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.
- Adrian Alfonso,CPA, Board Chair
- Gilda Ferradaz., Vice Chair
Department of Children and Families
- Robert Eadie, Treasurer
Monroe County Health Department
- Deputy Mayor Russell Benford, Secretary
- Theresa Axford
Monroe County School District
- Roderick E. Beasley
South Florida Workforce
- Mayor Heather Carruthers
Commissioner, Monroe County District III
- Marisol Diaz
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Shaleen Fagundo
Interamerican Learning Center, Child Care Provider Representative
- James Haj
The Children's Trust
- J. Abilio Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Centro Mater Child Care Services, Faith-Based Provider Representative
- Mara Zapata, Ph.D.
School of Education, MDC InterAmerican Campus
Private Sector Business Members
- Tina Carroll-Scott, MD
South Miami Children's Clinic
- Alan Eckstein, Esq.
Alan Eckstein P.A.
- Philip Gassman
- Gladys Montes
United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
- Judy Schaechter, MD
University of Miami, Department of Pediatrics
- Gerald K. Schwartz, Esq.
Gerald K. Schwartz, P.A.
- Alexander Soto, MBA
- David Lawrence Jr.
The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation