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Board of Directors

OFFICERS

President: Nelson D. Diaz, Esq.
Vice President: Ms. Lauren Harrison Genovese
Vice President: Ms. Bobbie Jones-Wilfork
Secretary: Mr. Chuck Vodicka
Treasurer: Mr. Antonio Zamora, CPA

Members At Large:
Ms. Jeanette Nuñez
Mr. Juan Carlos Trescastro

Immediate Past President:
Mr. Frederick W. Bredemeyer, II

DIRECTORS

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
  • Julia Rea Bianchi (Touch a Heart co-chair)
  • Berta Blecke (Touch a Heart committee)
Laura Adams, Esq.
Division Chief for the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, State 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.

Eddy Ariola

Mr. Eduardo Arriola
Apollo Bank
Member since 2005

Eduardo Arriola is chairman of the board of Apollo Bank and chairman and CEO of Apollo Bancshares, a bank holding company formed in 2008. Formerly he was executive vice president and co-founder of Inktel Direct. He received his BA from Boston College and is a graduate of the OPM Program at Harvard Business School. In 2011 he was named the Florida Bankers Association Horizon Award Recipient for the year for service to the banking industry. Born and raised in Miami, Eddy and his wife Katie have two children. Katie has been co-chair of Kristi House's Touch a Heart Dinner in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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Brett A. Barfield, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP
Member since 2008

Brett Barfield is a business litigation partner with Holland & Knight LLP. A native South Floridian, Brett leads his office's pro bono legal efforts and has won several pro bono legal services awards. Formerly a law clerk to the Honorable Edward Davis, Chief U.S. District Judge, he graduated valedictorian from St. Thomas University School of Law. Before practicing law, Brett spent several years in retail management. He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Since 2004, Brett has served on the board of directors of the Montessori Academy at St. John's, and currently is the board's chairman. He is has served two terms as the president of the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is also a board member. He lives in Miami Beach with his life partner and their 9-year-old daughter.

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Michelle Barreau-Charles
Miami-Dade Aviation Dept.
Member since 2010

Michelle Barreau-Charles is an administrative officer with Miami-Dade Aviation where she has nearly 20 decades of experience in personnel management, airport operations, procurement and budget oversight. She has also been involved in the South Florida community in many facets, including serving on the board of the Junior League of Miami and as a loaned executive for United Way. Michelle has been involved with Kristi House for many years as a volunteer for the Touch a Heart Dinner, along with her two teenage daughters.

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Frederick W. Bredemeyer, II, Board Immediate Past President
Park America Miami
Member since 2006

Fred Bredemeyer a parking consultant. Prior to this he was Deputy Director for Operations for Miami Parking Authority where he oversaw all facets of the authority's on-street and off-street parking operations which includes 22,000 parking spaces and 60+ parking facilities. Fred is a parking industry veteran with nearly two decades of experience. He is a graduate of Florida International University. He is an active member of the Kristi House Speaker's Bureau, helping to spread awareness of Kristi House and understanding of child sexual abuse throughout the community.

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Susan Dandes

Susan K. Dandes, Ph.D.
UM Child Protection Team
Founding Board Member since 1996

Susan Dandes, Ph.D. 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 Multidisciplinary Team 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.

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Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, Esq.
Child Advocate
Member since 2010

Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz is a Partner in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel. She is a member of the Firm's Banking and Institutional Lending, Real Estate and Special Assets Practice Groups. Ms. de las Cuevas-Diaz is an active member of the community, and serves as Board Vice President for The Cuban American Bar Association. She is a member of The Latin Builders Association and serves on the Board of Directors for American Red Cross. She was named a Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer" in Florida Trend Magazine for four years in a row, and as a "Hispanic Women of Distinction" in 2008.

Rachelle de Moya
Child Advocate
Member since 2010

Rachelle de Moya is a Certified Public Accountant who’s currently a stay-at-home mother to four children, ages 16, 12, 2, and a newborn. She moved to Miami six and a half years ago from Tampa 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 for four years helping to raise critical funds. She’s been a volunteer fundraiser for Westminister Christian School and Parent-to-Parent of Miami. Supporting organizations that assist children is something she holds dear to her heart.

Stephanie Demos

Stephanie Demos, Esq.
Beasley & Demos
Member since 2002

Stephanie Demos is a civil trial lawyer and partner at Beasley & Demos. Formerly she was with Josephs, Jack & Miranda.  She has served on the board of the Junior League of Miami, and is a past chair of the League’s Inn Transition South, a facility housing women and children who are victims of domestic violence. A Miami native, she received her B.A. in History from the University of Florida and her J.D. with honors from St. Thomas University.  Ms. Demos also serves as Attorney Ad Litem with Voices for Children America, which awarded her the John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award in 2005. She and her husband Christopher Brown have two children.

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Nelson D. Diaz, Esq., President
Attorney
Member since 2007

Nelson Diaz, an attorney in Miami with Becker & Poliakoff, is the former aide to Speaker of the House 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 to protect children exploited in sex trafficking.

Jim Ellison

Mr. Jim Ellison
Child Advocate
Founding Board Member since 1996

Kristi House Board member James (“Jimmy”) Ellison has served on the Board since 1996, “nearly inception,” so he has witnessed Kristi House’s growth and continued demand for its services. In addition to Kristi House, Mr. Ellison is a board member for the Miami Light Project, presenters of contemporary visual arts and live performances, and for the Haitian Community Center Sant La, which he helped found in 2000. Mr. Ellison came to Miami in 1957 to attend the University of Miami. Over 40 years he grew his company, Cleanco, into a major laundry systems company, the biggest company of its kind in South Florida. He sold Cleanco in 1998. Mr. Ellison has been married to Janet for more than 25 years and they have three daughters and three grandchildren.

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Ms. Ethel Fresen
Child Advocate
Member since 2010

Ethel Fresen worked as a Special Education teacher up until 2008, most recently with Somerset Academy Charter Schools. Since then, she has devoted her time to her children, volunteering and their school PTA, as well as activities related to her husband’s service as elected official Erik Fresen, Florida Representative for District 111.

Ms. Lauren Harrison Genovese
Vice President
Child Advocate
Member since 2010

Lauren Harrison Genovese is an active community leader and volunteer, having served on the boards of the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Children’s Home Society, Arts and Business Council and Junior League of Miami, for which she served as president 2007-08. She currently serves on the St Philip's Episcopal School Board of Trustees as Chair-Elect. She retired in 2002 from a 21-year accounting and financial services career focused primarily on advising clients in bankruptcy, business turnaround and litigation support matters. She has served as the Kristi House Touch a Heart Dinner Co-Chair since 2010. She and her husband John Genovese, attorney with Genovese Joblove and Battista, P.A., reside in Coral Gables with their seven-year-old twins, Stefan and Alessandra.

Jessica Hernandez-Lopez
A Design Proposition
Member since 2011

Jessica Hernandez-Lopez is creative director of her interior design firm, which she formed to pursue her long-time creative passion for art and visual décor a successful career in the medical device/bio-tech field. Jessica also devotes a lot of time to community leadership and involvement, serving on the boards of Beaux Arts Society of South Florida, Florida Parenting & Family Stabilization Education, MADD, among others. She has also been involved with Jackson Memorial Foundation, Holtz Children’s Hospital, and Baptist Health Foundation, understanding and community experience she brings to Kristi House. She and husband Anthony have two elementary-age children.

Mr. Glenn Huber
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Member since 2008

Glenn Huber is a Senior Sales Director in the Miami office of BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Mr. Huber has 23 years of financial planning experience including five years with the firm. His previous experience includes 13 years as vice president and business development officer with Northern Trust Bank of Florida. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Huber served in a number of capacities for Barnett Bank. Mr. Huber earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Florida State University and is a graduate of the American Banker’s Association National Trust School program at Northwestern University. He is a Certified Financial Planner earning his mark from the Certified Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and is working toward earning a designation as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Mr. Huber is also a Board member of the Friends of WLRN and the South Dade Estate Planning Council. He and wife Jaye live in Miami with sons Ian, 14 and Garrett, 9.

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Gary Jackson

Detective Gary Jackson
Miami Police Department, Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit
Founding Board Member since 1996

Gary Jackson is a retired 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.

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Ms. Bobbie Jones-Wilfork, Vice President
Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Member since 2006

Bobbie Jones-Wilfork is an Assistant Aviation Director for Administration at the Miami-Dade Aviation Department where she has management oversight responsibility for the Administrative Services/Employee Development Division, Information Systems Division, Technical Support Division, Commodities Management Division and Contracts Administration Divisions. Mrs. Jones-Wilfork is a graduate of Florida State University and possesses both a Bachelor’s degree in Government and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She is President of Dade County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service sorority and board member of both Family Christian Association of America and the Haitian Heritage Museum.

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Lonnie Lawrence
Child Advocate
Member since 2010

Lonnie Lawrence was the Director of Special Operations in the office of former Congressman Kendrick B. Meek of the 17th District of Florida. Prior to this role, Mr. Lawrence had 30+ years of Law Enforcement experience in Miami-Dade County He was born and raised in Miami, graduating from historic Booker T. Washington High School, Miami Dade Community College and Barry University. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. Mr. Lawrence has received numerous awards for community service over the years.

Tricia LeClair
ASK Tapes
Member since 2006

Tricia LeClair has been involved with Kristi House for five years prior to her joining the Board of Directors. She and another generous volunteer have planned, hosted and arranged all the underwriting for Kristi House’s annual holiday party, a favorite tradition for Kristi House families. Ms. LeClair holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech. She grew up in Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina, has been a resident of Miami for the past seven years. She and her husband enjoy boating, spending many weekends on excursions to the Everglades.

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Judy McCleary

Lourdes Leon-Vega
Leon Medical Centers
Member since 2009

Lourdes León Vega is the owner and president of Tutti Bambini, a premium maternity concierge. Along with consulting expecting families, Mrs. Vega oversees all aspects of the business and manages day-to-day operations. Mrs. Vega’s vast experience in the service industry, which includes her continued active involvement in the strategic planning and development of leading healthcare services provider Leon Medical Centers, allows her to provide clients with comprehensive baby planning services that run the gamut from baby shower planning to critical CPR training for parents. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in 1998, from St. Thomas University with a focus on Business Management. She serves multiple community organizations and non-profits, including American Breast Cancer Society and Liga Contra el Cáncer, among others. Mrs. Vega resides in Coral Gables with her husband and two beautiful children.

Andrea Lippman Loeb, Ph.D.
South Miami Psychology 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.

Judy McCleary

Judy McCleary, Ph.D.
Past President (2004-2006)
Clinical Psychologist
Member since 1998

Dr. Judy McCleary is immediate past president and long-standing member of the Kristi House Board. While Dr. McCleary’s private practice is as a clinical psychologist for adults, her volunteer devotion has long been kids. In her service on the Kristi House Board she has provided mental health expertise to the leadership team for several years, and during her two-year presidential term, put  the steps in motion for the organization’s next decade of growth. She and her husband, George, have two teenage children, and live in Coconut Grove. Read full article from Kristi House News.

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Michel A. Mendoza
Network Resources
Member since 2011

Michel Mendoza is a business leader with experience and expertise in providing mental health services in residential and community-based settings. He is founder and president of Network Resources, a healthcare management consultancy firm that assists individuals and companies navigate insurance and benefits requirements so that patients can obtain needed services. He has experience advocating for public funding support for mental health services and residential treatment. Mike was a instrumental supporter and advisor to Kristi House’s inaugural Ride to the End motorcycle run in spring 2011.

Edie A. Murphy
Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management'
Member since 2008

As a Director at Deutsche Bank, Edie Murphy is responsible for the management of high net worth individuals, families and not-for-profit foundations. Prior to Deutsche Bank, she was Vice President/Sr. Trust Advisor and Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank. Previous to Wells Fargo, Edie spent the previous 10 years at Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A. as a Relationship Manager also serving high net worth clients. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a B.S. degree from Florida International University and is a member of United Way Women's Leadership, Latin Chamber of Commerce of USA, South Dade Estate Planning Council and had been a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Loretta Crews Nido
Child 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
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 Governor'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 FlU 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.

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Carol Novak
Honorable Jeanette Nuñez, Member at Large
Florida Representative, District 112
Kendall Regional Medical Center and Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Member since 2007

Jeanette Nuñez, a Miami native, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2011 for District 112. She is Vice President of External Affairs at Kendall Regional/Aventura Hospital, having been with Jackson Health Systems for several years. Ms. Nuñez has extensive involvement in health care advocacy, and recently, through Leadership Miami, created a scholarship program for homeless children. Ms. Nuñez received her BA in International Relations & Political Science and her MPA in Public Administration from Florida International University. She lives in Miami with her husband, Adrian, and three children.

Sheri Orlowitz
SLOCO
Member since 2007; one of Kristi House's original founders

Sheri Orlowitz is principal of SLOCO, 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.

Fátima Pérez
Akerman
Member since 2011

Fátima Pérez, public policy advisor for Akerman, has experience in state and local governmental and external affairs, and in corporate communications. She directed the legislative and public affairs programs for BellSouth Telecommunications, then AT&T Florida, for almost a decade. Fatima came to South Florida from Cuba in 1980, received a Criminology degree from Florida State University, a masters in Public Administration from Florida International University, and also completed the National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellows Program at Harvard University. She is an executive board member of the Latin Builders Association of South Florida, among her many community involvements.

William Plasencia
Community Liaison
Member since 2009

William Plasencia is a communications and political consultant with extensive experience in the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. He specializes in localized messaging, social media and community outreach. Currently William is senior staff to City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and is the District 2 community liaison for Midtown, Downtown Miami and Brickell. William is the former publisher of South Florida CEO magazine and Managing Editor of Latin Trade magazine. He is a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

C. Ryan Reetz
Attorney
Member since 2012

C. Ryan Reetz is a partner in the Miami office of DLA Piper, 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 for the past 20 years.

Zandra Rucker

Zandra Rucker, Ed.D.
Retired:
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Member since 2001

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.

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Jon Shaw

Jon Shaw, MD
Miller School of Medicine
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. He currently 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 the University of Oregon in Portland. He is a published author of dozens of articles and several books, and has helped secure several grants for funded research throughout Miami-Dade County.

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Juan Carlos Trescastro,
Member at Large
Royal Caribbean International
Member since 2007

Originally from Los Angeles, Juan Trescastro graduated from Columbia University and found his way to Miami where he is the Vice President of Guest Port Services at Royal Caribbean International. 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. He is chair of Kristi House's Ride to the End.

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Charles Vodicka

Charles Vodicka, Secretary
InSource, Inc.
Founding Board Member since 1996

Chuck Vodicka is a Kristi House Founding Board Member with his tenure of service dating back to 1995. He served as Treasurer for Kristi House from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Vodika also serves on the board of directors for Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center and has consulted on risk management issues for several other non-profit organizations in our community. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Friends of WLRN. At InSource he specializes in asset protection for high net worth individuals and professionals, as well as their businesses, through property, casualty, life and health insurance products, including group benefits. He also heads the not-for-profit practice for the firm.

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Antonio Zamora, CPA, Treasurer
Paucar Zamora & Hernandez CPAs
Member since 2006

Antonio Zamora is a Certified Public Accountant and a principal of his firm. Prior to its founding in 2010, Mr. Zamora was Manager with Binstock, Rubin, Adler, Aldecoa & Ellzey, PA in Miami where he managed all aspects of client accounts, consulting, preparing corporate, partnership and individual tax returns. He has 14 years of experience in the accounting profession in Miami. Tony holds a Master of Science degree in Taxation and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting both from Florida International University.

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Kara Zeder, 2012 Touch a Heart Dinner Wine Co-Chair
Zeder Team Realty/Esslinger Wooten Maxwell
Member since 2012

Kara Zeder was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida and currently resides on Miami Beach. 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.