Centre Staff

Executive Director - Elaine Butterfield

Having a wealth of human services management experience ranging from Police Officer; an 18 year career at the Bermuda Hospitals Board, the last 6 years as the manager of the entire Diagnostic Imaging Division; the Chamber of Commerce; the development and running of a small business; Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Centre, Elaine feels well prepared for her work at The Centre.

A lifelong learner, Elaine’s credentials include a degree in Human Services Management and is currently a candidate for a graduate certification in Organizational Leadership. Her experience includes having served on the Government Allied Health Professionals board, the Bermuda Family Council, the Bermuda Women’s Council, chairing the Bermuda Women’s Council sub-committee on CEDAW, The Centre on Philanthropy Board of Directors and the Cummings Zuill Scholarship Committee. Elaine enjoys the cultural experiences of travel, mentoring, walking and spending time with her family.

Elaine’s favorite quotation is “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure” Maryanne Williamson

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Community Engagement Coordinator - Shirlene White

Shirlene White was educated at The Berkeley Institute and The Bermuda College. She worked in International Business for 20 plus years, before going to work for PRIDE Bermuda, her first Non-profit organization.  This is where she found that she had more to offer than crunching numbers.  She enjoys working in the Non-profit arena and finds the work very rewarding. Shirlene returned to The Centre on Philanthropy in April 2017, after briefly working in the Private Sector.  

Shirlene enjoys helping others and lives by the quote: “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”.  She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

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Training and Education Coordinator - Samantha Nearon

Samantha Nearon is a recent public relations graduate from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

She was born in Hamilton, Bermuda. Spent the entirety of her childhood leading into adulthood in Washington, DC. She spent her summer's working at The Royal Gazette as a Lifestyle Reporter and volunteered at The Centre on Philanthropy. Samantha gained experience as a social media intern for the Center of Civic Engagement and Leadership at Marist College.

Samantha is the Training and Education Coordinator at The Centre on Philanthropy team. She concentrates on the marketing and coordination of educational programmes and supports the Members' help desk.



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