HERIBERTO J. SOSA    herb@unitycoalition.org                                              
A proven track record in verbal & written communications & excellent public relations/cause marketing
successes                                              

Herb Sosa serves as President of Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida.  Sosa also is Pubisher|Editor-In-chief of AMBIENTE Magazine, the
first & only LGBT publication offered in English, Spanish & Portuguese, produced bi-monthly, offered free of charge, and distributed
digitally around the globe to thousands of our readers each issue.                                             
Mr. Sosa brings over 20 years of corporate and not-for-profit leadership experience in the community. Previously, Mr. Sosa was
Corporate Creative Director for Burdines Dept. stores, was Executive Director of Miami Design Preservation League and the Art Deco
Weekend Festival in Miami Beach.
In 1995 Mr. Sosa created and developed the Ba-Balu Store concept in Miami & Miami Beach, earning the store the unique
distinction of being named one of Conde Nast Traveler Magazines top 100 destinations in the world in 1996.   Mr. Sosa has receive
various career and personal accolades from his peers, including the Up and Comers Business Leaders Award (1996), City of Miami
Beach Herb Sosa Day proclamation (1997), and featured in Cafe Con Leche, a documentary on first- generation Cuban-Americans
(1996).  Sosa served as chairman of Miami Beach's Historic Preservation Board for over six years, and has served on the Board of
Directors of the Miami Design Preservation League, Miami Beach Community Development Corp., Shelbourne & Fernwood
HIV/AIDS Housing, and variety of other organizations throughout South Florida.  While president of Dade Heritage Trust, Sosa was
honored to be involved in the restoration and re-lighting of the 1925 Cape Florida lighthouse in Key Biscayne, culminating with a
Gala Re-Lighting Ceremony in July 1996, capping Miami's Centennial.
In January 2004, Herb Sosa was named one of Tentaciónes Magazines Top Ten Latina/o activists in the U.S. and in 2005 was
named one of OUT magazines Top 100 LGBT Activists and featured on LOGO TV.  On April 2008 Sosa was named Terra.com's
Activist of the Month.
In 2009 Sosa received a City Proclamation from Miami Beach – Herb Sosa Day - for his community work,  was nominated for a
Glaad Media Award in 2009 for Outstanding Digital Journalism for his work in Ambiente Magazine and was named one of the 25
Most Influential GLBT Latinos by miapogeo.com, currently serves as chairman of the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation
Design Review Board and on May 2011 was named one of 5 "People To Know" in Miami Beach by the Miami Herald.
DAVID A.C. TURLEY     dturley@unitycoalition.org                                            

David A.C. Turley joined the Human Rights Campaign in October 2009.  As a field organizer based in New York City, David is
responsible for field and political activities in the Northeastern U.S. David helps develop and implement field strategies to pass federal,
state and local priorities and works with local HRC volunteer leaders and coalition partners.
Immediately prior to joining HRC, David served as LGBT liaison to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance during his 2009 election
campaign.
As a political campaigner, activist and community organizer, David has dedicated his career to engaging and empowering the public.
He served as a founding board member for the Young Professionals’ Council for Choice of NARAL Pro-Choice New York back in 2004.
David takes great pride in engaging and organizing young people in the community to embrace and work toward a cause they feel
passionate about.
During his career, David has lived in four other countries — Spain, Argentina, Italy and the United Kingdom. From 2005-07, David
worked for the Ministry of Education in Spain as a consultant in the capital city if Madrid, developing a national pilot project for
bilingual education at all grade levels. Back in the States, David has organized for candidates in California, New York, New Jersey,
Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and South Dakota. By working directly with minority populations in the U.S., he is sensitive to the
cultural nuances that shape our attitudes and decisions. He is especially passionate about issues that affect the LGBT and Latino
communities.
In 2008, David worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and then for President Obama and Sen. Udall’s election campaigns
with the Colorado Democratic Party. As the Latino outreach director for the Denver metro area, David was involved in the
unprecedented voter registration drive and get-out-the-vote effort in the Latino community.
David has a B.A. in Latin American studies from Vanderbilt University
2014 Board of Directors | Junta Directiva

Herb Sosa - President     

Luis E. Gonzalez - Treasurer
Special Events, Finance & Fundraising Chair

Angel Camacho
Programming & Fundraising

Maria Lago
Special Events & Volunteers

Aryah Lester
Trans issues

Max Brava
Immigration & Binational couples issues

Christopher Padron
Video Production & Volunteer Coordinator

Michael "Moses" Stein
Membership & Fundraising

Dr. Ken Wilcox
Legends Ball Coordinator
In Memory...
LUIS PENELAS
Mr. Penela was a nationally respected civil activist, preservationist and community leader.
As a  spokesperson for LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS and civil rights, Mr. Penelas served on varoius community boards, as well as on the
Board of Advisors of Unity Coalition.
Mr. Penelas passed away July 2006 and will be greatly missed.
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2002 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa – President, Luisa Rondón-Lassen -Vice President, Christian Aguilar - Treasurer “Ron” Saul Brenesky- Secretary, Dahlia Canes, Dr. Laura
Leyva, Isabel Morgado, Dr. Manuel Laureano-Vega
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg      ADVISORS: Doralba Muñoz

2003 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa – President, Luisa Rondón-Lassen -Vice President, Christian Aguilar - Treasurer “Ron” Saul Brenesky- Secretary, Dahlia Canes, Dr. Laura
Leyva, Isabel Morgado, Dr. Manuel Laureano-Vega
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg      ADVISORS: Doralba Muñoz

2004 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa - President, “Ron” Saul Brenesky - Vice President, Christian Aguilar - Treasurer, Miguel Trujillo - Secretary, Dahlia Canes, Maria DeLak, Dr.
Laura Leyva
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg      ADVISORS: Luis Penelas, Dr. Manuel Laureano-Vega

2005 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa – President, “Ron” Saul Brenesky - Vice President, Christian Aguilar – Treasurer, Dahlia Canes – Secretary, Arturo Alvarez, Alex Fernandez,
Axel Javier, Efren Martinez Pulgarón, Dr. Laura Leyva, Miguel Trujillo                                            
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg      

2006 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa - President, “Ron” Saul Brenesky - Vice President, Christian Aguilar - Treasurer, Dahlia Canes - Secretary, Arturo Alvarez, Alex Fernandez,
Axel Javier, Dr. Laura Leyva, Efren Martinez-Pulgarón, Miguel Trujillo                                           
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg      

2007 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa - President, “Ron” Saul Brenesky - Vice President, Christian Aguilar - Treasurer, Dahlia Canes - Secretary, Dr. Laura Leyva,
Dr. Arturo Alvarez, Alexis Fernandez, Dr. Manuel Laureano Vega, Efren Martinez-Pulgarón, Oscar Medina, Tony Rodriguez
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg    

2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa - President, Dahlia Canes, Dr. Laura Leyva, Dr. Arturo Alvarez, Christian Aguilar, “Ron” Saul Brenesky, Dr. Manuel Laureano-Vega, Efren
Martinez-Pulgarón, Oscar Medina
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg   


Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida, Inc.

2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa | President, Dahlia Canes, Dr. Laura Leyva, Dr. Arturo Alvarez, Christian Aguilar, “Ron” Saul Brenesky, Dr. Manuel Laureano-Vega, Efren
Martinez-Pulgarón, Oscar Medina
OF COUNSEL: Alan Ginsberg

2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa|President, Dahlia Canes, David Carcache-Guzman, Armando Diaz, Jr.,Efren Martinez-Pulgarón

2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa|President, Vanessa Brito, Dahlia Canes, Milan Rodriguez,  Luis E. Gonzalez, Eddie I Sierra, David A.C. Turley

2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa | President, Luis E. Gonzalez- Treasurer, Vanessa Brito, Ile Morales, Cathy Toruño,
Antonio Lopez Ferez, Michael "Moses" Stein, Darvin "Will" Williams
BOARD OF ADVISORS | Walker Burttschell, Linda Horton, Milan Rodriguez, Tim Harrises, David A.C. Turley
OF COUNSEL: Darvin Williams

2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa | President, Luis E. Gonzalez- Treasurer, Ile Morales, Cathy Toruño, Antonio Lopez Ferez, Michael "Moses" Stein, Darvin "Will" Williams
BOARD OF ADVISORS | Walker Burttschell, Linda Horton, Milan Rodriguez, Tim Harrises, David A.C. Turley
OF COUNSEL: Darvin Williams


2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa | President, Luis E. Gonzalez- Treasurer, Ile Morales, Cathy Toruño, Maria Lago, Antonio Lopez Ferez, Michael "Moses" Stein,
Darvin "Will" Williams (0f counsel)
BOARD OF ADVISORS | Linda Horton, Milan Rodriguez, Tim Harrises, David A.C. Turley


2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Herb Sosa | President, Luis E. Gonzalez- Treasurer,  Maria Lago, Max Brava, David Kessler, Antonio Lopez Ferez, Michael "Moses" Stein,
Darvin "Will" Williams (0f counsel)
BOARD OF ADVISORS | Linda Horton, Ile Morales, Milan Rodriguez, Tim Harrises, David A.C. Turley
LUIS E. GONZALEZ     lgonzalez@unitycoalition.org

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in the small New England town of Guilford, Connecticut,Luis has a theatre, Retail & Visual
Merchandising background.
He worked for Macy's, J.Peters, and Wheel of Fashion before settling down in South Florida as the House Manager at the Coconut
Grove Playhouse.
Gonzalez has also been involved in Historic Preservation and non-profit work for many years, including volunteering for
Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida and working as Office manager of Dade Heritage Trust.
Gonzalez is chairman of UC|CU's Finance Committee and co-chair of the Marketing & Education Committee.
MILAN RODRIGUEZ       mrodriguez@unitycoalition.org
Milan Rodriguez is one of Miami’s leading graphic designers, owner of the popular website “Milancita.com” and a successful
nightclub promoter. As a graphic designer she has designed for top 10 companies such as the Carlisle Development Group
among others. Her website, Milancita.com, has had over 120,000 hits since its launch three years ago. Milancita.com was recently
named “Website of the Year” at the Latino Press Awards. With the creation of this website, a dream was born that
someday Milan would be recognized as having contributed something positive to the gay community through a work that
she has done, and loved, all of her life. The long hours, the sleepless nights and the thousands of pictures have all contributed
to this accomplishment.

Milán Rodríguez, creativamente  reconocida como Milancita.com   
Cubana-Brasilera
Estudio Comunicaciones, Diseño Grafico y Luego estudio Diseño de Website en el Miami Dade Community Collage, especializándose
en Flash, una técnica novedosa para crear impresionantes sitios de Internet.
Esta certificada por Microsoft como Especialista de Software que produce esta gran Empresa, también Milancita es certificada por
Adobe, la Poderosa compañía de Software como, Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Premiere, In Design, After Effects, Encore, Audition y
muchos mas, Milancita tiene una tercera certificación por la Mundialmente conocida empresa de Software Macromedia, como
especialista en Flash.
Hoy por hoy podemos decir que Milancita y su reconocido website
Milancita.com son un Orgullo de nuestra comunidad Latina.
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SPECIAL EVENTS & EDUCATION
All the responsibilities relating to upcoming and future events that UC|CU will host and/or will participate in. They will organize and
set-up the event, as well as handle all procedures prior to the event. This can include contacting vendors, determining locations for
events, and ensuring a smooth and successful outcome.  Committee will oversee Leaders. Legends & Lovelies Lecture Series,
Exhibits, Workshops and all other UC|CU Events.
MARKETING, MEDIA & PROMO  
Overseeing & ensuring that UC|CU is presented in a positive light and ensuring that UC|CU is associated with individuals & orgs that
will endorse and promote our cause and mission.
coverage, Board Member & Donor recruitment, UC|CU Member Card promotion and all other forms of public relations.
Chairperson: Luis Gonzalez
Committee Members: Vanessa Brito, Herb Sosa, Tim Harrises

FINANCE & FUNDRAISING
Oversees all financial & accounting for UC|CU. Chair & committee handle all money related issues such as contacting prospective
donors for sponsorship, and the development of a budget that will allow UC|CU to properly manage their finances and for new funding
ideas to be developed for the organization.
Chairperson: Luis Gonzalez
Committee Members: Eddie Miranda, Herb Sosa

VOLUNTEERS
Communicate with all members and potential members who support UC|CU and are interested in helping with our mission.
Committee will oversee all aspects of volunteering including event volunteer recruitment, scheduling and logistics.
Chairperson: Luis Gonzalez & Vanessa Brito
Committee Members: Moses Stein

POLITICAL ADVOCACY
Committee is responsible for all distribution of UC|CU Questionnaires, their mailing & collection, presentation to board for
consideration, and coordinating of phone banks, promos & special events relating to political endorsements.
Chairperson: Vanessa Brito
Committee Members: Eddie Miranda, Antonio Lopez

BOARD OF ADVISORS
This elected group serves as advisors to the UC|CU Board of Directors on issues of policy, mission, education & membership, and
will assist on fundraising & promotion of UC|CU programming & mission.        
Board of Advisors: Milan Rodriguez, Tim Harrises, David AC Turley
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COMMITTEES
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Linda Horton
Faith-based Issues

Ile Morales
Volunteers & Special Events

Milan Rodriguez
Equality, Women & Trans Issues

Tim Harrises
Membership Development

David A.C. Turley
State & National Issues of Interest

David Kessler
Education and Programming


Celebrate ORGULLO
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Herb Sosa
Luis Gonzalez
Dr. Ken Wilcox
Michael Stein
MICHAEL " Moses" STEIN    mstein@unitycoalition.org

Michael “Moses” Stein has been an active & productive volunteer for UC|CU for many years, culminating in his appointment to
our board in 2010.  As a community activist & business owner, Stein has been involved in local issues for over a decade, and
been passionate about equal rights, immigration and historic preservation for most of his adult life.  
MARIA LAGO              
ILE MORALES      








LINDA HORTON
MAX BRAVA
Max Brava has over twenty years of experience in the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries. He is a true professional in the
world of style and design. He has worked with some of the most remarkable design houses in the world. These include Christian Dior,
Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and more. Max Brava has also been a staunch advocate for justice and equality, he
finds himself in a new and personal battle. His love & life partner is not a US citizen.  Max and his husband (married a year ago) are
now fighting for the right to stay together.  This emotionally profound event in Max’s life has propelled him into  something he never
imagined….A life of activism…the life of a warrior.
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OCTOBER
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LEGENDS BALL
CHRISTOPHER PADRON            cpadron@unitycoalition.org
Christopher Padron has been building his career as a creative artist in Filmmaking and TV production. He was engaged with a good
number of short films and documentary films as Director, Editor, Writer, or Producer, or Associate Producer. As an independent
filmmaker, he has demonstrated proficiency in scripting, filming and use of all types of professional video cameras and studio
editing technologies.     Christopher Founded his own production company named CP Production, from where he organized number
of teams of artists and led production team members to serve clients’ needs of project management and production tasks in South
Florida. Very recently he along with other production partners has raised Unity Coalition/Coalicion Unida as the Board Member. He
is interested to exploit his experiences and skills to suitable positions in TV Production, Film Industry and Retail Management.     
Christopher is now pursuing for Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing Management from American InterContinental
University, Miami, Florida and expected to be graduated in 2013. Earlier, he completed his Bachelor’s on Fine Arts (BFA) with
Cinematography and Film/Video Production from Miami International University of Arts and Design, Florida (2007-2011). He is also
certified from Apple for ‘Final Cut Studio Pro’ and ‘Protool’ program software.    Christopher owns excellent communication and
organizational skills. He is a native speaker in both English and Spanish and thereby competent to serve as bilinguals. He has also
outstanding customer service skills achieved through achieved through experienced in sales, retail marketing, and fashion expert.
He is willing to utilize his marketing experiences and technical capabilities to projects and productions involving sales and generate
money for donations.     Christopher is an active contributor to humanitarian support organizations. His short term goal is to deliver
and execute film and media project based on LGBT community at South Florida and eventually starting his own network channel.
In the long term, Christopher is looking to open a non-profit organization, providing all forms of Art Education and Media
Communication to low income communities, and Fundraising for AIDS and Breast Cancer patients nationwide.
DR. KEN WILCOX    kwilcox@unitycoalition.org
Dr. Ken Wilcox is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, receiving his doctorate from NSU in 2001.  After practicing in the US for a
few years, he moved to SE Asia to work within program developmental and advocacy programs for mental health, child
protection, anti-trafficking, and activism.  His overseas experience also includes Eastern African nations, Europe and the
Middle East fighting for those most at-risk and in need. Since returning to the USA, he has been active in media and
philanthropy with major interests focusing on advocacy and awareness, LGBT issues, victim services, international program
development, clinical psychology, media, politics, government and non-government organizations.
DAVID KESSLER
David S. Kessler, LCSW is a Life Improvement Specialist™ who has been helping people live fuller, happier lives for over 20 years.
He works with individuals, couples and groups, offering Counseling, Psychotherapy and Life Coaching services.
His approach is focused to meet your specific needs. David utilizes a variety of tools, styles and techniques to give you what you
need and help you identify and achieve your goals. His objective is to provide you with the tools, support and guidance to help you,
based upon your unique life situation.
David specializes in: Stress Management, Anxiety, Depression, Improving Relationships, Compulsive Eating/Behaviors, Grieving and
Coping with Loss, Low Self Esteem, Coping with Medical/Chronic Illness, Goal Setting and Achievement, Sexual Identity/LGBT
Issues.
ANGEL CAMACHO
ARYAH LESTER
Aryah Lester, speaker/author/educator, is a transwoman of color from New York that has been a Miami-Dade resident since 2005.  Ms.
Lester is the current chair for the State of Florida Health Department's Transgender Work Group, and a member of: the Miami-Dade
HIV/AIDS Partnership, Prevention Committee and County Trans Work Group.  She also sits as a member on the National Alliance of
State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group.  This year, Aryah Lester opened the Trans-Miami
Center, as well as continuing the network of her National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL).