LULRICK BALZORA is an educator who believes that treating individuals with respect should be an institution’s first priority. His academic interests cover theories from the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to problems in the philosophy of religion. He currently serves as the Academic Dean of the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services at Broward College. Under his leadership, the college successfully launched the Associate of Science in Human Services program as well as the Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) technical certificate opportunity for students. In addition to his time at Broward College, Dr. Balzora served a combined 25 years on active and reserve duty in the U.S. Navy, most notably completing a tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and retiring from reserve service in 2010. Dr. Balzora earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Master of Arts in History from Southeastern Louisiana University, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Seminary, and his Ph. D. in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.
Ms. Guerrieri was born and raised in South Florida. She attended American Heritage High School and recently graduated from Florida Technical College with a degree in Billing Specialist.Ms. Guerrieri has extensive knowledge and experience in the medical field for the past 16 years, bringing a wealth of expertise in all areas of the front office. She strives to help each and every patient to the greatest of her abilities and also strives to go the extra mile.
Mrs. Cartagena is the Development Director of TBH and a certified Parenting Instructor and Life Coach. She is a bilingual professional with over 25 years’ experience in Operations, Sales, Marketing and Development. She is responsible for strengthening the financial support and growth of TBH with our community members that support our mission. She oversees all marketing, communications and special events. Is a member of Abandoned Pet Rescue and has chaired events and worked with multiple non-profit organizations for the past 14 years such as St. Anthony Catholic School, Stem Cell Cancer and Regenerative Medicine Research, Habitat for Humanity and Abandoned Pet Rescue.Mrs. Cartagena is originally from Chile and grew up in Coral Gables - she became an American Citizen at 18. She has worked as an Individual Sales Representative for the largest Disability and LTC carrier and started her independent agency at age 27. For the past 17 years prior to TBH, she was the Director of Operations and marketing and development for a prestigious concierge medical practice in Palm Beach Island. She enjoys everything tropical, reading and mud races and has a passion for helping kids and animals.
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Kathy Trebbi grew up in a small town outside of Chicago where most of her early childhood was spent teaching English equitation and riding hunters and jumpers. Kathy attended college locally and then moved to Providence, RI where she receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Service Management and an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. Shortly after, Kathy moved to South Florida to take Graduate Classes in Hospitality Management at Florida International University and has been a Florida Resident since 1984. Kathy served ClubCorp for 28 years, primarily as the General Manager of the Tower Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale. She also served as a Regional Manager for the Southeastern Region for many years while managing the Tower Club. After working for ClubCorp, Kathy became the General Manager at the Members’ Club at PGA National Resort & Spa as well as serving on the Executive Committee of PGA National Resort & Spa, home to the Honda Classic. In 2012, Kathy left hospitality to become the COO of Trebbi Custom Construction in an effort to be closer to family. In addition to chairing a number of task forces and initiatives nationally with ClubCorp Kathy has been actively involved in the local community including Broward Public Library Foundation’s Byblos Night of Literary Feasts, Broward Alliance, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art. Kathy is currently a Member of the Executives Association of Fort Lauderdale and has served on the board of Special Olympics, Presidents Council and Tower Forum. She also served as the Vice Chairman of the Southeastern Alumni Association for Johnson & Wales University. Kathy has been recognized as one of the “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County” sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County and as an “Up ‘n Comer” by the South Florida Business Journal. Kathy enjoys family time with her husband, Ron and daughter, Allison. Allison began her college career in the Summer of 2019 at the University of Florida Prior to college, much family time was spent dedicated to travel softball. While being empty-nesters, Kathy and Ron enjoy travelling, shooting sporting clays, fishing, boating, cooking and entertaining.
Teresa Herrlinger has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in Boston, a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Buenos Aires, and BS in Physical Education from The National Institute of PE in Buenos Aires. She owned and was the administrator of a Rehabilitation agency in Michigan for 30 years, managing two separate clinics simultaneously. She has additionally been a board member, president and treasurer of a non-profit organization in Michigan . Through these experiences she has acquired significant administrative and organizational skills, and is very acquainted with the continued challenges of our healthcare system especially related to Mental Health and its impact on the young population.During her professional career she has worked with special need kids as well as neurological involved patients in the adult and pediatric population.She has been a permanent resident of Florida since 2019. In the 4 years prior to 2019, her and her husband spent most of the spring and fall here until he retired and we decided to make Florida our permanent residence.
Marlene Aguero, a native Californian, has resided in Fort Lauderdale for 28 years. After finishing school and moving to Florida she began a career in real estate and met her husband in 1989. In 1991 she left real estate to join efforts with her husband in his medical supply business.During her 14-year career beside her husband she wore many hats: managing operations, customer service, marketing and human resources. In 2006 Marlene and her husband began a family with boy/girl twins. Today, she's dedicated to raising her children and volunteering in their classrooms at Nova University School. In her spare time, her passion is her service work with women in various fellowships and social networks. Being a woman in recovery for 9 years, she is especially committed to service work in 12-step programs. Being a stay-at-home mom affords her the flexibility and the time to carry the message of hope to others who struggle with addiction.Marlene is a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, The Humane Society, The Heart Gallery, Broward Children's Center and the Museum of Discovery and Science. She looks forward to meeting the board members and contributing to the Bouganvilla House in a meaningful way.
Dr. Keny Felix
Dr. Keny Felix graduated from the University of Miami and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I'm an Adjunct Professor in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department at Broward College and previously served as a professor and Dean of the Schools of Counseling and Psychology at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. I am also an ordained minister and pastor.
Kerry Higgins Ross was raised in Tampa , Florida to 3rd Generation Floridian and Philadelphian mother. She attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta then transferred to Florida State University and graduated early Dec 1978 with BA in Communications with various minors. Out of college she worked in Miami on Burdines Executive Training Program with emphasis in Display/ Marketing . Then moving onto Delta Air Lines in Miami, and Chicago where she was an Inflight Service Supervisor. In 1989 she moved to Hong Kong where she worked part time within the fashion show industry and raised 3 children with her husband K. Pat Ross. They lived in Southeast Asia for 9 years and moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1998. Pat passed in 2018. She is a sustaining / supporting member of Junior League & Children’s Opportunity Group as well as former volunteer at Harbordale, St Marks Episcopal , St Thomas Aquinas and St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Boca Raton. Currently she is active at All Saints Episcopal Church and former Board Member of Our House and El Centro both small organizations in Fort Lauderdale. She continues to support charities close to her heart such as Jack n Jill, Laundry Love and Beds Around the Altar are a few of her favorites.
Christine Yates holds a Law degree from the University of Florida. In addition, she holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Finance, cum laude, from the University of Miami, where she was a member of the President's Council for Academic Achievement and Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board honor societies.Christine P. Yates, a director with Tripp Scott, leads the firm's Private Wealth Service group with over 24 years of experience guiding her clients through the full spectrum of estate transfer issues. From small administrations to estates in excess of $1 billion, clients receive counsel on estate, gift and generation-skipping planning, trust and estate administration and fiduciary litigation while maintaining the utmost discretion and confidentiality.With specialization in matters involving high net worth clients in the automotive industry, as well as those with Alzheimer's and Traumatic Brain Injury, Yates prepares wills, trusts and complex estate plans to preserve multigenerational wealth and helps clients navigate through elder planning and guardianship issues.In addition, Yates assists clients with all aspects of estate, trust and guardianship administration and litigation, both defending and prosecuting undue influence and testamentary capacity claims, contests of wills and trusts, trust administration claims and guardianship claims. Frequently appointed by the court, Yates has served the judiciary as guardian, guardian ad litem, special master, curator, administrator ad litem and receiver.Yates has been recognized for her outstanding achievements, and she was named by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the publications “40 Under 40” and is Martindale-Hubbell AV- rated.Active in the Broward County Bar Association, Yates is a member of the elder law and the real property, probate and trust law sections. She is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Broward County and was a founding member of the Professional Association for Women.Committed to the local community, Yates was a founding member of the Broward Chapter of Tiffany Circle for the American Red Cross. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Stranahan House and Positive Coaching Alliance and is a member of the Professional Advisor’s Council for the Community Foundation of Broward. She has previously served on the board of directors for the Broward County Public Library Foundation, the Bonnet House and the Junior Welfare Society. She has been involved with PAWS, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association, and the planned giving council for University of Miami.
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