YVETTE BRAVO President GEMMA M. GARCIA Vice President MAHLIA LINDQUIST BOARD MEMBER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Silvana Roncal BOARD MEMBER Shed Boren BOARD MEMBER Rebecca Brown BOARD MEMBER Thomas G. Bowman BOARD MEMBER Gemma M. Garcia is the co-founder of Ladies Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP). Since LEAP’s inception in 2009, Ms. Garcia has devoted her time and energy to LEAP. In the past, she has been involved with various ministries in St Augustine R.C. Church. These include Soup Kitchen, Rosary Making, Women Emmaus Group and Habitat for Humanity. For numerous years she volunteered at Camillus House serving the homeless, and Creative Beginnings, a non-profit organization that helps homeless women. Additionally, she was involved as a volunteer at Homestead Correctional Facility as a member of Kairos Prison Ministry. Ms. Garcia has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Baruch College in NYC and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University in NYC. She has over 35 years of experience in banking and in trading Emerging Markets stocks and bonds. Ms. Garcia has traveled extensively in Latin America. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Ms. Roncal has worked for the last 30 years in the finance industry, first as an investment banker and now as a wealth manager. She has held positions at Citibank, ANZ Bank and currently is a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley advising international high net worth individuals and families. Her non profit experience started by raising funds for St Jude and other charities via her triathlon competitions. She was also part of the 2014 5k wild run committee for Chapman Partnership and in 2015 she volunteered as a mentor for LEAP. Soon after, she was asked to join the board of directors of LEAP and now leads the event planning and donors relations committees. Shed Boren, L.C.S.W, Ph.D. is a social worker recognized for his advocacy. He has worked for, and on behalf of, vulnerable populations for more than 30 years, with a focus on those living with HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases, mental health challenges and in poverty. Dr. Boren is a highly accomplished executive leader with extensive experience in the management and development of complex health care organizations. For almost 3 years, he was the CEO of Camillus Health Concern and Camillus House providing humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor, homeless and vulnerable in Miami-Dade County. During his first year, Boren established a new jail diversion program, a shelter for human trafficking victims, and expanded emergency shelter beds. Previously, Boren served as CEO of Sister Emmanuel Hospital in Miami where he opened and operated Florida’s first co-located hospital. The Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH), co-located with Mercy Hospital, served medically complex patients living with chronic diseases. He also served as the founder and Director of Special Immunology Services for Mercy Hospital where he designed and implemented Miami-Dade County’s largest vertically integrated service delivery network providing medical and social services to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Boren received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston, and both a Master of Business Administration in Health Administration and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of Miami. To better understand bioethical issues and challenges in the hospital setting, Boren further earned a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University; and, he wrote his doctoral dissertation, Ignoring Ambiguity: Legitimating Clinical Decisions, on end of life decision-making.
Yvette Bravo is a retired Principal of a regional Vocational High School in Long Island, NY. As an Educational Consultant, she has directed publishing, training, and evaluation programs in the area of Bilingual Education. She relocated from New York City and Dayton, Ohio. She has been on the LEAP Board for many years bringing her skills to the areas of grant writing and curriculum development. She currently established and coordinates The LEAP Business Mentor Program. An active board member, she sits on LEAP’s Volunteer Committee. Yvette is also a member of the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove.
Mahlia Lindquist, an attorney, joined the LEAP family as a mentor and board member in 2015. Mahlia is a Miami native and supports projects through Dade Legal Aid and Lawyers for Children America. She has a BA from Emory University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Email Mahlia Email Yvette Email Gemma Email Silvana Email Shed Ms Brown is a graduate of the LEAP program. She is employed at Camillus House as a cook. Rebecca is an Evangelist and Theology student. She is very active in the community doing volunteer work, campaigning for political candidates, church ministry and soon to be preaching in Dade County jails. She is a member of 100+ Women Who Care. Ms Brown holds certificates from Miami Dade College, Barry University and JAX Baptist Theology Seminary.
Email Rebecca Email Thomas Thomas is a criminal defense attorney and the owner of The Law Office of Thomas G. Bowman P.A. From 1997 to 2005 he worked at the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office as Assistant State Attorney, Division Chief. Thomas received his Bachelor's degree from New York University and JD from New York University School of Law. Mr Bowman has dedicated his legal career to helping others and wants to continue with LEAP.
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