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Leandro Beer and his family have been clients of CARD since 2011, when his son was diagnosed with ASD. Leandro has been very active in CARD and the autism community, and has served on the Tropical Nights' planning committee since 2015. He also serves on the School Board at his son's school, The Tikvah Center at The Gordon School. Mr. Beer is an entrepreneur in the area of Online Education for Hospitality and Tourism and has extensive experience in the Digital Economy. He graduated with a BA in International Business, earned an MBA from Erasmus University and received a second Master's degree from ESIC in Madrid. 

Mercy Cañas, the mother of a child with autism, has long been active in the Miami-Dade autism community. As a parent volunteer, she was actively involved as Blue Lakes Elementary from 2007 to 2015. Mercy was instrumental in building a playground with partial cover for special needs students and she’s been a regular organizer of class events and field trips. Each year, she is part of the Autism Speaks Walk Committee, for which she handles organizational and financial duties. Mercy is employed as a Logistics and Customer Service Coordinator of Exports for a South Miami company.

Connor Cunningham, is a junior at Miami Palmetto Senior High School and a founder and speaker for Stand in My Shoes, an educational movement that provides a platform for children and adolescents to explore the wide-ranging experiences and science of autism and neurodiversity. As a high school freshman, he began speaking to groups of children and teachers about his own experience as a person with autism. In addition to his primary focus – schoolwork, being a teenager and preparation for college – Connor is working on an animated television series, Apartment 204.

Edylene Dorsainvil, and her son Widmarck, who is 15, are long time clients of CARD. They both have been featured in previous Tropical Nights' videos, and Edylene has been active in translating CARD materials into Creole. Edylene, who has a Master's degree in Education, currently serves as a Waiver Support Coordinator. She resides in Broward County.

Kitty Dumas, is a writer and communications consultant, specializing in content strategy, marketing and public relations. She has developed, managed and implemented campaigns for corporations, government entities and not-for-profits including Baptist Health South Florida, FIU's Frost Art Museum and Ryder. Kitty also writes about public and social policy, the American South and autism for The Miami Herald, The New York Times and other print media. She lives in Miami and is Connor Cunningham's mother. 

Pablo Garfunkel is a resident of Miami-Dade County, married to Sharon, and father to Ethan and Yonathan, twin boys diagnosed at 2.5 years of age with PDD-NOS. The boys have been progressing through different special education placements, all within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Pablo grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to Israel at the age of 14. In 2007, he relocated with his wife and children to Aventura where he has since resided. Pablo works as Manager of Sales Operations at Kaseya, a software company based in Brickell, where he governs the commercial and technical compliance of the company's sales and manages its sales compensation planning. He has extensive background in sales operations, planning, and project management and over 15 years' experience in the telecom industry during which he has worked extensively with customers throughout most of the Americas and Europe. Pablo is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and English.

Lorraine Grobarek is a full-time mom of a flourishing 12 year-old on the autism spectrum. Lorraine is active in CARD’s local parent support group and co-administrator of the Key West ASD Facebook page.  She currently serves as president of the PTO at The Basilica School of Key West and previously was president of the School Advisory Council at Gerald Adams Elementary. Lorraine has spent countless hours as a classroom volunteer helping ESE students. Her previous work experience includes National Sales Manager with a Fortune 500 company. Currently, Lorraine is dedicated to seeing her son and others on the autism spectrum achieve their maximum potential in life. 

Rhonda Labbie, resident of Miami-Dade County, has been a CARD Board Member since 2011. Rhonda is an active member of her community and the alumni representative for the University of Miami radio station, WVUM.

Patrick J. Lannon, Esq., is a partner with the law firm of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP. Patrick is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts and Estates, is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is a past adjunct professor in the University of Miami's LLM program in Estate Planning. Patrick's son, Patrick Jr., was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Patrick lives with his family in Hollywood, Florida.

Craig Leen, resident of Miami-Dade County, has been a CARD Board Member since 2015. Craig has been a local government attorney for over a decade, currently serving as the City Attorney of Coral Gables and on the adjunct faculty of the University of Miami and FIU law schools. 

Hilda Mitrani, is a marketing communications consultant specializing in healthcare, advocacy, and community engagement. Her son, David, is a student in culinary arts. David was diagnosed with autism at age two. Her daughter, Andrea, is a doctoral student in occupational therapy. They reside in Hollywood, Florida.

Melinda Mizrachi, resident of Miami-Dade County, has been a CARD member since 2005 and a Board Member since 2015. She currently serves as the Constituency Board Secretary. Previously, she served as a treasurer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. After having her son and finding out about his autism diagnosis, she became his full time teacher, mentor, caregiver, supporter, motivator and most importantly his ambassador of making those aware and accepting of him. 

Susan Morantes, resident of Miami-Dade County, has been a CARD Board Member since 2012. Susan is the Director of Admissions and External Liaison for Marino Campus at the Dan Marino Foundation. 

Mathew Ryan Morin, resident of Broward County, has been a CARD member since 2001. Growing up with PDD-NOS, Chronic Motor Tic Disorder and ADD, Mathew has overcome various obstacles in his life. Mathew has been hard at work building an online network of valuable resources for parents, caregivers, educators, and individuals like myself on the autism spectrum.

Dianne Orr, resident of Broward County, has been a CARD Board Member since 2012 and serves as the Fundraising Committee Co-Chair. Dianne has worked for Office Depot corporate headquarters for over 15 years.

Blake Sando is a partner in the Miami office of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., where he focuses his practice primarily on attorney, insurance agent, title agent, closing agent, appraiser, accountant and realtor malpractice defense, and he represents a host of others professionals in both litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Sando is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Florida, and served as President of the Coral Gables Bar Association in 2014-2015 and as a member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Dade County Board Associations. Mr. Sando co-chaired Tropical Nights 2016 with his wife and serves on the Parish Council for Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables. 

Hermine Wilson, resident of Miami-Dade County, has received services from CARD since 2008. Previously, she served two terms as Chair of the Children's Medical Service's Family Advisory Board and as a March of Dimes Ambassador. She is a zealous advocate for her nine year-old son, who is on the autism spectrum. Hermine successfully collaborates with community partners to ensure her son's inclusion, and that he accesses the highest quality education.

Laura Weinkle, a resident of Broward County, is an educational consultant, global field supervisor, and director of global recruitment for School Choice International, which provides school placement for worldwide relocating families. Her family has participated and appreciated UM CARD since its earliest days (1997) to source best options and therapies for their son, Max. Laura attended Tulane University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She has been active in her community by helping other special needs families with their personal challenges and educational options.

Nancy Zaretsky, resident of Miami-Dade County, has been a CARD Board Member since 2012 and currently serves the Constituency Board Chairperson. Nancy is a very active member of her community specifically with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and affiliated organizations.


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