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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. 

Julliana Carranza, a resident of Broward County, is the proud mother of a teenager on the autism spectrum. She and her family currently live in the Pompano Beach and have been clients of CARD since 2008. Julliana and her family are active in their community promoting autism awareness and autism acceptance by keeping their son involved in different activities such as religious education, self-advocacy, community involvement, arts, etc. Julliana previously served as an Autism Ambassador for the Autism Society of Broward County. Besides being a very active mom, she works in banking and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the Universidad San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru.

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.

Kenneth Duvall, a resident of Miami-Dade County, is an attorney at the Miami law firm of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP. Ken practices commercial litigation and has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List for several years. He and his spouse Kelly, who is a former teacher and is an active member of The Junior League of Miami, have one child. The Duvall family has received services from CARD since 2018, and both Ken and Kelly enjoy attending the parent support groups.

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. 

Hilda Mitraniis 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.

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.

Haley Moss, has been part of the CARD family since 1997, when she was first diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. Haley has been actively involved in the autism community and is the author of two books geared towards helping middle school students and college students on the autism spectrum. She has also written about her experiences and autism for Huffington Post, The Mighty, Elite Daily, and other publications. Haley also enjoys drawing and painting and using her artwork as a way to give back to the disability community. She recently graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, and resides in Coral Gables, Florida.  

Blake Sando, is the Chair of UM-NSU CARD Constituency Board of Directors. He is the proud father along with his wife Jennifer of three wonderful children, Lizzie, Blake Jr., and Teddy, who happen to have Autism.   Blake and Jennifer have been constituents and supporters of the UM-NSU CARD Family since Lizzie was first diagnosed in 2008.  Blake and Jennifer were the past chairs of the UM-NSU CARD Tropical Nights Gala in 2016. Blake has been a litigator since 2004 at the Miami law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., where he practices professional malpractice defense. He has served as the former President of the Coral Gables Bar Association, the Chair of the City of Coral Gables Advisory Board for Disability Affairs, and on the Parish Council for The Church of the Little Flower.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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09.19.19
Support Group for Mothers (Broward)

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09.21.19
Back to School Celebration (Broward)

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