Board of Directors

Meet the community leaders who guide our United Way.

  • BOARD CHAIR
    Penny Shaffer, Ph.D.
    Community Volunteer

  • PRESIDENT & CEO
    Symeria T. Hudson
    President and CEO
    United Way Miami

2023 – 2024 Board of Directors

  • Mrs. Jayne Abess
    Ventures Partner
    thinkLAB

  • Mr. Alexander P. Adams
    Senior Market Executive
    The Northern Trust Company

  • Mrs. Jennifer Adger
    Volunteer
    Grant Community

  • Mr. Andrew L. Ansin
    Vice President
    Sunbeam Properties

  • Mr. Peter L. Bermont
    Managing Director
    Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

  • Mr. Steven J. Brodie, Esq.
    Co-Managing Shareholder
    Carlton Fields, PA

  • Mr. Alfred A. Bunge
    Managing Director
    JPMorgan Chase

  • Ms. Camila Cote
    Managing Partner
    EY

  • Mr. Alberto Ignacio De Cardenas
    General Counsel Corporate General Counsel
    MasTec, Inc.

  • Ms. Mayi de la Vega
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    One Sotheby’s International Realty

  • Dr. Lilia C. DiBello, Ed.D.
    Community Volunteer

  • Mr. Eddie L. Dominguez, Jr.
    Community Relations
    Director of Marketing, Communications & Community Relations

  • Ms. Heidy M Duarte
    Kaufman Rossin

  • Mr. William M. Duquette
    CEO SMH
    South Miami Hospital

  • Mr. Baldwyn English, Jr.
    Manager
    FPL External Affairs

  • Mr. Miguel G. Farra
    Tax Managing Partner
    BDO USA, P.A. South Florida

  • Mr. Jose K. Fuentes
    Senior Government Relations Consultant
    Becker & Poliakoff, PA

  • Mr. Calixto J. Garcia-Velez
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Banesco USA

  • Mr. Francisco Gonzalez
    Community Volunteer

  • Mr. Xavier Gonzalez
    Executive Vice President, Marketing Communications
    Kaseya

  • Mrs. Melissa A. Gracey
    Director of Marketing
    Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs

  • Ms. Kim Y. Griffin-Hunter
    Managing Partner
    Deloitte LLP South Florida

  • Mr. Matthew D. Grosack
    Partner
    Holland & Knight LLP

  • Ms. Malou C. Harrison, PhD
    Vice President & Provost
    Miami-Dade Community College Exe

  • Mr. Austin D. Hollo
    Chief Operating Officer
    Florida East Coast Realty

  • Mr. Naftali Holtz
    Chief Financial Officer
    Royal Caribbean Group

  • Mrs. Symeria T. Hudson
    President & CEO
    United Way Miami

  • Mr. Seth R. Kaplan
    Office Managing Partner
    Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, Boca Raton/Miami

  • Mr. Jess S. Lawhorn, Jr.
    Credit Officer, Senior
    Synovus

  • Mr. Juan C. Liscano
    Vice President, Miami, Caribbean, and Latin America
    American Airlines

  • Mr. Jeff Lozama
    President & CEO
    CMS International Group

  • Mrs. Aminda Marques Gonzalez
    Vice President and Executive Editor
    Simon & Schuster

  • Mr. S. Marshall Marshall Martin
    Chief Legal Officer
    Amerant Mortgage LLC EVP

  • Ms. Karla Margarita Mats
    United Teachers of Dade Local 1974

  • Mr. Robert McFarlin
    General Manager
    Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald

  • Mr. Alvaro Molina
    Florida Blue

  • Ms. Sheila I. Ocasio-Cruz
    Operations Director
    FirstBank Florida

  • Mr. Zak Odhwani
    Managing Director, Market Executive
    Bank of America

  • Ms. Elena Otero, Esq.
    Partner
    McDermott Will & Emery LLP

  • Mr. Darrell W. Payne
    Shareholder
    Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA

  • Antonio Pena
    Shareholder
    Greenberg Traurig, PA

  • Mr. Fernando Perez
    Engagement Manager
    McKinsey & Company, Inc

  • Mrs. Susan Potter Norton, Esq.
    Partner/ Principal
    Allen Norton & Blue, PA

  • Mr. Larry Quinlan
    Community Volunteer

  • Ms. Gladys C. Reed
    Senior Vice President
    Ocean Bank

  • Mr. Duany Ruiz
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Leader Middle Market Banking
    Wells Fargo

  • Ms. Carmen M. Sabater
    Chief Financial Officer
    Quirch Foods Company

  • Mr. Robert E. Sanchez
    Chairman and CEO
    Ryder System, Inc.

  • Ms. Penelope S Shaffer, Ph.D.
    Florida Blue

  • Mr. Richard D. Shane
    Duane Morris, LLP

  • Mr. John C. Sumberg
    Managing Partner
    Bilzin Sumberg

  • Mr. Rashad D. Thomas
    Director, External and Legislative Affairs
    AT&T Regional

  • Mr. Christian Ulvert
    President
    Edge Communications

  • Mr. Michael Valdes-Fauli
    Chief Executive Officer
    Chemistry Cultura

  • Ms. Ana VeigaMilton
    President
    The José Milton Foundation

  • Mr. David Zambrana
    EVP and Chief Operating Officer
    Jackson Health System

  • Mr. Octavio “Joe” Zubizarreta
    Community Volunteer

COUNSEL

  • Susan Potter Norton
    Partner/Principal
    Allen Norton & Blue, PA

2023-2024 Executive Committee

  • Mrs. Jayne Abess
    Partner
    thinkLAB Ventures

  • Mrs. Jennifer Adger
    Volunteer
    Grant Community

  • Mr. Andrew L. Ansin
    Vice President
    Sunbeam Properties

  • Mr. Steven J. Brodie, Esq.
    Co-Managing Shareholder
    Carlton Fields, PA

  • Dr. Lilia C. DiBello, Ed.D.
    Community Volunteer

  • Mr. Baldwyn English, Jr.
    External Affairs Manager
    FPL

  • Mr. Calixto J. Garcia-Velez
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Banesco USA

  • Mr. Francisco Gonzalez
    Community Volunteer

  • Mrs. Symeria T. Hudson
    President & CEO
    United Way Miami

  • Mrs. Susan Potter Norton, Esq.
    Partner/ Principal
    Allen Norton & Blue, PA

  • Ms. Gladys C. Reed
    Senior Vice President
    Ocean Bank

  • Mr. Robert E. Sanchez
    Chairman and CEO
    Ryder System, Inc.

  • Ms. Penelope S Shaffer, Ph.D.
    Florida Blue

  • Mr. John C. Sumberg
    Managing Partner
    Bilzin Sumberg

  • Mr. Michael Valdes-Fauli
    Chief Executive Officer
    Chemistry Cultura

  • Ms. Ana VeigaMilton
    President
    The José Milton Foundation

  • Mr. David Zambrana
    EVP and Chief Operating Officer
    Jackson Health System

2023 – 2024 Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Ms. Karyl Agudo Argamasilla
    Attorney
    Bilzin Sumberg

  • Ms. Victoria Alexandra Ceballos
    Community Volunteer

  • Mr. Jose L. Dotres
    Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    SUPT. OF SCHOOLS

  • Mr. Marcel G. Laniado
    1450 Brickell Ave
    Executive Director

  • Ms. Daniella S. Levine Cava
    Office of the Mayor, Miami-Dade County
    Mayor Miami-Dade County

  • Mr. Harve A. Mogul
    Community Volunteer

ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Cesar L. Alvarez

  • Tony L. Argiz

  • José R. Arriola-Rochez

  • Natacha Munilla Bastian

  • Jon Batchelor

  • Manuel J. Becerra

  • Darlene Boytell-Pérez

  • The Hon. Sue M. Cobb

  • Stephen G. Danner

  • Albert E. Dotson Jr.

  • Richard D. Fain

  • Robert D. Fatovic

  • Miguel “Mike” B. Fernández

  • Rudy Fernández

  • James L. Ferraro

  • Julio Frenk, Ph.D.

  • Maritza Gomez-Montiel

  • Matthew B. GorsonGerald C. Grant Jr.

  • Adolfo Henriques

  • Laurie B. Jennings

  • Joseph P. Lacher

  • David Lawrence Jr.

  • Elizabeth B. Leight, Psy.D.

  • Jack Lowell Jr.

  • Jeffrey S. Miller

  • John Randolph Millian

  • W. Allen Morris

  • Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D.

  • Toni Randolph

  • Merrett R. Stierheim

  • Oscar Suarez

  • Trae Williamson

PRESIDENT EMERITUS

  • Harve A. Mogul

*Last updated April 24, 2024