The Leadership Broward Board of Directors and alumni recently welcomed Leadership Broward Class XXXVII for the 2018-2019 year at Pier 66 Hotel & Marina.

The new class kicked off the program with a two-day opening retreat where class members participated in team-building exercises and personal leadership development. LB class members then participate in eight monthly program days from October through May consisting of topics including Government & Education, Urban Development and Environment, Media, Culture, Arts and History, Criminal Justice, Business, Transportation & Tourism and Health and Human Services.

At the end of the program, the LB class members will graduate with a thorough breadth of knowledge about the community they live and work in. Graduation is the culmination and completion of community service projects where participants work over the nine month period on special projects with local non-profits.
Leadership Broward Class XXXVII includes the following members:
  • Michael Adams,  tronc / Sun-Sentinel – VP Finance – SE Region
  • Deberenia Allen-McKinzie, Community Care Plan – Medical Director of Population Health
  • Diana Arteaga, North Broward Hospital District – VP of Government Relations & Community Affairs
  • Kathryn Bongarzone, The Chappell Group – Senior Project Biologist
  • Deborah Brown, Optimal Leap, Inc. – President & CEO
  • Jeri Brown, Baptist Health of South Florida – Director
  • Marilyn Camerota, Memorial Healthcare System – Dir., Comm Youth Svc and Comm Svcs
  • Adam Cohen, Becker & Poliakoff – Attorney
  • Luciaisha (Kesha) Davis, Broward County Board of County Commissioners – Asst. to Department Director
  • Nicholas DiPierro, Wells Fargo Bank NA – Relationship Manager
  • Michele DiSorbo, Camelot Community Care – Executive Director
  • Stephen Emery, Keefe McCullough – Manager
  • Alexander Ernest-Jones, The Ernest-Jones Group – VP/President
  • Christine Frederick, FLITE Center – Executive Director
  • Stephen Fuller, Invest in People – Founder and President
  • Lilly Gallardo, The Salvation Army – Director of Program Services
  • Jamie Gelfman, Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel – Associate
  • Lori Halpern, UnitedHealthcare of Florida – Executive Director
  • Jim Hammond, Puppet Network – Executive Producer
  • DeAnn Hazey, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Southern Florida Chapter – Executive Director
  • Corey Hinds, Center for Independent Living of Broward – Executive/CEO
  • Nicole Hoekstra, Marine Industries Association of South Florida – Administrative/Event Coordinator
  • Jarred John, 3J Hospitality, LLC DBA Revolution Live, America’s Backyard & Stache – COO Owner
  • Aricka Johnson, City of Fort Lauderdale – Assistant Structural Innovation Manager
  • Patricia Jones, Covenant House Florida, Inc. – Grants and Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Jenna Merlucci, Memorial Regional Hospital – Director – Business Operations, Cardiac and Vascular Institute
  • James Knapp, Florida International University – Director of Community Relations
  • Jill Kratish, Broward Center – Director of Programming
  • Michael Lambrechts, KLW Wealth – Partner
  • Thao Le, Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc – Programs Coordinator
  • Kandace Lesher, Morgan Stanley – Business Development Manager / Financial Advisor
  • Josh Levenson, Holland & Knight – Partner
  • Alex Llerena, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University – Assistant Director of Admissions, Executive MBA – Miami Campus
  • Stephanie Marcoux, University of Florida (MBA) – Admissions Officer
  • Natasha Markman, Broward Regional Health Planning Council – Program Manager
  • Henry Martin, Daszkal Bolton – Director, Audit & Assurance
  • Noel Mauro, Center State Bank – Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager
  • Bonnie May, Academica – Educational Management & Support Services Consultant
  • Gregory McGowan, Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina – Executive Chef
  • Laurie Anne Minoff, Keller Williams Realty Professionals – Realtor
  • John Moreno-Escobar, YouVisit Foundation – Director of YouVisit Foundation
  • Chevara Orrin, Collective Concept – Chief Creative Catalyst
  • Diane Peart, Broward College – District Director – Workforce, Cont. Education
  • Justin Pecaut, JM Family Enterprises – Director, Compensation and Workforce Analytics
  • Glynda Pineres, Memorial Healthcare System – Business Development
  • Carolyn Rose, City of Hallandale Beach Police Dept – Police Officer
  • Barbara Sageman, Nova Southeastern University – Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund
  • Socra Saintiche, City of Hallandale Beach – Senior Accountant
  • Jenna Scolaro, Brunt, Sweeney, Matz, P.A., CPAs – Senior Associate CPA
  • Brian Seidenberg, Gray Robinson, P.A. – Attorney
  • Henny Shomar. Tripp Scott P.A. – Director
  • Jennifer Smith, Chen Moore and Associates – Project Manager
  • Angela Stone, Citrix Systems, Inc. – IT Business Relationship Manager
  • Jaclyn Szerdi Morrison, Jewel Toned Interiors – Managing Design Director
  • Matthew Thompson, Stiles – Scheduling Specialist
  • Chad Van Horn, Van Horn Law Group – Managing Partner
  • Julie Van Pelt – Century 21 Hansen Realty/Julie Van Pelt PA – Realtor/Broker-Associate
  • Kristen Vargas, Walgreens – Regional Vice President
  • Robyn Vegas, BBX Capital / Business for the Arts of Broward – Director
  • Travis Walker, Greenberg Traurig – Attorney
  • Jon Waller, Destination Hope – Associate Director of Clinical Programing
  • Karen Warfel, City of Fort Lauderdale – Transportation Planning Program Manager
  • Jamie Wasserman, Shutts & Bowen LLP – Partner


About the Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc.
The Leadership Broward Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is Broward County’s premier leadership development training organization with a 37-year history of helping emerging and established leaders to expand their leadership skills, enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, and leverage their individual passions to initiate positive change in the Broward County community.
Its mission, “to develop and inspire individuals to serve our community,” is accomplished through a range of programs starting with its signature Leadership Broward program, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at issues affecting Broward County in the areas of government, education, business, media, transportation, criminal justice, history, environment, culture, arts, recreation, and health and community services. Youth Leadership Broward and Women Leading Broward round out the organization’s program offerings. For more information, visit or call 954-767-8866.