Bernard is a Senior Manager and Café Coach for Capital One. At Capital One, Bernard sits on a committee that promotes and advocates for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Bernard is also a Trustee Member with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. During his 27 years of management, his passion has been mentoring and developing people. Bernard's belief in Women's Empowerment and Social Equity was fueled by his work with a non-profit organization serving in Guatemala, which provided schooling, healthcare and housing for indigenous people.
Co-Founder & treasurer
Gemma , a co-founder of LEAP, has Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees in Business Administration (Baruch College and Pace University). Gemma
has over 30 years of experience in banking and in trading emerging markets
stocks and bonds. Gemma currently teaches classes for LEAP in the areas of
business planning and budgeting.
Holly has more than 20 years’ experience in resource
development leadership, management, and coaching for local, national and
international non-profits. She has extensive knowledge in the areas of
fundraising, soliciting major gifts, recruiting and managing volunteer leadership,
creating communications strategies, researching and launching social enterprises,
and establishing strategic partnerships.
Jaime Anzalotta is Dean of Students at Miami Dade
College, Wolfson Campus. During his 22-year career, Jaime has charted
innovative student enrichment programs; taught and created courses targeted to
enhance student success; developed comprehensive plans for campus life; led
initiatives for multi-campus endeavors; and served as academic advisor, recruiter,
adjunct professor and tutor. In addition to being an inspiring motivational
speaker, he serves as a Fellow of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s
Leadership Miami and a Fellow of the National Community College Hispanic
Kevin is the owner and managing partner of a law firm that
represents non-profits and a variety of small and emerging businesses. Kevin has
more than 22 years of litigation, mediation and arbitration experience and more
than 15 years’ experience in all aspects of entrepreneurship, business creation
and development, and risk management. He provides expertise as well in the
area of compliance with regulatory and licensing requirements.
Mahlia Lindquist, Executive Director, is an attorney, and joined the LEAP family as a mentor. Mahlia is a Miami native and has a BA in Economics from Emory University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. As an attorney, she worked in the criminal justice system, as well as private practice. Mahlia also teaches one of the modules for LEAP’s in-prison program.
Nancy is an economist, retired from the World Bank, where her work had focused on increasing the equity, coverage and quality of public programs aimed to increase opportunities for the poor. Continuing a 30+ year career dedicated to the areas of social protection and human development, Nancy currently serves on the LEAP board, and chairs the Programs and Services Committee of the Board of Christel House International, a global education organization.
Café is a graduate of the LEAP program. Now
employed at Camillus House as a cook, Café is also an Evangelist and Theology
student and a member of 100+ Women Who Care. She holds certificates from
Miami-Dade College, Barry University, and JAX Baptist Theology Seminary, serves
as a leader for a Human Trafficking Outreach Ministry, and conducts a Street
Outreach Ministry. Café is also active in community volunteer work and
campaigning for political candidates.
Shed currently works as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public
Health and Social Work at FIU. He previously served as CEO of Camillus House
and Sister Emmanuel Hospital, and founded Mercy Hospital’s AIDS program. For
more than 30 years, he has worked on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized
populations, including those living with HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases, mental health
challenges and in poverty, and those experiencing homelessness, aging out of
foster care, and having contact with the criminal justice system. Shed is the
recipient of FIU’s Path Award, and was an Executive Producer of two
documentaries, one dealing LGBT rights in Miami Dade which won an Emmy, the
other profiling Sister Helen Prejean. Shed also serves on the Board of Guitars over
Silvana has worked for the last 30 years in the finance industry,
first as an investment banker and now as a wealth manager. She holds
certifications as a portfolio management and alternative investment director.
Silvana has held positions at Citibank, ANZ Bank, and currently is a financial
advisor for Morgan Stanley advising international high net worth individuals and
families. Silvana was one of LEAP’s first mentors and has raised funds as an
Trixie is the CEO of SB Port Ventures, a construction
company providing sustainable building to lean construction technology and
management. In addition to her involvement in all aspects of the company’s
activities and growth initiatives, Trixie, whose educational background is in
International Relations and Public Administration and Policy, has led charitable
initiatives as a Board member for two non-profits, the Playground Foundation
Sierra Leone and Time Out for Africa. She has also planned and worked on
numerous art exhibitions with African artists.
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