Faculty

Kim Cavendish has led science museums since 1981 and is known for turning institutions around from fiscal crisis to sustained success. Kim earned a B.A. from UF and attended Duke and George Washington University. Awarded Woman of the Year, 1990, by Women in Communication; Woman of Distinction, 1993, South Florida Magazine; Fundraising Award, 1994, Florida Assn. of Nonprofits; and Distinguished Alumna from Holton Arms School in 2008. In 2013 she was awarded the Florida Association of Museums Lifetime Achievement Award.

Corky Dozier, MFA  is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, American Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the American Federation of Musicians. She is a three-time Emmy Award Winning Producer and Director, and Founder and Artistic Director of the internationally recognized Coconut Grove Children’s Theater. She believes in service, and has served as a Trustee for the Greater Miami Coconut Grove Chambers, Greater Miami Host Committee, and Minority Affairs Cochair of the Florida Association of Nonprofits.

Maria Hidalgo is a VITAS Community Relations Representative and has over 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing, advertising, government relations, and fundraising.  She co-hosts a weekly Spanish radio talk show on WRHC, “SIN FRONTERAS” (Without Frontiers), co-hosted “Celebrating Life” on WQBA Univision Radio, and spearheaded the MEGA Creole program on 1020 AM with the Association of Haitian Physicians Aboard and the Haitian American Nurses Association.

Maxine Kamin is president of TOUCH Consulting, Inc.: The Personal Touch in Business, and author of Soft Skills Revolution:  A Guide for Connecting with Compassion for Trainers, Teams, and Leaders,  published by Wiley.  She is also an author of a host of other publications, including internationally recognized books and training guides for the American Society for Training and Development such as: 10 Steps to Successful Customer Service, and Customer Service Training. Her background includes fourteen years in academia and over twenty years in corporate and nonprofit positions, including faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Manager of Instruction and Evaluation at American Express, and dean level positions at Miami-Dade College. She founded TOUCH Consulting, Inc. in 1995 (www.touchconsulting.com), and consults  on a national basis with companies and nonprofits for excellence in business practices.  She assists clients with “the personal touch,” emphasizing that all business and fundraising starts and ends with forming trusting relationships.

Ellie Kazuk, MBA is a consultant and former Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Florida.  She was awarded a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Florida Association of Nonprofits. Ellie holds a master’s Degree in Education from the U. of Michigan and an M.B.A. (organizational development) from the University of Colorado. Her experience has been with IBM and six major universities: Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Colorado, Miami, Georgetown, and Phoenix.

Bob Kovacevich, MA is president and principal of Avatar Company, a Florida-based market research, strategic planning and fundraising firm. His experience includes work with international clients as well as small Florida nonprofit organizations. He specializes in assessing audience satisfaction while measuring fundraising responsiveness.

Bob Orser, MA is The Nonprofit Doctor. He offers both long-term and short-term management consulting services to nonprofit agencies, executive directors, and board directors. As The Conference Doctor countrywide, he offers one-on-one confidential nonprofit management counseling. He has over 25 years of experience in founding and developing two major nonprofit management centers, The Management Center in San Francisco and The Support Center.

Marina Pavlov, MS is President/CEO of the Florida Association of Nonprofits.  She oversees the statewide resource center for 50,500 nonprofits in Florida. She is an experienced fundraiser, grantwriter and advocate, and has been invited to speak at local, state and national conferences. Her 20 plus years of community board leadership includes: Aspen Publishing Editorial Advisory, National Council of Nonprofits, Sister Cities International, and Kids Voting.  She was appointed by Governor Crist to the 2010 Census Advisory Board.

Michael J. Robbins, CPA is a partner with the accounting firm, Robbins and Landino, P.A. He brings nearly 30 years of nonprofit accounting experience to the Certificate Program. He specializes in accounting procedures, budget auditing, grant reporting, and special projects auditing for nonprofit organizations. Mike has served as the Florida Association of Nonprofits Treasurer and Board President.

Marie Rosier, CPA started her career as an auditor and fiscal assistant to the CFO at the Florida Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service. Rosier has years of experience conducting audits and providing advisory services for SEC-registered companies. She is a member in good standing with the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.

Dr. Stephen Salaka has more than 15 years of diversified industry experience including extensive consultation work with Fortune 500 organizations. He holds a MBA in Information Technology and a PhD focused on Organizational Psychology. Stephen holds several industry certifications in Project Management Professional, PMI (PMP), he is also a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and is certified Lean, Six Sigma Black Belt, Trained Master Black Belt. Coached and trained many successful Six Sigma Master Black Belt projects leading to an aggregated savings of over $200M across multiple industries and clients

Barbara Vega has been a grants professional in diverse sectors since 1998. Originally from New Jersey, she graduated from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics, and California State Northridge with a degree in Adult and Secondary Education. Barbara has lived overseas and has traveled rather extensively. Ms. Vega is currently the International Grants Manager at a large international relief and development nonprofit in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Grants Professionals Foundation and on the Mayor’s Educational Advisory Task Force for the City of Sunrise, FL.  She lives in Sunrise, Florida with her husband and family.

Naomi Wright, CPC  is a community relations specialist and serves on the board of CTAC, Miami-Dade Dept. of Transit.  She brings her 20 plus years of public and media relations, public speaking expertise, and an intimate knowledge of the community to Florida Nonprofits. She served on numerous boards including: The North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vision to Victory Human Services, Youth Crime Watch of Miami, Citizens Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, Adult Basic Education Community Advisory Committee, the Dade Criminal Justice Council, and Florida Nonprofits.

Alyce Zahniser, MPA is an award-winning leader in human resources with over 25 years of experience. She has been honored with over 75 prestigious awards including the Florida’s Governor’s Award for Small Business/Diversity, the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award, the Earth Hero Award from Channel 10, and the US Dept. of Commerce Advocate of the Year Award. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Miami/Dade College.

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