Board of Directors

Friendship Circle is guided by an 18-member Board of Directors, comprised of a diverse group of medical professionals, philanthropists, executives, and community leaders, each committed to the mission of the organization. 

 

Board Chair
David Evensky, RMA
Principal, Evensky & Katz Financial

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Board Treasurer
Paul Kaplan
Co-Founder, KW Property Management

Paul recieved his MBA from the University of Miami and his Bachelors from Tulane. He is the Founder and Managing Director of both KW Property Management and Consulting and RKW Residential, and is an accomplished accounting, finance and real estate professional. KW Property Management and RKW Residential collectively offer property management, accounting services and consulting for real estate assets throughout the SE United States and the Bahamas for over 100,000 units with the help of over 1,900 employees.

Board Secretary
Tracey Berkowitz
Trustee, Fairholme Foundation

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Michele Kaplan
Co-Founder, Families for Fragile X

Michele Kaplan received a B.A. in Elementary Education, with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Florida International University. She was a teacher for Miami-Dade Public County Public Schools for 6 years. After her son was born with Fragile X Syndrome, she co-founded Families for Fragile X in 2008, where she currently serves as President. Most importantly, Michele is a mom to three children: Rachel, Matthew, and Alyson.

Claudia Potamkin
Chairman and Founder, Global Oceans

Claudia Potamkin began her professional career in media as a sportscaster in the late 70’s, producing sports news for newstalk radio WNWS and ABC’s Channel 10, and broadcasting radio for Miami Hurricanes Baseball. Claudia has served on the boards of civic and charitable boards for over 40 years and feels it is a duty and an honor to respond to the needs of her local and global communities.

Claudia joined Friendship Circle's Board because "there is no better initiative than to give those with special needs the opportunity to thrive with the same positive external cues and support that we all enjoy."

Monica Cantera-Serralta
Pan American Companies

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Dr. Diane Adreon
Associate Director,UM-NSU CARD

Diane has served as the associate director of the University of Miami - Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities since 1993. In addition, Dr. Adreon presents and consults nationally and internationally on high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

She loves and supports Friendship Circle because "their recreational programs help individuals with developmental disabilities have positive experiences socializing with others and learning new skills."

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Dr. Trevor Resnick, M.D.
Former Chief, Department of Neurology, Nicklaus Children's Hospital & Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Resnick is Emeritus Chief of the Department of Neurology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. He is Professor of Neurology at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town South Africa. He completed his Pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and Neurology training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Resnick has authored numerous scientific publications and edited several books and journal supplements. He is a member of editorial boards of leading neurology journals and lectures widely in North America. His research interests have focused on the neurodevelopmental correlates and treatment of chronic epilepsy and comorbid neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Stacy Bolduc
Family Member

Shacy has a passion for making the lives of people with special needs as fulfilling as possible, and knows what it takes to raise children who have special needs in our community!

Stacy graduated from Southern Methodist University with two degrees before choosing a career in investment banking. She retired after her son was diagnosed with special needs to care for him and an ever-growing family of three more children, including a second child with special needs.

 

For the past 25 years, Stacy has been a staunch advocate for appropriate health care, education, and inclusion for all. She has served in various leadership roles and on the boards of other charitable and educational organizations.

Stacy is excited about Friendship Circle in particular because it offers a loving, safe, and fun way for people of all ages and abilities to make real, true connections with other people. She is committed to helping the Friendship Circle grow, develop and build the resources and facilities to keep making the magic happen!

 

Joe Roisman
Executive Vice President, Perry Ellis International

 

Born in Havana, Joe came to the United States from Cuba via Israel, and his story is a true inspiration. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces and is also a veteran of the Six Day War in 1967. Married to Wife Aida for 49 years, Joe has 4 sons, 3 daughters in law and 3 grandchildren.

Joe is the Executive Vice President for Perry Ellis International, having held various positions at the company in his 48 years of service where he has played an integral role in the company's growth and expansion. Joe has been a treasure to our community, serving on the boards of the Beacon Council, Cancer Support Community of Miami, Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables, The Education Fund, Friendship Circle of Miami, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, The Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, South Dade Executive Council of AIPAC, United Way, and Temple Samu-El Or Olom.

Libby Herrera-Navarrete
Phillips, Richard and Rind, P.A

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Todd Ruderman
Tarco Properties, LLC & Value Store It Mgmt

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Eugene R. Hershorin, M.D.
Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Health
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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Rossana Arteaga-Gomez
AXS Law Group

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Robert C. Josefsberg
Partner, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

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Jason Margulies
Partner, Lipon, Margulies, Alisina & Winkleman, P.A.

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Raquel Regalado
Director of Operations, Optimum Development, Former Board Member, Miami-Dade School District

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Ex-Officio Members

Rabbi Yossef Harlig
Friendship Circle Executive Director
Nechama Harlig
Friendship Circle Director