Claudia C. Kitchens, Executive Director of the Woman's Fund, is a tireless worker in the field of domestic violence. She has spearheaded creative programs to help victims, such as the transitional housing for homeless abused women and children, Inn Transition, North and South; the Dade Alliance Against Domestic Violence; the Teen Dating Violence Intervention Program; the Victim Emergency Relief Fund; and the Miami Coalition for the Homeless. She currently sits on the board of Kristi House, serving victims of sexual abuse. She has served as State Director of Kids Voting Florida, a national project for better understanding by children of the voting process and as President of the Junior League of Miami, coordinating volunteers and representing the organization in the business and civic community.
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Cindy Lederman, Judge of the Juvenile Court, is a community leader and advocate for the rights of women and juveniles. She has initiated and expanded the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Court; founded the Girls Advocacy Project, a model intervention program for girls in the Juvenile Detention Center; and spearheaded the opening of the Head Start Facility for maltreated children. She serves on boards and councils studying deviant peer contagion; violence and victims; gender bias; education, youth and families; and has written a concept entitled Judicial Decision Making to Ensure Permanency Planning for Substance Exposed Newborns. Judge Lederman's court has been designated as an Infant and Young Children's Mental Health Pilot site, and she has written many articles and publications based on her work.
Linnea Pearson, Ph.D. Unitarian minister, religious scholar, and community activist, focuses on women and children and peace. She heads the National Conference for Community and Justice Task Force on Domestic Violence and serves on the Board of the Miami-Dade Victim Services Center. She has advocated for the farm worker, the environment, and, she is the current leader of the local branch of Women in Black. Among her publications are Separate Paths: Why People End Their Lives and Dreams on Fire: Embers of Hope, Reflections from the Pulpit following the Rodney King Uprisings in Los Angeles.
Rosa Sugranes, founder and Chair of the Board of Iberia Tiles, is the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council Chair. She is a member of the United Way; the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, chairing the English +1 committee; the FIU Board of Trustees; the State Transportation Commission; and she is Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch. She has received the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Small Business Council of America.
Lilia Garcia is a devoted champion of the arts and an educational leader. She facilitates the enlightenment of women and students through the promotion of art as a powerful tool in the educational process of students and the unification of a diverse community.
Dr. Soto is an experienced physician, mentor and leader in the field of health care. She strives to meet the needs of women and the under-served by championing the movement for holistic community medicine.
Dr. West is an esteemed educator and political founder who seeks to empower women through active involvement in the political process and party leadership. She also encourages support for youth through mentorship.