Our Board of Trustees

Raul Escarpio

Dr. Raúl Escarpio, Chair
Dr. Raúl Escarpio is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Miami Dade College. He has a doctorate in Special Education from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Miami. Dr. Escarpio taught for over 13 years in Miami Dade County Public Schools in the areas of general education and special education before moving on to higher education. He has experience working with students with special needs from infancy to adulthood and has advocated for children with special needs for over 20 years. Dr. Escarpio has conducted numerous in-services and workshops for parents on topics ranging from advocacy and special education law to dealing with problem behaviors in the home. His research interests include Hispanic fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children with special needs, early childhood special education, and students with emotional and/or behavioral needs. Dr. Escarpio is an active member in the Council for Exceptional Children, TED, and CCBD. He is also the co-advisor of the student chapter of CEC at Miami Date College. He is married and has a son.

Elizabeth Guinand, Vice Chair
Elizabeth Guinand was born in Venezuela, where she lived and obtained her Materials Engineering Degree from the Universidad Simon Bolivar in 1990. In 1993, she moved and lived in Bogotá, Colombia for 11 years, where she had her three children: Elizabeth, Andres Eduardo and Valentina, and in 2004 she moved back to Barquisimeto, Venezuela to be  a General Manager of an industrial mill dedicated to spiral welded pipes with more than 300 workers.  She coordinated the achievement of the American Petroleum Institute certification and ISO 9000 certification for that mill. After the mill was nationalized by the Venezuelan Socialist Government (2009), she planned to move to the US, getting first a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Miami. In August 2012, she moved to Florida looking for a better alternative of life and better education for her three kids, especially for her son needing special education services. Elizabeth is significantly committed to learn and help others, and right now she is learning about the possibilities that people with disabilities have in this country in order to be included into society.


Emmanuel Sinclair, Secretary
Emmanuel Sinclair was born in Costa Rica and raised in Miami, FL. He currently works in industrial psychology and has a BA in Psychology from Florida International University. Although he has no children of his own, he has witnessed first hand the hope, help and support Parent to Parent of Miami provides. Emmanuel is dedicated to bringing this wonderful organization to all who need it and to help sustain the organization as much as possible.

Rebecca Beltran
A local of Cuban descent, Rebecca Beltran was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She double majored in Psychology and Communications, achieving her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in New Orleans and her Master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Her experience is in advertising, sales, marketing and public relations. In 2007 she was honored with the prestigious “Advertising Person of the Year” Award for her hard work and dedication.  Rebecca pursued various leadership sales positions while raising her two boys, Andres Eduardo, 9, and Roland Adrian, 7. As a mother and sales executive working in the healthcare industry, Rebecca became exposed to various centers treating children with disabilities. She was immediately drawn to these children and recognized a need for more resources in the community. It was then that she put the pieces of the puzzle together, using her wide array of skills to develop a unique campus that would allow complex children to receive nursing, education, therapies and have access to private handicapped transportation, all under one roof. Alongside her business partner, they successfully brought this vision to fruition and are committed to making an even bigger impact in the lives of children with disabilities.

  Past   Presidents  
1986-1990 Paula S. Lalinde 2003-2007 Maria L. Kneipple
1990-1995 Jackie Gonzalez 2007-2009 Farides Garcia
1995-1997 Isabel C. Garcia 2009-2013 Lileana deMoya
1997-2001 Janet Bell Taylor 2013-2015 Enrique Escallon
2001-2002 Bessie Cardella   2015-2017 Jamie Levin
2002-2003 Elizabeth Fauerbach