Board Members

President: Bentonne Snay

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Bentonne Snay has worked for Democratic/progressive causes/candidates since joining the 1972 NOW Miami-Dade board of directors. Recent activities before joining the CG Dems Board in 2017 include Women for Obama (2008/2012 elections) and Hillary Clinton (2016). After joining Coral Gables Dems, she became board secretary in 2018 and president in 2019.President/CEO of The Snay Group, Inc., Bentonne has served nonprofit organizations for 35+ years and has BA and MPA degrees from FIU. She excels at award-winning grant proposal development, is an experienced executive grants coach and has broad-based executive and fundraising experience as founding executive director of Communities in Schools of Miami and the Burger King/McLamore Foundation. Bentonne became a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) in 2011 and has written more than 500 proposals yielding nearly $41.5 million in grant awards for 50+ nonprofits. Bentonne is past president and current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Miami and Grant Professionals Association South Florida. Bentonne is married to Riviera Schools Headmaster Patrick W. Snay, has one daughter graduating from Emory Law School and lives with her husband, two dogs and five cats.

Vice President: Jane Moscowitz

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Jane grew up in Texas but moved north after she met Norman in 1967 when they were counselors at a Jewish summer camp in the Catskills. Her first career was as a computer programmer, but later she and Norman went to law school.  After they graduated from Harvard Law School in 1977, she became a federal prosecutor first in Washington DC, then Baltimore and finally in Miami, having moved here in 1982.  Since 1987, She has been a white-collar criminal defense attorney, although now her focus is electing Democrats. She has been active in poll watching, voter registration, canvassing and phone banking for many years. 

Norman and Jane have two daughters: Ariela, Director of Community Relations at Americans for Immigrant Justice, and Anna, who recently graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is a resident at Parkland hospital in Dallas.

Treasurer: Richard Thurer

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Although I identify as a lifelong New York liberal Democrat I actually grew up in a small farming community in a heavily Republican county 40 miles from New York City.

I attended Princeton University followed by Medical School at Columbia University.  Following a 1-year surgical internship I served 2 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy. 

I spent the next 6 years as a resident in general and then cardiothoracic surgery at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.  I then joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and 2 years later in 1972 I came to Miami and joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Since retirement I work with the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, sponsored by the Health Department and chair the Tobacco-Free Workgroup.  I also serve on the regional Board of the American Lung Association.

Since the reestablishment of the Coral Gables Democratic Club in early 2017, I have had the privilege of serving as Treasurer.  I believe that the strength of the Democratic Party will ultimately rest on the vibrancy of its grass roots base of which the Club is and should be an integral part.  I am committed to supporting efforts to restoring liberal democratic values as guiding principles to our local, state, and federal government.

 

Membership Chair, Director: Elizabeth Newman

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I am a retired lawyer from Washington, DC, where I specialized in security clearance appeals and other employment law cases. I am a graduate of Skidmore College and Georgetown Law School. After a lifetime of campaigning for Democratic candidates in New Hampshire (“Clean for Gene”), Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, I joined the Board of the Coral Gables Dems in order to do everything possible to restore sanity, reason, and compassion to all levels of our government.

I live in the Gables with my husband, John Tillson, a retired Dept of Defense executive. Our daughter, Susannah, lives with her husband and three sons in Bologna, Italy. In my spare time I work as a volunteer mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sing in a baroque chamber choir, Miami Collegium Musicum, and travel frequently to Bologna.

Director: Janet Nostro

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Janet is a devoted lifelong Democrat who volunteers in state, local and federal elections.  After the 2000 election of George W. Bush, she promised that she would work as hard as possible to make sure that a Democrat be elected to the White House.  

Janet was an active volunteer for Hillary Clinton and several other campaigns in 2016.  She is a founding member of the progressive grassroots group Rise Up Florida!, a member and past officer of the Coral Gables Area Democrat Club and serves on a Coral Gables community board. 

Janet and her husband Lou have lived in Coral Gables for over 30 years.  They have three children – all proud Democrats.

 

 

 

 

Director:  Pat Thaller

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I grew up in New York and lived in both Connecticut and California before moving to Miami in 1995. I retired first from a career in health care administration, having served as Associate Director of Professional Services at a Health and Hospitals Corporation hospital in New York, followed by Director of Urgent Care Centers for Sutter Ambulatory Care Corporation and VP of Project Development for Sutter Surgery Centers Inc. in Sacramento. I later retired from a second career as a speech pathologist here in Miami.

I have always been committed to democratic ideals but have never been politically active until motivated by recent events. I joined the CGDC hoping to help ignite the grassroots effort needed to turn out the democratic vote in Miami. In addition to the CGDC I am an active volunteer with the Miami Dade Democratic
Party.

My husband and I have two children, Cody, an instructor at a computer
programming bootcamp in Seattle and Lexi who will be graduating from Johnson
and Wales in Providence Rhode Island in May 2020.

Director: John Wander

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I am a lifelong Democrat and moved to Miami in 2017 still reeling from the 2016 election.  The first thing I did was join the County Democratic Executive Committee and the second thing was join the Coral Gables Democratic Club.  Working as hard as I can to dump Trump!

Director: Thomas Hooton, MD

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A lifelong Democrat , Thomas and his wife Diana have recently become more active in the Coral Gables Democratic Club. Aside from serving as a Director, he has joined the club in its canvassing and made financial contributions to the party.

Thomas is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Chief of Medicine at the Miami VA Healthcare System. He received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and then moved to Seattle, WA, for his internship and residency in Medicine at the University of Washington. He spent 5 years at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer (EIS) and researcher in hospital associated infections. He returned to the University of Washington in 1981 to do an Infectious Diseases Fellowship and Chief Residency in Medicine. He then joined and remained on the faculty at the University of Washington for 22 years until he moved to the University of Miami in 2006.

Director Carolina Campos

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I am Cuban American, arriving in New York in 1961. My BA in History is from the College of Mount St Vincent, Yonkers, NY.

I worked in Pharmaceutical for 30 years, retiring from Pfizer as a sales Manager responsible for Teams in South Florida.

I have since volunteered as a Guardian at Litem, in Literacy Projects and with the YES organization which focuses on education and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youths.

My world view is consistent with Democratic values and thus my recent incremental involvement in activism through the Democratic Party.

I am married with two kids and 2 grandkids, sadly, none in Miami.