Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane ever recorded, with Hurricane Maria following less than two weeks later. Life ceased to exist as we knew it in the Caribbean. It was also the catalyst that brought all of us "Perfect Hearts" together and started our journey to help each other, help others.
Jody is a born and bred St. Thomas native. Her passion for travel led her to enter the yachting industry, where she traveled the world while working on mega yachts. After living abroad in Australia for a year, Jody came home to the Virgin Islands to work and prepare for her next adventure. Whilst in the midst of planning a move to South America to participate in a volunteer program, disaster struck. After hurricanes Irma and Maria made landfall in the Virgin Islands, Jody decided to resign from her job and devote all of her energy to rebuilding her home and helping those who were unable to help themselves.
Although much was lost as a result of these catastrophic storms, Jody’s unrelenting optimism has been and continues to be a driving force for good. A natural born leader, Jody employs the full scope of her abilities in her position as CEO of Perfect Heart. Following the storms, Jody has acquired a number of new skill sets (she can chainsaw an entire felled tree in under three minutes), a new nickname (“G.I. Jody”), and a new family of fellow volunteers that have come together with the shared passion of helping others.
Jody has succeeded in coordinating thousands of pounds of relief supplies to the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands and has helped improve the lives of countless individuals in her community. As the focus of Perfect Heart shifts to long-term recovery, Jody is as energetic and committed as ever to the mission of rebuilding the Islands and helping those in need recover.
Kimberley Bentley grew up braving Canada's frozen tundra and decided she'd rather face hurricane threats down south, over the northern winter seasons. Although her love for her 'home and native land' is fierce, her frequent snowbird trips to Florida and the Caribbean caused her heart to melt upon every visit and her love for the islands couldn't be denied. One of her many vacations eventually turned into a six-year stint of island living between Grand Cayman and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she worked with a regional media company and lifestyle publication.
She has since relocated to Florida, where she brings an invaluable array of skills to the Perfect Heart team as a board member, managing stateside logistics and a liaison between Perfect Heart and other organizations. As a former USVI resident, Kimberley is passionate about the islands and has played an instrumental role in the coordination and delivery of thousands of pounds of hurricane relief supplies to the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Her diverse professional background and extensive network of connections and strategic partnerships have been a major contributing factor to the successful execution of our projects.
Kimberly is no stranger to philanthropy and has spent time volunteering with other 501(c)(3) organizations and also has experience in the realms of economic development, policy advocacy, community revitalization, and grant processes and systems.
Kimberley still contributes to many foundations and charities and an active advisory board member with the 'Global Empowerment Mission' (GEM), along with participating in 'Third Wave Volunteers' initiatives.
It's hard to believe Kimberley has spare time, but she also is a consultant that's engaged in both the public and private sectors, maintaining relationships with homeowners’ associations, elected officials, and non-profit organizations. Her mission is to help her surrounding neighborhoods have a better quality of life, and her passion is to ensure her previous island neighbors are provided with immediate disaster relief, along with resources for long-term recovery.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Alexandra has always lived by this quote and believes it has motivated her to achieve her dreams. After completing two years of college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, her adventurous spirit drew her out west. She spent four years completing her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University, then continued down south to where she still resides today.
Since moving to St. Thomas, she's attended the University of Virgin Islands for another bachelors degree in Accounting, interned with a local CPA for three years to master tax accounting, worked as an equity analyst for an off-shore mutual fund, and started her own accounting firm called Perfect Balance. Prior to this, she worked in the hospitality industry while traveling the world, interning, and completing her extensive education. She has called U.S.V.I. home since 2011, and it's no secret the island has stolen her heart.
The destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria compelled Alexandra to help not only her own island but other disaster-affected communities as well. She collaborated with other energetic individuals who were already involved in relief efforts and partnered with organizations that shared the same vision. Alexandra is extremely grateful to have this passionate team and supportive network of family, friends, and business partners.
With an unwavering belief in the power of charity and volunteer work, MacKenzie is committed to changing the world one step at a time.
With what started as an independent grassroots effort, MacKenzie started a project called, “Caring for the Caribbean”, a cross-country relief effort for the communities of the Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria. She now promotes new projects for our organization and her authenticity and passion to help others inspire us all.