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Board of Directors

Rolando Acosta

Chair and board member
Rolando Acosta is a long-time nonprofit leader in South Florida. Mr. Acosta leads our diverse board, shaping our vision and developing strategies to address some of South Florida’s most pressing issues such as home rebuilding, disaster mitigation, disaster relief and recovery, financial management and other areas affecting people in need.

Janell Canela,

Secretary and Board member

Janell Canela is a Register Nurse, children’s services advocate, and a longtime community volunteer. Ms. Canela helps guide our mission, strategies and overall direction.

Teresa Acosta

Board member
As a fulltime caregiver, Teresa Acosta provides insight into the needs and demands on people caring for the elderly, including housing improvements, in-home services, donated items, and others. Ms. Acosta guides programs that give caregivers and families support and assistance..

Miguel Echevarria

Treasurer and board member

Miguel Echevarria owns a small business and helps shape our understanding of how economy, employment, social issues affect local businesses and their employees and families.

Farrah Salem

Board member

Farrah Salem works in the field of education helping children and families.  Ms. Salem helps guide our outreach and consumer education approach to the families, ensuring that we raise awareness about programs with efficiency and remain efficient and relevant to the communities.


S.T.E.P.S. in the Right Direction, Inc. 

Since October 2011 Hialeah, Florida


2015 Dr. Jean Jones Perdue Award from the Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
2013 Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Hialeah Mayor and the City Council Members
2012 Award of Excellence from the Children’s Trust
2009 Honored from the Florida Department of Health for being on Healthier Miami-Dade County Consortium.
2008 Florida Department of Health Community Service Award.
2007 Certificate of Appreciation the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners
2006 Jose Paulos “Above and Beyond Award” from the Alliance for Aging, Inc.
2006 CBS 4-Neighbors 4 Neighbors Award.
1999 Florida Department of Education Superior Accomplishment–Customer Service Work Unit Award.