The Team

Ragni Trotta, Founder & Benefactor

The Books4Kids Jamaica program is spearheaded by Ragni Trotta, the wife of Charity Founder Robert T. Trotta. The daughter of two Norwegian school teachers, she is passionate about Early Childhood Education and the importance of reading and writing. A marketing professional with extensive experience from the media, tourism and resort development industries in several countries, Ms. Trotta is a post-graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) with a MSc in Media, Communications and Development.

Frank Perolli, Board Member

Founding member and Board Member Frank Perolli has been a key part of the charity founder’s team since its startup in 2007. From Canada, the former General Motors executive has lived and worked in Jamaica for the last 13 years. He believes in giving back to the youth of the country, by way of assisting Kindergarten children to learn to read and write.

Noel “Sport” Sloley Jr., Board Member

Noel Sloley Jr. is the CEO of Jamaica Tours Ltd. (JTL), the largest tour operator in Jamaica. Jamaican in heart and soul, Sloley went to Cornwall College and took his first degree in Hospitality Management at Florida International University (FIU). With more than 25 years of experience from JTL, Sloley Jr. runs the company that has helped deliver books to more than 100,000 children since the charity’s startup 15 years ago. A great believer in education, Sloley Jr. brings his vibrancy, analytical skills and knowledge of the island to the board.

Robert W. Stolt, Board Member

Robert W. Stolt, hails from the vacation company RCI, where he has spent 23 years of his career as Vice President of Business Development. RCI is a long term sponsor of Books4Kids Jamaica. Stolt is a close friend to charity founders, the late Bob Trotta and his wife Ragni, of many years. He shares the passion for education and is excited to join the Books4Kids Jamaica board. Stolt brings his great relationship building skills, wisdom and passion to the board.

John Paul Geurts, Board Member

John Paul Geurts is a global entertainment professional who has spent most of his career creating family entertainment experiences at theme parks and theatres around the world. Geurts has joined the board to support the Books4Kids Jamaica charitable activities and considers it an absolute privilege to help Jamaican children jumpstart their education. He brings his creativity, extensive knowledge of entertainment and project managing skills to the board.

Kathy Dear

Kathy is a long term member of the Books4Kids Jamaica team. A native Jamaican from Montego Bay, she has travelled all over the island to deliver books to thousands of children during the last decade.

Jose Ann Brown, Secretary

Jose Ann pivoted from corporate hospitality technology to independent tech consultancy and is an active philantropist. She is dedicated to empowerment through education, health & wellness and mentorship. When not otherwise engaged, she hosts vacation rentals, can be found in the pottery studio or on the tennis courts.

Board of Directors

Books4Kids Jamaica Inc, US

Ragni Trotta, President & Board Member
John Paul Geurts, Treasurer & Board Member
Robert Stolt, Board Member
Sport Sloley Jr., Board Member
Frank Perolli, Board Member

Books4Kids Jamaica Ltd., Jamaica

Noel “Sport” Sloley Jr., Board Member
Ragni Trotta, Board Member
Jose Brown, Secretary

Books donated
Children helped


Books4Kids Jamaica’s primary aim is to help increase literacy by providing books and early educational materials to children in pre-schools across Jamaica.