Board of Directors
Gino Kennedy, President and Executive Director
Gino Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Mathematics from The University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University respectively. For the past eleven years, Mr. Kennedy has been an educator for Miami-Dade Public School. During his tenure, he has initiated various large scale changes that positively impacted student achievement. As a teacher, Gino has worked to improve the quality of education afforded all children. He has been instrumental in developing two mentorship programs that have helped at-risk and minority students cope with school. Additionally, he worked with the Florida Education Fund to develop a minority Summer Robotics enrichment program that has twice been highlighted by the Miami Herald. This program was eventually featured in the monthly newsletter of Dr. Wilbert Holloway, board member.
Mr. Kennedy has served as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) coordinator for a local public school in the Miami-Dade for over three years. In this capacity, he has worked to revolutionize various STEM initiatives throughout the school. His accomplishments in this capacity include the development of a rigorous engineering program and the creation of an annual on-campus STEM Fair competition. Understanding that funding is critical to the development and implementation of his program, Gino has written several grants to help materialize his vision. He has developed local business partnerships with companies such as Airbus Crop and ATT.
Mr. Kennedy currently serves as a resident Assistant Principal for a local public school in Miami-Dade County. He feels this will afford him the opportunity to enact more wide scale changes that will impact all students. Mr. Kennedy has labored for youth in South Florida and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. He has been the recipient of various prestigious accolades. A few include: SECME teacher of the year nominee, a Miami-Dade Public Schools “teacher of the year” finalist; Iota Phi Lambda teacher of the year recipient, Istanbul Center 1 billion in the world hungry: what’s your role winner; and a delegate for Miami Dade Schools and the state of Florida to the Turkish board of education. The work is not over for Kennedy as he has now transitioned his efforts to developing and becoming the leader of a non-profit organization. To Kennedy, the new initiative for all educators should be: Educating for Human Greatness.
Jessica Nilsen, Vice President
Jessica Nilsen holds Bachelors in both Psychology and Sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as a Master’s of Science in Finance from Florida International University. Focused on continual development she also has obtained her Six Sigma Greenbelt, attended University of Michigan Executive Leadership for Women program, and most recently became a Certified Net Promoter Associate Professional. Mrs. Nilsen brings to the organization over fifteen years of global Finance and Operations management.
Mrs. Nilsen corporate experience includes Motorola, Sears Holdings, and currently Cross Country Home Services where she holds the position of Senior Director of Operations. She has managed P&L in excess of $120M and directed teams of over 100 individuals. She has led transformational projects yielding multi-million dollar savings, created more efficient operating models, and has significant experience managing strategic partnerships. Mrs. Nilsen has repeated success is in leading cross-functional teams and bringing projects to realization. In 2014 she co-developed a twelve month associate Leadership Program which won the Gold Stevie award.
Misha Kerr, Esquire, Chair, Counsel and Treasurer
Misha Kerr, the Co-Founder and President of Premier Lien Research, LLC, a due diligence real estate research firm, is a New York- and Florida- licensed attorney. Kerr attended the University of Miami where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries and a double minor in business law and psychology. After graduating from the University of Miami, Kerr attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. She graduated with a concentration in Cardozo’s Intellectual Property law program, which is ranked fifth in the country and first in the Northeast.
While in law school, Kerr worked at Bertelsmann Music Group (which later merged with Sony) in the business affairs department where she focused on copyright and licensing issues. After admission to the New York State Bar, Kerr worked as a defense litigator on Broadway in downtown Manhattan. She returned to South Florida after one too many frigid winters and was admitted to the Florida Bar. Kerr subsequently practiced law in Palm Beach County as an intellectual property and commercial transactions litigator.
An entrepreneur at heart, Kerr was thrilled with the opportunity to form and run a start-up company in 2011. Since its inception, Premier Lien Research, LLC has grown to be one of the foremost real estate research companies in the state of Florida and a leader in the industry. Kerr additionally serves as a member of the board of her homeowners association and the University Of Miami Alumni Club Of Broward County.
Jadine Louissaint, Secretary and Recruitment Director
Jadine Louissaint, RN, is a Miami native whose daily mantra is “To whom much is given, much is required.” Louissaint is a registered nurse who obtained a Bachelor in Nursing in 2005 from University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She started her nursing career at Miami Children’s Hospital where she worked as a Medical Surgical Nurse for 3 years. Driven by a desire to expand her knowledge of the healthcare industry and experiment with home health nursing, in 2008 she embarked on the essence of community health and spent the next 5 years as a Clinical Supervisor with Total Home Health, Inc. In 2012, she won a company All- Star Award for her demonstration of excellent field case management and her efforts to engage the company in community affairs like health fairs, walks and donation drives.
Although she was flourishing as a Clinical Supervisor, Louissaint wanted to take her career to the next level and learn how to directly impact the efficiency of healthcare organizations. Accordingly, she pursued and obtained a Healthcare MBA from the Chapman School of Business at Florida International University. During the program she was afforded the opportunity to do research in China with emphasis on that country’s healthcare system. The knowledge and skills obtained were unforgettable and priceless and provided transferable skills for her next (and current) position. As a Clinical Resource Coordinator for Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Louissaint now oversees the behavioral health clinical resource management team and adult acute inpatient dialysis operation at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
In addition to her commitment to furthering her career, Louissaint takes great interest in community involvement and was recently recognized for it as a recipient of the “Women are Power” Distinguished Award during the organization’s 10th International Women Day Gala. The award was given in recognition of and appreciation for her relentless efforts in touching and molding the lives of women in her community. Louissaint’s community involvement and accomplishments also include an Advisor of the Year award from the University of Miami National PanHellenic Council, where she advised collegiate women; extensive work with inner-city girls as the former committee chair of Delta Academy, a national sorority mentoring initiative for young girls with emphasis on science and technology; past mentorship of approximately 40 girls, 65%-70% of who have recently started or are currently in their undergraduate collegiate careers; and actively mentoring 3 young women who are flourishing into womanhood blissfully, which is her greatest accomplishment to date. Louissaint is a member of several other organizations in her community including 4:12 Youth and R.O.C. Singles ministries at The Faith Center, Golden Key International Honor Society, Nurses Service Organization, Florida Nursing Association, Urban League of Broward County Young Professional Network, American College of Healthcare Executives, Women Healthcare Executives Network and NAACP Broward Chapter.
Jasmine A. Forrester, Volunteer Program Director
Jasmine Forrester is a 2013 Executive MBA graduate from the University of Miami, School of Business Administration. Her experience and skills as a registered nurse spans over fourteen years in the following areas: telemetry; medical/surgical/diabetic nursing; and oncology research. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP); and previously OCN certified. Jasmine was an adjunct instructor, and taught baccalaureate nursing candidates at a local state college.
Jasmine followed her passion for people and science by earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the Barry University School of Nursing. Her love of the sciences then spurred her to complete 33 credit hours of graduate level courses in Barry University’s Biomedical Sciences program.
Finally, her personal mission is to always be an asset to society; thus, continuously seeks ways to personally and professionally improve. Education and the pursuit of knowledge have been the primary venues through which she sought to fulfill her mission.
Jason Wall, Fundraising Director
Jason Wall graduated in 1999 from Liberty with a degree in Business Administration. His experience and skills over the course of his career span the globe in the industries of Friction Machines, Construction, Intelligent transportation Systems and Electronic Tolling.
Jason is an avid sportsman and a former professional baseball player in the USA and Europe. He coached and mentored young baseball players for several years in Europe as well as in Central America. The latter is where his will and want to help the less fortunate was fostered.
Jason’s personal goal in life is to lend a hand in the areas that he feels are the most problematic in today’s society which are two fold- education, or lack of access to a quality education, and poverty.