April 2015 Update

April 2015

Spotlight on Board Member Dorothy S. Eisenberg…

We welcome our new Council for Educational Change Board member, Dorothy S. Eisenberg. She is a prominent certified public accountant, who brings a wealth of taxation experience to Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company, and is highly regarded by her clients. Ms. Eisenberg focuses her practice on managing some of the largest and most complex tax and general accounting matters for high net‐worth individuals and businesses served by the firm.

She has an extensive background in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, retail and professional services. In addition to serving clients, Ms. Eisenberg trains and supervises professional staff at the firm.

With more than 20 years of experience in the public accounting field, Ms. Eisenberg has established a fine reputation for excellence and superior results for clients. She has extensive experience representing clients during federal and state tax audits and successfully handled and negotiated assessments that minimize clients’ exposure.

Providing strategic counsel in multi‐state tax issues, Ms. Eisenberg advises clients on all aspects of their business decisions in the areas of tax planning and consulting, accounting, compliance, mergers and acquisitions as well as operational and strategic planning. Ms. Eisenberg has also consulted with closely held family businesses, sophisticated high net‐worth individuals and multi‐generation family owned businesses.

She is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Dorothy’s professional accomplishments include recognition by Business Leader Magazine as 2010 Business Leader of the Year in the financial category and the Key Partners Award by The South Florida Business Journal.

Ms. Eisenberg believes strongly in giving back to our community and focuses her charitable efforts on the advancement of children and women. She is Treasurer and serves on the Advisory Board, and is the past President of the Commonwealth Institute of South Florida; is a member of the University of Miami Citizens board; a mentor for the University of Miami School of Business Mentoring Program; a member of the United Way of Miami‐Dade Women’s Leadership; and participates in the Council for Educational Change, and Temple Kol Ami. Dorothy has held past board positions on the Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton and the School Advisory Councils of Plantation High, Plantation Middle, and Central Park Elementary Schools.

PASS© News…

Carver Middle School in Palm Beach sponsored an AVID District Awareness Day. The purpose of AVID District Awareness Day is to expose faculty, school district members and community partners to the components of AVID. Students acted as greeters, tour guides and speakers, to explain the program. For their second college tour of the year, the students in the AVID program visited FIU. A tour of the University of Miami is scheduled for May. The PASS program at Carver Middle is funded by the City of Delray Beach.

Executive PASS©…

At Andrew Jackson High School in Duval, Principal Evan Daniels and his Executive PASS mentor, Mark Lamping, Jaguars (football team) President have developed a unique program of incentives for students. Mr. Lamping and his assistant, Alisa Abbott, and the Jaguars have been hosting 35 students per month since January, and will continue until through May 2015. The students are transported to the stadium in the team’s luxury bus where they are treated to a tour and lunch. They also attend a seminar on life skills similar to information provided to the players. Principal Daniels chooses the students based on different criteria such as academic and behavioral improvement. The first group was the Honor Roll.

David Scott, Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Infrastructure in Pinellas County, is representing the county as he works with Leigh Owens, principal at Bardmoor Elementary School. Due to this partnership, students at Bardmoor have been able to visit the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport to discover how science, engineering and math relate to airport careers. Pinellas County employees have visited the school and served as guest speakers for the students involved in the STEM Club. Mr. Owens made a presentation to the directors and managers who work for Pinellas County to give them information about Bardmoor, its demographics, school initiatives, and the partnership goals. Mr. Scott spoke to the school’s staff to explain who they are, and what they can offer the school. He provides mentors and tutors for students. The employees are allowed to leave their work site and go to the school during their work day. The goal is to provide mentors for as many third and fourth grade students as possible.

As part of their partnership with Eckerd College, students from Baypoint Middle visited the campus and observed several labs in the area of marine biology. The students fully participated in all activities related to living organisms of water habitats. Staff from Eckerd College demonstrated and prepared an in-school lab with sharks for the school’s eighth grade students. This experience highlighted skills and techniques that will prepare Baypoint Middle students for college.

Florida Blue’s Darnell Smith is an incredible Executive PASS partner in Duval County. The insurance company picked up the tab for every Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Butler eighth grader to view the academy award nominated film, “Selma”.

New Executive PASS Partnerships

Miami-Dade Executive PASS Coordinator, Boot Richards, reports the following partnerships:

  • Allapattah Middle - Principal Bridget McKinney and business partner, Julio Avael, NVP USA Healthcare;
  • Eneida M. Hartner Elementary, - Principal Dr. Derick McKoy, and business partner Marivel Andreu, Celedinas Insurance Group;
  • Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center – Principal Mary Ann Gil-Alonso with business partner Jodi Kinner, Scholastic, Classroom and Community Group.

New partnerships in Duval include:

  • Carter G. Woodson Elementary – Principal Cheryl Quarles-Gaston with business partners Muffet Corse, Helen Lane, & Joannie Newton;
  • Matthew Gilbert Middle – Principal Jamelle Goodwin and business partner Joseph Gregor, Florida Blue;
  • North Shore Elementary – Principal Felicia Hardaway and business partner Kim Hodgkinson of St. Vincent’s HealthCare
  • R.L. Brown Elementary – Principal Sabrina Sessions-Jones with business partner Russell B. Newton, Jr. of Timucuan Asset Management;
  • S.A. Hull Elementary – Principal Angela Lott and business partner Russell B. Newton, Jr.


A printable version of the Update is available for download below.

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Charles B. Blumenkamp, Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Hugh M. Brown* • Columba Bush* • Charles E. Cobb Jr.* • Irv Cohen
Scott A. Curtis* • Edward W. Easton* • T. Willard Fair* • Maribel Ferrer • Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd
Dr. Robert W. Graham, III • Bill Habermeyer* • Steven T. Halverson* • Elsie Sterling Howard • Cyrus M. Jollivette
David S. Kenin Esq* • Jonathan I. Kislak* • Daniel W. Mahurin* • Richard Manners • Gene E. Marshall • Beth G. Martinez*
Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller • Robert A. Morris Jr.* • Robert Moss • Anabel I. Nemrow • Arthur Noriega V • Fred Pezeshkan
Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell* • Steven J. Saiontz • Michael Scheck* • Roger Slade • Elliott Stern*
Steven J. Uhlfelder • Keith T. Ward • Steven Wasserman • Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines
Dr. Paul Zimmerman • Robert A. Zinn     *Life Trustees
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