Nick Chin has joined the staff as marketing director of Miami-based American Force Wheels Inc., which manufactures custom wheels for truck enthusiasts. Previously, he worked at Arospeed, the predecessor to American Force, as marketing and art director. In 2003, Chin launched Shining Monkey, a company that formulates and sells premium car-care products. Nick graduated with a bachelor’s in graphic design from The International Fine Arts College in Miami.
Antonio Castro has been named managing partner of Infante Zumpano, LLC, in Coral Gables. Castro, a former prosecutor, is a commercial trial lawyer and is chair of the firm’s litigation department. Before joining Infante Zumpano in 2010, he was a name partner at Rivero Mestre & Castro, and was previously litigation counsel at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He holds a bachelor’s from Columbia University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Arleene Cuellar has been appointed director of the Miami-Dade County Human Resources Department. She has more than 25 years of human resources experience. Most recently, she was the assistant director of the internal services department for the county. Cuellar holds a bachelor’s of science from Nova Southeastern University.
Phillip Edwards, left, has been named director and ultra high net worth private banker, and Adam Gillam joins as vice president and ultra high net worth private banker, at Citi Private Bank in Palm Beach. Before, Edwards worked for JP Morgan Private Bank and Genspring Family Offices in Palm Beach Gardens. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gillam was most recently a vice president and senior private banker at Wells Fargo in Palm Beach. He received his bachelor’s and an MBA from the University of Florida.
Rosanna Fiske has been named vice president, corporate communications for the Florida region at Wells Fargo & Company. Fiske, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the field , has led brand initiatives in advertising and public relations agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations, and has also headed Florida International University’s Global Strategic Communications master’s program. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and mass communication and integrated marketing communications from the University of Florida and Florida International University.
Nancy Hullihen named executive director of alumni relations, development at UM School of Business Administration
Nancy Hullihen has been named executive director of alumni relations and development at The University of Miami School of Business Administration. Previously, she was at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, where she raised major and principal gifts for a variety of areas. Before joining UM, she was a private wealth advisor for the investment management division of Goldman Sachs in Miami. She holds a bachelor’s of science in finance from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Deborah Ann Witt Sherman named associate dean of academics, FIU's Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Deborah Ann Witt Sherman has been named associate dean of academics at Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She’ll provide academic leadership for the college’s disciplines: nursing, athletic training, health services administration, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy. The programs combined enroll almost 3,000 students.
At the University of Maryland School of Nursing, she had served as assistant dean for research, among other positions. Before, she had been at New York University, where she led development of a Ph.D in nursing curriculum. She also brought a palliative-care curriculum to Tenshi College in Sapporo, Japan, where she still serves as a visiting professor.
Her academic experience includes receiving a Ph.D in theory and research development in nursing science from New York University; a master’s of science in nursing from Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.; a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Other achievements: She is a three-time recipient of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for her books on palliative care. She has also been honored with a lifetime achievement award in palliative care from MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The best advice I ever got: ‘We create our own reality; if you are not happy, have the courage to make change.’
Charles Crapse has been named senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Capital Markets. Previously, he served as a portfolio manager at Bayview Asset Management, a Miami-based private equity fund. Crapse holds a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Miami and a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.
United Way of Broward County has named Natalie Beasley, at left, as director of income and Maria Hernandez as vice president of program operations. Beasley was, for more than 13 years, a work development manager and information officer. She also previously served as chief of staff for the Texas House of Representatives. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor of arts degree in public affairs and economics. Previously, Hernandez was director of Broward family support services for Family Central. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and a bachelor’s in sociology and women’s issues at SUNY New Paltz.
Nicole de Lara Puente has been appointed director of development for the Baptist Health Foundation, where she will lead fundraising opportunities for Baptist Children’s Hospital. Previously, she managed international advertising sales for Viacom Media Networks. De Lara Puente holds a bachelor’s from Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.