Board of Directors
After coming to Grand Bahama with a young child, Gitte recognized the need for an international school and subsequently established the Lucaya International School in 1998. All three of Jim and Gitte’s boys attended LIS from preschool onwards and have graduated from LIS with International Baccalaureate diplomas. They now attend the University of Michigan.
Gitte Goodrum is a dual citizen of the Netherlands and Denmark. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, from which she obtained a B.A. in Foreign Languages, an M.B.A. with a specialization in Finance and a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in International Law. She was admitted to the bars of California and Texas.
Gitte was appointed as Board member in 1998 and has continuously served on the Board since its inception. She is also the President of LIS.
Vivienne has been a director of FIDA (International Federation of Women Lawyers) since 2006. She has authored several articles for H& J’s FOCUS newsletter as well as contributed articles to MONDAQ Business Briefing.
Vivienne was appointed as a board member of LIS in 2007 and also acts as secretary. She is married to Christopher Gouthro and has two children at LIS.
After working for the public accounting firm KPMG, Charmaine held financial management positions at Colombian Emeralds International, Freeport Harbour Company and PharmaChem Technologies. She has been employed as Financial Controller for Sanitation Services for the past nine years.
She is the mother of Isabella, a former student of Lucaya International School, and also serves as Treasurer for the Grand Bahama Down Syndrome Society.
Charmaine was appointed as a board member of LIS in 2015.
After working for two years at the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO), he took up a career in Journalism, joining the Freeport News in 1976. He rose through the ranks serving as Sports Editor and Editor and a member of the Management Team, before taking up a career in Government Service in 1994. He is currently attached to the news arm of the government, Bahamas Information Services.
He is an active community leader having been elected to the Pinder’s Point Local Government Township continuous since 1996. In 1992 he was appointed as the first ever, Chairman of the Licensing Authority for the West Grand Bahama District, a position he held for four years. He has also served as Chairman of the Pinder’s Point Township, a Justice of the Peace, and is currently a Councillor on the West Grand Bahama District, Local Government Council.
Simon was appointed as a board member of LIS in 2007
In 2005 Nikki moved the Grand Bahama with her husband where he joined his family business in construction. She has been the Retail Manager at UNEXSO handling all purchases for the store, marketing and promotions, overseeing the activities front desk and numerous fundraisers throughout the year. In her spare time she is one of the co-founders of Dog Days Half Marathon, the largest fundraiser for the G.B. Humane Society.
Nikki has two children at LIS in Years 4 and Year 2 and was recently elected to the board of Directors in 2016.
Alexandra moved back to the Bahamas after finishing university and worked in the marine business for over five years and then in the shipping business for over six years. Alexandra then moved to Florida to pursue a career in law and gain work experience in the US for two years working for a small law firm as a legal assistant. In that time she worked on family law cases, consumer protection, construction law and personal injury cases.
Now back in Freeport she is working full time in a small law firm owned by a sole proprietor and is currently enrolled part time with the University of London’s International Program studying towards her Bachelor of Laws (LLB).
Alexandra was elected to the board in 2016 and has one daughter, Anneliese, who is a Year 7 student at LIS.
Dana MacKimmie was born and raised in Quebec, Canada. She did her first year of university at Simon Fraser in British Columbia, studying cinema, before transferring to Concordia University in Montreal to complete a Liberal Arts degree, with a major in Western Society and Culture. After a year in London, England earned her a certificate in 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute, she returned back to Canada to start her own business teaching classes in faux finishing and decorative paint techniques, as well as painting spaces for private clients. She transferred that expertise into employment on a popular Canadian television series about transforming rooms, using paint and faux finishing techniques. During the course of that series, Dana found her niche behind the camera, organizing the teams, and managing budgets. She shifted her focus to the business of television, and spent the next 18 years as a television line producer, building schedules, budgets and managing ‘do-it-yourself’ shows, children’s shows, documentaries, and feature films.
Dana and her family moved to Freeport January 1, 2015. She was elected to the board in 2017. Her daughter Anna is currently in Year 9 at LIS