MARLIN-ROMEO, Leona

Leona MARLIN-ROMEO Sint Maarten Election 2016 Bio

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ProfessionHead of Civil Registry Department, Census
Date Of Birth03 Jul 1973 (45 years)

Bio - Leona Marlin-Romeo

Leona Marlin-Romeo, civil servant was born on July 3, 1973, daughter of Marius Romeo and Marilyn Thomas. Marlin grew up to become the first woman Sint Maarten appointed the position as department head to the Civil Registry Department and the first Sint Maartener to hold a managerial position at the former S.S.N.A (now S4) in the Netherlands. 

Raised by her mother and stepfather, she excel
led at school and is a proud graduate of the Methodist Agogic Centre. Determined to maintain excellence, Marlin briefly attended the St. Maarten Academy before transferring to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia where she graduated with honors. She was recognized by the National Honor Society; an organization established to acknowledge and honor outstanding high school students. Upon graduation Marlin briefly attended Albright College in Pennsylvania and later attended Adelphi University in New York, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in French.

At Adelphi, Marlin served as the president of the Caribbean Awareness Club, was a member of the university’s student branch of Model United Nations, and a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Marlin graduated from Adelphi University in 1995. 

She continued her education at the University of Amsterdam where she graduated with a master’s degree in International Relations.
Upon graduation Marlin was accepted to undertake a PHD at Warwick University, one of the United Kingdom’s leading institutions in England however Marlin turned it down to serve her country by mentoring Antillean students in the Netherlands. She later held a managerial role within the same organization and oversaw approximately 700 Antillean students across the Netherlands.

With the support of her husband, Marlin returned to further serve her homeland in 2005 after accepting the job as Head of the Civil Registry Department, commonly called the Census Office. Sometimes described as blunt and tough, Marlin demands the best from her staff and herself while serving in this position. She is an able administrator who reshaped the Civil Registry into an operative amenity Sint Maarten in time has benefitted from.

Marlin further obtained the highest award of Toastmasters International as Distinguished Toastmaster and was the former Area Governor of Area 26 for the term 2012-2013. Marlin held several positions in the Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters club and is still an active member. 

Marlin is the founder of the Foundation for Limitless Cooperation, and is an executive member of the Speedy Plus Club. Both foundations hosts the annual International Track & Field Meet of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. 

Marlin is a member of the Community Police Officer board, a former member of the Upper Princess Quarter Community Council and the founder of the Sint Maarten Sickle Cell Disease Foundation. Marlin was lauded with praise for being the leading person that initiated talks that resulted in the hosting of the International Civil Aviation Organization regional conference on Sint Maarten in July of 2013.

Marlin married in 1997 to Richard Marlin, who are now the proud parents of two. 

Marlin continues to be an inspiration to all. Leona Marlin Romeo is a high achiever with a passion for the development of young people and empowerment of women of Sint Maarten. 


Leona Marlin - Romeo is ready to serve you.

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