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About Us

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 members from private and business sectors. The board creates and oversees early care and education programs, as well as policies affecting best-practices.


Adrian Alfonso,CPA, Board Chair
Kaufman Rossin

Gilda Ferradaz., Vice Chair
Department of Children and Families

Robert Eadie, Treasurer
Monroe County Health Department

Ex-Officio Members

Theresa Axford
Monroe County School District

Roderick E. Beasley
CareerSource South Florida

Heather Carruthers
Commissioner, Monroe County District III

Loreen Chant
Easter Seals South Florida

Marisol Diaz
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

James Haj
The Children's Trust

Maurice L. Kemp
Miami-Dade County CAA Head Start

J. Abilio Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Centro Mater Child Care Services, Faith-Based Provider Representative

Jennifer Roig
Roig Academy, Child Care Provider Representative

Iris Strachan
Miami Dade College

Private Sector Business Members

Matthew Bruno
Mercantil Commercebank, NA.

Alan Eckstein, Esq.
Alan Eckstein P.A.

Philip Gassman
Marquis Bank

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
International Finance Bank

Founding Chair

David Lawrence Jr.
Florida Children’s Movement

Board Bylaws (PDF)

Board Positions Available

Board Membership Application (PDF)

BOD Questionnaire (PDF)