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Michel Ayub

Michel Ayub was born in Miami, Florida in 1986 but his family relocated to Tampa, FL a few years later, where he attended middle and high school. In 2008 he graduated from Rollins College, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Mr. Ayub obtained his J.D. degree in 2013 from Florida Coastal School of Law. After law school Mr. Ayub went to work for four years as an associate attorney in-house in the legal department for Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville, FL. While at Deutsche Bank Mr. Ayub served the Asset and Wealth Management business line where he was responsible for reviewing all third-party litigations involving retail investment clients of the bank. Additionally, Mr. Ayub was responsible for negotiating and drafting various agreements on behalf of the bank, specifically trading agreements, with counterparties ranging from hedge funds to other large financial institutions. In 2015 Mr. Ayub decided he wanted to pursue a legal career in real estate law and enrolled as a part-time distance learner in the University of Miami School of law LLM program in real property development. He attended classes online for two years while still working full time for Deutsche Bank. In September 2017 Mr. Ayub decided to leave Deutsche Bank and focus on his LLM full time. In the last year of his LLM Mr. Ayub performed internships with both the real estate group of Stearns Weaver Miller and the land use/transactional division of the City of Miami City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Ayub graduated with his LLM in real property development from the University of Miami School of Law in May 2018. Mr. Ayub serves as Counsel to Fort Partners a Miami based real estate development firm with local real estate development such as the Four Seasons Surf Club in Surfside. Mr. Ayub handles all legal matters from contract negotiation to construction defects for the firm.


Damian Gregory

Damian P. Gregory is a journalist and community advocate for people with disabilities. Mr. Gregory is a twin who was born with Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair as a result. He has been a self-advocate his entire life.

Damian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Miami. After graduation, Damian worked as a journalist for several South Florida based publications, including the Chicago Tribune’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Caribbean Today.

For the more than 15 years, he has worked in the disability advocacy arena. His work has included stints as a Medicaid Waiver Support Coordinator, Travel Trainer, and Disability Rights Consultant.

The overall mission of Damian’s work has been to improve the quality of life and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including in the areas of transportation, education, employment, housing, and political & civic engagement.

In 2015 he joined CCDH, Inc.—Miami-Dade’s oldest non-profit organization serving those with developmental disabilities—as the Director of Outreach and Family Engagement.

In addition to serving on the ROOF Board of Directors, Damian remains active on several local and statewide boards. Damian is the immediate past chairperson of the Miami-Dade County Commission On Disability Issues (CODI), an official advisory board to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Gregory currently is the Chairperson of the University of South Florida’s Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) Community Advisory Committee.



Pippa Milne

Pippa Milne is the mother of Alexander, her oldest son who was born in 1987 with Down Syndrome. At three weeks old Milne enrolled Alexander in the infant stimulation program at the Miami Learning Experience School (MLE). Now at age 32, he attends the MLE adult program three days per week. Over the past 32 years, Milne has been involved in all aspects of volunteering at the school, including fundraising, without which the school could not survive. Milne worked to create the Association of Parents and teachers at the school, and worked as the Parent Representative on the Board of Directors at the time and as such became the first Chairman of the APT. Milne worked to start the school’s first major fundraiser, a fashion show and luncheon, now in its 26th year. Today, this event nets over $350-$400K per year.

Throughout the past 32 years Milne has continuously helped fundraise for MLE and has volunteered in various ways. Milne also began an extra-curricular reading program intended to foster reading at home. This program is still running today and also expanded today as a Book Club that tailors to adults. In this program all aspects of reading are encouraged; including newspapers, magazines, and audio books. The goal of the program is to have all students participate to whatever degree possible. In 2014, Milne organized monthly Parent Workshops at the school where she opened these to the public, and is still doing this today.

As a full-time mother, Milne has dedicated her time to research and afford her son many different opportunities for mainstreaming outside of his special needs school. Four years ago Milne’s son Alexander was able to transition into independent supported living with two of his friends from MLE. The living situation has proved to be highly successful for the men and their families.



Lori Sanchez

In 1992, Lori Sanchez gave birth to her second child Alec who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. From there, Sanchez began thoroughly researching Down Syndrome. Sanchez attended the International Down Syndrome Convention in Orlando shortly after her don was born. At this convention, Sanchez met with people from around the world and attended classes where she began to vision Alec’s future of living in a neighborhood with friends of his choosing, Since then, Sanchez has been active in both the PTA at her daughter’s school and her son’s school. She was the PTA president and then on the board of directors at The Learning Experience School that her son used to attend.

Sanchez was in the first class of Partners in Policy Making by the Developmental Disabilities Council. It is a year-long class that teaches families and persons with differing abilities how to advocate. The following 2 years, she returned back to the group to give a seminar about communication.

After this, Sanchez was on the Developmental Disabilities Consortium, which is a group of people from all over Florida who meet to come up with a platform that all would agree upon. Sanchez and a group of representatives from this organization traveled to Tallahassee to meet with Representatives at the state capitol.



Debra Wellins

Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I am a professional realtor with EWM and would be honored to help you with your real estate needs. Providing exceptional service is the cornerstone of my business. Although I work with a superb team of professionals, it is my personal involvement in every transaction, every step of the way, that makes my services unique and insures successful outcomes. I maintain a very high standard of excellence by representing a limited number of clients at any given time and place a great deal of importance on protecting your privacy and interest. Strategic marketing and contract negotiations are my specialties and it is these skills, along with the integrity with which I conduct business, that my clients value.

I’ve spent most of my adult life in Pinecrest, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables, and these neighborhoods are like my backyard. It is my business to know everything about the local market and to help you understand the complexities of buying and selling real estate. I want my buyers and sellers to know that their trust in my services are well-placed and that they can relax while I do all the work.

I am a member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, an exclusive organization of highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals who specialize in the luxury residential market. I’m also a trustee of Residential Options of Florida, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to housing advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally I serve on the boards of three nonprofit corporations, The Barnacle Society, in support of The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove, Florida, the Garden Fund, in support of Pinecrest Gardens and African Conservancy, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the last remaining African wilderness for the benefit of wildlife and humanity. As you can see, empowerment, inclusion, environment and community are very important to me.

I was educated at Northwestern University and Florida International University (FIU) and hold a Masters Degree in Biology, a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and a license in Dental Hygiene. I served as an adjunct professor at FIU for several years and then became co-founder of Captain Rick’s Gourmet Foods with my husband Rick, a retired 747 Captain, before embarking on a career in real estate. Our son Josh, who also holds a Florida real estate license, is a talent acquisition consultant.
Most importantly, how may I help you with your real estate needs? Call or text me directly at (305) 898-1852 or email me at Wellins.D@ewm.com.