Born, Raised and Educated in Chicago, Illinois she attended the Chicago Art Institute on scholarship and University of California, Berkeley. Employed for over 25 years in the HIV/AIDS arena encompassing both community based HIV service organizations, and public health entities.
After retiring from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County she held the position of the Transgender Program Coordinator working “hands on” within the transgender community, educating medical/health providers, community based organizations and AIDS service organizations on how to create a culturally sensitive and competent environment for transgender individuals. To increase the capacity of medical providers to deliver competent medical care for FTM and MTF at all stages of their transition and life afterwards she created the South Florida Transgender Medical Consortium which holds an Annual Transgender Medical Symposium, a 2 day intense education series of workshops geared towards educating licensed medical/mental health providers, as well as students and support staff to ensure that there is familiarity with the important needs of the transgender individual. The symposium continues to feature the Nation’s leading subject matter experts.
Jodi has a myriad experience including program development, public relations, social marketing tools, logistical planning for events such as White Party & AIDS walk Miami, Art for AIDS, Tanqueray Ride, and Dining Out for Life for various local agencies including. Center One, aka Community Healthcare Center One , Care Resource and Shadowood 11, a homeless and /or indigent housing facility serving those dually diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and / or substance abuse, mental illness.
She has served on the Executive Management boards of local nonprofits assisting in recognizing and solving problems in areas of newly implemented systems and programs and has also served as Director of Marketing and Development, Director of volunteer services, including HIV/AIDS program trainer both agency and hospital based.
Jodi has previously served as an active member of Safe to Be Me Coalition, addressing the needs of the GLBTQ youth and their families in the school system,Children’s Services Council for Cultural Diversity, which strives to create culturally competent services in equal access paramount to appropriate services and equitable outcomes for all children in Broward County and the Joint Client/Community Relations board of the HIV Planning Council advocating fair and increased access to health treatment for all communities and cultures.
She presently serves as a member of State of Florida Department of Health Transgender advisory workgroup committee and NASTAD, the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors, and has presented at many conferences and webinars.
Jodi also serves as Chairperson/President NAMES Project South Florida chapter of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is dedicated to memorializing the lives of loved ones who have lost their battle to AIDS.
Jodi left the corporate accounting field where she \was mentored by Arthur Anderson in both mergers and acquisitions and recognized cost accounting for local Florida corporations to begin her career in nonprofit. She has never regretted it!
Mitch Bloom is a Fort Lauderdale Banker from South Florida (Miami Killian High School) who after living in southern California for 21 years, moved back in 2001 to be closer to family. He’s worked at Wells Fargo in Wilton Manors since 2005. He was recently named Volunteer of the year by Wells Fargo, Florida, garnering the center thousands of dollars for his efforts.
Julie A. Carson is a Paralegal with Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC, a national company based in Boca Raton,
Florida where she coordinates legal matters related to the acquisition and leasing of cellular and radio
towers. Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Carson was a real estate paralegal for the Law Firm
of Nichols, Newman, Logan Grey and Lockwood, PC in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands where she
prepared and coordinated real estate closings for properties in the Territory. Ms. Carson has more than
35 years of experience as a real estate and transactional paralegal, including facilitating real estate
acquisitions, sales and related transactions in connection with the ownership, development and
management of shopping centers, apartment complexes, and income producing portfolios. A 1983
Summa Cum Laude graduate from Middle Tennessee State University, Ms. Carson majored in Spanish with
minors in Political Science and Women’s Studies.
Ms. Carson has a distinguished career as a public servant. She was first elected to the Wilton Manors City
Commission in 2010. She was re-elected in 2012, served as Vice Mayor from 2012 through 2014, and was
again re-elected in 2016, serving until November 2020. This year, she was recognized by the City of Wilton
Manors for her 10- year tenure as a Commissioner.
She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of South East Florida; is a member
or supporter of the Wilton Manors Historical Society; Wilton Manors Friends of the Library; the NAACP;
Pride Center at Equality Park; PEO Chapter CV; and Congregation Etz Chaim. In 2018, Ms. Carson was a
foster parent to a 4-year old boy who was ultimately adopted by her brother and his family in Tucson,
Arizona. During this seven-month period, she delighted in her time as a “foster Mother” and continues to
be involved with ensuring that children are included into the fabric of daily community life. Ms. Carson
served on the Broward County Democratic Party Management Committee from 2014-2016 and was a
member and former Vice President of the Dolphin Democrats. From 2009 – 2011 she was Vice Chair of
the Broward County Management and Efficiency Study Committee (MESC) and Chaired the MESC
Subcommittee charged with reviewing the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for interdepartmental
efficiencies. She previously served as Vice President of the Wilton Manors East Neighborhood Association
and on the Board of Directors of Congregation Etz Chaim. Ms. Carson is committed to animal welfare,
and she champions for the rights of the elderly, transgender, marginalized, and disabled in the City and
In 2015, Ms. Carson was honored with the Equality Florida Community Partner for Equality Award and the
Achievements in Excellence Award from the South Florida Gay News; she earned both the Dolphin
Democrats Political Trailblazer and the Jamie Bloodworth Awards; is a 2014 recipient of the Trans Equality
Award for her care of and service to the Community; is a 2012 National Voices for Equality, Education,
and Enlightenment Voices of Leadership Honoree, and was given the 2012 Community Award for
Outstanding Service by The Aqua Foundation for Women.
An athlete, Ms. Carson has successfully completed more than 150 triathlons. She enjoys horseback riding,
working out, and spending time with family and her adored pet children, dogs Ceiba and Nine-Nine, and
horse, Sunrise Song.
Clark Wycoff is a Partner in KPMG’s Audit practice, with more than 17 years experience planning and performing financial statement audits and quarterly reviews for publicly and privately held companies across a variety of industries. He received his MAc and BS degrees from the University of Florida, and has experience as a people management leader and delivering national trainings to other KPMG professionals. As a native South Floridian, Clark has supported KPMG’s citizenship efforts centered on lifelong learning within the Broward and Palm Beach county communities including volunteering experience with Junior Achievement, and KPMG’s Family for Literacy.
When Professor Precious Skinner-Osei brought 17 students from one of her Social Work classes to Poverello for the first time, she didn’t realize how impactful the experience would be for everyone involved. A firm believer in combining the study of social work in the classroom with work in the field, Professor Skinner-Osei now exposes her students to the work and mission of Poverello as part of their social work curriculum each semester.
A native of Pompano Beach and currently a Coral Springs resident, Skinner-Osei is an Adjunct Professor at the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. She did her undergraduate work at Florida State University, her post-graduate work at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and received her Ph.D from Barry University. Her focus at FAU is in the areas of Community Organizing, Policy and Research.
For about a half day each semester, Poverello become a working classroom for Professor Skinner-Osei’s students. Through observation, questioning and participation, they learn about the vital services that Poverello provides to its participants, and how this important social services organization works with the community. “I keep bringing my students back and keep myself involved as well,” she commented, “because of Poverello’s strict adherence to its mission and goals. This is not always the case with social service agencies,” she continued. Professor Skinner-Osei, as well as her students, is also impressed by the dedication and hard work of Poverello volunteers. “If you didn’t know better, you’d think they were all employees, as they demonstrate such a high level of commitment to what they are doing,” she remarked.
In addition to using Poverello as a teaching “lab” for her students, Professor Skinner-Osei also gets them involved in some of Poverello’s fund-raising events and activities. For example, this past year 12 of her students participated in the annual Associated Grocers’ event at the Miami Merchandise Mart, joining Poverello volunteers and staff in collecting three truck-loads of food, diapers and household goods for those in need in various south Florida communities. Her students also joined Poverello volunteers this past summer in packing food bags for youths in Palm Beach County.
Precious Skinner-Osei’s husband is also an academic who is doing research in health. They have two children, a nine-year-old daughter (who she brought into Poverello this past summer to help pack food
bags, “an experience she loved,” she related), and a five-year-old son who keeps them on their toes. And as if she wasn’t busy enough, Profession Skinner-Osei is also doing research on incarcerated fathers.
The relationship between the Professor and Poverello is yet another example of how the forces of good join together to benefit the community.
Raul Cantu is a highly skilled medical sales professional and membership growth consultant for Oakland Park Chen Medical Senior Center with an emphasis on superb customer service and reliability. With over 30 years in hospitality management, food and beverage operations, including 21 years of restaurant ownership Raul’s entrepreneurship has allowed him to gain experience in numerous aspects of operating and running successful businesses. A highly resourceful and passionate leader respected and trusted by staff and professionals within the industry, Mr. Cantu’s strong interpersonal skills in guest relations and leading personnel have helped him effectively organize, assemble and arrange resources to meet goals within in his own businesses and in his recent volunteer work and event planning with Diversity Richmond, Inc. Raul spent much of the pandemic helping Diversity Richmond with fundraising, creating food drives for families facing food insecurities, and helping to ensure revenues continued in the face of shutdowns. With many awards, service on committees, and leadership roles held, he’s well suited to help guide Poverello into the future.
Jose Camino has his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from, and is pursuing his Master of Science in Management at, St. Thomas University. An insurance agent and former account executive at the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, as well as AT&T’s “Las Verdaderas Pajinas Amarillas,” Jose worked with both United healthcare and for Simply Healthcare/Clear Health Alliance now as their Community Relations Manager. He has been active in the community since the late 80’s and has collaborated with Poverello on Fuel Pack distributions, sponsorships, and ensuring volunteers and pointing us toward resources from the Anthem Foundation.
Dr. Emmanuel Orelus, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in West Palm Beach, FL and has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from St. Matthews University / School of Medicine in 2009. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as JFK Medical Center North Campus and Jupiter Medical Center. He has a heart for underserved communities and is interested in helping Poverello reach deeper into communities needing our specialized assistance.
Meet our dedicated volunteers who make up our Board of Directors. We’re proud and grateful to have this high level of professional leadership overseeing our organization.