South Florida Board of Advisors

Lois E. Silverman

Founding Chair
The Commonwealth Institute

Mrs. Silverman’s professional career has spanned over 30 years in business where she is most well recognized as one of the first women in Massachusetts to take a company public. In 1988, she founded CRA Managed Care (now Concentra Managed Care), a provider of services to reduce the costs of workers’ compensation, automobile, disability and health insurance claims.

Diane Davis

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Diane Davis is a Vice President with Merrill Lynch and one of an elite group of financial advisors with a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, a Certified Investment Manager Analyst (CIMA) designation, and the additional Merrill Lynch certification of Wealth Management Advisor.

Linda Alexander

Private Supporter

Linda Alexander began and built her twenty-plus year career as a corporate communications and public relations executive at Viacom, one of the world’s largest content creation companies that includes some of the most recognized and valued entertainment brands including MTV, Nickelodeon, Vh1 and Comedy Central.

Amparo Bared

Vice Chair, South Florida Board of Advisors
Ryder System, Inc.

Vice president of Talent Management for Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 transportation and supply chain management solutions company headquartered in Miami. Amparo is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s talent management strategy, which includes talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, leadership development and assessment, and employee learning.

Mary Carroll

Akerman Senterfitt

Mary Carroll is a shareholder in the corporate group and chairs Akerman’s Miami Corporate Practice. She possesses significant experience in a wide variety of complex legal transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, private equity and venture capital investments, complex joint ventures and equity financing partnerships and related general corporate matters.

Antoinette Cave

PNC Bank

Donna Dickey

Miami Herald Media Company

Donna Dickey is Vice President/ Broward Business Manager for the Miami Herald Media Company. She has served in this role since August 2001. Previously she served as Retail Advertising Director and Target Marketing Director for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

Mary Jo Eaton

Executive Managing Director, State of Florida

As Executive Managing Director for the state of Florida, Mary Jo Eaton leads more than 900 professionals in eight (8) offices across the state and oversees all lines of business within the state. She is responsible for developing new agency relationships and tenant representation assignments with the brokerage professionals throughout Florida. She is instrumental in enhancing and supporting client-broker relationships as well as new service offerings to CBRE's clients.

Dorothy S. Eisenberg

Treasurer, South Florida Board of Advisors
Gerson, Preston, Robinson

Dorothy S. Eisenberg, a prominent certified public accountant, brings a wealth of taxation experience to Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company, and is highly regarded by the clients she serves.

Sandra Finn

Cross Country Home Services

Sandra C. Finn is President of Cross Country Home Services (CCHS), the leader in helping consumers simplify home ownership by providing hassle-free, cost effective home services, including home warranty and maintenance programs.

Sara Herald

Barry University

Sara B. Herald, an attorney, as well as a former advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Fortune 500 executive now serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Barry University. Sara is a native Miamian and a third generation Floridian.

Laura Kaplan

Vice Chair, South Florida Board of Advisors
U.S. Trust

Laura Kaplan is a Managing Director/ Private Client Advisor with one of nation’s largest wealth advisory firms. She works closely with her clients to develop an in-depth understanding of their personal, institutional and family’s wealth management needs and preferences. Given the needs of her clients, she builds a customized team of professionals around them to provide advice on investment management, wealth transition, trust, credit and tax issues ultimately providing an integrated recommendation to support their overall wealth management strategy. Laura is passionate about the need to support women.

Lisa Kauffman

Celebrity Cruises

Lisa Kauffman leads Celebrity Cruises' overall marketing program, including global brand strategy, product development, digital marketing, e-commerce, consumer insights, advertising, direct marketing, and guest loyalty programs.

Jennifer Knight

Chair, South Florida Board of Advisors
American Woolen Company

Jennifer Knight is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of C-level operating experience reporting to private equity sponsors. She began her career in her family's textile business where she was a key member of the team who transformed a 30-year-old commodity manufacturer into an award-winning supplier to top U.S. apparel brands, and sold it for 31 times the original investment.

Christine Kotler

Baptist Health South Florida

Assistant vice president of marketing communications at Baptist Health South Florida, the region’s largest, not-for-profit healthcare organization. She leads comprehensive marketing initiatives for the health system’s seven hospitals and more than 30 outpatient centers.

Jan Navatkoski

Feeding South Florida

Jan Navatkoski is a senior finance executive currently serving as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Feeding South Florida, the largest Food Bank in Florida. Her experience also spans across both financial services as a Chief Operating Officer leading several successful bank mergers and as a CFO consultant helping to develop and grow small to mid-size businesses.

Naomi D. Nixon

University of Miami

Naomi Nixon currently serves as Associate Vice President for Central Development at the University of Miami. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategy for the University’s Momemtum2 campaign, with a fundraising goal of $1.6 billion. Throughout her career, Ms. Nixon has held leadership positions in numerous organizations. She is Co-Founder and President of Women in International Trade and is a board member of UM Hillel. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Beacon Council and Save the Children Latin America and Caribbean.

Edith Osman

Carlton Fields, PA

Edith G. Osman is a Shareholder at Carlton Fields and practices in the areas of business litigation, matrimonial law, and mediation. She has significant experience representing clients in dissolution of marriage proceedings, post-divorce modifications and enforcement, child custody, property evaluation, equitable distribution of marital assets, pre & post nuptial agreements, and paternity actions.

Linda Paresky

Founding TCI Board Member

Linda Paresky is an entrepreneur, educator and leader of women’s initiatives. A pioneer in the travel industry, Linda Paresky has profoundly impacted the business of travel. In 1965 she co-founded Crimson Travel in Cambridge, MA and, through internal growth and mergers, became co-chairman and owner of Thomas Cook Travel, USA, the third largest travel agency in the country.

Toni Randolph

Private Supporter

Toni Randolph was founder of RANOR, Inc., a private label manufacturer and brand management company. Her customers included major retailers, Wal-Mart, K-Mart JC Penny and Petrie Stores.

Sue Romanos


With over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources and personnel recruitment field, Sue has built CAREERXCHANGE® into the 28th largest diversity business in Florida.

Phyllis S. Swersky

Phyllis Swersky is President of The MelTech Group, which provides a broad range of business advisory services to the CEOs and executive management teams of growing companies. Phyllis draws on two decades of hands-on executive management and financial experience in computer software and service companies, including a pioneering role in the meteoric growth of Cullinet software.

Liz Alicea-Velez

Newport Board Group

Experienced international general management executive with a record of success in building world-class organizations in the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central Americas. Extensive experience in sales, marketing, operations, P&L management and distribution across these markets. Recognized as an innovator in development and execution of breakthrough revitalization, growth and profitability strategies. Deep expertise in consumer financial services and ethnic marketing. Global management experience includes responsibilities for operations in Europe and Asia. Strong people management skills; excel at driving organizations from strategy to execution.