Board of Directors

  • President: Kara W. Zeder
  • Vice President: Marta Martinez Hasty
  • Treasurer: Fran Feinberg, Esq.
  • Secretary: Maria Maloof

Board Member
Biographical Sketch
 SAO Seal Laura Adams, Esq.
Division Chief for thSexual Battery/Child Abuse UnitState Attorney’s Office
Member since 2006
Laura Adams serves as the Chief of the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit which is a member of the Multidisciplinary Team at Kristi House Children’s Advocacy Center. She has been with SAO since 1994. She holds a law degree from University of Florida and an undergraduate degree from University of Miami.
Susan K. Dandes, Ph.D.
UM Child Protection Team
Founding Board Member since 1996
Susan Dandes is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She is the Clinical Director of the UM Child Protection Team, a Kristi House partner. Dr. Dandes is the clinical supervisor at CPT where she also performs psychological evaluations of children suspected of being abused or neglected as well as their family members.
Rachelle de-Moya Rachelle de Moya, Nominating Chair
Child Advocate
Member Since 2010
Rachelle de Moya is a Certified Public Accountant who is currently a stay-at-home mother. Her 6-year-old Ethan, 4-year-old Juliette and 1-year-old Lucas keep her on her toes. She also has two step children, 19 and 16. A Tampa native, she moved to Miami 10years ago where she obtained her Bachelors and Masters in Accounting at the University of South Florida. Rachelle has been co-chair of Kristi House’s Breaking the Silence annual program and currently serves as the Nominating Chair. She has been a volunteer fundraiser for Westminster Christian School and Parent-to-Parent of Miami.  Supporting organizations that assist children is something she holds dear to her heart. 

Nelson Diaz Nelson D. Diaz, Esq.
Southern Strategy Group of Miami
Member since 2007
Nelson Diaz, Managing Partner of Southern Strategy Group of Miami, is the former aide to former Speaker of the House, and now U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio. Mr. Diaz grew up in South Florida and earned his Batchelor of Arts from Florida International University. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Currently, Mr. Diaz represents clients before the Florida Legislature and was instrumental in passing Kristi House’s Florida Safe Harbor Act in 2012. In 2014, Nelson received the National Children’s Alliance highest award for volunteer service, the Bud Cramer Award.
FranFeinberg Fran Feinberg, Esq., Treasurer
Guardian ad Litem
Member since 2012
Fran Feinberg is Director of the Criminal Court Project of the Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. This office is part of the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program which is a network of professional staff and community advocates partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. Miami is one of the state’s leading local Guardian ad Litem programs in 20 judicial circuits in Florida.
moniquehayes Monique D. Hayes, Esq.
Member since 2013
Monique Hayes has focused her practice in the area of business bankruptcy, previously with GJB. She served as law clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff and was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. She is an active member of the Junior League of Miami and has been recognized among the United Way Miami-Dade Young Leaders. In 2008 Monique received the Blackshear Fellowship Award. In 2010 she was included in the 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and in 2011 she received the IWIRS Rising Start Award. Monique is a member of the Florida Bar. She received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida. She is a native of Miami.
Marta Martinez Hasty, Vice President
Private Practice Therapist
Member since 2013 Marta Martinez works in private practice seeing patients with a variety of emotional issues as well as work in an intensive outpatient treatment program for adolescents with eating disorders. Before becoming a Board Member, Marta was working at Kristi House as a Therapist from 2007 until 2011. She also facilitated various groups such as Pathways for sexually reactive children and the teen support groups. She also provided therapy for the girls in the Project GOLD program. Marta is very involved in our community and promotes awareness of child sexual abuse and Kristi House. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University. Marta and her husband, Rick, live in Miami with their daughter.
 Gary Jackson Detective Gary Jackson
Miami Police Department, Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit (retired)
Founding Board Member since 1996
Gary Jackson is a retired Miami Police Detective with 25 years of experience in investigating sexual and physical abuse cases. Detective Jackson has been a Kristi House Founding Board Member since 1996. He is a Miami native and a graduate from Barry University. In 2011 the City of Miami honored Gary with a Proclaimation recognizing his years of service on the Miami Police force. He has two grown children.
 Andrea Loeb Andrea Lippman Loeb, Psy.D.
South Miami Psycology Group
Member since 2011
Dr. Andrea Lippman Loeb is a Licensed Psychologist who has been practicing in the Miami area for 15 years. her specialties include assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults and adjustment to major life changes and challenges. Dr. loed also has extensive experience in the treatment of sexually abused children and served as Clinical Director of Kristi House for more than two years when the Orlowitz-Lee Center opened in 1999. Dr. Loeb completed her internship and residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Loeb is currently the co-owner of a successful private therapy practice in Miami, named South Miami Psychology Group. She and her husband, David have three children.
  Maria R. Maloof, Secretary
House of Maloof
Member since 2013 Maria Maloof is the Owner and President of House of Maloof, which began originally in 2007. Maria is recognized for her expertise in managing event productions and logistics, design creations, coordination of capital campaigns and delivering top results within budget. She has been a Touch a Heart Dinner committee member for four years, a Table Captain for Breaking the Silence luncheon and supporter. Maria is a member of Junior League of Miami and was Vice President of Development in 2008, Member Events Co-Chair in 2007. She joined the United States Marine Corps, honorably discharged, and completed her professional education in Campbell University and Tallahassee Community College. Maria and her husband, Al, live in Miami with their two children.
 Loretta Nido Loretta Crews Nido, Esq.
Client Advocate
Member since 2011
Loretta Crews Nido is an attorney who has been involved in community voluntarism since soon after relocating to Miami in 1998. She is past president of the Junior League of Miami (2010-2011), a supporting organization in the founding and building of Kristi House and which remains supportive to this day. In 2012-2013 she is serving as Miami’s chair to the Junior League’s Statewide Public Affairs Committee. Loretta’s work in the League has covered the spectrum from community projects to fundraising. She has been a volunteer attorney for the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center. She and husband Miguel have four boys.
 Carol Novak Carol Novak, Strategic Planning Chair
Child Advocate
Founding Board Member since 1996
Carol Novak is committed to building a stronger and healthier community for children and at-risk families in Miami-Dade through her volunteer work. In 1993, she served on a Governo’s Task force to evaluate the system of care for children in our community. After the task force Ms. novak became an Operations and Management Consultant to the Department of Children and Families until 1995. Ms. Novak left to form the Child Advocacy Center as a full-time volunteer. Ms. Novak is a Kristi House Founding Member and has served on the Executive Committee since 1996. She has also served on the Board of Friends of Sylvester, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Board for the Statewide Network of Child Advocacy Centers. Ms. Novak is a graduate of FIU with a BS in Social Work. She has lived in Miami for 30 years and currently lives in Pinecrest with her husband. They have three grown children.
 Sheri Orlowitz Sheri L. Orlowitz, Esq.
Child Advocacy Center founder
Sheri Orlowitz is principal of Artemis, and prior to that was founder and principal owner of Shan Industries, LLC, a holding company that operated two manufacturing companies. Prior to Shan Industries, Sheri was a litigator with the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a participant in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Ms. Orlowitz is an international speaker on all aspects of entrepreneurialism, mergers and acquisitions and accessing capital, and spends a significant amount of time supporting and mentoring other women business owners. Among other causes she supports, Ms. Orlowitz is a founding member of the Orlowitz-Lee Children’s Advocacy Center, having advised her father to make the $1 million capital gift that enabled the building of the Center in 1999.
C. Ryan Reetz C. Ryan Reetz, Esq.
Member since 2012
C. Ryan Reetz is a partner in the Miami office of Byran Cave, LLP where he represents clients as trial counsel in international and domestic litigation, arbitration, and regulatory disputes. Mr. Reetz is active with a number of professional organizations, including the American Law Institute. He also teaches, lectures, and publishes widely on subjects relating to international dispute resolution and trial skills. Mr. Reetz grew up in Miami Springs and attended Harvard College and Boston University School of Law. After beginning his legal career in New York City, he returned home to Miami, where he has been practicing since 1992.
 KarenReiter Karen Reiter
Keller Williams
Member since 2016
Karen Reiter is a real estate broker with Keller Williams. She specializes in representing individuals, businesses, developers, landlords and tenants in domestic and international real estate transactions. Prior to joining Keller Williams she was the founder and managing director of Tanglewood Acquisition Group. Karen was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and lived in Chile, Canada and England growing up, and is fluent in four languages. Karen has been married 34 years to Luis Reiter, and has grown twin children, Jacquie and David. She has been dedicated to Kristi House for several years prior to joining the Board.
 AniaRodriguez copy Ania C. Rodriguez
Key Lime Interactive
Member since 2016
Ania Rodriguez is founder and CEO of Key Lime Interactive. Her firm has served as a user experience advisor to Fortune 500 companies around the world for nearly the past two decades on the topics of User Interface Design, Product Design, and User Research. Known for her focus on actionable results and quality, Ania’s leadership has resulted in double-digit growth over the past six years and the company has emerged to become the leading user experience research firm in the United States. She is a mother of two children, Vanessa and Max. She is an inspiration to young women with dreams to pursue their own business while juggling the family life.
Zandra Rucker Zandra Rucker, Ed.D.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (ret)
Member since 2011
Dr. Zandra Rucker retired in 2009 haveing been Director of the Teenage Parent Program (TAP), District Regional Center Operations for the Miami-Dade district. Under her leadership the TAP Program provided specialized services to assist pregnant and/or teenage parents to obtain a high school diploma and to continue their education and pursue a college degree or vocation. Dr. Rucker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Lincoln University of Missouri, and Master and Doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University. She is active in several community organizations, including serving as President of the South Florida Chapter of Lincoln University of Missouri Alumni and as a board member for Children’s Psychiatric Center, among others.
 robertscavone Robert Scavone Jr., Esq.
Hunton & Williams, LLP
Member since 2016
Robert is a litigation associate at Hunton & Williams LLP, where he also serves on the firm’s pro bono committee.  Robert joined the firm following clerkships for the Hon. Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Hon. Barbara Lagoa of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal.  A product of Florida’s public university system, Robert earned his J.D. from FIU Law and his B.A. from FAU.  He attended both universities as an evening student, and in 2013, he established the FIU Law Evening Scholarship Fund, which awards merit-based scholarships to evening law students.  In 2015, Robert received the FIU Torch Award (Distinguished Alumni Award) for his commitment to FIU Law and its alumni.
JonShaw Jon Shaw, MD
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Founding Board Member since 1996
Dr. Jon Shaw is a founding board member of Kristi House and an internationally recognized expert on child sexual abuse and child trauma. He has been a professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 1989, and serves as Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and as Chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division as part of the Mental Health Hospital Center. Dr. Shaw served as Chief of Psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. He received his bachelor and master degrees in Psychology, and his medical degree from ther University of Oregon in Portland. He is a published author of dozens of articles and several books, and has helped secure grants for funded research throughout Miami-Dade County.
 GeorgeSosa George Sosa
Child Advocate
Member since 2014
George Sosa was District Manager for AlliedBarton in Miami, specializing in commercial and residential security projects in various vertical markets. Before joining AlliedBarton, George served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Specialist and was assigned to the USS George Washington (CVN-73), United States Central Command and the United States Defense Attaché Office at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain. In Spain, he worked with high ranking Spanish and U.S. officials in counterterrorism, making critical decisions and agreements directly impacting the U.S. security posture in the region. George was awarded the Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Defense Joint Service Achievement Medal and various other unit and service awards. He earned his degree at the University of Maryland majoring in Computer Science and Criminal Justice.
 TonySparks Tony Sparks
Phantom Rescue/Erase Child Trafficking
Member since 2016
Tony is an expert in leading child trafficking recovery missions. He spent 25 years in the United States Army, with most of his career assigned to Special Operations. Tony’s career started in the infantry and later went into the aviation field. He spent 15 years assigned to Army aviation, with nine of those years in Special Operations Aviation. Tony retired after over two decades of service while assigned to United States Special Operations Command. Upon retirement in 2005, Tony started Phantom Rescue, a non-profit focused on rescuing children from trafficking situations. Tony brings his expertise in the child trafficking space and his years of experience conducting successful child rescues to the ERASE team.
Juan Carlos Trescastro Juan Carlos Trescastro
Member since 2007
Originally from Los Angeles, Juan Trescastro graduated from Columbia University and found his way to Miami where he was the Vice President of Guest Port Services at Royal Caribbean International until early 2016. Mr. Trescastro was previously the Chairperson for Royal Caribbean’s United Way Campaign. He has a strong interest in helping children in the Miami-Dade community. When he is not working or volunteering, Mr. Trescastro enjoys spending time with his two children, his wife and riding his motorcycle.
rondavangates Ronda Vangates, Esq.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Member since 2014
Ms. Ronda Vangates is Assistant City Manager for the City of Doral. She has served as a senior level administrator at virtually every level of government including the Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the City of Miami. She has been awarded the prestigious Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award by Nova Southeastern University and named the Best of Miami 2013 for Education Development by Miami Today. She graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Public Administration and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. Ronda is mother to one daughter, who is now a public school teacher in Miami-Dade County.
 wansleywalters Wansley Walters
Ballard Partners
Member since 2016
Wansley Walters is the former Secretary for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. As a nationally recognized leader in the field of juvenile justice and a long standing child advocate, she pioneered the reform of the largest comprehensive juvenile justice system in the country in the administration of Governor Rick Scott. Under her leadership, the agency implemented strategies that have reduced the juvenile crime statewide and the number of children in detention and residential care as well as expanding civil citations for first time misdemeanors statewide. She finished her tenure with the 2014 Florida Legislature unanimously passing legislation that insures the continuation of the reforms. Wansley was previously the Director of the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, that included the operation of the largest Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) in Florida. Wansley currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet.
  Kara Zeder, President
Zeder Team Realty/Esslinger Wooten Maxwell
Member since 2012
Kara Zeder was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida and currently resides in Coconut Grove. After graduating from Brown University in 2007, Kara returned to South Florida to take a position with Pointe Group Advisors, a commercial real estate development company. Now a licensed real estate agent, she specializes in luxury residential real estate and is a principal at Zeder Team Realty/Esslinger Wooten Maxwell, consistently one of South Florida’s most successful luxury real estate teams.