Barnard Vieira
Bernard is a Sr. Manager and Café Coach for Capital One in Coral Gables. 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 working with a non-profit organization serving in Guatemala, that provided schooling, healthcare and housing for indigenous people. There he participated in building a home for a family, which he describes as one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. 'It was experiences like these that have led to my involvement with LEAP.' Bernard says. At Capital One, Bernard sits on a committee that promotes and advocates for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging as the foundation of everything that they do among their leadership. Bernard is a Trustee Member with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
Gemma Garcia
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 Woodbury
VP
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
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 Council.
Kevin Brown
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 Linquist
Executive Director
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 Gillespie
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.
Rebecca ("Cafe") Brown
secretary
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 Boren
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 Guns.
Silvana Roncal
President
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 Ironman competitor.
Trixie Belo-Osagie
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.
Kevin Brown
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