Patrick Ahern
Frank A. Barbieri, Jr., ESQ
Debralyn Belletieri, Chair
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 

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.

Mr. Frank Barbieri was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1984. Mr. Barbieri was elected to the Palm Beach County School Board in 2008 to represent District 5, the district that includes all of the schools in West Boca Raton and the city of Boca Raton, as well as other parts of Palm Beach County.

He was elected and served as School Board Chairman in 2010, 2011 and was elected Vice Chairman in November 2013. Since his initial appointment, he has been and continues to be a strong voice and advocate for teachers and parents. He values and cares deeply about the children, their well-being and unceasingly promotes for them to receive the best education and resources possible.

Currently, Mr. Barbieri is an Attorney with Sachs Sax Caplan, a major law firm in Boca Raton that was a pioneer in the field of HOA and condo association law and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and real estate. Before earning his Juris Doctor Degree at the University of Akron, Mr. Barbieri was a Police Officer for 11 years in Akron, Ohio.

As a concerned and dedicated citizen of Palm Beach County, Mr. Barbieri has demonstrated a commitment to the area where he lives. His dedication to Palm Beach County is reflected in his past and current involvement with the following civic, governmental and community organizations: Served on the County’s Zoning Commission for nearly two decades; Land Use Advisory Board; President of the Logger’s Run Homeowner’s Association; First Southern Bank Advisory Board; Logger’s Run Middle School Advisory Board; Sandpiper Shores Elementary Advisory Board; West Boca Community Council, Board of Directors; Best Foot Forward, Board of Directors; Business Development Board, Board of Directors; Value Adjustment Board; Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; and Board Trustee for the George Snow Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Barbieri has been married to Rita Barbieri for 42 years. They have three children and three grandchildren. He mostly enjoys spending time with his family and close friends.


 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 Inguanzo-Martin was born in Cuba, raised in Delray Beach, and is a graduate of FAU. She serves on the Governing Board at West Boca Medical Center, FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board and is the Treasurer for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County Trustee Board. She was the longtime AACY Chair and remains on the board. She and her husband Joe Martin are also involved with the Boca Raton Chamber, Greater Palm Beach Habitat for Humanity, Impact 100 and the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton. Joe Martin is a University of Florida alum and holds a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern. They founded Allegiance Home Health in 2005 employing over 300 employees. Rosie has a background in teaching students with learning disabilities and is currently the CEO & President of Allegiance Home Health. Their son Joseph is 21 studying Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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.