Deering Estate Foundation welcomes new members to board of directors

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The Deering Estate Foundation’s executive director, Nina Zanella, and president, Carole Wright, welcomed six distinguished newly elected directors to the organization’s board of directors at the foundation’s annual meeting in January.

Fellow board members, trustees, and staff welcomed the new members to join the board of directors in fulfilling the foundation’s mission to preserve and protect the Deering Estate’s education and research initiatives, cultural arts programming, environmental conservation efforts, and historic preservation.

The six new members of the 2024-26 Board of Directors are:

Jeffrey Flanagan is the managing shareholder of the Flanagan Law Firm in Coral Gables.

Flanagan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island and a law degree from the University of Miami Law School where he graduated cum laude. He served nine years on the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board. According to Flanagan, “I want to give back to the community. I have been to the Seafood Festival, and I loved it.”

Doreen Furnari is a member of the 100 Ladies of Deering. She has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, an MBA from University of Miami Business School, and a law degree from University of Miami Law School. Furnari graduated cum laude. She has served as company secretary at Carnival Corporation since June 2023, and has been at Carnival Corporation since August 1995. According to Furnari, “As a longtime South Florida resident, I’ve looked for ways to make a broader difference in the community where I live, all while developing connections and friendships. Being a part of the Deering Board is an honor.”

Raul Garcia has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Florida State University. He joined Kauffman Rossin in 1998 in the areas of banking, hedge funds and private equity. Garcia is a leader in the community. He also is the chair of the Miami Finance Forum.

According to Garcia, “I love and admire the Deering property.”

David Santiago attended the Universidad De Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Miami Dade Community College, and the University of Miami. Santiago is an independent claims adjuster and took on that career in 1985. He also worked for Eastern Airlines for 18 years.

According to Santiago, “I believe in the cause of the estate, and its history.”

Aleksey Shtivelman has a Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University and a JD in law from Boston University Law School. Shtivelman is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

According to Shtivelman, “Beyond my qualifications, my personal connection to the Deering Estate drives my desire to serve on the board. I have enjoyed countless visits, educational programs, and events at the estate, and I am committed to ensuring that future generations can do the same.”

Walter Evanson owns NR Hair Salon in the Falls. Evanson served as a volunteer with Christ Fellowship at the Deering Estate Seafood Festival on the Bay. He is currently volunteering with student leadership at Christ Fellowship. Evanson has been involved with the Seafood Festival for 11 years.

According to Evanson, “as a member of the board of directors who loves the Deering Estate Foundation, I believe I would be a great asset by sharing new ideas and bringing awareness to the great programs and events that already exist at the estate. I will also add diversity to the already wonderful culture at the estate.”

Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay.




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