Board Of Directors

The Children's Trust Board of Directors

The Children’s Trust is led by a 33-member volunteer board of directors designed to include a broad representation of leadership from across Miami-Dade with varied levels of expertise. Its makeup is officially codified by Florida statute and many seats are term limited. Members fall into the following categories:

Board Member Affiliation
Miguel Balsera, Ph.D. Gubernatorial Appointee
Lily de Moya Gubernatorial Appointee
Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn Gubernatorial Appointee
Marissa Joy Leichter, Esq. Gubernatorial Appointee
Board Member Affiliation
Magaly Abrahante, Ed.D. Representative from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Gilda Ferradaz Miami-Dade and Monroe Department of Children and Families Regional Director
Hon. Carlos Gimenez Mayor of Miami-Dade County or non-voting designee
Nelson Hincapie Designee appointed by the Mayor of Miami-Dade County
Esther Jacobo State attorney designee for Miami-Dade County
Nancy Lawther, Ph.D. President of the Miami-Dade County PTA-PTSA
Hon. Orlando A. Prescott Chief Judge of Juvenile Division of the Eleventh Circuit, or designee
Board Member Affiliation
Daniel Bagner, Ph.D. Representative of Florida International University, appointed by the President
Mary Donworth Member appointed by the Board of the United Way of Miami-Dade County
Rep. Nicholas Duran Member of the State of Florida Legislature appointed by the Miami-Dade legislative delegation chair
Mindy Grimes-Festge Representative of the United Teachers of Dade
Kenneth C. Hoffman Member appointed by the MCCJ
Pamela Hollingsworth Member from the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe
Frank Manning Designee of the Circuit Manager of the Department of Juvenile Justice
Susan Neimand, Ph.D. Representative of Miami-Dade College, appointed by Dr. Eduardo Padron
Marta Pérez, Ph.D. Member appointed by the School Board of Miami-Dade County
Hon. Isaac Salver Elected official appointed by the League of Cities representing the residents of a municipality located within Miami-Dade County
Xavier Suarez Member appointed by the chair of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners
Mark Trowbridge Member selected by a coalition of the local chambers of commerce
Rita Vega Student Government Association
Karen Weller Designee of Miami-Dade County Public Health Department
Board Member Affiliation
Rodester Brandon Member At-Large
Antonia Eyssallenne, M.D., Ph.D. Member At-Large
Steve Hope Member At-Large
Javier Reyes Member At-Large