Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
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Board of Directors

2016-17 Board

List of 23 items.

  • Jose (J.B.) Aleman '84 | *Board Chairman, Executive Committee Member

    A founder and Managing Partner at Meridian Partners, LLC, a technology consulting services firm and reseller of SAP products.  Meridian Partners was named one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies by Inc Magazine for 4 consecutive years. J.B. was instrumental in securing and delivering work at clients such as the United Nations, Ryder System, Miami Dade College, Jefferson County (Alabama), Florida Crystals, and the South Florida Water Management District, among others. He has more than 20 years of experience in information technology, as both a consultant and a company officer.  He also founded a technology staff augmentation firm - Integrated Systems Group.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Florida. J.B. is currently the Chair of the CCHS Board of Directors.  He has also served on the CCHS Alumni Executive Committee and on the CCHS Board's Development Committee (as Chair).   He has also been a Board Member of St. John’s Montessori Academy and the City of Miami Beach's Hispanic Affairs Committee (as Chair).
  • Adrian Alfonso '98 | *Finance Committee Chairman, Member of Executive Committee

    A tax director in the public accounting firm of Kaufman Rossin.  He has experience in tax consulting, compliance and accounting assistance servicing medium to large corporate and high net worth individual clients, as well as family owned corporate and partnership entities.  His responsibilities included assisting business owners with their day to day accounting needs, tax consulting and compliance, as well as, reviewing and preparing quarterly and annual compilations and reviews.   He received his Executive Master of Science in Taxation and a Bachelor's in Accounting from Florida International University. He holds a CPA and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Cuban-American CPA's Association, Inc. (Past-President).  He has served on the CCHS Alumni Executive Committee.  Most recently he was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as Chairman for the Early Learning Coalition of Miami/Dade & Monroe. 
  • Matthew Bernhardt '89

    A licensed Certified Public Accountant who has worked for World Fuel Services as their Director of Accounting since 2003.  Prior to joining World Fuels Services, Matt was a Senior Auditor for Deloitte and Touche from 1997 to 2003. He holds a  a BA in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA in Accounting from the University of Miami.  He has served on the Christopher Columbus High School Alumni Association's Executive Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Miami, since 1999.        
  • Tom Bezold '71

    The Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gencom, an international hotel owner and developer with a portfolio that includes Ritz Carlton properties in Key Biscayne, Ft. Lauderdale, Coconut Grove, and Philadelphia.  He has extensive experience in hotel management and has over 35 years of experience in the field of finance and accounting.  Tom is a Certified Public Accountant who has served as Director of Accounting & Reporting, Controller and CFO for several large companies that include Heathinfusion, Dryclean USA, and Jartran.  He attended St. Joseph's College, Renssalaer on a football scholarship and majored in accounting and minored in social studies education.    A great supporter of Columbus, he was a member of the Columbus Alumni Board of Directors from  1988 - 1999, serving as President in 1992  and 1993. 
  • Daniel Brea '95

    A Vice President and Portfolio Officer at BNY Mellon Wealth Management where he works directly with clients to ensure that their overall investment and wealth management objectives are met.  This includes establishing investment objectives, implementation of an investment strategy, and ongoing monitoring of strategy to ensure it remains within the client’s overall goals.  He has built his career of working directly with high net worth clients at BNY Mellon over the past 15 years.    Danny holds an undergraduate degree with a dual major in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami. While at BNY Mellon, he earned his MBA from the University of Miami with a specialization in Personal Financial Planning.  He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM.  He is a voting member of BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s Southeast Trust Administrative Committee and the Florida Account Review Committee. Danny was recognized in Poder Hispanic Magazine in their “20 Under 40 Latinos Going Places” list in June of 2013. 
  • Tom Byrne '77

    Served as president and shareholder of Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors’ Commercial Division from 1998 - 2004 and is a native of Miami.  Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors was sold in 2003 to HomeServices of America, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway – a Warren Buffet holding company.  Professionally, Tom is a licensed Florida attorney, with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami; has a Masters in Finance from Florida International University and a degree in Economics and Real Estate from Florida State University.Tom and has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations including:  The Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches, The Florida Association of Realtors, The National Associations of Realtors, The Federal Housing Committee, and The Real Property Section of the Florida Bar. He is a past Director for Habitat for Humanity and for the Jerome Baine Educational Foundation. He has served as an adjunct professor at Florida International University and is the past President of the 1700 member Commercial Alliance of Greater Miami and the Beaches. He he presently an active commercial real estate broker and investor.
  • Roger C. Cuevas '62

    Has fulfilled many challenging roles in his career in education within Miami-Dade Public Schools, to include:  Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent for District Office Operations, Associate Superintendent of the Bureau of Community Service and Career Preparation, Assistant Superintendent for Project Students at Risk and the Office of Vocational, Adult, Career, and Community Education, School Principal, and many others.   As Superintendent he was responsible for America’s 4th largest school district, with more than 364,000 K–12 students, nearly 200,000 adult students, 326 schools, more than 49,600 full and part-time employees, and a $4.2 billion annual budget.  He holds a Master of Science in Curriculum from the University of Northern Colorado, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University, and an Associate of Arts from Miami Dade Community College.   He is President of the Miami Dade Retired Educators Association and Chairman Elect of the Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition.
  • Luis de la Aguilera ‘77

    Luis de la Aguilera is President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and a member of the board of directors at U.S. Century Bank.  Established in 2002 and headquartered in Miami, U.S. Century Bank is one of the largest Hispanic-owned community banks in the State with assets of nearly $1 billion and 17 full service banking centers throughout Miami-Dade and South Broward counties. He is also a member of the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee, Beacon Council, and CMO Council.  He has served on the advisory board of Christopher Columbus High School's CCNN and on the boards of the Dade Public Education Fund, the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy.

    For the past five years, Luis has been involved with Castaways Against Cancer, a local charity whose mission is to help find a cure for cancer.  He kayaks 160 miles from Miami to Key West to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of the Lower Keys.  Since joining the Castaways, de la Aguilera has helped lead the team in generating over $825,000 in sponsorships.  Last year alone, he was the charity’s top fundraiser, raising over $100,000.
  • Patrick Dyer '92

    As a co-founder, board member and DigitalEra’s CEO, Patrick Dyer leads our talented team of experts dedicated to providing world-class security compliance solutions and services to businesses, the public sector and independent service providers. His vision for making world-class security products and service excellence affordable for organizations of all sizes is the driving force behind the entire team at DigitalEra, and is integral to what makes us uniquely different from other providers. Prior to DigitalEra, Patrick served in key security leadership roles at Microsoft and Merisel Latin America, Inc.
  • Sr. Margaret Fagan

    Currently serves as the Principal of Epiphany Catholic School in Miami, a position she has held since 2004.  As Principal, she is involved in the daily operations of Prekindergarten through 8th Grade including curriculum development, scheduling, and discipline. She collaborates with Parish and Religious Education offices to promote and engage faculty and students in faith development, works with parents in the appropriate placement of students with different learning needs and has been heavily involved in the development of Epiphany’s new Junior High School building.  Prior to working at Epiphany, Sr. Margaret was the Principal of Incarnation School in the Diocese of Trenton, NJ and a  middle school teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools.  She holds an M.A. in Education with concentration in Administration & Supervision from Seton Hall University and a M.A. in Moral Theology from The Philadelphia Theological Seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo.  Her affiliations include The National Catholic Education Association, The Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, The National Association of Elementary School Principals, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and The Independent Schools of South Florida.
  • Nelson Fonseca '91 | *Technology Committee Chairperson

    Is a partner at Medina Capital, a high-growth private equity firm focused on the IT infrastructure and cyber-security markets. With more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry, Nelson is responsible for identifying investment opportunities and providing Medina Capital portfolio companies with strategic advice in the areas of business development, operations, mergers and acquisitions, international business, and government contracting.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Catbird and Easy Solutions, both Medina Capital portfolio companies.  Prior to joining Medina Capital, he served as the President of Verizon Terremark, a cloud computing, managed security and internet data center business where he held various positions including Chief Operating Officer, President of the U.S. Public Sector Business Unit, Senior Vice President of Government Sales and Vice President of Commercial Sales. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Barry University and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.  He is a member of Barry University’s Dean Advisory Council and was named to the eMerge Americas Techweek100. 
  • Br. Kevin Handibode, F.M.S.

    Has spent over 42 years serving Christopher Columbus High School, holding many positions to include teacher, dean of discipline, varsity basketball coach, athletic director, development director, and principal.  Today, he is the president of the school, a position that he has held since 2000.  Br. Kevin became a Marist Brother in 1957 when he was just 18 years old and has dedicated his life to education ever since. Before starting at Columbus in 1966, Br. Kevin was a teacher and coach at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York, where he is originally from.  He also served as Principal at Marist High School in New Jersey for several years. It was Br. Kevin who started Columbus' development program back in the 1980s.  Since then he has been able to raise money for countless school projects including new buildings, renovations, and financial aid programs.  He holds a MA in Education from Hunter College (NY) and a BA in Latin from Marist College.  Br. Kevin is dedicated to provide the best education possible to the young men of Columbus.    In 2008, Br. Kevin was bestowed the Papal Cross, the highest medal that can be awarded by the Papacy.  He received the honor for his distinguished service to the church and for his devotion to Catholic education.
  • Thomas Herald '75 | *Member of the Executive Committee

    Is a Partner at Zotec Partners, LLC, a company that specializes in revenue cycle management for the radiology, anesthesiology, and pathology industries.  Previously he served as the CEO and Vice President of Medical Business Service Inc. He holds a BA Degree from Vanderbilt University. Tom has served on the CCHS Board of Directors since its inception and is a past Board Chair. He is the past President of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, the past Chair of the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Coral Gables, and the past Vice Chair of the Coral Gables Chamber for Commerce.  Tom also served on the Board of the Easter Seals Society of Miami and the Catholic Charities Board  and Finance Committee for the Archdiocese of Miami. 
  • Dr. Eileen McDonough | *Academic Committee Chairperson

    Is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Barry University. She is a Professor of Higher Education Administration, teaching in the Masters and Doctoral programs in the School of Education.  She serves as the University NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and is responsible for the initial and continuing eligibility of the student athletes at Barry, an NCAA Division II Institution.  Dr. McDonough holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Chestnut Hill College, a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Marquette University, a Master of Business Administration from Barry University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Nova University.  She has over 40 years’ experience teaching at Barry University where she also has responsibilities for the Freshman Orientation Course, University Commencement and Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs.   She has served as a member of several NCAA Committees and National and local Boards.
  • John Murray '85

    Has been a practicing attorney in Miami since 1993 and is currently the owner of the Coral Gables based Murray Law Firm, P.A., which focuses on representing individuals and businesses in insurance related matters including insurer bad faith litigation. The primary focus of the firm is upon disability, life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance matters, including employee benefits litigation. Previously he was a partner at Wagar, Murray & Feit P.A. and an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Scott R. McNary, P.A. and Ferdie & Gouz. John attended Florida State University College of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology (cum laude) from Florida State University in 1989. He is a member of The Dade County Bar Association (was President from 2007-2008), the Cuban American Bar Association, the Coral Gables Bar Association (serves on the Board of Directors), the Miami-Dade Justice Association, the Florida Justice Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice (was Insurance Law Section Chair, 2007-2008). He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was chosen as Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in 2005 and 2006.
  • Brother Donnell Neary, F.M.S.

    Has been a member of the Marist Brothers since 1967.  He holds a BA from the University of Scranton (PA), an M.Ed. from Northeastern University, Boston and a Professional Diploma in Administration and Supervision from Manhattan College, (NY).  He has served as a teacher, campus minister, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal and president at a number of U.S. Marist Schools.  These schools include Marist High School (IL), Our Lady of Lourdes High School (NY), Central Catholic High School (MA), St. Agnes Boys High School (NY), Mount St. Michael Academy (NY) and Marist High School (NJ).  He served as Director of Vocations for the Marist Brothers and also served as Provincial of the former US Province of Poughkeepsie.  Br.Donnell spent 6 years at the Marist Brothers’ General House in Rome, Italy where he was personal secretary to the Superior General of the Institute.  He is currently on the staff at Marist High School in Chicago where he teaches and works in the Admissions Office
  • Br. Kevin O'Neill, F.M.S.

    Has over 55 years of experience in education, having worked as a teacher, coach, administrator, dean, treasurer, principal, and president, among many other roles, at several Marist Brothers Schools.  These schools include Marist High School and Roselle Catholic High School (NJ), St. Helena High School (NY), St. Joseph Academy (TX) and several schools in the Philippines. Br. Kevin has served on the board of directors of Marist High School (NJ) and has worked as the Provincial Treasurer for the Marist Brothers.  He holds a BA in Mathematics from Marist College and a MA in Mathematics from Boston College.
  • Hernan Organvidez '81

    Is a Police Chief with the Miami-Dade Police Department currently assigned as the Chief of the South Operations Division. He joined the department in 1985 after he graduated from Florida International University where he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He has held numerous notable positions and assignments during his tenure with the department which include: Uniform Patrol Officer in the Midwest District and Detective of the Economic Crimes Bureau.  As a Police Sergeant he supervised the following units; Doral Station, Community Service Unit, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Intelligence Unit, Tactical Investigations Bureau, and the Organized Crime Squad.  As Police Captain, he was assigned to the City of Doral Policing Unit as the Executive Officer until he assumed the role of Transition Commander for the City of Doral Policing Unit.  Since 1985 Chief Organvidez has been involved in every major event and immobilizations in Miami-Dade County which include: the Eastern Airlines Strike, the Papal Visit, Hurricane Andrew, the Summit of the Americas, Free Trade Areas of the Americas and three Super Bowls. He has received many awards and decorations to include the Department's Sliver Medal of Valor, Bronze Medal of Valor, and the Exceptional Service Award. He is a graduate of the   prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.
  • Roberto Palenzuela '81

    Has provided legal insight and regulatory guidance to both private and public companies in the healthcare industry for over 20 years.  In his current capacity as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer for Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc., he provides strategic business and legal advice to the company’s board of directors and senior executive management team on all significant operational and regulatory matters of this Medicare oriented health care services company.  These include the oversight of the corporation’s human resources policy and procedure implementation, risk management, and investor relations functions.  His responsibilities also include all due diligence activities for acquisitions, mergers, financing and other transactions involving physician practices, new business opportunities, company compliance with SEC regulations, and all federal and state licensing and qualifications matters.  He successfully coordinated the negotiation, documentation and closing of Humana Inc.’s acquisition of Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. in a transaction valued at $850M.  Prior to his tenure at Metropolitan, he operated in the capacity of General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Continucare Corporation and Founding Director, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel for Community Health Plan of the Rockies, Inc.   Robert is a member of the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, United States Court of International Trade, and United States Tax Court, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Florida Bar.  He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law - Juris Doctor, and holds a degree in Business Administration in International Finance, also from the UM. 
  • Carlos Saladrigas '90

    Is co-founder and President of The Simplex Group, Inc., a safety and compliance management solutions company focusing on the commercial transportation industry.  The company manages approximately 4000 commercial drivers and about 300 commercial fleets and also assists drivers and commercial trucking fleets with state and federal licenses, fuel tax reporting, permits and insurance.  In 2008, The Simplex Group continued to expand by creating the Regis HR Group,a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that provides a complete suite of HR services to small and mid-sized businesses. Currently, Regis has nearly 7000 worksite employees.  Previously, Carlos worked for ADP TotalSource formerly known as Vincam Human Resources.  Also a PEO, Vincam Human Resources was co-founded by his father and in 1998 was acquired by ADP.  Before leaving ADP TotalSource, Carlos was responsible for Payroll Operations where he managed over 40 employees and over $765,000,000 in payroll revenue. Carlos is currently a Board Member and Vice-Chair of the South Florida After School All Stars, past Member of the Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Council, and past Division Chair of the United Way Campaign.
  • Doug Sawyer '75 | *School Life Committee Chairperson

    Is the President of Nason Consulting, a bank consulting company which provides strategic, operational, regulatory, management, staff and market guidance to community banks.  Prior to joining Nason, Doug served as the Executive Vice President of Bank Services at BankUnited where he he was responsible for core service departments including bank operations, information technology, corporate real estate, loan servicing, the call center, business continuity and disaster recovery. He also held the positions of Executive Vice President of Consumer Banking and of Wealth Management for BankUnited and spent more than 20 years with SunTrust Bank where he last held the positions of Executive Vice President of Private Client Services and Executive Vice President of the Retail Division. Doug earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University and is a holder of Series 7, 4, 24, 53, 63, and 65 Securities Licenses and of Florida Life Insurance and Variable Annuity Licenses.  Doug has served on the CCHS Alumni Association’s Executive Committee as Chairman in 2012/13 and on the Columbus Golf Tournament Committee since 1990.  He also serves on the St. Thomas University Advisory Board, the Florida Banker Association Board as their PAC Committee Chairman and on their Government Relations Committee, and is a past president of the Miami Chapter of the American Heart Association and of the West Dade Chamber of Commerce.  
  • Nick Stanham ’86 | *Marketing Committee Chairperson

    Has been a practicing attorney in Miami since 1994 and is currently a partner of R&S International Law Group, LLP, formerly Rojas & Stanham, LLP, where he specializes in real estate and corporate law for international clients.  Nick received a BA Degree in History from Dartmouth College where he also played football.   Upon graduating from Dartmouth, Nick attended Georgetown University Law Center where he graduated with a J.D.  Nick is a longtime member of the Columbus Board of Directors and has served on the Executive Committee.  He also enjoys assisting on the Columbus golf tournament committee.  Nick is a Director of ReachingU, a foundation that promotes initiatives and supports organizations that offer educational opportunities so that all Uruguayans living in poverty can develop their full potential. 
  • Doug Yount ’67 | *Development Committee Chairperson

    Is a financial planner at AmeriPlan Financial where he has worked since 2007.  He has over forty years of experience to include work in the banking, mortgage, and insurance industries.  He holds a Series 6, Life, Health and Variable Annuity License.    Prior to joining AmeriPlan, Doug was the  President of Columbia Title of Florida where he was responsible for title operations, sales production, and the profit center, among other responsibilities.  Doug earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University and completed a leadership development program at Eckerd College.   He is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Associations of Florida, Georgia, Carolinas, Tennessee, and Alabama.  He is affiliated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Mortgage Bankers of Miami (Chairman, Education Committee, 1982-85), Trustee, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Trustee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Board of Directors, Vice President, Habitat for Humanity – Greater Miami.
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.