Board of Directors



Jean Nesbitt-Matthew, LSW, MSW (
​Jean graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1985 with a BA in Psychology.  In 2004, she earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. Jean's social work career spans 29 years; She is currently serving in the capacity of District Manager of Child Protective Care Unit at the United States Virgin Islands Department of Human Services in the St. Croix District of the Division of Children and Family Services.  She was the Social Services Supervisor of the Virgin Islands Housing Authority for 20 years.  She is married to George G. Matthew, Sr. and they have two sons, George, Jr. and Jared.  Her philosophy of life is to treat others the way you would like to be treated.  Jean has been a NASW-VI member since 2011 and has previously served as Vice President.

Vice President

Shana Brathwaite

St. Croix District Chair

Ada-Luz Rivera Flemming, LSW, MSW (
Ada-Luz has been a social worker for the past 26 years. She has been working in the Juvenile Justice Division, Department of Human Services, for the past 26 years. From 2004 to present, she has held the position of District Manager of that Division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Oakwood College in Huntsville Alabama (1984) and Masters of Social Work (2004) from Norfolk State University, in Norfolk, Virginia. Ada-Luz has two children and has been married to Master Sergeant Curtis Flemming for the past 27 years.

St. Thomas District Chair

Nisha Karese Jones, LCSW (

​Nisha attained her Bachelor of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida in 2008, and her Master of Social Work from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida in 2009.  To date, she serves as a Readjustment Counselor with the Department of Veteran Affairs Vet Center program, where she provides for the readjustment needs of combat veterans and their families. Nisha also commissioned as a 1LT with the Virgin Islands National Guard February of 2015, where she serves as one of the Behavioral Health Officers in the Medical Detachment. Nisha received formal training in numerous evidenced-based practices proven effective with persons who experienced complex trauma including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Nisha truly enjoys life in the Caribbean, particularly the outdoors, and during her pastime she enjoys reading, nature trail hikes, meditation, and practicing yoga with her daughter A’mya.

Member at Large
Yvonne Woods, PhD, LCSW