As Director, Meaghan works directly under the advisement and direction of the Love City Strong Executive Board. Meaghan has direct management and oversight of all other members of the Executive Staff. She is responsible for the conceptualization of upcoming projects, setting deadlines and expectations for current projects, donor development and acknowledgment, and messaging and media engagements.




Stephen is responsible for managing the overall direction of individual projects, and has purchasing power over expenses related to projects. He is the direct liaison for any and all agencies involved in coordinating current and future projects. Stephen is responsible for managing and guiding project employees towards deadlines, overseeing the activities of the Project Manager, and ensuring that expectations are met.


Ryan west


Ryan is responsible for bookkeeping and has final purchase approval on expenses for organizational needs and per-project needs. He is responsible for payroll management, invoices and billing, tracking the organization’s operating budget, general office management, responding to donor and press inquiries and funneling them to the Director, and grant writing.




Mae is the direct manager of LCS’ employees, both contractors and full-time, for all projects. Mae deploys with staff as needed. She is responsible for project administration and data entry for all projects, and assists the Senior Project Manager with the troubleshooting and implementation of all project measures.


Jeff Quinlan


Jeff coordinates with the Senior Project Manager, assisting in vendor relations and supply logistics for individual projects. All construction-related initiatives are overseen by Jeff in a project manager capacity. Jeff is the organization’s direct liaison with the Love for Love City Foundation.



Love City Strong Go Team

The Go Team, a full-time team, serves as the on-the-ground source for client intake, education and information dissemination, and in partnership with other organizations. The team is comprised of 6 St. John residents, hand selected from different areas of the island. The team includes one Spanish-speaker and one Patois-speaker, and the members are of a broad age range. This was specifically designed to better reflect the diversity that is present in our community, the goal being to provide each segment of our community with a sense of comfort and security, working with advocates on the team who reflect them. Team members are entrusted with communicating the organization’s individual project parameters, handling client intake for these projects, and disseminating information from partner organizations in the field to the island’s vulnerable residents.



The Love City Strong Executive Board is comprised of individuals who share in our team’s passion for bettering the community of St. John through education, wellness, and resiliency programs. Our Executive Board receives no compensation or reward for their services as Executive Board members.

Tom Secunda

Tom Secunda is the cofounder of financial services and media corporation Bloomberg LP. Tom’s is known for his philanthropic work across a broad range of causes. He and his wife, Cindy, are signatories of the Giving Pledge. He supports the American Israel Education Foundation, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the UJA Federation. In 2011, Secunda was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Parks Conservation Association. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Intrepid Museum Foundation, and on the board of directors of the Manhattan Theater Club. In 2012, he was awarded the Simon Wiesenthal Center's award for his philanthropic work. Bloomberg Philanthropies, under the guidance of Tom and his staff, were instrumental in the recovery of St. John immediately following Hurricane Irma in 2017; bringing crucial emergency supplies, medical equipment, and human and financial resources to the Territory.

Tenesha Keyes

A founding member of Love City Strong, Tenesha is a native resident of St. John. She has been engaged in the St. John business community for over a decade and serves on the Mongoose Junction Merchant’s Association Board. When Love City Strong was formed as a grassroots organization after Hurricane Irma in 2017, Tenesha took point on managing the evacuations of St. John residents and tourists, successfully ushering over 1,200 individuals to safety.

John McGinnis

CEO of McgInnis Industries, John has decades of experience in the realm of disaster response. He was instrumental in several national emergency cleanup operations including the City of Orange Beach after Hurricane Ivan (2004), St. Bernard Parish, LA after Hurricane Katrina (2005), and 20 miles of Alabama coastline after the BP Horizon oil spill (2010). The Hurricane Katrina Cleanup in Southern Louisiana was one of the largest single FEMA funded demolition projects in U.S. History, resulting in almost 10,000 structures demolished. John also serves as Director of Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation, and has led that team’s efforts on St John and Jost Van Dyke since September 6, 2017.

Ian Samuel

A native resident of St John and long-time supporter of youth development on the island, Ian has emerged as an indispensable community leader in the aftermath of Irma and Maria. He has been Bloomberg Philanthropies local liaison for the past 11 months, and sits on the boards of the St John Community Foundation and Love City Community Network. He also sits on the advisory board of the St John Long Term Recovery Group.

Jarrod Bernstein

Jarrod is a seasoned executive with over a decade of experience counseling a wide range of institutions with complex organizational structures. He served in both the Bloomberg and Obama Administrations in senior Communications, Community Outreach, and Counterterrorism positions, including Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and Associate Director of Public Engagement at the White House. His work with the Virgin Islands Government in the aftermath of Irma and Maria has helped immeasurably to facilitate the recovery on St John.