The Sabrina Cohen Foundation leadership and management team is a combination of passionate and determined professionals. They have vision, think outside-of-the-box, are well-connected and resourceful. Their expertise in their respected fields will help build and operate the organization in order to impact the landscape of stem cells research for the good of humanity.
Sabrina is the voice and face of the Foundation. A C5 quadriplegic, as the result of a spinal cord injury from a car accident in 1992, she has been an advocate for stem cell research and field of Regenerative Medicine since 2004. Sabrina firmly believes stem cells hold the key that will unlock the mysteries to some of the most fatal diseases that afflict mankind. With this goal in mind, she established the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research in 2006 to raise funds for research. It’s for this sole reason that she travels tirelessly and extensively — from schools and universities to scientific conferences and the United Nations — to speak in her capacity as motivational speaker and spokesperson about this cause.
Dr. Akerman is a physician specializing in Neuroradiology. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a double major in Biology and Political Science. At the age of 16, Dr. Akerman sustained a C6 spinal cord injury, which rendered him quadriplegic. The only quadriplegic in the country attending medical school at the time, he completed his medical education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He followed this achievement with a 5-year residency in Diagnostic Radiology at North Shore University Hospital, and then a sub-specialty fellowship in Neuroradiology at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Medical Centre. Dr. Akerman is now in private practice, and has always embodied the importance of giving back through teaching, lectures, seminars and volunteer work.
Juan Babani is the Vice President Business Banker III for First Citizens Bank located in Miami Beach. Babani has over 17 years of banking experience, most recently as Business Developer Branch Manager for the Downtown Ft. Lauderdale market for BankUnited. Before that, Babani spent 5 years as a Sr. Business Lending Officer for Colonial Bank covering the Miami-Dade and Beaches markets. Prior to that, Babani was managing branches for both SouthTrust Bank and NationsBank on Miami Beach. Juan also has an active Real Estate License. He owns, operates and maintains several investment properties throughout South Florida.
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Kefy is currently the Office Manager of Yacht Controller, a luxury marine goods company. She oversees marketing and development and accounting and has increased sales with the company since 2008. In her spare time, she works on the Young Presidents Board of Mt. Sinai Hospital. She has also been a loyal volunteer and donor to the Sabrina Cohen Foundation since its inception. Kefy is also working on building a media company called Island Time Media, which she is currently launching in Puerto Rico and shortly thereafter in South Florida.