Robert Kunzler, In 1981 was hired as the Operations Director of the Executive Protection Division of the Wackenhut Corporation, then headquartered in Coral Gables, FL. During the next 6 years I travelled extensively in Canada, Mexico, Central & South America, and within the USA, teaching Senior executives and Multi-national corporate officers how to avoid being kidnapped and training their security personnel the fine arts of avoiding conflict with labor unions & terrorist/drug gangs. From 1987 through 1998, was involved in teaching Junior College level business courses. Additionally was director of Education or Night Dean at four small privately owned colleges in Miami-Dade & Broward counties. In 1998, in response to an inquiry, joined Miami-Dade County as a Civilian Investigations Specialist II, with the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit, investigating wrongdoing by Corrections Officers in the conduct of their duties. Retired from Miami-Dade County in 2006.
Since 1981 have been involved in Veterans Organizations. Life Member of the DAV, VFW, American Legion, & Military Officers Association of America. Certified Service Officer for the DAV, able to fully represent veterans from the seven uniformed services of the United States regarding any benefits they may accrue while on active duty in their respective service. In December 2016, was admitted to the Board of Director of the South Florida Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. On most Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursday, available at the VA Clinic on 25th Street, to assist veterans with claims. Since 2006, have been a weekly volunteer at the MIA Armed Forces Service Center.
He is on Board of Directors of the Patio Homeowners Association, located in The Crossings, near Tamiami Airport where he and wife Mary have lived since 1981. Served as a board member on the Patio BOD since 1988, and have served twice as Secretary, serving now. Two-time former President of The Crossing Master Homeowners Association Board of Directors, which consists of five sub-associations and approximately 2800 single family dwellings on a 750 acre site in West Kendall.
Between 1965 & 1972, spent 4 & one-half years in Vietnam variously with the 101st Airborne Division, the 1st Aviation Brigade, 1st & 5th Special Forces Groups, and the US Agency for International Development in the Phoenix Program. Had Intelligence assignments in Europe, Africa, & Middle East, as well as staff assignments as an intelligence agent within the continental United States. Served on Joint Staff assignments in the Pacific Command in Hawaii, and was briefing Officer for the Commander of US Forces, Pacific Command during 1978 – 1979. Was involved the Iran Hostage Crisis for the entire 444 days the hostages were held in Iran, retiring from Active Duty on March 1, 1981, as a Chief Warrant Officer W2.
- George E. Cadman III, held various positions; President-South Miami Kiwanis 1973-1974, Director-Kendall Perrine Board of Realtors 1975-1977, President-Greater South Dade Chamber of Commerce 1987-1988, President-Kendall Perrine Association of Realtors 1992-1993 President-ERA Greater Miami Broker Council 1994-1995, Vice-Chairman-Perrine Cutler Ridge Council 1994-1995 & 1998-1999, Chairman-Military Affairs Committee, Chamber South 1996-1997, Member-Board of Directors Florida International Bank 1997-1998, Chairman-TotalBank South Dade Advisory Board 1999-2000. Chair Emeritus Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises. Prior member Board of Directors for Baptist Hospital, Mariners Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Nine years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Baptist Health South Florida. Currently Trustee for Baptist Health and member of Homestead Hospital Board. Chairman of the Board, ERA South Dade Realty, Inc. 31 years service in active and reserve USMC. Retired as Colonel.
A J Barrios joined Armed Forces Service Center, as a volunteer, in May 6, 2015. Currently owns and operates CDC Associates Inc. under contract with Fannie Mae as a repair contractor, previously owned and operated Pinch A Penny a pool, patio and spa retail franchise. Prior to owning and operating CDC Associates and Pinch A Penny I was employed by System One as a Product Technical Support team leader. My responsibilities were to manage a team of twelve individuals responsible in the certification of new platforms, provide and implement solutions of existing platforms, and final escalation in the resolution of issues concerning the travel industries (mainly travel agencies). During my time as a volunteer at the Armed Forces Service Center with the direction and support of Angel Rodriguez we have implemented the installation of collection boxes at four True Value hardware stores. I look forward to implementing new and current solution in a manner that we can generate additional revenue and continue to provide and expand the services we offer today. I was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Miami Florida, attended Miami Dade Community College and the University of Miami.
Helen Quinn is a Donor Relations Specialist with Teach For America, a national non-profit that seeks to eradicate educational inequity. In her role she is charged with ensuring that donors experience high quality interactions with Teach For America that foster long term engagement and investment in the movement to end educational inequity. Prior to joining Teach For America’s staff, Helen was the Director of Alumni Affairs for Take Stock in Children, a state-wide non-profit organization that works to break the cycle of poverty through education. Both of Helen’s parents served in the military, father in the Navy and her mother served in the Marine Corps. Helen grew up on military bases and spent the majority of her life in the Jacksonville, FL area where her mother was stationed. She is honored to be able to thank those who serve through her service at the Military Hospitality Lounge. In addition to her commitment to the AFSC, Helen is also currently a member of the Junior League of Miami.
George L. Reeves, 50 years of international and domestic banking experience with key financial institutions; throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Latin America. He is former Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Mercantil Commercebank, Coral Gables, Florida. Former director and Executive Committee member of Banco Mercantil, C.A., several associated companies, and Director/Treasurer of VENAMCHAM. During a 30 year career at Chase Manhattan Bank, served as Chairman of Chase Bank International, Director and Audit Committee member of Chase Bank of Florida, N.A., Director of Chase Manhattan Trust Corporation, Chase Manhattan (Costa Rica), S.A.
He was founding partner of Latin American Debt Management Association (LADEBT), Member, Consultative Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce Caribbean Basin Initiative. Mr. Reeves has a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California, a B.F.T. degree with honors from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management. While in the Dominican Republic, was decorated with the order of Duarte, Sanchez y Mella. Military experience includes a six year tour of duty with the Navy Reserve. Director and Past President of Broward County Council of the Navy League of the United States. He is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and the MAC Committee of Chamber South.
Ed. Pelton, grew up in the military because his father was a 30 year Army veteran. After he served in the Navy, he moved to Miami, in 1954. He worked as a carpenter for 3 years then worked for Pan Am, as a sheet metal mechanic for 2 years. Then he joined the Coral Gables Fire Department. There he dedicated 37 years and retired in 1997. While employed as a Fireman, Ed worked a second job as an air condition mechanic for 25 years. Since 2006, Ed has volunteer at the AFSC.
Michael Pelton, was born and raised in Miami. Joined the Army at seventeen. Stationed on the DMZ in Korea for one year, and then posted to Panama for six months. Was medically discharged in his third year from wounds received in cross border conflict while stationed in Korea. After discharge returned to Miami and worked for Dade County School board for ten years. Moved to Sanford, Fl. where he worked as a carpenter for eight years and then worked for AT&T in Lake Mary in their computer division for ten years. Worked for Boeing Defense in Orlando for eight years. Was awarded 100% disability from the VA in 2005. Have been active with the; DAV, VFW, The American Legion, and many other Veterans organizations for over twenty five years. Michael has volunteer at the AFSC since 2006.
César R. Lastra has also had a distinguishing career in the United States Army SP 4 (E-4), where he served at the Fort Leonard Wood Military Base in Missouri. He received an Honorable Discharge, a Good Conduct Medal and a Letter of Appreciation. In business he is a business administration professional who for over 40 years has specialized in Customer Service and Public Relations. He is an active participant in continuing efforts to raise funds for the American Legion Post #133, as well as for the Local Chapter of the American Arthritis Foundation. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, Bernard M. Baruch City College of New York. For over 39 years, he has performed independent translation work as President of Pinecrest Translations Group, where he is able to provide excellent services for Clients requiring Spanish-English and English-Spanish translations for Media Relations Group L.L.C. He also serves as an Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO) at Media Relations Group LLC, and has worked in this capacity for over 10 years, providing support to numerous Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Four, District Six and Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) transportation projects. He also holds the position of Chaplain and Public Information Officer (PIO) of the American Legion, Marlin Moore Post #133 in Palmetto Bay, Florida and Chaplain of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) Lodge #948 in Miami, Florida.
Linda Singer was born and raised in Miami Beach, attended Miami Beach SeniorHigh School, University of Florida and University of Miami. She graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a double major in psychology and sociology. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. She has been a Florida Bar member since 1974. Since 1979, she has been a sole practitioner having had a civil practice in the areas of marital and family law, probate and guardianship, wills, and real estate. She now is semi-retired, limiting her practice to probate and guardianship law, wills, and select real property law matters. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who and Why of Successful Florida Women. She is a past president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). She founded the Dade County Chapter of FAWL and co-founded the Association of Commercial Real Estate Women (now know as CREW). She is a member of the Dade County Bar Association and is on its Probate and Guardianship Courts Committee. Linda has been a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Miami, having served on its board for many years and as its president in 2011-2012. Linda has served on the board as a director and secretary of Lakeridge Homeowners’ Association since 2001.
Yolanda Woodbridge was born in Bogotá, Colombia, daughter of a Costa Rican diplomat in post there. She travelled extensively with her family throughout her youth. She studied at San Francisco College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and then at the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. Since 1980, she has lived in Miami with her four children. Her husband, Frederick Woodbridge, Jr., is a local attorney.
Since 1983, she has worked in Coral Gables and been involved in many community activities:
Rotary Club of Coral Gables: Member of the Coral Gables Rotary Club since 1994. Mrs. Woodbridge, is a Former President of the Club, has been a Member of the Board of Directors for the past18 years and has held very senior positions in this capacity.
Rotary International, District 6990: At the International level continues her service in the following critical positions: GSE Program Chair (Group Study Exchange), Ambassadorial Scholar Program Participant, District Chief of Staff and Secretary, Rotaract Chair and Newsletter Editor.
Other community service:
VA Hospital, Miami: Volunteer (over 10 years), Member of VAVS Board (4 years). Salvation Army, Miami Committee for International Visitors, Coral Gables Women’s Club, Advisory Board for Scouts with Disabilities, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce: Coral Gables Community Foundation, Dade Partners for the Miami-Dade County School Board, Merrick School: Member of the Merrick School EESAC, Junior Orange Bowl Committee, and the Fellowship House.