Simone V Edwards
Chief of Staff
Simone Edwards was born on St. Thomas USVI and is a proud product of the public education system. Simone graduated from the Charlotte Amalie High School and is an alumna of Florida Atlantic University.
Simone has dedicated most of her professional life to service, particularly Social Services; from behavior intervention programs for youth to healthcare services for seniors, her commitment is to improving the quality of life for the underrepresented. Simone believes in Emerson's quote - "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." Simone looks forward to working alongside Senator Sarauw in the 33rd Legislature to help improve the quality of life for all residing in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Diana M Cruz
Diana was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas and attended the University of the Virgin Islands. She holds a Bachelors' of Science in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and comes with years of experience from working in the local television industry. Some of the best experiences she recalls is being able to work with the local producers Angela Gordon, Edward La Borde Jr., and Anil Bruce who have shared their knowledge and experience. On a national level, Diana also had the opportunity to work with Tavis Smiley, Paradise Jam, and the Tempo network.
Diana looks forward to utilizing her skills in communication and graphic arts to further Senator Sarauw’s agenda for more transparent and inclusive governing. “Communication is key!”
Clarissa Doyling was raised on beautiful St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. After graduating from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Clarissa decided to further her education and political interest at the University of the Virgin Islands. In 2018, Clarissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a minor in Political Science. She was first introduced to Senator Sarauw in 2015 when she was a student in her Intro to Political Science class at the University. Later in 2017, Clarissa was recruited by the Senator to be an intern in her office at the Legislature. At the close of the internship the Senator was so impressed by Clarissa’s knowledge and workmanship, she immediately offered her a full-time position as her Legislative Researcher. As a young and aspiring politician and public servant, Clarissa hopes to develop and improve her political skills while working hand in hand with Senator Sarauw. She also plans to return to the University of the Virgin Islands to obtain her Master’s degree in Public Administration. Since their initial meeting, the Senator has always put Clarissa’s skills and abilities to the test. As Shakuntala Devi said, “Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It's about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.” Clarissa is definitely dedicated to widening her knowledge and assisting the Senator in improving the lives of her fellow Virgin Islands people.
Born and raised in these beautiful US Virgin Islands, Shenise’s call to service has come full circle. Heart-tugged on the campus of the University of Delaware, she realized that she wanted to serve as a life-long vocation and not just on an occasional weekend. Thus, Shenise continued her studies in Georgia to obtain her Masters of Public Administration. Thereafter, she served as an AmeriCorps member and then a nonprofit professional working alongside dedicated community members and city officials as they sought to collaboratively address social ills and facilitate sustainable change within neighborhoods across Delaware and Maryland. Now, for her island community, she desires to use her passion for service and gained experience to bring about the bold and progressive change that Senator Janelle K. Sarauw works towards.
Shenise’s experiences have allowed her to see that all communities share a confounding complexity, yet an underlying hope that change is possible -- a truth that many no longer believe, but are desperate for. Standing on the belief that “with God all things are possible” and seeing that desperation for change on so many faces, compels her to serve with a sense of urgency and purpose. Shenise is excited to serve in this new capacity, to engage in the political process, and to finally have the opportunity to embrace her own community. She states that “it is time to rise up in a way like never before to sow our God-given talents and answer the call to genuine service.” Shenise is undoubtedly grateful to be able to do so -- in the place she calls home.