Board of Directors (All Volunteer)

Donna Marie Goray, Founder and Chair, Treasurer

 

Mrs. Goray worked with community and church leaders to create the Farmworker Childrens Center in 1981 as a non profit organization serving the educational and social needs of children. Her mission began with the development of a summer camp to help the children of farmworkers adjust to life in the public school system of Palm Beach County. Since that time she has served as President of the Board, Treasurer, tutor, mentor, volunteer administrator of Help with Homework and volunteer director of the Campo Alegre program. Without her tireless efforts to create the infrastructure and programs, the children would not have had the educational opportunities they enjoy today.  She has served on numerous Boards in South Florida including the South Tech Academy High School Advisory Council, the Farmworker Coordinating Council, Inc., In The Pines, Inc., the Farmworkers Housing Coalition of Palm Beach County and the YMCA of Boynton Beach, FL.

 

 

Renata de Negri, Director
 

Mrs. de Negri Is a member of the Junior League of Boca Raton and has worked with the FCCI over the past several years to bring programs and events to the children and their parents. She is dedicated to the educational mission of the organization and would like to create more pathways for community involvement and funding resources.

 

 

Rebecca Elman, Director

 

Rebecca Elman is a psychologist who works with children. As a member of the Junior League of Boca Raton, she began working with In the Pines in 2008. She joined the Board of In the Pines the following year, and joined the Board of Farmworker Children's Center, Inc. in 2012. She is married with two children.

 

     
Enrique Torres, Director & Co-President


Mr. Torres is a former Vice President of Citibank (Citigroup) where he spent nearly thirty years managing domestic and overseas auditing operations. Born in Spain, he came to the United States as a teenager and went on to pursue an accounting degree from Fordham University. In 1985, he and his wife Pat moved to Boca Raton, FL. where he managed auditing regions and supervised people in Latin America for Citibank. He began working with Farmworkers Children's Center in 1994 through the Journey to Justice Ministry at St. Jude Catholic Church of Boca Raton. He has served on the FCCI Board of Directors for many years.

 


Pat Torres, Director & Co-President


Mrs. Torres began her teaching career in the New York City public schools.She received graduate degrees in Special Education and Multicultural Studies from Fairfield University in Connecticut and taught special needs children in Stamford, CT. and Boca Raton, FL.  Upon retiring, she joined the Journey to Justice Ministry at St. Jude Catholic Church of Boca Raton which has enjoyed a long personal relationship with Farmworkers Children's Center, Inc.. She and her husband Hank have devoted many hours to this ministry where they raise money, encourage people to volunteer, and are active as mentors and tutors. She has helped to manage Help with Homework at In The Pines North since 2003.
 

 

Jason A. Wiles, Director

 

Mr. Wiles serves as the Delray Beach District Manager for Wells Fargo.  In this role he oversees 11 retail banking branches and more than 155 team members.  Wiles is a 13 year banking veteran in both retail and phone bank.  His previous roles include Branch Manager, personal banker, phone banker and phone bank supervisor.

 

Wiles graduated from Arizona State University where he earned a BS in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of Fast Track to Leadership. He completed Wells Fargo’s Advance Leadership Seminar and is TTT certified.  Wiles currently serves on the Central Florida Leadership Council as a mentor to up and coming leaders in Florida. Jason was also the Small Business, Customer Experience proponent leader for Greater Palm Beach.  Active in his community, Wiles serves on the Board of Directors for Farmworkers Children Center and Royal Palm Little League since 2013.

 

 

Anna Mae Comment, Director

 

Anna Mae Brown Comment ,originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, has been living in South Florida, Palm Beach County for the past 20 years. As a member of St. Jude's parish, she became involved with the In the Pines after school program as a volunteer and the Farmworkers Children Council. She lived in Switzerland for several years, as well as the Cayman Islands. Anna Mae and her husband of 47 years are fully retired and now live in Wellington. Her professional life has included, teaching in the U.S. Virgin Islands where she was also Principal of a Catholic High School. She also taught English as a foreign language while living in Europe. She is  fluent in  the French language and is also an author. Anna Mae and her husband are proud Grandparents of 5 ranging in ages of 16,14, 12. 9,and 3.

 

 

Sheila Sheppard, M.S., Director

 

Ms. Sheppard is the Senior Associate Director of International Admissions at Lynn University.  Sheila Sheppard has more than 20 years of progressive experience working with all facets of international student admission, immigration and matriculation.  Known for her creative approach she is strong in expanding, optimizing, and maximizing the potential impact of key program and service projects.

 

Sheila began serving children of the FCCI community in 2014.  She introduced and coordinated a Saturday morning tutoring program and recently held a First Generation College Students   information session for middle and high school students.  She continues to serve within the non-profit community as a member of the Junior League of Boca Raton.  Membership in the Junior League has given Sheila a deep appreciation of the women’s commitment to partner with non- profit organizations in the community to improve the quality of life for all. Sheila received her B.A. Liberal Arts, Behavioral Science and M.S. International Communication at Lynn University.  She also took Intercultural Relations courses at Intercultural Communication Institute/University of the Pacific.

 

 

Martin Gentner, Director

 

Mr. Gentner retired as Vice President from The Bank of New York after 38 years.  At BNY, he was in charge of System Design and Project Management for all avenues of the Securities Processing Industry (Wall Street), including Domestic (US) Trading, Settlements, Custody, and Securities Lending (both domestic and foreign).

 

 

Brian M. Goray, Director

 

Mr. Goray is in commercial real estate finance and development.  His background includes managing real estate investments for a private equity fund, serving as an equity research analyst, and underwriting mortgage bonds on Wall Street.  He holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

        

 

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS


Nora Seligman

 

Ms. Seligman is a past President of the National Council of Jewish women in the Delray, Boynton area whose goals always have been to support worthy Community Services. The Council has been a strategic partner of the Farmworker Childrens Center, Inc. Campo Alegro program for many years.


William Key

 

Mr. Key is a former Vice President of Investment Banking with Wells Fargo Bank. He originally became involved with Campo Alegre thru his church. As time went on he became more active in the entire scope of the Farmworker Children's Council, Inc. He also served on the Board of the Farmworkers Cordinating Council.


Lois Dahm

 

Ms. Dahm served as a Board member for many years and was involved in programs that began early in the life of Farmworker's Childrens Council, Inc.

 

 

STAFF ASSOCIATES


We are grateful to the dedication of our staff associates who worktirelessly to serve the children through tutoring, supporting parents, and consulting with teachers within the Palm Beach County School System. They regularly attend Board meetings to give their insights into the daily operations of the Help with Homework program.

 

Claudia Guirand, Reading Specialist

Juanita Lopez

Shirley Maldonado

Nancy Rotchas

Brenda Delgado, Pines South Education Director & Parent Liaison

Garciela Trujillo, Pines North Education Director & Parent Liaison

Janet McCorvy, Reading Specialist

Mary Helen Flores

Salvator DiGaetano

Vanessa Rivera

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