As the 2018 campaign gets underway, United Way’s five giving communities are gearing up for a year filled with doing good on behalf of the community. Spearheading the efforts among the giving communities – each comprised of volunteers with common interests, age and/or contribution levels – are:
- Rebecca Brooks and Roberto Canales as co-chairs of LINC
- Jasmin Grant and Erin Sutherland as co-chairs of Young Leaders
- Cathy Alexander as chair and Soledad Picon as vice-chair of Women United
- Frank Gonzalez, Neisen Kasdin and Alexandra Villoch as co-chairs of Tocqueville Society
- Jennifer Grant and Ann Machado as co-chairs of Continue United
Learn a bit more about each of our giving communities and their chairs:
LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) is focused on harnessing the power of the millennial generation. LINC members, all 30 and younger, participate in unique volunteer and service projects, as well as personal and professional development opportunities.
Co-chair Rebecca Brooks is a senior account executive at Pinta, a full service cross-cultural marketing agency. Brooks holds a bachelor’s degrees in public relations and entertainment/music industry, from the University of Miami.
Co-chair Roberto Canales is a CX strategist at VS/Brooks, a branding and communications agency, where he helps guide and build marketing objectives and campaigns for accounts in several industries, including healthcare, travel and construction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communications and a leadership studies certificate from the University of Central Florida.
Brooks and Canales are founding members of LINC Miami, a group that has soared to 400 members.
Young Leaders is comprised of nearly 1,000 young professionals, all 40 and under, who invest their time, talent and resources, while enjoying year-round networking events and volunteer activities that provide personal and professional growth opportunities.
Co-chair Jasmin Grant, now in her second term as co-chair is a financial professional at AXA Advisors, LLC, where she is committed to making a difference in the lives of her clients by helping them define and reach their financial goals. Grant holds a master’s degree in business administration from Florida International University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida A&M University.
Co-chair Erin Sutherland is senior vice president and market executive for the Miami Market at Bank of America. Sutherland is responsible for overseeing all community partnerships, sponsorships and philanthropic activities of the bank across the greater Miami area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social work from the University of New Hampshire.
Women United is a dynamic group of 2,700 women committed to making meaningful change in our community through giving, advocating and volunteering.
Chair Cathy Alexander is vice president, private client relationship manager at TD Wealth, where she delivers private banking, lending, investment, trust and estate services to high net worth individuals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations.
Vice-chair Soledad Picon is CEO of Picon and Co., a strategic communications and public relations firm committed to providing services to cultural organizations and art institutions. She is also a contributing writer for Forbes Mexico and Life & Style Magazine Argentina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires with a specialization in Restoration of Classical Buildings.
The Tocqueville Society is an influential group of Miami’s most generous givers who contribute nearly $18 million to improve people’s lives and our community.
Co-chair Frank Gonzalez is the principal-in-charge of the audit department at Morrison, Brown, Argiz and Farra. Gonzalez leads the firm’s financial institutions and SEC practices. He earned his Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from the University of Miami and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University.
Co-chair Neisen Kasdin is managing partner of the Akerman LLP Miami office. Kasdin practices in the areas of land use and zoning and public-private partnerships. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Co-chair Alexandra Villoch serves on United Way’s board. She is regional publisher for the east region of the McClatchy company and president and publisher of the Miami Herald. She supervises the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Bradenton Herald in Florida; the Macon Telegraph and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Georgia; the Biloxi Sun Herald in Mississippi; the Lexington Herald Leader in Kentucky; and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania.
Villoch earned her master in business administration and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Miami.
Continue United brings together individuals 55+ who wish to stay active and engaged in our community, while contributing their time.
Chair Ann Machado is CEO at Creative Staffing, a Miami-based staffing firm she founded in 1985. Machado has turned her firm into a leader in the temporary and direct-hire staffing industry by providing superior customer service, adopting innovative practices and giving back to the community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a minor in special education from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Vice-chair Jennifer Grant retired as an accounting director at Assurant in 2003. In addition to her involvement with United Way Continue United, Grant is a member of the United Way Women United executive committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Dade County Alumnae Chapter and The Links, Incorporated Greater Miami Chapter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Xavier University in New Orleans.
For more information on the United Way Giving Communities, visit https://unitedwaymiami.org/join.