Alumni Advisory Council
The Gulliver Schools Alumni Council was established to provide the leadership for fostering a close connection between Gulliver and its alumni. Its primary focus is to partner with the Gulliver Alumni Relations office in its central mission of promoting and facilitating a lifelong relationship between Gulliver and its former students to encourage and promote strong and loyal alumni of Gulliver Schools.
The council carries out its purpose by meeting quarterly to advise and discuss effective approaches to:
- developing a stronger means of access to alumni.
- assisting with alumni class reunions and pursuing other alumni events.
- strengthening attendance at alumni sponsored events.
- achieving commitment to the vitality of the Gulliver Alumni Association.
- increasing involvement with Gulliver Prep students and college age alumni, through internships and career mentoring opportunities.
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Dr. Amy Boyers attended the University of Pennsylvania where her love of psychology began. There she worked as a research assistant for the renowned professor and researcher, Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., for most her college years.
Dr. Boyers worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City as a research assistant after college, where she was then awarded a prestigious U.S. Department of Defense psychological research fellowship at the University of Miami. This allowed her to complete her master and doctoral degree in clinical health psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center where she began to hone her specific skill in eating disorders.
Dr. Boyers also completed two post-doctoral residencies at the University of Miami Department of Psychology as Project Director of an NCI-funded breast cancer study and at the Renfrew Center as a primary therapist in their intensive outpatient program for eating disorders.
Dr. Boyers has been in private practice in South Miami since 2001 where she provides therapy to adolescents and adults, with a focus on women’s health, eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and behavioral medicine. She is the Director of Training and a consulting therapist at the South Miami Oliver-Pyatt Center, an eating disorders treatment facility. She has co-authored numerous articles in professional psychology journals and is a frequent speaker on topics such as stress, trauma, and eating disorders.
Sally Hanna is a licensed attorney in the state of Florida with her undergraduate degree in business finance. Both her B.B.A. and J.D. are from the University of Miami. For five years, her law practice consisted of general civil trial litigation.
Sally is the proud mother of two daughters, Victoria and Tiffany. Victoria graduated from Gulliver Preparatory in 2011 and is currently a sophomore studying accounting at the University of Florida. Tiffany is carrying on the tradition as a freshman at Gulliver Prep.
As a member of the Gulliver Alumni Advisory Council, Sally is looking forward to facilitate the connections between our experienced and recent alums.
Faequa Khan '05 is a licensed attorney in the State of Florida. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2009 with a Bachelors of Art in both Political Science and International Studies. She then attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law for law school. She now practices at a civil litigation firm that focuses on real estate. Faequa is active in the community; she volunteers with HOBY (the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership), a program that focuses on high school students and their leadership potential. Faequa attended this program as a sophomore at Gulliver and has remained a part of this organization. She also dedicates some of her time to Junior League of Miami.
Faequa believes in the gift of a Gulliver education and hopes to keep the Gulliver spirit alive in recent grads. She hopes that her recent experiences will help Gulliver grads in their transition to life after Gulliver and in turn create a better networking environment for all alum.
Dr. Carolina Pedroletti McCain graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree in nutritional sciences. Focusing her passion for health care, she went on to attend optometry school at Nova Southeastern University. In 2005, she received her Doctorate of Optometry degree.
Dr. Pedroletti McCain currently works at the Center For Excellence in Eye Care, the largest ophthalmology practice at Baptist Hospital and one of the largest ophthalmic practices in Miami, FL. She has been helping patients with their vision at the Center since 2005. She performs comprehensive eye examinations, identifies refractive surgery candidates, provides post-operative care for both cataract and refractive surgery and fits simple and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Pedroletti McCain is trained in fitting patients with lenses for various eye conditions and is very proud to be a part of such a distinguished ophthalmic practice including world-renowned corneal surgeon and Gulliver alumnus, Dr. Bill Trattler, class of 1984.
Carolina has recently married her Gulliver classmate, Ben McCain (class of '96) and they live in Coconut Grove with their dog, Fanucci.
As a new member of the Gulliver Advisory Council, Dr. Pedroletti McCain looks forward to meeting and connecting Gulliver Alumni.
Upon graduating from Gulliver Prep in 2001, Javier Perez-Giz attended Tufts University in Medford, MA, where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 2005. Today, as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, Perez-Giz uses his personal and professional experiences to help his clients in the business, legal, and medical fields execute a financial plan focused on achieving their most important goals and dreams at every stage of their lives.
Perez-Giz regularly attends Alumni events, is a proud inaugural member of the Alumni Advisory Council, and remains close with many in the Gulliver family. His goal is to make Gulliver’s Alumni a close knit and stronger community, both in South Florida and beyond. He lives in Miami with his wife, Becky, and enjoys giving back to the community by participating in and contributing to many charitable organizations, most notably the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks, and Relay for Life.
Hugh Schmidt, a Gulliver lifer, attended The Johns Hopkins University and received bachelor degrees in both Psychology and Art History. He was very active in student activities while at Hopkins becoming a key organizer of the University’s Annual Spring Fair, a major community wide event. While still enrolled at Hopkins he also began work as a research assistant in Behavioral Research at The Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. It was here that Hugh discovered an affinity and skill in information technology. This then led to a position as a technical liaison officer with the Department of Agriculture. Here he helped implement a Department wide training center and found he also enjoyed the opportunity to train end-users.
After 8 years in the Northeast, Hugh returned to Miami. Having worked in various information technology positions at Ryder, FPL, and Miami Children’s Hospital, he is now with the University of Miami working in Decision Support Services as a Business Analyst.
Hugh and his partner Ed Hill ‘83 are both frequent patrons of the arts with the New World Symphony and the UM Ring Theater as two of their favorite venues. They both enjoy keeping in touch with the Gulliver community and maintain many of the friendships born out of the Gulliver experience.
Jorge Valle-Riestra earned his undergraduate degree in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami and his Masters in Business Administration from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. He is President of King Products and Equipment, a machinery company that offers its own brand of heavy construction equipment as well as original attachments, components, and parts to the construction, agricultural, material handling, and mining industries.
Jorge is also owner of Sunrise Equestrian in Miami, FL just west of the Turnpike in Miami Horse Country. It is an upscale equestrian training facility that offers hunter/jumper lessons to riders of all levels as well as horse boarding and a competitive travel team. Business operations began on October 07, 2013 and the grand opening is planned for early November 2013.
Jorge continues to be active in supporting Gulliver events and fundraisers and he regularly networks with alumni to be more involved with their alma mater.
Monica Lauren Pardo graduated class of '97 with twelve Varsity Letters in 3-sports (Soccer, Volleyball and Fastpitch Softball). Furthermore, was honored as anunprecedented three time All-Dade Player of the Year in Softball and Gulliver's 1997 Student Athlete of the Year! Monica earned a full Division I Athletic scholarship to play Softball at Florida International University (FIU) where she demonstrated her leadership skills as Team Captain for 3-years. There she was a three time All-TAAC and All-Sunbelt Conference Player and President of SAAC for FIU graduating Cum Laude in Early Childhood Education. She began her career where she always wanted to pay it back; at the one and only Gulliver Academy.
As a Rookie Teacher, won the Miami-Dade County Public School Beginning Teacher Award making her the first recipient to win as a Private School Educator. While teaching Pre and Junior Kindergarten she was the Head Volleyball Coach at the Academy and assistant Soccer and Softball Varsity Coach at the Prep. After teaching for 10 years she retired to have her son Mason Kelly Maduro who is now three years old. During this time she developed her own Event Planning CompanyABOVE & BEYOND EVENTS specializing in Children's Parties, Bat/Bar mitzvah's and Weddings. She loves being a mom and a successful business woman. Monica tells us she has never closed her yearbook and could go back in time all over again! Her love, gratitude and admiration for the Kurtulis family and Coach Schusterman can never be repaid but would do all in her power to give back what Gulliver afforded her and watch her son become a Gulliver lifer starting next year.