Sandra Seals has joined the National Equity Fund’s East group as acquisitions manager. NEF is a syndicator of low-income housing tax credits. Seals, based in South Florida, will be part of NEF’s East group focusing on affordable housing deals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina. Most recently, Seals served as vice president of government relations and new business at Reliance Housing Foundation in Fort Lauderdale. She has also worked as a regional redevelopment manager for South Florida at Lennar Homes, Inc. and was a senior program officer for LISC Boston. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Seals also holds a master’s in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Elissa Vanaver has been named executive director, and Wayne Neunie has been named director of education, of Breakthrough Miami, a Knight Foundation-funded initiative. The academic enrichment program ensures that motivated, under-resourced middle school students graduate from high school and attend college. Vanaver was previously the organization’s previous director of strategic development. She has extensive journalism experience and is the former vice president of human resources and assistant to the publisher of the Miami Herald Publishing Co. Neunie will be responsible for all academic programs, the direction of 10 site staff members and year-rou nd educational operations. Previously, Neunie served as senior program director for the YMCA of Broward County. He has been a teacher, vice principal and principal in the Broward County school district.
J. LaForge has been named director of corporate & foundation
relations at National Parkinson Foundation in Miami. At NPF, she has worked in the constituent relations department, supporting the foundation's mission: to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education and outreach.
LaForge previously held positions in the medical device industry with a focus on therapies specifically benefiting Parkinson’s patients.
Name: David Armstrong Jr.
Company: Leadership Florida
New position: 2013-2014 chair
Past experience: Armstrong has served Leadership Florida since 2000. He is the first chair from Broward County in Leadership Florida’s 31 year history. Armstrong is also the president of Broward College and is a member of the Broward College Foundation Board of Directors.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “‘Go t o college and get a good education!’ This was advice I heard repeatedly from my family and teachers in high school in a place and time when first generation students of modest means in rural Alabama had limited opportunity or encouragement to attend college. It has been by far the best advice I have ever received, and we should all be giving more middle school and high school students the same advice to go to college, or a technical school to learn a trade or skill, if they want to be competitive and have sustainable careers in the future. Far too many families think they cannot afford college, but with financial aid and affordable community and state colleges especially everyone can afford to go and the payoff will be significant over a lifetime!”
Corey Heller elected vice chairman for board of advisors for Florida International University's Center for Leadership
Corey Heller has been elected vice chairman for the board of advisors for Florida International University's Center for Leadership. He is also corporate vice president and chief human resources officer at Baptist Health South Florida. In this position, he will aid in strategic goals, lead in acquiring funds, and assist in extending the Center's outreach, and recruit participants for executive education programs.