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.


Linda Alexander


We Are the Mighty

Linda Alexander is media entrepreneur and global communications and public relations specialist. Following an accomplished career at Viacom/MTV Networks, Linda co-founded We Are The Mighty, an entertainment and lifestyle brand for and by the military community. Through great storytelling, experiences and authentic content across all genres and platforms, WATM entertains, informs and celebrates military life. Prior to WATM, Linda had a successful career at Viacom/MTV Networks as a global communications strategist with a proven track record for positioning the leading global media company for worldwide success.


Amparo Bared


Vice Chair, South Florida Board of Advisors

Amparo is the former 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.


Antoinette Cave


PNC Bank




Janis K. Cheezem


Akerman LLP.

Janis K. Cheezem specializes in the leasing, acquisition, sale, disposition, and financing of commercial real estate, and in the workouts and restructurings of commercial real estate assets. She has been primarily responsible for the leasing of millions of square feet of office, retail, and industrial properties and relishes solving deal issues in innovative and practical ways. As Chair of Lex Mundi's Global Real Estate Practice Group, Janis benefits from hands-on relationships with seasoned and diverse real estate and finance counsel in many of Lex Mundi's 160 worldwide member firms in developing best practices and joint client services. Janis is a frequent speaker before numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, CoreNet Global, the International Council of


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.


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.


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.


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.


Jan Navatkoski


Food Bank for New York City

Jan Navatkoski is a senior finance leader currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Food Bank For New York City. She previously worked at Feeding South Florida, the largest Food Bank in Florida, as the Vice President of Finance and Administration where she turnaround the company's financial operations. Her experience also spans across 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. Jan is a high energy team builder who thrives on leveraging resources, improving operations, and maximizing profits.


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.


Kendra Phillips


Ryder System Inc.

Kendra Phillips is Group Director of Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS) for Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500 commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company. She is responsible for three key areas within DTS’s growth: (1) successful value creation from and implementation of a new operating system, (2) significant operating change through the centralization of activities from four hundred locations throughout the U.S. to three locations and (3) strategic sales approach to new business. Kendra’s passion is around strategic development and execution for growth. She began her 9 year career with Ryder in the Corporate Strategy group and worked her way up to lead strategic development for the Supply Chain Solutions division of Ryder. After her time in Strategy, Kendra took over running the Sales Solutions team and during this period Supply Chain Solutions Sales had their two most successful years on record.


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 Rosenthal


Barry University

Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, named Sue Rosenthal, former vice president of finance for the Miami Herald Media Co., as the university’s vice president for business and finance. Rosenthal began her new role on March 10, 2014. In her new role, Rosenthal will provide strategic financial leadership and direct all aspects of the university’s finance, accounting, and facilities departments. She will be a part of the university’s executive team tasked with setting institutional goals and formulating institutional policy. Rosenthal is no stranger to Barry University, having served as a member of the board of trustees from 2006 to 2010, including chairing the Finance and Facilities Committee from 2009 to 2010. “We are pleased and fortunate to have Sue join our University community” President Bevilacqua said. “In addition to her familiarity with Barry, respect for our values, and personal integrity, Sue will serve the University’s strategic goals effectively by sharing her extensive financial expertise and financial planning skills that were honed and successfully executed in her tenure at the Miami Herald.” A native of Solon, Ohio, Rosenthal has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial planning and accounting sector. With the Herald Media Co. since 2002, Rosenthal managed all financial aspects including forecasting, credit and collections, billing and rating for advertising and circulation, payroll, accounts payable, general ledger accounting, and month-end reporting. Her cost-saving techniques resulted in more than $125 million in expense savings since 2009. Most recently, Rosenthal managed all financial planning for the Miami Herald’s $50 million move to Doral. Prior to her experience with the Miami Herald Media Co., Rosenthal served as senior director of business development with Commerce One, director of financial planning with Viacom, and senior financial analyst of business development and capital planning with the General Motors Treasures Office. “I'm thrilled and honored to be joining the Barry community,” Rosenthal said. “I've always been impressed by the work Barry has done and couldn't be happier to be contributing to its future success.” Rosenthal has been involved in volunteer work for more than a decade. She is the current president of the board for Miami Herald Charities and a member of the Miami Children’s Museum board of directors. In recent years, she has served on the North Beach Elementary Educational Excellence School Advisory Council and the Temple Beth Shalom School Committee. Rosenthal received her B.S. in business from Miami University (Ohio) in 1991 and her MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 1996. A mother of two, Rosenthal and her husband, Steve, have been married for 12 years.


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.