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Carly Cass

	Carly	Cass	Carly Cass received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in History and Gender Studies from Florida Atlantic University in 2012. During her time as an undergraduate Carly served as President of Lambda United where she focused on bringing LGBT centered programming to the greater FAU community. During her time as President, Ms. Cass worked with many student organizations to place LGBT protections into the FAU student anti-discrimination policy. She was also able to attend several local conferences focused on LGBT issues.

In the fall of 2013 Carly returned to Florida Atlantic where she is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work. Focused on social policy and advocacy, Carly has taken an interest in helping the next generation become excited about the democratic process. In December of 2014 Ms. Cass became a board member for Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. As part of her masters curriculum Ms. Cass will be interning at Compass, Gay and Lesbian Center Of The Palm Beaches where she is working closely with the Compass staff bringing policy education to the Compass youth department.

After her anticipated graduation in May of 2016 Ms. Cass plans to continue her work within the LGBT community in South Florida.


 


Scott Holtz, Managing Shareholder, Prestia Holtz P.A.

	Scott	Holtz	Scott Holtz is a co-founder and Managing Shareholder at Prestia Holtz P.A., a trial law firm based in the West Palm Beach area. He practices mainly in the areas of Criminal Defense and General Civil Litigation. Born in South Miami and raised in Plantation, Mr. Holtz is a native Floridian. He is a proud graduate of Nova High School and The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. After leaving Washington D.C., Mr. Holtz returned home to Florida where he graduated, cum laude, from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. While at UF, Mr. Holtz was a successful competitor for and executive board member of the nationally recognized Florida Moot Court Team and was also elected to membership in Florida Blue Key for his accomplishments and service to the University.

After law school, Mr. Holtz began his legal career as a prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. During his nearly four years as an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Holtz held positions raging from county court prosecutions of misdemeanors to an appointment to the Organized Crime Unit handling complex insurance fraud cases and directing multi-agency investigations. He also presented lectures to his colleagues on both trial practice and substantive legal issues on various topics. He left the State Attorney's Office and Miami to join a civil litigation firm in Palm Beach County. While there he was lead trial counsel and tried numerous cases all over the state. He then left that firm to co-found Prestia Holtz P.A. in January 2014.

Mr. Holtz is heavily involved in civic and professional organizations. He is a member of and legal advisor to the Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee of West Palm Beach. He is also a Precinct Captain and seated member of the Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee as well as an Executive Board Member of the West Palm Beach Democratic Club where he also serves on the Bylaws Committee. Professionally, Mr. Holtz is an active member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, sitting on the board of their Young Lawyer's Section and chairing their Cafe Joshua event with The Lord's Place. He is also a member of the Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


 


Richardo Jackson, Minority AIDS Coordinator, Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County

	Richardo	Jackson	Richardo Antonio Jackson began working in HIV/AIDS prevention fourteen years ago, first as a Youth Advocate for the HEAT program at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. He served as Outreach Coordinator at Project KISS, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell and Columbia University, before serving as a Community Health Specialist/Phlebotomist at Gay Men Health Crisis, Inc., providing hepatitis and syphilis screening, pre and post HIV counseling, testing and referral. Prior to working with Florida Health, Richardo worked as the linkage to care coordinator with the Adolescent AIDS Program at Montefiore Medical center in the Bronx, and has provided HIV testing, education and technical assistance internationally.

Since relocating to Florida and working with Florida Health, Richardo has served as a Disease Intervention Specialist in Broward County and a Prevention Training Consultant in Palm Beach County. Richardo received dual B.S degrees in Community Health & Human Services, and Organizational Management and a Certificate in Leadership and Supervision from Saint Joseph's College New York, Brooklyn, NY. He was awarded the Brooklyn Outreach Workers 2004, and the Pride in the City 2005, Young Adult Leadership Awards, just to name a few. Currently, he is a MBA candidate at Northwood University.

Richardo currently resides in Palm Beach County, with is his partner Matthew and their dog Jackson. He brings a great wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to his new role as the Minority AIDS Coordinator, Florida Health in Palm Beach County.


 


Alta Joseph, Special Projects Administrator, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center

	Alta	Joseph	Alta Joseph is the Special Projects Administrator for Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center. A proud first-generation Haitian immigrant and resident of Florida for 17 years, she is passionate about writing, traveling, womanism, self-care, representation of people of color and Black women in the media (specifically television and cinema), and analyzing/critiquing the lack of/hurtful media presentations of people of color. She is a firm believer that there is a social-educational and creative value in social media.

Alta graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors degree in French and International Studies. She speaks Haitian Creole, French, and English, and she hopes to add Spanish to her repertoire of languages as soon as she finds the time to enroll in classes. She also hopes to turn writing for fun into writing for fun and to get published in the coming years, and she's taken a tentative step by entering a Short Short Story Competition in Writer's Digest.


 


Sena Moran, Intensive Case Manager, Individual Therapist, Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health

	Sena	Moran	Sena Moran is a licensed mental health counselor working as an individual therapist and intensive case manager at the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health, serving low-income individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Sena is a fourth generation native of the Palm Beach area. Sena graduated from the University of Florida Summa Cum Laude in Psychology in 2009 and went on to get her Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, awarded in 2012.

Sena is currently studying behavior analysis online through the University of North Texas. Additonally, Sena is a passionate environmentalist and strives to live a plastic free lifestyle and enjoys spreading awareness of the impact that the disposable lifestyle has on our environment, especially in the state of Florida with its endangered wetlands. She is also an artist who enjoys painting and sketching, a writer who enjoys experimenting with fiction writing as well as research, a yogi, and an avid traveler.

Sena traveled to Chile in 2009 to teach english for the English Opens Doors program sponsored by the Chilean government and had an opportunity to travel extensively through the continent of South America. Through her career, hobbies, and other external interests, Sena hopes to spread awareness of the impact of mental illness to our communities, advocate for the rights of individuals with mental illness, and develop alternatives to the current mental health system that is in place.


 


Davicka Thompson, Consultant, Thompson Creative Collective

	Davicka	Thompson	Ms. Davicka N. Thompson is a seasoned communications executive. Davicka has extensive public service and private sector experience having led public relations and community outreach initiatives for more than 15 years. She dedicates a majority of her time working in the government sector to infrastructure, transit, aviation, maritime, transportation and capital improvement programs. She possesses detailed understanding of the community, public policy, political and governmental institution factors that may affect decision-making.

Davicka plays a key role in soliciting public support for public awareness projects in the Dallas, Texas and South Florida metropolitan areas, as well as creating diversity plans and compliance programs to ensure fair and equal project participation.

Davicka is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and a native of West Palm Beach, Florida.


 


Andy Thomson , Attorney , Proskauer

	Andy	Thomson	Andy Thomson is a business litigation attorney with the international law firm of Proskauer Rose. He was born in Fort Lauderdale and grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, where he attended excellent public schools and graduated from Coral Springs High School. He studied electrical engineering and played football at Georgia Tech before returning home to South Florida. After graduating with high honors from the University of Miami School of Law, he was a law clerk for a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee. He later practiced law in Miami with Tew Cardenas before joining Proskauer.

In his law practice, Andy represents a wide array of clients, from some of the world's largest corporations to small local businesses and individuals. His cases involve securities, contract disputes, business tort claims, employment disputes, and probate and guardianship disputes. Andy also devotes substantial time to his pro bono clients. Florida Super Lawyers recognized Andy as a Rising Star in 2013 and 2014, and he has lectured on legal issues at Florida Atlantic University's College of Education. Andy lives in Boca Raton with his wife, who also is a lawyer, and their two young daughters.


 

 
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