Russell Corbett, President/Chair
Russell Corbett, a native Miamian, Studied at Miami Dade, Broward Community and Barry University and worked briefly in retail and home health care before taking a job with the US Postal Service in 1981. He has held many positions in Mail Processing, Customer Service, and Human Resources.
In October 1983, Russell was one of seven founding board members of Health Crisis Network (HCN) serving several terms as Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. In 1998, when HCN merged with Community Research Initiative (CRI), Russell was elected to the Board of Care Resource and has served as one of the Vice Presidents, Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee.
Russell has also been active with the South Florida Renaissance Historical Society and The Episcopal AIDS Ministry at Trinity Cathedral. From 1983 until 2001 he volunteered with the outreach program at St. Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church in North Miami Beach where he also sang in the choir, served several terms on the Vestry served as Verger. Since 2002, he has served at his new parish, St. Stephens Episcopal Church Coconut Grove. as a Verger, acolyte, chorister, and as a member of & co-chair of the Aids Outreach Ministry.
Russell and Christopher, his partner of fifteen years, live on Enchanted Place in North Miami where they were instrumental in beginning and spend their Decembers coordinating the Enchanted Place Holiday Lights Display, which has brought over $300,000 in donations to the agency in the last fourteen years.
George Castrataro, Vice President/Vice Chair
Born in New York, George moved to Florida in 1992 where he pursued his undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida, subsequently receiving a Masters Degree in Public Health. Following graduate school George worked extensively in the public health field both as a manager with the Florida Department of Health and later at the National American Red Cross in Washington, DC. While at Red Cross, George oversaw operations for one of the largest national disease prevention programs in the country. George has published research and numerous scholarly articles in the areas of public health and infectious disease.
In 2001, George founded Non-Profit Capacity Builders, Inc (NPCB) and simultaneously pursued his Juris Doctorate at Florida International University. During NPCB’s first year, it secured in excess of $2,000,000 in grant funding. After graduating law school, George accepted the role of supervising attorney for Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. where he managed the Consumer and HIV Law section, and subsequently created the Human Rights section.
As an attorney, Mr. Castrataro is a nationally recognized expert in consumer law and foreclosure defense. His work in consumer law has been featured by the Associated Press, CBC Primetime News, and numerous local media sources. In 2007, he spear-headed the creation of a Blue-Ribbon Foreclosure Panel and cochaired the panel with County Mayor Lois Wexler. In 2008, George created the Law Offices of George Castrataro, PA where he provides legal services in a wide array of areas ranging from civil litigation, bankruptcy, discrimination, small business, and health law. George resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Jay Beskin, Treasurer
A practicing attorney and non-practicing certified public accountant, Jay Beskin is a partner at the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale law firm of Rarick & Beskin, P.A. He concentrates his practice in business, taxation and trusts and estates. Jay received his B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, his J.D. from Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law and his C.P.A. from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Florida, Illinois and District of Columbia Bars. He is a former adjunct professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
From 1996 through 2005, Jay served on the Aventura City Commission, and he served two terms as Vice Mayor of Aventura. His other community activities include serving as board member and treasurer of Jewish Council for Youth Services, chair of the Planned Giving Committee of the United Way of Broward County and president of the Northeast Dade Coalition. Jay has been on the Board of Food for Life Network since 1993 and on the Board of Care Resource since 2013.
Daniel Falcon, Secretary
Daniel Falcon was raised in Miami and attended the University of Miami, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems. In 1985, he became a full-time employee at the University of Miami. Daniel began as a Production Assistant and he has held many positions during his tenure at Information Technology, where he is currently a Systems Analyst.
Since health, fitness, and education have always figured prominently in his life, Daniel has taken the time to research, study and obtain fitness certifications. He is currently a Spinning instructor and teaches Spinning and other group classes at a South Beach gym.
Daniel has served several years on the board of the Miami Chapter of Workout for Hope, a campaign to raise money for AIDS research for City of Hope in California, and he was chairperson in 1997. He participates in the AIDS Walk Miami yearly and does what he can to raise monies and awareness for HIV prevention. “Volunteering can be such a rewarding experience.”
Dorothy Holmes, Ph.D., Member
Dr. Dorothy A. Holmes was born and reared in Miami. She is the fifth of seven children. She was educated in the Dade County Public Schools system. After completing high school in 1967 from Mays Jr. and Sr. High School, Dr. Holmes graduated from Miami-Dade Community College. She then attended Florida A &M University and later graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 1981 she obtained a Master degree in Social Work from Barry University, and in 1991 she obtained her doctor of philosophy degree in psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology.
As a psychologist, Dr. Holmes worked in the Florida Juvenile Justice system and the adult criminal system as a forensic psychologist. She is currently a psychologist with the Florida State Office of Disability Determination and Jessie Trice Community Health Center. Her profession includes work with children, adults, families, substance abusers, disability issues, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She is the owner of Dorothy A. Holmes Psychological Services, Inc.
Dr. Holmes is a Past President of The Association of Black Psychologists, and member of the local chapter of The Association of Black Psychologists, South Florida Chapter. She is the president of the Board of Directors of Care Resource, an agency for the treatment and care of individuals infected with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Holmes also is a member of the New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Jaime Franco, PhD, MBA, MPH, Member
Jaime Franco is Vice President and Managing Partner at LITMUS, a clinical trials consulting firm where he plays a key role in project management, total quality management, and human capital development. He’s also a Principal of a group of medical spas in South Florida.
Dr. Franco is also an assistant professor at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and adjunct at the R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business and the Chapman Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Franco has 20 plus years working in corporate and non-corporate environments. He taught health sciences in health professional programs at several colleges and universities in Illinois. He worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health and NGOs participating in clinical trials. He also worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and FedEx.
At FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean Division he managed finance, sales, quality driven management, human capital, and social responsibility programs for over 4,000 employees located throughout 50 countries and territories aligning with global strategies for 300,000 employees worldwide.
Dr. Franco is committed to global citizenship efforts locally and nationally. He serves on the board of directors of Care Resource and the March of Dimes and is a committee member of the Academy of Management and Health Council of South Florida.
Ana Garcia Ph.D., Member
Ana Garcia currently holds a faculty position as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Infectious Diseases & Immunology since 1986. Ana has a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work (currently completing a Ph.D., in Social Work) from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Currently, and is the the Pediatric Coordinator of our Ryan White Part D Project (the Miami Family Care Program). Having lectured extensively as well as contributed to the literature on the psychosocial issues affecting infants, children, youth and their families, Ana will continue to focus her immediate goals on psychosocial/adolescent research, the transition of 250 perinatally infected youth into adulthood, and further program development.
As a social work clinician, she has worked with children with the HIV disease and their families since 1983. This grassroots experience has contributed to her consulting work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the World Health Organization, PAJHO, the Surgeon General’s Work Group on AIDS, the National Minority Health
Council, the Hispanic Women’s Leadership Council, and the Health Resources Services Administration. Ana has served on the boards of the National Catholic AIDS Network and Health Crisis Network, and is currently a board member of Care Resources (a Miami HIV/AIDS CBO).
Anthony Hernandez, Member
Anthony Hernandez currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for Masada health division of Jewish Community Services (JCS of South Florida) and has served in this capacity for four years. While at Masada, he has also served in other roles defining his strengths and communicating his dependable and high level administrative experience. He has shown his abilities both logistically as well as operationally.
Upon graduation, Mr. Hernandez was recruited through a college recruitment internship at Florida Power and Light and was quickly positioned as there Human Resources Recruiter and Consultant for there Customer Relations business unit. In this role, Mr. Hernandez was exposed to the processes and procedures in the Human Resource field for this organization and had to focus on employee moral and customer service. This role served to improve both the internal and external expectations to reduce turn over and in turn create the possibility to promote from within. The skills learned during this highly demanding position served an integral role in developing the skills in making Mr. Hernandez as an asset to any endeavor he pursues. Mr. Hernandez is currently pursuing his MBA at Columbia University, through there interactive online program, he will receive his degree summer of 2011. Aside from his personal goals, Mr. Hernandez has participated for the last seven years as an integral and spirited member of the logistics team for Miami Book Fair International at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. In this role, Mr. Hernandez spends many late nights assembling the greatest street fair in the United States with the goal to support the importance of literacy with the small sacrifice of time well spent. In this yearly commitment, Mr. Hernandez has also developed strong relationships with Administrators that once mentored him as a student and now are some of his closest friends.
Daniel Sera, Member
Born and raised in Chicago, Daniel Sera relocated to Miami to attend Florida International University where he graduated with a degree in International Relations and Marketing. Daniel currently serves as the Interactive Creative Director for Carnival Cruise Lines where he oversees the majority of the company’s online properties and internet marketing initiatives.
As a licensed massage therapist, Daniel often donates his time for community sporting events, as well as to pursue opportunities for touch therapy at La Liga Contra el Cancer center in Miami. As a leadership supporter for United Way, he has volunteered and participated in various community service programs throughout the South Florida area.
After years as an avid supporter of AIDS Walk Miami for many years, Daniel joined Care Resource in 2006. Here he continues to promote HIV awareness and prevention through the agencies outstanding programs.
Sonja Batteen (Smith), Member
Sonja Batteen is currently the Senior Sales Executive to the industry leader in fleet fuel management, FleetCor Technologies and Ambassador to Associated Builders and Contractors. As a Senior Executive at FleetCor, Sonja is responsible for establishing and developing new accounts in Dade, Broward, and Martin Counties. Duties include marketing to new and existing customers through creation, development, and implementation of fleet fuel solutions. Her duties as Ambassador to Associated Builders and Contractors enable Sonja to build relationships with key companies dedicated to the growth of South Florida and responsible for most new construction projects in our community.
Prior to joining FleetCor, Sonja worked for nine years in the communications industry with AT&T. Sonja spent her early years out of high school as a non commissioned officer with the United States Marine Corps. As a soldier she managed the medical and dental supplies for all Marines deploying out of Camp Pendleton, CA for exercises both foreign and domestic. One of the things instilled from the Marine Corps was the importance of good health and fitness which Sonja lives by to this day, incorporating running and healthy eating into her daily lifestyle.
Sonja first became aware of Care Resource and Food For Life Network through her uncle who has been HIV positive for 22 years. Through her uncle, having been a recipient of the programs offered at Care Resource, Sonja saw first hand how the education, care, treatment, and support services improved his health and the overall quality of his life. The impact made on his life has forever impacted her life, so when an AIDS charity dropped out of the ING Marathon in 2009, Sonja, her uncle and cousin, together with Care Resource founded the Food For Life Network AIDS Marathon/Half Marathon fundraiser. Sonja is honored and proud to give back to the organization and family who constantly put the needs of the cause and other people before their own.
When Sonja is not working or continuing her education her hobbies include reading, running, golfing, mountain biking and occasional sky diving.