Executive Board 

President: Monsignor Chanel Jeanty, St. James Catholic Church

Co-Vice President for Membership Strengthening: Rabbi Gary Glickstein, Temple Beth Sholom

Co-Vice President for Membership Strengthening: Rev. Robert Brooks, St. Peter’s Missionary       Baptist 

Secretary: Dr. Darrell Arnold, St. Thomas University

Treasurer: Herve Bony, Norland Schools 

Vice President for Membership Growth: Rev. Dr. Laurinda Hafner

Vice President for Personnel: Maria Irizarry, Corpus Christi Catholic

Member at Large: Blanca Diaz, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic

Representative of Gun Violence Committee: Rev. Ana Jackson, Sellers Memorial UMC

Co-Representative of Housing Committee: Rev. JoAnn Smith, New Directions Christian Center

Co-Representative of Housing Committee: Linda Adderly, Christ the King Catholic

 See below for biographies of the PACT Executive Board. 

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PRESIDENT

Monsignor Chanel Jeanty, St. James Catholic Church & Archdiocese of Miami

 

§  Reverend Monsignor Chanel Jeanty was born in Cap-Haitien in North Haiti in 1972, and later moved to Miami in 1990. Msgr. Jeanty entered the seminary in 1996 and has since earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy Master in Divinity, and Licentiate in Canon Law from the Gregorian University in Rome. Archbishop Wenski named Msgr. Jeanty as such in 2013. Msgr. Jeanty currently serves as a judge in the Metropolitan Tribunal, Vicar General and Chancellor for Canonical Affairs, and as pastor of St James Catholic in North Miami.

 

VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEMBERSHIP STRENGTHENING

Rabbi Gary Glickstein, Temple Beth Sholom

 

§  Rabbi Gary Glickstein received his Rabbinical Ordination from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in 1974, and has been the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom since 1985. Rabbi Glickstein is committed to the cross-cultural community in Miami and so serves on the board of Miami Coalition for a Drug Free Community. Rabbi Glickstein was the Chairman of the UJA National Rabbinic Cabinet.

 

VICE PRESIDENT FOR PERSONNEL

Maria Magarita Irizarry, Corpus Christi Catholic Church

 

§  She is Puerto Rican and travels back and forth often.  She is a great asset to the research committees. Irizarry held various positions in the environmental field at the Environmental Protection Agency in Puerto Rico and Washington, DC where she developed regulations for the organic chemicals, plastics and synthetics, and non-ferrous metals industries.  Irizarry was the first and only woman to direct the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority in Puerto Rico from 1989-1992.  She directed the Department of the Interior US Geological Survey Davey Office until 2005 and was in charge of water resources research in South Florida.  She earned her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEMBERSHIP STRENGTHENING

Reverent Robert Brooks, St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church

 

§  Reverend Robert Brooks has been preaching the Word of God throughout the United States for 15 years. Rev. Brooks began his ministry as a soldier in the United States Army where he served in West Germany and the Middle East during the first Gulf War. Through his involvement with Everglades Youth Development Center and Southern Glades Youth Camp, Brooks focuses on juvenile justice to keep young men and women on the right track. Prior to his focus on youth, Rev. Brooks served as a Florida State Corrections Officer at Dade Correctional Institution.

 

VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

Reverent Dr. Laurinda Hafner, Coral Gables UCC

 

§  Hafner’s passion for prophetic ministry, the social gospel and the arts has been the mark of her vibrant ministry. Called as Senior Pastor of Coral Gables Congregational UCC in August, 2006, Laurie came from Cleveland, Ohio where she served for twenty-eight years as a local church pastor as well as the Information Officer for the United Church of Christ. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, and holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. In the early 1980s, she studied with Father Henri Nouwen at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut.  Locally, Laurie has served as chair and co-chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ) Clergy Dialogue and is presently a board member of the Collective Empowerment Group of Miami

 

  

TREASURER

Hervé Bony, Norland Schools

 

§  Hervé was born in Haiti, but was raised and educated in the United States. He is a graduate of Florida International University. He served previously on PACT's Education Committee in 2000 and in 2009.  He is a professional accountant, and owns an accounting firm, located in North Miami Beach. He also volunteers in Juvenile Court, serving as a Guardian ad Litem for the past ten years.

 

SECRETARY

Doctor Darrell Arnold, St. Thomas University

 

§  Darrell Arnold is Interim Dean of Biscayne College of St Thomas University. He began working at St Thomas as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in 2010 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy in 2014. He is the president of the Humanities and Technology Association and was editor of that organization's journal, the Humanities and Technology Review, from 2012 to 2014.  He has published numerals articles in professional journals a well as the edited volume "Traditions of Systems Theory" (Routledge, 2013) and many translations from German including "Naturalistic Hermeneutics" (Cambridge UP) and "Media of Reason" (Columbia UP).

 

REPRESENTATIVE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMITTEE

Jani Singer, Temple Beth Sholom

 

§  Jani has lived in Miami since 1971.  She graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science/Sociology from Mount Holyoke College.  She returned to the University Of Miami School Of Law from which she graduated in 1987.  Jani joined the Miami Dade Public Defender's Office immediately upon graduation.  After leaving the Public Defender's Office, Jani was hired by the Office of the State Attorney to investigate and prosecute public corruption cases.  The majority of her cases involved wrongdoing by police officers and other public officials.  After many years of service, Jani was asked to join the Department of Children and Families as the Managing Attorney for Children's Legal Services in Miami Dade County.  In this capacity she oversaw the legal work being litigated in the dependency court.  During her tenure at DCF, Jani was awarded the Policy Advocate Award by Lawyers for Children.

 

REPRESENTATIVE OF HOUSING COMMITTEE

Pastor JoAnn Smith, New Directions Christian center

 

§  Pastor Joann R. Smith is a native of the Bahamas and has resided in Miami for many years. She has developed a passion for single mothers and their families and has dedicated apart of her life’s mission to providing family values, educational training, resources, quality housing and support to families in crisis situations.  With over 25 years of senior management experience, 10 years serving as an associate pastor in the community, Co-Founder of PWAPLC with many merits and accolades. Pastor Joann serves as the main liaison between New Direction Christian Center, PWAPLC, and many other community-based organizations such as: (PACT), Share your Heart, Baptist Health of South Florida, and American Heart Association.

 

REPRESENTATIVE OF HOUSING COMMITTEE

Linda Adderly, Christ the King Catholic Church

§  Linda Adderly is a retired United States Postal Worker. Currently she serves as President of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority Inc. Epsilon Alpha Chapter, Financial Secretary of the Florida State Council, and the Regional Vice President. Linda is a member of the Council of Catholic Women where she serves as their Secretary, Writer, Editor, and Community Advocate.

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