UM-NSU CARD

Constituency Board Constituency Board
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  • Pastor Fuster (Chair)

    Pastor Fuster

    Pastor Fuster Jr, a resident of Miami-Dade County, has been a UM-NSU CARD constituent since 2018, a supporter of Tropical Nights, and a frequent attendee at the ‘Just for Dads’ support group. A proud father of two beautiful children, Joshua and Natalia. He and his wife, Adriana, received Joshua’s diagnosis of ASD in the summer of 2017 (he was 3 years old). Pastor is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner and practices at his own firm in the Miami Lakes area. He focuses on retirement planning, estate planning, investments, and insurance. Pastor is pursuing the Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC) designation to help families navigate the complexities of financial planning for individuals with special needs. Pastor is a part of the Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce, has served as Director in various organizations within the church community, and was recognized by FIU with a Medal of Distinction for his civic engagement.

  • Kenneth Duvall (Vice Chair)

    Kenneth Duvall

    Kenneth Duvall, a resident of Miami-Dade County, is a Partner at the Miami law firm of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP. Ken practices commercial litigation and has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List for several years. He and his spouse Kelly, who is a former teacher and is an active member of The Junior League of Miami, have two child. The Duvall family has received services from UM-NSU CARD since 2018, and both Ken and Kelly enjoy attending the parent support groups.

  • Lorraine Grobarek (Secretary)

    Lorraine Grobarekhas extensive experience in management and marketing at a national level with Fortune 500 companies. Currently, she’s a full-time mom of a flourishing teenager on the autism spectrum and community volunteer/advocate. She is dedicated to seeing her son and others on the autism spectrum achieve their maximum potential in life.  Lorraine has spent countless hours in classrooms helping ESE students. She also mentors at risk students via Take Stock In Children and Keys to Be the Change.  Lorraine lives in Key West where she is an active member of numerous local nonprofits providing leadership, research, marketing and fundraising.

     

  • Diana Abril

    Diana Abril is a corporate attorney and legal executive with 18 years of experience spanning large law firms and multinational public and private corporations.  She and her husband, Tomas Fernandez, are residents of Palmetto Bay and have three young children. They have been constituents and supporters of UM-NSU CARD since their middle child was diagnosed with Autism in 2017.  Diana is a passionate advocate for the rights of children and adults with disabilities.  She is a proud graduate of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking program, and a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and of the Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys.  She currently Chairs the Autism Society of Florida's Safe Schools Taskforce.

  • Jairo Arana

    Jairo Arana is a resident of Miami-Dade County and began his journey as a self-advocate after receiving his diagnosis and participating in UM-NSU CARD’s Job SEEKers Program. He participated and graduated from the UM Mailman Center for Child Development Project SALT (Self-Advocate Leadership Training) Program. After graduating, he became a trainer for Project SALT and a consultant for the UM Mailman Center for Child Development. He was also the UM Mailman Center for Child Development’s first LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Self-advocate trainee. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees of Arts and Science in Communication/Motion Pictures and in English/Creative Writing, from UM and works fulltime at the UM Mailman Center as a Clinical Program Coordinator.

  • Claudia Bolt

    Claudia Bolt has over 24 years of senior-level international management experience in consumer banking operations and financial services.  Claudia currently leads Client Services for North America for VISA. Prior to this role, Claudia led the Client Services Organization for Latin America and the Caribbean. Claudia has also worked at Grupo Financiero Ficohsa as Vice President Customer Strategy, Sales & Distribution, and Decision Management, and at Citibank as SVP of Customer Strategy for Central America and South America. 

    Claudia holds an MBA from Columbia University and London Business School, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA). She is also an alumnus of CITI Women’s Leadership Program and was an active participant of Citi’s Latin American Women Ambassadors. Claudia is also passionate about promoting Inclusion and Diversity. She is Co-Chair of the iBelong Global Council in Visa, as well as Executive Sponsor for Visa Women’s Network for Visa in Latin America and Executive Sponsor for the Neurodiversity Employee Resource Group in the region. 

    Claudia grew up in Nicaragua and currently lives in Coconut Grove with her husband and 6-year-old son. 

  • Daniel Carles

    Daniel is a father of an amazing 8-year-old son on the autism spectrum and a passionate advocate. He and his family have benefited greatly from CARD’s services and support and are blessed to have the organization in their lives. He has 25 years of multi-cultural marketing experience across the entertainment, technology, healthcare, and sports industries. Daniel is a content marketing, e-commerce, digital media, and social media whiz that is eager to lend his expertise to help expand CARD’s audience and put bigger spotlights on its programs, services, and people. 

  • Julliana Carranza Escobar

    Julliana Carranza Escobara resident of Broward County, is the proud mother of a young adult on the autism spectrum. She and her family currently live in the Pompano Beach and have been clients of UM-NSU CARD since 2008. Julliana and her family are very active in their community not only by promoting inclusion, law enforcement training, autism awareness and autism acceptance but also by keeping their son involved in different activities such as self-advocacy, community involvement, community service, arts, etc. Julliana previously served as an Autism Ambassador for the Autism Society of Broward County. Besides being a very active and proactive mom, she works in banking and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the Universidad San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru.

  • Chendo Chavarria

    Chendo Chavarria is currently a Vice President for Client Services at VISA’s Latin America and the Caribbean region. Over 25 years, Chendo has built a career in international management, building multicultural teams and leading people around the world. Chendo and his wife Lorena are parents of a young adult with Autism and have become active in advocating for a better understanding and acceptance of Neurodivergence in society and workplaces. Chendo services as the Latin America Caribbean chair of VISA’s Viable employee resource group for people with disabilities and is a charter member and chair of the VISA Neurodiversity and Autism group. Chendo and his family live in Pinecrest in Miami-Date County. They have been proud CARD constituents since 2011.

  • Sherri DiMarco

    Sherri Dimarco

    Sherri DiMarco was first introduced to UM-NSU CARD in 2017 when her daughter, Ansley, was 3 and received her ASD diagnosis. Sherri and her family are grateful to UM-NSU CARD for their help and have been enthusiastic supporters of the organization ever since. Sherri previously owned and operated The Bar Method Miami, a boutique fitness studio and practiced law as a corporate attorney. She has a BS in Finance from the University of Florida and JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Sherri has been married to her husband, Paul, since 2004. They also have a son, Christian, born in 2011. They reside in Coral Gables.

  • Juan Fernandez

    Juan Fernandez

    Juan Fernandez, a resident of Miami-Dade County, is a healthcare technology professional delivering improved workflow and revenue cycle efficiencies to payers and post-acute healthcare providers.  A member of HFMA and a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.  Juan currently serves as a senior director for a leading SaaS homecare technology firm. He and his spouse Natalie, have one child who was diagnosed with Autism in 2017. The Fernandez Family has received services from UM-NSU CARD since 2017.

  • Ariana Habib

    Ariana Habib, a resident of Broward County, has been a CARD constituent since 2015. They are passionate about affordable housing and other social issues for individuals on the spectrum and are very open about their diagnoses. As a self-advocate, Ariana hopes to bring new perspectives to the CARD constituent board including on topics they are most passionate about. In their spare time, they like to listen to music, play video games, chat with friends, and go to anime conferences. 

  • Ysela Heim

     

    Ysela Heim, founder of Special Education Advocacy Services, LLC, has been a tireless advocate for students with disabilities in South Florida for over 16 years. Ysela has always been a supporter of UM-NSU CARD and serves many of our families in need of first-rate advocacy services. In addition to her professional advocacy work, Ysela is a former Chairperson and member of the UM-NSU CARD Constituency Board and has also chaired Tropical Nights and Autumn Moonlight. In addition, through the years, Ysela has served as a past board member and co-chair for NAAR, Autism Speaks, Autism Society of Broward County, and SFACS. She has served as PTO/PTA President for the Baudhuin School and SFACS. Proud mother of 3, her 19-year old son Chandler was diagnosed at the age of 2 with Autism and at the age of 16 with Epilepsy. In addition to all her work in the community, she is a community philanthropist and supports various organizations. Ysela is excited to be back and looking forward to work alongside this amazing board. 

  • Gianni LaCapra

     Gianni LaCapra

    Gianni LaCapra, a Miami native with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida International University is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Decorative Sales Associates. Gianni and her husband, Cristian, were first introduced to CARD when their son, Nico, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2018 just before he turned 2. They will forever be grateful for the guidance and support that CARD  provided their family at such a difficult time. 

    She was a proud board member of the Girls Inc of Greater Miami from 2018 – 2022, where she was able to embrace her passion of empowering all women and inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.  Additionally, she has dedicated her time and efforts to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge that raises funds and awareness for cancer research for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Gianni believes in CARD’s mission of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related diseases.  She is truly passionate about the influence CARD can have on the autism community and would love to be a part of sharing this organization with our community.

  • Ted Miller

    Ted Miller

    Ted Miller is the founder of Ted Miller Group, LLC, a boutique public relations firm supporting technology companies and startups in South Florida and around the globe. Prior to founding his own firm, Ted served as Associate VP of Public Relations & Social Media for Royal Caribbean International and spent 8 years on the senior communications team at Apple working on global product launches and key initiatives in health and accessibility. Ted has been instrumental in securing high-visibility media opportunities for UM-NSU CARD’s Autism Friendly Initiative and led the production of the 2020 Tropical Nights virtual event. Ted and his wife Chrissy, along with boys, aged 5 and 7, reside in Pinecrest. The couple’s 7-year old son Jack was diagnosed with ASD in April 2019 by University of Miami’s Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic. They are active in many of UM-NSU CARD’s programs, fundraising efforts, and grant programs. 

  • Haley Moss

    Haley Moss has been part of the UM-NSU CARD family since 1997 when she was first diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. Haley has been actively involved in the autism community and is the author of two books geared toward helping middle school students and college students on the autism spectrum. She has also written about her experiences and autism for Huffington Post, The Mighty, Elite Daily, and other publications. Haley also enjoys drawing and painting and using her artwork as a way to give back to the disability community. She recently graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and resides in Coral Gables, Florida.  

     

  • J.W. Parks

    J.W. Parks is a lifelong resident of Key West, Fl. Located in Monroe County, a UM-NSU CARD constituent since 2021. Leads the Dads support group for the Autism Society of the Florida Keys (ASK) and is a frequent participant in the monthly (ASK) support group meetings. My wife Marisol and I have two wonderful children, Jordan and Mary Elizabeth Parks. Jordan was diagnosed with ASD in 2005. Jordan is currently attending Lynn University as a sports management major and on the baseball team. J.W. is Senior Vice President at Merrill in Key West, Florida. Offering a comprehensive approach to managing wealth that begins with getting to know a client and the client’s family, financial situation, and what matters most to them. I create a customized wealth management approach that can be flexible as their needs and market conditions change. I am driven by my passion for delivering excellent service and helping clients pursue their goals. I am a member of St. Mary’s Church, a former board member of the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys, Rotary Club of Key West, Key West Yacht Club, and the Key West City Parks and Recreational Board.

  • Katie Santoro

    Katie Santoro, is a Miami Herald Silver Knight Award winner in the Drama category. She became a Silver Knight after she was invited to Washington at age 16 to speak to members of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts about the impact of budget cuts on arts funding. She has been an arts advocate for over a decade and recently became an autism advocate after a late diagnosis at age 24. She participated in Job Seekers and the SALT program at UM/CARD. Her favorite group is Women on the Spectrum Support Group. She babysits for a 12 year old girl on the spectrum. She hopes the future will be a world where clinicians have more accurate testing tools and knowledge to accurately identify women on the spectrum. Katie is the chair on the board of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation. She has traveled to 5 continents with the life goal of visiting all 7. She is a graduate of University of Illinois and currently works full time at Cardinal Health.