TONI DEVESON, MS
Toni Deveson has been working with and advocating for children for the past 25 years. She began her advocacy in the mid 1980s as a volunteer at the Children’s Home Society in Miami. That experience led her to seek out other opportunities to be of service.
Toni co-founded the first secular, all-inclusive homeschooling support group in South Miami-Dade County. She created curricula and taught science, history, computers science, and art to children in 1st through 8th grades. During that time, she created and ran the Homeschool Science Fair in Miami with the support of the Miami-Dade Public Library System.
Toni is a Boy Scouts of America adult leader. She teaches astronomy at the BSA Merit Badge College and is a certified merit badge counselor. She was a Webelos Den Leader and is active in Coral Gables Troop 7.
Toni is the founder and CEO of Deveson Media, a web development and business consultancy firm established in 1998. She is a social media expert and specializes in positioning professionals and small business start-ups. She has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology.
Toni is passionate about finding ways to use social media as an advocacy tool and works tirelessly to promote human rights.
Patxi Pastor is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of expertise founding and running entertainment and technology based companies. He has additionally continued to create and produce major ground breaking entertainment marketing events and campaigns for the world’s leading brands and celebrities.
Mr. Pastor designed, built and published over seventeen major on-line entertainment and electronic commerce portals and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Internet Design, Marketing & Fulfillment Corporation. He additionally was the recipient of over thirty of the industry’s leading awards and commendations for Internet design and production.
His major entertainment based web sites included SUPERMODEL.COM, SUPERSTARS.COM, Frederique.com, LynyrdSkynyrd.com, Deadties.com, OldGlory.com, and the official on-line fan clubs for some of the world’s leading entertainers, athletes and recording artists, including Mariah Carey, Lynyrd Skynyrd Michael Bolton, Carly Simon, John Mellencamp, Luther Vandross, The Cranberries, Grateful Dead Neckwear, Brooke Shields, Andre Agassi and Supermodel Frederique van der Wal.
Mr. Pastor additionally conceived of and produced over twenty major live cybercast events including the first live on-line fashion show with Victoria’s Secret at The Trump Plaza Hotel and what became the largest on-line event in Time Warner and Yahoo!’s history during the official launch of Supermodel Frederique’s official web site. His live cybercasts included partnerships with People Magazine, MTV, VH-1, Hard Rock Live, General Motor’s “Concept: CURE”, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Grateful Dead. Mr. Pastor additionally conceived of and successfully sold millions of dollars of entertainment based sponsorship and advertising for leading brands such as AT&T, IBM, Kodak, Harley Davidson, Starbucks, Comcast, Clear Channel, General Motors, Cover Girl, Vidal Sassoon, Microsoft, Clearasil, Sunny Delight, 3Com, Moet Champagne, Tiffany, Hennessy, American Airlines, Nikon and Hitachi.
Mr. Pastor has provided a wide variety of consulting services to senior management of leading corporations specializing in electronic commerce, web site production, strategic planning, financing, technology and operational implementation. He produced “Harley Davidson’s Ticket To Ride” Internet based scratch game for the New Jersey Lottery which was promoted on over two million lottery tickets and became the industry’s first entertainment based on-line “scratch game.” He also designed, built and integrated the state-of-the-art electronic commerce and fulfillment systems for OldGlory.com consisting of over 4,000 rock and roll merchandise products. Old Glory remains one of the world’s leading resellers of official entertainment merchandise for bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Dave Mathews and The Grateful Dead.
Mr. Pastor successfully secured financing and served as the Brand Manger to launch NASCAR’s “World Racing” ethnic diversity team which was owned by a number of high profile celebrities. Mr. Pastor is additionally the founder and Executive Producer of “The Celebration of the Sea Music & Film Festival” which he produced in affiliation with the Tourist Development Council of The Florida Keys. The event included a Harley Davidson fashion show featuring several Victoria’s Secret models in addition to live performances by Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler, Rock Ledged Chuck Berry, Rap Pioneer DMC, Skunk Baxter of the Doobie Brothers and Barry Goudreau and Fran Sheehan founding members of the band Boston. Mr. Pastor personally sold over $750,000 worth of sponsorships for the event to more than 25 clients including Comcast, Century 21, Sea World and Harley Davidson. The event successfully raised scholarships for over 20 children suffering from cancer for Dolphin Therapy at the world renowned Island Dolphin Care facility in Key Largo, FL through his Celebration of the Sea Foundation.
Prior to his Internet based ventures, Mr. Pastor was a former owner of HB Communications, Inc., New England’s largest digital communications systems integrator and distributor with annual sales of over $80 million. While at HB, Mr. Pastor developed and headed the “Advanced Technologies Group” which he quickly grew into a multi-million dollar division, producing record growth and profit margins for the company. Mr. Pastor’s division was selected by Avid Technology, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, to serve as a New England distributor and integrator for their advanced professional computer based non-linear editing and interactive multimedia workstations. His company quickly became Avid’s leading distributor in New England and as a result he was awarded their “Dealer of the Year Award” at the 1994 National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LINDA J. SULLIVAN, MBA, CPA, LL.M
Master Certified Victims of Human Trafficking Coach
Linda J. Sullivan has been involved with the abolition of human sex trafficking for over 20 years. She is a Master Certified Victims of Human Trafficking Coach and was the Chair of the Women’s Fund of Miami’s Sex Trafficking Committee. She is the President and Co-Founder of B.E.S.T. (Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking). She is a member of Junior League (where she was awarded the Provisional of the Year Award for 2011) and Soroptimist International.
Ms. Sullivan is also Founder and Principal of L J Sullivan Certified Public Accountant, LLC, PCAOB-registered and authorized to perform audits of public companies. L J Sullivan Certified Public Accountant, LLC also conducts private audits and accounting and tax services; serves clients as a business, financial and international tax consultant; provides litigation support and forensic services in connection with complex commercial litigation matters and other business controversies; and offers financial planning services.
She is a court-appointed Guardian ad litem and holds Board seats on many non-profit organizations including DFYIT- Drug Free Youth in Town, and the United States Military Educators Association, and has been Chair of Not for Profit Committees focusing on Stopping Sex Trafficking. Ms. Sullivan has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida as the Public member on the Eleventh Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Circuit Committee, and sits on the Board of AAFM as their USA Global Tax Adviser.
Ms. Sullivan also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has completed Graduate courses in Special Education-Learning Disabilities; has held teaching licenses in both New York and Florida and has been an Adjunct Instructor at Lynn University. She has been a long time advocate for and instructor of at risk youth and adults. On expert matters, Ms. Sullivan has been both bonded and has cleared through background checks, including the DOJ check.