DR. MARC GREENFIELD
President and Clinical Director
Dr. Greenfield is the Clinical Director and driving force behind the Children’s Survival Network. He has been a psychologist in Miami since 1985. During those years he was coordinator of psychiatry at Variety Children’s Hospital for 10 years. There he developed and implemented treatment strategies for emotionally distressed children and adolescents.
Dr. Greenfield has been an adviser on children’s programming to major networks. He has worked with WLRN on both sides of the camera creating and presenting programs for parenting.
He has given numerous presentations to teachers and parents for The Miami-Dade County School System. He is currently the Mental Health Chair of the Student Health Advisory Committee to the Superintendent.
During the Gulf War Dr. Greenfield worked with the Israeli government designing programs for children to minimize the trauma of SCUD missile attacks and chemical warfare.
He is currently a lecturer at the University of Miami and maintains a private practice. In his practice Dr. Greenfield has successfully helped children, adolescents and parents, as well as adults, deal with a wide variety of emotional difficulties.
Steve Craft graduated Round Lake High School in 1976. He completed an Associates degree in Automotive Technology at the College of Lake County and became a tractor mechanic at Reed Randle Ford Tractors in Libertyville, IL, a position he held for 10 years. Bored with this occupation, Mr. Craft decided to change careers. He was accepted into the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which he graduated in 1987.
Mr. Craft began his new career at Lockheed’s prestigious Kelly Johnson Research & Development Center (associated with Skunkworks) relocating to Southern California. In 1990, he was offered a position as a wind tunnel test engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. He relocated to Northern California, and was quickly promoted to Test Director. In 1996, he was named to the newly formed Wind Tunnel Facilities Group Director’s Office, which provided oversight to wind tunnel facilities across four different NASA research centers.
Personal circumstances necessitated a move to Plantation, FL, initiating one of the first full-time telework positions at the Agency, from which he traveled to each of the four Centers in the Group Director’s Office as needed. It was during this period that Mr. Craft created and implemented Integrated Information and Technology Systems (IITS), a unique structure and method for project management and collaboration across the four Centers. In January 2000, Mr. Craft accepted a position in management at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, where he has remained for the past twelve years. There, his expertise in wind tunnel management broadened, and he was eventually named Deputy Director of Center Operations.
While sharpening his skills in a Leadership Development Program, Mr. Craft was detailed to the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), a non-profit research and graduate education institute. NIA was formed in 2003 by a consortium of exceptional research universities. Its mission is to conduct leading-edge aerospace and atmospheric research while also inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. In this role, Mr. Craft addressed the many day-to-day challenges of a start up company, provided guidance toward an effective business structure and strengthened the strategic partnership with NASA Langley Research Center.
His tenure with NIA came to a close, and Mr. Craft was named to lead the Transition Leadership Team (TLT), tasked to transition the civil servant and contractor wind tunnel operations workforce to the emerging center operations model. This concept eventually became the one billion dollar Research Operations Maintenance and Engineering (ROME) contract, the single largest in NASA Langley history.
Mr. Craft’s reputation for strategic vision grew. In 2007, he was named Deputy Director of the Strategic Relationships Office, where his primary focus was strategy development for NASA Langley Research Center. In this position, Mr. Craft collaborated with senior staff on the development of a new strategic planning process incorporating a form of the Balanced Scorecard system, customized for use by the federal government.
In 2009, Mr. Craft originated TEDxNASA, one of the first TEDx events in history. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events modeled after the prestigious TED conferences. They bring together unique groups of presenters and attendees in events broadcast live, with videos later posted for distribution online. The highly innovative TEDxNASA eventually became a franchise, with six events hosted to date.
Among his recent accomplishments, Mr. Craft was one of a select team of experts asked to participate in the Vibrant Transformation to Advance Langley (ViTAL) team, commissioned to develop a long-term strategic vision and a corresponding comprehensive, integrated, Center revitalization plan. This 25 year plan identifies the critical workforce skills and physical infrastructure essential to execute future NASA missions. Having recently been approved by Agency Administrator Charles Bolden, aspects of this revolutionary plan are in process and may well be implemented agency-wide, at each of the additional nine NASA Centers.
Mr. Craft has many outside interests. He spends time with his wife and 3 children, enjoys the outdoors and continues to volunteer as an advisor to TEDx organizers around the globe.
ALEX DE LA CRUZ
Alex De La Cruz is an American Entrepreneur, Family Man, and Philanthropist. His goal is to support activities intended to promote good and improve human quality of life, concentrating on the issues of hunger, health and shelter in low income families. He lives in Miami with his wife and three children.
[spoiler title=”Read more about Mr. de la Cruz” open=”0″ style=”2″]Alex has been involved in philanthropy since he was a child. When he was nine years old, he became a member of the Red Cross in Panama. Years later he served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys.
During the 90’s he traveled yearly to the mountains of Peru together with the Rotary Club and PAMS (Peruvian American Medical Society) to assist low income families with medical needs. He also dedicated a portion of his time to visit and help local orphanages in the region.
He is currently working on a low income housing project in Nicaragua.
Alex is a member of Americas Relief Team , and continues to help with PAMS and PCTCU (Programa De Cirugia De Torax y Cardiovascular) , supports the Fate-Foundation in the Philippines and many more local nonprofit organizations.
Alex was named Honorary Consul for his philanthropic endeavors and was honored as a Miracle Maker by Big Brothers Big Sisters.
DR. LAWRENCE S. FELDMAN
Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Vice Chair, was elected to office in August 2008. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is the fourth largest school system in the United States serving over 370,000 students and the largest employer in Miami-Dade County with over 50,000 employees. During his over 35 years of service to M-DCPS, he has honorably served the educational community as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and regional director throughout the diverse and varied communities of Miami.
Dr. Feldman currently serves as Secretary to the Greater Florida Consortium of School Boards and serves as both the M-DCPS Board representative to the Council of Great City Schools and a member of the Council of Great City Schools Board of Directors.
His appointments include serving as a member on the Miami Dade College Baccalaureate in Education Advisory Committee; Board of Directors, Drug Free Youth In Town (DFY-IT); Board of Directors, The Education Fund; Board Representative, Florida School Board Association; Board’s Alternate Legislative Liaison, Florida School Board Association; Member, Florida High School Athletic Association, Section Four Appeals Committee; Vice Chair, Homestead Education Facilities Benefit District; member of the Education in Neruo-developmental Disabilities (LEND) Training Program Community Advisory Board; and member of the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF.) He is honored to serve on the Miami-Dade Defense Alliance Joint Military Affairs Committee supporting military families and, particularly, the Homestead Air Force Base Reserve community.
During his over 35 years of service to M-DCPS, he has honorably served the educational community as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and regional director throughout the diverse and varied communities of Miami. For over twenty years, Dr. Feldman’s expertise and experience in the areas of public education, innovative educational models, and systemic reform enhanced his work as a Senior Consultant to the Panasonic Foundation. Additionally, he committed eight years of service to the U.S. Treasury Department as a customs inspector.
Dr. Feldman has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2008 Administrator of the Year and the Superintendent’s Award for Merit and Leadership, Region VI each year from 1990 through 1996. Additionally, he has served as keynote speaker, participant or facilitator for numerous educational leadership panels and symposiums, including the Council of Great City Schools, The University of Miami, at the invitation of Dr. Donna Shalala, President, and the Oxford University Round Table. His philanthropic endeavors at large include lectures, speeches and hands-on services to various foundations and school districts throughout the United States and China. He received both his B.A. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership/System Reform from The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
RABBI MARK H. KULA
Mark H. Kula has served as Cantor of Bet Shira Congregation in Miami, Florida for 21 years following an apprenticeship as Assistant Cantor of New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue. He is a graduate of Columbia University, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and New York City University.
A lyric baritone, Cantor Kula effectively inspires through song. Kula is recognized for programming that cultivates cultural and religious Judaism while building community. Cantor Kula established the Annual Tu BiShevat Concerts celebrating Jewish Earth Day commissioning Time of the Trees.
Cantor Kula serves on the Cantors Assembly Executive Board, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and MERCAZ USA. Cantor Kula served as guest Hazzan at Budapest’s Dohaney Temple as well as numerous synagogues locally and internationally. He served on the editorial panel for the High Holiday Zamru Lo.
Kula serves on the Miami Dade County Cultural Advisory Panel and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at University of Miami. Cantor Kula’s career highlights community leadership, Israel awareness, Social action, and enlightening students of all ages about the wonders of Jewish music.
GAIL G. WILLIAMS
Gail Williams has been an educator in Miami for thirty-six years working with children with disabilities. She is Co-Founder of the Twister Café – a self sustaining program based on preparation and sales of food items to meet the educational needs of students with intellectual disabilities and autism.
Summary of Qualifications
October 1977- present Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida.
Teacher of students with disabilities
August 2011 – present MDCPS-Booker T. Washington Senior High Miami, Florida
Teacher of students with Autism (Ages 14-22 years).
Providing and executing an Individualized Educational Plan based on the specific needs of each student.
August 2003 – August 2011 MDCPS-Booker T. Washington Senior High, Miami, Florida
Teacher of students with moderate Intellectual Disabilities (Ages 14-22 years).
Providing and executing an Individualized Educational Plan based on the specific needs of each student.
Co-Founder of the Twister Café – A self sustaining program based on preparation and sales of food items to meet the educational needs of students with intellectual disabilities and autism in all skill areas including but not limited to vocational and daily living skills.
August 1999 – August 2003 MDCPS-Citrus Grove Middle School, Occupational Training Center, Miami, Florida.
Liaison between administrators and teachers. Conduct faculty meetings. Creating class schedules for students, staff. Scheduling of parent / teacher conferences and IEP meetings. Running the day to day operations of a program with 9 full time teachers, 12 full time paraprofessionals, a part time social worker, a part time speech therapist, a part time physical therapist, a part time occupational therapist and 65 students.
School year 2000-2001 MDCPS District Task Force, Miami, Florida.
To create and compile information used for all programs for students with intellectual disabilities. This manual was created to assist teachers and administrators in accessing information to provide students and their caretakers the resources necessary to maximize the quality of life for this population. (such as phone numbers of agencies and what services they offer)
September 1990-June 1991 MDCPS-Citrus Grove Middle School
Occupational Training Center, Miami, Florida
April 1979-1999 MDCPS-Citrus Grove Middle School, Occupational Training Center, Miami, Florida
Assemblies Production Shop Teacher (teaching vocational skills and behaviors in a mock sheltered workshop environment)
September 1989-September 1999 MDCPS-Citrus Grove Middle School Occupational Training Center, Miami, Florida
Supported Employment Teacher (in collaboration with a job coach, monitoring students on jobs in the community to insure their success)
1979 St. Thomas University
Master of Science in Human Resources
1976 Florida International University
Added certification: Specific Learning Disabilities
1975 Florida International University
Bachelor of Science in Education : Mental Retardation
1973 Miami Dade Community College
Associate of Arts
1980-2003 Exit Staffing Committee Member
Graduation Committee Member
Child Study Team Member
Talent Show Production Staff
Girl Scout Leader