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Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson (pictured), former Dean of Music of New World School of the Arts, has been named the new Interim Provost and CEO of NWSA. As Interim Provost and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hodgson will be responsible for all fiscal and operational aspects of the school including administration and artistic leadership of the college and high school programs in dance, music, theater and visual arts. NWSA also announced Jim Gasior as Dean of the Music Division and former NWSA Provost Mercedes A. Quiroga Ph.D. as the President of Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus.
Former New World School of the Arts Provost Mercedes A. Quiroga Ph.D. has accepted the role of President for Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. In that capacity, and through the educational partnership that is NWSA, Quiroga will continue to be involved in the operations of NWSA. Having played an integral role in the success enjoyed by NWSA in the past five years, Dr. Quiroga affirms, “I am proud to have been a contributor to the rich history that surrounds NWSA. This school is a truly magical place filled with inspired artists, dedicated professionals and creative students. It is a blueprint for success.”
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Miami Chapter honored longtime healthcare and public-relations professional Karen Buchsbaum, APR, Fellow PRSA with the 2009 Bill Adams PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award and David Lawrence Jr. (pictured), University of Florida’s President of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and University Scholar for Early Childhood Development, with the Royal Palm Award for making significant contributions to Miami-Dade County.
More than 60 young professionals and transit aficionados filled the Brickell Room at The Capital Grille for Connect Florida’s second annual educational panel session on transportation. The panel included Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Transit Director Harpal Kapoor, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Director Javier Rodriguez, Florida Department of Transportation’s Alice Bravo and moderator Tony Garcia, editor of transitmiami.com. Attendees questioned the panelists regarding the lack of convenient mass transit options within the county and state, while the panelists spoke about industry projects that will meet the goals of balancing our transportation network and improving the livelihood and well being of our community. Pictured: Connect Florida Chair Cameron Sisser with Mercy Iglesias from The Capital Grille.
TV personality Judge Karen Mills Francis was spotted having lunch with attorney Rayfield McGhee, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bankers Club. The club, a private members-only domain, is popular with downtowners for socializing over breakfast and lunch. It's also the perfect venue for all kinds of events from a small cocktail party to a wedding or over-the-top charity event. The Bankers Club is located on the 14th floor of One Biscayne Tower.
Temple Israel has appointed Michael Glozman as it new Cantor. Glozman has a classical music background through his prestigious schooling at Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and is a cantor, conductor, composer, music arranger and piano accompanist. Born in 1972 in the Soviet Union, Glozman made aliya from Russia to Israel in 1991. He is married and has a daughter.
The Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation (JJCCF), a non-profit organization that provides temporary financial assistance for needy children fighting cancer in South Florida, recently elected two new board members, Fred H. Johnson (pictured left) and Scott H. McPherson (right). Johnson is a financial advisor and a financial planning specialist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, and McPherson is a Director at RE/MAX Regional Services; both men reside in Fort Lauderdale.
Voices United, a non-profit organization for children devoted to promoting cultural diversity, recorded an original music album with the final recording held at the world famous music studio, The Hit Factory. Produced by guitarist Aaron Fishbein, the recording features the vocal talents of the Voices United Touring Company, a dynamic ensemble of teenagers who travel all over Miami giving profound and moving performances filled with positive, relevant messages. For more information on Voices United, please contact Katie Christie by phone at 305-726-4822 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WPBT2 hosted supporters for a breakfast with Ken Burns at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove. Ken shared stories from his film-making career and the making of his newest film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature’s most spectacular locales from the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, the documentary is a story of America and Americans from every conceivable background set against breathtaking backdrops. Pictured: Lisa Welch with Ken Burns.
The long awaited expansion of The Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is nearing completion at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Donors, hospital administrators and staff, families and former patients toured the new unit and learned more about the 64-bed unit and its impact for the area’s sickest newborn babies. Pictured: Nick Masi, Don Eachus, Gregg Sjoquist, President and CEO of The Wasie Foundation; Fred Johnson, and Jim Acheson in the new unit.
Ryder, the transportation and logistics company headquartered in Miami, announced it has chosen the American Red Cross as its primary national charitable partner and will donate $1 million to the Red Cross over the next three years. $150,000 of this donation will go to the Greater Miami & Keys chapter, and the remaining $850,000 will go to the Red Cross’s disaster relief efforts nationwide. Pictured: Bob Brunn, executive director of the Ryder Charitable Foundation, presents a $1 million check to the Red Cross’s Chief Development Officer Jeff Towers with Ryder’s Chief Financial Officer Robert Sanchez looking on.