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Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Aug. 13, 2018

Michael J. Paidas, M.D., is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and UHealth.
Michael J. Paidas, M.D., is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and UHealth.


Juan Carlos Liscano has been promoted to vice president of American Airlines’ Miami Hub Operations. He was managing director of Latin America since 2016. He succeeds Ralph Lopez, who was previously named vice president of American’s Integrated Operations Center. Liscano has a bachelor’s in business from Indiana University and an MBA from Florida International University.


Caitlin Beck Stella is chief executive officer of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, part of the Memorial Healthcare System. She was chief administrative officer for UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health. Stella has a bachelor’s in family and child development from Virginia Tech and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Walter G. Latimer has joined Fowler White Burnett as a shareholder in the firm's products liability and toxic torts practice group. Previously he was a partner at McGivney Kluger & Cook. He has a bachelor’s in biology and chemistry from Tulane and a J.D. from the University of Missouri.

Michelle G. Ortiz has joined Kelley Kronenberg as a partner in the firm’s Miami office. She previously worked at Franklin Legal Group and Miami Dade Legal Aid. Ortiz focuses her practice on liability and casualty defense. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from FIU and a J.D. from St. Thomas University.

Yolyvee Y. Rivera has joined Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as a partner in its Miami office. She focuses her practice in the areas of premises liability, personal injury, product liability, construction defects and professional liability claims. Rivera has a bachelor’s in publication communication from American University in Washington and a J.D. from St. Thomas University.


Julieta Suarez has been named senior director in Miami for Llorente & Cuenca, a consultancy in reputation management, communications and public affairs that operates in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. She previously was at Alcatel, where she led the communications strategy for the Latin American region. Suarez has a degree in business, and a master’s in communications and public relations, from FIU.


Katherine Arteta has been named director of sales, Realty World, M Realty Group. She was previously with EWM Realty International as part of the Riley Smith Group. Arteta is an alumna of Florida State University's business administration and management program.


At Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School (DDCES), some administrative staff members have been promoted for the 2018-2019 school year. The promotions will accommodate the transition into the second phase of the Downtown Doral Charter schools: the launch of Downtown Doral Charter Upper School (DDCUS). Among the promotions:

▪ Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg, current head of school at DDCES, will be head of schools overseeing DDCES and DDCUS.

▪ Joyce Aguila has been named principal at DDCES. She was previously assistant principal.

Christopher Johnson has been named director of high school at Scheck Hillel Community School. He most recently was high school principal of the American School in Valencia, Spain. Johnson has a master’s in educational leadership and administration from the University of Arizona and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Plymouth State University.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Michael J. Paidas, M.D.

New position: Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and UHealth.

From: Yale University School of Medicine, where holds a number of prominent positions at Yale, including interim director of the Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine, interim section chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, program director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, and founder and director of the Yale Women and Children’s Center for Blood Disorders and Preeclampsia Advancement.

Also: He has written one book, 36 book chapters, and 160 abstracts, and has given 300 presentations or courses. He has held prominent roles in several professional societies and national boards, and is a contributing author of The National Partnership for Maternal Safety.

Education: He received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York. He held positions at Tufts and New York University before joining the Yale faculty in 2002.

Best advice: Whatever career you pursue, be sure it’s something you are really passionate about. And: Always remember that caring for patients is a unique and special privilege.

See past senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for 2017-2018: Jan. 2, 2017Jan. 9, 2017Jan. 16, 2017Jan. 23, 2017Jan. 30, 2017 Feb. 6, 2017Feb. 13, 2017Feb. 20, 2017Feb. 27, 2017 March 6, 2017 March 13, 2017 March 20, 2017 March 27, 2017 April 3, 2017 April 10, 2017 April 17, 2017April 24, 2017 May 1, 2017 May 8, 2017May 15, 2017May 22, 2017May 29, 2017June 5, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 19, 2017June 26, 2017July 3, 2017July 10, 2017July 17, 2017July 24, 2017July 31, 2017 Aug. 7, 2017Aug. 14, 2017▪ Aug. 21, 2017▪ Aug. 28, 2017▪ Sept. 4, 2017Sept. 11, 2017(No Movers ran on Sept. 18, 2017)Sept. 25, 2017 Oct. 3, 2017Oct. 9, 2017Oct. 16, 2017Oct. 23, 2017 Oct. 31, 2017Nov. 5, 2017Nov. 13, 2017Nov. 20, 2017(No Movers ran on Nov. 27, 2017)▪ Dec. 4, 2017▪ Dec. 11, 2017Dec. 18, 2017(No Movers ran on Jan. 1, 2018)▪ Jan. 8, 2018Jan. 15, 2018▪ Jan. 22, 2018▪ Jan. 29, 2018▪ Feb. 5, 2018▪ Feb. 12, 2018▪ Feb. 19, 2018▪ Feb. 26, 2018March 5, 2018▪ March 12, 2018▪ March 19, 2018▪ March 26 )(No Movers ran on April 2, 2018)April 9, 2018▪ April 16, 2018▪ April 23, 2018▪ April 30, 2018May 7, 2018 ▪ May 14, 2018 ▪ May 21, 2018 ▪ May 28, 2018 ▪ June 4, 2018 ▪ June 11, 2018▪ June 18, 2018▪ June 25, 2018 (No Movers ran on July 9) ▪ July 16, 2018 ▪ July 23, 2018▪  July 30, 2018 ▪ Aug. 6, 2018