Christian is an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry. He has lived all over the world organizing global events in art and culture. Christian enjoys motocross and boxing in his free time. A father of two daughters, it’s clear Christian's generosity inspires generations; his daughter served several years as a wonderful Mentor in Shake-A-Leg Summer Programs.
Kiandra’s spirit is shown in the story of how she found Shake-A-Leg Miami. When she was first referred to SALM, she had no resume and no experience, but it did not stop her. She went to the library to use a computer and solicit advice. Soon enough, Rhaney was volunteering with our program, and today, she is our Summer Youth Program Manager. The heart and drive Kiandra showed on day one is the same she gives to our summer camp program when planning, interviewing, and managing. It's no wonder it is so popular! When not hard at work Rhaney loves to dance, cook, and sing, (although she insists, she cannot really hold a tune). And when pressed for something fun, Kiandra says, “Everything is fun about me!” ... with which we heartily agree.
Karis Starke has worked at Shake-a-Leg Miami since 2010, working many roles. Now, as Program Manager, Karis ensures smooth running of valuable programs for veterans, adults, and youth as well as community engagements like regattas, fishing and clean ups. When not hard at work (though we’re not sure when that is), Karis loves to learn new things. For him studying is not a burden, but a blessing. One thing not everyone might know about Starke is that he loves a good hardcover classic. Karis carries and air of excitement with him, so much so that when asked about his hobbies, he responds with, “smiling.” … which is just one of the many reasons we love being around him.
Since 2004, Jorge Gutierrez has been a huge piece of Shake-A-Leg Miami. Jorge found SALM through friends and soon enough, Gutierrez was running the facilities. Jorge and his team ensure that the fleet and buildings (and everything they hold) are operating safely and smoothly. When he’s not working hard, Jorge loves to spend time exploring Miami.
Captain JP White is the weekend manager for Fleet and Facilities and has served as a sailing instructor at Shake-A-Leg Miami since 2005.
In November of 2018 JP completed 44 years of uniformed service. His most recent assignment was as a Program Manager for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Miami Field Office. Previous assignments include Chief Passenger Service Manager at Miami International Airport in addition to assignments at ports of entry at Port Everglades, Key West, and Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY. He also served at the field offices in Buffalo, Miami, and Seattle.
As a Navy veteran with 24 years of military service in the Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and 15 years as a second line supervisor, or above, JP White brings a great deal of leadership experience to the workforce. He has demonstrated his ability to excel in both staff and field assignments. As a young operator Mr. White is credited with launching the last steam torpedo and ushered in a new era by launching the first operational cruise missile from a submerged platform. While assigned as a diver he participated in the salvage of the sunken USCG Cutter Blackthorn and the recovery efforts after the collapse of the Sunshine Bridge in Tampa, Florida. Later, as a department head he led a workforce of over 3000 from 125 worksites in 5 states. Before leaving the military Mr. White served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Weapons Repair Department of a major nuclear weapons stowage facility responsible for a workforce of over 800 enlisted personnel.
Now Mr. White lives in Hollywood, Florida with his wife, the former Judy Jumper of Virginia Beach, Virginia and has three grown children, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Anthony started at Shake-A-Leg Miami as a camper but started working at Shake-A-Leg Miami since 2010. As Fleet and Facilities Assistant, Anthony checks that that the boats are clean, fueled up, and ready to be put in the water... among other things. When not hard at work Anthony loves to work out and be outdoors. You might spot him on site with his dog. If you do, stop and say hi, Anthony’s upbeat enthusiasm for life is contagious and Maui happy tail wags are worth the pause.
From a young age, Alyssa Millet has always been involved with Shake-a-Leg. When she was just 10 years old, Millet began volunteering with the program. She and her sister attended the camp every year. She immediately fell in love with it, and slowly, she began to rise in the ranks. First, she was given heavier responsibilities, such as one on one mentorships and scheduling. Soon enough, Millet had gone from volunteer and camper to mentor, and surely, manager. Today, Millet is the Youth Programs Coordinator, running all the programs for kids, from We Can Sail to Internships and Sunday Socials. She has now been working with the organization for six years, while simultaneously studying for a nursing degree.
Ramiro came to Shake-A-Leg by recommendation of his friend, and now colleague, in 2016. A mechanic by trade, Ramiro can fix just about anything around the place, from plumbing to electrical. When he's not fixing, he's dancing, he doesn't skip a beat!
When Nick first joined Shake a leg Miami in 1997, there were just 3 trailers: a main office, art room and water sports activity room. He started off as one of our youngest campers. A decade of summers later, Nick joined a Miami-Dade Public School vocational program called Project Bridge at Shake-A-Leg. After graduating, he continued his story volunteering at Shake-A-Leg Miami and in 2018, the Advocacy Network for Disabilities awarded Nick the lifetime volunteer achievement award. With nearly 30 years of history at Shake-A-Leg, Nick has been a camper, a volunteer, and a staff member. He is often the friendly face welcoming you and we like to call him our honorary “Mayor” of Shake-A-Leg Miami.
Sandra Doucett recently retired from Smith College as Associate Vice President for Development and Alumnae Relations following a 35-year-long career in academic fundraising. She served on the executive team for three major capital campaigns raising over $600 million. Sandra previously served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Hampshire County, Massachusett, as an elected regional school committee member and founder of an organization that provided enrichment activities for children in a rural community. Sandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sandra and her husband, Gary, who is paraplegic, enjoy boating, gardening, and other outdoor recreational activities. They reside in western Massachusetts and seasonally in Winter Haven, FL.
Mr. Rodriguez has 30 years of sales, management, and operational leadership experience in the technology industry, ranging from early stage ventures, international consulting firms and global enterprise roles. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Bryant University who also attended executive training at the Sloan School of Management and INSEAD School of Business in Barcelona, Spain. Currently, Mr. Rodriguez is on the board of Directors of Optimal Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded, NASDAQ listed Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation.
Nicole recently joined JCI, as worldwide leader in building management, clean energy, and sustainability. Previously, she worked at Microsoft for almost 3 decades and has experience in business development in technology. Nicole has an extensive career in both corporate and start-up environments, cloud computing, and IoT, always with a focus on high growth endeavors, disruptive technologies, and new ways to bring technologies to market.
Gregory Purdy is Senior Vice President of Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean International where he is responsible for safe operation of the fleet, leading the marine teams of the brand's 25 cruise ships operating all over the world. Purdy served 15 years in the Coast Guard prior to joining Royal Caribbean, where he specialized in operations and fleet management. Purdy is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Master of Arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Job Warshaw is a commercial real estate finance professional and President of Miami-based LNR Partners, LLC, the largest CMBS Special Services in the country. LNR Partners is wholly-owned by Starwood Property Trust, the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the United States. Mr. Washaw is a Coconut Grove native, and a graduate of Emory University where he majored in Finance.
Michael Rubin has spent his life in every facet of the mens wear industry. After closing his iconic store Burns Ltd on Key Biscayne, Michael has dedicated his time to consulting and mentoring aspiring young mens wear designers. he is also still involved in commercial real estate ventures. These days, Michael has transferred his passion to Shake-A-Leg Miami, contributing his talents in the workshop as well as program development. You can always find him at Shake-A-Leg learning and helping to fix and build boats that set people free!
David Milian is a senior partner in the Miami based law firm Carey Rodriguez Milian, LLP. David's practice focuses on complex business litigation including shareholder and partnership disputes; class actions, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and commercial real estate litigation.
Scott is a lawyer with practices in New York, California and Florida. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review and was a member of the Board of Advocates and Order of the Coif. Prior to founding Bursor & Fisher, P.A. Scott is an experienced sailor who races in many regattas during the season.
Hamilton Clark is Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Prior to becoming CEO of Jackson Memorial, Mr. Clark served as Sr. VP and CEO of Holtz Children’s Hospital & The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, one of the largest and most respected hospitals of its kind in the southeastern United States. Mr. Clark brings his operations management, business strategy, financial expertise and passion to Shake-A-Leg Miami. As an ocean lover, when he isn't running one of the nation's largest hospitals, you will find Mr. Clark sailing the waters of Biscayne Bay or surfing further afield.