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2021 – 2024 Executive Board



    ANGEL L. MORALES started his athletic career as a Physical Education teacher in 1974. While teaching, he played on the V.I. National Volleyball Team from 1997-1980. In 1983 he became Professor of Physical Education and Wellness at the University of the Virgin Islands until his retirement in 2011. His service with the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC) began in 1986 when he attended a Sports Administrator Course. He served as a VIOC Administrator coordinating Olympic Solidarity Courses and in 1988 he was elected Vice President for St. Croix. He attended the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a team administrator. In 1992 he was the Asst. Chef de Mission at the ’92 Barcelona Games and Chef de Mission at the ’96 Atlanta Olympics. He was a founding member of the St. Croix Basketball Referee Association and the Caribbean University Sports Association (CUSA) where he served as Treasurer from 1992 to 2000. In 1996 he was elected Secretary General and in 2006 attended a seminar on “Managing Olympic Sports Organizations”. He is currently on the executive board of the Carbbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and serves as chairman of the Olympic Academy Commission. In 2012 he was elected President of the VIOC.

  • John Abramson, Jr.

    Secretary General

    John Abramson, Jr., has had several positions in the Executive, Legislative branches of the Government of the Virgin Islands. Presently, Supervisor of Elections. Formerly Territorial Energy Director, and Chief of Staff for Senators Alicia Torres-James, Adelbert M. Bryan and Judy M. Gomez. Consultant to the Office of Senator Judy M. Gomez. Elected to serve on the Tenth (10th) Board of Education. As well as significant experience in the private sector with the Private Industry Council, Energy Resources International, Inc. Virgin Islands Tea Company, Inc. In addition to thirty years of public/private service I have been active in numerous community organization such as: The Resource Conservation and Development Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virgin Islands Tourism Awareness Link, Virgin Islands Basketball Federation, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., National Highway Safety Advisory Board, the National Association of Parliamentarians, and the National Association of Public Administrators. Member Board of Director Girl Scout Council Virgin Islands. Part-time Professor of Economic and Social Science at the University of the Virgin Islands. Member of the Government Health Insurance Board of Directors, Member of Rotary West of St. Croix. President of Frederiksted Economic Development Association. Chef de Mission for the CAC Games 2014. PanAm Games 2015 and Olympic Games 2016.

  • Hugo Hodge Jr.


    Hugo Hodge Jr., is the Executive Vice President and General Manager, Caribbean Basin, for Tantalus Systems. At Tantalus, he leads strategic efforts to expand the company’s presence in the Caribbean Basin through his extensive experience in distribution utility operations coupled with his understanding of the unique business and operational issues in the territory. Mr. Hodge is an accomplished utility veteran with more than 25 years’ experience in power distribution, marketing, engineering and utility leadership roles.

    Prior to joining Tantalus, he served an eight-year tenure as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority (WAPA). Under his leadership, the Authority embarked on an ambitious strategic plan to bring state-of-the-art solutions by which both electricity and potable water are generated and distributed throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. He committed himself to leading a utility that efficiently served the people of the Virgin Islands as the very best steward of the public’s dollar.

  • Ansen Sligar

    Vice President - St. Thomas / St. John

    Ansen Sligar, served as the President of the Virgin Islands Wrestling Federation for 8 years before being elected to the VIOC Executive body in 2012. Ansen is a founding member of the Virgin Islands Olympic Academy and the Virgin Islands National Anti-Doping Organization. He is actively involved with the International Olympic Academy having attended the Young Participants Session, IOAPA Sessions and Director’s Sessions on Olympic education. Having lived in the Virgin Islands for 20+ years. He moved to St. Thomas from Oregon to attend the University of the Virgin Islands where he graduated with a BA in Business Administration. He also holds an Executive Masters in Olympic Sports Organization Management from the University of Poitiers, France. Past Virgin Islands Olympic Committee responsibilities include Chef de Mission for; 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, 2014 Youth Olympic Games, 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

  • Desiree Miranda

    Vice President - St. Croix

    Desiree Miranda, A fourth generation Virgin Islander who has lived her entire life within the Virgin Islands. I have a bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a master’s in History, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration, Management and Curriculum Development. I have played sports playing softball, baseball, basketball, and volleyball all my life starting from the tender age of nine. I’m one of four women on St. Croix who have been a member of the Virgin Islands Softball and Volleyball Federations. I have over thirty years of experience working as Head Coach at various schools (from elementary to high school) on St. Croix, training youths in volleyball, softball, and basketball teams to success. For the past 16 years, I have been Vice President of the Virgin Islands Volleyball Federation and participated in the capacity of an executive board member, coach, delegate, and player.