Dorcas L. Wilcox, Ph.D., LCSW
Chief Executive Officer, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Inc.
Dorcas L. Wilcox, Ph.D., LCSW serves as Chief Executive Officer and oversees the daily operations at both campuses of Miami Bridge. Under her leadership, Dr. Wilcox has reinvigorated Miami Bridge’s vision, increased community awareness, and improved the organization’s fiscal standing.
Among her other initiatives, Dorcas and her management team have partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to work with hundreds of truant youth, as well as assembling a staff who provide individual and family counseling as well as case management to more than 800 youth and their families. Under her guidance, Miami Bridge has expanded its services to include additional programming with a focus on youth in crisis, foster care youth, and the LGBTQ+ community, as well as continued outreach for those needing a safe space after school.
Dorcas is recognized as a thought leader on youth and family advocacy in the community. She served as part of the 2019 cohort for the Miami Herald’s CEO Roundtable alongside South Florida’s top business leaders. In 2021, the Miami Times recognized her as one of the 10 Black Women Blazing Trails in Social Services.
Dorcas graduated from Florida International University and then served two years of active duty in the U.S. Army and six years of active duty in the U.S. Army National Guard. Afterward, she completed her Master of Social Work at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. In 2016, she completed her doctorate in leadership and education at Barry University. Presently, she sits on the board of directors at Camillus Health Concerns.
Sr. Chief Business Officer
David Sharfman, M.S. is the Sr. Chief Business Officer for Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services and is responsible for both the tactical and strategic growth of the agency’s Human Resources Practice, Facilities and Construction, Information Technology and Data, and programs supported by the Department of Agriculture and the Federal Department of Transportation.
With his extensive experience of more than 25 years in the corporate arena, having supported numerous Fortune 100 clients (many through his previous employment with Digitas Inc. and Inktel Direct) such as , Saab, AT&T, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, FedEx, Sony Consumer Electronics, Monster.com and Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruiselines he has a comprehensive understanding of business management and finding solutions to complex problems. His oversight at both shelter campuses for Miami Bridge has been instrumental in its being awarded capital grants in working with the City of Homestead, City of Miami, and Miami-Dade County. These have brought about an increase in the quality of both the residential and community-based work and living space.
Mr. Sharfman holds a Master of Science degree, with a focused study in conflict negotiation and mediation, from Clark University in Massachusetts. He is active with ASPCA, Dachshund Rescue South Florida and in his spare time enjoys the beach, skiing, biking and reading.
BSW, Director of Admissions
Lashonda Chavis is the Director of Admissions for Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc. An instrumental member of Miami Bridge since 1998, she started as an intake screener and worked her way to the role of Director of Admissions. Her responsibilities include overseeing the integrity of screenings and intakes for residential and non-residential services.
Lashonda and her team handle the crisis calls, the first line of contact for children and families in need of assistance, as well as the daily data input regarding program admissions, closing cases, client follow-up, satisfaction surveys, and strategic outcome measures.
To ensure delivery of Miami Bridge Services to youth and family, Lashonda fosters relationships with community stakeholders such as the Department of Juvenile Justice, The Juvenile Assessment Center, and public school officials. Lashonda is an active peer reviewer for CINS/FINS services, where she audits CINS/FINS contractual obligations for agencies throughout Florida.
Lashonda was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High. Lashonda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Florida International University. She has been an active mentor for disadvantaged youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has also been a recipient of the “Employee of the Month” and “Employee of the Year” awards at Miami Bridge on multiple occasions.
Steve Lezman - President
Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, PepsiCo
Steve Lezman is Senior Director of Governmental Affairs at PepsiCo. He represents all the PepsiCo brands, including Tropicana, Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Quaker, and Gatorade in 10 states in the Southeast and Midwest. Steve has 38 years of experience in the food industry, including 34 years with PepsiCo brands in various roles, including government affairs, environmental affairs, operations, public relations, and engineering. Before PepsiCo, he was engineering manager at Ore-Ida Foods.
Steve currently serves on the Juice Products Association Board, the Keep Florida Beautiful Board, and the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation Board. Since 2019, Steve has served with distinction on the Board of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc; he is currently president of the board. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
Todd Giardina, Ph.D - Vice President
Licensed Psychologist, Coral Gables Counseling Center
Dr. Todd Giardina is a licensed psychologist and a proud team member of the Coral Gables Counseling Center. With more than 15 years of experience, he is well-recognized and acclaimed as one of the few male psychologists in South Florida who focuses on women’s issues. Dr. Todd, as he is affectionately known, takes an approach to help women find a balance in their life by overcoming emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual challenges. His goal is to help women and couples navigate through the many challenges of life by promoting psychological wellness through holistic psychotherapy and coaching. Dr. Todd and his colleagues at the Coral Gables Counseling Center discuss relationships, psychological topics and more on their podcast, The Counseling Corner.
Dr. Todd has served on the board of directors of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc. since 2016 and currently serves as vice president. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his doctoral program at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Melanie Sanchez - Secretary
Vice President and Treasury Management Officer III, Fifth Third Bank
Melanie Sanchez is Vice President and Treasury Management Officer III at Fifth Third Bank. She has been in the banking industry since 2009, holding positions ranging from retail and private banking to commercial lending. Melanie has also served on the board for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board.
Since 2018, she has served with distinction on the board of the Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc.; she is currently board secretary and leads the Young Professionals Committee to help raise funds and awareness for the organization in the community. Melanie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in business administration from Florida International University.
Marco Lopez - Treasurer
Marco Lopez - Treasurer Audit Manager, ZOMMA Group, LLP
Marlene Quintana, B.C.S.
Shareholder, GrayRobinson, P.A.
Alfred Karram Jr
President, AKJ Design Concepts LLC
For more than two decades, Alfred Karram Jr. has successfully operated one of the premier international architectural interior design firms, AKJ Design Concepts LLC, specializing in one-of-a-kind developments for high-end residences and yachts. Significant works completed by Alfred include numerous projects such as The St. Regis Bal Harbour, Fisher Island, The Excelsior, Presidential Place, Mizner Grand, The Aragon, as well as additional high-end properties worldwide.
Since 2010, Alfred has served as a member of the Board of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc. and served as vice president of the board from 2017 to 2021. He chairs the program committee and founded the weekly mentoring program for the organization.
Construction Project Manager, Housing Trust Group
Joseph Cantrell is a Construction Project Manager for Housing Trust Group, a developer of market-priced and affordable housing, headquartered in Coconut Grove, Florida. Previously, Joseph served as process manager at Greenspoon Marder Law where he ensured proper trust accounting for incoming and outgoing real estate transactions.
For almost three decades he has been an active volunteer for numerous homeless assistance organizations and shelters in both Miami and Chicago. Since 2015, Joseph has served on the Board of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc., where he previously held the role of secretary until 2021. He continues to serve as co-chair of the resource committee and annual Miami Bridge Gala, the organization’s largest fundraising event attracting over 300 guests annually to raise funds and awareness for its emergency temporary shelters and community outreach programs for local families.
Judge Julie Harris Nelson
Miami-Dade County Court Judge, County Criminal Division
Judge Julie Harris Nelson serves as county court judge in the criminal division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for the State of Florida. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Harris Nelson was a partner in the Miami office of ROIG Lawyers and served as vice president of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and on the executive board of the Dade County Bar Association.
Since 2016, Judge Harris Nelson has served with distinction on the board of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc. She also serves as chapter president of the Miami Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is an active member with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Alpha Beta Omega Chapter and takes pride in promoting reading to pre-school and elementary school students around the country. Judge Harris Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from St. Thomas University’s School of Law.
Patrick Erin Murphy
Executive Vice President, Coastal Construction Group
Former U.S. Rep. Murphy is Executive Vice President at Coastal Construction where he oversees Coastal’s diversification and growth throughout Florida. He also co-chairs Coastal’s philanthropic arm, Coastal Cares. Patrick co-authored a textbook discussing today’s polarization entitled, A Divided Union.
Patrick served in the U.S. Congress, representing Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, between 2013-2017. He was also a nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2016. After leaving office, he was named chair of the Future Forum Foundation, a nonprofit organization that researches crucial issues impacting millennials such as automation, artificial intelligence, and the sharing economy.
During the fall semester in 2017, Patrick was a visiting fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service in Washington, D.C. He is currently a senior fellow at Florida International University. Patrick has proudly served as a board member of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc since 2011.
Dagmar Llaudy, Esq.
Managing Attorney, Law Offices of Dagmar Llaudy, P.A.
Dagmar Llaudy, Esq. is a trial lawyer with a practice concentrated in health law, real estate, corporate transactions, and general litigation. She has been a trial and managing attorney at various prestigious Miami law firms. Dagmar has experience representing national and international clients in multi-million-dollar litigations, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, CHUBBS, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and AIG. She is a licensed member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the Southern and Middle Districts of the Florida Federal Bar.
Dagmar has served on the board of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc. since 2019 but even prior has been co-chair of the Bridge’s Gala. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, with a dual major in management and international business, and attended the University of Miami School of Law where she received her J.D.
Vice President of Business Banking, TD Bank
Edwin Rodriguez is Vice President of Business Banking at TD Bank and is responsible for the company’s business and financial developments. He started his banking career in 1983 at the former Republic National Bank of Miami. Prior to TD Bank, he worked as a sales consultant for Appstar Financial in San Diego, California. Edwin served as assistant treasurer for the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and treasurer for the former Hialeah Miami Springs Chamber of Commerce.
His community service includes work with the March of Dimes and the Special Olympics. During Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, he volunteered with the Red Cross. Edwin has proudly served on the Board of the Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc. since 2019. He is a graduate of Miami Dade College.
Judy Reinach is Director Emeritus and has been a member of Miami Bridge’s board since its inception over three decades ago. Judy was instrumental in the capital campaign to raise the funds to build Miami Bridge’s Miami Central location. Since 1985, she has been an active member, raising awareness for the organization through local Key Biscayne fundraising events and adrenaline-charged initiatives such as running the New York Marathon in 1997 to help raise money for another transport van—as well as skydiving twice! Her most recent dive at the age of 73 helped raise $21,000 for Miami Bridge’s transportation.
Judy is not only the founding director, as well as a long-time volunteer and supporter—she is the matriarch of Miami Bridge and an exceptional mentor. One of the children she mentored, Chyna Williams, is now a grown woman and herself a mother of three. The two developed such a close bond when Chyna was struggling with various traumas, they now refer to each other as “mother” and “daughter.”
Chief Executive Officer, OneWorld Properties
Peggy Olin, Chief Executive Officer at OneWorld Properties, is an acclaimed strategist and broker for her expertise in the luxury real estate industry. She is responsible for over $4 billion in luxury property sales since founding the company in 2008. Her previous experience also includes investor relations, human resources, and public relations for top United States real estate companies and developer.
Peggy’s numerous achievements include recognition as one of South Florida Business Journal’s Power Leaders. She is also a respected source to national and international media for real estate trends. Peggy is actively involved in her community as a board member of Birch State Park, Broward Workshop, trustee for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Since 2015, Peggy has served with distinction on the board of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc.
Executive Director, Campbell Real Estate Advisory Group, Inc.
Michael J. Alvarez
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at InMore Group