Brandon Opre

It all started with just an idea…

When I realized that many teens suffering from life-threatening illnesses miss out on many of their high school memories, a thought came to mind. What if I came up with a special event for these kids that they will cherish forever? High School Prom is one of the big events of a teenager’s life, and had always meant a lot to me growing up, so what if we created this really cool prom for the kids? I bounced this idea off of several friends and people in the community; needless to say it gained momentum and my idea quickly became a reality.

In the beginning, I figured we would invite all the cancer patients in my local Fort Lauderdale area to this special Prom. Before long, I realized there are many other kids in the neighboring counties as well – I wanted to invite them all! With an entourage of community supporters rallying behind me, in 2009 we assembled more than just your usual Prom – we provided the ultimate prom experience for kids battling cancer. With that, A Prom To Remember was born and kids from all over South Florida were in attendance.

I am grateful for the support of our surrounding communities and hope to eventually provide A Prom To Remember for kids all across the country.

Brandon Opre
– Founder and President of The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 charity DBA “A Prom to Remember”

View our 501(C)(3).

“Our Mission is to provide the ULTIMATE PROM EXPERIENCE for teens afflicted with cancer.”

Executive Committee

Brandon Opre
Founder/President

Mr. Opre created“A Prom to Remember” in 2009 and serves as President for the organization. Mr. Opre grew up in Florence, New Jersey and earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics as well as an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. He has been in the financial services business since 1995 and has worked at Prudential, Charles Schwab, and Morgan Stanley before becoming an independent financial advisor and franchise owner with Ameriprise Financial. Brandon became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER in 2001 and helps individuals manage investments and plan for retirement. He has previously volunteered with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Taking Stock in Children, and the American Association of Individual Investors(AAII). He is also involved with the Share-A-Pet(pet therapy for nursing homes) and Penn State Alumni of Fort Lauderdale. Brandon enjoys mountain biking, kite surfing, golf and snowboarding with his wife Christine, daughters Viviana and Ella and dog Maxwell.

Nectaria Chakas
Vice-President

Ms. Chakas has served as Vice President since November 2019. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Riverwalk Trust and is a member of the Broward County Bond Review Committee. Ms. Chakas is a founding partner of Lochrie & Chakas, P.A. and serves as a criminal defense attorney in the office of the Public Defender, Broward County. Prior to joining Lochrie and Chakas, Ms. Chakas was a partner of The Land Use Practice Group of Ruden, McCloskey and was an associate of The Land Use Practice Group of Gunster, Yoakley and Stewart, P.A. Ms. Chakas received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center (J.D. 1999), her Master’s of Law in Real Property Development from the University of Miami School of Law (L.L.M. 2002) and is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College (B.A., 1993).

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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.

John Heinemann
Secretary

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.

Erin O’Brien
Treasurer

Erin O’Brien is 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.

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.

Board Members

Patrick Daoud
Board Member

Patrick Daoud joined the Board of Directors in 2015 after having been involved with A Prom to Remember for many years. He and Daoud’s Fine Jewelry sponsor the Prom’s”King and Queen” Presentation annually at the Prom. Mr. Daoud also plays a critical role in local business outreach for the organization, facilitating fundraising opportunities. 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.

Jarrod Baer
Board Member

Jarrod Baer is a Performance Manager 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.

Jason Ksobiech
Board Member

Jason Ksobiech currently serves as Marketing Chair for the organization. He is currently an independent Marketing Consultant and prior, served as Director of Marketing for both Mednax Radiology Solutions and Cinch Home Services. Mr. Ksobiech also has experience in the pharmaceutical and travel 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. He enjoys golf, music and spending time with his wife and son in Coral Springs.

T.J. Sharpe
Board Member

T.J. Sharpe brings 15 years of consulting and IT experience to A Prom to Remember. Mr. Sharpe volunteered prior to being elected to the inaugural Board of Directors in 2011. He currently serves a speaker, writer, and patient advisor to the biopharmaceutical and clinical trial industries as a patient leader. Following a Stage IV melanoma diagnosis in 2012, Mr. Sharpe set out in search of a treatment that would give him a chance to see his two young children grow up. His Patient #1 blog chronicled his first immunotherapy clinical trial, and gave him an opportunity to be a patient thought leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He represents the many patients who don’t have a voice in their journey, and has given his role at the Prom even more significance. He and his wife Jennifer live in Fort Lauderdale with their children Josie and Tommy.

Gabrielle Carrera
Board Member

Gabrielle Carrera has volunteered since 2011 and currently serves as Fundraising Chair. She established the first high school club as a junior at A.W. Dreyfoos, which is still dedicated to raising funds and awareness. In 2012, she was awarded A Prom to Remember’s Volunteer of the Year. She works closely with the fundraising team to plan events and leads collegiate and high school clubs, helping them plan for their events and success. Gabi is currently a Field Sales Consultant with Henry Schein Dental and partners with her customers to drive brand, merchandise, equipment and technology, which help dental practitioners create fulfilling and profitable organizations. Gabi enjoys traveling, including Tallahassee to see the Seminoles win, spending time with her brother Dominic, and running on the beach.

Mark Hopper
Board Member
Mark Hopper has served on the Board since 2018 and responsibilities include Fund Raising & Event Planning. He is originally from New York and currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife Amy.  Mark currently works for Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor. Mark has worked in the financial services industry for 12 years.  He is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Marin Rankin
Board Member

Marin Rankin has served on the Board since 2018 and her responsibilities include fundraising and programs & services.  She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides in Parkland, Florida.  Marin works for Enterprise Holdings as the Talent Development Manager for South Florida.  Prior to that, Marin attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  She enjoys traveling, sports and country music.

Megan Flagg
Board Member

Ms. Flagg has served as a Board member for the organization since November 2019. She was introduced to A Prom to Remember in 2015, when she played an important role on the Fundraising Committee. Ms. Flagg has worked in healthcare for over ten years and has extensive clinical experience. She recently opened her own aesthetic office, focusing on the synergy of science and nature in facial rejuvenation therapies. Ms. Flagg lives in Fort Lauderdale and enjoys spending time and volunteering alongside her husband and two teenage boys.

Debbi Rosenblum
Board Member

Ms. Rosenblum has served as a Board member for the organization since November 2019. She has also been involved with the Fundraising Committee. Ms. Rosenblum currently works for the Palm Beach County Schools as a high school English teacher. She is originally from Akron, OH and currently resides in Boca Raton with her husband and two daughters and enjoys reading and hanging out at the beach.

Lyn Anduze
Board Member

Ms. Anduze has served as a Board member for the organization since November 2019. She has played a prominent role on the Fundraising Committee and has served as the gift bag lead. Ms. Anduze currently works as a Marketing and Office Manager at Knud E. Hansen USA, Inc, a naval architect and marine engineer consultancy in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to that, she worked in the recruitment, advertising and hospitality industries after receiving her MBA in Marketing from American Intercontinental University. Ms. Anduze is originally from St. Croix and currently resides in Davie, FL with her two kids and enjoys traveling, party planning, theatre, photography, soccer, basketball and horseback riding.