Meet the team
Director of Tourism
Charles Lindo is the Director of Tourism of the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation. He is responsible for the day to day functioning of the Tourism Office and the overseas marketing of Statia as a tourism destination.
This includes maintaining the regular and sufficient communications and promoting goodwill between the Government, Tourist Board and all members of the private sector of Statia’s tourist industry, both on the island and overseas
Product Development & Research Manager
Maya Leon-Pandt joins St. Eustatius tourism development Foundation as “Product Development & Research Manager” on December 1, 2009. With over 10 years of experience in the hotel industry, applying a strong expertise in operations management, special event planning and guest satisfaction. A native of Statia, Maya Leon-Pandt began her career while pursuing a Master’s Degree working as a Graduate Assistant and Front Office at the Hilton Huntsville in Huntsville, Alabama.
In 1998 she joined the team at Extendedstay Hotels and within 2 years was promoted to General Manager at the Extendedstay Deluxe in Daytona Beach, Florida. Maya holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Alabama A&M University, a Bachelor of Science degree in International Travel & Tourism Management from Webber International University formerly Webber College and an AS Degree in Travel & Tourism from Johnson & Wales University.
Working at the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation is opening an entire new experience and avenue for me. One I look forward to with much passion and enthusiasm. Tourism is a very important sector in most countries and being as diverse as we are, it’s necessary for us to tap into that area and promote and develop what our beautiful Statia has to offer.
Public Relations Officer
The Public Relations Officer, Teena Lopes is responsible for all public relations related information, quality assurance and the efficient dissemination of information. This includes coordinating of tour programmes, mail and phone enquires with regards to the Tourism product of the island, and the efficient distribution of all visitor/tourism related printed and or online materials. It is very important that the Public Relation Officer maintain a professional image at all time. Ms. Lopes was well groomed for this position as PR having worked at the FDR Airport and having dealt with visitors from many varied destinations. Ms. Lopes has an educational background in hospitality management, and have always had a great interest in working in the tourism industry.
Ms. Sharmin Turner is the Office Assistant of the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation. Her profession entails a wide variety of duties and responsibilities which help to maintain an efficient office environment, Ms. Turner’s tasks include amongst others; administrative, secretarial and clerical support to all staff members, but is also the primary assistant to the director. Ms. Turner, having worked in her previous function as an airport information officer is well informed and knowledgeable of the day to day operations of the STDF.
St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF)
Mr. “Charlie” Lopes is a Park Ranger of the STDF. Mr. Lopes has more than 30 years of experience in this field. He performs a wide variety of duties at the STDF and is the only park ranger employed by the Foundation. As a local tour guide Mr. Lopes comes highly recommended, and does tours to areas such as the Quill National Park, Gilboa Park, and the Botanical Garden just to name a few. “Charlie” as he is commonly called will then take visitors to the many different trails around the island. The Park Rangers caries out various tasks associated with forest or structural fire control, protection of property etc. Charlie may not give you a scientific tour, but he will blow your mind with his knowledge of the local names of plants and historical recollections of the island. The park is manned and managed by STENAPA.