Audra Handal – PAVE Centre Executive Director

Audra Handal currently serves as the Executive Director for the PAVE Centre, working in her role at the Kendal United Methodist Church and coordinating closely with the Manfred Memorial Foundation as the Missions Project Manager. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Audra Handal started her professional career in the Hotel industry. She participated in a highly selective Hotel Manager trainee program in an all-inclusive hotel where she later served as the Sales Manager.

After moving to the United States, Ms. Handal became the Children’s Ministry Director at Kendall United Methodist Church located in Miami, Florida where she has worked for the past 17 years. In addition to the Children’s Ministry program, Ms. Handal oversees the Missions Ministry which includes work in the US and Jamaica. With deep experience in program management, Ms. Handal has developed and implemented Annual Missions trip, Vacation Bible School and was the primary leader of the mentorship program for at-risk youth from Jamaica in Miami which became the precursor to the PAVE Centre.

Splitting time between Miami and Jamaica, Ms. Handal is married to her beloved husband Charles and has two daughters who are both pursuing their University degrees.

Nasha Francis – PAVE Centre Administrator

Nasha Francis is the Program Coordinator at the PAVE Centre. Born in Kingston, Nasha holds a Bachelor’s of Science

Degree in Business Administration from the University College of The Caribbean. She has spent most of her life in Portland and is a graduate of the Titchfield High School.

Nasha knows the hospitality industry well having served as an accountant and bookkeeper for various businesses in Portland and Kingston Jamaica.

As a member of the Bethesda Gospel Hall, she is active as the youth group dance leader and is also active in other ministries, especially faith development for youth. Nasha and her husband Wendell Francis, are the proud parents of one son, Micah.

Marsha Clarke – PAVE Centre Lead Trainer

Marsha Clarke is a business management professional with a Master’s of Business Administration from Schiller International University.

She works as an enthusiastic and dedicated educator with experiences in teaching, training and coaching individuals and groups in corporate and educational institutions.

Ms. Clarke is also an educational consultant to higher educational institutions and traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students.

As a business and educational professional, she encourages diversity in her participation with several organization fostering diversity for upcoming youths such as Florida International Leadership Conferences, Delta GEMS Program Youth Career Fairs, Schiller International University Food Festivals, as to name a few.

Samantha Kidd – PAVE Centre Trainer

Samantha was born in Portland and is a graduate of Titchfield High School. She holds degrees from the University of the West Indies in mathematics and also has a Master of education degree in educational measurement.

She currently teaches mathematics and Pure Mathematics at Titchfield high School.

Samantha is passionate about music and loves to see and be part of positive change in youth.

ZengSha Guo – Manfred Memorial Foundation Administrator

ZengSha Guo is the Administrator of the Manfred Memorial Foundation which is a key partner for the PAVE Centre. Additionally, ZengSha works with SEE Inc overseeing operations, administrative and accounting functions. With a keen eye for detail and deep experience in operations, ZengSha works closely with the PAVE Centre on all day-today operations and strategic planning.

Born in China and raised in Connecticut, ZengSha now calls Miami home and is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. Fluent in written and spoken Mandarin and English, she served for two years as the YPO Miami | Ft. Lauderdale Gold’s Chapter Administrator and was responsible for all event planning and member communications representing a international constituency for member from diverse backgrounds. At YPO, she organized all logistics for their annual Economic Summit, the largest YPO event for 350 people and worked closely with donors and sponsors.

Prior to SEE Inc, ZengSha was a customer service specialist working with high net worth clients and was responsible for increasing sales goals in all retail environments where she worked including Nordstrom and Emilio Robba, a high-end purveyor of floral arrangements.

Board of Directors


James "Al" Merritt

PAVE Co-Founder


Patricia Chin Merritt

PAVE Co-Founder


Yvonne Blakey

Coldwell Banker


Donnie Dawson

Jamaican Tourist Board


Monsignor Michael Palus

C.O. Catholic Church Port Antonio & Speaker at Food for the Poor

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Yvonne Ridguard Harris

Attorney at Law


Evan Rees

SunTrust Bank


Ashley Smatt

Smatt's Jamaica Rum

Duncan Stewart

Stewart's Automotive Group & YPO Jamaica


Richard Thompson

Principal of Titchfield High School


Ruben Velasco

Reverend, Kendall United Methodist Church


Galvin Weston

Frenchman's Cove & Charbonnel et Walker