Bien bids a goodbye to Gables for new adventures in Virginia

By Gloria Burns….

Bien bids a goodbye to Gables for new adventures in Virginia

Col. Lettie Bien (U.S. Army, Retired) and husband, Dr. David Schmitt, an internist/infectious disease specialist, are off to a new life’s adventure moving to Charlottesville, VA.

Having sold their home, the couple will be moving north. But before departing, a gathering of old friends helped give Bien a proper sendoff on July 14 at Cinco Cantina in the Village of Merrick Park.  Among the many faces in the crowd seen enjoying the evening were former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick and wife, Jeannett; Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner; Sarah Herald; Ann Machado; Bill DuPriest, and Annette Alvarez, to mention a few.

Bien, a decorated Iraq War veteran, is an accomplished businesswoman, practicing attorney, former president of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, community advocate and philanthropist who is sure to find many new challenges in Virginia, but promises to make many trips back as her ties to local charities remains a focus.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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