CEO & Editor in Chief
Marva Griffiths Herman
Marva Griffiths Herman was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and has been involved with the Caribbean-American community for much of her life. After a break of caring for her two young sons, she became active again in the Caribbean-American community when she was approached by longtime friend Dr. Claire Nelson of the Washington, DC-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), to assist her with efforts to petition the United States government to establish a National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
On February 14, 2006, the United States Senate passed the Concurrent Resolution establishing June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. Herman spearheaded the successful Los Angeles grassroots campaign and the inaugural celebrations held on June 16, 2006 where the Los Angeles City Council presented a proclamation establishing June as Caribbean American Heritage Month in Los Angeles in perpetuity.
As a result of the congressional resolution, in 2007 Herman founded the Caribbean Heritage Organization, Inc. (CHO), which produces the official Los Angeles Caribbean-American Heritage Month gala, the Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & the Arts and the CaribbeanLens International Film & Arts Festival.
In addition to serving as executive director of the CHO, she is the West Coast Representative for ICS and serves on the advisory board of the Office of the Los Angeles Honorary Consul of Jamaica.
This proud mother of two Jamericans is pleased that her Anansi and Jamaican folklorist, the Hon. Louise Bennett, bedtime stories paid off when her younger son, garnered a spot on Bill Cosby’s “Kids Says the Darndest Thing” with his toothless recital of Miss Lou’s “Love Letta.”
President & Creative Director
Cynthia Johnson is a first- generation Bajan American who has been designing and helping business and non-profits for as long as she can remember. Cynthia is the President & Creative Director as well as a staff writer of Caribbean Heritage Magazine and helped craft the design aesthetic for the CHM brand, magazine and website. Cynthia is also co-founder of Our Like Minds a business consulting & Design firm.
Cynthia remains connected to the Caribbean community through Caribbean genealogy study, the creation of the Ivan and Cordelia Daniel book scholarship for Bajan college students and through her position on the board of Bajans & Friends for Health & Education.
Cynthia earned her Bachelors degree in Behavioral Sciences from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and holds a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in MESA (Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment) from the University of Illinois, Chicago. By day, she works as a Director of Assessment and Accreditation for a College of Pharmacy.
COO & Creative Editor
Keley Johnson is the COO, Creative Editor and a Staff Writer of Caribbean Heritage Magazine (CHM).
She is also CEO and Founder of Boshemia an Island-Inspired lifestyle brand featuring vegan and cruelty-free skincare, accessories and aromatherapy. Boshemia products are also paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free. Made with organic, sustainability harvested and fair trade ingredients.
Keley is the Co-founder of Our Like Minds, the business development and consulting firm behind Caribbean Heritage Magazine. She is the lead of private label services. Private label with Our Like Minds; and brand our amazing skin care, cosmetics and candles.