Christian Ulvert, Chair, is the founder and president of EDGE Communications, LLC, a South Florida based communications and political consulting firm. A communications and public policy expert, Ulvert served the Florida House of Representatives Democratic Caucus as a senior communications advisor and counseled House Minority Leader Dan Gelber during his two-year leadership term.
Ulvert has served on and managed several successful campaigns across the state of Florida, ranging from municipal, issue advocacy, and statewide campaigns. Prior to founding EDGE Communications, Ulvert was a partner and senior public policy adviser with a Tallahassee-based lobbying firm focusing on state governmental relations. A native of Miami, Fla., Ulvert graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration and Policy.
Joseph Falk, Treasurer, is Past President and Legislative Chairman of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers. He was President of NAMB in 2001-2002 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. In 2007, Mr. Falk was named a member of the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board. Mr. Falk is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1978. Joe is a licensed mortgage broker. He is President of his own mortgage firm, a consultant with the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt, and is the Vice-Chairman of the Miami Science Museum's Board of Trustees.
Mr. Falk resides in Miami, Florida.
Elizabeth Regalado, Secretary, interest and expertise in social services planning and coordination evolved from her role as Assistant Director in the County Manager's Office of Homeless Coordinator, overseeing the countywide process of assessing and placing homeless individuals into the continuum of care and services. She has served in various capacities within county government, including the Census 2000 Outreach Campaign and has had oversight of programs providing a variety of services to individuals with HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental health disorders. Her interest is to ensure that social services are delivered in an integrated and comprehensive manner with emphasis on accountability and the impact these services have on the consumers.
Ron Bilbao, a Miami native, is Political Director at SEIU Local 1991, representing doctors and nurses and Jackson Health System and has been a very active member of the Miami-Dade community.
In addition to founding and chairing the Hands on Miami Youth Advisory Corps, Ron has been active in the Miami Dade Election Reform Coalition and has worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle on a range of issues. The entire Board and staff of SAVE Dade is pleased to welcome Ron to the Board during this important election year in fighting for equality.
Alexander Palenzuela was born and raised in Miami until he left to attend Phillips Academy Andover and live with a family for a year in Rennes, France on the School Year Board program. He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He returned to Miami and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law.
He began practicing law at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. where he defended low income renters and home owners to preserve their housing. He then worked in the law department of the City of Hialeah mostly handling labor matters. Alexander was a partner at Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Pastoriza, Cole & Boniske, P.L. where he practiced municipal and labor law. He now has his own firm on Brickell Avenue and works in municipal law - including permitting, zoning and land use - and labor law. In addition to his work for SAVE Dade, he is on the Board of the Miami Council for International Visitors.
Ed Pascoe is the owner of Pascoe and Company, the world’s leading dealer in Royal Doulton Antiques and collectables. He has lived in Miami since 1987 when he transferred his business from New York.
He has been in the industry for more than forty years and is considered a world wide expert on Royal Doulton Collectables,regularly traveling to Antique shows around the country, as well as extending interest internationally to Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
In addition to his Board position in Save Dade and his support of the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Ed has volunteered for Pridelines Youth Services, raised money for SmartRide benefiting persons suffering with Aids and has participated as an alternate delegate in the 2008 Democratic Convention. Additionally, he established the Ed Pascoe Foreign Studies Grant Program at the University of Miami for GLBT students as a means to enrich themselves personally and enhance their cultural horizons.
Hansel Tookes is a fourth year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He plans to complete a residency in Internal Medicine and focus on public health policy and underserved populations.
Before medical school, Hansel completed his Master’s of Public Health at the University of Miami in 2009. His research interests are HIV prevention, LGBT health, and minority health. He led a high impact study on injection drug use in Miami that was published in 2012 and highlighted on the front pages of the Miami Herald and Huffington Post Miami. Aside from his research and policy interests, Hansel served as Vice President of MedicOUT and is a member of the Student National Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, and the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.
Hansel is also one of the founding co-chairs of SAVE Dade’s Young Guardians Society, a Member of Friends of the New World Symphony, and a Miami Art Museum Contemporary. He has lived in Miami for six years, but spent his summers with his grandparents in Miami as a child.
Brian S. Adler, Chairman, SAVE Foundation, is a Partner in the Land Use & Government Relations Group at the law firm of Bilzin, Sumberg, Baena, Price & Axelrod LLP. Focused primarily on land use, zoning and environmental matters in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and the various municipalities throughout South Florida, Brian represents property owners, developers and contractors in permitting, platting, zoning, comprehensive planning and development, from inception to representation at hearing and post-hearing approvals. Brian grew up in Miami and graduated cum laude from both the University of Miami in 1990 and from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law's Masters Program (LLM) in Real Property Development.
Brian has volunteered for and served on committees for numerous charities, including serving as past co-chair and committee member for several Cystic Fibrosis Foundation events. In addition, he has mentored foster children aging out of the system for Educate Tomorrow and is an annual volunteer at the Miami-Dade County Special Olympics.
Brian is the former Vice-Chair of SAVE Dade and serves on the Policy and Lobbying Sub-Committee.