Board of Directors

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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President and Owner of Torre Development Group

Venny Torre


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

Michael Walsh, CFP®

Chair Elect

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

Laura Russo

Immediate Past Chair

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

David Olazabal

Co-Chair Community Giving
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Vice President at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Michael McCarthy

Co-Chair Community Giving

Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Matthew Meehan

Scholarship Committee Chair

Executive Director, Business Improvement District

Aura Reinhardt


Vice President & Regional Banking District Manager at Wells Fargo

Kaiser Ahmed


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Vice President of Doctors Hospital

DeDe C. Austin

Board Member

Bill Bonn

Board Member

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

Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Board Member

President and Co-Owner of Kreps DeMaria Public Relations

Sissy DeMaria-Koehne

Board Member

Successful Real Estate Expert and Shareholder at Katz Barron

Erica English

Board Member
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Founder of EPGD Business Law

Eric Gros-Dubois

Board Member

Managing Director at Coral Gables Trust Company

John Harris

Board Member

Executive Vice President at Colliers International

Jack Lowell

Board Member

Avid Philanthropist and Former CEO Of Southern Audio Visual

Paul Lowenthal

Board Member

Partner at Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Gomez & Machado

Lee Osiason

Board Member

Illustrious Marketing Expert

Liz Parnes

Board Member

EVP Wealth Management Manager at Amerant

Pedro Parra

Board Member

Founder and President of AJP Ventures Corporation, a fully integrated real estate firm that acquires and develops commercial real estate.

Alberto José Pérez

Board Member
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Doctor of Pharmacy, South Miami Hospital

Dr. Sadia Raja

Board Member

Senior Managing Director at Northern Trust

Scott Richey

Board Member
Adriana Verdeja

Founder and President of AJP Ventures Corporation, a fully integrated real estate firm that acquires and develops commercial real estate.

Adriana Verdeja-Arango

Board Member
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Peter Zubizarreta

Board Member

Ex Officio 


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

Wayne Eldred

Ex-Officio Board Member

City of Coral Gables Commissioner and Attorney at MSP Recovery Law Firm

Commissioner Mike Mena

City Liaison, Ex-Officio Board Member

Council of Past Chairs 

John O’Rourke

Carlos F. Garcia*

William A. “Bill” Bonn, Esq.

Jerry Santeiro*

Jeannett Black Slesnick

Howard Glicken

J. Thomas “Tom” Cookson

Yolanda “Yoli” Woodbridge

William P. “Bill” Murphy

Henry O. “Hank” Langston

Mary M. Young

The Hon. George M. Corrigan*

José A. Calvo*

Don Slesnick II

Ron Shuffield

John P. Fullerton

Willy A. Bermello

*denotes deceased