Board of Directors

 

Gabrielle Carrera – Board Member

Gabrielle Carrera has been volunteering with A Prom to Remember since 2011. She established the first high school club as a junior at A.W. Dreyfoos, which is still to this day a club that is dedicated to raising funds and awareness. She now advises all collegiate and high school clubs, planning for their events, growth, and success. Along with board member Jeff Bloom, Gabi acts as the Co-Fundraising Chair. Currently, she is a Field Sales Consultant with Henry Schein Dental. When partnering with her customers, Gabrielle represents HSD’s brand, merchandise, and business solutions, to help dental practitioners create successful, fulfilling, and profitable organizations. In her spare time, Gabi enjoys visiting Tallahassee to see the Seminoles win, traveling around the world, spending time with her little brother, Dominic, and running on the beach.

Jarrod Baer – Board Member

Jarrod Baer is the Senior Client Account Executive for NextGear Capital in the South Florida market. NextGear Capital is an industry leader in the inventory financing sector for independent auto dealerships built on the solid foundations of customer focus, technology and service. Jarrod currently resides in Wellington, FL with his family. Jarrod enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family in his free time. He is the Operations lead for A Prom to Remember Fort Lauderdale and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011.

Travis Burton- Vice President

Travis Burton is currently working with Bulletline in Miami, Florida. Prior to coming on board with Bulletline, Travis was an IT Director at Cross Country Home Services and Spherion and a management consultant for Accenture and Steven Douglas Associates. Over the past 17 years, Travis has specialized in providing project management expertise to mergers and acquisitions integrations, enterprise application implementations and other transformational projects. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Travis has implemented program management offices, developed project management competencies within organizations and delivered major capital projects for employers and clients. Travis currently serves as the Vice-President of the Unforgettable Prom Foundation’s Board of Directors. He has held that role since 2012 and has been involved in the Prom since 2011.

Patrick Daoud- Board Member

Has been involved with the charity for many years, and amongst other things sponsors the Prom’s “King and Queen” Presentation. Patrick joined the Board in 2015. He is a lifelong South Florida resident and owner of Daoud’s Fine Jewelry – South Florida’s only member of the prestigious Jeweler’s of America 100.

John Heinemann- Board Member

John serves as Secretary and is on the Board of Directors for the Unforgettable Prom Foundation. John is from Katy, Texas and moved to South Florida in 2002. He, his wife, Lisa, and son Nikolas, have had active roles supporting the Prom since its inception in 2009. John obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. John has worked in solid waste management for 25 years and currently manages operations for Waste Connections in South Florida.

Kimberly Knausz- Board Member

Kimberly Knausz joined the Board for A Prom to Remember in 2013 after volunteering with the organization since it was founded. Kim is the VIP and celebrity lead for both the Fort Lauderdale and Cleveland Proms. Currently an Estate Agent with One Sotheby’s International Realty, Kim has been a licensed Realtor in the South Florida market since 2005 and a resident of the area since 2003. Kim earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. Since then, she has gained experience in the fields of sales, marketing and operations.

Jason Ksobiech- Board Member

Jason Ksobiech currently serves as the Marketing Chair for The Unforgettable Prom Foundation. He is also currently Director of Marketing for Cross Country Home Services (CCHS), a nationwide home services organization. Prior to joining CCHS, Mr. Ksobiech has worked in the pharmaceutical, travel and list brokerage industries. A native of Memphis, TN, Mr. Ksobiech graduated from Louisiana State University after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Marketing.

Erin O’Brien- Treasurer

Erin O’Brien serves as Treasurer and on Board of Directors for the Unforgettable Prom Foundation. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) with public and private sector experience in the accounting and tax fields. Ms. O’Brien graduated from Florida State University after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Accounting degree with a concentration in Taxation. A native of South Florida, Ms. O’Brien has volunteered with many Broward County nonprofits, serving as volunteer, audit committee member, Treasurer, and on the Board. She joined the Board of Directors of a Prom to Remember in December 2011.

Brandon Opre- President

Brandon grew up in Florence, NJ, just outside of Philadelphia, and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University (Finance/Economics). He also obtained his MBA from FAU in Boca Raton. Brandon has been in the financial services business since 1995 and now owns and operates as a financial advisor for the firm he started, TrustTree Financial. Brandon became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner in 2001, and specializes in financial planning and investment management for individuals. He volunteers with organizations such as Junior Achievement, Share-A-Pet (pet therapy for nursing homes) and Penn State Alumni of Fort Lauderdale. Perhaps his biggest success has come by creating “A Prom to Remember” in 2009. He spends a good amount of time leading the organization that helps provide the ultimate prom experience for kids battling cancer. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys mountain biking, playing basketball, golfing and snowboarding. He lives in Coral Springs, FL with his wife Christine, daughters Viviana and Ella, and rescue dog Maxwell.

T.J. Sharpe- Board Member

T.J. Sharpe is a PMP-certified IT Project Manager with over 15 years’ experience as a consultant and project manager. Mr. Sharpe has Financial and Pharmaceutical industry experience as a consultant before relocating from New Jersey to South Florida to perform Analyst and Project Manager roles with local corporations Office Depot, Republic Services, and, most recently, Cross Country Home Services. Mr. Sharpe volunteered with A Prom to Remember before being elected to the inaugural Unforgettable Prom Foundation’s Board in 2011. Married with two young children, Mr. Sharpe also writes the Patient #1 blog on Philly.com about his experiences battling Stage IV melanoma.