Board of Directors
The Coalition’s board of directors is comprised of individuals who offer unique expertise in the early childhood community, as well as private and business sectors. The board creates and oversees early care and education programs, as well as policies affecting best-practice.
- Octavio A. Verdeja Jr., Board Chair
Verdeja & De Armas, LLP
- The Hon. Cindy S. Lederman, J.D., Vice Chair
11th Judicial Circuit Court
- Esther Jacobo,Esq., Treasurer
Regional Director, Department of Children and Families
- Lucy C. Piñeiro, Esq., Secretary
Lucy C. Piñeiro and Associates
- Theresa Axford
Monroe County School District
- Roderick E. Beasley
South Florida Workforce
- Doug Blomberg
Wesley House Family Services
- Commissioner Heather Carruthers
Monroe County Board of County Commissioners
- Robert Eadie
Monroe County Health Department
- Shaleen Fagundo
Interamerican Learning Center, Child Care Provider Representative
- Helene J. Good
- J. Abilio Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Centro Mater Child Care Services, Faith-Based Provider Representative
Private Sector Business Members
- Dr. Tina Caroll-Scott
South Miami Children's Clinic
- Holly Estes
- David Lawrence Jr.
The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation
- Harve A. Mogul
United Way of Miami-Dade
- Gerald K. Schwartz
Gerald K. Schwartz, Esq.
- David Williams Jr.
Informed Families: The Florida Family Partnership
- Charles Auslander
The Children's Trust
- Magaly Abrahante, Ed.D.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Lisa Martinez