Dr. Maolynne Miller M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.(C ).
Founder and Chairperson

Dr. Maolynne Miller became Jamaica’s first paediatric nephrologist in 1984 and is the Founder and Chairperson of the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation (JKKF). A former Associate Lecturer and Paediatric Nephrologist at the University of the West Indies and University Hospital of the West Indies (30 years), she now works full time at her private paediatric and paediatric nephrology practice at Ruthven Medical Centre, in Kingston, and runs a paediatric nephrology clinic at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. She is passionately committed to the care of children with kidney disease and the development of Paediatric Nephrology in Jamaica. Her conviction is that “all children with kidney disease, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to live to their fullest potential”. In her spare time, she is an avid reader of suspense novels and enjoys all legal television shows.

Mr. William Tavares-Finson BS, MBA, JP
Founding Director

Mr. William G. L. Tavares-Finson is a founding director of the JKKF, and is also a real estate broker, a corporate investor and auctioneer. He sits on several corporate and Government Boards and has served on several non-profit organizations including the St Patrick’s Foundation, Jamaica Boxing Board of Control, and the Heart Foundation. Within these networks, he actively advocates for the interests of the JKKF. Mr. Tavares-Finson is known for his quick wit, ready smile, amazing sense of humour and insightful suggestions.

Mr. Craig Chin BSc (Hons)
Founding Director

Mr. Craig Chin has been a director of the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation since its inception. Having graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mr. Chin is currently a director of the Super Valu Group of Companies. He also serves on the board of Progressive Grocers of Jamaica Limited and is committed to the development of the Jamaican people. At his suggestion and through his influence with the member stores of Progressive Grocers of Jamaica Ltd., JKKF has been able to reach out to the Jamaican public (our largest contingency of regular donors) with our donation tins. Quiet by nature, Mr. Chin has a gentle, generous heart. He dislikes fanfare and is able to implement ingenious solutions to complex problems in an effortless manner.

Mr. Andrew Cocking
Founding Director

Mr. Andrew Cocking is a founding director of the JKKF. A trained engineer, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University and later pursued a Master of Science degree in Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He has over 30 years of experience in the banking and finance sector, including senior management positions at the now defunct Capital & Credit Financial Group (CCFG), which he co-founded with other shareholders and also worked with the defunct Issa Trust & Merchant Bank, now a part of the Sagicor Group. The Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation as a non-profit organisation benefits tremendously from Mr. Cocking’s expertise, enthusiasm and financial perspective in its aim to meet its financial goals. Despite his impressive resume, Mr. Cocking is an unassuming, fun-filled individual with an unmistakable, infectious laugh.

Professor Minerva Thame, MBBS; DCH, DM (Paeds); Ph.D.
Founding Director

Professor Minerva Thame is a founding director of the JKKF and is also a Professor of Perinatal and Paediatric Medicine in the Department of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of the West Indies (UWI), a Consultant Paediatrician at University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), and the Deputy Dean and Chair for the Committee of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Medicine, UWI. She received her Doctorate of Medicine in Paediatric and PhD (Thesis entitled “Nutritional Determinants of Foetal and Placental Growth” from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She is involved in active clinical neonatology, administration and research. Her research interests include Adolescent and Sickle Cell disease and its influence on foetal growth and pregnancy. Professor Thame is also a carnival enthusiast and enjoys Caribbean music and culture.

Audited Financial Statements

2015 JKKF Audited Statements