James Byron originally from Trinidad and Tobago, has been living in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1989. James has a degree in business management and currently owns and operates a retail business. James has been an active supporter of Carifest for 14 years. James is very interested in advancing the culture of Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies as a whole throughout the Midwest.
Director of Community Outreach
Donna Rankin is a native of Antigua and Barbuda. Arriving in Minnesota after attending college in Trinidad for stage production and dance. Once in Minnesota, she attended Dental School and also Event Planning. Ms. Rankin has been volunteering with Carifest and other non-profits for the past 17 plus years while staging many events and fundraisers. Ms. Rankin has contributed her knowledge to her community in helping to build a better and stronger Caribbean community in MN.
Charles Peterson hails from Antigua & Barbuda and now lives in the Twin Cities. Charles, as a founding member of the Twin Cities Carifest and the new Co-Executive director, believes that culture defines a person. Charles is also a founding member of the Minnesota Cricket Association, and cricket is considered the glue that binds the West Indies. Charles has always been involved in cultural exchange and continues to be an ambassador for Caribbean culture, and advocates for a united West Indies.