Pamela Mayers – President/Chairwoman
Pam is a licensed Real Estate agent specializing in the Miami luxury home market in the cities and communities of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Cocoplum, Gables Estates, and Gables by the Sea. Pam is a Realtor Associate with EWM and ranks in the top 2% in the nation in sales. She serves on various community boards including the Pinecrest Business Association and the BNI Membership Board.
Luis Vendoechea – Vice Chairman
Marcell Hetenyi – Treasurer
Marcell Hetenyi is a CPA and a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist in Palmetto Bay. He received his undergraduate degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems from the Florida State University and his Masters degree in Forensic Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Marcell is a partner at Scheckner & Hetenyi, PL, a full service boutique accounting firm he co-founded with his mentor and father-in-law, Martin Scheckner. They specialize in IRS controversy and tax problem resolution, U.S. and International taxation and tax planning, as well as estate and trust accounting. Marcell’s practice also includes extensive individual and corporate tax preparation, planning, and business consulting. He is licensed to practice in the states of Florida and California and has over 10 years of diverse experience.
Marcell was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and moved to Florida in 1997. He currently lives in Cutler Bay with his wife and son. He is the Treasurer of the South Dade Estate Planning Council and Neat Stuff, a charitable organization dedicated to provide new uniforms and clothing to abused children and children in foster care. Marcell is also a member of many local business associations and accounting professional organizations.
Yane Marie Sleppy – Assistant Treasurer
Yané Marie Sleppy is a classically trained pianist who loves music and loves teaching. Since 2001, she has taught piano in students' homes, and once a year, she organizes a recital to showcase the students’ talents and efforts. She prepares her students for the piano exam ABSRM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and for auditions for the music magnet programs in our public school system. She has played piano accompaniment for the Miami Children's Theater and the Florida Bandmasters Association as well as for Florida Orchestral Association competitions. Since 2005, she has played piano professionally for the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, LCMS.
Yané Marie was born and reared in Miami-Dade County and joined the U.S. Army to serve as a radio repair technician. She currently lives in Cutler Bay with her husband and their five children, who also play piano, among other instruments. She is a licensed amateur radio operator, and, with her family, she is involved in the Everglades Amateur Radio Club. She homeschools the children and is the Special Events coordinator for the home school group LIGHT (Leaders In Godly Home Training).
Tana M. Llinás – Secretary
Tana is a multi-disciplinary award-winning designer, speaker, and business woman with more than 17 years of experience in the creative field. She has worked with organizations, top creative agencies, and local and global brands such as VISA, Starwood Resort & Residences, Chronicle Books, Starbucks, University of Miami, and The Cleveland Orchestra. After nearly a decade as a co-owner of her previous agency, Tana founded Brand Poets, a creative agency specializing in integrated brand systems.
Tana earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and began her professional career in Barcelona, Spain, as a design assistant to Javier Mariscal, one of Spain’s most well-known modern illustrators. She went on to develop digital and print brand systems for a wide range of private and commercial clients throughout Spain and the United Kingdom: spas, hotels, real estate developers, museums, and fashion brands before returning stateside. Tana enjoys mentoring future creatives by previously serving on the board of AIGA Miami and critiquing prospective RISD applicant portfolios for the past decade.
Originally from Iowa, Tana is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has traveled to over 36 countries (and counting), is an honorary Colombian by way of marriage, and a mother of two young adventurous boys. She finds inspiration in faraway places, innovative thinkers, and well-executed special effects in zombie flicks.
Zac Hall – Assistant Secretary
Zac is the long time owner of Minuteman Press – The Falls, a commercial / quick printer serving the graphic design, printing and marketing and promotional needs of businesses in South Miami-DadeCounty. Prior to entering the printing field, Zac held various positions in operations and finance in multinational corporations serving the IT, travel, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries. A resident of Palmetto Bay since 1995, he is an active member of several community business organizations and serves on the boards of Chamber South and the Pinecrest Business Association.
Karen Nercess - Historian
Karen and her husband Ed, both photographers, have owned All Star Event Photography studio since 1988. Specializing in Business portraits, for individuals and groups, corporate events, with on site photo printing and youth sports leagues photography. Karen, an active member of the local business associations, enjoys photographing the business events. In their spare time Karen and Ed enjoy camping and canoeing in the great outdoors.
Hal Feldman – Immediate Past Chairman
Hal Feldman is a Realtor® with RE/MAX Advance Realty, lives in Palmetto Bay and is involved with the community on several levels. His years of work as a top-ranking real estate agent are a passion. Having moved 11 times in his life, he makes sure others get the full services they deserve to keep moving stress to a minimum. While Palmetto Bay is his home, Hal does real estate from Downtown Miami through Cutler Bay and all points west.
Hal writes a column for the local newspapers, is on the Palmetto Bay Partnership Advisory Board, was named Miami-Dade Neighborhood Watch Chairman of the Year in 2013, organizes the Palmetto Baystock music events and volunteers at several organizations and community events throughout the year.
Hal came to South Florida in 2004 and immediately fell in love with Palmetto Bay. As a veteran broadcaster with ABC News in New York, Hal sees the world around him in video. He often highlights Palmetto Bay news on his blog (miamihal.com) and YouTube channel (youtube.com/miamihal). Hal graduated Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Melissa is a Telecommunications Consultant. She has lived in Miami since the age of 6 years old. She was born in the Florida Keys where her great grandparents were settlers. A graduate of Palmetto High in Pinecrest and received a Bachelor’s degree from FIU in Management. She is looking forward the sharing her 25 years of experience in business and communications technology to empower business owners to be successful. Here experience has spanned the Telecommunications Industry from working for Metromedia, a Long Distance provider, in the 80s to Avaya, a Software and Hardware provider till 2013. Then getting a taste for the business partner world working for Black Box and Optivor. Her experience has been from consulting and designing solutions to delivering the service; allowing her clients to focus on what they do best. Her mission is to serve small and medium businesses who tend to be the ones wearing all the hats, while trying to remain connected to why they started the business in the first place. Let her be your Telecommunications champion!
Les Oppenheim – Event Coordinator
Since 1991, Les Oppenheim, has led his greater Miami-based team in bringing one-of-a-kind events to life with his mouth-watering meals and delicious desserts. Though Les is most well-known for the incredibly tasty cuisine, customers and their guests are equally impressed by his extravagant plating, incredible displays, and jovial personality. Les is a true joy to work with, bending over backward to create unforgettable experiences for each customer. One conversation with Les will make it clear to any potential client that they will never receive a generic one-size-fits-all plate of food. When you choose Catering by Les, you’re choosing a stress-free experience. Take a breath and relax, we’re here to help you plan out all of the details that will make your event go off without a hitch!
Suzanne Gottlieb Calleja
Suzanne comes to Miami from New York City, via Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate from Smith College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in French and Government. After graduating from Smith, she worked as and Assistant Producer and then Producer for Walter Cronkite’s Independent documentary company, Cronkite Ward & Company, located in both Washington and New York City. CWC produced international documentaries for the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and PBS. In 1995, Suzanne was offered a position working for a Producer on a Disney film entitled Gone Fishin’ starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover which filmed in the Florida Everglades. For the next several years, Suzanne worked several films and documentaries for companies such as Fox, Paramount and Hallmark Channel. She then became the Executive Director for a digital animation/live action entertainment company called Moon Crescent Studios formed in 1999 in Los Angeles, which combined award-winning film and television expertise with the newest technologies of the time. Moon Crescent employed over one hundred animators from all over the world. In 2005, Suzanne and her husband decided to move to Miami, with their newborn son Carlos, to be closer to family. Suzanne is an amateur cellist and has played with the Alhambra Orchestra and Four Strings, a local chamber group. Since 2005, Suzanne has been the Communications and Community Relations Director at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay. Palmer Trinity School—a coeducational, Episcopal day school—provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, which are essential goals of the school’s mission. Palmer Trinity School serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12.
Diane Kaplan Sedona Schiller
Diane Kaplan Sedona Schiller was born and raised in New York. Attended NYU studying sociology. She began her advertising career at the prestigious Reuben Donnelley Corporation in their Travel Division. She was instrumental in launching the International Yellow Pages along with the magazines Air Forwarder and Cargo Airlift.
For the past 25 years, Diane is a proud member of Miller's Community Newspaper family. She applies her expertise to a wide variety of businesses from major corporations to smaller businesses and practices.Her passion is to help her clients become more prosperous by promoting them and their brand locally. This partnership extends to print and on-line advertising through Community Newspapers. Her philosophy is a hands on approach in every aspect of their marketing process. Diane is grateful to all the people she has worked with becoming friends through the years.
Diane is very active in the community being a member of many business clubs, especially delighted to be on the Board of Directors of Palmetto Bay Business Association.
Diane loves being with her family, husband. daughter, two spectacular granddaughters and her fabulous puppy. For fun Diane works out, spends time with friends and studies art history.