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BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF  

Officers

Pamela Katz Zakheim, M. Ed.
President and Founder
Pamela Katz Zakheim, M. Ed.
Pam holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Leslie College in Cambridge, MA, with a specialization in psycho-diagnosis and group therapy. She has additional specialized training as a Family Therapist at both the Cambridge Family Institute, Cambridge, MA & the Centro Milanese Di Terapia Della Famiglia, Milan, Italy. She had a private practice as a psychotherapist in Brookline, MA from 1980 until 1995. Concurrently she founded an organizational and management consultation service for small retail businesses and physicians offices. She is the founder of both The Wellness Community-Greater Boston and the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (formerly The Wellness Community-Greater Miami).  To read more about Pam and her history with the organization, please click here.
  

  
John Arasi
Chairman
John Arasi
Sharp General Contractors
President
John M. Arasi founded Sharp General Contractors 18 years ago. He is a State Certified General Contractor and also licensed in Mold remediation. SGC specializes in commercial building, mainly medical facilities and dialysis centers. Although his office is located here in South Florida, his company currently has projects under construction or completed throughout Florida including Fort Meyers, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee and Daytona.
  

  
Margarita Pons
Vice-Chairman
Joe Roisman
Perry Ellis International
Executive Vice-President
Roisman just completed 43 years of service at Perry Ellis International. The company is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of apparel and accessories for men and women. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns or licenses a portfolio of brands including 29 of leading names in fashion such as Savane®, Jantzen®, Original Penguin®, Callaway®, Nike® Swim, Cubavera®, Laundry by Shelli Siegal®, C & C California.®

Additionally, he has been an active member of the Beacon Council since 1998. He serves on the executive Board of directors and is the Chairman of the Creative Industries committee. He serves on the board of Neat Stuff. He served on the executive Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, The Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, South Dade Executive Council of AIPAC and is a past president of Temple Samu-El Or Olom. He is also on the advisory committee of Friendship Circle.

Joe came to the United States from Cuba via Israel. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces and is a veteran of the 1967 six day war. Married to Wife Aida for 44 years and they have 4 sons and 3 grandchildren.
  

  
Richard Rubinson, MD
Secretary
Richard Rubinson, MD
Cardio Thoracic Surgeon
(Retired)
Richard Rubinson, M.D. is a Cardio Thoracic surgeon (retired) who practiced in the South Miami - Baptist area for over thirty years. He is past president of the Dade County Medical Association and served on the Public Health Trust for ten years. His retirement interests include fishing, orchid culture, participation in Habitat For Humanity, and collecting the stamps of Canada.
  

  
Directors
 
Adam E. Carlin
Adam Carlin
The Bermont/Carlin Group - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Managing Director - Wealth Management / Senior Portfolio Management Director
The Bermont/Carlin Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney was founded in 1974. For more than 30 years, under the leadership of Portfolio Managers Richard B. Bermont and Adam E. Carlin who joined in 1994, the Group's primary mission has been to build close, cooperative, and enduring relationships with clients that judiciously help them preserve and grow their wealth.
  

  
Carlos Echave
Carlos Echave
Northern Trust Bank
Senior Vice President
Carlos Echave is a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Advisory Services Division of The Northern Trust Company's Coral Gables Office. He is responsible for managing and cultivating banking relationships for high net worth clients, both on the depository and lending ends of the business, as well as for Commercial Banking clients. In addition to Private and Commercial Banking, Carlos' responsibilities include managing relationships for Not-for-Profit clients.

Carlos works very closely with a Team of the Bank's Investment Management Professionals, and introduces both clients and prospective clients with the goal of providing comprehensive financial solutions.

Carlos has been with Northern Trust for almost 15 years, and has worked in the Banking Industry since 1986. He earned his BS in Finance from the University of Florida, and his MBA from Georgia State University.
  

  
Jane Mass
Jane Mass, M.S.N.
Jane recently retired after 33 years from the Jackson Health System where she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. In her role she was responsible for the nursing practice of the 3,600 Registered Nurses throughout the system. During her long career she served on many boards and participated in many health care and professional organizations such as the South Florida Nursing Consortium - where she was a founder and long time board member. She was appointed by Governor Crist to serve as a Board member of the Florida Center for Nursing and also was a member of the University of Miami School of Nursing Visiting Committee. Throughout her career she has always been committed to quality patient care and sees working with the Cancer Support Community as a continuation of that work.
  

  
Arnaldo Perez
Arnaldo (Arnie) Perez
Carnival Corporation
General Counsel & Senior Vice President – Legal
Arnaldo Perez joined Carnival Corporation in July 1992 as assistant general counsel and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Miami in 1982 and a J.D. ("Juris Doctor") from Columbia University in 1985. He was a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Perez has been a "Big Brother" through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami and Mentoring Resource Center and has chaired the United Way-Legal Division annual campaign several times.
  

  
Debra Schottenstein
Debra Schottenstein
Debra has focused on volunteer work in Miami for the past 17 years. For 14 years she has been a member of the Community Council, a volunteer arm of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and has served as past president and Gala chairman for that organization. Debra is also a past Board Chairman of the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami as well as a founding Board Member.
  

  
Erik Sherman
Erik S. Sherman
John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
Investment Advisor Representative
Erik has been with John Hancock for the past 10 years. Recently, Erik has been recognized as one of the top ten producers nationwide for John Hancock Financial Network. His background in finance, insurance, and investments and his ability to embrace a team philosophy when working with clients has earned him the trust and confidence with his clients in meeting their financial needs.
  

  
Adam Spiegel, CPA
Adam Spiegel, CPA
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC
Principal, Tax and Accounting
Adam Spiegel, CPA, is a principal in the Tax and Accounting Department at MBAF. Adam has been involved in all aspects of accounting services and accounting systems for closely-held businesses and individuals ranging in size from start-ups to $1 billion. He focuses his practice in providing financial analysis and tax planning services to various industries including professional services firms, real estate and hospitality. He is a member of the United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders Society and a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami Graduate.
  

  
Edie Spiegel
Edie Spiegel
Edie has a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education and has taught and worked in many areas of the field including public and private school education for teens and adults. Volunteerism has been a major part of her life. She has been affiliated with the American Cancer Society as a Chairperson of the Relay For Life for ten years, a member of the Relay Advisory Team for the Mid South Division of the American Cancer Society, and its Chairman of the Mississippi Leadership Council. She is the past president of the Kosciusko Rotary Club and the past president of Kosciusko Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has been part of the creation of many educational institutions such as Brandeis Academy of Miami, The Literacy Council and Adult High School of Livingston, Tennessee, and The Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club in Kosciusko, Mississippi.
  

  
Tracey Spiegelman
Tracey Spiegelman
Realtor, Shelton & Stewart Realtors, Inc.
Tracey Spiegelman graduated from Florida International University with a B.S. in Communications and began working for WINZ/ZETA Radio Stations, Paxson Communications. In luxury real estate since 1996, she joined Shelton and Stewart in 1999 and has consistently been a top producing agent.

Her community service work is decades long. At the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF) she has been Women’s Philanthropy’s Vice President of Outreach and Vice President of Campaign for South Dade; a member of the Women’s Amutot Committee and also serves on the Federation South Dade Board. In 2013 Spiegelman was honored as recipient of the Stanley C. Myers Presidents’ Leadership Award by the GMJF for outstanding service to Miami’s Jewish community. Tracey serves on the Temple Beth Am Board of Directors and has been involved The Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Jewish Community Services Shalom Bayit, Teach for America, Miami Children’s Museum, Charlee House, Children’s Home Society, Honey Shine Mentoring Program, Baptist Hospital and UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is Co-Chair of the CSCGM Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament.

Tracey lives in Coral Gables with her husband, Larry, their son, A.J. while their adult daughter, Lindsay, attends New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
  

  
Robert Stamen, Esq
Robert Stamen, Esq
Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg
Bob has spent his entire legal career at Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg, and has concentrated his practice on estate planning, pension and profit sharing plans, individual income taxation, and corporation law. He is a member of The Estate Planning Council of Dade County and a former Board Chairman of the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami.
  

Carole Wright
Carole Wright
Gibraltar Private
Senior Vice President / Private Banking Officer
Carole Wright joined Gibraltar Private as a Senior Vice President, Private Banking Officer. Prior to joining Gibraltar, Ms. Wright worked for SunTrust as a Vice President for 16 years where she spent the majority of her career in the Private Banking Division. Ms. Wright is involved in several community organizations including being a member of the Miami City Club, Florida State Alumni Association and the Seminole Club of Greater Miami where she was also a past treasurer. In addition, she is active in her local Church.
  

Richard Zakheim, MD
Richard Zakheim, MD
Miami Children's Hospital
Founder & Director Emeritus: Pediatric Cardiology Department
Director: Adult Congenital Heart Program
Dr. Zakheim founded Miami Children's Hospital's Cardiology Department and served as its director until 2002. Previously, he was Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  Dr. Zakheim received his medical degree at Albert Einstein Medical School in New York and trained in pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Boston. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and the Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology.
  

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami Staff
 

Danielle Spiegelman
Danielle F. Spiegelman
Executive Director
Danielle Spiegelman has more than 20 years of corporate and non-profit fundraising experience. Before joining the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami, Spiegelman was the Development Director for Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest where she partnered with lay leadership to create and implement a fundraising program for the Synagogue, Day and Religious Schools.

Prior to joining Temple Beth Am Spiegelman was the Marketing Director for The Falls shopping center for eight years. Spiegelman was responsible for all marketing, advertising, local branding, public relations, corporate and promotional partnerships, center special events and web based marketing. Spiegelman came to The Falls from the University of Miami / Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center where she served as Director of Special Events for three years overseeing all fundraising events and auxiliary organizations as well as implementing Hospital-based special events and dedications. Formally she worked as the National Regional Accounts Manager and as the Sales Manager at Elegant Bride magazine and Senior Accounts Manager for Herb Weiner Associates.

Spiegelman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Florida. Her professional leadership and community involvement is comprised of the following organizations: the Greater Miami Advertising Federation – Former Board Member; the National Society of Fundraising Executives; the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau - Former Marketing Committee Board Member; Greater Miami Jewish Federation – Former Board Member, Women's Division for Southwest Dade; UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Hadassah; Children's Home Society; Miami Children's Hospital; Howard Drive Elementary and Temple Beth Am.

Spiegelman is married with three children.

  

  
Peggy Rios, Ph.D
Peggy Rios, Ph.D
Program Director
Dr. Peggy Rios received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland in 1995. She further complemented her training with a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Houston where she focused on intercultural and cross cultural aspects of health. In 1996, she transferred to the University of Miami as a full-time faculty member. After five years studying and teaching about cultural influences on mental health and developing a private practice serving critically ill patients, Dr. Rios transitioned to The Wellness Community - Greater Miami, where she is the program director. The Wellness Community is now known as the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami. In the last twelve years, Dr. Peggy Rios has dedicated herself to the growth of Cancer Support Community programs to the benefit of cancer patients and in particular Hispanic underserved patients.

Presenting her work at conferences for the American Psycho-Oncology Society and the International Psycho-Oncology Society as well as for many local organizations, Dr. Rios is also an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Miami. She is also consulting with the Cancer Support Community Research and Training Institute on various projects including the translation of Cancer Support Source Distress Screening to Spanish and the adaptation of the Cancer Transitions program for Latino populations.

  

  
Amparo Alvarez
Amparo Alvarez
Education and Outreach Director
In this position Amparo is responsible for the implementation and promotion of all CSCGM's community education and outreach programming. She works closely with the Program Director to plan the development of programs in communities where a need is identified. She oversees the work of our Special Programs Coordinators that provide education and support to the Haitian and Latino communities impacted by cancer. Most recently she has supported the Miami launching of the Community Support Source (CSS), an online cancer-related distress screening program that identifies patient concerns and links them with available resources. Additionally, Amparo provides simultaneous language interpretation of cancer-related lectures to monolingual Spanish-speaking survivors, onsite at CSCGM and offsite for our Return to Wellness Breast Cancer Program participants at UM-Jackson Memorial Hospital. On a monthly basis, Amparo facilitates a nutrition-dense cooking class in Spanish for patients, survivors and their caregivers.

Offsite, Amparo collaborates with the Taylor Breast Health Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital to educate newly diagnosed breast cancer patients about support programs available to them at CSCGM as well as other community resources. She serves as point of contact for corporate organizations that provide volunteer service projects for CSCGM's participants. As CSCGM representative, Amparo participates in local professional groups like the Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborate (SFCCC) and the Baptist Congregational Health Program to educate cancer professionals and faith-based congregation leaders about the services we provide. In this capacity she has received awards from the American Cancer Society, the Baptist Congregational Health Program, and the Church of the Ascension for community partnering and collaborations in the advancement of cancer education, advocacy and community service.

Amparo has over 14 years of professional experience working with underserved communities both in Miami and in New Jersey. While in NJ, she worked with the Dean for Community Health at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) to develop an innovative language interpreting project to help non-English speaking patients communicate more effectively with healthcare providers. She is an alumna of Douglass College-Rutgers University in NJ and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology, and a Certificate of Translation Studies in Spanish. At Rutgers University, she designed and taught the first course in hospital & community interpreting offered at this university.
  

  
Cynthia Mendez Tamayo
Cynthia Mendez Tamayo, LMFT
Children and Families Program Coordinator
Cynthia Mendez Tamayo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2005 and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Carlos Albizu University in 2009.

Cynthia has experience working with both children and adults of multicultural backgrounds. She has worked with children ages 3-18 in home, school and foster care settings. Through these settings she has been able to gain experience in addressing a variety of childhood issues. Also, while obtaining her Masters degree Cynthia completed a practicum at The League Against Cancer and later returned to assist on a pilot study about The Use of Complementary Medicine Among Cuban Cancer Patients in Miami at The League Against Cancer which she presented at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society 9th Annual Conference in 2012. She has worked with individuals, couples and families affected by cancer to address issues that arise from coping with treatment and illness. In 2012 Cynthia began working at Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (CSCGM) as a contract employee facilitating the Family Circle group. She worked on several projects for CSCGM and ultimately joined the team full-time as the Children and Families Program Coordinator for the new pediatric oncology initiative.
  

  
Miriam Prieto
Miriam Prieto Lopez
Program Assistant
Miriam Prieto Lopez has been with the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (formally The Wellness Community - Greater Miami) since it opened its doors in 2002.  She holds an Associate of Science in Administrative Healthcare Management and has specialized training for physician offices, medical specialty clinics and hospital environments.  She has advanced knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting, standardized medical coding, records management, and the professional operations of the healthcare facilities.

Prieto Lopez is responsible for assisting the Program Director in all aspects of Community programming as necessary, as well as maintaining an open level of communication and hospitability towards all participants and inquirers.  She is also responsible for maintaining all of the participant records and data information as well as preparing various statistical reports for the Program Director and the National arm of the Cancer Support Community. Additionally, Prieto Lopez does all the graphic design for the monthly program calendar, and is responsible for distributing them to our participants, medical offices, and other interested parties.

As a licensed cosmetologist, Prieto Lopez has been trained to offer the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program for women undergoing cancer treatment, which she volunteers to run every other month, if needed, at the Cancer Support Community facility.

  

  
Susie Winslow-Garcia
Susie Winslow-Garcia
Administrative Assistant
Susie Winslow-Garcia graduated from Florida International University’s School of Architecture in 2008 where she earned her Bachelor of Interiors degree in Interior Design.  Before joining the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami in July 2011, Susie worked for Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra LLC as a Tax Processor in the Tax & Accounting Department.

Winslow-Garcia acts as a volunteer for The Universal Charity Foundation, Inc., United Way and has participated in the Susan G. Komen, Race For The Cure.  Her experience in these, and many other important charitable causes, has motivated Winslow-Garcia to dedicate herself to a career in the non-profit arena.

  

Facilitators:

Pascale Denis Denizé,
M.S. Ed., MHC-I

Mae S. Greenberg, LMHC

Oscar R. Hernandez, M.D.

Cynthia Mendez, LMFT

Gloria Montes de Oca, Ph.D.

Susan B. Rainsberger,
MS, NCC, MHC, MFT-I

Eric Torres, Psy.D.

Isabel Trabanco, LCSW

Instructors:

Felipe Azambuja, MA

Cathee Connor, CLM
Certified Lebed Method Instructor

Lise Efronson, Yoga Instructor

Jorge Gonzalez

Nancy Greene Fishman,
Certified Personal Trainer

Rosanna Lamarche,
Certified Zumba Instructor

JoAnn Sheehe

Elisa Smith

Dieticians:

Karla Otero, RD, LD