Virginia M. Akar

Founder, CEO

Virginia M. Akar is the founding CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Miami, formerly known as Strong Girls, Inc. As an advocate for education equity, she works to ensure that girls in underserved communities have access to ...

Laurie Kaye Davis

Chief Operating Officer

Laurie Kaye Davis has over 30 years of business management experience in a broad spectrum of industries, as well as extensive leadership participation in civic and community organizations. 

Laura Ganoza

Board Chair

Laura Ganoza is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner  LLP.


Kalli Akar

Board Member

Kaili Akar is currently a Teach for America Corp member and educator working in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 

Arlene Alvarez

Board Member

For nearly 30 years, Arlene has been working in the financial services industry, acquiring knowledge while dispensing invaluable wisdom along the way.

Jamie Barrar

Board Member

Jamie has spent the last five years at Google leading agencies and brands through digital transformation and business growth.

Linda Barrocas

Board Member

Linda Barrocas is an entrepreneur with expertise in the mortgage and real estate industry.

Dr. Leslie Baumann

Board Member

Dr. Leslie Baumann is a globally respected cosmetic dermatologist, researcher, and author.

Barbara Frankel

Board Member

Barbara Frankel is a therapist, certified in trauma counseling with a focus on behavioral pediatrics and family counseling. 

Tania Kunen

Board Member

Tania Kunen is Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Discovery Latin America, where she advises the company’s production and programming divisions.

Gianni LaCapra

Board Chair

Gianni LaCapra, a Miami native with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida International University is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Decorative Sales Associates.

Suzanne Leeds

Board Member

Suzanne Leeds has a background in education and has developed and taught nutrition and cooking programs to young students.

Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd

Board Member

Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Loren Rosario-Maldonado

Board Member

Loren Rosario-Maldonado is currently the head of Human Resources at Claro Enterprise Solutions, Inc. overseeing all Global Human Resources Operations.