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Board of Directors

Our Fund / Board of Directors
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Scott Bennett

Chair
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Len McNally

Vice Chair
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Sue Wilder

Treasurer
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Ken Flick

Secretary

Scott L. Bennett has resided in South Florida on a part time and full time basis for over 16 years, and he has been active in Our Fund for many years including most recently as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Len McNally retired in 2015 after 25 years at The New York Community Trust as Program Director for Health and People with Special Needs. In his tenure at The Trust, Len made close to 2,100 grants totaling more than $112 million in areas covering biomedical research, health policy and services, elderly, and people with AIDS.

Sue Wilder is a retired financial services industry executive. She has been residing in South Florida for the past 15 years. Her interests include theater, movies, book reviewing and rock and roll.

Ken Flick is a native of Washington, D.C. and has been a resident of the Fort Lauderdale area since 2005. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Governments from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Comprehensive City Planning from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Fellow.

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Scott is the retired Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel of S&P Global, Inc. (Formally The McGraw-Hill Companies) where he worked from 1979 to 2016.  Scott was the founder and long time President of the LGBT employee resource group at the McGraw-Hill Companies. Prior to 1979, Scott worked at the Wall Street law firm of Donovan Leisure Newton and Irvine in New York City.

 Scott is a Board member of SAGE USA which provides advocacy and services for LGBT elders on a nationwide basis. Scott is an active supporter of many LGBTQ non profit and political  organizations in South Florida and nationally.

Scott holds a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University Law School and a BA degree with High Distinction from the University of Michigan

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Before joining the Trust, Len planned community programs for more than a decade for chronically ill senior citizens and people with AIDS.  He also served on the September 11th Fund in creating and funding health insurance programs for victims of the terrorist attacks.

Len’s background is in science having earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from Northeastern University.  He later found a passion in public health and pursued a master’s in public health at Columbia University.

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Sue currently volunteers and serves on the Board at Island City Stage.

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Ken is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for American Facilities, Inc., the parent company of The Crew Club, a men’s health club and sauna in Washington, which he owns with his husband, D.C. Allen.

Prior to 1999, Ken was a transportation planner in the Washington area for twenty five years, working for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Maryland Department of Transportation. As such, he was responsible for overall program management of major systems planning programs, plus project management for numerous transportation planning and economic studies and technical research analyses.

Ken and his husband are major supporters of a number of LGBTQ organizations in South Florida and Washington, as well as organizations that are nationwide in scope. In 2018, they were presented the Al LaMorges Distinguished Community Service Award by the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, given to Community Leaders that best embody the spirit of selfless service and support of LGBT Arts Organizations.

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Rae Chorowski

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Jimmy Cunningham

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Susanne Ellman

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Angelique Grant

Rae Chorowski, of Chorowski & Clary, P.A., has been Our Fund’s leading corporate sponsor for three years running.  Rae is a marital and family lawyer over 20 years ago and has served on the board of Hispanic Unity and Legal Aid Service of Broward County and is Past-President of the Broward County Hispanic Lawyers Association. 

Jimmy Cunningham has been a licensed Florida Real Estate Agent since 2009 and an active participant in the Real Estate Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale in the Leadership Academy Graduate, member of committees including MLS, Screening and the Leadership Academy Development and others.

Susanne has been a Florida resident, part-time then full-time, since 1995. Originally from Indiana, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Hanover College. After graduation, she moved to Washington, DC where she worked briefly for the CIA and then subsequently joined IBM. Over her 25 years with IBM, she had a succession of technical, marketing and HR management jobs. She retired from IBM in 1991.

Angelique Grant, Ph.D., is a Senior Consultant, with the Aspen Leadership Group. Dr. Grant has worked in university advancement for over 22 years, most recently serving as the Assistant Vice President for Development at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

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Rae has been managing the programs and finances of the Broward County Matrimonial Lawyers and has volunteered her time representing financially disadvantaged clients in family law matters.  Rae’s community service includes training trial skills to future lawyers as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Civil Law Clinic at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law.

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Jimmy was born in Iowa and raised in Northern New Jersey. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, earning a Bachelors Business Management and Marketing. His past experience includes 12 years at Dun & Bradstreet in the northeast, and owner/operator of “In Chef We Trust Catering & Event Services” in Broward County for 10 years.

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After retiring, Susanne developed an interest in art quilting. She is recognized in Florida quilting circles as an artist, a teacher and a judge. She now donates her work for fundraisers. Her volunteer work includes registering voters, fundraising for Gilda’s Club and Equality Florida, and alumni development for her alma mater. She has served on the boards of both Gilda’s Club and Hanover College. As co-owner of Ellman Properties, she also works with her husband in managing their investments in residential and commercial properties across the US.

In 2008, she was Volunteer Coordinator for the LGBT Get Out the Vote (GOTV) office for Obama in Wilton Manors. This assignment led to increased involvement with the local LGBT community. She and her husband joined Equality Florida as allies that same year; together they strongly support the fight for basic human rights for everyone. As an ally, she sees LGBT rights as basic human rights.

She and her husband, Marty, live downtown in the Las Olas Grand with their dog, Buddy. They love theater, movies, books, dining out, and travel.

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During this time, she oversaw the fundraising efforts for eight Colleges and museums – and responsible for over $30 million annually during the university’s $750 million campaign.

Prior, she served as the College of Medicine’s Assistant Vice President of Development and Assistant Dean of Medical Advancement at FIU, where she led a development team, and implemented a comprehensive fundraising program for this new College.

This university advancement veteran has held fundraising positions at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Princeton University, and Washington State University raising over $100 million in her career. The Fulbright Scholar was a communications instructor at WSU, and adjunct faculty member at UM. She has expertise in medical development fundraising, building teams, and strategic development.

She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration specializing in Institutional Advancement, a M.A. in Communication from Washington State University and B.S. in Journalism from Florida A&M University.

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Ziad Habayeb

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Donald Hayden

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Andrew Jimenez

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Greg Kabel

Ziad has 23+ years of experience in the financial industry, ranging from banking to security investments. Ziad is a graduate of the University Of South Florida with a B.A. in Business Administration and economics.

Donald J. Hayden is a partner with the law firm of Mark Migdal & Hayden in their Miami Office. Prior to joining Berger Singerman LLP, Don was a principal at Baker & McKenzie for twenty years.

Andrew L. Jiménez earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and a J.D. from Boston College.

Greg Kabel has practiced law for over 25 years, focusing exclusively on the areas of Trusts and Estates, Probate, and Business Transactions.

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Ziad began his career at Barnett Bank, Inc. As a financial credit analyst, then joined PaineWebber / UBS as a vice president of investments, and most recently served as senior vice president and portfolio manager at Citigroup Smith Barney. Ziad and his team of five members compromise “The Habayeb Group”.

Additionally, with every recommendation and strategy, Ziad focuses on limiting risk while helping to educate clients about how his investment choices work to support their long-term goals. From retirement planning and insurance strategies to banking and lending resources, Ziad is dedicated to reinforcing clients’ complete financial lives.

Named to Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors in 2009.

Ziad enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and history. His passion for the culinary arts and cooking stems from his Mediterranean upbringing. Additionally, Ziad is an avid humanitarian, with involvement in numerous charitable organizations in the local community and abroad.

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He specializes in complex commercial litigation and employment and trade secret disputes. He is also a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

He is active in the community at both  the local and national level, serving as the Chair of the Miami Foundation LGBT Grants Committee, a member of the Lambda Legal National Leadership Council for over a decade, a Guardian Society member of SAVE, and serving on the Board of Directors of Catalyst Miami Foundation in addition to his board membership with Our Fund.  He has also handled several high profile pro bono cases for Lambda Legal and others relating to LGBT rights.

He lives in Miami Shores, Florida with his partner, Brian Thompson.

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During law school, he was an active member of the Latin American Law Students Association, Lambda Law, and the Holocaust/Human Rights Project. He also represented the school at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition.

As a practicing attorney in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, he established Jiménez Law Offices to focus on the complex legal needs of his community. He assists clients in many legal areas, including estate planning, trust formation and administration, business management, and state/federal litigation. A large percentage of his client base is international.

Andrew’s dedication to the community is demonstrated by his civic involvement. He has served on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Community Services Board, and he is currently Treasurer of the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network of the Florida Bar. He also serves as a board member for Our Fund, a foundation that unites donors with organizations supporting the local LGBT community. He enjoys active participation with other national and local LGBT organizations, especially the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Andrew was named one of Florida State University’s Thirty Under 30 for his significant contributions to his profession and community.

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He began his legal career in Chicago at the national law firms of Mayor, Brown & Platt, as an associate, and then McDermott, Will & Emery, as partner.  McDermott, Will & Emery has a nationally renowned Estate Planning practice and Greg worked with some of the best and most innovative attorneys in the country in the areas of Wealth Preservation and Estate Planning for both individuals and families.

For over 10 years, since relocating to Florida, Greg has continued his practice, focusing on personalized Estate Planning for both traditional and non-traditional couples and families, as well as for individuals and the businesses they may own.

 

Greg attended Denison University where he earned a B.A., cum laude, in economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1980.  After graduation, he moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago, first earning his M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business in 1982 and later his J.D. from the Law School in 1987.

 

From 2009 through 2015 Greg was a member of the Board of Directors of SunServe during which time he served as the organization’s Secretary.

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George E. Pena

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Coleman Prewitt

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Paul Rolli

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Mark Reyes

George received the degree of Licenciado en Ciencas Económicas y Administración (equivalent to an MBA) from the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Coleman Prewitt holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law and a BS in Finance from Florida Atlantic University.

Paul J. Rolli was overwhelming elected to the Wilton Manors City Commission in 2018. In addition to a victory for Paul, Wilton Manors made history with its first time all-LGBTQ City Commission.

Aiming to be the next Rafael Nadal, this left-hander loves to play tennis! Mark Reyes is the Senior Director of Community Relations and Administration at the Urban League of Broward County.

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He qualified as a Contador Público in Uruguay, a Contador Auditor in Chile, and a Certified Public Accountant in the USA. He retired as a partner from Deloitte after 45 years’ service with the global network of auditing, tax and consulting firms

His life partner Tallen Bell lives in Texas, so they both frequently travel back and forth between Gun Barrel City and Ft. Lauderdale. For work and pleasure George has travelled extensively around the world, having visited some 80 different countries.

Since retirement, he has participated as a volunteer in local charities and in LGBT educational events around the country and in Canada. He strongly believes in the power of philanthropy and supports several LGBT non­-profit agencies through a DAF in Our Fund.

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He worked in the real estate department of a major Florida law firm and now serves as Associate General Counsel for Mergers & Acquisitions for SBA Communications Corporation, a publicly traded communications company. He has served and currently serves on the boards of various community and arts non-profit organizations.

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Paul retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 37 years. Career highlights include management, administration and oversight of all IRS foreign offices and various tax programs the US has in place with foreign governments.  Prior to a regional position in Florida, he was IRS Division Director, Overseas Operations in Washington, DC where he spent most of his career.

Paul is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign, Our Fund iGive Society, Pride Center Founders Circle, SunServe Guardian Circle, Stonewall Society, Patron Gay Men’s Chorus, National LBBTQ Task Force Leadership Council, Equality Florida, LBGTQ Democratic Caucus and others.

Paul is a resident homeowner since 2006 and lives with Bennett Quade, his partner of 22 years, and Priscilla, their mini doxie.

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Although born in Homestead, Mark calls Tampa home. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Yale University, he moved to New York to begin his career in non profit management and leadership. After eight years in the non profit sector, Mark went back to Yale University to get an MBA with a focus on Non profit Management. Over the course of his almost 20-year career, he has assumed frontline and leadership roles with an emphasis on development, administration and program management with the goal of having a well-rounded portfolio of experience.

While tennis dominates Mark’s free time now, dance is also one of Mark’s loves. As an undergrad, Mark was a dancer in Yale’s Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance Group, Rhythmic Blue. Mark continued to dance in NYC as a backup dancer, member of the group AIF with Avon Chandler and member of Richard Rivera’s Physual Dance Company from 2003-2004. In grad school, Mark trained in capoeira, a Brazilian art form that incorporates dance, martial arts, and music.

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Barb Signer

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G Wright Muir

Barbara was a professor at St. John’s University in Queens, NY for 22 years and retired in 2011. Since moving to Fort Lauderdale with her wife Fran Epstein, Barbara has been actively involved in the work of Our Fund, chairing the iGive Grant Revision Sub-Committee and serving on numerous grant review panels

G Wright Muir is an LGBTQ advocate, attorney and writer. As part of her advocacy work she produces “Thou Art Woman” – an event series using the arts to celebrate LGBTQ women and allies in South Florida.

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In addition, Barbara serves as a reviewer for The Point Foundation’s Graduate Scholarships/Fellowship Program. Barbara is also one of the founding members of The Galt Mile LGBT Community that promotes social events at neighborhood LGBT friendly venues, with a membership of over 500 neighbors.

Barbara has been a Member of The Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board, Mentor in The Take Stock in Children Broward High School Student Program, Reading Pal for Broward County Schools and Mathematics Tutor for Students Beyond High School Age to Earn their GED in Project Boost – Hands on Broward.

The most rewarding aspect of Barbara’s involvement in the causes she cares about is that in addition to making a contribution, she has met many wonderful people she now counts as friends.

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G serves on the Board for Our Fund Foundation and the Old Dillard Foundation. She also writes for Island Origins magazine and the Sun-Sentinel South Florida 100.

She has been recognized for her advocacy by the South Florida Gay News OUT50 list and with the Florida Diversity Council’s LGBT Leader Award. She works as a Professor of Practice at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in the Academic Success and Professionalism Department. Prior to joining NSU Law, G worked as a Senior Attorney with The Florida Bar; she also worked with the Broward County Law Office of the Public Defender, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and in private practice.

G is admitted to practice in Florida, New York and Connecticut. She is a past President of The T.J. Reddick Bar Association and served on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. She also recently served a three-year term on the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and is a member of the Gay & Lesbian Lawyer Network in Broward County.

G received her B.A. in Black Studies and Psychology from Amherst College and her J.D. from Pace University School of Law. She has two amazing sons who grew up way too quickly.