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About Us

To become a member of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe Board of Directors, please click on the below form.  Return completed form to

Board Positions Available

2 Governor Appointment Positions Available

Private Sector Position Available

Board of Directors

The Coalition’s board of directors is comprised of individuals from private sector business organizations and leaders of community organizations.  These board members provide governance for the Coalition by creating and directing the strategic initiatives that ensure high –quality programming that increases all children’s chances of achieving future educational success and becoming productive members of society.


Adrian Alfonso, CPA, Board Chair
Kaufman Rossin

Gilda Ferradaz., Vice Chair
Department of Children and Families

Robert Eadie, Treasurer
Monroe County Health Department

Maurice L. Kemp, Secretary
Miami-Dade County CAA Head Start

Required Members

Roderick E. Beasley
CareerSource South Florida

Heather Carruthers
Commissioner, Monroe County District III

Loreen Chant
Representative of Programs for Children with Disabilities, Easter Seals South Florida

Marisol Diaz
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

James Haj
The Children's Trust

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.

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.

Aaron Slavens
Holland & Knight LLP

Alexander Soto, MBA
International Finance Bank

Founding Chair

David Lawrence Jr.
Florida Children’s Movement

Board Bylaws (PDF)