Polly Appel holds an MSW degree from Columbia School of Social Work and a Master of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has been assisting Kristi House with its client engagement project, “Healing EMBRACE,” which seeks to identify ways to improve referral rates of engagement from Kristi House and CAC partners. She has helped identify techniques, best practices and training curriculum we can deploy that could be helpful to the families we serve. She and her husband Peter have three sons.
Yvonne Chen is International Project Director for Carnival Corporation where she has worked for 14 years. She is responsible for leading the planning and integration of start-up and ongoing requirements in international markets, including commercial strategy and ship operations. Experienced in strategy, business development, project management and advisory services, she brings to Kristi House an ability to understand complex processes involving finance, compliance and operations. Prior to working with Carnival she worked in audit for KPMG Chartered Accountants and Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants in Canada.
Chris Cruzpino joined Regions in 2008 and is the South Florida Regional Executive for Regions Private Wealth Management and the Market Executive for the Miami-Dade market. Chris oversees Private Wealth operations for the West Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and International markets. As the Market Executive, she works with colleagues and community members to identify opportunities for the bank and its associates to make a meaningful difference in response to local needs. Through volunteer service, nonprofit support, delivering financial education, and more, Cruzpino reflects the company’s commitment to meeting clients’ needs while supporting the vitality of the broader Miami-Dade community.
Prior to joining Regions Financial, Chris held the role of Executive Vice-President and Chief Sales Officer of Great Florida Bank. Cruzpino began her professional career in 1984 at Bank of America in the Consumer Bank channel. Chris served in many roles during her 23-year tenure at Bank of America including Senior Vice President and Market Manager for the Premier Banking and Investments division, as well as National Executive of the International Premier Wealth Management division.
Cruzpino is originally from Cuba and moved to the U.S. in 1962 with her family. She has served as Miami Dade County’s March of Dimes Walk America Chairperson, sits on the Miami Dade College Alumni Association Board, and has been an active participant in various organizations including American Heart Association, United Way, St. Jude Hospital and The Diversity Council.
Susan Dandes is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She is the Clinical Director of the UM Child Protection Team, a Kristi House partner. Dr. Dandes is the clinical supervisor at CPT where she also performs psychological evaluations of children suspected of being abused or neglected as well as their family members.
Rachelle de Moya is a Certified Public Accountant who is currently a stay-at-home mother. Ethan, Juliette, Lucas and Emma keep her on her toes, along with her teenage stepchildren. A Tampa native, she moved to Miami 10 years ago where she obtained her Bachelors and Masters in Accounting at the University of South Florida. Rachelle has been co-chair of Kristi House’s Breaking the Silence annual program and currently serves as the Nominating Chair. She has been a volunteer fundraiser for Westminster Christian School and Parent-to-Parent of Miami. Supporting organizations that assist children is something she holds dear to her heart.
Santiago Eljaiek III is the Shareholder of the Firm and heads the Transactional Department. His practice includes the representation of national and international clients, focusing primarily on the sale, purchase, lease and financing of commercial properties, real estate, and asset based and structured lending. Mr. Eljaiek also structures and negotiates complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, venture and growth capital investments, debt and equity financings and corporate restructurings. His clientele is diverse, including private equity and venture capital funds and corporations, as well as high net worth families and individuals. Eljaiek serves as outside general counsel for a variety of profit and not-for-profit Corporations and Condominium.
Fran Feinberg is Director of the Criminal Court Project of the Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. This office is part of the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program which is a network of professional staff and community advocates partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. Miami is one of the state’s leading local Guardian ad Litem programs in 20 judicial circuits in Florida.
Gary Jackson is a retired Miami Police Detective with 25 years of experience in investigating sexual and physical abuse cases. Detective Jackson has been a Kristi House Founding Board Member since 1996. He is a Miami native and a graduate from Barry University. In 2011 the City of Miami honored Gary with a Proclaimation recognizing his years of service on the Miami Police force. He has two grown children.
Juliana is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, located just outside of Detroit. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby’s Institute in London and a Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan. Juliana runs her own jewelry design business. She and her husband Alex, who is the founding partner of Juniper Capital, have lived in Miami for six years with their children. She worked closely with the board of the children’s health foundation when she lived in Aspen, and in Miami she is a member of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation Board. Juliana and Alex were featured in the Miami Magazine philanthropy edition as one of the notable philanthropic families in South Florida.
Dr. Andrea Lippman Loeb is a Licensed Psychologist who has been practicing in the Miami area for 15 years. her specialties include assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults and adjustment to major life changes and challenges. Dr. loed also has extensive experience in the treatment of sexually abused children and served as Clinical Director of Kristi House for more than two years when the Orlowitz-Lee Center opened in 1999. Dr. Loeb completed her internship and residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Loeb is currently the co-owner of a successful private therapy practice in Miami, named South Miami Psychology Group. She and her husband, David have three children.
Jennifer Love is Royal Caribbean’s security chief and senior vice president for safety, security, environment, and medical/public health. Ms. Love spent most of her career as an FBI agent, beginning as a street agent in 1987 and retiring in 2012 as the bureau’s assistant director for the security division. She was responsible for the physical safety of the FBI’s personnel, confidential information and internal police department, and both the U.S. attorney general and the FBI director. She was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service. Although expecting to retire after 25 years at the FBI, she was lured to RCL to take over as the company’s security chief. She was persuaded by cruise line’s commitment to the environment, by its drive to be ABC – Above and Beyond Compliance – in the regulatory realm, and by its culture of relentless innovation. RCL has been one of Kristi House’s founding corporate supporters.
Karen Reiter is a real estate broker with ONE Sotheby's International Realty. She specializes in representing individuals, businesses, developers, landlords and tenants in domestic and international real estate transactions. Prior to joining Keller Williams she was the founder and managing director of Tanglewood Acquisition Group. Karen was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and lived in Chile, Canada and England growing up, and is fluent in four languages. Karen has been married 34 years to Luis Reiter, and has grown twin children, Jacquie and David. She has been dedicated to Kristi House for several years prior to joining the Board.
Ania Rodriguez is founder and CEO of Key Lime Interactive. Her firm has served as a user experience advisor to Fortune 500 companies around the world for nearly the past two decades on the topics of User Interface Design, Product Design, and User Research. Known for her focus on actionable results and quality, Ania’s leadership has resulted in double-digit growth over the past six years and the company has emerged to become the leading user experience research firm in the United States. She is a mother of two children, Vanessa and Max. She is an inspiration to young women with dreams to pursue their own business while juggling the family life.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Schaul, M.A., Ed, MBSR Certified Instructor, is a children’s book author and tutoring company owner who has worked education for 16 years. After 13 years of teaching in both the public and private elementary sectors, Elizabeth co-founded PowerPlus Tutoring, which she has owned and operated for the past three years. She is an active member of her children’s school, Temple Beth Am, where she serves on the Executive Board and as a member of the School Board. She has been involved with Beaux Arts benefiting the Lowe Art Museum, Make-a-Wish Foundation and events benefitting the Arsht Center and Miami City Ballet. She is chair of Kristi House’s Silver Lining Gala in February 2020.
Tony is an expert in leading child trafficking recovery missions. He spent 25 years in the United States Army, with most of his career assigned to Special Operations. Tony’s career started in the infantry and later went into the aviation field. He spent 15 years assigned to Army aviation, with nine of those years in Special Operations Aviation. Tony retired after over two decades of service while assigned to United States Special Operations Command. Upon retirement in 2005, Tony started Phantom Rescue, a non-profit focused on rescuing children from trafficking situations. Tony brings his expertise in the child trafficking space and his years of experience conducting successful child rescues to the ERASE team.
Natalie Snyder is Division Chief of the Sexual Battery and Child Abuse Unit of the State Attorney’s Office for Miami-Dade County. Fulfilling an agency-partner seat, Ms. Snyder has served on Kristi House’s Board of Directors since 2018. She obtained her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005.
Recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as a “Power Leader in Marketing,” Tina van der Ven has dedicated her distinguished 15-plus year marketing career to helping global law and accounting firms achieve their business and communications goals. Prior to establishing her own marketing consulting firm in 2017, VDV Consulting, Tina was the regional marketing director of Greenberg Traurig, and prior to that health care marketing consultant for Ernst & Young. Tina has been equally devoted to giving of her time, talents and treasure to the community through leadership and board positions for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Miami City Ballet, Miracle Society, and United Way Women’s Leadership group, among others. She’s mentored several youth along the way, and was recently inducted to the NSU University School “Hall of Fame.” Tina lives in Coconut Grove with her husband and their two young children.
Wansley Walters is the former Secretary for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. As a nationally recognized leader in the field of juvenile justice and a long standing child advocate, she pioneered the reform of the largest comprehensive juvenile justice system in the country in the administration of Governor Rick Scott. Under her leadership, the agency implemented strategies that have reduced the juvenile crime statewide and the number of children in detention and residential care as well as expanding civil citations for first time misdemeanors statewide. She finished her tenure with the 2014 Florida Legislature unanimously passing legislation that insures the continuation of the reforms. Wansley was previously the Director of the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, that included the operation of the largest Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) in Florida. Wansley currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet.
Ms. Waugh is a trial attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami where she is Deputy Chief in the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section. A 17-year veteran at the agency, she has prosecuted a wide variety of federal crimes, including firearms trafficking, drug trafficking, child sexual exploitation, felon in possession, immigration offenses, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Previously she worked at a one of the top litigation firms in the nation) in New York office, and prior to that spent 10 years working for the DEA handling numerous investigations and assisting in the prosecutions of offenders involved in drug trafficking and money laundering. She is the proud mother of two-year- old Brittany.
Kara Zeder Rosen was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida where she has made her home. After graduating from Brown University in 2007, Kara returned to South Florida to take a position with Pointe Group Advisors, a commercial real estate development company. Now a licensed real estate agent, she specializes in luxury residential real estate and is a principal at The Jills Zeder Group, consistently one of South Florida’s most successful luxury real estate teams.