Board of Directors
Robert B. Caine, PE, LEED, AP, is the Vice President and Director of Florida Operations at Osborn Engineering. In 2005, Bob formed Project Caine to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services to the South Florida marketplace. In 2017, Project Caine merged with the Osborn Engineering Company of Cleveland, OH.
Osborn Engineering continues to focus on projects in the following segments: single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, institutional, healthcare, university, airports and ports. The firm has also developed an expertise in Green Building Design including the design of Solar Photovoltaic systems.
Robert is a graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has published numerous articles on electrical engineering and has given several lectures on various electrical engineering topics.
Debbie Danto, MBA, LEED AP is the Chief Operating Officer at Danto Builders and is responsible for the daily operations and business development of its commercial, high-end residential and concrete restoration divisions. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and operating businesses. Debbie graduated from Ohio State University with her bachelor of science in business administration and MBA from Cleveland State University.
Her career started with Pizza Hut and Arby’s, which then led into working in the manufacturing, construction and engineering-related industries. Debbie also has expertise in developing energy-efficient, cost-effective solutions for buildings, which includes design, project management and tax incentives; including 179D energy tax deductions through a separate division called mep (Maximum Energy Payback).
Marge Engstrom is the Business Development Manager for Perceptive Data, a Sage 300 ERP and CRM Partner. We specialize in management software solutions that assist small to medium size businesses become more competitive and profitable.
Marge has over twenty years of experience in business-to-business sales, retail management, vendor relations, inventory control, budgeting and personnel. Her career followed a progressive path of all phases of retail operations. In addition to working with major retailers, Marge Engstrom opened and grew a multi-location specialty chain where she developed and implemented all phases of the company including concept, leadership, inventory management, human resources, private label clothing design, and sourcing of manufacturing.
Irene DuPont is currently Vice President/Branch Manager at First Bank Florida, at the Deerfield Beach branch. Prior to First Bank she was Vice President/Branch Manager/ Business Development Officer at Landmark Bank, N.A., at the Davie/Plantation branch. Irene was also a senior business development banker for Regent Bank. She is a graduate of SUNY/Empire State College and moved to South Florida from upstate New York in 2010. Prior to moving to Florida, Irene worked for a large national bank. Overall, she has been in banking for 12 years. Prior to banking, Irene worked in a variety of industries and held various positions from international sales to owning and operating several retail businesses.
James Helf is an attorney with the law firm of Daniels Kashtan. He practices in the area of Commercial Litigation, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law. In the past, James has represented developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects and engineers on a wide range of construction related issues including non-payment claims, lien and bond claims, defect and delay claims, bid protests, licensing issues, contract preparation and negotiation, design liability and litigation avoidance. He handles cases throughout the State of Florida.
Marina Pavlov is the President and CEO of the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Inc., a statewide resource center for Florida 52,000 nonprofit organizations. She helped with the organizing efforts in 1990 and 1991 and has published the newsletter for 25 years. She also developed the signature program, the Sunshine Certificate in Nonprofit Management, which is a 44 hours program with 11 learning modules.
Marina received a full scholarship for a PhD in Organization Development and HRD from Florida International University and received a Master of Science degree in Education also from Florida International University. Additionally, Marina earned a BFA degree in sculpture from Florida Atlantic University.
Marina attended Rutgers University, University of Miami and University of Virginia for both graduate and undergraduate classes. Prior to FANO, Marina was Executive Director of a 1,000-member artist organization in Fort Lauderdale. Over the years, Marina has conducted extensive fundraising, including capital campaign, direct mail, membership drives, auctions and a varietyof special events.