Operations and Development
Amber M. McCammon
Facilities and Programs
Executive Director Operations and Development
A multi-generational Virgin Islander, having lived on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, Chantel feels she embodies different characteristics from each island which are so different. After Hurricane Marilyn she moved to Illinois with her aunt to continue her 6th grade year. When she returned to St. Thomas, she attended Antilles School until graduation. It was them that she recognized the importance of community service. She believes that we all have a responsibility to help one another, especially on such a small island. She received a BBA from Loyola University New Orleans where she double majored in Marketing and International Business. She was a member of the Black Student Union as well as brother in the professional fraternity Delta Sigma Pi.
After college, she returned home to find no jobs in her field but soon realized she had a great bed-side manner working with patients as the Office Manager at VI Anesthesia and VI Pain Management. Fortunately, less than a year later she got the opportunity to work in the marketing department at the Department of Tourism where it came natural to her to want to share her home with the world. After working there for 7 ½ years, she decided to retire from government where she felt she couldn’t make the changes to the system she thought were necessary. She created her own marketing consulting company and co-founded Island Vibes Summer Camp. She began to realize the lack of attention paid to children and our elders in the community.
Chantel has a deep appreciation for art, music and culture and genuinely believes “Everything is Art”. Painting, dance, music and food, even the pepper bottles her aunt taught her to make; she believes every creation is a chance to express ourselves in the way only we can. After IrMaria, she wanted to gain hands-on experience in the service industry and worked front and back of the house at Bella Blu and The Pie Whole. It gave her an even better understanding and appreciation for the USVI’s product.
The most important product the USVI has is its people and she looks forward to being an asset to the Virgin Islands Children’s museum so it can help provide a better foundation for our youth that they may become creative, more brilliant, fun loving adults and contributing members of our community.
Executive Director Facilities and Programs
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 that promote early childhood education, 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.
I have resided on St Thomas for 26 years. I served as Board member and President of The Friends of the Library. I volunteered as a reader in Day care Centers and Head Start for 16 years. I have contributed books and funds to develop the library at the Children's Museum.
I taught in New York City public schools for 30 years
where I developed a successful mini school using Montessori methods on a secondary level. I have degrees in Education, Child development and History. I owned a home service company in NYC. I own my home here and do not travel. I am 82 years old but feel I can be a contributing member of the board.
Board Vice President
I am from St. Thomas USVI and St. Barthelemy FWI. After completing a bachelor’s degree in accounting from
the University of the Virgin Islands and a master’s from Nova Southeastern University, Pearl spent her career seasoning her
skills in the consulting/financial services industry where she is currently focusing on business strategy development at
Jointly with her husband and combining her background in business management with his background in operations
management and engineering, they founded Caribbean Surface Solutions LLC in 2019. The company focuses on high-
performance surface protection systems with a long-term goal to protect structures against the natural effects of
corrosion, abrasion, and water damage in the territory.
Pearl enjoys making a positive impact on the community, helping others, and volunteering her time and skills to support
where there is a need. Although she loves being a driver for change, her favorite moments are when she is surrounded by
With regard to formal education, I have a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Applied Mathematics, and an MBA in Accounting from Temple University. I worked in computer programming, systems analysis and tax preparation.
My husband, Arthur, and I and our 11-month-old daughter Lauren moved to St. Thomas at the end of 1977 as Arthur was on loan from the IRS as the tax attorney for the Government of the Virgin Islands. This three-year temporary assignment turned into 45 years on the island with Arthur as a prominent attorney in private practice, concentrating in real estate and commercial transactions, and with Lauren and me splitting time between here and Philadelphia, while Lauren completed her schooling.
Since 1995 until Arthur’s untimely death in 2022, I assisted him in his legal practice in several capacities. As I had a somewhat flexible schedule, I could pursue other endeavors both here and in Philadelphia, mostly in a volunteer capacity. In the states, I ran a local newspaper, and I wrote and photographed for publications both here and in Philadelphia. I was also President of the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities, an organization which raised funds for and showcased Philadelphia youth nonprofits. I organized events for Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society as well as for the Flower Market.
Currently, I volunteer for Penn’s Village, an organization in Philadelphia which provides companionship and services to seniors who want to stay in their own homes. Locally, I have been working on an oral history project in the Virgin Islands in conjunction with the Caribbean Genealogy Library, interviewing seniors following the Centennial, and I volunteer at the VI Children’s Museum. I take Improvisational Theater and Staged Readings class as well as act in online plays, which help in working with young children (reading and reacting to them).
My plan is to spend winters and summers in St. Thomas, and maybe a little bit in the fall (after hurricane season). My family and I own two condos at Sapphire Bay Condominiums West, and we are hoping to maintain a presence here with the next two generations.