Myrtle Perdue – Chairperson
Myrtle Perdue, for more than 36 years, enjoyed the pleasure of working as a Registered Nurse in culturally diverse environments. Myrtle is a Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her academic achievements include: Masters of Science in Leadership from H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University; a Masters in Nursing with an emphasis on leadership at Grand Canyon University; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Miami; Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Miami Dade College. As a professional nurse, she has performed increasingly responsible roles beginning as a Staff Nurse, Associate Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager, Associate Administrator, and culminating as the Associate Director of Nursing. She has also provided administrative oversight for a correctional health program, a School Based Program, two Homeless Assistant Shelters, two (2) Primary Care Centers and multiple specialty Care Services while employed at one of the most prestigious academic centers in Miami-Dade County and the world. Myrtle is committed to improving services in our community for those who are marginalized and disenfranchised. She has been a member of The Alternative Program (TAP) Board of Directors since 2014 and was appointed as Chairperson of the Board, February 2016. She is honored to utilize her expertise as a board member and chairperson of TAP, as the organization continues the legacy of TAP’s founder, the late Ms. Georgia Jones-Ayers.
Beatrice Hines – Vice Chairperson
Bea L. Hines started her career at The Miami Herald in 1966 as a file clerk in the paper’s library. A year later, she enrolled at Miami Dade Community College and studied journalism. She also was on the staff of The Falcon Times, the college’s newspaper. When the managing editor of The Herald saw some of her work, he was so impressed that he hired her as the paper’s first African American female reporter. On the second week of June 1970, she started her career as a writer. Of her more than four decades as a journalist, Hines is most proud of the “Issues” column she wrote for nearly five years that ran on the front page of the paper’s local section. In that column, she became a voice for the community, not just for African Americans, but for anyone in the community who needed someone to speak up for them. During that time, she also wrote stories and columns for the Neighbors section. She has been awarded many honors for her writing and community efforts. She is a popular speaker at churches and workshops. She has been a” Woman of Impact” since 1992, and was honored by the City of Miami as a “Pioneer Woman” in the field of Journalism a short time later. She was inducted in the Hall of Fame by Region Four of the National Association of Black Journalists in 2000. Her picture is in the traveling exhibit of Florida’s Women of Achievement. The exhibit has been shown throughout Florida and in Washington, D.C. in the Senate Building. Hines also has taught journalism workshops at Memphis State University, Savannah State College, Florida A & M University and at the University of California at Berkeley. Hines retired in 2001, but still works for the Miami Herald as a freelancer, writing one column a week in the Neighbors section. Hines is the mother of two grown sons, five beautiful granddaughters, one grandson and four beautiful great-grandchildren.
Dwone Burse – Treasurer
Rev. George Ellis
Min. George E. Ellis, Jr. founded Miami’s River of Life, Inc. a Faith-Based Community Organization on July 28th, 1993 with the support of his wife, Pastor Cecil Lamb and his good friend Dr. Reginald Thompson. Pursued to fulfill the vision God had given him to develop a faith based community organization that would serve both youth and their families with a goal of long term positive change within their communities. Min. Ellis is committed to God’s vision of “Creating hope for many through Love and Charity” by providing youth and their families a renewed outlook on life. With over thirty years of community service and social involvement in youth, civic and social issues in Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida. Min. Ellis has champion the cause of those most in need. His experience and expertise has placed him as a member of many state and local boards and provided Miami’s River of Life with the unique opportunity of being chosen by Miami-Dade County to hire displaced Florida Department of Juvenile Justice employees to continue the provision of Home Detention Services and Juvenile Probationary Supervision when the state budget fell short of the community’s needs after the tragic event on September 11th, 2001. As a provider of shelter and community services to both the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and other state agencies, Min. Ellis has unequivocally demonstrated his knowledge of the issues and needs of our state and local communities. He truly believes that many of the behavior problems exhibited by our youth today is due to “a broken spirit, caused by a lack of love”, and is committed to God’s vision of “Creating hope for many through Love and Charity” to those in our communities whose situation in life looks hopeless.
Marcos Regalado is the president and CEO of Aidant Services, a consulting firm specializing in international business development and green energy projects. Prior to establishing Aidant Enterprises in 2008 Marcos had a successful 32-year government career with Miami-Dade County government, in which he served in various executive capacities and most notably as director of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights (“CHR”) for 22 years. As CHR director he enhanced Miami-Dade County’s commitment to civil rights enforcement and community cohesiveness through the creation of dispute resolution strategies and pro-active community participation. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Program with Nova Southeastern University won a National Association of Counties (NACO) award for effective public-private partnership. For eight years he served as the only advisor of Hispanic origin representing state and local agencies to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the development of federal policies with respect to state and local governments throughout the country. In addition to participating on the board of The Alternatives Programs Marcos serves as the president of the Spanish American League Against Discrimination. (SALAD) a, non profit organization created in 1974 to oppose all forms of bigotry and discrimination. He is an advisory board member to the South Florida Campus of the Ana G. Mendez University System, member of the Technical Assistance Committee to the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF), and board member to the Broward Math & Science Schools.
Major Ervens Ford (Retired)
Born Ervens Clavel Ford, in February 1966, he was raised in Little Haiti, in a house where his parents have and still live, since 1974. He joined the Army in 1984 where he also attended college at night in the City/State where he was assigned. His college transcript reads like a map of the United States: University of Maryland, University of Texas at El Paso, Howard University, and University of Louisville. Ford also began his meritorious law enforcement career as a member of the Military Police force. In 1989, Ford joined the City of Miami Police force, where in 1996, he was promoted to the Homicide Unit. His success in prosecuting some of the most dangerous gangs in America was so profound that A&E Television took notice and launched a docuseries of his work entitled: “The First 48 Hours”. Ford was twice promoted after his success in Homicide and he retired as Major of the North District in 2017.
Cecily Robinson-Duffie, Esq.
Attorney Cecily Robinson-Duffie is a native Miamian. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1989 and is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator and Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. Attorney Robinson-Duffie’s solo practice is located in Aventura and is focused on real estate litigation and probate and guardianship law.
George E. Jones is the son of TAP Founder Emeritus, and Civic Champion: Ms. Georgia Jones-Ayers. Jones, who was raised in Miami and received his Bachelor’s degree from Edward Waters College, followed in his mother’s early footsteps in pursuing a career as a Professional Insurance Manager. He is licensed to manage Life and Medical claims, Property and Casualty Adjusting processes and a host of other insurance & bonding competencies. He has been retired since 2013 and has served on the TAP Board of Directors since 2014.