Earlier this month, HDS Foundation Board Members and Staff met with Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid and the Chair of the Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board, Mario Pinera. The purpose of our meeting was to discuss the Foundation’s vision of expanding the HDSF B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program to a local Miami Lakes High School for the 2022-2023 Miami-Dade County Public School calendar year.

We are excited to share that HDS Foundation was invited to present before the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board on Monday, June 27, 2022. The Education Advisory Board was created to assess the condition, needs, and the availability of schools and educational programs and activities within the Town, and is made up of the following Members:


Mario Pinera Chair
Hector Abad Vice-Chair
Emily Garcia Secretary
Claudia Luces Member
Daylin Garcia Member
Kevin Macki Member
Jessica Mendoza Member
Yanelys Canales, Miami Lakes K-8 Center Non-Voting Member
Lourdes Diaz, Barbara Goleman Senior High Non-Voting Member
Lisa Garcia, Hialeah Miami Lakes High School Non-Voting Member
Yecenia Martinez-Lopez, Bob Graham Ed Center Non-Voting Member
Maria Medina, Miami Lakes Middle School Non-Voting Member
Manuel Sanchez, Barbara Goleman High School Non-Voting Member


Both, Mayor Cid and Chairman Pinera recognized Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School (HML). as a viable candidate for the HDSF B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Grant. Therefore, the Education Advisory Board invited Administrative Directors Leonard Torres and Alexander Santoya from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools North Region Office and Juan Ramirez, Principal at HML.  The Foundation team introduced a video presentation at the meeting that highlighted the Foundation’s mission, vision, and the work we have done over the last 14 years. We have been invited by Mr. Santoyo, Mr. Torres, and Mr. Ramirez to tour the HML Campus and meet with their team of professionals.   

We look forward to collaborating with the administration, teachers, students, and parents to make a difference in the lives of students on the Autism Spectrum as they transition from high school to post-secondary education.