Board of Directors
The LIS Board of Directors consists of a seven member board, four of which are appointed by the LIS Foundation and three which are elected from the LIS parent body. Parents are elected for two-year terms and elections are held each year in September.
Gitte Goodrum came to the Bahamas in 1995, working as the CFO and in-house legal counsel in a group of real estate companies, which conceived, built and operated the Pelican Bay Hotel and the Lucayan Marina Village (now the Grand Bahama Yacht Club). These real estate ventures were sold several years ago, after which Gitte focused on her own company which designs and develops single family homes in the Fortune Bay area.
Vivienne Gouthro was born in Gibraltar and moved to The Bahamas in 1995. Vivienne earned an LL.M. from the University of London and a B.A.(Hons) in English and Spanish Law from the University of Kent. She spent a year abroad at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. She is a corporate and commercial lawyer with thirty years’ experience and specializes in ship and international finance, commercial acquisitions and sales. She currently serves as the Managing Partner of the Freeport office of Higgs & Johnson, is chair of the firm’s Maritime Practice Group and is also a part of the firm’s Commercial Law, Real Estate and Development Practice Groups. She also acts as deputy chair of the firm’s Marketing Group.
Vivienne has been a director of FIDA (International Federation of Women Lawyers), Grand Bahama Chapter since 2006. She has authored several articles for leading international publications on maritime and aviation law. 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 who graduated from LIS with IB Diplomas.
Charmaine Adderley was born in Nassau and raised in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Charmaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. After obtaining her CPA license, Charmaine was employed with the public accounting firm, KPMG, and later 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 sixteen years.
Over the years, she has volunteered with several non-profit organizations serving the Freeport community such as Junior Achievement Grand Bahama and the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. Currently she serves as Treasurer for the Grand Bahama Down Syndrome Society.
Charmaine was appointed as a board member of the Lucaya International School in 2015.
Lesley Davies-Baptista was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and raised in Freeport, Grand Bahama. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, with a minor emphasis in Mass Media and Economics. After returning home to The Bahamas, Lesley had careers in media, managing Cool 96 Radio Station, and marketing, as VP for Marketing for Abaco Markets Limited, along with freelance marketing and consultation positions for several years. She currently manages the family business, Paint Fair, in Grand Bahama.
Lesley has always been active in the community, sitting on various boards and participating in various organizations - both in Grand Bahama and abroad. She is currently on the Board of Directors for The Grand Bahama Children’s Home and Lucaya International School and also served as the Southern Region Director for the Paint & Decorating Retailers’ Association and as Director for the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, both for several years.
Lesley is married to Eric Baptista, who came to The Bahamas to teach almost 30 years ago, and together they have two children, Amelia, Alumni; Class of 2022 and Eli, Class of 2025.She is an active member of Lucaya Presbyterian Church and is the Sunday School’s superintendent.
Deanna Battello grew up on the island of Grand Bahama where she attended both primary and high school. She graduated as Head Girl from Freeport Anglican High, known today as BMES then went off to the Big Apple to further her education. Deanna graduated with honors from Mount Saint Vincent College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.
Opting for island living over the city life, Deanna returned home in 2001. Since then, she has been a pivotal role in her family’s Real Estate Firm, Mosko Realty Ltd. She received her Bahamas Real Estate license in 2002, is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and currently working on her Real Estate Broker’s license and CIPS designation. Not only is she involved in sales, but she also plays a vital part in the firm’s daily operations. Deanna is also the Vice President of G.B. Insulators Ltd.
Deanna is married to Gianluca Battello and they have two sons attending LIS since Pre-K, one entering Middle School and one in High School.
Deanna was elected to the board in 2021.
Kristi Long was born in Nassau, The Bahamas and has lived in Freeport since 1985. Kristi was educated in the Bahamas until grade 9, then attended high school and college in Canada and the US.
Kristi and her husband Aron own and operate Long’s Marine here in Freeport which is a Yamaha dealership and marine service and retail store. They have two daughters at LIS, Peyton who is currently in Year 10 and Amelia Year 7.
Kristi's hobbies include horseback riding, gardening, cooking/baking, and all things beach and boat related.
Kristi was elected to the board in 2022.
Siobhan Antoni-Bates was born and raised in Freeport, Grand Bahama. She attended Freeport Anglican High School (BMES) until grade 9, and then made the move to Canada, where she attended boarding school at Lakefield College and University at Western Ontario.
Siobhan is no stranger to hard work and is known in her community, always happy to take on a challenge and get the job done. She was very involved in the movie industry and worked on various films here on the island. She then owned and operated a restaurant for 5+ years, before taking on the General Manager position of ‘Cariloha/DelSol’, a corporate retail store located at the Freeport Harbor, where she has been for over 12 years. Siobhan has volunteered throughout various events in her community. She was one of the co-founders of “Grand Bahama Dog Days Half Marathon”, which had over 700 participants and raised over $30,000 annually, to which was donated back to various establishments in our community, such as the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, Rotary Water Plant and The Children’s Home.
Siobhan and her husband Thomas have two boys attending LIS. Oliver who is 9 and currently in Year 5, and Zachary, 4, who is in Kindergarten. Siobhan joined the LIS Board of Directors in 2022, and is also an active member of the LIS PTA. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, horseback riding, golf and boating with her family.
If you would like to contact the Board, please address your email to [email protected]