Lileana de Moya '84 obtained her Masters of Science in Special Education from the University of Miami in 2008. Ms. de Moya is a registered nurse and received extensive training in the field of mental health, disabilities and advocacy. She is the mother of two sons, the youngest having an intellectual disability. She joined Parent to Parent of Miami in 2001 and served as Training Director until 2006. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2008 and currently serves as President. She was awarded the "Henry Bandier C.A.M.P for Justice Fellowship" by the University of Miami Children's Youth and Law Clinic for her work with children and young adults in foster care with disabilities. She serves on the State Advisory Committee for the Education of Exceptional Students and is a member of the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development Advisory Committee, the Florida International University Special Education Advisory Board and the State Secondary Transition Interagency Council. Ms. de Moya was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to The Children's Trust Board in 2011. She is currently the director of JAG Education Consultants and co-founder of Project Panther LIFE: Learning is for Everyone, a college transition program for students with intellectual disabilities at Florida International University in Miami. Ms. de Moya has always been a fierce advocate for the rights of children with disabilities and their families.
Martha Edwards is graduate of Barry University ('08) with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Administration. In partnership with Florida International University, Edwards Childcare and Preschool pioneered the use of an integrated math and science program. The state-of-the-art research is based on the integration of early education STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through project-based learning. During the second phase, it will create partnerships with four other schools in Miami-Dade County. The last phase of the project is to create the Integrated Math and Science Curriculum (IMASC), to be used in local and private schools throughout the State of Florida with the ultimate goal of raising math, science, and literacy scores in Miami-Dade County and beyond. Due to the decreasing funding opportunities in education, Mrs. Edwards is in the process of establishing a public non-profit to raise funds, awareness, and advocacy that support early childhood education research in early childhood STEM and scholarships for parents and teacher advancement. She is a strong advocate of organizations including FIU, the C-Different Foundation, One Child International, and Zoo Miami.
During her thirty-one year career in the field of education, Sharon M. López, Ed.D. '06
served the community as teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Miami Dade County Public Schools. Under her leadership, she successfully raised the achievement level of students at Riverside Elementary Community School under the Florida A+ Plan leading her school from a low "C" to an "A" in four years and at Coconut Grove Elementary from a "B" to an "A" in one year. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in History, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Doctorate in Education from Florida International University in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Instructional Leadership. She was nominated by her colleagues for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Principal of the Year award for the Booker T. Washington feeder pattern in Miami Dade County Public Schools and was the recipient of the "Principal of the Year" Superintendent's Award presented by the Miami-Dade Coalition of Community Education at the 2008 Schoolhouse Annual Awards for after school academic programs and adult education programs. She was the recipient of the "9th Annual Torch Award" at Florida International University for the College of Education and is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Education at FIU in the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies. She is a member of the advisory board for the FIU College of Education.
Marcia L. Martinez Strait, '77 is the CEO of Strait Tutoring Services. Marcia Strait's affiliation with Florida International University developed as the decision to choose this institution to further my career formation. After completing a B.A. in Fine Arts and Languages at Barry College Mrs. Strait chose to attend FIU for my Masters in Fine Arts and Administration and Supervision. Later she returned to complete a Specialist in Counseling. Mrs. Strait's career path included diverse positions in Education for the Miami Dade County Public School System such as Fine Arts Instructor, Reading Specialist, Crisis Interventionist, and most recently CELLA Examiner and Team Leader. Marcia's business endeavors are in Testing, Evaluating, Diagnosing and Remediating Home Learning and individual students in the private sector. Her passion "to instill the love of learning and research in others." "If you can search it you will learn it". Years of accrued professional experience over 35.
Ana M. Menendez, '86 is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Watsco, Inc. ("Watsco"), the largest distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration ("HVAC/R") products in the distribution industry with more than 570 locations in 38 states, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico with additional market coverage on an export basis to Latin America and the Caribbean. During her tenure at Watsco revenues have grown from $1 billion to the current annualized run rate of $3.5 billion. A product of Miami-Dade County Public School system and graduate with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Florida International University and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Miami she is a strong advocate for quality education and mentoring programs. She began her career at the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP in the Miami office and held the position of Chief Financial Officer at various other public and private distribution companies in Miami prior to joining Watsco in 1998. She is a certified public accountant.
Maria Panizo, Ph.D., Director of Marketing Research and Intelligence for Amadeus North America, Inc., Maria Panizo has worked with the company since 1995. Her main responsibilities within the Distribution Strategy and Planning organization focus on the implementation of research initiatives conducive to gaining a deep understanding of customers and their needs, developing Amadeus value propositions and uncovering significant opportunities for growth. Additionally, she is responsible for the assessment of opportunities for improvement in the delivery of quality products and services to customers by maintaining and improving the Quality Management System. Maria's previous role in Amadeus was leading the Corporate Marketing Intelligence division worldwide and responsible for the gathering of competitors' information on products and solutions, the implementation of customer satisfaction studies and the assessment of customer needs in various areas. As former manager of the Quality Measurement team, she was directly involved in the implementation of research initiatives with travel agencies and customers, and the development of employee performance measurements. Maria holds a doctoral degree from the University of Miami in the areas of research and measurement. She has been engaged in coordinating and implementing fundraising activities in support of various causes, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and an Amadeus-sponsored orphanage in Haiti.
For almost ten years, Alex Rodriguez-Roig, '99 has been the Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. During that time he has diversified and expanded the organization's $4 million annual funding sources and streamlined its programs allowing the clubs to improve their services to children. Mr. Rodriguez-Roig serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. He has also served on the Southeast Administrative Conference Committee, the Standards of Organizational Effectiveness Movement Taskforce, and The Commitment to Quality Taskforce. Mr. Rodriguez-Roig serves on the National Latino Advisory Council for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and is a Board Member of the South Florida Workforce Youth Council. He was selected as a Top 100 People of Like Minds by Florida International Magazine, awarded awarded the Heart of the Community award by the Florida Marlins for his work in the community and was awarded the New Executive of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Carlos Saladrigas, Jr. is co-founder and President of The Simplex Group, Inc. Founded in 2001, The Simplex Group is a safety and compliance management solutions company focusing on the commercial transportation industry. Today The Simplex Group manages approximately 4000 commercial drivers and about 300 commercial fleets.
The Simplex Group also assists drivers and commercial trucking fleets with state and federal licenses, fuel tax reporting, and many of the permits needed in order to operate. In March 2008, they also began providing commercial insurance for their drivers and client companies through Orbis Insurance, Inc.
Also in 2008, The Simplex Group continued to expand by creating Regis HR Group, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that provides a complete suite of HR services to small and mid-sized businesses. Currently, Regis has nearly 7000 worksite employees and just recently opened its first Latin America office in Bogota, Colombia.
In 2012, Carlos & his partner started Velox Transport Solutions which today is one of the largest independent carriers in Florida. Today Velox has operations in Miami and Jacksonville and currently operated more than 170 trucks.
Previously, Carlos worked for ADP TotalSource formerly known as Vincam Human Resources. Also a PEO, Vincam Human Resources was co-founded by his father and in 1998 was acquired by ADP.
Carlos is currently a board member and Vice-Chair of the South Florida After-School All-Stars, board member for Florida International University, board member of Christopher Columbus High School and past Member of the Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Council, and past Division Chair of the United Way Campaign.