Mark Beausoleil (Chairman): Mr. Beausoleil is the First Senior Vice President and National Branch Sales and Service Director at AmTrust Bank, with responsibility for 260 branches in five states including Florida. Mr. Beausoleil has a strong focus on sales. service and operational efficiency as well as employee engagement in community projects. He is actively involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a member of the Board of Directors for Miami Rescue Mission.
Dr. Linda Washington-Brown: Dr. Brown has a wealth of educational experience, with a PhD in Theology, a PhD in Nursing and an EJD in Law. She is currently serving as Associate Dean of the Broward College RN to BSN Program as well as the ARNP for the Broward Outreach Clinic, administering health care to homeless men and women. She has vast experience in the health care field, has earned numerous awards for her service, and has been published in a variety of healthcare publications. She has received multiple grants of up to $60,000 for her research and she has been invited repeatedly to serve on the HRSA Grant Program Peer Review. Dr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors for Miami Rescue Mission.
Reverend Ronald Brummitt: Reverend Brummitt is the President of the Miami Rescue Mission / Broward Outreach Centers in Miami, Pompano and Hollywood, Florida, serving nearly 1,000 men, women and children daily. Reverend Brummitt began his career with the homeless as a teacher and counselor and he has a deep commitment to help homeless individuals get off the streets and rebuild their lives. Reverend Brummitt has long been an advocate for the children in the community around the Miami Rescue Mission and has worked tirelessly to get the support needed to provide free after school care programs and summer camps for these children.
Roger M. Gordon: Mr. Gordon is a strategic planning, finance and banking professional with over 30 years experience in the Miami community. Mr. Gordon was an Adjunct Instructor with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for eight years . He has served over 30 years and continues to serve on the Miami Rescue Mission Board of Directors. Roger has a history of civic involvement, including serving on the Miami Dade County Public Schools Citizens Advisory Committees from 1990 to 2003 in many leadership positions.
Sara Herald: Ms. Herald, an attorney and former advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Fortune 500 executive, now serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Barry University. She has long been an advocate of underserved children and was the Director of Children’s Home Society for over six years while also serving as the Social Service Policy Transition Coordinator for Governor Jeb Bush. She served as Interim District Administrator for the Florida Department of Children and Families. After eight years in public service, Sara became the Chief Administrative Officer for Regions Bank for seven years. Sara has served on numerous community boards, including Miami Dade Children’s Trust, Overtown Youth Center, Alonzo Mourning Charities, YWCA of Greater Miami, Baptist Hospital and is currently serving on the Board of Breakthrough Miami and the Orange Bowl Committee.
Barbara Hinterkopf: Ms. Hinterkopf was co-owner of Kristine Michael Boutique for twenty- three years but made time to serve in leadership positions for Junior League of Miami and was on the Board of Kristi House serving victims of domestic and sexual abuse. She was actively involved with Charlee of Dade County, helping to provide resources and support that help abused, abandoned, and neglected children and at-risk families reach their full potential and she served on the Foster Care Review Board. For the past four years, Barbara has volunteered with the literacy program, READ ON, Miami, Inc., which serves at risk children in Coconut Grove and Overtown.
Bridget L. McKinney: Ms. McKinney is the principal at Allapattah Middle School, responsible for the oversight and management of the operational budget, curriculum, faculty, office staff and students. She is well versed in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and the professional development of staff members. Ms. McKinney supports over 100 classroom teachers in implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for the students at Allapattah Middle School. She coordinates ongoing technical training and professional development classes for her staff. She is a strong advocate for developing the potential of underserved children through literacy initiatives.
Dr. Mia Y. Merritt: Dr. Merritt Is currently and Adjunct Professor at Broward College and Brown Mackle College as well as on the Advisory Board of the University of Phoenix. She is President/ CEO of M&M Motivation and Professional Speaking. She has provided workshops, seminars and keynote speeches around the country to organizations such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Miami -Dade County city managers, FIU executive staff and University of Miami Public Relations Department. Dr. Merritt has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, a Masters Degree in Exceptional Education and a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership. She has been and Assistant Principal at Skyway Elementary School and a teacher at Brentwood Elementary School. Dr. Merritt is a Minister and was awarded the 2011 African American Achiever’s Award. She was honored by Legacy magazine as one of South Florida’s 25 most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and leadership for 2013. She is the author of 15 books on spirituality, personal development, prosperity, self-empowerment and adult education.
Katrina Peebles: Mrs. Katrina Peebles is a driving force in The Peebles Corporation’s ongoing business development, political fundraising, community relations, corporate brand building, as well as historic preservation and design. In her more than 20 years’ experience, Mrs. Peebles has spearheaded development of the company’s highly regarded, top-performing tax appeal division, as well as organized high profile events and fundraisers for political leaders including, but not limited to, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Mrs. Peebles is former Vice President of Villa Viscaya, former President of The Women’s Cancer League, Co-Founding former President of The Recreation Wish List Committee of WDC, and has served as a member of Miami City Ballet, Cancer Link, United Way, Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Women Who Care Committee – NYC.
Marty Steinberger (President): Ms. Steinberger is founder and president of READ ON, Miami, Inc., an incentive based literacy program which has inspired underserved children in Overtown and Coconut Grove. for eight years, after originally founding and coordinating the program at West Laboratory Elementary for seven years. She established the All Sport Booster and REACH (Ransom Everglades Athletes Can Help) programs at Ransom Everglades School. She has served on the College Assistance Program (CAP ) Board, Junior League TASK committee and is currently on the Board of Directors for Miami Rescue Mission.
Jeff Sullivan: As Executive Pastor at Granada Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables, Jeff ‘s role is to oversee the finances, facilities, communications and organizational culture. He has served the Miami community for 15 years as an elementary school teacher and pastor. His prior experience includes Youth Pastor at Granada, Pastor at Kendall Bible Baptist Church in Miami, Founding Board Member of Fight Hunger, Homestead, and elementary school teacher at Christ Fellowship Academy at Palmetto Bay, Florida.