Leadership

Cici Kelly
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND INTERVENTIONIST
Ms. Kelly is responsible for the overall operations of the company. She is an Interventionist and a certified Parenting Instructor. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southwestern State University. Ms. Kelly is a senior-level business development and sales executive with a diverse background that includes strategy, new business development, finance and sales leadership, with a proven track record in generating revenue.Ms. Kelly has worked for several Fortune 500 companies during her career and is very involved in her community. She has served on numerous non-profit boards in the community, holding leadership positions and helping them raise much-needed funds.Ms. Kelly served on the Board of The Bougainvilla House Family Therapy Center prior to assuming the role of CEO.
Kacey Benson
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Mr. Benson is responsible for the daily operation of The Bougainvilla House, including accounting, finance and administrative compliance. He works closely with the CEO and Clinical Director to strategically plan for the organization’s future, ensuring that The Bougainvilla House is able to provide a valuable service to the community.Mr. Benson received both his bachelor’s degree in management and his Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. He has extensive experience in nonprofit financial management.
Chrissy Guerrieri
OFFICE MANAGER

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.
Veronica Cartagena
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Mrs. Cartagena is the Development Director of TBH and a certified Parenting Instructor. She is a bilingual professional with over 25 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing and Development. 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 & Regenerative Medicine Research, Habitat for Humanity and Abandoned Pet Rescue.Mrs. Cartagena is originally from Chile and grew up in Coral Gables who then became an American Citizen at 18. She has worked as an Individual Sales Representative for the largest Disability & LTC carrier and started her independent agency at age 27. For the past 14 years has worked in operations, 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.

Board of Directors

Ned Skiff
CHAIRMAN

Ned Skiff is a landscape designer and contractor and a lifelong resident of Ft. Lauderdale. He is a graduate of Stetson University in De Land, Florida. Over the years, he has served on the boards of several organizations including Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, Outreach Broward, Twig House and 2nd Century Broward.
Tom Moody
CHAIR ELECT

Tom Moody grew up outside of Atlanta Georgia, but has called Fort Lauderdale his home since 1985. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has owned and operated local area businesses since 1991. He is the founder and President of Moody Insurance Group which has been doing business for over 20 years in downtown Hollywood.Tom has had a parallel career since 2000 as a real estate developer and has developed, owned and operated multiple Self Storage facilities in Florida and Georgia under the USA Self Storage brand.He has been active with the youth of our community through the Holiday Park soccer league and the Fort Lauderdale Indian Guides program. Tom currently serves as a board member of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Aviation Advisory Committee for the city of Fort Lauderdale. Tom is a private pilot who enjoys boating, diving, fishing and snow skiing. Tom met Lory, his wife of 39 years, in the insurance industry and together they live in downtown Ft. Lauderdale with their son.

Kathy Trebbi
TREASURER

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.
Marlene Aguero
SECRETARY

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.

Carrie Anderson
BOARD MEMBER

Carrie Anderson is married and a mother of two children. She is currently employed as Compliance Counsel at Pine Crest School. Carrie was previously a private practitioner and family law mediator. Before practicing family law, Carrie focused her practice as a civil litigator. She has experience as a Certified Legal Intern for the Broward County Public Defender - Juvenile Division and as a judicial intern for the Executive Office of Immigration in Miami. Carrie received her law degree (JD) from the University of Miami in 2002 and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1998. Carrie is currently a graduate student at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh to obtain her Masters in Public Policy and Management degree. Charitable Involvement – Carrie is currently serving her first year of a three year term as Past Chair of the Christ Church School (CCS) Board. She has served as the Chair, Legal Adviser, Development Chair, and Representative of the CCS Board. Carrie also served as both the President, Vice President, and Co-Chair of the CCS Parent Teacher Organization. In her free time, Carrie enjoys reading, yoga, training for half marathons, and spending time with her husband, children, and puppies.
Dr. Lulrick Balzora
BOARD MEMBER

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.

Dr. Keny Felix
BOARD MEMBER

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.

Teresa Herrlinger
BOARD MEMBER

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.

Todd Kirkpatrick
BOARD MEMBER

Originally from Pennsylvania, Todd Kirkpatrick has been extremely active in real estate including high-end waterfront residential, commercial and investment opportunities for over 25years. Having lived in both Las Olas and Rio Vista, his exceptional knowledge of the Fort Lauderdale market has been key in matching his clients with the perfect property. Working with an elite group of top businessmen and women, family offices, athletes, and prestigious clientele, Todd has maintained his portfolio over the years by offering expert consultation and ultimate discretion throughout every step of the buying or selling process.Additionally, Todd’s insight into the unique needs of boat owners has been a tremendous asset when searching for a waterfront property in Fort Lauderdale. Todd Kirkpatrick has also been the official real estate broker for the NHL Florida Panthers since 2019.Todd currently serves on the HANDY Board of Directors and The Parkinson’s Research Foundation (PAREF). As an active member of the Lauderdale Yacht Club and Lago Mar Resort and Club, Todd is fortunate to call Ft. Lauderdale home.

Kerry Ross
BOARD MEMBER

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.

Emily Tworoger
BOARD MEMBER

Emily Tworoger was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She attended Cardinal Gibbons High School, followed by The University of Florida, where she received her Bachelors in Sociology. She then continued her education at Florida Atlantic University where she attained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as her Masters in Taxation. She practiced tax services at a tri county CPA firm, has run her own accounting practice and most recently became the CFO of Market Realty and Management, where she currently runs the financial side of the property management division of the family-owned business. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Nova Southeastern University, teaching both accounting and tax courses. Her heart lies in teaching and she plans on pursuing a future career in education. She was the Fund Development Chair of the Board of The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale and was the Treasurer of the Parent’s Club at Church by the Sea Preschool. She is an avid yogi and loves spending time with her husband and two sons, enjoying all types of outdoor activities.

Christine Yates
BOARD MEMBER

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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