John Greer has had a passion for educating adults for many years. Licensed in real estate since 1987, John began his career in professional education by tutoring students with learning disabilities who had a hard time passing the Florida real estate license exam. John then moved to classroom education where he taught tens of thousands of students. John has been the co-owner and Director of Gold Coast Schools since 1994. During this time, he has worked with dozens of instructors to help improve their instructional techniques, student retention, and student pass rates. John has also written and developed many real estate textbooks and online courses, as well as one of the first instructor continuing education programs to be approved by the state of Florida.
John’s educational background started with a Bachelor’s degree in Business which he earned at night while enlisted in the United States Air Force. John later received a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management. John’s doctoral research involved improving the professional development of instructors through the creation of feedback loops and coaching.
In addition to local trade organizations and Associations of Realtors, John has been very involved with the local community. He served on the board of the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for six years including one year as treasurer, and two years as president. John served as Board Chair for the College of Education Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic University, and served on the FAU Foundation Advisory Board. He has also served on numerous Florida Real Estate Commission task forces, including syllabus development for both the Sales Associate and Broker courses, on the Florida Panthers Blueprint Advisory Board, and on a local UBS Financial Services Client Advisory Board.
John resides in Delray Beach Florida with his wife Jacqueline and two college-aged daughters. While not working John plays ice hockey, coaches two hockey teams at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, and enjoys many outdoor activities including offshore fishing, scuba diving, and camping.
Jim Greer is a multi-licensed professional who has dedicated his professional life to helping people launch new careers and become successful in their business pursuits. Throughout the past 27 years, Jim has personally taught thousands of students, developed numerous programs and curriculum, and worked with dozens of top-notch instructors to create outstanding programs and student experiences.
A lifelong learner, Jim began his college education by earning a degree in Financial Management while serving in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in business, followed by a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Miami. Jim later furthered his formal education by earning a Doctor in Business Administration degree, with a specialization in strategy and innovation, from Capella University. Jim’s doctoral research focused on corporate social responsibility issues within small businesses.
Jim initially earned his real estate license shortly after his 18th birthday and is currently licensed in Florida as an attorney, real estate broker, real estate instructor, Mortgage Loan Originator, and Community Association Manager.
Jim has been involved in many community activities including the YMCA Indian Princesses/Guides program, coaching youth hockey, and serving in leadership roles for other local not-for-profit organizations. In his spare time, Jim enjoys camping, fishing, scuba diving, and playing ice hockey. Jim resides in South Florida with his wife and three teenaged children.
Barbara Minyard is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a minor in Real Estate. Ms. Minyard holds a Florida Residential Real Estate Appraisal Instructor’s License, Florida Residential Real Estate Appraisal Certification, is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, has a Florida Real Estate Broker’s license, and is a Certified Distance Education Instructor. Ms. Minyard started her career in the real estate appraisal field in 1984 working for American Savings & Loan’s Appraisal Department, which was later purchased and became AppraisalFirst Inc. In addition to working for a Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA) appraiser for a few years, she owned a residential appraisal firm specializing in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Ms. Minyard held the position of National Review Appraiser with Delta Funding, and was subsequently hired by the State of Florida Division of Real Estate as an Investigative Specialist II.
In 2014 Ms. Minyard joined Gold Coast Schools as their Appraisal Program Director. She is passionate about developing and teaching courses that not only meet state approval requirements, but also contain practical and useful information that is applicable in the real world. By pairing quality content with an engaging teaching style, students truly benefit from the Appraisal courses that Gold Coast offers as a result of Ms. Minyard’s efforts. Where quality education comes first and foremost, Gold Coast is grateful to have Ms. Minyard maintaining the standards that the school has been known for since opening in 1970.
Dan joined Gold Coast Schools in 1993 and brings with him extensive experience in the mortgage industry including, but not limited to, areas of property management of investment properties, as well as the origination and servicing of a variety of loans including commercial, construction, government, and asset based.
Dan has a passion for teaching and paving a pathway for students to have a successful career in the mortgage industry. Through combining the required material with relevant and real-world examples, students benefit from Dan’s teaching style far beyond what is taught in the required textbooks.
Dan teaches mortgage pre-license, exam prep, continuing education, and property management courses at Gold Coast’s multiple campus locations.
Jose A. Velasquez joined Gold Coast Schools in 2004 and is currently the Spanish Real Estate Program Director. He also teaches the Sales Associate Pre-license, Post-license, CRAM, and professional development workshop courses. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Jose lived in Peru and worked as an insurance broker. He attended the University of Lima and achieved a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Jose is passionate about helping students and making sure that Gold Coast’s Spanish real estate program is top notch. He oversees instructors who share his passion for teaching, and goes above and beyond to help students pass their state licensing exams and start their real estate careers. When not working, Jose enjoys reading and recently started growing vegetables and fruit trees in his home garden.
Kevin R. Milner is Gold Coast School’s Insurance Program Director. He is an Insurance Professional with producer licenses in FL, NJ and PA. He holds the prestigious designations of CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and ITP (Insurance Training Professional). Mr. Milner began his insurance career in 2002 where he was the Managing Partner of a New Jersey Property, Casualty, Life & Health Insurance Agency.
In his previous role, Mr. Milner was the Director of Education at the South Jersey Professional School of Business (School of Insurance). He has authored multiple pre-licensing and continuing education manuscripts and been recognized as a leader in the insurance education arena.
In addition, Mr. Milner held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations for a NJ/PA Retail Pharmacy Corporation and was a member of the business department faculty at the Richard Stockton College of NJ. In addition, Mr. Milner was the Chief Executive Officer of a New Jersey multi-location retail corporation from 1997–2001.
Mr. Milner received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ and his BA from the Richard Stockton College in Pomona, NJ. He is currently licensed in Property & Casualty as well as Life & Health authorities.
Mr. Milner lives in South Florida with his wife Alexandra. He is an active member of the Society of Insurance Trainers & Educators, a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a Retired EMS Lieutenant and Training Officer with the North Wildwood (NJ) Rescue Squad.
- MBA – Fairleigh Dickinson University
- BA – Richard Stockton College
- CIC – Certified Insurance Counselor
- ITP – Insurance Training Professional
Patricia Rogers was appointed the Director of Community Association Management Education for Gold Coast Professional Schools (GCPS) in 2006, after two years as an instructor. Patricia is passionate about developing and enriching our community associations. Her vision is to enhance the standards by which CAMs and CAM firms (CABs) are measured and serve our community associations, expand educational opportunities, and improve ethical standards and behavior.
Patricia served as a Commissioner in the City of Aventura from 1996 through 2003. Patricia received her CAM license in 2002. She was appointed to the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers (RCCAM) in August 2008, and was elected the Chair of the RCCAM in 2010. She served until Fall 2013.
Patricia graduated Duke University cum laude with a B.S., where she majored in experimental clinical psychology, and minored in English, Mathematics, and Elementary Education. She trained as a Supreme Court certified mediator. She has participated in the National League of Cities Leadership Training Institute, is a graduate of the Florida League of Cities Advanced Institute for Elected Officials and of Leadership Florida. She is also a graduate of The Pacific Institute Investment in Excellence program and the EST and Forum personal development programs. She holds certifications as a Management Productivity Analyst and a Quality Circles Facilitator.
Patricia has been together with husband Paul Libert for 35 years. They have two cats, a tortoiseshell/calico, Dynamuffin, and a blue tuxedo, Blueberry (Muffin) – who sleep with Patricia & Paul nightly. She is an avid reader – enjoying both legislation and suspense fiction – and a committed Miami Heat fan. Go Heat!
Sanjeev joined Gold Coast in 2006 and teaches contractor licensing course. He holds a Bachelors Degree of Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Surat, India, as well as several professional licenses including a Certified General Contractor, a Home Inspector, and a Sales Associate license. After graduating in 1984, he started working as a project engineer for a construction company, and began teaching applied mechanics. While teaching until 1990, he started his own consulting business to do Project Management and Construction Management. Sanjeev has versatile construction experience in the US, India and the Middle East. He is currently involved in building high-end and affordable homes in South Florida.
Wayne joined Gold Coast Schools in 2006 and is a highly experienced real estate professional with years spent working in the industry. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in addition to a real estate broker license and an instructor permit. He spent several years teaching a wide array of real estate licensing and renewal courses at Gold Coast Schools before taking over as the Real Estate Program Director. As director, his aim is to ensure that our dedicated instructors continue to deliver the top notch education that Gold Coast has provided since 1970. He holds instructors to high standards because he believes in providing a superior student experience to everyone who chooses Gold Coast Schools for their education.
Real Estate Instructors
Abraham Valencia has been working in adult education since 1994. He started teaching Real Estate in 2004 and joined Gold Coast’s team of Spanish instructors in June of 2015. He strives for and takes pride in the success of his students. He is a lifelong learn who is pursuing his DBA and has an extensive training background including:
- Walden University: Pursuing DBA
- Jack Welch Management Institute: MBA
- Strayer University: BS in Criminal Justice
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College: AAS Management
- Dale Carnegie Course: How to Win Friends and Influence People
- Everything DISC Profile: Management Profiling
- Public Speaking
When not teaching or studying, Abraham enjoys motorcycling, mountain biking, scuba diving, exercising, and playing tennis.
Adam Narkier is a real estate instructor who joined Gold Coast in 2015 teaching the 63-hour Sales Associate Pre-license and 14-hour Continuing Education courses. He is a licensed real estate broker, instructor, and previously a mortgage broker. Adam has spent the better part of his adult life in the real estate industry. He has been licensed and specializing in residential real estate since 2007 and enjoys working with both buyers and sellers. In addition, he was in the mortgage and banking industry for nearly 10 years prior to that.
Adam holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Management & Administration from Florida Atlantic University, an Associates of Arts Degree from Palm Beach Community College, is a member of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), as well as a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity International. He is one of the few true native South Floridians born and raised in Palm Beach County, and has two rescue dogs that he loves dearly.
Allesandro started teaching at Gold Coast in 2016 and has been a Real estate professional since 1994. He has sold and invested in properties on 2 continents and in 3 different countries. He previously worked in the largest Real Estate Company in Italy, TECNO CASA, and then expanded the business to other countries.
Alessandro’s passion for the business brought him around the world becoming a top agent of a successful firm in Manhattan. He then opened an investment company in South West Florida as well as in Costa Rica. His love for the business and desire to help others brought him to give back by teaching everything he learned as an investor and coach, driving him to travel all over United States and Costa Rica pursuing his passion for teaching. Now he found his home in the hottest real estate market in America where he continues to work as a foreign investor. He is currently a successful Real Estate agent for the largest vacation ownership company, and a licensed Instructor for Gold Coast Schools. His love of learning and his passion for new challenges tells us that he is far from being done yet….
Carlos A Suarez is a second generation Real Estate Agent who first came into the business as an assistant to one of Florida’s largest brokerages right after completing his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University. With a strong belief that knowledge is the key to success, Carlos has committed himself to stay ahead of the game when it comes to the industry’s trends and education; which has taken him to participate in multiple real estate expos and workshops not only in the U.S. but in places like Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. As a huge soccer fan Carlos spends most of his free time either playing, watching or coaching soccer.
Carmen is an excellent real estate instructor who is passionate about helping each and every student that attends her Spanish Sales Associate Pre-license and CRAM classes. She joined Gold Coast in 2015 and has extensive experience in the real estate industry. When not teaching, Carmen loves to travel where she has the opportunity to explore and discover new things.
Christine is a licensed real estate broker and instructor who has been in the real estate industry since 2006. She joined Gold Coast Schools in 2018 and brings extensive experience in various professional licensing industries including Real Estate and Insurance. Prior to joining Gold Coast Schools, Christine held various roles through her career that range from Paralegal support in real estate and business law to Vice President leading a real estate and finance department. She currently acts as CEO of a real estate and financial planning company. Christine has dedicated her professional life to helping others succeed in their financial pursuits and business endeavors.
Christine’s education includes:
A.A. in Accounting from Miami-Dade College;
A.S. in Emergency Medical Services from Miami-Dade College;
B.B.A. in Management and International Business from Florida International University;
M.B.A. in Finance from Nova Southeastern University.
Christine is involved in many community activities including the YMCA, Emergency Medical Response situations and Habitat for Humanity. When not teaching, she has a passion for coaching youth sports and serving in leadership roles for other local non-profit organizations. She currently leads a non-profit organization dedicated to the youth, #BecomeBullyAware. Christine enjoys sports, being outdoors, traveling, running, mentoring youth and reading.
Since joining the Gold Coast team of instructors in 1995, Dan Coco has helped thousands of students obtain their real estate sales associate license. Dan typically teaches the sales associate 4-week morning class, the math review seminar, and occasionally the weekend CRAM course. He is also the author of “Real Estate Math Made Easy!”, a popular study aid used by real estate students who want to further prepare for the math portion of the real estate licensing exam.
Dan is a member of the National Association of Realtors and holds a real estate broker’s license. He enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, reading books, and photography.
Eduardo joined Gold Coast in 2005 teaching real estate FREC 1, the CRAM review course, and the real estate post-license course. He has taught more than 5000 students and enjoys participating in their development and career success. He is a licensed real estate Broker, Instructor, and was previously a Mortgage Broker. Eduardo also holds a BA in Business Administration and Post Graduate in Marketing and Strategy. He is a professional businessman and entrepreneur who loves to play Monopoly.
Frances joined Gold Coast Schools in 1999 and teaches virtually every real estate course that Gold Coast has to offer including the Sales Associate Pre-license and Post-license, Broker Pre-license and Post-license, as well as Continuing Education courses. She is currently an active Real Estate Broker and Instructor and previously held a Mortgage Broker, Title Agent, Series 6 & 23, and a Life, Health, and Variable Annuity license. Frances attended Miami-Dade Community College and loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Gabriela joined Gold Coast Schools in 2014 and is a real estate instructor who teaches the 63-hour Sales Associate Pre-license course. She has been a real estate broker since 2014, worked as a title agent in 2013, and worked as a California Real Estate Agent since 1999. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Gabriela was an Account Executive for Old Republic Title in California. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family.
Jack began teaching at Gold Coast in 1998 and is passionate and experienced in teaching all of our real estate courses. He holds a real estate instructor license and real estate broker license, as well as has a B.S. Degree from Purdue University.
Jim has been a real estate instructor since 2011, and teaches all of the real estate courses that Gold Coast offers. This includes both the Sales Associate and Broker pre and post license courses, as well as continuing education courses. He truly enjoys the opportunity to give back to the real estate industry and is passionate about mentoring students based on the over 45 years of experience he acquired throughout his real estate career. Jim joined the RV community at the beginning of 2015 and he and his wife have taken theirs through 26 states including Washington DC and through parts of Canada. His wish is for everyone to take the time to travel and view this great land and see the grand diversity that is lovingly called real estate.
John has been an instructor at Gold Coast since 2002 and teaches both sales associate and broker pre-license and renewal courses. He holds many professional memberships including National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Member of Realtor Association of the Palm Beaches, Lifetime Member of the Multi Million Dollar Club, and a Brian Buffini Mentor. When not teaching and practicing real estate, John is an avid beach enthusiast who loves to travel and experience new things and ideas.
Jose Miguel Arreaza joined Gold Coast Schools in 2012 and serves as a real estate instructor who teaches the Spanish 45-hour Post-license course. He holds a real estate broker and instructor license, 2-15 insurance license, and previously held a mortgage broker license. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Jose worked as a Realtor and brings real world experience into the classroom for students to benefit from. He previously studied law and business administration in Venezuela. When not teaching, Jose’s hobby is running.
Juan Carlos Velasquez is an excellent real estate instructor who joined Gold Coast in 2014 and teaches the FREC 1 Sales Associate Pre-license course. He holds a Real Estate Sales Associate license as well as a 2-20 & 2-15 insurance license. Prior to joining Gold Coast, Juan Carols worked for an insurance agency. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of San Luis Gonzaga, Peru. When not working, he has a passion for art and loves to draw and oil paint.
Keith teaches the 1-week Sales Associate Pre-license course and is well known as an excellent instructor for helping students pass both the course and state exam. He joined Gold Coast in 2004 and is dedicated to making the classroom experience enjoyable and memorable for students. Keith is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Instructor and comes from a background in the banking industry. When not teaching, Keith enjoys traveling and regularly drives from Miami to Toronto, Canada.
Ignacio joined Gold Coast Schools in 2016 and is an exceptional real estate instructor teaching the sales associate and broker pre-license and post-license as well as continuing education and CRAM review courses. He’s a Highly knowledgeable and experienced Real Estate Broker & Instructor with demonstrated success in real estate acquisition, management & disposition. Proven ability to assess client needs, establish rapport, build trust & close deals. Expert at growing bottom-line profitability by cultivating strong industry alliances and negotiating vendor partnerships. He has been in the Real Estate industry for twenty years. Also he have served as board member of Miami Federal Credit Union Board of Director. Ignacio shares his passion for teaching, and goes above and beyond to help students pass their state licensing exams and start their real estate careers. When not teaching, Ignacio enjoys traveling around the world with his family.
- Master of Science in Int’l Real Estate
- BBA in Int’l Finance & Marketing
- Leadership Summit
- Leadership Development Certificate
Licenses / Credential / Certificate
- Real Estate Broker License 2002
- State of Georgia since 2008
- Real Estate Instructor License 2008
- Doing Business in China Certificate 2008
- Skills for Success Certificate 2012
Mark Heller is a Florida Broker Sales Associate, Realtor, Florida Licensed Community Association Manager. He has a Bachelors in Business from Nova South Eastern H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. Mark has been a local resident since 1977 and a proud father. His hobbies include playing tennis, jogging, traveling and spending time with family and close friends.
Marylin joined Gold Coast Schools in 2012 and is an exceptional real estate instructor teaching the sales associate and broker pre-license and post-license as well as continuing education and CRAM review courses. She holds both a real estate broker and instructor license, a GRI designation, and has a bachelors degree from Barry University in Nuclear Medicine.
Prior to working at Gold Coast, Marylin worked at a Brickell Law Firm working with real estate and corporate matters. From there she worked at Coldwell Banker as a Sales Associate from 2003-2009 in addition to teaching pre and post licensing classes. Beyond having a passion for helping students succeed, Marylin is a huge animal lover.
Melodee has been working at Gold Coast Schools since 1992 and is a real estate instructor at the Boca campus. She teaches the sales associate pre-license and post-license courses. Melodee has a real estate instructor’s license and a real estate broker’s license. Before teaching at Gold Coast, she spent 2 years at the Philadelphia Drama Workshop and as taken many real estate training courses. She has experience working as a manager at a real estate office, real estate trainer, real estate sales associate, acting and directing teacher for children, director of a youth group at a church, motel manager, motel desk clerk, chamber maid and 2 years working with Atlantic City Modeling Guild.
Melodee is passionate about teaching and helping others obtain their goals in life. She says, “I am also passionate about living, learning and hopefully touching the lives of others.” When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, swimming, reading, writing, walking and watching old movies.
Nivea is an excellent real estate instructor who joined the Gold Coast team in 2016. She teaches the Sales Associate Pre-license and Post-license courses and continues to work as an active Realtor. This enables her to bring real world experience into the classroom which students truly enjoy. She has a Bachelor’s in Science and is a graduate of the Realtor Institute. In her free time she enjoys participating in the church choir and singing in the alto section.
Paolo is a Multi-Licensed professional with vast experience in the fields of Real Estate, Insurance, Mortgages, Inspections and General Contracting. He has been in the Real Estate field since 1985 working alongside his father, a successful Real Estate Investor and Developer, from whom he acquired great insight, vast knowledge and excellent skills.
Since his early years at Saint Thomas University, while he was obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics, he developed a passion for teaching students and communicating his knowledge and understanding directly to his class. At such an early age, he had developed great skills and a deep love for teaching, becoming one of the prominent head tutors and substitute teachers of the entire Science Department.
As a young entrepreneur, Paolo was involved hands on in the building and development of several real estate commercial properties, including a 100 rooms Two Tower Hotel and conference center, with all the services offered. He became the General Manager and Director of the Hotel overseeing more than 100 Employees and 11 Managers. Leading by example, he taught them high ethical values, valuable skills and the superior art of serving. At the age of 29, he was named Consul of Italy, a position that he held in high esteem, which gave him the skills and vocation to serve the entire Italian community.
Paolo has taken many courses at Gold Coast since 2003, knowing very well what the needs of the students are. He is persistently committed to all his students in helping them pass the class test and the State exam so that they can have the opportunity to become the next professional realtors.
Paolo resides in Miami, Florida, with his wife Aneth and their two daughters, Daniela and Paola, who are away in college finishing their medical and cinematography degrees, respectively. While not working, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, traveling, playing the piano, singing and composing songs.
Peter has been teaching Gold Coast’s sales associate pre-license, post-license, and continuing education courses since 2005. He holds both a real estate instructor and a broker license. Peter has a passion for helping students start and maintain successful careers in real estate. He finds great satisfaction in hearing from his former students who achieve their license, start selling homes, and come back to tell him about it when they see him in their renewal courses.
Ray Clemente is a Real Estate instructor who joined Gold Coast in 2016 and brings extensive experience in many professional licensing industries including Real Estate, CAM, Appraisal and Insurance. He currently teaches Gold Coast’s Sales Associate and Broker pre-license and post-license courses, as well as continuing education. His list of professional licenses include:
- Florida Real Estate Broker
- Community Association Manager
- All Lines Adjuster
- Registered Trainee Appraiser
- General Lines Agent
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Ray held various roles through his career that range from business advisory to C-level financial leadership with a specialized niche in commercial real estate, asset management and a major multi-mixed land development project that consisted of a Four Seasons branded 218 key hotel, a Greg Norm Golf Course, mega yacht marina, casino and a utility plant on Great Exuma, Bahamas, as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Other experience includes maintaining banking and investor relationships, business start-ups & divestments, mezzanine debt capital structuring & creditor workouts, receivership and risk management.
Ray’s education includes:
- Florida International University Master of Accountancy
- Iona College Post Master Certificate in Information Decision Technology Management
- Iona College Master of Business Administration in Financial Management
- Mercy College Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
- Mercy College Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Certified International Property Specialist
- Certified Manager of Community Association
- Accredited Claims Adjuster
When not teaching, Ray enjoys traveling and watching movies and Broadway plays.
Rich teaches nearly every real estate course offered by Gold Coast including Sales Associate pre and post-license, Broker pre and post-license, as well as the CRAM review course. Joining Gold Coast in 2004, Rich brings extensive experience as a licensed real estate instructor, broker, sales associate, mortgage broker, U.S. Registered Investment Advisor, as well as a Securities Series 7 license for stocks and bonds. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree from the University of Texas.
Rich has a passion for sailing and previously owned a Catalina 30 which he used to sail the Bahamas and Florida Keys for many years. Rich’s primary focus is the success of his students, and many attribute their success to his teaching style.
Robert joined Gold Coast Schools in 2016 and teaches the real estate sales associate pre-license and post-license courses. He worked for several years as a sales associate and currently runs his own brokerage firm. Being active and experienced in the industry enables Robert to bring real world knowledge into the classroom for students to benefit from. He holds a real estate broker, real estate instructor, and a 2-15 insurance license. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. When not teaching and working, Robert loves to cook and entertain.
Steve is a licensed real estate broker and instructor who has been in the real estate business since 1981. He began teaching Gold Coast’s sales associate pre-license, post-license, continuing education, and CRAM courses in 2011, and is well liked for his engaging teaching style. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida, Steve owned an antique mall, worked as a real estate broker who owned and operated his own office, served as a property manager, and specialized in both commercial and residential real estate. When not teaching, Steve has a passion for buying, restoring, and selling antique muscle cars.
Terry joined Gold Coast in 2002 and is a highly experienced real estate instructors. He teaches the following courses:
- Sales Associate Pre-Licensing
- Sales Associates Post Licensing
- Broker Pre-Licensing
- Broker Post Licensing
- Continuing Education
- State Exam Cram Review
Terry holds a Florida Real Estate Broker license and a Florida Real Estate Instructor permit. When not working, he enjoys traveling, playing racket ball, weekend trips to the Florida Keys and the West Coast of Florida each month.
Tom joined Gold Coast in 2005 and is an excellent teacher for the broker pre-license, broker post-license, sales associate post-license, continuing education, and the CRAM course. He currently holds a broker and instructor license, and still works as an active broker. His experience in the industry enables him to combine the textbook material with real world information that helps students acquire the knowledge they need to succeed both in the course, as well as in their careers. Tom graduated from the Michigan State University and loves the great outdoors.
Walt has been an Instructor at Gold Coast Schools since 1998. He teaches the real estate sales associate pre-license course and the CRAM review which prepares students to pass the state exam. Over the years, Walt has taught all of the real estate courses that Gold Coast offers.
Walt teaches at the Lantana campus and is passionate about perfecting the materials used to teach so that he can better guide students towards success in their new careers. He has a real estate instructors license, real estate broker’s license, Bachelor’s Degree (BBA U of M), J.D. New York Law School. Before Gold Coast, he was an officer in the US Navy for 5 years and toured in Vietnam and England. He has 30 years of experience in data processing, 20 years in business law and approximately 15 years in real estate. When he is not teaching real estate classes, Walt enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and reading.
Alaine Laguerre started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 2016 and currently teaches many of the general lines for prospective agents and customer service reps. She holds a 2-15 Life, Health & Variable Contracts license, 2-20 General Lines license, and a 6-20 All Lines Insurance Adjuster. She is high energy and is passionate about delivering quality courses that are informational and carry real world practicality.
Prior to teaching at Gold Coast, Alaine acquired 12 years of insurance industry experience working with major companies like Progressive Insurance, AIG, and State Farm. When she is not working in the field and teaching in the classroom, Alaine enjoys dancing, spending time with her family and is a volunteer teacher at her church.
Alan has been in the financial services industry since 1997. He is a fully licensed 2-15 life, health and variable annuity agent as well as holding a variety of securities licenses including the series 7 and 24. Alan started his career on the banking side of the industry before becoming the Chief Compliance Officer of a national firm.
Today, Alan spends his time working his own practice and has enjoyed teaching insurance and continuing education at Gold Coast since 2008. Imparting his knowledge and experience in a beneficial and enthusiastic way is Alan’s passion and gifting.
Andy has been licensed in Health, Life and Annuity for 20 years. He has extensive experience in the Annuity market as a producer, a product trainer and coach. Andy has trained and coached Insurance agents and Financial Advisors in product specifics and sales techniques. Andy has conducted educational retirement seminars providing information to the senior market about Social Security, and Medicare. He has a passion for teaching and helping students get into the insurance industry.
Bill Murphy joined Gold Coast Schools in 2002 and currently teaches both the 2-15 Life, Health, and Variable Contracts course as well as the 2-20 General Lines insurance course. He draws upon more than 30 years of work experience in the insurance industry and is a well liked by all of his students. Having lived in Latin America for 18 years, he is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Bill is passionate about helping students learn the course material and seeing them use the information he provides to start successful new careers. He loves the moment when students fully grasp new concepts, and enjoys hearing from previous students after they have passed their state exams. When not working, Bill enjoys relaxing and spending time with his family.
Bob Halverson is an excellent Property and Casualty and Surplus Lines insurance instructor, and has been with Gold Coast since 2011. Prior to obtaining his 2-15, 2-20, & 1-20 insurance licenses, Bob was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, commercial airlines pilot, and a corporate pilot. He gained a tremendous amount of his insurance experience through owning an insurance agency for many years before focusing on teaching new agents how to be successful in this lucrative field.
Bob is a proud member of the AOPA, EAA, Elks, and American Legion and continues to enjoy flying his own personal aircraft. He often travels to Columbia and is enjoying his semi-retirement between teaching and traveling.
Bob Lederman joined Gold Coast in 2017 with 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including six years teaching pre-licensing and continuing education courses. He continues in that role at the Lantana facility where he derives his greatest satisfaction when he sees that his students get what insurance is all about.
Bob holds a 220 General Lines and a 215 Life, Health and Variable Annuity license. He has also held series 6 and 63 licenses and is a former CPA. He owned and operated his own Allstate agency in Deerfield Beach.
When he is not teaching, Bob enjoys reading ‘Spy-Fi’ novels, swimming and being with his wife and family.
David began working as a Property & Casualty Insurance Instructor at Gold Coast Schools in 2015. His favorite moments in class are when he knows the students “get it” by understanding the new material he is presenting. David has extensive insurance claims experience and has the CPCU designation. He enjoys time with family and friends when not working.
Debora Willis joined the Gold Coast team in 2015 as a Property and Casualty Insurance Instructor at the Doral Campus. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor and a Certified Risk Manager. She has over 25 years of insurance experience working in small agencies and large top 10 brokers. She has handled everything from homeowner policies to hospitals, and taught P&C licensing for Dade County Schools and the Florida Insurance School.
Debora truly enjoys teaching insurance and is passionate about seeing her students do well in her class and then becoming passionate about insurance just like she is. She says, “Insurance is a diverse, ever changing field with limitless opportunity.” She wants her students to succeed in the course and their new profession. When not reading new policy forms, she likes to travel with her husband, hunt for antiques and spend time with her cats.
Eddie Viquez started teaching at Gold Coast in 2017 and has been an instructor since 2016 in many different fields. He holds a 2-15 Life, Health and Variables Contract license and has vast experience in the Life and Health Insurance Market. His experience allows him to deliver top quality courses that will provide students with information applicable real world scenarios.
In addition to teaching at Gold Coast, Ed has worked for major nationally known insurance companies and banking institutions in South Florida, and is currently appointed with various life and health insurance companies. Besides teaching, Ed enjoys time spent fishing, reading and traveling with his family.
Howard Kanter started with Gold Coast Schools in 1991 teaching real estate appraisal and insurance classes. He has over 50 years’ experience in real estate and insurance and has been teaching technical classes since 1974.
Howard is a licensed real estate broker and one of less than 500 nationally certified instructors for the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
He enjoys teaching, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.
Hy Levy started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 1995 and currently teaches many of the continuing education for agents and adjusters. He holds a 2-15 Life, Health & Variable Contracts license, 2-20 General Lines license, is an Independent Insurance Adjuster, and previously held Series 6 and 63 licenses. He is passionate about delivering quality courses that are informational and carry real world practicality.
Prior to teaching at Gold Coast, Hy was the owner and president of the Cameo Group. When he is not working in the field and teaching in the classroom, Hy enjoys fishing, spending time with his family, and is looking forward to being a great grandfather.
Jessy teaches insurance licensing courses and is passionate about helping students obtain the license they need to start new careers. When not working, Jessy enjoys spending time with grandchildren and family.
Karl has been in the insurance industry since 2007, he currently holds the Florida Life, Health and Variable Contracts 2-15 license and the FINRA series 6, 7 and 66 licenses. Karl Miranda is a Certified Financial Planner™. Karl has been a Florida resident since 1992, he is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance, and a Certificate in International Bank Management.
Lynn joined Gold Coast Schools in 2014 and brings more than 30 years of insurance and stocks, bonds, and mutual fund experience to the Life and Health courses that she teaches. When not working, Lynn enjoys spending time at the beach and relaxing.
Margaret joined Gold Coast Schools in 2016 and teaches the 2-20 Property & Casualty insurance course. She is a NYS Broker and a CPCU who has worked as a Marketing Manager and evening teacher at St. John’s University. Margaret attended Hunter College and achieved a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree.
Merle Silver started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 2016 after teaching similar classes at a local college for more than 10 years. Merle teaches insurance agent pre-licensing courses at the Doral Campus. He holds a 2-15 Life, Health & Variable Contracts license, 2-20 General Lines license, is an Independent Insurance Adjuster, and previously held a Series 6 license. He holds designations as an Accredited Claims Adjuster and a Certified Senior Advisor. As a practicing insurance agent and agency owner, educating the next generation of insurance agents is of critical importance to Mr. Silver.
Mr. Silver is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he attended the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
When he is not working on behalf of his many clients or teaching in the classroom, he enjoys sports, family time and adjusting to the reality that he is now a grandfather on Medicare.
Mike is a highly experienced insurance instructor who teaches the Surplus Lines Pre-licensing course at Gold Coast Schools. He has more than 40 years of insurance experience holding both a 1-20 and 2-20 license that is valid across 38 US states, and is also a registered professional engineer in California. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) degree from Western New England University and is a Visiting Lecturer at Providence College School of Engineering. He also spent 20 years with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Pat Billera joined Gold Coast Schools in 1999 and is a well known and liked insurance instructor. He teaches the Life and Health Pre-license course and is known for combining real world experience with the course information so that students finish the course fully prepared to start a successful career in the insurance industry. His use of humor, examples, and words of wisdom leave students with knowledge that will last a lifetime.
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Pat was an insurance agent, middle manager and general manager for more than 25 years, and worked as an insurance specialist in the banking industry for a few years before retiring. When not teaching, Pat truly enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Patria’s insurance career started in New Rochelle, NY as a manager for a small insurance agency while also teaching English as a second language. She then moved to Florida where she obtained her 2-15 and began working as a field agent, field agent recruiter and sales agent for both large and small corporations. She also volunteered with South Florida Workforce One-Stop Career Center and the Public Library, educating Spanish speaking adults on basic credit-building and helping English speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills. Her passion for both the insurance industry, as well as teaching, drove her to combine both. When she is not working in the field, she enjoys spending quality time with her son and daughter. She enjoys going on weekend road trips, as well as browsing and exploring the internet.
Randy Gordon started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 2017 and currently teaches the continuing education and pre-licensing for Property and Casually agents. He holds a 2-20 General Lines license and has an Accredited Advisor of Insurance designation. He enjoys teaching the future agents using real world examples and techniques that make understanding the information exciting.
In addition to teaching at Gold Coast, Randy is an active agent selling policies. When he is not working in the field and teaching in the classroom, Randy enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Shawna holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics from Florida A & M University. She started her career in finance with Miami-Dade County government where she held several administrative positions during her 9 years there. In 2003, Shawna obtained her 215 insurance license and began a career as an agent with AIG. In 2007 she became an Associate Manager with AIG, a position she held for 7 years. Shawna was ranked the #1 Associate Manager with AIG in 2013, earning her the industry’s Brian Early Award. A boardmember for two years, Shawna has been a member of the National Association for Insurance and Financial Advisors for the last 14 years. She also obtained her Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation in 2013.
Shawna is a third generation insurance professional. Her grandfather was an insurance agent in Albany, GA. Her mother, Cheryl Josey, was an agent and manager with AIG for 20 years before retiring in 2011.
Shawna is currently an Associate Director with the South Florida office of Transamerica Agency Network. She holds an insurance license in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Michigan. Married for 20 years, she is also mother to a 16 year old daughter, and a 12 year old son. Shawna loves to read and travel.
Augusto joined Gold Coast Schools in 2009 as a CAM instructor teaching the CAM Pre-license course, CRAM course, and Continuing Education courses. He holds a CAM license and brings industry experience into the classroom for students to benefit from. Augusto hold various degrees and certifications including:
- ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY, M.B.A.
1982 Chicago, IL. Master in Business Administration.
Concentration in Organizational and Human Resources Development
- UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, B.A. 1974
Chicago, IL. Bachelor Degree in Latin American Studies
- THE CORPORATE SYSTEMS DESIGN, INC. 1996
Organizational consulting with concentration in organizational structure reinvention and redesign, work process alignment, strategic performance optimization, alignment corporate systems, leadership, change agent and team development, reward and employee development.
- AMERICAN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, 1998
International School of Management, Certified Consultant and Facilitator
When not teaching, Augusto volunteers at his community association, Lions Club, and is politically involved with Ecuadorian issues.
Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Gold Coast in 2015. She received her community association manager license in 2001, and has CAM experience that spans over fifteen years. Laura earned her PCAM designation from Community Association Institute in 2007. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
As an independent consultant, she worked with developers for five years. As senior manager with a community association firm in Palm Beach County, Laura provided supervision and training to other managers.
Laura’s educational background is in organizational leadership and employment law. She received her Master’s Degree with Barry University, and served as Adjunct Professor with Barry University from 2005 through 2012.
Laura is still active in the real estate profession as well as community association management. In her spare time she serves her own community association’s board of directors. Planning, design, communication and development are her personal enjoyments.
Paul joined Gold Coast Schools in 2015 and is the Assistant to Director of CAM Education. He teaches and writes CAM continuing education and pre-license courses and brings extensive experience into the classroom. He has held many licenses including CAM, Life & Health insurance, Series 6, Series 7, and Series 3, was a Certified Financial Planner, and held a Mortgage license.
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Paul was employed as a CAM for approximately 13 years, primarily for troubled high-rises. He wrote courses and trained and supervised instructors to teach community associations directors, officers & residents, through a 501(c)(3). The courses were offered throughout the State of Florida in 2000-2001. He was President of the Northeast Dade Coalition, a community association education & advocacy group representing over 120 associations in Miami-Dade County, for about 10 years. Paul also served as President of an association board for a short period of time. Through his corporate entity (co-owned with Patricia Rogers), he had contracts with Barry University and Broward Community College, to offer education to community association residents. As a health care professional, he served in high level administrative and/or planning positions in comprehensive health planning councils in LA and Boise and county health departments in Erie County (NY), and Miami-Dade County. Paul successfully wrote grants for these entities. In Miami-Dade County, he successfully negotiated funding from the federal government to help handle the influx of Haitian refugees in the 1980s. Paul’s corporation also wrote and successfully obtained grants for local municipalities in Miami-Dade County.
He holds various degrees and certifications including:
- State University of NY at Buffalo – B.A. Anthropology
- University of California, Berkeley – School of Public Health – Master of Public Health (Administration & Planning)
- College for Financial Planning – Denver, CO – Certified Financial Planner
- Gold Coast Professional Schools – Insurance, Mortgage & CAM licenses
- Miami-Dade County – Management Productivity Analyst
Paul has two cats, Dynamuffin and Blueberry Muffin. He has a great sense of humor which he uses to great effect both in business and in personal relationships. With a cousin in NJ, Paul did extensive research tracing his family tree back to the 1700s. He shared his findings with the Montreal branch at a family reunion, including slides of birth, marriage and death certificates, and photographs of some of his ancestors.
Ricardo (Rick) Russi received his CAM license in 1995. He also holds a license as a real estate broker, and recently received his license as a Real Estate Instructor. Rick earned his Bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Legal Studies and his MBA from Florida Atlantic University, in Business Administration. He is currently working on a PhD at Kansas State University, focusing on financial planning Rick has owned a small business for over 20 years. He has a strong background in sales, business development, customer and employee relations, and community associations.
An active member of the community, Rick has served on several community committees, including the Miami-Dade County Housing and Urban Development Advisory Board, City of Miami Community Social Development Committee, Metro Miami Action Plan, and the Business Friends of the Northeast Dade Coalition.
In addition to teaching CAM classes with GCPS, Rick is also an adjunct at the school of business at Johnson & Wales University, where he is teaching business and finance courses.
Rick is married and has two daughters.
A recent addition to the GCPS team, Rick notes: “I value the reputation and the quality of Gold Coast Schools. I came here as a student in 1992, and I have been coming to the school for my continuing education ever since. Now I can assist others in achieving their objectives.”
Alejandro teaches the General Contractors Exam Prep Class at Gold Coast Schools where he teaches students the means and methods of construction and assists them in passing the general contractor’s exam in the State of Florida.
Alejandro has worked in commercial construction and facilities engineering for over ten years. During this period, he has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from the National Labor College and his Master Degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University.
Coming up through the commercial building engineering field, Alejandro gained vast experience in several building trades and construction project management. He has been involved in various construction and renovations projects in active facilities within the following sectors: retail, hospitality and professional sports facilities.
Ashleigh Hernandez is a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida. She is Founder and Co-Owner of Southern Custom Iron and Art, a Structural Steel, Welding, and Fabrication business in Lantana. She has a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a Florida Native and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and three children during off time. She looks forward to assisting aspiring General Contractors in obtaining their licenses by equipping and empowering them with the tools and knowledge needed to be successful. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in the quote ” If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day, But teach a man to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.”
David joined Gold Coast in 2005 and has a passion for teaching contractors how to prepare for the Air Conditioning and Mechanical trade licensing exams. Prior to joining Gold Coast, David worked for Ford Motor Company for 23 years where he handled various service related issues, and gained extensive experience in HVAC. He holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, and is an ASE Master Automotive and Truck Technician. In his free time, David enjoys fixing and restoring cars.
Dawn is an Instructor for Gold Coast and teaches the General Contractor cram classes to aid students in their preparation for their state licensing tests. She teaches out of the Tamarac, Lantana, and Doral campuses.
Dawn has an Associate of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Broward Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Barry University, Graduate Work in Psychology from Nova University, and a General Contractor license from Gold Coast Schools. She has been working in various phases of the construction industry since 1985. She has been teaching both individuals and small groups in private tutoring here at Gold Coast, and also teaches in a classroom setting. Dawn is passionate about seeing students have that “AH-HA moment” when problem solving.
When not working, Dawn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and active adventure traveling. Dawn has completed several bicycle trips across the United States and Canada.
Dominick is a General Contractor, Developer, and Architect who has been teaching contractor exam prep and continuing education courses since 1999. He is passionate about teaching contractors how to operate and run a successful contractor business that is both profitable and ethical.
Dr. Richard H. McMonagle is currently the instructor of the Mold Assessment and Remediation licensing renewal program at Gold Coast Schools. He holds a Ph. D. from the Union Institute Graduate College, and a M.S. and B.S. (Magna Cum Lauda) from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Certified OSHA Outreach Trainer, a Certified Indoor Environmentalist, a State of Florida licensed Mold Assessor and a Certified Infrared Thermographer. He has taught classes in Mold Assessment, Bioaerosol Assessment, Indoor Air Quality, Occupational Safety and Health, IEQ Report Writing, Sampling Methodology, and IEQ Research Methods. He owns his own company, HEI Systems, and serves as an expert witness for both plaintiff and defendant in structural environmental disputes.
Frank Ortiz teaches Construction Pre-Licensing, Continuing Education, Plan Reading and Bidding Estimating since 2006. He was born in New York but raised in Dominican Republic. In the summer of 1986, after obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Francisco decided to move to Miami.
Frank is currently a Florida licensed:
- General Contractor
- A/C – A Contractor
- Home Inspector
- Mold Remediator
- Mold Assessor
While not working for Gold Coast Schools Frank is the President, Owner and founder of Octagon Construction Corp.
Gilberto Fernandez is a Certified Building Contractor since 1976, a Certified Roofing Contractor since 2005, and a Certified Home Inspector since 2010.
He received his Business Administration and Accounting Degree at The Havana & Oriente University – Cuba. Once residing in the US, he attended the following higher learning institutions to improve knowledge in business: Jones College – Orlando, Fla – Administrative Accounting. Rollins College – Winter Park, Fla – Business Administration and Commercial Law Courses.
Gilberto was once the President of the Florida Prestressed Concrete Assn. and held chairmanship of different committees with the association including the FDOT Liaison and Plant Certification, Safety. He conducted presentations and seminars with Trade Associations, Engineers, and Architects about the benefits of utilizing Prestressed Concrete in their design and construction. Gilberto has been married for 46 years with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Jorge Urrutia has been an instructor at Gold Coast Schools since 1995. He is an instructor for Home Inspection, Wind Mitigation and Continuing Education. He started his career as a Building Inspector and has since become a Project Manager. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Florida and Professional Certifications in General Contracting, Plans Examination, Building Inspection, Home Inspection, Mold Remediation, Mold Assessment and Roofing. He authored our current Wind Mitigation and Home Inspection CE courses.
Luis Bentancor joined Gold Coast in 2016 and teaches the General Contractor exam prep courses that help students who are preparing for the state contractor exam. He is an Architect and a General Contractor with years of industry experience that he brings into the classroom to help students succeed. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Universidad de la República from Montevideo, Uruguay; he studied Engineering at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He previously worked as a Project Manager for a construction company and as an Associate Architect in an Architectural Studio. He owns and manages his own construction company.
Mr. Wallace Lawson holds State Certified Licenses as a General Contractor, Roofing Contractor and Residential Home Inspector. Mr. Lawson has qualified and owned his construction services companies since 2007 and has successfully completed various commercial renovation projects in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Mr. Lawson is currently developing a new construction services company located in Marion County in the city of Ocala, Florida which will involve ground up construction of residential units as well as commercial projects. Mr. Lawson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of New Haven as well as an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York.
Mr. Lawson is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and currently resides in Sunrise, Florida with his wife Elayna Lawson. As an avid sports fan, Mr. Lawson has competed in Amateur Bodybuilding, Judo,
Whitewater Canoe Racing and Cycling.
Alba is the Campus Director of Gold Coast School’s Doral location and is dedicated to maintaining all aspects of the facility. She joined Gold Coast Schools in 2002 and is extremely knowledgeable in all of the programs that Gold Coast offers. When not working, Alba enjoys going on missionary trips to help people in need, and especially enjoys working with kids.
Anny started working at Gold Coast in March of 2012 and is a Career Counselor at the Tamarac location. She has a passion for helping students select and register for classes and is available to answer any questions that students have about their course. Anny studied Business and Management at the Universidad Autonoma Barranquilla Colombia and also has a real estate license.
Prior to working at Gold Coast she served as an administrative assistant for a chemistry distributor company and was also a Macy’s counter manager. She has a lot of experience in customer service and is extremely knowledgeable in real estate. She helps students change their careers and succeed in reaching their goal of passing the final exam and receiving their license. When Anny is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys going to the movies, beach, kayaking, paddle boarding, going to parties, eating Latin food and dancing.
April is an assistant career counselor who assists students by helping them with the application and approval process to achieve their licenses. She is in charge of managing the testing and paperwork for the Lantana campus. April has an Associates Degree in Arts and Science from Palm Beach State College and before Gold Coast she worked for an Information Technology company and for a dog daycare center.
She has experience in the process of applying for and obtaining various professional licenses in addition to day-to-day customer service experience. She is passionate about the students here at Gold Coast and helping them achieve their present and future endeavors. Outside of work you can find April going to music concerts and spending time with her dog named Shady.
Carolina is a Career Counselor at the Doral Campus. She started working at Gold Coast in January of 2015. Carolina went to law school, is an accounts receivable specialist with 10 years of accounting experience, has a real estate sales associate license that was obtained through Gold Coast Schools, and is a Florida Notary. She also went to USACA-Miami Dade College.
Carolina is passionate about seeing students succeed in their courses, answering questions about the licensing process, and watching individuals carry that success into their careers. She also enjoys spending time with her son and husband, as well as Zumba, yoga, traveling and shopping.
Damani joined Gold Coast in 2013 and has a passion for helping students start new careers. She is extremely knowledgeable in all of the courses that Gold Coast offers. When not working, Damani loves watching sports and is a huge Florida Gators fan. Go Gators!
Diana started at Gold Coast in 2012 and works at the North Miami Beach location. She is dedicated to helping students select and register for classes, as well as answering any questions that students have about their course. Diana has a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Nova Southeastern University.
Before Diana came to Gold Coast, she worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society managing cycling, Marathon and triathlon teams. She has a lot of experience in customer service and is passionate about helping our students start new careers. She says, “it is a great feeling to help guide students through the pre licensing process and then see them again when they return for continuing education.” She enjoys hearing their success stories. Outside of work she enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering for events in her city as well as those sponsored by NSU, and attending sports events.
Ivanhoe Maria has served as an Assistant Career Counselor at out Tamarac location since March 2017. His position includes calling students to ensure they are meeting their continuing education requirements before it’s too late. Ivan enjoys the feeling of knowing that he is helping individuals further their careers and making better lives for themselves and others.
Ivan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Long Island University – C.W. Post
Before joining Gold Coast Schools, Ivan worked as a Financial Accountant and Human Resources Representative.
When not working, Ivan enjoys spending time with family, spending time at the beach and enjoying New York Yankees Baseball.
Jenny began working at Gold Coast in 2015 and brings 14 years of customer service and 10 years of account experience. She is a Career Counselor who is passionate about helping students, but when not working, she is a self proclaimed music geek who played the viola first chair and also loves cooking.
Jette Correa is a Career Counselor and has worked at Gold Coast since 2016. She is dedicated to maintaining student records and helping students to succeed in their courses. Jette is committed to providing outstanding customer service, and is well liked by both the office staff and students at our N Miami location. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Jette worked at AC International, Inc. She enjoys country music, spending time with her kids, and loves dogs.
Lenora joined Gold Coast in November of 2011 and is currently the Campus Director in Lantana. She is responsible for helping students select and register for classes, answering any questions that students have, and keeping Gold Coast’s Lantana campus operational and comfortable for students. Lenora personally has a Real Estate Broker License and a CAM License.
Before working at Gold Coast, Lenora had many years of experience assisting students as an admissions representative at private colleges. At Gold Coast, Lenora loves assisting students with their education needs for Real Estate, Insurance, CAM, Mortgage, Construction and Appraisal licensee. She is truly passionate about the work that she does every day because it allows her to meet new people and help them achieve their goals, start new careers and make their lives better. Her hobbies are spending time with her family, and she loves doing projects that challenge her.
Maggy started working at Gold Coast Schools in 2001 and is a Career Counselor who is dedicated to helping students select and register for classes. Before moving to Florida, Maggy worked at a car dealership and has extensive experience with customer service. She extremely knowledgeable in our pre-licensing programs and is able to answer any questions that students have about their course. She enjoys helping customers and watching them succeed in their careers. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering for the National Latino Officers Association.
Naely started working for Gold Coast Schools as an Administrative Assistant for the construction department in 2014. She became a Career Counselor in 2018 and works in our Boca Raton location. She is dedicated to helping students from the beginning to end and is passionate about providing excellent customer service.
Before Gold Coast, Naely worked as a legal assistant at three of the largest South Florida law firms. When she is not at work, Naely enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.
Rachel started working at Gold Coast Schools in 2013 and is a Career Counselor at the Doral location. She helps students select and register for classes and answers any questions that they have about their classes. She enjoys providing excellent customer service and a great experience for our students from beginning to end.
Before Gold Coast, Rachel worked as an Admissions Counselor at St. Thomas University School of Law for 6 years, and worked at Florida Career College for 1 year. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, outdoor activities such as camping, bike riding trails, roller skating and kayaking.
Regan has been working at Gold Coast Schools since 2005 and is the Campus Director of the Tamarac location. She helps both coworkers and students succeed. She loves seeing people get excited about their new careers and seeing returning students come back for additional courses as they progress. Regan is a excellent problem solver and always looks for the best solution to issues as they arise.
Before coming to Gold Coast Schools Regan attended Broward College and was also a store manager at Blockbuster Video for seven years. She managed Fox Movie Theater for 2 years, and was a teacher at KinderCare Learning center for 4 years. At Gold Coast Schools, Regan has vast knowledge regarding licensing and course requirements. She also has excellent customer service skills. Outside of work Regan enjoys playing her violin in the Broward Symphony Orchestra and the New River Orchestra and coaching youth sports.
Stephanie began working at Gold Coast Schools in 2014 and travels between several of our Gold Coast locations. She is dedicated to helping students from the beginning to end and is passionate about providing excellent customer service. She is very familiar with the Real Estate process as she herself took the one week course from Gold Coast in our North Miami Campus. Before Gold Coast, Stephanie worked as a cake decorator in Publix and then jumped into Sales with a 24-hour gym. Stephanie is proud to share the fun fact that she drives a stick-shift car and when not working, she loves spending her free time with her beautiful daughter.
Tiffany is the Campus Director of Gold Coast School’s Boca location and has been with Gold Coast since 2011. She is responsible for helping students select and register for classes and answering any questions that students have about their course. Before joining Gold Coast, Tiffany was an administrative assistant for both residential and commercial real estate companies. She was also an admissions advisor for both Kaplan University and Florida Career College. Tiffany has experience with customer service and genuinely enjoys helping students select a class that will enable them to start a new career path in life. When she is not working, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her kids and shopping.
Ysi started working at Gold Coast Schools in 2013 as a Career Counselor. She helps students select and register for classes and answers any questions that students have about their course. She has a Bachelors in Business and a minor in Pre Law from FIU. Ysi is also a licensed Property and Casualty agent and received her license from Gold Coast.
Before Gold Coast she worked at a university as a military advisor helping soldiers and their families use their earned benefits to advance in their chosen career. She has obtained a few licenses at Gold Coast saying that she, “knows that the Gold Coast method of teaching works.” She loves sharing her great experience here at Gold Coast with other students. When she is not at work she is watching Discovery ID and spending quality time with her family, or reading a motivational book.
Annette Matovelle joined Gold Coast Schools in 2018 and oversees all of their accounting and finance functions. She is a “hands on” professional with extensive experience – from start-ups to large organizations – encompassing corporate accounting operations, GAAP compliance, and financial controls.
Annette earned a Master of Accountancy from Florida International University. She has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida since 1994. When she isn’t working, Annette enjoys traveling-to and reading-about English monarchical and American colonial history.
Chris started working for Gold Coast Schools in 2015 as an Online Course Developer. As an Online Course Developer his responsibilities primarily revolve around transforming the Gold Coast textbooks to an online environment in an interactive and creative fashion. He says, “Designing content that works with a variety of technology such as laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices is important, and a passion that all the developers at Gold Coast have.”
Chris has a B. A. in Digital Arts from Stetson University and has a M.Ed. in Education from AIU with a specialization in Instructional Technology & Curriculum Design. Before coming to Gold Coast, Chris worked for 14 years in the K-12 private school arena. While starting as a teacher, he was an Administrator for 9 of the 14 years holding positions such as Technology Director, Academic Dean, and Assistant Principal.
For the last several years he focused exclusively on Professional Development, Technology Integration, and Adult Education. Chris says, “My move to Gold Coast was great and I have loved every moment here. It is phenomenal to be working alongside such professionals. Ultimately, if a student succeeds in the courses we develop, we are confident that they will have a long and prosperous career.” When Chris is not at Gold Coast, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, camping, playing tennis and serving at his church.
Crystal began working at Gold Coast in 2014 and is an Administrative Assistant for the real estate and insurance programs. She has an AA in Business Administration and a real estate sales license. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Crystal was an Executive Assistant for a large grocery chain and a realtor at Prime Realty.
She has experience facilitating modifications and updates for various course work, literature and online programs. She is passionate about helping her team members, offering great support to her program directors and being a positive contributor to the mission and vision of Gold Coast. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, performer and vocal coach.
Debby Hancock started with Gold Coast in 2011 and serves as the Online Course Program Director. Her primary role is to develop and support our online courses for distance learners. She is passionate about providing online courses that provide high quality, engaging education that prepare learners for their licensing exams and provide continuous learning to support their ongoing career needs. To do this, she is constantly working to develop new courses using the latest technology that delivers a consistent desktop and mobile experience for enrolled students.
Debby has a B.S. in Statistics & Computer Science from the University of Delaware, a M.S. in Computer Engineering from FAU, and a Florida Teaching Certification in Computer Science (grades K-9) and in Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (grades 5-9).
Before Gold Coast, Debby worked in Robotics programming (General Electric Corp), Software development and management (Burroughs Corp. and IBM Corp.), was a math and computer teacher, and a robotics coach. Outside of work you can find Debby skiing, mountain biking, kick boxing, and enjoying time with her husband and family.
Gary joined Gold Coast in 2015 and works as a highly experienced Information Technology Director. He enjoys being part of a very cohesive and accommodating group of individuals who all work hard toward the same goals to make an exceptional student and workplace experience. Gary feels that this culture starts at the top and facilitates throughout the company enabling Gold Coast to achieve great success. He also loves spending time with his children and has come to grips with the fact that his son has surpassed his top sustainable cycling speed.
Guillermo is a valuable asset to Gold Coast assisting in both logistics and account support. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Jackie has been working at Gold Coast Schools since 2003 and is a Customer Service Manager. Before starting at Gold Coast Schools, she worked in retail, the food industry and other office administration jobs. Jackie currently works out of both the Tamarac and Lantana locations and helps students with any concerns that they have before, during and after they complete their course. She has a lot of experience assisting customers in all of our programs, as well as supporting the Career Counselors. She also works in our online support area and manages electronic fingerprinting systems.
She has been with the company for over 10 years and truly enjoys working with our staff and students. She says, “my passion is to do my very best for our students.” When Jackie is not at work she always enjoys time with her family. She says, “my pride and joy is my son who is currently an active duty Airman.”
Joyce joined Gold Coast in 2015 and is an Administrative Assistant at the North Miami location. She is dedicated to helping students succeed and enjoys interacting with them when taking fingerprints and maintaining their records. Joyce is a valuable asset to the Gold Coast team and plays an important role in keeping the North Miami location running smoothly.
Melida plays a crucial role by operating the Gold Coast print shop where textbooks are printed and distributed to the various campus locations. She is passionate about maintaining high quality materials and ensuring that they are available when and where they are needed.
Melissa has been with Gold Coast since 2010 and is an Administrative Assistant and Process Improvement Specialist. She also assists with career fairs to help students achieve job placement after completing their schooling. She is passionate about helping individuals bridge the gap between schooling and employment. In addition, she assists with accounting as needed.
Melissa has experience as a Career Counselor where she assisted students with finding their new career path, as well as streamlined processes to improve the student experience at Gold Coast. When she is not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with family, designing clothes, kayaking and going to the movies.
Michelle joined Gold Coast Schools in 1987 and serves as the Operations Director. Known for handling many tasks from the scheduling of courses, processing payroll, and maintaining our student database, Michelle is a valuable asset to the school and is extremely busy. When she is not working, Michelle volunteers at Big Dog Rescue Ranch because she absolutely loves dogs. With three of her own, and hundreds at the ranch, Michelle spends a large portion of her time caring for our four-legged friends. In addition to caring for animals, Michelle has developed a passion for woodworking and has been building several custom furniture pieces that are showcased in her home.
Natacha has worked with Gold Coast Schools since 2004 and is highly valued Logistics Manager. She has a variety of responsibilities including book ordering, maintaining accurate inventory, editing our brochure, managing the warehouse, coordinating the weekly deliveries of the textbooks that students need for their courses, creating school forms and documents, and much more. She is skilled with Photoshop, InDesign, and various Adobe products used to create Gold Coast logos, graphics, and other digital and print materials. She makes everything run smoothly behind the scenes so that our staff can continue to provide excellent service to our students.
Tatiana joined Gold Coast Schools in 2005 and works as an administrative assistant at the Doral campus. She has a passion for helping staff and students succeed, and is extremely knowledgeable in all the courses Gold Coast has to offer. Tatiana also worked as a flight attendant for 7 years, but left that industry to raise her son. When not working, she is a trivia buff and vows to one day make it on to Jeopardy.
Tim joined Gold Coast in 2010 and is involved in overall web strategy including email, website, and social media. He is passionate about improving Gold Coast’s student experience and implementing new programs that streamline the enrollment process and make it easier for students to register for and complete courses. Tim graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Prior to joining Gold Coast, Tim worked as a General Manager in the auto parts industry where he gained experience in process implementation and customer service. When not working, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as fishing, scuba diving, and playing hockey.
Toni joined the Gold Coast construction department in 2010. With a passion for, and background in adult education and training, she was soon recruited to our online course development team. She, and the other members of this highly talented team, develop and maintain our online courses in real estate, insurance, construction, and CAM. Coming from a small, desert-like hometown in Texas, Toni has become partial to the pelicans and palm trees here in South Florida. She hardly ever becomes homesick since working at Gold Coast is like working with family.