Leadership

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 the resources they need to succeed.
Laura Ganoza

Laura Ganoza

Board Chair
Laura Ganoza is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner  LLP.
Arlene Alvarez

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

Jamie Barrar

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

Caron Cole

Board Member
For over three decades Caron Cole has provided innovative and creative event services to her corporate, social and non-profit clients.

Rebecca Dorfman

Board Member
Rebecca Dorfman is the Director of Public Relations and Branded Content for Zumba Fitness
Barbara Frankel

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

Gianni LaCapra

Board Member
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

Suzanne Leeds

Board Member
Suzanne Leeds has a background in education and has developed and taught nutrition and cooking programs to young students.
Loren Rosario-Maldonado

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.
Senia Severino

Senia Severino

Board Member
Senia Severino is Vice President of Finance for Latin America for Live Nation Entertainment.
Christina Beltran-Miller

Christina Beltran-Miller

Board Member
Christina Beltran-Miller
Lindsey Smiley

Lindy Smiley

Board Member
Lindy Smiley is a Human Resources Executive with over twenty five years of experience in the field.
Kenia

Kenia Rincon

Board Member
Kenia Rincon is the Vice President of Cybersecurity, Compliance & Risk and CISO at CSL Behring

Nithasha Yakoob

Board Member
Nithasha is Vice President Carbon Markets and manages the carbon trading book at StoneX, Inc.

Kristin Roberts

Board Member
Kristin Roberts is McClatchy’s Chief Content Officer and the first woman to run the News Division in the company’s 160+ year history.




Advisory Board

Kalli Akar

Kali Akar

Advisory Board Member
Kaili Akar is a Teach for America Corp alum who worked in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She is now pursuing a career in law and education policy
Linda Barrocas

Linda Barrocas

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

Leslie Baumann

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Leslie Baumann is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist, bestselling writer, media personality, and the CEO of Baumann Dermatology
Dr Heather Woolery-Lloyd

Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd

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

Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott is a board-certified pediatrician in practice for the last twenty-three years

Staff

Marlena Candelario Romero
Facilitator
Santa Clara Elementary
Nelhil
Del Valle
Facilitator Santa Clara Elementary
Olivia
Fernandez
Facilitator
Pine Lake Elementary
Krizia
Sherwood
Facilitator
Beacon College Prep
Gabriella
Chretien
Program Coordinator