Dr Olivene Burke has been strategically leading the Mona Social Service (MSS) as a community development and transformation specialist from August 2011 to present. In the capacity of Executive Director, her work and impact have successfully transformed the lives and livelihood of over 19,000 residents in nine volatile inner-city communities, including August Town which is among the most volatile in Jamaica. Prior to that Dr Burke worked directly with 4 Principals on the Mona Campus on major projects including preparing the first Self Study for Registration of the UWI by the University Council of Jamaica, the national Accreditation Body in Jamaica; Annual Academic Conferences, Tertiary Education Policy Development, Research Days Advisory Committees the establishment of MSS from concept and the Mona Common Redevelopment Project which is presently in progress.
Dr Burke balances this with the academic contribution as an adjunct lecturer in Transformational Leadership, Human Resource management at the Mona School of Business and Management as well as publications of articles and a co-authored book in tertiary education; journal articles on community development work and several conference presentations globally, regionally and internationally.
Additionally, Dr Burke contributes personally to other community services as a Justice of the Peace and President of the Lions Club of Mona, a position she achieved in 2017 following her former position of 1st Vice president of the Club. In the President’s capacity, she Chairs the Board of Directors which comprises 15 Lions.
Dr Burke is married and has three children; two sons and a daughter