David Barnett

Chairman

Mr. Barnett is the founding and managing partner of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., which has offices in South Florida and Washington, D.C.  The firm handles maritime injury claims nationwide.  In his legal career of 25 years, David has significant experience litigating claims under The Longshore Act, The Defense Base Act and other maritime laws, assisting injured workers worldwide. He is a nationally-recognized standard bearer in the Defense Base Act community and has successfully litigated some of the seminal cases that are relied upon. He founded a national DOL/Joint Bar Association and was formerly on the Board of Directors for Florida Workers Advocates and a member of the Florida Admiralty Lawyer’s Association, Broward County Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Active in an array of charitable organizations throughout South Florida, he previously served on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals of South Florida. David is excited to bring together his legal expertise and passion for making a difference with the great work done by The Victory Center.

Richard Shan

Immediate Past Chairman

Richard Shan is Manager of Grayline Construction, a custom home builder..

Michael Yavner

Vice Chairman

Michael S. Yavner is the owner and President of The Yavner Group, and Director of Lifespring Financial, Inc., a national life insurance brokerage and risk management firm, serving ultra high-net-worth clients, family offices, and institutional fiduciaries. Based in Aventura, Florida, the firm focuses on generational wealth transfer, large case life insurance underwriting, income tax, estate tax, business succession, and family wealth preservation for clients. He was a Wealth Strategist at Northern Trust and Senior Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management prior to starting his entrepreneurial endeavors.

Michael serves on the board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and Chairman of the Board for North Dade. He is a club member of AIPAC and an active member of the Aventura Marketing Council and previously served as Chair of the Aventura Young Professionals group.

Michael has served on the board of Mount Sinai Founders, has chaired several events for the Anti-Defamation League, and has been involved with the Reach for the Stars Foundation, for individuals with Cystic Fibrosis. Michael is a graduate of the University of Florida Business School.

Louise Daniels

Secretary

Louise Daniels has lived in Miami for more than 50 years and has always loved children’s causes. She attended both high school and college locally and has worked as a paralegal for several law firms. She has been a Guardian Ad Litem over 7 years for children in the foster care system. She currently volunteers for Voices for Children’s toy drive and has been a board member of The Victory School for ten years.

Clifford B. Ain

CPA – Treasurer

Clifford Ain is a Certified Public Accountant in Aventura specializing in small to medium-sized businesses with special tax situations. Mr. Ain received his Bachelor`s in Accounting from the University of Florida in 1976 and a Masters in Taxation from Florida International University.

Kenneth Young

Assistant Treasurer

Kenneth Young is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley`s Luggage and Gifts. Mr. Young currently sits on several philanthropic boards, as well as being a consultant and a board member of several local business enterprises.

Barry A. Nelson, Esq

Chairman Emeritus – Co Founder

Barry Nelson, a co-founder of The Victory School, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax and Wills Trusts and Estates attorney in North Miami Beach, Florida . He is also an adjunct professor for the L.L.M. program in taxation at the University Of Miami School Of Law . Barry is active with the Florida Bar and for the past three years has chaired its Asset Preservation Sub-Committee. Barry previously served in leadership positions with the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies of the Greater Miami Jewish Foundation. He served as Mayor of the Town of Golden Beach, Florida for two years. Currently, he is a Trustee of Temple Sinai in North Miami Beach.

Heath S. Eskalyo

Board Member

Heath S. Eskalyo is a Shareholder out of the Fort Lauderdale law offices of Kelly Kronenberg and a member of the firm’s management committee. He focuses his practice on Worker’s Compensation, OSHA, Insurance Fraud and Defense Base Act claims. He represents clients in a number of industries, especially those in the construction trade industry.

Heath is a member of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section, the American and Broward County Bar Association and the Federal Bar. He is past Chairperson of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Broward County Bar Association. In addition, Heath is a member of the Construction Association of South Florida, the Builders Association of South Florida, the Association of General Contractors, Society of Human Resources Management and the Risk Insurance Management Society.

Heath received his Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College before earning a law degree from City University of New York in 1993. He is admitted to the Florida and New Jersey Bars, and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Heath is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a State of Florida certified Workers’ Compensation educator who speaks on various insurance defense issues

Robert Werner

Board Member

Robert Werner is a retiree of Werner Co. where he served as Senior Vice President and Director. Today he is involved with numerous charities. He is Treasurer, Past Chair, Director and Executive Committee Member of Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education, Inc. (of which Alexander Muss High School in is a component), former Treasurer of Citizens Interested in the Arts, Inc.Past President and Director of Israel Children’s Centers and Director and Executive Committee Member of Israel Tennis Centers. He serves on the Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, is the Pledge Redemption Chair, a member of its Foundation’s Executive Committee and is a member of the GMJF Audit, Financial Management and Administrative Committees. He is a member of the Florida Executive Committee of American Friends of Bar Ilan University. He is also Past Florida Chair of American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro. He served on the 3000 Island Boulevard Condominium Association, Inc. Board. He is a Past President of the Willie and Celia Trump synagogue. Formerly he was a Director of Exco Technologies, Ltd. and the Security Plastics Inc. Advisory Board.

Judith Nelson – Co-Founder

Co-Founder

Judi served as Judge of Compensation claims from December 1986 to March 2001. She retired from the bench to devote more time to the operations and fundraising of The Victory School which she co-founded with her husband Barry in June 2000. She continues her legal practice as a private mediator. Before her appointment to the judiciary, Judi was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami. Judi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of Arts Degree and she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami.

Mirlene Dubreuze

Board Member

Randie Kaiser

Board Member

Murray Fisher

Board Member

Marta Goldberg

Board Member

Marta is a Senior Portfolio Manager for Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management. She works directly with clients to address their investment and wealth management needs. Her clients consist of families with complicated multiple trusts, requiring a broad spectrum of investment and wealth management expertise.

Marta has over 30 years of investment and wealth management experience, including 14 years at BNY Mellon. Prior to joining BNY Management, she held several management positions for investment and wealth management firms.

As a former director with Neuberger Berman, a New York Investment Management firm, Marta was in charge of implementing investment management strategies and advising clients on all aspects of their financial plans.

Before joining Neuberger Berman she was a senior director for Northern Trust Bank where she implemented investment and financial planning strategies for wealthy individuals.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida with Honors and a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston Texas. Marta is a member of several charitable boards as well as professional associations.

Ana Morel Saruski, Board Member
Ana Saruski

Board Member

Ana Morel Saruski has been practicing law for 25 years. She  received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, JD in 1991.  She is also a member of the United States District Court Southern District of Florida (2013), Middle District of Florida (2014) and  a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (2002).

Born in San Juan, P.R. Ana is currently residing in Miami Beach, FL with her husband of 26 years and her three children. She is also very active in raising awareness of Autism and CHARGE Syndrome, advocating for families of children with special needs.  Ana is the mother of two adult sons on the autistic spectrum and is looking for volunteer opportunities to assist this population.

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Moshe Banin

Board Member

Moshe Banin’s financial services career began in 1993 when he joined Bernstein Global Wealth Management, where he spent 19 years before joining UBS. Early in his career, he supported the development and distribution of services for high net worth investors. Over time, he rose to Director of International Strategy and helped launch Bernstein’s London-based private client practice. He then became a financial advisor focusing on high net worth clients, family offices and foundations. Moshe’s clients seek his advice on advanced asset allocation, retirement planning, wealth transfer and sales of businesses.

Moshe graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in economics and later earned his M.B.A. at New York University. He is on the Board of Directors for both the Jewish Federation of Broward and the Palm Beach Habilitation Center – chairing the investment committee for both of these organizations. In addition, Moshe is the Co-Founder of Luria Academy, a Jewish Day School in Brooklyn, NY. He also holds Series 7, 31, 63 and 66 securities licenses. Moshe lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and three children.