Mr. Wendell Carr (Chairperson)
Mr. Carr is the proud parent of Angelica Carr, now graduated but who began her career as a Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School student at the tender age of 3!  Originally from Bessemer, Alabama, he is married to Ernestine Ashley Carr, and has lived in Miami for over 30 years.

Mr. Carr has demonstrated leadership in the community and holds the distinction of being the first Black President of the Kiwanis Club of Kendall and being the youngest President of the Iota Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.  Additional accolades include his selection as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America.”

Wendell Carr graduated from Alabama State University with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology.  Later, he attended Nova Southeastern’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  Mr. Carr has continued to challenge himself and further his education, attending many workshops in the fields of psychology, communications, mental health services, and criminal justice.

Spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Carr’s professional career in the Federal Bureau of Prisons resulted in much recognition and success, notably becoming a recruiter for the BOP and other Federal Agencies and receiving the prestigious award as the 18th Annual Federal Employee of the Year. The capstones of his tenure included leadership positions such as the Black Affairs Program Coordinator and as a member of the Miami Federal Executive Board’s Black Council.  Since retiring from the Bureau of Prisons, Mr. Carr entered the real estate profession working first with Newman-Greenstein Real Estate. As property manager, he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s residential and commercial real estate holdings.   After five years, Mr. Carr initiated his own company for real estate management and later, with several partners, began developing several real estate investment corporations.

Today, he enjoys spending time with his family and building computers in his spare time.  Mr. Carr is a member of Prince Free Hall Mason Blue Lodge in addition to being a lifetime member of Alphi Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Mr. Ricardo Alvarez
Mr. Alvarez is the Lead Community Support Specialist for Community Health of South Florida Inc. in Miami where he works to better connect Miami-Dade county constituents to essential services and resources. He has supported various initiatives across many borders including countries in West Africa, Europe, South America and the United States. and was assigned to the US Peace Corps from 2001 to 2005. He has a passion for creating value and is eager to transform communities via humanistic means. His skills include data management, web development, email marketing and design. He is fluent in Spanish and French. His work and education history are diverse.

Mr. Samuel C. Jackson
Mr. Jackson has over 30 years of experience in School Food Administration. He represented the Florida School Nutrition Association on Governor Jeb Bush “Governor’s Task Force on the Obesity Epidemic” in Florida and presented “Barriers to Healthy Eating in Schools” throughout the State of Florida. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and Food from Southern University, Louisiana and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from FIU. He is currently the Food Service Director at St John the Apostle Catholic School in Hialeah, Florida.

Mr. Nestor Torres
If a flute could talk and sing, it would certainly be in the voice of Nestor Torres, for he speaks through his instrument. Equally fluent in Jazz, Classical and Latin idioms, his fluid versatility sets him apart. Nestor’s total command of his instrument allows him a freedom of expression that is at once captivating and liberating, powerful and genuine.

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Nestor Torres has played music all his life. His parents (the father, a gifted musician himself, and mother, an educator and business woman) gave him a set of drums at age 5, and later took up the flute (at age twelve). He moved to NYC with his family in his teenage years and went on to study at Mannes School of Music and later at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At that time he was also able to learn to improvise in a style of Cuban Dance music called ‘Charanga’, which helped to shape and develop Nestor’s melodic and danceable sound.

In 1981, Nestor moved to Miami, where he continued to develop his unique sound – and a strong following. Since then he has – and continues to – tour all over the world. He has also performed and recorded with the likes of Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, and many more.  Nestor Torres has recorded 13 CDs to date. His 5th & 7th records, Treasure of the Heart and My Latin Soul, were nominated for a Latin Grammy, and his production This Side Of Paradise won the Latin Grammy award in the Pop instrumental category on September 11, 2001.

“Of course it was a great honor and privilege to win the Grammy,” Torres reflects. “That being said, the fact that I was to receive it on 9/11 gave my work and my music a stronger sense of mission and purpose. Terrorism and violence come from ignorance, anger, and hopelessness. Music inspires and empowers; it soothes the human heart and enlightens the spirit. I have made it my prime point to create music and live my life in a way that does just that.”

From that experience, together with a commission to compose and perform for the Dalai Lama, Nestor Torres produced Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace in 2005.In his brand new CD, Nouveau Latino, Nestor Torres returns to his Latin roots with a fresh approach, impeccable musicianship, and irresistible improvisations. Featuring songs from stars like Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades, Torres’ interpretations of these great Latin hits appeal to those discovering the songs for the first time as much as those who remember them.

In addition to his achievements in the studio and on the stage, Torres is also recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees; one in 1994 from Barry University, and the other in 2000 from Carlos Albizu University, for his commitment to youth education and cultural exchanges.

Mrs. Rosemary Smith Hoel
Rosemary Smith Hoel M.S., L.M.H.C., C.A.P., is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Fellowship House, a behavioral health program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Counselor Education from Florida International University. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional. Rosemary was born and raised in Miami where she lives with her husband Robert and their two children who both attend CRMA.