BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Patrick Ahern
Debralyn Belletieri, Chair
Karen Brill
Althea Largie Ceasor
Gail Eagle
Jeffrey Gordon, Esq., Vice Chair
Scott Gottlieb, CPA
Rosie Inguanzo-Martin
Laura Jones
Isabel Parrado, Secretary
Daniel Polen
Dominique Renaud
Romeo Siquijor
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, President
Angela Stevenson, Treasurer 
Penny Westberry

Fred Galland

Fred Galland

Fred Galland, the first AACY Chair, who served from 2000 to 2011 passed away on March 31, 2011. We still miss him.

Pat Ahern has enjoyed a long career in corporate America. His experience is primarily as a HR executive in large, dynamic, fast growing organizations many created by multiple mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with large and medium sized organizations over his career including American Express, Alamo Rental Car, Republic Services and Aramark.  Most recently he was EVP, Human Resources for Elior North America – a French publicly traded contract food service business.

Pat reported to the CEO of the North America division where he led the HR team, managed the integration of 22 acquisitions and supported 18,000 employees in over 1100 client sites.  Pat continues to partner with Elior North America as an Executive Advisor and has a consulting business where he assists senior executives in the HR components of Mergers and Acquisitions, Executive Compensation, organizational design and more.

Pat is a South Florida native, graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Management and is a proud dad to 3 great kids.  Pat has spent most of his life in South Florida but has also had the opportunity to live and work in Philadelphia and Charlotte.  He enjoys all that South Florida has to offer including tennis, biking, golf, pickle ball, boating, kayaking, etc. 

Debralyn has volunteered with the American Association of Caregiving Youth for the past nine years, hosting fundraisers, game nights and many other events. She also serves as a mentor for the group and a hands-on volunteer for everything from transportation and sleepovers to bowling parties. 

She has also served as a Cub Scout leader, Volunteer Coordinator for Calusa Elementary School, Treasurer for the Twins Club of Palm Beach, PTA president and Fine Arts department president at North Broward Preparatory School, coordinator for the Boca Helping Hands Bowl-A-Thon event and run several fundraising golf tournaments.

Born in the Bronx and raised in New York’s Rockland County, Ms. Brill has resided in unincorporated Boynton Beach for more than 30 years. Elected to the Palm Beach County School Board in November 2010, Ms. Brill has been actively involved in public education locally and at the state level for more than 28 years, most notably as an advocate for students with disabilities.

Ms. Brill is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Florida. She is also a graduate of Florida’s Partners in Policymaking, served six years on the State Advisory for the Education of Exceptional Students, chaired the Palm Beach County School District’s ESE Advisory Committee, and served five years as President of the Exceptional Student Education Coalition of Palm Beach County. She has also served on the School Advisory Committees at Morikami Park Elementary School, Odyssey Middle School, and Park Vista Community High School.

 Althea Ceasor is a Vice President and Sr. Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. She is Series 7 and 66 licensed. She holds a master’s in Data Science and Analytics, with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence from Florida Atlantic University – with undergraduate degrees in Meteorology and Mathematics. She has been married to Mario for 26 years and has three adult children.

For her volunteerism in 2020 and 2021, Althea received The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Althea was recognized by Soroptimist as a 2022 “Woman of Distinction” for her contributions and service to the Palm Beach non-profit community. Her affiliations and honors include the American Association of Caregiving Youth, Rotary International, Hope Worldwide, BRITE Initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Executive Women’s International, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Outstanding Young Woman of America, and Harlem YMCA Black Achiever in Industry.

Gail Eagle is Special Projects Manager for JES Media providing sales and marketing services for Boca Raton magazine, Delray magazine, the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Annual Directory, “1926”..the magazine of The Boca Raton and Worth Avenue magazine as well as JES Media digital and social media platforms.  Prior to founding GEA, a publishing and creative services company in New Jersey, Gail was Vice President of Sales for a Princeton-based publishing company.

She received her BA from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. 

Gail serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Caregiving Youth. She enjoys time with her partner Norm, and her children, Scott who lives in Delray and Dana, who resides in Los Angeles.  She enjoys travel, tennis, and kickboxing and is delighted with south Florida’s lifestyle.

Jeffrey F. Gordon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in1961. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Political Science. Jeff then attended the University of Florida School of Law earning his J.D. degree.

Jeff is very active in his community. He has been a licensed foster parent since 2010. He is Chairman of the
Board of Champions Empowering Champions, an organization that supports former foster youth at Florida
Atlantic University. He serves as Chairman of the Palm Beach Advisory Group with the foster care agency
Kids in Distress, and he is a proud Board Member of Friends of Foster Children, a foster support group in
West Palm Beach. Jeff has coached over fifty different youth sports teams in Boca Raton.

Rosie has a background in teaching students with learning disabilities and is the CEO & President of Allegiance Home Healthcare.

She enjoys volunteer work, and is a member of several community boards, in addition to her participation with AACY.

Laura Jones is originally from Connecticut and has lived and worked in New York City before making the decision to call Southeast Florida home in 1998. She has attended both the University of Hartford and Pace University and has worked in the aviation industry since 1982. She currently runs her own consulting business and is no stranger to caregiving. Mrs. Jones was a caregiver for her late husband, Jay Jones, who had Younger Onset AD. Though he passed away in March 2018, she carries on his legacy by raising awareness of Younger Onset AD, as well as the difficulties that caregivers face.

She has testified at legislative hearings and worked with the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Mrs. Jones has also volunteered her time to substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation programs. She has two children, and enjoys gardening, bicycling, and Pilates in her spare time.

Izzy Parrado is an alum and retired educator from Palm Beach School District. Her passion for helping others led her into teaching in middle and high school classrooms. Inspired by teacher-visionaries in her journey, she invested and dedicated 37 years into the profession. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Latin American Studies, at University of Florida. She went on to earn a Master’s in School Counseling Education, from Florida Atlantic University.

She retired in 2016 as a School Counselor. 

Dominique Renaud has more than 25 years of healthcare knowledge and management experience. She has held numerous leadership roles in a variety of settings including physician offices, Skilled nursing facilities, Assisted living facilities, hospice, and hospitals. 

She joyfully joined Allegiance Home Health & Rehab in January of 2022 as the Director of Operations after working in hospice for over 15 years. She was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, grew up in New York City and made Florida her forever home in 1987. She loves the AACY mission and is honored to serve on the board.

Romeo is a results-driven business, technology, and civic leader. He’s the North American IT Head/Regional CIO for Cemex, and the founder of Metagen Coin & DOA (Distributed Autonomous Organization) and AIOT Metaversity. Passionate about nonprofits, he currently sits on the board of the American Association for Caregiving Youth (AACY) and is also the current President-elect of the Palm Beach Rotary Club.

An accomplished writer, he has authored Inkari: The Sacred Prophecy of the Inca Kings. He is currently a Master of Information Management System candidate at Harvard University.

Educated at John Hopkins and New York University, Connie obtained her PhD in 2004 from Lynn University. Connie never expected her doctoral research to uncover the high prevalence of family health situations and concomitant caregiving with detrimental academic effects upon children in Palm Beach County.
 
Her broad background in healthcare and dedication to diminishing caregiver struggles led to the 1998 establishment of a nonprofit organization which has transformed itself to become what is now the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.
 
AACY includes the Caregiving Youth Project of Palm Beach County, the first US program to support the hidden Population of child caregivers, and the Caregiving Youth Institute. The needs of these children are beyond the purview of any one system so AACY integrates healthcare, education and the community (body, mind, and spirit) to provide a strong foundation for the youth and their families.
 
Connie’s dream is for all family caregivers to be honored and respected but especially youth for their contribution to family and to society; no child in the US should have to drop out of school because he or she has to care for a family member.
 
During the past five years, Connie was awarded a lifetime Ashoka Fellowship; was a Purpose Prize winner (a national endeavor honoring persons over 60 years of age who initiated social change); was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Johns Hopkins University; was named a Woman of Grace by Bethesda Hospital Foundation; became a 2012 Top Ten CNN Hero; received the Office Depot Listen, Learn and Care Award; and, most recently, Connie was awarded a star in Boca Raton’s Walk of Recognition.

Angela Stevenson is a Senior Administrative Coordinator with AvalonBay Communities (AVB) assisting the development team in New York City and Southeast Florida. She also leads the Philanthropy program in both regions. Angela has been with AVB for 14 years with her journey starting in San Francisco, transferring to NYC for 10 years and now to Boca Raton in 2019.

Prior to joining AvalonBay in 2008, Angela worked in property management in Raleigh, North Carolina managing a diverse group of rental properties from single family homes to apartment communities.

Angela has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from NC State University.

Penny Westberry is retired after a 40 year career in a variety of human services roles, in both charitable, governmental, and quasi-governmental settings. Throughout her career, she also performed consulting work in the areas of board, team, and organizational development. 

Penny received her BA degree from Duke University and a Masters in Social Work planning, administration, and research, with a concentration in children and families, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She was born and raised in New York and moved to Florida in 1998, living in Boca Raton since 2000.