In Memorium

Leonard Soloman – Co-Founder

Daisy Miller

Co-Founder – Daisy Miller 

Sally Oken, President

Sally has extensive work in the non-profit field, both as a professional and as member of various non-profit Boards. For the past 26 years, Sally served in Executive positions in large city Jewish Community Centers in Boston, Florida, and California. She moved to Florida in 1990 to open the Levis JCC, Boca Raton, Florida, where she held the position of Associate Executive Director for 18 years. She then re-located to California in 2008 to open a new, large, JCC in Silicon Valley. There she held the position of Director of Arts, Culture and Adults, until she retired from the JCC field, and moved back to Florida in 2012.Sally holds a Masters in Social Work, and has worked in the field of Adoption and Foster care. In addition, she founded, and was the Clinical Director of Extended Family Care, a private geriatric care management business. She currently works with Senior Home Counseling, a clinical agency serving the needs of seniors in South Florida.

Joan Starr, Board Member and CEO

Joan has a extensive career in media and the arts. She served on the production team of the of the National Academy of Arts and Science Emmy Award Telecasts. As an NBC New York director she was a member of the Directors Guild of America, and at Children’s Television Workshop she was on the production team of the Israeli version of Sesame Street. Moving to Florida in 1990, Joan produced the Distinguished Artists Series, a world class 1,000 seat classical concert series. In 1998 she represented the SESCO Group, a “Brownfield” environmental remediator and developer as the Florida liaison between the community, local and state government agencies and the company. She has served on the KEC board for 12 years. She went on to serve on other non profit boards as well; Friends of Lynn University Conservatory of Music and accepted a leadership role at both the the Palm Beach Watercolor Society and Palm Beach County’s WXEL radio and TV Community Advisory Board.

Lou Fisher, Board Member

During his 35 year career as a marine biologist with the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, Lou Fisher has managed the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program and was the Marine Turtle Permit Holder for the County. He also participated in and designed numerous natural and artificial reef research projects related to the environmental impact of beach renourishment construction projects.

Recently retired, Mr. Fisher looks forward to continuing his career activities in educating the public about the ecology of South Florida natural resources both in the freshwater environment and in the marine and coastal habitats of our community. Mr. Fisher volunteers as a resource specialist for and participates in the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI). Kids Ecology Corps welcomes Mr. Lou Fisher as its newest Board of Directors member.



Asa Guilamo

For the past 10 years Asa worked at the intersection of public policy, law making, information and business within the European Union. She progressed through a series of positions with increased responsibilities within the Central Government Offices of Sweden dedicated to establishing National Regulations to protect Human Health and the Environment. Asa was in charge of a section of the Ministry of Environment Environmental Research Group responsible for a National Environmental Monitoring programming and the Stockholm Environment Institute and was appointed Scientific Attaché for sustainable development at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, Japan (2006-2007).  Recently moving to South Florida, she is currently studying for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate Certification. Asa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management & Auditing, all combined with a great passion for sustainability issues and youngsters.

 Liz Shapiro

Elizabeth “Liz” Shapiro was born in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Family and Consumer Science Education.  She went on to earn an MS Degree in Food Service Administration, worked in various fields of the food service and began teaching Culinary Arts at the secondary level. Liz attended the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, obtained Art of Cooking Certification and opened a Culinary Arts Academy at Lake Worth High School.  She accepted a Specialist position at the School District of Palm Beach County Office and was responsible for visiting  middle schools to support Family and Consumer Science programs and the opening of Culinary Pre-Academies.

Liz retired last June. She is an active member of American Association of University Women local chapter, and serves as a State Board Member. Liz served on the Board of American Culinary Federation.  She joins the Kids Ecology Corps Board at a time when growing your own food, nutrition, and cooking are an integral part of the new and exciting educational hand-on community activities planned for 2015.  Cooking and reading are Liz’s favorite past times.

Kids Ecology Advisory Board

Chelsea Marando
Owner and Educator, Marando Farms, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mary Mitchell
Licensed clinical child and family social worker, Lake Worth, FL


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