Foundation Staff

Special Events Coordinator
Michelle Streit originally from Kansas has been with the Foundation for over 7 years now. She is the driving force behind the Deering Estate Foundation’s signature events including Wine on Read More
Michelle StreitSpecial Events Coordinator

Michelle Streit originally from Kansas has been with the Foundation for over 7 years now. She is the driving force behind the Deering Estate Foundation’s signature events including Wine on Harvest Moon and Deering Seafood Festival.

Executive Director
Larissa Siegel Lara joined the Deering Estate Foundation as the Executive Director in May 2018. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Foundation as Read More
Larissa Siegel LaraExecutive Director

Larissa Siegel Lara joined the Deering Estate Foundation as the Executive Director in May 2018. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Foundation as well as fundraising, marketing and community outreach, reporting to the board of directors.  Larissa enjoyed a 17-year career at the Burger King Corporation, with various roles, including vice president of IT operations, vice president of global business services and vice president of management and training. She also held various engineering roles at IBM and Motorola.

She has been involved in various community organizations, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Habitat For Humanity and The Education Fund’s Teach-A-Thon. Currently, she serves as a councilmember for the Village of Palmetto Bay. Larissa and her family have called Palmetto Bay home for 20 years.

Membership Manager
Laura Shand originally from Scotland, moved to Miami in 2009 to complete her Bachelor of Science in Audio Production at the Miami International University of Art & Design. She moved Read More
Laura ShandMembership Manager

Laura Shand originally from Scotland, moved to Miami in 2009 to complete her Bachelor of Science in Audio Production at the Miami International University of Art & Design. She moved back to Miami after completing her Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business at Berklee College of Music and is now the Membership Manager for the Deering Estate Foundation.

Administrative Assistant
Dee Diaz is originally from Michigan and is now a Floridian for life.  She has over 8 years of experience in Fundraising and Events in South Florida. She currently assists Read More
Dee DiazAdministrative Assistant

Dee Diaz is originally from Michigan and is now a Floridian for life.  She has over 8 years of experience in Fundraising and Events in South Florida. She currently assists in all areas with the Deering Estate Foundation.

Bookkeeper
Bob Ryan, CPA, joined the foundation in May 2017.  As part-time bookkeeper, he handles all  of  the  accounting  needs  of  the  Deering  Estate  Foundation.  Prior to joining the Foundation,  Bob Read More
Bob RyanBookkeeper

Bob Ryan, CPA, joined the foundation in May 2017.  As part-time bookkeeper, he handles all  of  the  accounting  needs  of  the  Deering  Estate  Foundation.  Prior to joining the Foundation,  Bob has served  many community organizations in different capacities, including as CFO of the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida and  Controller of the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club.

The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Deering Estate, one of South Florida’s largest and most significant historical, archeological, architectural and environmental treasures.