2018 Hispanic Woman of Distinction, Silvia Beebe, Assistant Division Director, Broward County Community Partnerships Division
“We are the largest and growing minority group in the U.S. and, as such, have a responsibility to challenge the status quo. Education, parent engagement, economic parity and employment have to be highlighted as priorities for Hispanics in our community.”
Silvia Beebe has made advocating for children and our community’s most vulnerable residents her vocation and personal mission.
As the Assistant Division Director for Broward County Community Partnerships Division (BCCPD), Silvia works in collaboration with community partners to enhance and develop a comprehensive approach for children and adults who need help the most. Working with an $80 million fiscal budget, she and the rest of her division coordinate service provisions to enhance the quality of life for Broward County residents through innovative and integrated health and human services programs.
Prior to joining BCCPD, Silvia was the Circuit 17 Community Development Administrator for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The division not only works with children in in the foster care system and adults needing protective services, but also supports families striving to become economically self-sufficient as well as those affected with substance abuse and mental health issues.
For those Broward County (BC) residents affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Silvia coordinated with numerous government agencies, communities, businesses and non-profits to provide services and food stamps to more than 170,000 residents affected by the storm. More than $150 million in food stamp benefits was distributed, helping the working poor who normally would not be eligible to receive government assistance get back to normalcy
In addition, after the tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Silvia and DCF staff worked in collaboration with the Managing Entity and community partners to provide much needed crisis and trauma counseling for the victims and their families.
Silvia graduated with a B.S. in Health Services Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida International University.
This Panama native has volunteered with the Hispanic Vote, Greater Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines and Miramar’s Chambers of Commerce, LifeNet4Families, and is a former president of the Ft. Lauderdale H.S. Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). She also served on the boards at the Children’s Services Council of Broward, CareerSource Broward, BC Children’s Services Board and Early Learning Coalition.
Her community service has earned her recognition from the Children Services Council with the “Exceptional Service Award,” the “Children Strategic Plan Chairs’ Award” for heading the Countywide Cultural Competence Committee, “Volunteer Appreciation Award” from Ft. Lauderdale H.S. and a “Special Recognition Award” for organizing the Teen Transition to Life Summit for Youth with Special Needs.
Silvia is happily married to Douglas Beebe, a pilot. They are the proud parents of Timothy, Angelica, Douglas, Jr. and DeAngelo. She enjoys reading, tennis, dancing salsa and traveling.
Here are last year's 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction:
GLORIA L. DIAZ-DANIELS –Div Sales Mgr Sales-Pharmacy Walmart – Palm Beach Colombian Born Latina Shines As Mentor and Walmart Sales Exec
ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County Colombian-American Latina Leads College PR and Community Organizations
BLANCA GUERRA -Broward County Schools-Curriculum Sup/Dual Languages -Dade Cuban Latina Excels at Education and Preserving Heritage Languages
KARINA GOMEZ-HERRERA – Pres. CEO Karnna Fashion & Company – Broward: Outstanding Venezuelan Latina Excels as a “Hispanic Fashion Advisor”
Dr IVERIS LUZ MARTINEZ- Assoc Prof. Herbert Werthein College/Medicine FIU-Dade Cuban-American Latina Is a Premier Healthcare Anthropologist
LORENA MASTRARRIGO -Assistant Public Defender, Broward County – Broward Argentinian-American Latina Attorney Helping Hispanic Community
CHRISTINA PEREZ McDOWELL – Founder, Solutions by CPM, LLC – Dade- Cuban-American Latina Brand Manger and Executive Consultant
JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach Colombian Latina Healthcare Financial Officer Supports Those In Need
Dr. JACQUELINE PENA – Dean Academic Affairs – Miami Dade College - Dade Dominican Bronx Latina Secure Grants to Drive Student Success
MICHELLE MARTINEZ-REYES- CMO, Greenspoon Marder Law Firm – Broward Latina Cuban-American Chief Marketing Officer Is Growing Brands
MARIELLE SOLOGUREN – Vice President. Pierson Grant Public Relations – Broward Latina of Ancestry Cuban-Peruvian Making Waves in PR
RACHEL TOURGEMAN –Community Relations Dir.- Florida National University-Dade Panamanian-American Latina Community Relations Professional Advocates for Victims
LATINA PIONEER of the YEAR:
DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partners, a visionary creative leader in cross-cultural brand building for more than 30 years, Daisy has been recognized by numerous organizations and named as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States.
About the author
Phyllis Cambria is a freelance writer based in South Florida with an international roster of clients. As a retired, award-winning event planner, she co-authored several party planning books and has written or been the subject of articles for numerous local and national print and online publications. Phyllis writes online and print content on a wide-array of subjects including entertaining, show business, etiquette, weddings, restaurant reviews, travel, relationships and marketing materials.Website