Rolanda is a native of Broward County. Rolanda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Communication Studies in 2007 and a Juris Doctorate degree in 2010 from the University of Florida. Currently, Rolanda is a Senior Child’s Best Interest Attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Miami Dade where she advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, and abandoned children since July 2014.
One of Rolanda’s favorite quote is from Mother Teresa which states “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” She is very passionate about volunteering in her community, mentoring the youth, her faith in Jesus, and empowering others to live out their full potential.
As the President of YPN, She thinks it is extremely important to #continuethemovement and uphold the core values of this movement established nine years ago. The Executive Leadership Team is committed to find ways to effectively serve the Urban League of Broward County, our members, and those in our community. The Leadership Team looks forward to celebrating our 10 years anniversary next year and have our members support and engagement throughout this fiscal year.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
A South Florida native, Santra Denis currently serves as the Senior Director of Community Health at Catalyst Miami, an anti-poverty, human services, and civic engagement non-profit organization in Miami, FL. In her current role Ms. Denis oversees all health initiatives and grants to connect low-income families to preventative healthcare options and basic needs services.
Trained as a Public Health Professional, Ms. Denis graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Health Science and a Masters of Public Health in Policy and Management from Florida International University. She has had the opportunity to work for the University of Florida, Shands Healthcare, Care Resource, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. Her civic involvement includes serving as the Secretary for the Urban League of Broward County Young Professionals Network. She is a Sant La Fellow, a Haitian American Leadership program for young adults in Miami Dade County. Additionally, she is a Board Member and Youth Director at her home church where she mentors youth and young adults in their personal and professional development.
Ms. Denis is a lover of all people and her life’s mission is to aide in the provision of quality and accessible resources and services to people who are underrepresented. The guiding principle for Santra Denis’ life is, “Service is the rent we pay for living.” -Marian Wright Edelmen
VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS
Eryka Whittaker is an Events Coordinator for the Division of Continuing and International Education (DCIE) at the University of Miami. She is heavily involved on the University of Miami campus as a member of the Sunshine Committee within DCIE as well as the Millennials Employee Resource Group. Eryka is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications in 2010. Upon graduation,Eryka returned back home to Miami where she worked at a wholesale insurance company. She soon realized that she had stepped away from her purpose in life, which is giving back to the community and quickly enrolled back in school. Eryka is now pursuing her master’s online at the University of Central Florida where she is majoring in Nonprofit Management. She will graduate in December of 2016.
Eryka joined YPN back in August 2014. In August 2015, Eryka took on the role as the Community Service Committee Co-Chair and served as a member on the college tour and social and cultural committee. In the role as community service co-chair, Eryka has helped in building connections with other community organizations such as Rebuilding Together, the Special Olympics and Feeding South Florida. In her free time she loves spending time with friends and family, reading and listening to music. Since the age of 7, she has volunteered with a list of organizations throughout Dade County including Belafonte Tacolcy Center, Hands on Miami, NANAY, ASPIRA, Boys & Girls Club, the Homelsess Voice and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida to list a few. Eryka has always been eager to give back to the community and hopes to one day start her own nonprofit organization.
Brandon joined ULBCYPN in August 2015. He is a proud Broward county resident. Brandon is passionate about helping the community and personal development. Brandon served in the United States Marines during the Iraq to answer the call of duty. Brandon is also a recipient of The Purple heart due to injuries while serving in Iraq. Brandon retired from the Marines in 2008, due Medical reasons. Brandon studied Business Economics at Florida Atlantic University and received his B.S degree.
Brandon is currently working for the federal government as a public servant. On his free time, he enjoys talking to children about the importance of education and making the right decision, building websites, photography, and hosting a podcast called Young & Eager.
MY WHY? I joined ULBCYPN to connect with like-minded people who see an exciting future for Broward County and want to be part of making it great. Life is better with interesting conversation, fun events and engaging community activities, and ULBDYPN helps cultivate those in Broward County.
In her spare time she is a co-conductor of the middle school choir at her church. Her belif is that working with the youth is one of her calllings in life. Traveling the world is another passion Petagae holds near and dear to her heart. Petagae’s favorite quote is, “ But I don't believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or to make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel – Gloria Naylor.