an associate of arts degree and certificate in photography by putting herself through night school in what she considers her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Before graduation she traveled around the world living for extended periods of time in Nepal, Greece, Italy, and Scotland.
Amber moved to St Thomas to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of the Virgin Islands. She earned her Master’s Degree in Behavior Ecology of Tropical Marine Organisms at Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
As adjunct faculty at the University of the Virgin Islands Amber has taught science off and on from 2010 to Present. She is currently a PhD student in the Environmental Science program at Arkansas State University. As a marine symbiologist and graduate student, she continues to conduct marine science research in the territory and loves to share her passion for the sea with others.
As a mother and long time member of the St Thomas community, Amber has been involved in numerous education events and initiatives, including volunteering with the VICM since its inception.
Board President and Information Technology
Alexander David was born and raised on the islands of St. Thomas and received his BS in Computer Science from the University of the Virgins Islands. While Alex enjoys many outdoor activities and sports such as football, spear fishing, scuba diving and hiking; his true passion has always been learning and passing on that knowledge. In high school he was a part of a mentorship program hosted by the Superior Court and even in college would serve as a tutor for English and Computer Science students. Alex also spent much time doing research at the university and participated in several research programs at schools such as Carnegie Mellon and University of California Santa Barbara. Upon receiving his degree, Alex went to work for the Superior Court as a Computer Support Tech. Later he transferred to the Supreme Court where he spent the next the next several years doing networking and systems administration.
In 2014 Alex left the local court system and went to work at UVI as a Programmer Analyst but left there in 2015 to take a position in the District Court where he remains employed to this day. As a father of one Alex has been moved by the work that the VI Children’s Museum is doing and remains committed to seeing it flourish and become a staple of the community.
Jeff Fitch is originally from Wilcox, Pennsylvania. He entered the United States Air Force and served 8 years as a military photographer. He then continued with the Air Force Reserve as a Public Affairs Specialist. He attained degrees in Wildlife Management and Letters, Arts, and Science from Penn State University. He also attained degrees through the USAF in Audiovisual Production and Public Affairs and Media Relations. He later attended the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania to pursue a career as a Park Ranger.
Aside from his military service, he has a very diverse work history to include working as a small mammal trapper for the US Forest Service, teaching at an outdoor education center specializing in environmental education and noncommercial caving, working as a chimney sweep, writing for several newspapers, and working as a Law Enforcement Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He then worked as a GIS mapper for the oil and gas industry and title abstractor to determine the ownership of oil, gas, and minerals under property in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia for the business he and his wife started.
He volunteered for eight years as a Regional Problem Captain for Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem solving program for children. He organized the Technical Performance problem for Pennsylvania’s West Central region. Where teams must make innovative contraptions and incorporate artistic elements into their solutions. In his spare time, he is a tinkerer. He has built motorcycles, restored several cars, and enjoys woodworking and making custom wooden writing pens.
When the opportunity arose to move the St Thomas in October of 2016, he, his wife, Jessica, and two young boys jumped at it and haven’t looked back since. His family visits children’s museums each time they travel and sees VICM as an exciting opportunity.
Sterling Knight, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina is seasoned transplant to the Virgin Islands. Sterling holds a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University and has expansive background in consumer and retail banking as well as the public sector with the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. In the course of his employment with WAPA, Sterling was directly involved in assisting local line crews as well as outside contractors in the restoration of the VI Territory’s electrical service after the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Outside of his position as the Materials and Supplies Coordinator for WAPA’s Transmission and Distribution Department, Sterling enjoys playing pool, darts, and picking local fruits including mango and papaya, among others.
Sterling’s professional career since relocating to the Virgin Islands in 2009 includes positions with Banco Popular de Puerto Rico as a Junior Lending Officer and later a Commercial Relationship Officer. During his time with Banco Popular, Sterling managed a portfolio of business customers ranging from jewelry retailers and dive operators to and commercial real estate developers and medical professionals. In his current role with the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, he networks with an array manufacturers and distributors along with engineers and project managers in the effort to access and address the Authority’s needs for material and equipment to support its ongoing infrastructure maintenance and development plans.
Sterling is a father of two boys, 5 and 10, and he seeks to help foster the goals and objectives of the Children’s Museum to provide a fun, unique and educational environment for all children of St. Thomas (and their parents!) to enjoy.