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Officers
Officers
  • Mr. Lonnie Lawrence
  • Ms. Lourdes Leon-Vega
  • Dr. Andrea Lippman Loeb
  • Dr. Judy McCleary
  • Mr. Michel A. Mendoza
  • Ms. Edie A. Murphy
  • Loretta Crews Nido, Esq.
  • Ms. Carol Novak
  • Hon. Jeannette Nuñez
  • Ms. Sheri Orlowitz
  • Ms. Fátima Pérez
  • Jorge J. Perez, Esq.
  • Mr. William Plasencia
  • C. Ryan Reetz, Esq.
  • Dr. Zandra Rucker
  • Dr. Jon Shaw
  • Ms. Kara Zeder

Rachelle de Moya is a Certified Public Accountant who’s currently a stay-at-home mother to three children, ages 16, 12, 2 and a newborn. She moved to Miami six 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.

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SAO Seal Laura Adams, Esq. Division Chief for the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, State Attorney’s OfficeMember 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
Brett A Barfield 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 co-leads his office’s pro bono 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 as a territory supervisor with the Express apparel division of the Limited, Inc. 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 lives in Miami Beach with his life partner and their 5-year-old daughter.
Michelle Barreau-Charles Michelle Barreau-CharlesMiami-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.
FredBredemeyer 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.
Susan Dandes 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.
ViviandelasCuevas Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, Esq.UM Child Protection Team 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, Space Florida and Florida Chamber of Commerce. 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. Florida’s U.S. Senator’s Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio appointed her to the Florida Judicial Nomination Commission.
Stephanie Demos 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
NelsonDiaz 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.
Jim Ellison 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.
FatimaPerez 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.
EthelFresen 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.
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 for 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.
JessicaLopez Jessica Hernandez-LopezA 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.
GlennHuber Mr. Glenn HuberBNY 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, 16 and Garrett, 11.
Gary Jackson Detective Gary JacksonMiami Police Department, Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit Founding Board Member since 1996 Gary Jackson is a 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.
Ms. Bobbie Jones-Wilfork, Vice PresidentMiami-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.
LonnieLawrence Lonnie LawrenceCongressman Kendrick B. Meek                                Member since 2010 Lonnie Lawrence was the  Director of Special Operations for 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.
TriciaLeClair Tricia LeClair
ASK Tapes                   Member since 2006
Tricia LeClair has been involved with Kristi House for seven 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 nine years. She and her husband enjoy boating, spending many weekends on excursions to the Everglades.
Judy McCleary Lourdes Leon-Vega
Leon Medical Centers             Member since 2009
Lourdes Leon-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 that run the gamut from baby shower planning to critical CPR training for parents. Mrs. Vega earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in 1998, from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, with a focus on Business Management. She is actively involved in her community, serving multiple organizations and non-profits, including American Breast Cancer Society, Kristi House, liga Contra el Cancer, among others. Mrs. Vega resides in Coral Gables, Florida, with her husband and two beautiful children.
andrealoeb Andrea Lippman Loeb, Ph.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.
Judy McCleary Judy McCleary, MD Psychologist, Private Practice Member since 1998
mikemendoza Michael Angel Mendoza Healthcare Management Consultants                     Member Since 2011
EdieMurphy Edie A. Murphy, Development Chair            Deutsche Bank Trust Co.  Member since 2008
LorettaNido Ms. Loretta Crews Nido,  Client Holiday Party Co-Chair  Member since 2008
Carol Novak Carol Novak Child Advocate Founding Board Member since 1996 Carol Nocak us 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.
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 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 Mistown, 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 Univeristy of Florida.
Zandra Rucker  Zandra Rucker, MD   Government Relations Chair  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.
Jon Shaw Jon Shaw, MDMiller 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 ther University of Oregon in Portland. He is a published author of dozens of articles and several books, and has ehlped secure grants for funded research throughout Miami-Dade County.
Juan Carlos Trescastro Juan Carlos Trescastro, Member at LargeRoyal 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.
Charles Vodicka Charles Vodicka, SecretaryInSource, Inc. Founding Board Member since 1996 Charles Vodicka specialized in asset protection for high net worth individuals and professionals, as well as their business, through property, casualty, life and health insurance products, including group benefits. His Elite Client Group professionals have developed a process for evaluating the needs of these individuals and thei businesses, matching up insurance companies and proprietary resources to fill the needs. In addition, Vodicka heads the Not-For-Profit practice for the firm. He has worked in this area for ober sicteen years, developing a team off professionals that can bring many resources to assist managing risk, addrssing business interruption at the time of loss and managing relationships with insurance companies. He also specializes in benefits for the employees of these organizations.Much of his work in this area has been on behalf of child and family welfare agencies. An expert in the field, Vodicka has been invited to speak before these groups regarding risk management and employee retention issues.Vodicka is a founding member and serves on the board of Kristi house , a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a healing environment for sexually abused children. He is also a founding board member of Haitian Neighborhood Center/Sant La and currently serves on their advisory Board of Directors. He has also served as a board member of Miami Light Project and Performing Arts for Community and Education, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Friends of WLRN, South Florida’s National Public Radio (NPR) station.
AntonioZamora Antonio Zamora, CPA, TreasurerPaucar 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.