Message from the President
“A heartfelt thank you to all our friends and supporters of El Sol. I am humbled by the confidence shown me taking the reins from Jill Hanson. I will do my utmost to assure that El Sol continues to be a beacon of light to the neediest member of our Jupiter community.”
Ed Ricci is a practicing civil trial attorney with the law firm of Edward M. Ricci, P.A. in West Palm Beach. In addition to serving as president of El Sol, Ed has been voluntary counsel to Hope Rural School in Indiantown for 29 years. He and his wife founded the Ricci-Lupo Charitable Trust, which funds public interest programs and scholarships. Ed is active in development for Palm Beach Dramaworks and Kidsanctuary Campus in West Palm Beach. He also provides financial support to The Public Citizen Foundation in Washington, D.C, the Saint Dismas Society Prison Ministry and Mothers Against Brain Injury Foundation in Florida. He is involved in many other charitable works in the U.S., Haiti , Bangladesh and India.
Board of Directors
Ed Ricci is a practicing civil trial attorney with the law firm of Edward M. Ricci, P.A. in West Palm Beach. In addition to serving as vice president of El Sol, Ed has been voluntary counsel to Hope Rural School in Indiantown for 29 years. He and his wife founded the Ricci-Lupo Charitable Trust, which funds public interest programs and scholarships. Ed is active in development for Palm Beach Dramaworks and Kidsanctuary Campus in West Palm Beach. He also provides financial support to The Public Citizen Foundation in Washington, D.C, the Saint Dismas Society Prison Ministry and Mothers Against Brain Injury Foundation in Florida. He is involved in many other charitable works in the U.S., Haiti , Bangaladesh and India.
Journalist Roger Buckwalter spent 28 years at The Jupiter Courier, where he was editorial page editor, before retiring in 2001. He has served on numerous local boards, including as past president of the American Cancer Society and past chairman of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. Currently he is chairman of the Northern Palm Beaches Cultural alliance and chairs the community relations committee of the Advisory Board of Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. Roger grew up in Juno Beach and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida. He is a Vietnam War veteran.
Sheila Hirsch is an 18-year resident of Jupiter. Her professional career has been dedicated to providing accounting services in a variety of challenging fields, including medicine and television. For the past 10 years she has been in the financial services industry and is Series 7 Securities licensed. Sheila spent several years on the production crew for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon on WPEC-TV, and was an original organizer of Project Thanksgiving. Shelia is currently serving on the Owner’s Board a The Barristers Building in West Palm Beach. An active member at Jupiter FIRST Church, Shelia works with the Web Ministry, and has served as treasurer of the Church.
Lee McCarthy has a long career in travel planning and charity work. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Lee has worked as an international flight attendant, flight interpreter, travel planner and certified travel counselor. In addition to her volunteer work at El Sol, where she is secretary of the executive board, Lee volunteers at the Quantum House at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Monica Maldonado is the Associate Director of Student Activities at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
As a doctoral student in neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin, she worked in a laboratory studying Ischemic stroke and how the brain changes after damage.
At FAU, Monica works as a director for various programs, but she is also a classroom instructor and mentor in the sciences. She helps aspiring medical professionals advance in their careers through internships and other professional development opportunities.
She lives with her husband and three children in Jupiter Farms.
Phillip (PJ) Willis
Phillip “PJ” Willis, has worked as an Investment Strategist at Suntrust Bank for 17 years. He is a CFA charterholder, which means he has studied investment tools, asset valuation and portfolio management.
The chartered financial analyst credential is the professional standard of choice for more than 31,000 investment firms worldwide, according to the CFA Institute, which administers the designation.
PJ brings his background in finance to El Sol’s board of directors and a desire to assist in strengthening the center’s fundraising efforts. He has lived in Jupiter for more than 11 years. His wife has previously worked at El Sol as a Plazas Comunitarias instructor.
He is grateful for Jupiter’s high quality of life and for its school system. PJ has two daughters.
Hon. Ann Brown
Ann Brown served as Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from March 1994 to November 2001. She was nominated to that position by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Commissioner and the seventh Chairman of the CPSC. In 1999, the President nominated Chairman Brown for a second term, and the Senate confirmed her. Ann Brown was also the Chairman and founder of SAFE/Safer America for Everyone, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety of children and families.SAFE worked with consumers, organizations and industry to promote safety in the consumer marketplace. Chairman Brown SAFE worked with consumers, organizations and industry to promote safety in the consumer marketplace.
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Frank Walsh has served on the board of directors for Steton Hall University, Leigh University, the University of Vermont, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, N.J. as well as the boards of Avis, Wilson Sporting Goods, Atlas Van Lines and Western Auto. He currently serves on the board of Covenant House of New Jersey. Frank Graduated from Lehigh University and holds an honorary degree from the University of Vermont.
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Daniel A. Zuniga
Dan was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon his graduation from Hofstra School of Law in New York, Daniel worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office before taking a position with a civil defense firm, where he represented corporate entities. In 2014, Daniel became one of the founding partners of Personal Injury of Florida. Dan Concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, vehicular accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, and products liability.
Patricio Silvestre is the president of Corn Maya, Inc., a non-profit organization and El Sol’s sister organization. He is also a superintendent for Total Maintenance, a landscaping company. Corn Maya sponsors the annual Fiesta Maya in Jupiter, as well as a soccer league of more than 14 teams, and provides other services to immigrants in Jupiter.