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Lilianne Rossel - President

Lilianne Rossel

Lilianne Rossel was born in Cuba and graduated from college in 1989 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She came to the United States in 1992 and lived in Maryland for ten years where she married Juan Rossel and had three children. Carolina was born in 1996 with Down syndrome, Eric in 1997, and Antonio in 1999. Both Lily and Juan were very involved with a local organization that provided support groups and awareness events in the community.

Lily and her family moved to Miami in December of 2001. In 2002, she met a mom who had the same vision to connect families of children with Down syndrome in Miami-Dade. An idea of a picnic event was organized with the support of local businesses and families which resulted in great success. A few years later, in meeting other parents with the same vision, the association was created with the mission to provide support, education, and awareness in the community.

lilianne@dsaom.org

Ayleen Pinera-Llano - VP

Ayleen Pinera-Llano - VP

Ayleen Pinera-Llano was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Miami for undergraduate studies and University of Miami Medical School where she completed a Pediatric Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and is currently practicing Pediatrics in Miami.

Ayleen is married to Eduardo Llano and they have three children together, Gabriella, Eduardo, and Daniella. When Daniella was born with Down Syndrome in 2003, Ayleen discovered there was no support present in the local Miami Community and they felt very "alone." Soon after Daniella’s birth, Ayleen and a group of parents met and decided to form a local organization to support other similar families and increase awareness about Down Syndrome in the Community.

ayleen@dsaom.org

Nick Gutiérrez - Director

Nick Gutiérrez - Counsel

Nicolás J. Gutiérrez, Jr., Esq. is a founding partner at Gutiérrez, Zarraluqui & Franco LLP. Mr. Gutiérrez concentrates his practice in providing legal counsel to international clients for inbound and outbound business transactions, with an emphasis on Latin America. He has extensive experience in corporate, governmental relations, confiscated property claims, international trade, financing and asset control regulatory matters.

Mr. Gutiérrez is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and has received an "A-V" rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest professional distinction obtainable by attorneys. Mr. Gutiérrez is a graduate of the University of Miami (B.A., Cum Laude, 1985) and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1988).

nick@dsaom.org

Krystina Jiron - Counsel

Krystina Jiron - Counsel

Krystina Jiron is the proud mother of Sebastian and Sophia. She is also a practicing attorney with the law firm of Atkinson & Brownell, P.A. in Miami, Florida. She practices in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, bad faith and construction defect litigation. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Dade County Bar Association, including the Young Lawyers Section, and the Cuban American Bar Association. She is also admitted to practice before the District Courts of the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and has argued before the Third District Court of Appeals.

Krystina Jiron received her Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Philosophy from Loyola University, New Orleans, graduating cum laude in 2001. She received her J.D. from Villanova University Law School in 2004. While in law school, Krystina was the Managing Editor of Outside Works for the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and was a member of the 2002 Jessup International Moot Court team.

krystina@dsaom.org

Marta Noa - Community Relations

Marta Noa

Marta Noa has a passion for helping and teaching special needs students. She is a Special Education teacher with the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Marta earned an undergraduate degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University and a graduate degree in Urban Education from Florida International University. She holds a State of Florida Certification in Special Education K through 12th grade.

Formerly, Marta held the position of Health Educator and Clinic Liaison at the University of Miami School of Medicine Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center teaching women at community health centers the importance of self-examinations and risk factors throughout Miami-Dade county with the Mobile Mammography Unit.

In 2002, her daughter Sophia was born with Down syndrome. She became involved with a group of moms who also had children with Down syndrome which later became organized as the Down Syndrome Association of Miami in 2006.

Marta serves on the board of the Down Syndrome Association of Miami and resides in Miami with her 3 daughters, Isabella and Anais who are twins, and Sophia.

marta@dsaom.org

Cristina Beguiristain - Activities Director

Cristina Beguiristain

Cristina Beguiristain is a founding member of the DSAOM and is a wife and mother to four children. She handles several activities for our association such as the swimming and soccer programs as well as our group Speech Therapy sessions. She also enjoys her job in Marketing for a major cruiseline.

cristina@dsaom.org

 

Elina Solorzano - Co-Treasurer

Elina Solorzano - Co-Treasurer

Elina Solorzano became involved with the Broward Down Syndrome Organization shortly after the birth of her son, Thomas, in 2002, because there was no active organization in the Dade County area.  In 2007, she joined the recently formed DSAOM in order to assist with the Inaugural Miracle Walk. Shortly after the Miracle Walk, she became the Treasurer of the Association.

Mrs. Solorzano received a BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and a MBA from Georgia State University, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her career has encompassed various industries such as manufacturing, mortgage banking, domestic and international banking, however, she is now a full-time mother which is the most challenging and gratifying career she has ever had!

Elina lives in Miami with her husband, Nelson and their three sons, Trevor, Tyler and Thomas.

elina@dsaom.org

Clara Gutiérrez De Castro - Co-Treasurer

Clara Gutiérrez De Castro

Clara Gutiérrez De Castro is a mother of three: Nicolas, Cristina, and Elisa. When Elisa was born with Down syndrome in 2003, she felt that there was a need for support in the community for children and families of Down syndrome. Clara joined other parents, that felt the same way, in creating the DSAOM. 

Clara is a graduate from the University of Miami, with a degree in Business Administration, specializing in International Finance and Marketing. She is an Assistant Vice President with a large International Private Bank in Miami.
 

Lillian Perez-Maribona - Community Outreach

Lillian Perez-Maribona - Community Outreach

Lillian Perez-Maribona was born in Cuba and raised in Georgia. She is a graduate from University of Georgia with a degree in Psychology. She moved to Florida to pursue a career with the airlines where she worked for 15 years till the birth of her daughters. She is now a very busy stay at home mom.

Lillian joined the newly forming Association after her third daughter was born with Down Syndrome. She is dedicated to welcoming new babies born with Down syndrome and helping families with resources and social networking.

lilian@dsaom.org

Jack Rose - Corporate Advocate

Jack Rose

Jack Rose joined the Down Syndrome Association of Miami in 2011. Jack and his wife Annie have been involved in various charitable organizations since the birth of their first daughter Jackie in 1995, and have supported Down Syndrome initiatives at the Learning Experience and Marion Center over the years.

Mr. Rose received his MBA from the Chapman School of Business at Florida International University.  He currently supports integrated marketing communication strategies at Ryder System, Inc., and serves on the DSAOM board as Charitable Corporate Sponsor advocate.
 
Jack lives in Miami with his wife and three other daughters Sophia, Julianna, and Angelina.
 

Frances Capo - Founder

Frances Capo

Frances Capo, became a member of the National Down Syndrome Society and other local organizations in both south and central Florida after the birth of her daughter Natalie Capo in 1995. She began coordinating annual family picnics and bake sales for individuals with Down syndrome with Lily Rossel and works closely with her genetic specialist.

She is an elementary school teacher for Miami Dade County Public Schools and worked as a special instruction consultant, for the United Way and ARC of South Florida, to help identify children with special needs in child care centers.

In September 2005, Frances Capo, along with other parents of children with Down syndrome, co-founded Down Syndrome Association of Miami.

In 2005-2006, she was "Teacher of the Year" for her contributions to education and holds a Master of Science in Elementary Education.

Frances lives in Miami-Dade county with her husband, Jose and two daughters Natalie and Amanda.

frances@dsaom.org