Gale S. Nelson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, today announced the appointment of Board Co-Chairs, Tina van der Ven and Allan Prindle, along with a new slate of executives. for 2022-2023.
Prindle is President and CEO of Power Financial Credit Union. van der Ven, entering the second year of her two-year term as co-chair of the board, is chief strategy officer for NewStar Media.
With recent studies showing youth mentorship is more needed today than in recent history, the new leadership plans to prioritize improving community-wide awareness and access serving the nonprofit while continuing to innovate to increase mentorship, engagement, and fundraising. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is considered the leading youth mentoring organization. Most recently, the Miami Chapter was recognized at the BBBS America National Conference, where it was honored with the nation’s only “Pinnacle Award” for 2022 as well as the “Irvin F. Westheimer Award for Visionary Leadership.”
“The selection of our leaders demonstrates our continued commitment to fairness, equity, diversity and inclusion at all levels of our organization,” Nelson said. “Aligning our organization with the best and brightest talent is key to achieving the strategic goals of this high performing board. “Allan and Tina are a powerful team that leads with love, vision and focus on what matters most: meeting the needs of our little ones and their families.”
The new management team includes: Linda Coll (Carnival Foundation); Bonnie Crabtree; Brandon Dorsey (Bank of America); Ana Maria Gonzalez (Restaurant Brands Inc., Burger King Foundation); Matthew Gorson (Greenberg Traurig); Julie Grimes (Hilton Bentley); Bill Hayes (Orangetheory Fitness); Phil Magin (South Florida Baptist Health); JuliAnne McDowell; Gabriel Navarro (MMG Equity Partners); Carolina Menendez (IberiaBank, a division of First Horizon Bank); Natalie Norfus (The Norfus Firm); Josh Prever (Holland & Knight LLP); Gary Saslaw (Gary R. Saslaw, Pennsylvania); and Deb Tyler (DM Wealth Management).
As President and CEO of Power Financial Credit Union for 23 years, Prindle is seen as the driving force behind its continued South Florida expansion and national leadership. Founded in 1951, PFCU has grown under his leadership to have over $1 billion in assets, more than 140 employees across nine South Florida branches, and 18% average annual growth in deposits over the last 12 years. Prindle stands out as the visionary who led PFCU’s cutting-edge decision to become the first credit union in the region to eliminate all overdraft fees.
Over the years, Prindle has positioned PFCU to receive numerous recognitions, including being #1 on national and state “Best Credit Union” lists.
“After joining the Board as a Director approximately five years ago, I have been impressed by the tireless efforts of my dynamic colleagues on the Board and the transformative impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. “, said Prindle. “I am honored and grateful to expand my involvement with this youth mentoring organization as we continue to protect the future of our nation: its young people.”
About van der Ven
van der Ven, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of NewStar Media, has dedicated her 20+ year corporate marketing career to enhancing brand image and business growth for global companies in professional services, large corporations and healthcare facilities. Prior to co-founding NewStar Media, she led regional marketing for international law firm Greenberg Traurig, worked as a healthcare consultant at Ernst & Young and Enzyme, Inc., and as a clinical researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Throughout her 16-year tenure with the nonprofit, van der Ven has held a multitude of leadership and fundraising positions on the board, including as co-chair of the board. ‘Impact Circle, as a ‘big sister’ and as a gala and marketing co-committee. chair.
“As a former Big Sister and someone who has been deeply involved in a multitude of BBBS community and mentorship programs and fundraising events, I am grateful to have experienced the power of mentorship in our community. “, van der Ven said.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is a donor and volunteer supported organization that transforms the lives of at-risk children through supportive relationships with adult mentors. For more information visit www.bbbsmiami.org
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