Marijke Linthorst is the coach of the Dutch team. She studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam after finishing the gymnasium in the same city. She worked in a large number of functions in the public sector. She has therefore enormous experience in the cultural, social and educational sectors. Marijke also served in the municipal council of Abcoude and has almost 15 years of experience as a Member of Parliament. In the Dutch Senate she is not only the First Vice-president, but also the Chairperson of the Permanent Committee on Kingdom Relations.
From 1992 through 2002 she held various senior executive positions in Government as Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles. She also held legislative positions as Member of Parliament and Member of the Island Council of Curaçao. Suzy graduated with a Master of Law Degree in Civil Law as well as Criminal & Criminal Proceedings Law from the University of Groningen. She has ample experience in private practice, strategic planning, management, public governance, international relations and civil, public & administrative law. Römer was active as an advisor in the process of constitutional reform of the Kingdom that led to ’10-10-10’. She nowadays is – amongst other things – a member of the Constitutional Court of Sint Maarten. She is also a member of the International Council of Women World Leaders and holds a variety of publications in her name.
Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar studied marketing and psychology in Ontario, Canada (both in Kingston and Toronto). She then started a career in the private sector. From April 1997 till September 2003 she worked in several senior management positions at Bell Canada and AT&T Canada. In September 2003 she returned to Oranjestad, but she kept working in the private sector. She became Head of Marketing at Digicel Aruba. Within two years she was promoted to the position of CEO. In November 2009 she switched over to the public sector and became Minister for Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture in the cabinet of Mike Eman. As a minister she not only strives towards a sustainable economic development for Aruba, but she gives priority and extra attention to those weakest in Aruban society, which often are the children.
Franklyn Richards obtained his MULO diploma at the John Philips School in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. He obtained his degree in Government Finances at the Academy of Executive Affairs in Tilburg, his bachelor degree in economics at the Academy of Economics (HEAO) in The Hague, and his law degree at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 1972 through 1979, Franklyn served as head of the Finance Department of the Island Territory of Sint Maarten. He accepted a post with the Ministry of Interior Affairs in the Netherlands in 1980 were he functioned until October 1992. In 1992, he returned to Sint Maarten as an Administrative Lawyer in service of the Executive Council. In 1996, he assumed the duties of Sector Director of Support Services of the Island Government of Sint Maarten. On September 22, 2000, he was appointed as Lieutenant-Governor of Sint Maarten, which position he held until Sint Maarten became a country within the Kingdom on 10-10-2010. Now he works as an advisor on several projects and for a number of organizations. He is amongst other things a member of the Council for Law Enforcement of Sint Maarten.
Nora Sneek-Gibbs is truly a Kingdom citizen : she was born on Statia, but lived, studied (HRM) and worked both in Aruba, the Netherlands (and Belgium) and on Curaçao, where she served from 1994 till 1997 as a junior minister (staatssecretaris) in the government of the Netherlands Antilles (in the cabinet Pourier). Before that worked as a commissioner (gedeputeerde) on Statia from 1991 till 1994 and after her active political career she helped Statia as a civil servant on the route to ’10-10-10’. She also worked and still works for a number of organizations in civil society, such als the Oranje Comité, YMCA, Lions and Quota. She has worked on several interesting projects, most recently on teaching adults and children on Statia Having been very active for many years in both the public and the private sector Nora Sneek knows all Dutch Caribbean islands well. The team from Bonaire, Statia and Saba will surely be able to profit from her rich experience.