The Miami Beach Garden Conservancy has named Cindy Brown executive director of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. She will oversee the management of the garden. Brown founded Cenergy LLC, a consulting company for nonprofits, in 2008. As the president, she served as staff, volunteer, board member and consultant to several local organizations.
Jennifer Gibbs has recently joined the Miami Science Museum as senior vice president of development. She will be responsible for leading the Capital Campaign project to build the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which broke ground in Downtown Miami earlier this year. Before joining the museum, she was vice president of development for public television station WPBT2 in Miami, where she directed major gift fundraising, on-air fundraising, corporate underwriting and membership services.
Barrington Irving has joined the board of directors of Teach For America for the Miami-Dade region. He will help guide the evolution of Teach For America in Miami-Dade County. He is the founder of Experience Aviation, a Miami-based nonprofit that encourages youth to explore careers in aviation through education programs designed to build math, science, reading, and problem-solving skills. He secured his place in history in 2007 as the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the globe.
Baptist Health Medical Group has expanded to more than 80 physicians in multiple specialties with the addition of surgeons Juan-Carlos Verdeja, Jorge Rabaza, and Anthony Gonzalez. They are specialists in minimally invasive surgeries and have completed nearly 2,000 gastric bypass surgeries between them. They also have performed minimally invasive cholecystectomy, hernia repair, appendectomy, intestinal surgery and other procedures. All three physicians are graduates of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed internships and residencies at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Verdeja is the founding president of the medical staff at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He is director of minimally invasive surgery at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine and also is a clinical associate professor in the department of surgery. Additionallly, he is chief of surgery at South Miami Hospital and a clinical assistant professor in the department of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also has co-authored a scientific paper on laparoscopic colon surgery and is recognized as a pioneer in advanced laparscopic surgical techniques.
Dr. Rabaza, a former president of the medical staff at South Miami Hospital, was one of the first bariatric surgeons in Miami-Dade County. He specializes in hernia surgery. He is a voluntary assistant professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Dr. Gonzalez is chief of surgery at Baptist Hospital and medical director of bariatric services for Baptist Health. He performed the first robotic single incision lap-band placement in the United States. He is a voluntary assistant professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine.
R. David Paulison, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has been elected to the board of trustees of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Paulison, a Miami-Dade resident, led FEMA from 2005 through 2009. He is credited with guiding the federal agency through the development of next-generation processes, technologies and infrastructures needed for better response to future hazards and disasters. He began his career as a firefighter in 1971 and rose to become fire chief of Dade County in 1992, a position he held through 2001. In 2001, he joined the federal government as administrator of the United States Fire Administration.
Dr. Janice Santos has been named assistant professor of urology at Columbia University’s Division of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. She is one of a select few women urologists who also specialize in female urology. In her role at Mount Sinai, she will provide her expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of various urologic cancers that affect men and women plus male and female incontinence and other forms of medical care and treatment. Before joining Mount Sinai Miami Beach, she completed further urological training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Rafael Perez-Pineiro has been named a partner at Feldman Gale law firm in Miami. He is a registered patent attorney and electrical engineer who focuses his practice on patent procurement, licensing, counseling and litigation. Before joining the firm, he was in-house counsel for IBM Corporation, an attorney with Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, and a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Before becoming an attorney, he was an engineer with the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md.
Catholic Hospice has named Marcos Rejtman medical director. He has more than 10 years of hospice experience and has an additional seven years of healthcare experience. He completed his family practice residency in Philadelphia and returned to South Florida where he initially specialized in geriatric medicine and eventually sub-specialized in hospice and palliative care.