Who We Are

Women who are passionate to make a difference in the lives of the children at Liberty Children's Home. 

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Vanessa Castaneda 

Born and raised in South Florida, went to Saint Thomas Aquinas HS and Loyola University, New Orleans. I married my high school sweetheart and have two beautiful children. 

Professionally I am the owner of an outsides sales and marketing firm here in Fort Lauderdale since 2007. We train and develop to create skills in outside sales, training, recruiting, and leadership development. We have worked with clients like AT&T, Quill.com, and Verizon, to name a few. 

I have always been involved with charities and non-profit organizations since I was a child. I sit on the board for Liberty (Liberty Children's Home in Belize), and I am an Operation Smile Ambassador (a medical humanitarian non-profit organization).

 

My parents taught me that in life, we have to give and help others in need. I believe and try to live by the Winston Churchill quote of "we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." 

When I went to Liberty almost five years ago, it was clear that there is a big difference in the resources, medical attention, and support children get versus the United States. I am very involved in helping out our local causes, but we knew that these children had a disadvantage due to lack of funding and support for basic needs. 

I'm humbled by the overwhelming support from the committee and their friends for improving the lives of all the children at Liberty Children's Home.

 

Please help us by attending, sponsoring, and donating to the Butterfly Ball. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sales and Entertainment Chair

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Danielle Hoffman

My husband Michael and I, have two children Alexander and Isabel and live in Parkland, Florida, with our two dogs. I value family and feel lucky to live near my parents and sisters. 

 

I am the Vice President of National Sales at PERQ, an Artificial Intelligence and Marketing Cloud firm. 

 

Before joining PERQ, I worked as Vice President of Sales for a Multifamily SAAS company and as a National Sales Manager for a Forbes Global 2000 company. 

I am passionate about helping others in my professional and personal life. At a young age, I was exposed to third world countries and since then I've wanted to help the impoverished, especially children. 

 

While attending Loyola University Chicago and during my early professional career, I chaired the service committee for AKPsi for two years and was on the Young Professional Board for Renaissance Social Service, who provides shelter and life classes to the homeless.  

Liberty Children’s Home is a phenomenal organization that is helping orphans get an opportunity to live a better life. They provide shelter, basic necessities, and safety to these children. 

 

I believe in life, we are dealt a hand of cards, and we try to play the best game we can; however, these children haven’t been given any cards. 

 

Liberty Children’s Home gives them a seat at the table and a hand to play. When asked to join the Butterfly Ball committee, I was honored and eager to help these children. 

Decoration and Sponsorship Chair

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Liv Gabrielsen

Marketing Chair

Raised in South Florida since the age of 5, so I consider myself a Florida Native.  

Professionally, I am the Vice President of Marketing for The Bainbridge Companies, the largest developer in Florida. Prior to Bainbridge, I oversaw client success at an AI marketing technology and was the  Director of National Sales at a marketing agency, and spent 8 years as a Director of Sales for a Forbes Global 2000 Company.

I’m honored to be a part of The Butterfly Ball and help Liberty’s Children Home. 

 

My passion to help children in need started at a young age thanks to my catholic school education. As a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, community service was a core part of our theological teachings. I realized then that actions do speak louder than
words.

 

My focus in helping abused, neglected and underprivileged children occurred while attending
Graduate School at Nova Southeastern University. I began to volunteer for the 17th Judicial Court’s Guardian Ad Litem program. I was a trained volunteer who advocated on behalf of abused and neglected children that were adjudicated from their homes. I was exposed the cruel reality that
children are innocent victims of circumstance and how unjust that reality can be.

 

When I learned about Liberty Children’s Home, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
As an immigrant of a third world country, I’m aware of the lack of funding, resources and education
available to orphanages.

 

Belize’s extreme poverty makes the ability to operate orphanages almost impossible. I’m amazed at all the support we’ve already received and feel so blessed to be a part of it.

 

“Good works are links that form a chain of love.” – Mother Teres

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Megan Schuldt

I moved to Florida from Minnesota after working as the Assistant Program Director for a local shelter. Once in Florida I worked as a Community Organizer, started a family and completed my MBA with a concentrated in Finance, from Nova Southeastern University. I'm currently an Associate Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual. 

My background in nonprofit work has been the driving force behind my current and extensive community engagement. 

“Life is about creating something beautiful and there is nothing more beautiful than giving people the tools they need to create beauty in return."

 

There are so many issues that need to be resolved for us to move effectively into the future.

 

It can be daunting to think about all the work that is before us. However, the only thing standing in our way is ourselves.

 

All we really need to do is stand up and make a move in a positive direction. 

Finance Chair

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Kirsten Arias

Decoration Chair

My husband and I have lived in South Florida for over 20 years and have two children, Kameron (13) and Drew (11).

In my professional life as a Human Resources executive for GE Renewable Energy, I have enjoyed designing and executing transformational people strategies that nurture engaging workplace cultures.

 

I am passionate about working for a company that has a purpose to make the world a better place for everyone. That passion has carried over to my personal life as well.

As a mother, the health, happiness, safety, and success of my own two children are, and always have been, my number one priority. I’m here to contribute my experience and gifts towards Liberty Children’s Home.

 

My son was hospitalized two years ago, and my family and I were amazed at the support and medical care that was provided to him. To think that there are kids out there with no support, no care is simply heartbreaking.

 

I wanted to support Liberty to educate, protect, and empower children everywhere, and to heal and lift-up those who have been mistreated through abuse and neglect. 

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Elizabeth Lisa White

My family and I have lived in the Coral Springs/Parkland area for the past 15 years. My husband, Gary, and I have two beautiful little boys, Greyson and Griffin.

In my professional life, I am an attorney and legal recruiter. I practiced law in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, specializing in aviation defense litigation for over 10 years. I left the practice of law and moved into legal recruiting, where I specialized in placing attorneys in large biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies. I recently decided to go back to the practice of law and joined forces with Elite Estate Planning, where we specialize in Trust, Estate, Elder Law, and Special Needs planning.

I am honored to be a part of Liberty since I know how important it is to provide safe and nurturing spaces to children. Also, being a Filipina woman, helps me understand the needs of people, especially children, in third world countries. After having two kids of my own, I am more aware of the suffering of other children around the world. I realize that I am in a position to help and that by serving others, I can try to give them some hope, which I think people really need.  

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” Barack Obama
 

Auction Chair

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Lori Henschen 

I am originally from South Africa and moved to the USA in 2008 to attend business school at The Ohio State University.

I met my husband Chris in business school and we have been married for 6 years. Chris and I have two boys, Owen (4) and Ben (2), who keep us busy.

  

I am the COO of Tyme Global Technologies which is a hospitality service and software company. Previously I worked as a program director at The Ohio State University where I was in charge of the youth programs and camps. 

 

Working with children and families, provided me with an understanding of how important it is for children to have a stable home life. When they do not have that stability it affects them in so many ways. The children of Liberty come from a variety of backgrounds and they have had to grow up quickly because of their experiences. Hearing their stories is heart-wrenching and the least we can do, is help provide them with stability and a safe place to live and belong.

 

I am excited to be on the committee with so many great women who are working so hard to make a difference in the lives of the children at Liberty Children's Home. The Butterfly Ball will be a great event, for a great cause and I can't wait to see you all there!

Auction Chair

Katie Daron

Sponsorship Chair