Board of Directors

Meet our 2022 Board of Directors.


The HPACG Executive Committee



Karelia Martinez Carbonell

is an independent fundraising and communications consultant after many years employed in the not-for-profit sector. Dr. Martinez Carbonell holds a Doctorate in Public Administration with a concentration on non-profit management from NSU and is one of a limited number of fundraisers worldwide who have earned the CFRE credential (certified fundraising executive).


Gables Great August 2015

Gables News March 2014

Miami Herald Business July 2013

Vice President

Brett Gillis

is a historian, preservationist, and Gables enthusiast.  A semester abroad took him to Rome to study classical art and architecture, and he has also lived and traveled extensively throughout the Americas studying Spanish Colonial and Mission architecture.  He holds a doctorate in the health sciences and a certificate in intercultural communications.

The HPACG Board At Large

Lisa Bennett

is an attorney at Bennett & Bennett; past president of HPACG, past member and chair Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board, current Chair Coral Gables Library Advisory Board. Ms. Bennett holds a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University.

Alice Goldhagen

is an art specialist and a well-known photographer who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Masters in Art Education from the University of Miami; and a Fine Arts Specialist Degree from Florida International University.

David B. Mitchell

is an attorney practicing in Coral Gables for over 35 years, specializing in marital and family law. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Miami, a juris doctor from Stetson College of Law and an advanced undergraduate diploma with honors in English history from the University of Oxford.

Honorary Member

Ellen Uguccioni

is currently a Cultural Resource Consultant. Ms. Uguccioni holds a Master’s degree in Architectural History from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has served as gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Historical Commission as well as published seven books about art and architecture. She was the City of Coral Gables representative on all matters concerning historic preservation during the rehabilitation of the Biltmore Hotel.

Interested in joining the Board? Please refer to the bylaws and Board Duties & Responsibilities.

Contact us at

Please Email us:   HPACG P.O. Box 347944 Coral Gables, FL 33234