It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that SAVE, South Florida's foremost advocate for the LGBTQ community, welcomes three new additions to the organization's Board of Directors: Helena Castro, James Moon, and Jonathan Freidin.
Helena Castro has been an educator for over 20 years in the Miami Dade County Public Schools as a social studies teacher and for the past 10 years as a Student Activities Director.
As an educator, she has worked with a diverse population of students and faculty, representative of our rich community, and thus has witnessed the growth in advocacy and representation of our LBGTQ peers. Helena grew up in Hialeah, Florida where she became immersed in local politics and grassroots campaigning. After marriage equality came to Florida in 2015, Helena married her partner of 8 years, Yvette.
James Moon is a partner with the law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A. In addition to joining SAVE, James is an officer and board member of A Wider Bridge, whose mission it is to advocate equality for the LGBTQ community within Israel and equality for Israel on the world stage. James also served on the board of the Outshine Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and is the chair of the Inclusion Mentoring and Fellowship Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, which is tasked with diversity outreach to and for the Florida legal community.
James is also a progressive and LGBTQ outreach leader within AIPAC. He is past-president of the Cooper City High School Band Parent’s Organization, and a former Secretary of the Davie, Florida Rotary Club. Finally, James is a Gulf War veteran, having served for approximately 10 years in the United States Navy aboard both ballistic missile and fast attack submarines as a communications and cryptographic specialist.
Jonathan Freidin is an attorney at Freidin Brown, P.A. practicing personal injury and civil trial litigation. Jonathan graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University where he was a Presidential Merit Scholarship recipient and was appointed as a Student Justice on the university's disciplinary court. After college, Jonathan earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2012. During law school, Jonathan was an editor on the Florida Law Review and represented indigent clients in court as a Certified Legal Intern at the Public Defender's Office.
Following law school, Jonathan returned to South Florida where he served for two years as a federal law clerk to Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks in the Southern District of Florida. In 2016, Jonathan earned the prestigious AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was nominated by his peers to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida” list. More recently, Jonathan was named a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers and a Legal Elite "Up and Comer" by Florida Trend Magazine.
"We're incredibly excited to welcome Helena, James and Jonathan to SAVE's Board of Directors. As we celebrate 25 years of SAVE's service in the community, it is important that we continue to cultivate a dynamic group of individuals who will help us further equality for years to come." says, Tony Lima, Executive Director of SAVE.