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Our Staff

Please note that the listing order on this page in no way implies order of importance. Each and every one of our Staff, Pals, and Volunteers are VIPs (Very Important People) for without them and love, dedication and direction of VACC Camp Founder Moises Simpser, M.D., camp would not be a reality for the campers and their families. Click on one of our staff members to read more about them.

Bela Florentin

VACC Camp Coordinator

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and spent the first half of my life there. I graduated high school fairly young and went to the university to study Biology. I had 2 semesters left to... Read their bio.

Rose Ann Farrell, LCSW

Volunteer Assistant Coordinator
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and lived there until I was five years old. We moved to Miami, actually Hialeah, when Hialeah was still a very small country town. I have remained in the Miami... Read their bio.

Tania Diaz, MSN, APRN

Camp Clinical Coordinator

I was born and raised in Miami, FL. I graduated from St. Brendan High school, and always knew I wanted to major in something in the medical field. Thanks to the example my mother offered... Read their bio.

Diane Morales, MS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist

My name is Diane! I am a certified child life specialist (CCLS) at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital working in the respiratory unit (3 East).  As a CCLS, my goal in the hospital... Read their bio.

Iris Cicero & John Rogers

Gourmet Breakfast Queen and The Sausage Man

Children have always been a focus in my life. I began volunteering in college. My first experience was tutoring inner city children. My second experience was helping at a center for... Read their bio.

Ivette Hidalgo, PhD, APRN

Volunteer Nurse, previous Clinical Coordinator

I was born in Oriente, Cuba. At the age of four my parents decided to move to Venezuela searching for freedom. I lived in Venezuela for four years and at the age of eight I moved to the... Read their bio.

Laura Hernández, DNP, APRN, CPN, FNP-C

Volunteer Nurse, previous Clinical Coordinator

It all began August 7, 1995 when I was hired as a nurse clinician in the process of becoming a nurse practitioner in the department of Pulmonology under the guidance and supervision of Dr.... Read their bio.

Monica McConaughy Stouffer, RN

Volunteer Nurse and more!

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Yes, I am a true native! I love living in Miami and have decided not to leave, at least for the time being.

I graduated High School in... Read their bio.

Javier Hernández, RRT

Volunteer Respiratory Therapist

Javier was born in Miami as the son of Cuban immigrants. He started his career as a registered respiratory therapist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in 1990 where he served in various... Read their bio.

Osvaldo Fernandez, RRT

Volunteer Respiratory Therapist

I was born in Cuba 1973 and came to America in 1980. I graduated from South West Senior High and then from Miami Dade College in 1994 in Respiratory Therapy.

I... Read their bio.

Rose Roche, PhD, APRN

Volunteer Nurse

I was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the USA at the age of 4. I lived in Chicago for 11 years of my life. I then moved to Miami, FL and graduated from Coral Park Sr. High in 1980. All of... Read their bio.

Dania Vazquez, MSN, APRN

Volunteer Nurse, previous Clinical Coordinator

I was born in Cuba and came to the United States at 11 years of age. I lived in California for 9 years and I came to Miami, FL after graduating from Nursing School and loved it here, and... Read their bio.

Eliana Lyne

Volunteer Operational Staff

Eliana was born in Massachusetts in 1983. She graduated from Braddock High School in June 2001. She was a part of the Future Homemakers of America and the Braddock Bunch preschool program.... Read their bio.

Michael Miehl

Volunteer Operational Staff

I was born in New York and moved to Miami in 1981. I am self-employed, with a wireless internet service company, so I have a pretty flexible schedule. I have always been appreciative of... Read their bio.

Alyssa Garcia

Operational Staff

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Coral Reef Senior High School in 2010. I attended and graduated from the University of... Read their bio.

Anthony Camejo

Operational Staff

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. My family comes from Spanish descent. I am the youngest of three siblings who were given the opportunity, by our parents, to receive upper level... Read their bio.