Richmond Vale Academy employs 25 people in teaching, farming, administration and maintainance.


  • Stina Herberg, Director

    Stina was born in Norway and is the academy’s director. For the past 25 years she has worked with education, environment and development projects in Angola, Mozambique, Denmark, Norway, Caribbean and USA. Stina became the director at Richmond Vale Academy in 2007.
  • Rommel (Flex) Spring, Farmer

    Flex is an ecological farmer and has worked with RVA growing vegetables and other crops for the past few years. Flex has a sucessful and highly productive Pass-It-On Model Home Garden in Chateaubelair.Flex is certified in PermaCulture Design and takes care of the Academy's vegetable garden.
  • Jesper Friis, Manager and Teacher

    Jesper holds a BA in Pedagogy from DNS in Denmark. He has traveled and studied in more than 40 countries including Turkey, India, Libya, Mozambique, Cuba, USA and Germany. Jesper is a certified PADI Diving Instructor and is also certified in Solar Energy Photovoltaic Design and Installation with NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners).
  • Tamas Gubicza, Teacher

    Tom was born in Hungary. After finishing Janus Pannonius University of Pécs with a teachers degree he worked as a ski instructor for many years. He went to Africa, where he worked as a volunteer-teacher ( Namibia ). He joined Richmond Vale Academy in 2018 as the teacher for the Fighting Poverty program.
  • Luke Punnett, Teacher

    Luke is from Vermont and has a BA in Business Management. Luke is a certified Perma Culture Design Instructor running an organic farm in Vermont. He teaches organic farming, agroforestry, soil management, production of organic fertilizer. Luke joined RVA in 2014
  • Cleo Westfield, Accountant

    Cleo is from Petit Bordel and studied Principles of Business at St. Vincent Grammar School. Cleo has been teaching at Troumaka Secondary School before he started working as an accountant in 2017.
  • Raymond Matthews, Farm Manager

    Raymond is from Fitz Hughes and has been working at Richmond Vale Academy for more than 15 years. Raymond manages the commercial farm production which ranges from passion fruits, trees and eggs.
  • Else Marie Pedersen, Marketing

    Else went to Africa with the Travelling Folk High School in Denmark. Before that she studied and traveled all over the world. She has visited over 10 countries in Africa and been to several Humana People to People projects. She worked at One World Center in the United States for 12 years. In June 2014, she joined Richmond Vale Academy.
  • Danail Petrov, Teacher

    Danail was born in Bulgaria and has a BA in Forestry. Danail has worked with community development and water security with DAPP in Zambia before joining RVA in 2017.
  • Pat Otley, Landscaper

    Pat is a lifelong farmer from Chateaubelair, has his own farm in the Richmond Valley. Pat is in charge of developing the park areas around the Academy.
  • Joan Maizy Patterson, Farmer,

    Lifelong farmer from Fitz Hughes and works in the passion fruit department.
  • Christobelle Charles, Cook

    In secondary school I found my passion in cooking by doing “cookery” classes.  I built up my knowledge from working various places with many different cooks from St. Vincent and other countries as well. After having worked at Richmond Vale Academy for a couple of years I left to work somewhere else, but now I am happy to be back.I look forward to meeting you and serving one of my soups or other dishes for you!