About the Foundation’s Board of Directors

The Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders who are active supporters of the Foundation and its mission. We are grateful to count on the time, talent and resources of our Board Members to advance the goals of the Foundation.

Executive Committee

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Wealth Manager & Principal, Evensky & Katz/ Foldes Financial Wealth Management

Michael Walsh, CFP®

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Vice President at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Michael McCarthy

Chair Elect
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President and Owner of Torre Development Group

Venny Torre

Immediate Past Chair
Kaiser Ahmed

Vice President & Regional Banking District Manager at Wells Fargo

Kaiser Ahmed


Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Matthew Meehan

Scholarship Committee Chair

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management & Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley

David Olazabal

Co-Chair Community Giving
Ashley Cusack

Luxury Real Estate

Ashley Cusack

Co-Chair Community Giving
Liz Parnes

Illustrious Marketing Expert

Elizabeth (Liz) Parnes


Board of Directors


Veteran attorney and philanthropist who served as a past Board Chair

Bill Bonn

Board Member and Past Chair
Vivian C. de las Cuevas-Diaz

Partner at Holland & Knight's Miami office, deputy section leader of the Real Estate Section

Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Board Member
Sissy deMaria Koehne

President and CEO of Cultivate PR, a fully integrated public relations agency with offices in Miami, and New York.

Sissy DeMaria-Koehne

Board Member
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Corporate Director of Government & Community Relations, Baptist Health South Florida

Erin Dowd

Board Member
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Board Member

Chris W. Erickson

Board Member
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Danielle Gonzalez is a shareholder at GreenbergTraurig, and concentrates on commercial real estate law.

Danielle Gonzalez

Board Member
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Founder of EPGD Business Law

Eric Paul Gros-Dubois, Esq.

Board Member

Managing Director at Coral Gables Trust Company

John Harris

Board Member
Alysa Herman 2017

Medical Doctor, Dermatology & Skin Cancer

Alysa R. Herman M.D.

Board Member

Doctor of Pharmacy, South Miami Hospital

Dr. Sadia Raja Alfonso

Board Member
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Executive Director, Business Improvement District

Aura Reinhardt

Board Member
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Senior Managing Director at Northern Trust

Scott J. Richey

Board Member
Laura Rossi

Senior VP at Amerant Bank

Laura Rossi

Board Member

Attorney at her own law firm, Laura L. Russo, Esq. specializing in land use and zoning

Laura Russo

Board Member and Past Chair

Supervisor at PAAST public accounting firm

Michael R. Torres

Board Member
Adriana Verdeja

Executive Director of Government and Community Relations at University of Miami

Adriana Verdeja

Board Member


Peter Zubizarreta

Board Member

Ex Officio 

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City of Coral Gables Commissioner

Vice Mayor Rhonda Anderson

City Liaison, Ex-Officio Board Member

President & CEO of Brown Label, Tarpon Bend, The Outliers Institute, Eldred Consulting Group

Wayne Eldred

Ex-Officio Board Member

Council of Past Chairs 

Laura Russo, 2020-21

Jack Lowell, 2018-19

John O’Rourke III*, 2016-17

Carlos F. Garcia*, 2013-14

William A. “Bill” Bonn, Esq., 2011-12

Jerry Santeiro*, 2009-10

Jeannett Slesnick*, 2008

Howard Glicken, 2007

J. Thomas “Tom” Cookson, 2006

Yolanda “Yoli” Woodbridge, 2005

William P. “Bill” Murphy, 2004

Henry O. “Hank” Langston, 2003

Mary M. Young, 2002

The Hon. George M. Corrigan*, 2001

José A. Calvo*, 1999-2000

Hon. Donald D. Slesnick II, 1997-99

Ron Shuffield, 1996-97

John P. Fullerton, 1995-96

Willy A. Bermello, 1992-95

*denotes deceased