President + Marketing Chair
A graduate of Colgate University, Shaw has worked with the Sydney Olympics, Conde Nast, in sales, curation and national legal marketing and branding. Founder of Jigshaw Inc, she brings her strategic communications and business development expertise to businesses, brands and creative projects - her most cherished, Speak Up for Kids! Her goal is to heighten awareness and empower the local community to champion advocacy on behalf of our most vulnerable victims and precious resource - our children. She looks forward to 100% child advocacy for every abused or neglected child in Palm Beach County. Shaw has been an active member of the Speak Up for Kids Board since 2012, as well as a 2008 charter member of the board.
Robin Henderson serves as a senior vice president / senior client manager with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Palm Beach Business Banking Division. Robin assists companies with annual revenues up to $50MM with their various business needs such as credit and treasury management.
Robin has been in banking for 33 years, and has worked in Palm Beach County since 1985. Her previous roles have been in commercial banking, consumer loan administration, dealer floor plan administration, branch management and internal audit.
She currently serves as a board member for Easter Seals, the Palm Beach County Housing Finance Authority, the South Florida RMA Chapter and Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County. Prior community involvement includes serving on the board of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Junior League member, and other organizations such as Muscular Dystrophy, Alexander W. Dreyfoos Schoool of the Arts Theatre Parents Teachers Association (treasurer), American Heart Association and the March of Dimes. Her favorite hobbies are photography and traveling with family and friends.
Henderson grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and earned her B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She resides in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband, Brad and have three children, Kendall (28), Lindsey (26) and Grayson (18).
Star Events Chair
A charter member of the Board of Directors, Larry has maintained his longstanding role as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, actively advocating for children without a voice in dependency court proceedings. Throughout his exceptional career in the textiles industry, as an executive with the J. Baker Footwear Company, Larry always gave back in appreciation. Today, in his retired life chapter, Larry has a far reaching and multi-generational impact that has directly impacted hundreds if not thousands of children and families in our community. Larry’s legacy is a living one and above all he looks forward to Speak Up for Kids making the plight of abused and abandoned children heard and voices raised on their behalf throughout our community.
Dave has been an active supporter of Speak Up for Kids over the past several years and in 2014 became a board member. He looks forward to assisting the organization to ensure that it has the necessary resources to provide every abused, abandoned and neglected child with a court appointed volunteer advocate. Dave is a CPA with RSM and focuses his time on assisting clients with state and local tax matters.
Wendy is very excited to hold a position on the Board. She strongly agrees with the Speak Up for Kids mission to ensure the GAL Program has the necessary resources to provide every abused, abandoned, and neglected child a court appointed advocate. Currently, Wendy is a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer (GAL). In February 2018, Wendy was a driving force behind 2 cases involving three sisters: 5, 7, and 18 months. The sisters were separated by the system along with other circumstances. As the girls’ Guardian Ad Litem, Wendy never gave up and now three sisters are thriving and are living together for the first time in their lives with their maternal aunt. Being there on the day of the reunion was one of the most rewarding experiences of Wendy’s life. Wendy has been married for 24 years. Wendy recently sold her restaurant and moved to Florida. Wendy holds active Real Estate licenses in both California and Florida, has a Certificate in Mortgage Lending, and a Paralegal Certificate. Previously, Wendy sat on a Board of Directors of Business Improvement District (BID) in California. For the first year of her term, she sat on the executive committee as the Treasurer. Wendy was a Law Firm Administrator for 7 years and worked for Intel Corporation for 7 years. Besides the Guardian ad Litem Program, Wendy also volunteer her times with Stand Up for Kids, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, National Canine Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, Domestic Violence Resource Center, USO, International Sports Counsel, Sheriff Activity League, and One Church One Child. One of Wendy’s favorite quotes: “Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”
Serves as Vice President of Employee Benefits of CBIZ Insurance Services. With more than 10 years of successful experience designing, consulting, and implementing Group Benefit Plans for Mid-Market Employers, she is a recognized leading industry professional. Kelly has an established history of helping employers control cost and mitigate risk. She is involved in fundraising, event planning, and public relations for many non-profit organizations in both Collier and Palm Beach Counties. Kelly also serves as President of the Board of Directors for HFTP (Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals), Gold Coast Chapter. Kelly resides in Palm Beach Gardens with her two children Colin and Zach.
Scott has been supporting Speak up for Kids with his holiday toy drive for over ten years. He was introduced to the Guardian Ad Litem program in 2007 when one of his summer interns said she wanted to work with the GAL program after law school. That young lady was Cristian Larson-Solomon. Coming full circle Scott is now looking to expand his support for a program that he truly believes in. Scott is the father of three and is currently the Director of Operations for the Office of the Public Defender. He started over 20 years ago there as an investigator handing criminal cases before becoming Chief Investigator and now in his current position. Scott’s goal is to get the word out to as many people in our community as possible to garnish support for these children that are in such need. Recently, Scott’s wife became a GAL and he could not be more proud. This has brought him even closer to the program and the needs of these special children and he looks forward to working in an expanded role in support of GAL.
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Immediate Past President
After 25 years developing the domestic and global expansion of a large medical device company, directing all sales and marketing initiatives, Lynne retired from the corporate and business world. As a dedicated GAL herself, Lynne has risen to every occasion and harnessed every opportunity to speak up and be the voice for her kids. Above and beyond her tireless efforts as an advocate, Lynne has served on the board of Speak Up for Kids since 2011. Lynne’s commitment to excellence in everything she takes on is further driven and impassioned toward achieving 100% representation and advocacy for abused children in our community without a voice.
Coleen LaCosta began her career in victim advocacy 25 years ago while working for the State Attorneys office. That experience put her on the path of transition where she began seeking justice for child victims. A fire was ignited, and that flame morphed into a lifetime of determined, vocal advocacy for our most vulnerable. In all she does, LaCosta aims to break the cycle of abuse and neglect in our community.
As the Executive Director for Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County, she works diligently to support local Guardian ad Litem child advocacy volunteers in the quest to herald the child’s best interest. Embracing Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote:
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”,
LaCosta takes on each day with devotion and intensity, leading by example, and lighting the path for others who passionately defend the defenseless.
Ultimately, her heart’s desire is to make better the life of each young victim of maltreatment; see pain replaced by kindness, sadness overcome by happiness, and silence eradicated by voices united to Speak Up.