Sandra M. Duque | Chair

Sandra M. Duque | Chair

Sandra M. Duque 
Volunteer |Chair

Sandra M. Duque is a Senior Executive Sales Representative for the Neuroscience BU for Shire Pharmaceuticals in Miami, Florida. She is calls on Pediatricians, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrists and Pediatric Neurologists. She has been in the pharmaceutical industry over 12 years. Prior to Shire she worked for Black & Decker and Dewalt Power tools as a sales representative and Territory Manager. Sandra came from Bogota, Colombia to the US on a Tennis Scholarship at University of Texas, San Antonio and got her Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Minor in Business Administration. She has a deep rooted passion to help others which comes from the HEART, and is with those principles that she started what today is Mission of the Heart.  



Deirdre Nero | Vice Chair

Deirdre Nero | Vice Chair

Deirdre Nero
Volunteer |Vice Chair

Deirdre Nero is an Immigration & Nationality Law Attorney in private practice with her own firm, NERO Immigration Law, P.L. located in Coral Gables. Originally from New Jersey, Deirdre has lived in Florida for over 20 years. She earned a Bachelors Degree from Florida State University in Communication Studies and Spanish in 1999. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from FSU, Deirdre moved to Spain and worked as an English teacher for a year. Upon returning to Florida, Deirdre attended the University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 2003 and passed the Florida Bar. Ms. Nero started her own law practice, NERO Immigration Law, P.L., in 2009 after having spent several years as an Immigration & Nationality Lawyer in two large law firms also in Coral Gables (Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. and Fragomen, del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP).

Deirdre’s practice focuses on all types of business immigration including employment based immigrant (permanent residency) and nonimmigrant (temporary) visa petitions, and related business immigration matters. She also routinely handles family immigration matters and naturalizations. Ms. Nero works closely with small and medium companies and individual clients to personally coordinate and execute all aspects of the client’s Immigration strategy and represent them in front of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State.

 Deirdre has been actively involved and held leadership positions in many local organizations, such as the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The Beacon Council, the Organization for Women in International Trade, and BNI Miami-Dade. She also frequently writes and lectures on Immigration Law and other topics, such as Alopecia Areata.

Deirdre serves as an advocate and Legislative Liaison for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and frequently travels to Washington, DC to advocate on that organization’s behalf. She is also the co-founder, with her sister Aria, of a jewelry line called B.A.L.D., which raises awareness for Alopecia Areata and donates a portion of profits to alopecia related charities.

 

 Deirdre is a Certified Spinning® Instructor by Madd Dog Athletics and is Certified in CPR/AED. She teaches Spinning® classes four times a week at Red Zone Fitness and at the University of Miami Herbert Wellness Center, both located in Coral Gables, FL. 


Jessica Canahuati | Executive Director

Jessica Canahuati | Executive Director

Jessica Canahuati 
Volunteer | Executive Director 

Canahuati comes to Mission of the Heart with almost half a decade of experience in a non-profit serving as a PR-Volunteer for Beyond Boundaries Children’s Foundation where she applied her skills in forging innovative ideas to position the foundation in the U.S. Her work focused on creating a solid institution, one that is known and respected for its honorable cause which is to focus on children’s education, infusing them a culture of positive attitudes towards life, family, and society, while raising their self-esteem. Only in this way will they be able to become caretakers of their society.

A Colombian born, Canahuati grew up in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where she first got in touch with the strong need for children’s education, being Honduras a third- world country with so much necessity. After her college studies in La Sorbonne and Babson College, she joined the family business where she served as a liaison between customers and the factories, developed and positioned new brands in the Central American Market, and managed distribution logistics. The latter, Jessica joined the Rio Garment Team where she performed as an Account Manager for the Aeropostale brand. Following this experience, Canahuati pursued her dreams of joining the Diplomatic World and left Honduras to come to the USA as an economic counselor for the Honduran Consulate in Miami, conducting all the necessary research to re-launch Honduras as the most attractive destination in Latin America, promoting foreign capital investment and collaborating in the process for the granting of Humanitarian Visas for Honduran families in despair.


Brian A. George | Treasurer 

Brian A. George | Treasurer 

Brian A. George
Volunteer |Treasurer 

Brian A. George is the Managing Partner of CALAS Group LLC, a globally recognized Accounting and Financial Services firm, located in Coral Gables, FL. A 20+ year veteran of the industry, he specializes in providing accounting and advisory services to a number of closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations. Mr. George has dealt with a wide range of business operations, including: hotel, manufacturers; contractors; wholesale and retail operations, and other service organizations. As the Managing Partner, Mr. George has overall responsibility for achieving CALAS Group’s goals and growth plans.  In addition, as the Managing Partner Mr. George has ultimate responsibility for employee and client satisfaction for CALAS Group. 
Mr. George provides a range of financial advisory services to his clients, including cash flow analysis for budgeting and personal financial planning. Mr. George is also regularly involved in negotiating loans and exploring financing alternatives with a variety of financial institutions.
Mr. George received his Associates Degree in Accounting Technology from Miami Dade College; Dual Bachelors of Science Degree in Finance and International Business from American University, Masters in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Certificate in Operations Management from Universitarias Nebrisensis, and his Doctorial Degree from University of Phoenix. 
Mr. George is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a Certified Financial Manager. He has served as an officer in many charitable and business organizations and proudly serves as Officer within United States Army Reserve. 

 


Eric Gros-Dubois | Secretary

Eric Gros-Dubois | Secretary

Eric Gros-Dubois 
Volunteer | Secretary 

Eric Gros-Dubois is the founder and principal of EPGD Attorneys at Law, specializing in business transactions in Coral Gables. Earlier, Eric was an associate at a Washington, DC firm focusing on business transactions and tax litigation and a Miami, Florida law firm specializing in commercial transactions and business litigation.

Eric was raised in Dallas, Texas and attended Southern Methodist University.  He has lived in Paris, France, New York City and Costa Rica.  He attended American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., completed his Juris Doctor and his Masters in Business Management. He passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam. Mr. Gros-Dubois has been admitted to practice law in Florida, New York, Maryland, D.C., before the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Maryland, and the U.S. Tax Court.

Eric is a marathon runner and on a racing team at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.  He is actively involved in charity work, the next president of the Rotary Club of Miami Brickell.  He is a Trustee member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and a member of BNI Coral Gables.