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. She served as a council member for the Village of Palmetto Bay from 2014-2018. Larissa and her family have called Palmetto Bay home for 20 years.
Debbie Regent began as Director of Development for the Deering Estate Foundation in November 2018. She is responsible for growing the financial support of the Foundation by outreach to donors, granting agencies and corporations. Debbie’s 14 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising in South Florida includes working for the Jewish National Fund and Hadassah. She is a native of Miami but has called Weston her home for the past 23 years. Debbie graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science.
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.
Kristin is a native Floridian growing up less than 3 miles from the Estate. She previously worked in multiple departments on the County side of the Deering for 5+ years before moving to the Foundation as the Special Event 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.
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.
Becky Roper Matkov, a preservation consultant and writer, manages RG Heritage, LLC, overseeing land and historic property. For 18 years, she served as CEO of Dade Heritage Trust, Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization. In 2015, she received the Florida Secretary of State’s Award, given to one “whose passion for historic preservation has forever changed the face of Florida.”
A graduate of Duke University, Becky has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. She is the co-author of the book Florida’s Historic Restaurants and the editor of the coffee-table book, Miami’s Historic Neighborhoods. She is a past president of the Junior League of Miami, a former chairman of the State of Florida’s Historic Preservation Advisory Council and the founding editor of Preservation Today magazine. For 10 years she managed the Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation, which funded environmental initiatives in Florida. Becky serves on the board of the Deering Estate Foundation, the Stiltsville Trust and the Florida Trust and is a member of The Villagers and the International Women’s Forum.
She is married to attorney Tom Matkov and they have a son, daughter and granddaughter. She loves to seek out historic places—around the world or down the street.
Liede is a graduate from American University with a BA in international business. Originally from Pennsylvania she has made Miami her home for more than 20 years with her husband Frank and raising her three children Jonathan, Michael, and Jacqueline. Liede’s passion for real estate and unyielding determination to provide a sophisticated level of service keeps her at the top of her real-estate profession with the Keyes Company. Community involvement has always been a vital component to her. She has been an active community leader serving as past president of the Palmetto Bay Business Association,chair of the Palmetto Bay Community Outreach and Parks and Recreation committee, past president of the Old Cutler South Association. Currently she serves as President of the 100 Ladies of Deering and part of the executive board as Secretary of the Deering Estate foundation.
C. Michael Cornely is a practicing trial attorney in Miami, Florida for Hartman & Cornely, P.A. since 1990. He attended Boston College for his undergraduate degree and received a Law degree from Nova University Law School. His work experience includes positions as Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Senior Trial Attorney, Felony Chief and Assistant Chief of Office. (1977-1990). His legal experience includes memberships in the Florida Bar Association and its Ethics Committee; Miami-Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors and Chairman if its Criminal Courts Committee; Associate General Counsel for the Police Benevolent Association of Miami, Florida.He currently or has served as a member of several other Board of Directors, including the Board of Directors for the South Florida Golf Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors for the Deering Estate Foundation; Board of Director of the Women’s Breast & Heart Health Awareness of Miami Foundation. He has been the Vice-General Chairman of the World Golf Championships at Doral and a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Saint Richards. He has been married for 38 years to Dr. Helen Z. Cornely, Associate Dean for the Florida International University. He has three children; Diana, Joseph and Daniel, all married.
Dave is a south Miami-Dade resident for almost 30 years. He received his BA from the University of Connecticut and JD degree from the University of Miami. He is a trial attorney and founding partner of the Miami law firm of McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes P.A. where he serves as Managing Partner. Previously he was a Senior Partner with one of Miami’s oldest law firms. In addition to his busy law practice, community service has long been a focus for Dave. He has been involved with a number of nonprofit boards along with various Florida Bar committees. He has served as Chair of a Florida Bar subcommittee on Technology and for many years Dave has taken a leadership role with a number of youth sports organizations in the South Miami Dade area. He and his wife Maria have two grown sons. In his free time, Dave enjoys, golf, tennis, travel, reading, history and politics.
Tom Cromer is a native of Miami and was the captain of the Miami Beach High basketball team. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His business career began in Miami at The Cromer Company, his family’s 100-year-old apparel manufacturing and international distribution business, where he was responsible for sales, marketing and management. After 20 years in the family business, Tom decided to branch out on his own and began a career as a self-motivated entrepreneur. He and his wife, Lynn, opened the first Assist 2 Sell real estate franchise in Miami, which they successfully operated for over a decade. Tom then owned and operated the Miami office of Interim Healthcare. He is presently the CEO and co-owner of Divorce Without War USA. His wife of 32 years, Lynn, passed away in 2014. He has two sons, a civil engineer in Miami and an entrepreneur in New York City. Tom is an active member of Temple Beth Am and enjoys snow skiing, fly fishing, gardening and riding his motorcycle.
Mr. England is a 30+ year resident of Palmetto Bay, and has been totally involved in the life of his community. Previously, he was elected to two terms on the St. Petersburg, FL City Council, including a term as Vice-Mayor.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Fundraising and Development Committee of the Deering Estate Foundation Board; and as Chairman of the Palmetto Bay Partnership, a Committee of the Palmetto Bay Council tasked with maximizing the economic potential of the Village. Peter is also a former National Board Member of Bread for the World, a Christian based grass roots advocacy organization which lobbies Congress on behalf of the poor and hungry, here and abroad. Mr. England is a member of the Palmetto Bay Business Association.
Mr. England has been the chief marketing officer with both Florida Federal Savings, and FPL. He concluded his professional career as Director of Government Relations with Camillus House. Retired, he is working for the community he loves. Peter believes in Economic Development for South Miami-Dade, and particularly in Palmetto Bay. He considers the Deering Estate his backyard on the Bay, and is committed to its future development for generations to come.
Mr. England and his wife, June, have three adult sons. They enjoy traveling, especially to visit their grandson in Atlanta. June is a member of the 100 Ladies of Deering.
Evelyn is a biologist and professor at Florida International University. She has been studying the Everglades for over 20 years and is now the Executive Director of FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society. She received her B.S. from Kent State University, M.S. from Iowa State University and Ph.D. from University of Georgia. Her research on algae has helped scientists predict the fate of lakes and wetlands under pressure from climate and land use changes. She also works with policy-makers to ensure decisions that affect our natural resources are informed by science. Evelyn’s career has been shaped by experiences at biological stations, so she is excited to work with the Deering Estate Foundation to ensure that the Cultural and Ecological Field Station has an enduring impact on students, researchers and the public. Evelyn is a singer, musician and woodworker and enjoys helping others experience the natural world through the fine arts.
Born and raised in Miami Florida, Eric Haas received his BA in History, and Broadcast Communications. He was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Order, and served as the president, at Mercer University, Macon Georgia.
Working construction in a restaurant, over a summer break, he became interested in the restaurant business.
While based full time, in Miami, as a Flight Attendance for Eastern Airlines, Eric worked various second jobs in different restaurants. During this time he met his wife Lori, and together they opened the original Sports Frill on Sunset Dr. in 1987.
Sports Grill had become known locally, for their “famous, Special Grilled Wings”, and their family friendly atmosphere. There are now six locations in Miami-Dade County, and in 2014 they opened their first store in Broward County.
Sports Grill participated in the “Make-A-Wish” foundation for the first time in 2015, and were able to grant four “wishes”. Sports Grill has also catered and participated in many community events over the past 29 years!
Eric has been on the Diaconate at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church since 1992. He was elected to the board of directors of the Deering Estate Foundation in 1998, and serves as the president 2011-2013.
Eric and Lori have two daughters and reside in Miami, Florida.
Community Health of South Florida, Inc.
For more than 30 years, Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. has provided leadership toward the accomplishment of the mission of Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Under his direction, the non-profit health care company has grown from two health centers into now 11 state of the art community health centers and 34 school based programs providing integrated primary and behavioral health care services to the residents of South Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys, including the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, CHI was recently awarded the coveted Governor’s Sterling Award.
Hartley is a Founding member of Health Choice Network and previously served as Chairman of the Boards of Health Choice Network, Inc. (HCN), and Health Choice Network of Florida (HCNFL). HCN is a national model of successful collaboration among health center controlled networks, community health centers and other health partners. Through its cutting-edge health information technology and business services, HCN participants increase efficiencies, decrease costs and provide better and more accessible patient care.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University (FAMU). He received a Masters of Hospital Administration degree from Baylor University in 1968 and was recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Florida A & M University in 2001.
He served 26 years in the Army Medical Services Corps, including assignment as Executive Officer, 93rd Evacuation Hospital, Republic Vietnam; U. S. Army Hospital, Camp Zama, Japan; U. S. Army Hospital, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and Nuernberg Army Hospital, West Germany. Hartley retired from the Army on January 1, 1983 with the rank of Colonel.
He is a Rotarian, Chairman Emeritus, FAMU Foundation; President, President Emeritus Alpha Rho Boule Foundation; Deering Estate Foundation; Vice Chair; Trustee and Past Chair, Chamber South; Member, Palmetto Bay Business Association; and Member Christ Fellowship Church.
He has received numerous awards including FAMU Distinguished Alumni Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the “Hero in the Fight” award from the South Florida Mental Health Association, the Luis Garcia Migrant/Community Health Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers, and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Dade County Medical Association.
In 2012, Mr. Hartley was widowed after 55 years of marriage to the former Jacquelyn Thomas of Madison, Florida. He has a son Brodes III; a daughter Jacquelyn Kha; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
With roots in the Midwest, Barry came to South Florida in 1984, courtesy of a transfer by then-employer, AT&T to build a local brand presence for AT&T in Florida. As vice president of corporate affairs, he directed AT&T’s community engagement across the state from the company’s office in South Miami Dade and became heavily involved in community organizations in the areas of education, the arts, regionalism, sustainability, sports and economic development, serving with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County as the private sector co-chair for the initial One Community, One Goal program. Following his AT&T career, Barry served more than a decade as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida’s first and largest business organization. Today, he is president of the South Florida Progress Foundation. In addition to the Deering Estate Foundation, he is a member of the board of HistoryMiami, the Greater Miami Chamber Board of Governors and a member of the City of Miami Mayor’s International Council. He and his wife, Catherine, have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Paul is close to being a Miami native, having moved here from Ohio at the age of six. He was in the first graduating class of Coral Gables High School, then attended the University of Florida.
Paul was employed at Pan American World Airways, then with wife Lois and son Paul Jr., owned and operated Curbside Florist from 1968 to 2010. He is currently semi-retired and also affiliated with Sunstate Bank.
Paul served as Perrine-Cutler Ridge Rotary Club President 1988-89, Chairman of the South Dade Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee 1989-90. He was the recipient of the Russ Norton Community Service Award in 2001, and the Steven Cranman Professional Public Service Award in 2008. Paul was a founding member of the Perrine-Cutler Ridge Council after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and served as Chairman, then Executive Director of the Economic Development Council 2010-2011.
Paul was the first elected official of the Village of Palmetto Bay, serving as Councilman for District Two from 2002-2008. He has been a member of the Deering Estate Foundation since 2000, and has been on the Board of Directors from 2008 to present. Wife Lois is employed at Baptist Health South Florida in their Corporate Offices in Coral Gables, and is a member of the 100 Ladies of Deering.
Paul and Lois have lived in Palmetto Bay in their home built in 1921, since 1968, and their children Linda (and Ed Santos) and son Paul, Jr. (PJ) live close by. Their grandson Eddie Santos has just graduated with his Masters of Accounting degree from UNC at Chapel Hill, and will be employed at Ernst & Young in Washington, DC. Granddaughter Meghan and husband Daniel Ribiero live in Boca Raton, and we are blessed with our great granddaughter Tiffany Ribiero.
Courtney Reeder was born, raised, and is currently a Palmetto Bay resident along with her husband and three children. She graduated from Florida International University in 2004 with a degree in Marketing & Hospitality.
She served as PBBA Chairwoman from 2015-2016.
Courtney is the Operations Director for Golden Rule Seafood, a family owned & operated seafood market, with a longstanding reputation for having the finest quality and greatest selection of seafood in South Florida. She has also been very instrumental in the creation of the newest family business, a family friendly, local seafood restaurant in Palmetto Bay
Patrick H. F. Roberts has more than twenty-four years of educational leadership and administrative experience in the private school sector. He is currently the Head of School for Palmer Trinity, an Episcopal, middle and high school in Miami, Florida. Three years ago, Patrick moved from Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as Associate Head of School and Head of Advancement for Battle Ground Academy. Prior to that, he was Headmaster of St. James Episcopal School in Texas; Head of Middle School, Episcopal School of Acadiana in Louisiana; and Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance at the University Liggett School.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration and Supervision from Lipscomb University in Tennessee.
He has recently joined the Global Connections program for Heads of School. Patrick and his wife Laura and their four children are residents of Palmetto Bay. Patrick is a prolific writer and a talented piano player.
Having lived in South Florida for over 45 years, Christine is virtually a native. Her parents honeymooned in Miami Beach and decided then that they would eventually leave Philadelphia, Christine’s birthplace, and relocate here.
Since 1997, Christine has applied her communications and analytical skills in the worlds of finance and real estate, a synergistic combination that has enabled her to play an integral role in the sale of South Florida real estate, collectively valued at well over several hundred million dollars. A firm commitment to providing unparalleled service to her clients is Christine’s number one priority in every transaction, beginning with the initial consultation and continuing through and after the closing.
Christine is celebrating a career of over 2 years at the premier real estate brokerage firm. EWM Realty International, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, where she is routinely listed in the prestigious Diamond Level of the Chairman’s Club. Christine has earned the designation of Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) as well as Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE). She is also a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Miami Association of Realtors, Luxury Home Council and the Worldwide Who’s Who.
Christine lives with her husband in Palmetto Bay and is active in the Palmetto Bay Business Association as well as The Deering Estate Foundation serving as a board member and a Member of the The 100 Ladies of Deering. She is extremely optimistic about the future of the South Florida real estate market and reflects a positive attitude that, no matter how complicated and daunting a real estate deal may seem, she has the ability and professional support to provide her clients with the best services a Realtor can offer.
JoAnn has been an outdoor lover her entire life. She was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Southeastern Kentucky. She loved playing in the creek bed and the woods surrounding her family home, and returns there as often as possible. After moving to Florida when she was 10, she discovered the open water and the beauty that it holds. JoAnn lives in Palmetto Bay, and her neighborhood almost touches the Deering Estate property lines. Her late husband, Donn Szaro was an active member and frequent visitor at the Deering Estate. The two of them held private events at the estate and shared their love for it with family and friends. JoAnn has worked in the accounting industry for most of her life and has participated on many non-profit boards in addition to the Deering Estate. She served on the Royal Harbor Home Owners Association, Pine Bay Estates Home Owners Association, Paradise Point Marina Association, South Florida Women’s Tennis, and the USTA. She enjoys tennis, boating, scuba diving, traveling, FSU Football and spending time with her children and grandchildren. JoAnn has served on the board since January 2014.
Howard J. Tendrich is a native Miamian and graduated from Miami Senior High in 1958 and the University of Miami in 1962 with BBA in Accounting. He has owned the clothing store Heritage House for over 49 years. He was on the Board of the Zoological Society of Florida, the Board of the Palmetto Business Association as well on the Village Council of Palmetto Bay. He and his wife Marilyn a daughter, a son and 3 grandchildren.
Jamie L. Thomas is Development Vice President Baptist Health Foundation, Assistant Vice President Baptist Health and administrator of the Founders Society; Baptist Health’s prestigious donor recognition program consisting of grateful patients and families who have given major philanthropic gifts to support the health and well-being of our community. She is responsible for the Physician Philanthropic Advisory Council and system-wide Grateful Patient Program and ongoing development and oversight of all aspects of a comprehensive cultivation and stewardship program including major donor relations communications, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship events, recognition systems and awards for the seven hospital based programs. Under her leadership the Founders Society has grown to nearly 1200 families.
Ms. Thomas received a Master of Arts, Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and has extensive cultural, language and development experience gained while living and working in Central and South America including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, México, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Jaime resides in Palmetto Bay and is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters Lauren and Jessica. She has served on the Deering Estate Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2015 and is an active member of the 100 Ladies of Deering.
Andrew is a practicing attorney in Florida since 1996 with offices in Coral Gables. He is committed to a high quality and very personalized civil litigation and business oriented practice and devotes a significant part of his practice to general counsel responsibilities for regional businesses. Andrew earned his B.S. in Management Information Systems (MIS) and worked as a computer programmer prior to obtaining his law degree. He has served as a Deering Estate Foundation Director since 2014, is a member of the Foundation’s Governance Committee, and has been active in the South Florida community on various nonprofit boards and organizations over the years. Most notably, Andrew is the Founder and Head Coach of the Miami-Dade High School Hockey Alliance, a high school Tier II ice hockey program, competing in the Florida Scholastic Hockey League. A former New Englander, Andrew enjoys raising his two sons and leads an active life coaching and playing ice hockey, cooking, practicing martial arts, and being outdoors.
Daniel Yglesias is a past president of The Deering Estate Foundation and is Vice President/Dealer Principal of Palmetto Ford Truck Sales, Inc., a second generation family-owned Ford dealership serving South Florida since 1966. He is a graduate of Barry University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Administration. A native of Miami, Daniel lives in Palmetto Bay with his wife and children.