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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, Darius 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.  Darius 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. 

Chris 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
Asst Director, Center for Community Schools, University of Central Florida

Dr. Donnie Hale, Ed. D, is the Assistant Director for the Center for Community Schools at the University of Central Florida.

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 and regularly serves as a Court-Appointed Receiver.  She is a founder of Educate Tomorrow and is dedicated to child advocacy and education.  She is also the current Chair of the SEED School of Miami a growth project of Educate Tomorrow that is now in its 6th year as Florida’s only public boarding school serving at-risk junior high and high school students.   



Garth Headley
Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations for FIU Online, Florida International University

Garth D. Headley is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and the Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations for Florida International University Online .

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 HR.com and Leadership Excellence.

Garth is also an Adjunct Instructor of Organizational Behavior for the FIU Department of Psychology and College of Business.  



Dr. Melissa Emmons McCarthy
Medical Doctor,

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.  

 



Erika Leigh Lucas
General Counsel, Mediapro, Mediapro

Erika Lucas is the General Counsel for Mediapro.  Prior to her work at Mediapro 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.  

Erika 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. Erika also represents investment and private fund advisors. 



Jennifer Pakradooni
Head of Corporate Communications - CoorsTel, Inc, CoorsTel, Inc

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.  In addition to serving on the Board for Educate Tomorrow, since the fall of 2007, she served as a Board Member for the Andrus Family Fund in New York City.



Erica French Rubin
Executive 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.

Erica currently serves as the Executive Director for The International Society for Autism, and works with clients to obtain volunteer and employment opportunities.