NUESTRO NIÑOS

NECESITAN QUE SU VOZ SEA ESCUCHADA

Todo niño debe contar con al menos un adulto que los acoja, cuide y les de estabilidad y seguridad. Actualmente más de 2,000 niños de el Condado de Miami-Dade no cuentan con los cuidados necesarios, una figura como ésta y son parte del sistema de crianza temporal (foster care).

 

Voices For Children brinda apoyo al Programa Guardian ad Litem (Tutores ad Litem) reclutando y entrenando a voluntarios que pueden alzar su voz por los niños que han sido víctimas de abuso, maltrato y abandono representándolos en la corte y actuando abiertamente a su favor. El Programa de Guardian ad Litem es la única organización que ofrece este tipo de cuidado dentro y fuera de la corte que se asegura que el bienestar de los niños no se pierda de vista en un proceso altamente sobrecargado. El apoyo económico que presta Voices también contribuye a que los niños puedan satisfacer sus necesidades médicas, educativas y sociales.

MISIÓN

Misión: recaudar fondos para asegurar que los niños víctimas de abuso, maltrato o abandono en el Condado de Miami-Dade tengan un Guardia ad Litem nombrado por un tribunal y brindar ayuda económica y otros recursos para satisfacer sus necesidades médicas, educativas y sociales.

VISIÓN

Voices For Children es líder entre otras organizaciones interesadas en brindar  apoyo y favorecer el desarrollo y autonomía de niños y jóvenes que han sido víctimas de maltrato y/o abandono.

NUESTRO EQUIPO

“Apoyamos a niños y jóvenes que se encuentran en situación de vulnerabilidad que han sido víctimas de abuso, abandono o maltrato y forman parte del sistema de crianza temporal en Miami. Brindamos una mano amiga, un hombro sobre el que llorar y los orientamos en el camino a seguir para progresar.

Contamos con un equipo de profesionales comprometidos que ofrecen apoyo social y emocional a la población atendida. El apoyo es uno a uno, incondicional y ponemos en práctica estrategias innovadoras para trabajar con jóvenes en riesgo. Para amplificar nuestro impacto trabajamos de manera conjunta con organizaciones y la comunidad. Nuestra organización se basa sobre valores de gran impacto en la vida de los niños: la compasión y el sentido de comunidad”

Nelson Hincapie, CEO & Presidente

Nelson Incapie

CEO & Presidente

Nelson joined Voices For Children in 2009 as President and CEO. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he began his career in Miami working with Mayor Alex Penelas to help establish Universal Pre-Kindergarten. While Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez served as County Commissioner, Nelson worked on his staff as a community liaison. Currently, he mentors several adolescents who have aged out of foster care and are making the transition to independent living. Nelson is married and the father of four children.

“Through Voices For Children we have an opportunity to be a voice for foster children, to be the change they need, to give them courage and hope, and help them believe that they can have a better and brighter future.”

786.469.3860
NHincapie@BeAVoice.org

Nelson Hincapie, CEO & Presidente

Tania Rodriguez

Jefe de Operaciones

Tania started her journey in child welfare in 1996 when she became a Guardian ad Litem volunteer. She has worked for Voices For Children for 13 years and became Chief Operating Office in 2008. Tania earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University. She was raised in Miami and returned to South Florida to work after college. In addition to Voices, she worked in the private sector in the public relations and corporate communications fields. Tania enjoyed travelling the world prior to settling down with her husband and two children.

“I believe there is no other volunteer experience available to our community that can deliver such an amazing and profound impact in the lives of children as the Guardian ad Litem Program”.

786.469.3861
TRodriguez@BeAVoice.org

Alain Garcia

Controlador Financiero

Alain forma parte del equipo de Voices For Children desde el 2006. Tiene más de quince años de experiencia en operaciones corporativa. Le gusta y le motiva ayudar a otros a alcanzar sus metas y a crecer. Alain nació y creció en Miami y le apasiona la cocina, la tecnología y la música.

“Superviso las operaciones financieras, gestión de riesgos y recursos humanos de la organización. Siempre estamos buscando nuevas oportunidades y socios para trabajar de manera colaborativa.”

786.469.3863
AGarcia@BeAVoice.org

Dorothy Marin

Gerente de Children’s Needs

Dorothy began her journey as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and joined the Guardian ad Litem Program staff in 2003. She previously worked in ground and air logistics before transitioning into child welfare and joining Voices For Children in 2005. Dorothy was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Miami, Florida.

“There is no work that I would rather do than helping a child in need. We are an organization with a history of caring and giving. I truly enjoy working here and being a part of an amazing team.”

786.469.3862
DMarin@BeAVoice.org

Ronald Cue

Contador de Personal

Ronald comenzó a trabajar en Voices For Children en 2016. Nació y creció en La Habana, Cuba. En 2008 dejó atrás a su país buscando hacer realidad el sueño americano junto a su familia. En 2019 obtuvo su licenciatura en contabilidad en la Universidad Nacional de la Florida. Le encanta practicar deportes y ayudar a los demás con todo lo que necesitan.

“Trabajando duro, estudiando y siendo parte de este increíble equipo haré todo lo que está en mi alcance para lograr mis sueños. Trabajar para una organización que ayuda a los niños y saber que tu trabajo es significativo para los demás es una experiencia muy gratificante”.

305.324.5678
rcue@BeAVoice.org

Tracy Adirika

Gerente de Desarrollo

Tracy forma parte del equipo de Voices For Children desde el 2018 luego de haber trabajado en el en el sistema de crianza temporal, análisis de datos y tutoría de pares. Ella se dedica a generar cambios en las experiencias de vida de niños que son víctimas de abuso, abandono y maltrato en el Condado de Miami- Dade. Como madre, hermana, hija, esposa y amiga Tracy considera que su proposito es traer luz, generosidad y esperanza a otros. Sirviéndose de las herramientas que presta con la tutorial de pares, la compassion y educación trabaja para porpiciar procesos de cambio y brindar oportunidades a niños que vivien en el sistema de crianza temporal.

Trabajar para Voices for Children no solo es una gran oportunidad, sino también una gran responsabilidad. Los niños son los tesoros del mundo; ellos son nuestro futuro. Lo que inculques en un niño a su vez se usará para construir la base de su futuro. Ser parte de una organización que da amor, compasión y esperanza en los niños en su momento de mayor necesidad es muy gratificante ``.

Angie Chirino

Gerente de Relaciones Públicas

Angie nació y creció en Miami. En 2016 se unió al equipo de Voices luego de haber trabajado por once años como docente de niños con necesidades especiales. Previamente, Angie trabajó durante muchos años trabajando como compositora y productora de música. A pesar de su experiencia ecléctica, Angie está segura de una cosa, su vocación es ayudar a los niños.

Angie está completando su Licenciatura en Estudios Interdisciplinarios en la Universidad Internacional de Florida y más recientemente se convirtió en voluntaria del programa Tutor ad Litem.

“Cuando creces en una familia que te da tanto amor, lo compartes con los que no lo tienen.”

786.469.3855
AChirino@BeAVoice.org

Comité Ejecutivo

Vince Castro

Chair

Vince Castro is Senior Vice President of Loud and Live, an Entertainment, Marketing & Media Company that performs in the intersection of music, sports, lifestyle and content development. Vince Castro has been a part of the Board of Directors since 2009.

“Voices is the only outlet for the children with legal and foster issues and we need to reach 100% representation! We need to raise more money and earn more grants to do more for the children that need us most.”

Vince Castro, Chair

Jay Shapiro

Immediate Past Chair

Jay B. Shapiro is a Shareholder in the Litigation Department at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. Jay became involved with Voices in 2007 because he was greatly moved by the importance of the organization’s work. Prior to joining Voices, Jay had little understanding of the magnitude of abused, abandoned and neglected children in this community. “Nor did I appreciate the critical importance of the GAL program,” says Jay, “But after spending a few hours in Judge Lederman’s courtroom – listening to an unending parade of heart-wrenching stories of children who have been abused or neglected in the most unimaginable ways — I could not help but be moved to action.” Led by his support, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. has been the Presenting Sponsor for the annual Be A Voice Awards Luncheon since 2007.

John Broe

Treasurer

John is currently an independent finance and operations consultant working with a variety of clients. He previously held senior positions at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and at Burger King Corporation. John attended a number of Voices For Children events prior to visiting a court room to observe the Guardians in action. Seeing firsthand the importance of the Guardians’ role and the value they provide for the kids made him decide to get more involved. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

“The work the Guardians do for the children can have an incredible impact on their lives and in turn, on our community. Voices For Children helps to ensure each child has a voice, and I am proud to be part of such an impactful organization”

Angel Ferrer

Secretary

Angel Ferrer is a Managing Director and Senior Private Banker for Citi Private Bank based in Miami. He works closely with a team of experienced specialists to offer private banking, financial planning, trust and estate services, investment management, brokerage, and customized credit solutions serving ultra-high net worth families. Angel joined the Voices For Children’s Board of Directors recently. He became involved because he felt compelled to do something to help the children in the foster care system.

“Providing advocacy for children that otherwise do not have a voice in our community is Voices For Children’s greatest contribution.”

Rhonda Rose Drecksler

Secretary

Rhonda is a licensed real estate broker and President of Rose Realty & Associates, Inc. for almost 20 years. Rhonda feels blessed by her community and considers “giving back” as her thank you. Children hold a special place in her heart so she chose to get involved with our organization, intermittently since its inception, and consistently as a Director since 2008. Rhonda has served as Guardian ad Litem volunteer because she knows how important it is to make sure the voice of a child is heard in court. Through her efforts, she hopes to improve foster children’s lives so they can one day be contributing members of our society.In 2010, Rhonda founded Voices For Children’s Empower A Student Program, a free tutoring program for abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County.

Michael N. Rosenberg, D.D.S.

Officer

Dr. Rosenberg is a retired orthodontist who practiced in Miami for 37 years. After retiring in 2004, Dr. Rosenberg devoted his time to leadership roles in the non-profit sector. Dr. Rosenberg became involved with Voices For Children Foundation in 2001.

“Nothing upsets me more than child abuse, and I hope that in some way I can be part of the team that changes a child’s life forever.”

Gail Appelrouth

Officer

Gail Appelrouth’s background in Social Work and Child Development led to her first job as a foster care caseworker. She has been a part of the Board of Directors since 2006. Gail is a huge advocate of the Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL). According to Gail, “GAL volunteers are the most objective observers because they have no bias when it comes to deciding what is in the child’s best interest.” Gail believes that helping these children now will create the next generation of compassionate community leaders and professionals.

“I want to see all children in Miami-Dade County as happy and healthy and be allowed the same opportunities as my own children and grandchildren.”

Blain L. Heckaman

Officer

Blain L. Heckaman is the managing principal of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. Blain has provided audit and consulting services to businesses for more than two decades. Blain is also a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Indiana, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Interested in working with an organization that focuses on children, Blain joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2002.

“With Voices For Children, kids at risk have a chance to raise their quality of life,” says Blain, “Over the years, the GAL Program has demonstrated that children need certain resources which the GAL Program can provide. Children need someone who is focused on them. Being in non-loving environments creates a place where children will do what they must to survive. Statistics have proven that those who have had guardians benefit significantly.”

Board of Directors

Javier F. Aviñó

Javier F. Aviñó is the Practice Group Leader of Bilzin Sumberg’s Land Development & Government Relations Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s International Group. He focuses his practice on land use, zoning, and environmental law, representing both domestic and international clients. Javier’s experience includes the representation of both private and public sector clients before various state, county, municipal governments and regulatory bodies throughout South Florida. Javier joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2018.

“Effective representation of children in the legal system has a major impact for both the children and for our community. Having deep roots here in South Florida, it is a privilege to be involved with Voices For Children in support of youth in need.”

Michael Block

Michael Block is the founder and CEO of Greenmonkey® and Director of Toy Plus. Michael became involved with Voices For Children in 2006 because he was impressed with our mission and the work we do to serve such an important need for such an important group of kids.

“I am extremely impressed by the dedicated members of the GAL Program. The importance of the work they do, providing a voice to those most in need of one, is invaluable.”

Simone Boayue-Gumbs, ESQ.

Simone Z. Boayue-Gumbs is a shareholder at the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, with extensive experience representing lenders in various financing transactions, as well as airlines and lessors in connection with the financing, refinancing, and leasing of commercial transport aircraft and private jets. She was selected by Legacy Magazine as one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today & Tomorrow for 2013.” Simone has been a part of Voices For Children’s Board of Directors since 2012. She has always had an interest in children’s issues and empowering children. While in high school and college, Simone interned with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), whose mission, similar to Voices For Children’s, is to advance children’s rights, survival, development, and to ensure their protection.

Eddie Borrego

Eddie Borrego is the Associate Vice President of operations for Jackson South Community Hospital. He manages and leads the operation for the hospital. He previously served as the Director of Corporate Initiatives for the health system planning and implementing critical priorities and projects throughout the system. Eddie has extensive experience in management and leadership in healthcare operations, government relations, team management and strategic programming. He has been a lifelong public servant, having previously held posts with a US Senator and two Florida Governors. Eddie serves on numerous boards and is one of Voices For Children most recent Board members. He has brought diversity into the Board, by representing the public sector.

“Voices enables the community to provide a voice to the thousands of voiceless children in South Florida. The impact on a child’s life is immeasurable, Voices gives me and others an opportunity to advocate and impact a life.”

Bertha Cordoves-Pino

Bertha Cordoves-Pino’s background in social work and public health and her passion for philanthropy led her to join the Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors in 2016. Bertha has experience working with children in need that are part of the foster care system. She worked with Children’s Home Society advocating for foster children who were born with HIV by attending to court hearings, hospital rounds and home visits. Educated as a Medical Technician with a Master’s in Public Health, Bertha also worked for The Florida Department of Health where she was able to understand the complexities of the overall health and well-being necessities of children in the foster care system. Bertha is exceedingly proud of her current role as a homemaker and manager of her family’s real estate properties.

“Voices For Children gives me the opportunity to make a direct impact on children’s lives. Voices For Children does make a difference”.

Roberto E. Gadala-Maria

Roberto Gadala-Maria is Senior Vice-President at EFG Capital International. He supervises institutional Brokerage Services for Central America, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Ecuador. In 2011, Roberto had the opportunity to go on a court tour and saw firsthand the impact of Voices For Children’s work on behalf of foster children.

“I saw the success stories and I saw the conviction of the Board of Directors (many of whom are actually Guardians as well). I saw a dedicated President and CEO that was emotionally attached to the cause, Staff members that care and that work harder than most people I know… I saw an organization that is dedicated and that I could trust. I imagined my own children going through what all of our kids have to endure; alone, confused, separated from everyone they trust. I decided that no child should face these issues alone, no child should be left in the hands of courts and foster care without a constant in their lives, without someone who ultimately only cares about the child’s wellbeing – so I decided to go all in and dedicate as much of my time as possible to Voices and to our children.”

Brian Y. Goldmeier

Brian Y. Goldmeier is founder and president of BYG Strategies, Inc., recognized as one of Florida’s most prominent and successful government advisory, campaign and issue fundraising, and business consulting firm. Over the past decade, he has helped lead fundraising and capital raises for the most important issues, elections and referenda in the community including County mayor and commission seats, various city and municipal seats, countywide referenda, campaigns for statewide legislative and gubernatorial offices, as well as serving as a principal advisor and strategist to many of South Florida’s most important government, educational and business leaders. His fundraising leadership and stewardship has personally resulted in over $50 million raised for various political and issues campaigns.

Recognized for his strategic vision, thought leadership, and results-driven orientation, Mr. Goldmeier is consistently sought out for his opinion leadership and high impact in business, government and civic life. In philanthropy and non-profit activity, he has been active in, and elected to, leadership roles in some of the most important organizations in Florida and regionally including Leadership Florida, the United Way, Voices For Children Foundation, the University of Miami Citizens Board, City Year, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Beacon Council of Miami-Dade, among others.

Mr. Goldmeier holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Hospitality Administration, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), from Endicott College, where he was the top seed on the college’s intercollegiate tennis team. He currently resides in Miami, Florida. Brian’s outside interests include professional sports, playing tennis, boating and fishing, and travel and dining with family, friends and business associates.

“I decided to join Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2012 because I have a sincere belief that childhood experiences mold the foundation for the adult you become later in life”

Kira Grossman

Kira Grossman is an attorney with a background in family law, including Collaborative Law, commercial litigation, government affairs, and complex legislative initiatives. She currently serves as General Counsel at Sun Packing and is an attorney at Alvarez, Carbonell, Feltman & Da Silva, PL. Known for helping clients reach their goals, Kira is committed to resolving disputes and complex issues in an effective, diligent and professional manner. Prior to joining her current firm, Kira was a family law attorney for many years and later an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami and Policy Advisor for the Miami Parking Authority. She not only helps clients in court but has also successfully represented issues in front of the Florida Legislature and various City and County Commissions. Clients appreciate Kira for her wide range of legal and business experience and trust her creative methods of resolving challenges. As an attorney and former social worker, Kira realizes it is important to give back to the community. Kira joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2012.

“Voices For Children is the best local program that provides services and gives back to the community.”

Pedro H. Hernandez

Pedro Hernandez, Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs, specializes in representing clients on public finance matters with particular emphasis on bond issues in the State of Florida and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

“Having participated in a number of the events organized by Voices and seeing the positive impact the organization has on so many children’s lives, the choice to get involved was simple. Voices For Children provides a fundamental service for our local community and I am honored to be a part of that effort.”

Alberto Jaen

Alberto Jaen has been a Creative Director of multinational companies for over fifteen years. He has received several Cannes Festival awards and has been a jury member at different international advertising festivals. He now serves as a Communications Consultant, and is the Founder and Creative Director of Plus305, as well as a Co-Founder of HULA App. Alberto Jaen joined Voices For Children’s Board in 2017.

“Voices For Children is not only an organization, it’s a way of understanding life. I’m in love with the cause because it makes things happen. They have shown me that we can make a real difference in the life of kids in need in Miami. Isn’t it nice to be inspired this way?”

Suzanne Legon

Suzanne Legon’s interest to give back to her community and help children in need led her to become and serve as a Guardian ad Litem since 2014. Suzanne’s background is in corporate and securities law and mediation. She is an involved environmental and animal activist. She taught yoga for many years and more recently became a meditation instructor. Suzanne also serves as a mentor for the Ladies Empowerment and Action Program, a prison re-entry support program.

“We need to remember that children in foster care are victims in circumstances beyond their control. I want to help these children have normal happy childhoods. Speaking up for them is essential to ensure they have access to resources which will help them achieve their fullest potential. I am also passionate about helping those children who age-out of foster care. These young adults must be taught the tools that they will need to be successful members of society. We must help break the cycles and stigmas of growing up in foster care”.

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe is General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Miami. He is responsible for the executive management and operations for the deluxe 326-room waterfront hotel situated on Brickell Key. In 2017, the property was awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award for the hotel, Azul restaurant, and The Spa. Mr. Lowe is a veteran hotelier with over 25 years of hospitality industry experience including 16 years with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2016.

“It is an honor to be a part of an organization who’s goals align with mine and Mandarin Oriental, Miami – who is proud of its long-standing relationship with Voices For Children. Children are our future and it is essential that we do our best to provide a good quality of life so they can thrive and make their place in the world.”

Rodrigo Melendez

Officer

Rodrigo Melendez is Managing Partner at KPMG in the South Florida Business unit with over 13 years of experience in public accounting and has an extensive background with public and private multinational companies. He joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2007.

“Voices For Children benefits the community at large by letting foster kids know that they have someone looking out for them, so that they can have a chance to succeed and become outstanding citizens of our community.”

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry and is the president of Plaza Construction Group Florida. Since the opening of the office in 2002, Brad has continued to propel the company’s development with consistent and sustainable growth. While managing some of Miami’s high-profile constructions projects, he has always demonstrated his commitment to civic responsibility through his continued dedication to philanthropic organizations that support causes from health to child welfare. Brad joined the Voices For Children Board of Directors in 2016 after learning how the organization brings change and hope in the life of abused and neglected children. Brad and the Plaza team have raised funds to benefit Voices For Children in their 2015 and 2016 annual Golf Invitational.

“Voices For Children provides children in the foster care system with support and care that they otherwise would not likely receive.”

Barry Minoff

Barry Minoff, was the Chairman of his family business, Kichler Lighting, based in Cleveland, Ohio for two decades. He has earned numerous business awards including Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Nasdaq, and USA Today. He received the American Lighting Association’s Pillar of the Industry Award and his family was inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Family Business Hall of Fame in 1995.

Besides being a successful businessman, Barry is also well known as a producer, actor, and philanthropist. Barry serves as a board member of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and is a member of the Broward sheriffs advisory council. After attending the 2018 Be A Voice Gala and listening to the moving testimonial of a former foster youth and human trafficking victim, Barry decided to become more involved with Voices For Children. He joined the Board of Directors shortly afterward.

“Voices For Children makes a true difference in the lives of children in foster care. They provide unconditional support and hope”

Raul de Molina

Raul is an award-winning photo journalist photographer who currently hosts Univision’s “El Gordo y La Flaca.” Raul has served on Voices For Children’s Board of Directors since 2004. Raul believes that Voices gives foster children a chance to one day be productive citizens and therefore give back. Through Voices’ Children’s Needs Program, Raul has hosted Artistic Expression Workshops for some of our foster youth in which he guided the youth through creative photography projects.

“One never knows, regardless of socioeconomic background when or if they will end up in court and need a Guardian. Voices provides a great service to the community.”

Hans C. Mueller

Hans C. Mueller is Vice President Commercial lending at 1First Bank. Hans has been on the Board of Directors for Voices For Children Foundation since 1998. He chose to get involved because of “Voices’ reputable transparency and excellent community cause.”

Abigail Price-Williams, ESQ.

Abigail Price-Williams is the First Assistant County Attorney responsible for the oversight and supervision of Assistant County Attorneys’ support staff and office operations. Abigail also provides legal counsel to County Commissioners, the Mayor’s Office and County Departments. She has also held the position of Acting County Attorney. Abigail joined the County Attorney’s Office in 1990 and joined the Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 1997. On numerous occasions, Abigail has served as Co-Chair of the Voices For Children Foundation’s annual Be A Voice Awards Luncheon.

Sheila C. Reinken

Sheila C. Reinken serves as Chief Operating Officer of Friends of WLRN. Sheila joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and strongly believes in the mission of Voices For Children.

“By empowering children in foster care, Voices For Children improves their lives and the chances for children to have happier present circumstances and a better future.”

Steve Stowe

As Executive Director of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, Steve Stowe oversees and manages all fund-raising efforts, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives for the Miami HEAT. Steve became a part of the Board of Directors at Voices For Children in 2005.

Mariola Triana Sanchez, ESQ

Officer

Mariola Triana Sanchez serves as General Counsel of Mercantil Commercebank. As part of the Management Team, she is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of the Bank to protect the organization in situations of significant risk. Sanchez has been practicing law for more than 17 years and earned extensive experience in the practice of Family Law where she represented clients through the full spectrum of proceedings including child custody, child support enforcement, domestic violence, adoptions, and guardianship proceedings. Mariola joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2012. Mercantil Commercebank has been the Presenting Sponsor for the Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournaments since 2012.

“Our community’s future depends on our children, and I believe it is our responsibility to help those suffering from abuse and neglect. Voices provides the assistance these children need to grow into productive members of our society.”

Yolanda Valencia

Yolanda Valencia is Head of HR and Corporate Philanthropy for Galleria Farms, a leading grower, importer and distributor of premium, fresh-cut flowers to mass market retailers and supermarkets nationwide. Galleria Farms supports nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of children, military veterans, and senior citizens. Yolanda became a Guardian Ad Litem in 2014. She was awarded Outstanding GAL Volunteer in her Division in 2016. She also co-chaired the Voices for Children Foundation Annual Be a Voice Luncheon in 2016. She joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

“Were it not for good parenting, any one of us could have become a foster child.
Children do not have a choice who brings them into this world.
Foster children are the innocent victims of parents who let them down…they did not protect and nurture them. If everyone showed compassion and did a little bit of good to help a foster child, their lives would be enriched with love. Being part of Voices for Children Foundation is my “little bit of good”. We can all do good.”

Brittany and Christian Slater

Brittany and Christian Slater have served as a team on Voices’ Board of Directors since 2012. Brittany Slater, very familiar with the world of non-profit organizations, brings her experience in development to the organization. Her twin sister is a Guardian ad Litem and inspired Brittany to become a Guardian ad Litem as well. Her spouse, Christian Slater, is an American actor who made his film debut with a small role in “The Postman Always Rings Twice” before playing a leading role in the 1985 film “The Legend of Billie Jean.” This dynamic duo has brought an immense amount of support to the organization by serving as co-chairs on recent Be A Voice Galas.

Marco E. Tejada, CFA

Treasurer

Marco Tejada is a Senior Private Banker at Wells Fargo. Marco tells us, “I once read a book titled “A Child Called It” which motivated me to get involved with foster children, but serving as a foster parent or as a Guardian seemed to be a herculean task given the nature of my job. Fundraising for the program through Voices For Children simply seemed to be a better fit for me.” Marco has been on Voices For Children’s Board of Directors since 2006.

Ilana Yuz Brodsky

lana Yuz Brodsky es la Wealth Manager I y Fiduciary Specialist de BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Tras su experiencia como abogado del equipo de los Tutores ad Litem y ahora como voluntaria, cree que “el programa de Tutores ad Litem, sus empleados y voluntarios, mantienen un compromiso único con los niños que han sido víctimas de abuso y/o han sido abandonado por sus representantes. Cada uno de los miembros del equipo ad Llitem, el abogado que defiende día tras día el bienestar de los niños en la corte, así como los voluntarios que manejan al menos una hora para visitar mensualmente al niño que representan, nos demuestran que su dedicación, pasión por la causa y compromiso con el programa son únicos.

Julie Caputo

Julie Caputo is a lobbyist at Floridian Partners and Prime Strategies and has a decade’s worth of federal, state and local experience. Prior to her arrival at Floridan, she worked for United States Congressman Joe Garcia (FL-26) initially as a senior campaign advisor and then as the Deputy District Director for his district offices. Additionally, Julie worked on fundraising efforts for the Miami-Dade School Board Bond and Crandon Park’s Renovation Referendums among other County Commissioner’s campaigns.

Before moving to South Florida, Julie worked in Washington D.C. as the Senior Associate for former Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Maria Echaveste’s government consulting firm, NVG, LLC. There, she worked and lobbied on legislation covering health care, immigration reform, agriculture, patent reform, education, energy, nutrition, and transportation.

She and her Husband, Chris, have a daughter named Lily and 2 rescue dogs. The family are avid Miami Hurricanes fans as Chris is the Associate Head Coach for the Miami Men’s Basketball team. Julie is originally from St. Louis and a proud alumni of the University of Missouri (Mizzou).

“One day, when staffing my boss Congressman Joe Garcia, I was given the opportunity to visit the family courts with Nelson from Voices For Children. We were initially brought to see how the Guardian ad Litem Program worked, and that is when I saw just how children had benefited from having a Guardian. However, my visit also showed me how many more children needed help from this organization, and it was then that I decided I wanted to do all in my power to further this cause and ensure every child in foster care has the advocate they deserve”.

NUESTRA HISTORIA

En 1984, tres jueces de tribunales de menores conmovidos ante el estado de vulnerabilidad que mostraban los niños victimas de abuso, abandono y maltrato que pasaban por sus salas a diario, decidieron trabajar en conjunto para dar respuestas a ciertas de sus necesidades. Los niños constantemente se mostraban temerosos e indefensos durante el proceso judicial y necesitaban cuidados médicos, vestido y otras necesidades básicas para su desarrollo. Fue así como los jueces juntaron un grupo de voluntarios para administrar un pequeño fondo de donaciones y multas. Al tiempo, Voices For Children Foundation fue creada como el brazo recaudador de fondos del “11th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program” – El Programa del Onceavo Circuito Judicial Guardian ad Litem.

Voices For Children fue fundada como una organización de base en 1981. Actualmente, El Programa del Onceavo Circuito Judicial Guardian ad Litem es el más grande e importante en Florida y es uno de los programas más reconocidos a nivel nacional. El programa atiende a una de las poblaciones urbanas con mayores índices de abuso infantil, maltrato y abandono en el país y forma parte de la red nacional de organizaciones de defensa enmarcada bajo la National Court-Appointed Special Advocates Association (La Asociación Nacional de Defensores Designados Especiales Por la Corte). Hasta la fecha, Voices ha recaudado fondos para representar y apoyar a más de 45,000 niños.

PATROCINANTES

Los ángeles son conocidos por muchos como seres espirituales que son capaces de ayudar a un sinnúmero de propósitos. Su rol puede ser el de educar, proteger o informar a las personas sobre su destino. Haciéndote miembro de la Angel Society (Sociedad de los Ángeles), te asegurarás que niños en situación de vulnerabilidad van a contar con una mano amiga que alzará su voz y luchará para cambiar su destino.

 

Al hacerte miembro de la sociedad en cualquiera de estos niveles de compromiso, nos ayudarás a defender los intereses de los niños víctimas de abuso, abandono y maltrato durante los procedimientos de tribunales de menores al ser representados por un Guardian ad Litem (Tutor ad Litem).

Hazte un Ángel

Platinum Angel

$10,000

Gold
Angel

$ 5,000

Silver
Angel

$ 2,500

Bronze
Angel

$ 1,000

BENEFICIOS

  • Mención en nuestra página web
  • Mención en la presentación del programa de eventos
  • Mención en el newsletter

TRANSPARENCIA

Desde su fundación en 1984, Voices For Children se ha posicionado como una organización modelo que alcanza cambios positivos en la vida de niños que han sido víctimas de abuso, abandono y maltrato. Esto ha sido posible gracias al generoso apoyo y compromiso compartido de nuestros donantes y aliados. La gestión responsable de nuestros fondos, así como el énfasis en generar impactos a través de nuestros programas nos ha permitido recibir de manera sustentable las mejores puntuaciones por parte de organizaciones de monitoreo y control como Charity Navigator.

Contributions Breakdown (FYE 06/2017) Contributions, Gifts & Grants Fundraising Events Government Grants 33% 45.2% 21.8%
Source Dollars
Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,120,291
Fundraising Events $741,487
Government Grants $1,537,536
Expenses Breakdown (FYE 06/2017) Program Administrative Fundraising 7.3% 12.8% 79.9%
Expense Dollars
Program $2,715,579
Administrative $435,379
Fundraising $247,903
Revenue/Expenses Trend Program Expenses Primary Revenue
Year Program Expenses Primary Revenue
2014 $1,906,642 $2,438,533
2015 $1,990,515 $2,776,419
2016 $2,044,988 $2,747,273
2017 $2,715,579 $3,399,314

Ángeles del 2019

PLATINUM

Mr. Barry Minoff

GOLD

Mr. John Bolduc
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pino
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Torres

SILVER

Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Bach Armas
Ms. Karelia Fernandez
Ms. Rose Pujol
Mr. and Mrs. Don Rosenthal
Mr. and Mrs. Hector Vargas
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Berkowitz
Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Cardenas
Mr. David Diestel
Mr. and Mrs. German Valencia
Mr. Cedeño Rafael
Mr. Richard Rodriguez

BRONZE

Mr. Jorge Banos
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Berkowitz
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Betancourt
Mr. and Mrs. John Broe
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Caputo
Mr. Brett Cohen
Morgan Stanley
Mr. Jeffrey Eisen
Ms. Sonia Figueroa
Mr. Christopher Gathman
Mr. Brian Goldmeier
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Hechtman
Mr. Christian Hevia
Mr. Pete Kepes
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Legon
Mr. Bruce Loshusan
Mr. William Plaza
Mr. Alan Rosenthal
Mr. Mark Watson
Mr. and Mrs. David Fernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Kennedy

Donantes

05/01/2019- 07/31/2019

Monica Albin
William Allen
Cristine Alonso
Raymond Anderez
Mariam Angel
Annette Antorcha
Maria Ines Apolo
Stewart Appelrouth
Gerardo Arino
Robert Arkin
Carlos Arrizurieta
Astor Development Group, LLC
Bared and Associates, P.A.
Irene Baros
Batchelor Foundation
Benard Industries, Inc.
Jeffrey Berkowitz
Richard Bernstein
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
James Blanchard-Cisneros
Michael Block
Ana Brito
Steven Brodie
Benjamin Brodsky
John Broe
Ricardo Bustamante
Jim Butler
Girolamo Cafiero
Diana Caldera
Carnival Foundation
Frank Carreras
Miguel Carrillo
Daniel Cascante
Salvador Castaner
Hortensia Castroverde
The Children’s Trust
Angie Chirino
Andrea CID
Terri Clark
Sandra Cohen
Community Bag with the Giving Tag
Jose Costa
Rolando Couto
Ciara Crighton
Pool Tech of Miami, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Stott
Mr. and Mrs. Osvaldo Negrin
Mr. Brian Goldmeier
Urbieta Oil Inc.

Alexandra Cruz
Maria Cuevas
Meike De Vringer
Natalie Diaz-Carlos
Edgewater Capital Management, LLC
Educate Tomorrow
Staci Ehrenkrantz
Talmadge Fair
Farrey Lighting
Edward Feenane
Eliana Fernandez
Enrique Fernandez Campa
Angel Ferrer
Dane Fioravante
Isaac Fisher
Florida Panthers Foundation
Galleria Farms LLC
Sam Goldberg
Jon Goldman
Brian Goldmeier
Diana Gonzalez
Kecia Griffin
Lynn Gross
Guardian Ad Litem Statewide Office
Sean Guim
Teresa Gutierrez
Blain Heckaman
Martha Helena
Henry L. & Kathryn Mills Charity Foundation
Ms. Adriana Hernandez
The Honorable Sally Heyman
Mr. Justin Hiebra
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hincapie
Ms. Teri Hirschberg
Mr. Alex Horowitz
Mr. Warren Jennings
The Honorable Barbara Jordan
Joseph And Sherrie Garfield Charitable Foundation
Neisen Kasdin
Kaufman Rossin & Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugenio Sevilla-Sacasa
Andrea CID
Ms. Mariola Sanchez
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Meltzer
A Magical Learning Center LLC.
Ms. Hortensia Castroverde
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pino
Mr. Gerardo Arino
Office of the Attorney General

Mr. Jon Goldman
Farrey Lighting
Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Blain Heckaman
Ms. Annette Antorcha
Ms. Liza Martel
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Fisher
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Legon
Mr. Daniel Cascante
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brodie
YourCause, LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Snay
The Templeton Family Fund
Ms. Ivette Agusti
Ms. Lynn Gross
Ms. Sonia Fernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Feenane
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Miller
Mrs. Alessandra Perez-Cisneros
Mrs. Cristina Oyarzun
Dr. Maria Ines Apolo
The Snay Group, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sacher
Mr. and Mrs Frank Carreras
Ms. Tracy Solares
Mr. and Mrs. Angel Ferrer
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College MDC School Board Internal Fund Account
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murphy
Ocean Bank
Ms. Erica Little
Mr. and Mrs. John Broe
Ms. Sandra Spooner
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hincapie
Ms. Staci Ehrenkrantz
Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Roca
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Appelrouth
Ms. Meike De Vringer
Mr. Marco Tejada
Mr. Oscar Cascante
Mr. Rodolfo Bustamante
Ms. Nadia Martino
Mr. Brett McNaught
Mr. Talmadge Fair
Ms. Belkys Nerey
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Benard Industries, Inc.
The Honorable Barbara Jordan
The Honorable Joe. A Martinez

Benefactores

Fiscal Year 2018-2019

The Children’s Trust
Carnival Foundation
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Educate Tomorrow
Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
Florida Panthers Foundation
Guardian Ad Litem Statewide Office
Health Foundation Of South Florida
Henry L. & Kathryn Mills Charity Foundation
Hobbs Foundation
Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination
Micky And Madeleine Arison Family Foundation
Office of the Attorney General
Peacock Foundation, Inc.