The address may have been unfamiliar, but the statistics were enough to get her moving. Dr. Erin Kobetz was in her office at the University of Miami medical school, pouring over Florida medical data, when statistics from a certain neighborhood jumped out at her—the area, she noticed, had four times the state average of cervical cancer. When she looked more closely at the numbers, she realized she didn’t recognize the cross streets, not entirely surprising since she’d just recently returned after being away for 15 years, studying public health in Georgia and North Carolina. So “I got in my car and drove. And very quickly I realized I was in Little Haiti because of the number of signs written in Creole,” the 38-year-old Kobetz recalled. As someone who’d spent years devoted to making communities healthier, it came as a shock. “But I decided,” she said, “to use it as an opportunity to take action.”
Vitals: 46; born in Binghamton, N.Y.; raised in Hendersonville, N.C.; the second of four children to Jim, a manager at General Electric, and Sheri, a homemaker, who passed away in 2011; majored in journalism and public relations at the University of North Carolina; earned an MBA from the University of Miami; married for seven years to partner Karla Jones-Stone, who owns a Strollercize franchise; mother to 3-year-old son Quinn.
Current Job: Executive Vice President of the Miami Heat and General Manager of the AmericanAirlines Arena. “I operate the arena and oversee the service and retention of the Miami Heat season ticket holder base.”
Vitals: 55; born in Havana, moved to Miami at three years old; the middle of three children to mother Alicia Cervera Sr., founder of Cervera Real Estate, and her father, Javier Cervera Sr., who is on the company’s executive team; a University of Miami graduate who originally planned to become a clinical psychologist; married for 28 years to husband Alberto Lamadrid, who owns a local yacht company; mother to Alicia Lorena, 26, a real estate and construction management graduate of the University of Denver who now works at the Cervera firm, and Alberto Antonio, 24, who works with his dad.