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Board Members

Darius G. Nevin
Co-Founder, G3 Capital Partners, G3 Capital Partners

Darius G. Nevin is co-founder of G3 Capital Partners, LLC, an early-stage investment company and expert advisor to private equity firms regarding the security industry.  In July 2013, Mr. Nevin joined the Board of WCI Communities, Inc. (NYSE: WCIC), a leading luxury home builder. He serves as Chairman of WCI's Audit Committee and as its audit committee financial expert.  He is also the former CFO of two publicly-listed security monitoring companies: Protection One, the third-largest in the U.S. during his tenure; and Guardian International, which he helped grow into one of the larger companies in the industry.  He has served as an Educate Tomorrow mentor since 2012 and as a board member since 2013.  Mr. Nevin is the current chairman of Educate Tomorrow’s board of directors.   

Chris Damian
Executive Vice President, City National Bank, City National Bank

Chris Damian is the Executive Vice President of Private Client and Wealth Management at City National bank in Miami.  Prior to City National Chris joined Gibraltar Bank in 1999 after a fast-rising career at Citibank Private Bank where he served as Vice President for five years and NationsBank where he served as Assistant Vice President for the previous six years. At both institutions, he oversaw portfolios in excess of $100 million consisting of law firms and middle market companies.  Mr. Damian has served on the board of Educate Tomorrow since it’s inception and has dedicated much time and financial support to the organization.   

Antje Gibson
Vice President and Treasurer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.,

Antje Gibson is the Vice President and Treasurer of Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD.  Antje has been with Royal Caribbean since 1991.  Royal Caribbean is the world's second largest cruise company with over $8 billion in annual revenue.  Antje is responsible for setting the strategic direction and managing the capital structure and financial resources of Royal Caribbean including global cash management, liquidity, financial risk management, rating agency and capital market activities.  Antje currently serves as a board member for the Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited and for the UK P&I Club.  Antje served as a board member of the YMCA of Greater Miami from 2008 to 2014.  During that time she chaired both the finance and audit committees.  Antje earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida International University and a master's degree in accounting from University of Miami.  Antje is a CPA (inactive) and CCM.

Dr. Donnie Hale
Facaulty Director of The Education Effect, Florida International University

Dr. Donnie Hale, Ed. D, is the Florida International University Faculty Director of the Education Effect at Booker T. Washington Senior High School, a university community school partnership with Miami Dade County Public Schools and the Lennar Foundation. His research agenda is focused on race, equity, educational opportunity, college access, and human development. He teaches Sociocultural foundations of Education, History of Public Schools, Sociology of Education, African American History, Democracy in Schools, and Cultural Diversity for Preservice Teachers.  

Melanie Emmons Damian
Partner, Damian & Valori, LLP, Damian & Valori, LLP

Melanie Emmons Damian is co-founder and partner at Damian & Valori, a miami based law firm where she represents public and private companies and individuals in a variety of complex business and securities litigation.  She is a founder of Educate Tomorrow and is dedicated to child advocacy and education. She has received numerous awards for her service and leadership including the 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Miracle Maker Award.  She was the chairwoman of the Educate Tomorrow board of directors from 2004 to 2014.      

Garth Headley
Director of Research Advocacy, FIU, FIU

Garth D. Headley is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and the Director of Research Advocacy at Florida International University. Prior to his current role Garth was instrumental in the development and growth of The Center for Leadership at FIU and the design of its leadership development offerings, resulting in The Center’s leadership programs being ranked #1 among educational institutions in the USA by and Leadership Excellence. Garth is also an Adjunct Instructor of Organizational Behavior for the FIU Department of Psychology and College of Business.  

Kerry Rapport
Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, Bessemer Trust, Bessemer Trust

Kerry Rapport has been the Managing Director and Senior Client Adviser at the Bessemer Trust since 2002.  She received a B.A. in Economics and a J.D. from Wayne State University.  From 1992 to 2002 she served as the Vice President of Northern Trust.  Rapport is a member of the Florida Bar in the trusts, estates and real property section and of the Estate Planning Council.  Kerry has served on the board of the United Way of Miami-Dade County and Education Fund and is a reader for the blind at the Miami Lighthouse. Kerry joined the Educate Tomorrow board of directors and became a mentor for an Educate Tomorrow college student in 2015.  She is co-chair of the Educate Tomorrow 2016 Gala on January 30th.  

Melissa Visconti
Of Counsel, Damian & Valori LLP, Damian & Valori

Melissa D. Visconti is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who has appeared in state and federal courts across Florida and around the country.  Ms. Visconti is Of Counsel to the Firm and focuses her practice in the areas of state and federal court appeals, complex litigation, and receiverships.  Ms. Visconti has extensive experience in state and federal appeals courts, as well as in the areas of products liability, whistleblower and False Claims Act cases, securities, multidistrict litigation, and class action litigation. 

Sarah Clasby Engel
Partner, Karke Clasby & Bushman LLP, Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP

Sarah Clasby Engel is a partner with Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP whose practice includes insurance litigation, employment matters, professional malpractice, products liability, consumer class action litigation, and general commercial litigation. She has been named one of the State's Legal Leaders by South Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2004 through 2007 and was named one of Florida's Super Lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine in 2008. 

Melissa Emmons McCarthy
Medical Student, American University of the Caribbean

Melissa Emmons McCarthy is a former US Army Captain and Defense Sector Executive, having served as the General Manager/CEO of OCAS Inc. and the VP of Business Development for Innovative Concepts both based in Washington DC area. Melissa is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management. Since her visit to Niger in 2001, Ms. McCarthy has become especially involved with the Educate Tomorrow International Outreach Program. Melissa is currently attending medical school and hopes to return to Miami soon to continue to support the Miami community.

Erika Leigh Lucas
General Counsel, Imagina US, Imagina US

Erika Lucas is the General Counsel for Imagina US.  Prior to her work at Imagina US Erika L. Lucas practiced in the area of corporate law for Baker & McKenzie and has experience representing public and private companies in various business and financial transactions. She is recognized as a “Rising Star” in Florida Super Lawyers.  Ms. Lucas counsels companies on general corporate matters and routinely prepares agreements and organizational documents. She represents clients in cross-border and domestic merger and acquisition transactions. Ms. Lucas also represents investment and private fund advisors. 

Jennifer Pakradooni
Director of Corporate Communications, DHL Global Forwarding, Americas, DHL, Global Forwarding, Americas

Jennifer graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Mass Communications & Journalism with a minor in Spanish.  Following her long-time interest in studying and working abroad, Jennifer moved to Miami and began her career with a leading global Public Relations firm, Burson-Marsteller.  Jennifer's career in Corporate and Marketing Communications has had her working across Latin America Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific with both agencies as well as large multi-national companies.  In 2001-2002, Jennifer's love of travel encouraged her to take some time off and backpack around Asia and Africa. She speaks Spanish and has basic knowledge of German and French after living in Germany and Belgium. Jennifer currently works as the Director of Corporate Communications for DHL Global Forwarding, Americas in Miami, FL and is involved with several local South Florida organizations which work in the area of Foster Care to independence. In addition to serving on the Board for Educate Tomorrow, since the fall of 2007, she has been a Board Member for the Andrus Family Fund in New York City.

Erica French Rubin
Director, International Society for Autism, International Society for Autism

Erica French Rubin is a graduate of Michigan State University where she obtained a degree in Education. She is currently working on a masters in Community Psychology at the University of Miami. After a year of teaching, she decided to join the United States Peace Corps. A fellow Peace Corps volunteer inspired Ms. French to move to Miami after her service in Niger. Together they expanded and invigorated Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit that provides support and mentoring for youth aging out of the foster care system.  Ms. French currently serves as the Director for the New Directions’ non-profit, The International Society for Autism, and works with clients to obtain volunteer and employment opportunities.  

Tony Jones
Executive Director, Tenant Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield, Cushman & Wakefield

Tony Jones is the Executive Director of the Tenant Advisory Group for Cushman & Wakefield.  Prior to that role he was Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield's Miami office.  Tony is a commercial real estate veteran with more than a decade of experience.  Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Jones was Managing Director with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank where he became the top producing broker in 2012.  Tony is married with a son and two daughters.   

Jason Mazer
Shareholder, Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, PA, Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, PA

Jason S. Mazer concentrates his trial and appellate practice in the areas of Insurance Coverage Litigation, Insurer Bad-Faith, Unfair Insurance Practices, and Employment Law.   He represents individual, corporate, and municipal policyholders and claimants in all types of first and third-party insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, and has tried insurance coverage and bad faith cases to policyholder verdicts.  Mr. Mazer has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America for the past three years for his work in the practice area of Insurance and was also selected for Commercial Litigation in 2015.   He is annually recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer, Florida Top Lawyer, andBest of the Bar.