Our Valuable Board Members
Ouida has a track record of bringing calm to stressful situations. Her “super power” is her ability to unlock hidden potential in people, sometimes to their surprise. When partnering with her clients, she works to find the hidden gems in their lives which ultimately motivates them to be extraordinary and achieve their desired goals with joy.
A philanthropist, Ouida has received numerous humanitarian and service awards for her work with the Duncan Tree Foundation from the Jamaican Health Authorities and Filipino government in Davao City Mindanao, local public hospitals, U.S. Congress and U.S. based community organizations.
She was inspired to start the organization in 2008 to bring healing, empowerment and higher learning to underserved communities in various parts of the world.
In her downtime, Ouida is an avid reader and world traveler who has visited six out of seven continents. She feels deeply connected to the people she meets and the lands she visits all around the world. She hopes to visit the Penguins soon.
She is a mother of four amazing daughters to whom she is very grateful for their love and undying support.
Dr. Paonessa graduated from the New Jersey medical School in Newark, New Jersey, and received his M.D. degree in 1984. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey, as part of the Seton Hall School of Graduate Medical Education.
Christina is a John Jay College alum and when she is not volunteering with Duncan Tree Foundation, she works full time as a business development manager
James A. Gray, Jr. is an associate at a top New York City law firm where he advises private equity sponsors and strategic investors on the structuring of complex transactions and the formation of onshore and offshore private investment vehicles. Mr. Gray has an A.B. in History from Harvard College, an M.A. in International Affairs from the Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, an LL.M in Global Business from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. In addition to his work with the Duncan Tree Foundation, Mr. Gray is involved in a number of pro-bono activities.
Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Chief Emeritus of the Scoliosis Service at HSS, Founder and President of FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics)
Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester is a post graduate of Diploma in Public Health at the University of the West Indies in 1978, undergraduate of Bachelor of Medicine.
Dr. Mark is specializes in deformities of the spine in children, adolescent and young adult hip disorders, pediatric and adult orthopaedic trauma.
BS, Yale University, 1997
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2001
General Surgery, Brown University, 2001
Orthopedics, Brown University, 2002-2005
Orthopedic Trauma, Brown University, 2006-2007
Pediatric Orthopedics, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2007-2008
Ms. Loida Nicolas Lewis served as Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice International, a $2 billion multinational food company with operations all across Europe, from 1994-2000.
Nat as a Professional Photojournlist enjoy the simple meaning behind every photos he captures. An ubiquitous artist who loves music, dance and camera.
William Fred Hess is a caring and diligent orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Hess attended the University of South Florida, where he earned his medical degree. He completed both his internship and residency at the same university.
Dr. Arlet is a Penn Medicine physician who is employed by or has a contract with the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania. Vincent Arlet is specialized on Orthopaedic Surgery
Barbara Anderson is the Director of Strategy and Performance Management and the Civil Market Lead at Herren Associates. She is a proven leader with over 25 years of organizational and management consulting experience with government and not-for-profit clients. Barbara delivers strategy to senior government and not-for-profit leaders who manage complex, changing environments with diverse stakeholder requirements. She is experienced in facilitating cross-agency engagement with joint governance to produce shared outcomes. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, performance management, organizational assessment, organizational design and governance, change management, facilitation, strategic communications, and process improvement. She has served clients in a variety of industries including health, defense, and education.
Why we work for Duncan Tree
Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester
Former Chief Medical Officer of Jamaica, WI
Medical Advisor to Duncan Tree Foundation
Advisor to the Issa Trust Foundation
Ouida Duncan CEO and Founder of DTF, is a charismatic, hard-working and dedicated professional woman. It is hard not to follow her example and “to catch the rhythm of the beat” that reminds us of who we are and God’s purpose for each of us on this earth.
Service above self and hard work are attributes of the DTF multidisciplinary team. We function with fixity of purpose to make the dreams and aspirations of our people whether in Jamaica or the United States of America become a reality. The ultimate is that our people deserve an opportunity to live healthy, educated, productive and fulfilling lives.
There is no other way to achieve success other than through hard work and discipline. When we see the results as demonstrated by the projects we are engaged in, and the commitment of a dedicated leader, it gives us the zeal to press on.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”(NIV)
Director of Digital Technology
As Duncan Tree has grown and expanded its efforts, I have been particularly impressed by Ouida’s dedication— and the dedication of everyone on the Foundation’s board. They have not only proven what can happen when professionals apply themselves to a cause, they have also has reenergized my work in a related field helping those in need.
In a time when focus and commitment seem to be missing, I am proud to be associated with an organization that continues to show what gratifying results these qualities can bring.
It’s not simply that my mother founded Duncan Tree and that I want to see her dreams of helping others come true. It’s that I get an incredible feeling when we go on mission trips, such as our recent one to Jamaica, and when I volunteer at different health and wellness events.
There’s no way I can describe the satisfaction and fulfillment it brings. I first experienced this at the NBC health and wellness festival in Hartford Connecticut where Duncan Tree had a booth. I was so moved and humbled by the gratitude of everyone who stopped by to get information they might not have had access to without seeing a doctor. So many of them couldn’t afford to see one.
Health and wellness education are something we take for granted. In many ways, simply having a healthy lifestyle is a privilege. We should never forget that. Duncan Tree Foundation’s mission is to bring this lifestyle and privilege of a healthy mind, body, and soul to anyone we come in contact with. In just a few short years, we’ve been able to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.
I can’t wait to see where we will go next!
With every shot I take for Duncan Tree, whether it’s documenting their work or covering a fund-raiser, I feel like I’m helping the Foundation grow, almost like I’m adding another brick in the wall, making it stronger.
My work for Duncan Tree has a special meaning for me, because I know I’m contributing to a vision of healing.