Board of Directors

Jazmin Freddi, President

Jazmin Freddi is an MD with an MBA and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and specialized in Health Systems and Policy. Jazmin has lived and worked in multiple countries and has been exposed to diverse cultures and roles.

Jazmin founded Latinas in Global Health to connect Latin American women working in global health around the world. She believes in the value of networking and mentoring to advance women's careers and strengthen relationships for personal growth. She created Latinas in Global Health to facilitate connections and enhance collaborations that empower women to generate more impact in their communities. Due to the lack of evidence readily available in Latin America, her nonprofit researches women in public health leadership in Latin America to shine a light on the gender gap and help countries move their agenda towards gender equality.

As part of her experience she managed her family business where she currently serves on the board of directors. She also worked and published some of her work at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC in the Social Protection and Health Division. She also worked at Janssen Pharmaceuticals by Johnson & Johnson in Global Market Access and Global Public Health based in Beerse, Belgium. Later on she joined Janssen in the UK, where she worked as a Scientific Communications Manager in Medical Affairs developing a digital strategy for the EMEA region. Most recently she worked as a Medical and Global Public Health Policy specialist at Policy Wisdom.  

As part of her continuing education Jazmin took a course in Social Medicine analyzing the social and economic determinants of health in Lacor Hospital in Gulu, Uganda. And has completed a course in Health as a Human Right at the Johns Hopkins University.

In addition, Jazmin is a member of United Way-Women United and Vital Voices Miami, and in 2019 has been awarded as a Top 100 Healthcare Leaders. 

Jessica Kizorek, First Vice President

For the past 15 years Jessica Kizorek has worked to develop a presence for herself, both domestically and abroad, as an entrepreneur and international activist specializing in women’s financial empowerment. Working primarily with large non-profits through her company, Two Parrot Productions (co-founded with her father Bill Kizorek), she has created hundreds of short films and video-centric fundraising campaigns. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she has covered many humanitarian causes as a journalist and documentarian. Jessica has lectured at prestigious universities such as Princeton, authored 8 books, and been a featured small business expert on media outlets including CNN and Fox.

Marisa Portuondo, Secretary

Marisa Portuondo is a life-long Florida native. In 2009, she founded Portuondo Law Firm, which focuses on working with entrepreneurs to grow and protect their businesses.  As a litigator, she has been resolving disputes for over 13 years, but she also enjoys working hand in hand with business owners, guiding them to success through a proactive business consulting approach.  Her favorite clients to work with are impact-driven/community-minded businesses owned by women, as she believes that financial growth and independence is a crucial aspect of equality for women. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Portuondo graduated with a Master of Science degree from Florida International University’s College of Business. A Miami-Dade resident, she is actively involved in the community’s civic affairs. She was the Chairwoman for the Education Advisory Committee for the Town of Cutler Bay and was a Director for the Miami-Dade League of Women Voters.

Rochi Llaneza, Vice President of Outreach & Communications

Born in Cuba, Llaneza immigrates to, and lives in different countries but settled her younger and adolescent years in Dominican Republic. She attended school at the American, Santiago Christian School, and later earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from the Pontific Catholic University and an art certificate from the School of Visual Arts of Santiago. In 1984 she moves permanently to Miami and graduates Suma Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Visual Art and Art History degree receiving academic honor awards and Phi Beta Kappa. She has completed Master’s courses at FIU and acquired her Teacher’s Aid certification. For the past 17 years her experience includes administration of nonprofits, gallery director, curator (over 60 exhibitions and projects) and arts administrator. After ending her tenure of 8 years in mid 2013 as Director at Hardcore Art Contemporary Space (in the Wynwood Arts District), Rochi is independently acting as an Arts Professional: curatorial projects, artists representation, consulting and creative development. At the time, she just concluded her tenure as Director of Spanierman Modern, a NY gallery in the Miami Design District. All the while, she has been working on a private research project that will end in an exhibition in the near future. Rochi was involved in the creation of organizations as Wynwood Association, Women of Wynwood and Miami Art Dealers Association. Presently she is Chair of ArtTable, Inc. Florida Chapter; Member of the Board of UN National Committee UN Women, Miami Chapter; member of Sistrunk Arts Partnership; among other volunteer work.

Stacey Luces, Vice President of Events

Ms. Luces has over 20 years’ experience and a proven track record of delivering results for public and private sector programs. She is currently a Chief Strategist and Data Analytics analyst with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. She has held leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Defense, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Pepsi and smaller federal components and is committed to achieving lasting impact. She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and her professional certifications include Project Management, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Business Process Improvement, Marketing, Business Case Analysis, Data Analytics, Performance Management, Business Development, and Strategic Communications.

Past Presidents

Hortensia Núñez, PhD (2018-2019)

Caridad Avila and Lianne Naon, Co-Presidents (2017-2018)

Caridad Avila (2016-2017)

Alexandra Rider (2014-2016)

Marisa Feito, Founding President (2012-2014)