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BreAnne Butterworth, Media Director, Girl Rising
BreAnne Butterworth, 24, was born to Robert Butterworth and Marta Prado on December 20, 1990. She has an older brother, Brandon, who was born two years older. BreAnne has lived in Hollywood the majority of her life. BreAnne attended Nativity Catholic School in Hollywood for elementary and middle school, and then continued her high school at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. BreAnne devoted the majority of her free time between sports and volunteering. By the time she was 4 years old, BreAnne was involved in dance, gymnastics, soccer and t-ball. And when she turned 8, BreAnne became very involved with the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood. When she was 14, BreAnne and her brother Brandon started a service project called "Sundaes on Sunday" at the shelter. They would go in one Sunday and month and make ice cream sundaes with the children in the center.
When BreAnne graudated from St. Thomas in 2009, she decided to leave her comfort of Broward County and move 326 miles north to attended the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) and study public relations and education. During her years at UF, BreAnne was a member of the Florida Cicerones, the official ambassadors to the university. She gave campus tours, assisted in football recruiting, worked events for the president of the university and was in charge of community service for the organization. Along with being a Cicerone, BreAnne volunteered every Wednesday at Sidney Lanier School, a school dedicated to serving students with mental and physical disabilities, as an assistant basketball coach. In 2013 BreAnne graduated from UF with a degree in public relations and set off to San Antonio ,TX to work for City Year, an education based nonprofit organization to combat the dropout rate in at risk schools. She served a year as a algebra 1 tutor at a high school in the east side of San Antonio. After her year, she decided it was time to come home to Broward County and she worked on the Charlie Crist campaign as a field organizer in Hollywood and Dania Beach as well as an assistant to the political director for the campaign. Along with the campaign, BreAnne began working as the media director for an organization called Girl Rising, an organization committed to breaking the cycles of poverty and human trafficking by education. BreAnne is currently still with Girl Rising and plan on continuing a career in either education or public relations.
Debon Campbell, Legislative Assistant, Florida House of Representatives
Debon Leeroy Campbell II is a south Florida native and a proud alumnus of Morehouse College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He is currently furthering his education at Nova Southeastern University, studying Public Administration with a specialization in state and local administration.
Debon comes from a very diverse cultural background, which allows him to empathize with all walks of life. Debon is the youngest of seven children and he jumps at any opportunity to be a part of a team, with this drive and dedication to seeing a particular task to its completion. Debon currently serves as the legislative assistant for the Florida House of Representatives District 101. He enjoys being a liaison for the community and the constituents; he tracks advancement of bills through the legislative process during his travels to the state capital. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and he is actively involved in the local alumni chapter of his fraternity, playing a key role in all aspects of operations. Debon's life is dedicated to being a light in his community, and his faith is a guiding compass in his daily routine.
Sean Ford, Attorney At Law, Broward County Public Defender's Office
Sean Ford is currently an assistant public defender in Broward County. The offspring of a music teacher and sports columnist, Sean was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He graduated from Jesuit High School and then attended the University of South Florida (USF). Sean majored in history and criminology at USF graduating in 2008.
In 2009 Sean moved down to South Florida to attend St. Thomas University School of Law. While enrolled he served on the Honor Boards of both the International Moot Court and Trial Team and competed in numerous competitions winning multiple awards. After graduating law school in 2012 Sean moved to Texas and co-founded the North American Growers Association to help find immigrant laborers for farmers and industrialists. In 2013, missing his native Florida, Sean returned to begin a career as a defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale.
Peter Gies, Transportation Planner, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Born in Munich, Germany to European parents, I moved the United States in 1999 and attended Middle and High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. My interest in public/grassroots involvement began in a Public Affairs class I took at Fort Lauderdale High School, where I participated in a handful of political campaign and led an efforts to rename the street outside of my high school in honor of our mascot. I possess a double degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Arts in Urban Planning from Florida Atlantic University.
I currently am employed at the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, focusing my efforts as a Transportation Planner in Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning. My interests predominantly lie in the realm of technology and public involvement, while also focusing on promoting multimodal mobility throughout the Broward region. Additionally, I enjoy involving myself in the community through local volunteer work and community outreach.
Khamisi Grace, Director of Health and Education Programs, Urban League of Broward County
Khamisi Grace, Esq. is the Director of Health and Education Programs for the Urban League of Broward County, an affiliate of the National Urban League, with a mission to assist African-Americans and other disenfranchised groups with the achievement of social and economic equality. In her current position she is responsible for a large portfolio of programs including college access, health education, substance abuse prevention, summer enrichment and middle school programming. Prior to joining the Urban League of Broward County, Khamisi worked in Miami, Florida for four years as a Senior Attorney for the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program in the 11th Circuit. In that position she represented the best interests of hundreds of abused, abandoned, and neglected children during all stages of the dependency process up to and including termination of parental rights trials. She ultimately served as the Supervising Attorney in Miami where she managed the largest legal team in the state for that program while also litigating high profile and Unified Family Court cases.
Khamisi is a graduate of Florida State University where she completed the Honors Program and received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. While at Georgetown she participated in the Institute for Public Representation, a public interest law firm and clinical program that acts as counsel for those unable to obtain effective representation on issues of broad public importance. She was also selected for Street Law, a program that places law students in public high schools to teach a practical law course for a year. Her leadership and commitment to community was recognized by her selection for Class V of the Miami Fellows Program sponsored by the Miami Foundation. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including Casa Valentina, a non-profit agency providing housing and support services to youth transition from foster care, the YWCA of Greater Miami and she is currently a member of the inaugural advisory board for Nova Southeastern University College of Health Care Sciences.
Evan Kiggen, Territory Sales Manager, Citrix Systems
Evan Kiggen was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Florida with his family when he was 8 years old. He attended the University of Florida where and graduated with a Master's of Science in Management in 2011. During his time at UF, Evan was an active leader on campus, participating in Student Government Productions to bring musical concerts to campus as well as in the community where he was a Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentor.
After graduation, Evan moved to South Florida and worked for a small start-up in the sustainable food industry before joining Citrix Systems where he currently works as a Territory Sales Manager. In his free time, Evan enjoys playing sports and music with his friends, taking part in community events, and is always looking to learn about and discover new projects to take part in.
Joseph Kimok, Assistant Regional Counsel, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel
Joseph is a successful trial attorney with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel. He fights the injustices of mass incarceration and racial and economic discrimination by representing Broward County citizens accused of felony crimes. Joseph represents those charged with all manner of felony criminal offenses, seeking to provide a superior, high quality defense regardless of financial ability. He began his legal career in 2010 as a prosecutor in Broward County where he conducted over 45 jury trials and rose to the level of Lead Felony Attorney.
Joseph grew up the proud product of a single parent in Western Massachusetts. He credits his mother with instilling in him a profound love of education. In 2004, Joseph joined Teach For America and taught ninth and tenth grade English at Stephen F. Austin High School, a low-income, inner-city school in Houston, Texas. He was also the Head Coach of the Men's Varsity Soccer Team. As a Teach for America corps member for three years, Joseph was profoundly inspired by the dedicated teachers, parents, and students working selflessly to provide an excellent education for all children. Joseph is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Florida State University where he served as a Student Senator. He is also a 2010 order of the coif graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was an editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of Vanderbilt's Moot Court Board.
Lyle Long , Assistant Public Defender , Broward Public Defender's Office
Lyle attended the University of Florida from 2005-2009. While in college, he was elected President of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. He was later inducted into Florida Blue Key, which is the University of FloridaÕs oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary. Lyle then attended law school at Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated cum laude.
He is currently a Public Defender in Broward County and represents clients charged with various felony offenses.
Katrina Louis, Multimedia Specialist, Children's Services Council of Broward County
Early on, Katrina Louis realized that she was drawn to helping youth succeed in and out of the classroom. A skilled communicator with a people-person personality and passion for her community, Katrina finds ways to impact youth through her career and volunteer opportunities. She currently works as a multimedia specialist for the Children's Services Council of Broward County, an independent taxing authority that funds nearly 100 programs that serve more than 150,000 of Broward's children, advocates for policies that protect the interests of future generations and provides leadership that brings the child-serving community together.
Katrina bleeds orange and blue in honor of her alma mater, the University of Florida, where she graduated with a B.S. in public relations and minor in communication studies in 2008. She served two terms as the inaugural South Florida president of UF's Association of Black Alumni where she helped begin a scholarship for graduating high school students attending UF. Additionally, she is an advisory council member of the Fort Lauderdale branch of Professional Opportunity Programs for Students; executive board member of the South Florida chapter of National Black Public Relations Society; and Professional Development chair of YMCA of Broward County's young professional group, Y Society. In her free time, Katrina is a lover of live music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Lily Medina, Education Project Director, Anti-Defamation League
Lily Medina is the Education Project Director for the Anti-Defamation League in the Florida Region. She is responsible for all the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Instituteª programs for PK-12 schools in Florida. Her main focus is to encourage schools to participate in the No Place for Hateª Initiative and Understanding and Addressing Cyberbullying trainings. She also meets with members from local communities and businesses to encourage them to support school programming.
Prior to working to ADL, Lily was a School Counselor in K-12 schools in Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Amsterdam, Netherlands. She was also a faculty sponsor for Operation Smile Student Programs and was selected to go as a Youth Sponsor on a ten day medical mission to Nairobi, Kenya. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology and Secondary Education (Social Studies) from Loyola University of Chicago, and lastly earned her Specialist in Education degree in Educational Leadership from the Florida International University. She also attended and presented at teacher conferences in Europe with organizations such as the International Baccalaureate Organization. Her presentations were about identity based bullying and the stages of racial/ethnic identity development.
In her spare time Lily likes to travel to Bogota, Colombia to visit her cousins and to Chicago to visit her two brothers and niece. She is also a member of a cycling team called Steady Spin and is presently training for the MS Bike Ride (175 miles) in March, 2015.
Elizee Milhomme, IT Specialist, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office
Elizee Milhomme is an IT Specialist at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, where he is responsible for various functional tasks such as website administrator, candidate financing technical support, early voting setup and voter database maintenance. His formal education includes a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Florida Atlantic University.
Milhomme has a strong passion to serve and actively volunteers in numerous community service projects as well as charitable organizations. He is currently serving on the board of the South Florida chapter of the National Black MBA Association and a member of the Urban League of Broward County Young Professionals Network. Milhomme has also served as Chapter Advisor to the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Florida Atlantic University. He is a native of Fort Lauderdale and is a devoted husband and father of two children.
Richard Nettina, Production Manager, Delta Printing
I work for a family printing business. We specialize in religious and music books.I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Math and Florida Atlantic University with a Masters in Economic. In 2008, I was a Field Organizer on the Barack Obama for America Campaign. I also spent a year as a high school math teacher.
Besides for work, I am also very active in my church. I am the Youth Group Director at St Maurice Catholic Church and a member of the Men's Club and Hunger Program. I am also a Eucharistic Minister and a former member of the Parish Council. In addition to that, I am in charge of the Holiday party for children of the CDTC. Lastly, I am involved in local politics. I am the Secretary of the Broward Young Democrats and Southeast Florida Regional Coordinator for the Florida Young Democrats. Where we are currently planning on having the next Florida Young Democrats State Convention in my territory, in Palm Beach County.
Amanda Patterson, Owner, Amanda Patterson, LMHC, LLC
Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC decided to become a therapist while attending Nova Southeastern University. She saw the need to help people achieve the life they wanted to live, while creating a life of her own. She completed her master's in Mental Health Counseling and started a career in the juvenile justice arena. As soon as she was licensed, she became the Clinical Director of an Intensive Mental Health girls' program, then moving on to a 154 bed residential boys' program and finally opening a dual diagnosis boys' program in Pembroke Pines. She served as the Corporate Clinical Services Director for a residential provider and successfully developed mental health programming throughout the state. Amanda is now the owner of Amanda Patterson, LMHC, LLC, a counseling private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida, specializing in teenagers and adults with depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
Amanda is a Certified Addictions Professional, National Certified Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida for mental health counseling interns. Amanda is a believer in holistic treatment and she practices veganism, meditation and yoga in her life. She is an avid reader, both related to personal development and for fun. Amanda actively participates in 5ks and can be found working out at the local LA Fitness. Amanda Patterson serves as the chapter advisor of the Beta Tau chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon and the Cultivation team lead for the Broward Alumnae Association. Amanda is a therapist through Personal Development Community Organization, where they offer a variety of courses throughout the year teaching skills that empower students to live their lives with integrity and new purpose.
Jenelle Penha, Program Manager, City Year Miami
Jenelle Penha is a native of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She has been a resident of Broward county for the past two years. As a community-conscious, action-oriented leader, her passions include; community service and youth engagement and development. Jenelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health at Baylor University and her Masters of Public Health at Florida International University. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from Stephens College.
Jenelle has served as Teen Health Educator with the Jessie Trice Health Center in Miami and the COPE Center in North Miami. As well as the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for The Urban League of Broward County. As an AmeriCorps mentor with Strong Women, Strong Girls, she partnered with four other college women to administer the Strong Women, Strong Girls curriculum to groups of fifteen-twenty young girls in the Miami-Dade area. Young girls learned self-esteem, self-efficacy, self-worth and the steps to living healthy lifestyles. Girl-centered empowerment and a focus on individual strengths allowed for the creation of a safe environment for girls to explore. Jenelle currently serves as a Program Manager with City Year Miami. City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with high need public schools to provide full-time targeted student interventions. Jenelle trains and manages a team of AmeriCorps members who work to support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class support, 1-on-1 and small group tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to success.
In her spare time, Jenelle enjoys reading, volunteering at the Pride Center at Equality Park and playing with her dog Bruce Wayne.
Shirelle Wright, Manager, Provider Quality Outreach, Prestige Health Choice
Shirelle Wright currently serves as the Manager of Provider Quality Outreach at Prestige Health Choice. She is responsible for managing the health care quality project (HEDIS) and initiatives through design, development, and implementation of provider education. She is a resident of South Florida. Ms. Wright is recently received a Master's of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Wright is a proud alumnus of the University of Central Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration with minors in Health Sciences and Health Information Management. Shirelle also serves on the National Board of The Black Female Development Circle, Inc (BFDC) as the National Associate Director. And the Urban League of Broward County Young Professionals Network as the Vice President of Operations.
Community advocacy, leadership, self-development and health awareness are her passions and she continues to work toward leaving a legacy that helps others. She remains actively involved in the community by contributing to various service organizations and enjoys mentoring women and girls. Shirelle is the oldest of 3 brothers and 3 sisters and continues to be their role model.