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Deering Estate Foundation announces new board members

MIAMI (February 07, 2018)

Deering Estate Foundation Executive Director Mary Pettit and President David M. McDonald welcomed a prestigious group of newly elected directors to the organization's Board of Directors at their annual meeting in January.

Fellow Board members, trustees, community leaders and collaborating partners welcomed six new members to join the Board of Directors in fulfilling the Foundation's mission to preserve and protect the Deering Estate's education and research initiatives, cultural arts programming, environmental conservation efforts, and historic preservation.

The Foundation welcomes the following new members of the 2018-19 Board of Directors:

John R. Anzivino is a CPA and Principal Tax Partner with Kaufman, Rossin & Co., overseeing their Estate, Trust and Exempt Organization Department. He is the Co-Founder and Founding President with 20+ years of service on the Board of the Planned Giving Council of Dade County (now the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.) Anzivino also serves on the Board of the Miami Foundation and Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami.

Timothy Klauda is the Vice President of Product, Digital Experience at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. He and his family recently relocated to Miami from California, where he previously served as the Vice President of Digital Design for Disney Parks and Resorts. He has been awarded Webby's, Abby's, Effie's and several other awards for his work. Klauda has a passion for the environment, history, art and architecture.

David Lotker is a long-term member of the Deering Estate Foundation and Chairperson of the School of Continuing Education & Professional Development at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. He is a lifelong advocate for environmental conservation and historic preservation and continues to serve as a reserve police officer on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.  

Gerard (Jerry) Morale is an Elevator Technician with Eastern Elevator, an instructor for the National Elevator Industry Educational Program, and President of International Union of Elevator Constructors - Local 71.  He is a native of Miami and a long-serving volunteer of the Deering Estate Foundation. Morale has spearheaded traffic and exterior logistics for the annual Deering Seafood Festival for many years.

Courtney Reeder is the Operations Director for Golden Rule Seafood and past president of the Palmetto Bay Business Association. Her election to the Board further extends an endearing family legacy of service and leadership to the Deering Estate. Her father, Walter Flores, is a past president of the Foundation's Board of Directors and now serves on the Board of Trustees. Her mother, Pam Mullins-Flores, a co-founder of the 100 Ladies of Deering, presently serves as their Treasurer. 

Carole Wright is the Senior Vice President of Private Banking of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust and a past Board Member of The Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami. She is a member of the 100 Ladies of Deering and helped spearhead the development of the Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Field Study Scholarship Program at Deering, which provides assistance to under-resourced Miami-Dade County Title 1 schools, teachers and students, enabling them to participate in the Deering Estate’s award-winning Environmental Education Enrichment Programs. 
"Preserving South Florida's history, conserving its natural resources, and providing convenient access to nature-based recreation, experiential learning and quality cultural and social experiences are at the very heart of the Deering Estate and Foundation's mission and vision," said Mary Pettit. "We warmly welcome the service of these professionals and community leaders to our team."

About The Deering Estate Foundation

Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate.  Its Board of Directors, members and volunteers are made up of a diverse group of business and community leaders who are dedicated advocates of the Estate and active supporters of education, research, cultural arts, environmental conservation and historic preservation.

About the Deering Estate
The Deering Estate preserves the 1920's era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. Nestled along the coast in South Dade, the Deering Estate is a cultural asset and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As a 21st Century museum destination for tourists and local residents, signature events, programs and preservation of our history positions the Deering Estate as an iconic marker for our community's cultural identity and memory. The Deering Estate's first 30 years were marked by preservation and conservation of these rich cultural and ecological resources and our future continues to build upon this wonderful legacy of stewardship envisioned by Charles Deering.