The mission of Aqua Foundation for Women is to serve and support the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, INITIATIVES AND MORE
Our annual grant program awards organizations in a variety of areas including health & wellness, women’s empowerment, transgender issues, cultural enrichment, equality and more.
We provide scholarships to benefit students attending or entering college and who are active in the South Florida LGBT community. We identify emerging leaders and help them develop and grow through our scholarship program, which includes a component designed to facilitate collaborative and leadership skills.
Each scholarship recipient is paired with a mentor. The mentor’s objective is to lend support to the recipient with her education, personal development, and community goals.
AFW identifies and targets the needs of the LBT women’s community and develops initiatives designed to motivate our community to fulfill them.
Building Alliances and Identifying our Community Needs
We create an open dialogue with our community through strategic partnerships and relationships with individuals and organizations invested in our shared vision. And, we build and strengthen relationships with mainstream organizations to foster the wellness and equality of LBT women.
Fostering Philanthropy and Building Community
We encourage women to become invested in their community by volunteering and the act of giving through ongoing events, our membership program and leading by example.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nicole is the Director of Marketing at Bill Ussery Motors. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she moved to South Florida in 2004 and has been volunteering with AFW since 2008.
|Patricia Hernandez Esq.
Patricia is the managing partner of Rotella & Hernandez, an immigration and family law firm. She was born in Colombia, grew-up in Chicago and has made South Florida her home since 1992. Besides volunteering for Aqua Foundation, she is the Co-Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association (GALLA) and the LGBTQ committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) South Florida Chapter.
Yolanda is the President of Latin Parts, an IT distribution company with offices in 9 countries, originally from Nicaragua, she has lived in South Florida for all of her adult life and has been involved with AFW since 2007.
Wendy has been volunteering with AFW for over 9 years. She is passionate about the Foundation’s needed presence in the LBTQ community and dedicates her efforts in making a difference. She is a business owner, an animal lover and always willing to help.
Cecile works for Lotus House Women’s Shelter, doing community outreach and program development. Originally from France, she moved to Miami in 2000. After attending several Aqua Foundation for Women events, Cecile became a mentor for three years and has now been on the Board for four years.
Robin is one of the founders of Aqua Foundation for Women. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the Executive Director. Currently, in addition to her work as a Mortgage Loan Originator at Caliber Home Loans, she is Chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach and a committee member of the GLBT Projects Fund at the Miami Foundation.
Karen is the proud owner of a 40+ year old business in Michigan. She is known for her exemplar customer service. A fervent supporter of AFW since its inception, she now calls Miami home since moving from Ann Arbor in 2013.
Born in Miami, Chelsya is a real estate consultant with Keller Williams Realty who believes in coming from contribution and is passionate about helping others and giving back to the community. Chelsya has volunteered with the AFW since 2012 and has served on the TransCon committee, Aqua Girl committee, Volunteer committee and is also the AFW 2016 Volunteer of the Year recipient.
Astrid began her career as a Financial Advisor with Prudential Securities 1997 and became part of the Wells Fargo team when the firm merged in 2003. She’s earned the CIMA® designation from The Wharton School, the CPWA® designation and her bachelor in Finance from Barry University. When she is away from the office, she spends her free time traveling, riding her motorcycle, and volunteering at the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LRROF) as a foster parent.
Dr. Karen Raben
MJ Castells, Program Director