Direct instruction, modeling and practice with character traits produces positive results with decision-making
Dr. Pamela Bruening
Curriculum/ Assessment/ Content Developer
Dr. Pamela Bruening, Cloud9World’s Director of Professional Learning, is one of the nation's preeminent experts in RTI/MTSS, Positive Behavior Support, and has incredible experience as an educator, administrator, professional learning developer, strategist, consultant, curriculum writer, online content curator, author, speaker, and implementer of services. Offering more than 28 years of K-College classroom experience, Dr. Bruening has also served as a school-based and district administrator in a large Florida district. There she planned and implemented several major initiative in 51 schools and has trained and led a variety of work teams across the district. Dr. Bruening’s nation-wide consulting practice in struggling schools and districts supports a current and visionary focus for the needs of students and educators in 21st Century schools and classrooms.
Dr. Bruening and her team have provided content, curriculum, and assessment materials for Cloud9World for since 2012. In addition, Dr. Bruening has designed and authored Cloud9World’s middle school series as well as the 21st Century elementary series. Dr. Bruening supports the Cloud9World staff with technical writing and provides ongoing professional learning to teachers and administrators implementing Cloud9World products around the globe.
In addition to directing professional development and learning at Cloud9World, Dr. Bruening currently serves as a Board Member of the National Alternative Education Association. She also serves as an advisor for the Florida Alternative Association of Educators and consults for the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network for their PAR and DPI programs. Remaining in a "teacher role", Dr. Bruening teaches online graduate level classes for New England College. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Continental, Inc. and Innovative Technologies in Print. Dr. Bruening's extensive knowledge of the educational marketplace, K-College educational systems and practices, as well as her practical knowledge in learning theory, enable her success in providing high quality professional development for educators across a broad spectrum of topics.
Co-founder – CEO/President
Andrea was raised in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the US at the age of 18. She has a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bridgeport. Andrea co-founded and worked for 15 years at American Angel a wholesale accessories distributor. After the birth of her second child she decided to be a full time mother for the early years of her kids. Watching them grow up in a world she believes lacks a strong base of values gave her the idea to found Cloud9World, a company that would give parents and educators tools to instill values in children.
Andrea reached out to Lorenza Gonzalez and Maria Smith to create a company that would bring back the importance of values to our families. Andrea is passionate about bringing a culture change to our communities to one where our behavior will be shaped by values. Andrea and her husband, Seth, have two kids, Olivia (14) and Phillip (12), who are Cloud9World kids.
Maria Candelaria Smith
Co-founder – Vice President Media and Communications
Maria Candelaria was raised in Medellin, Colombia. After graduating form the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in dance, she moved to New York City to further her education at NYU studying performance and choreography and theater arts at the Lee Strassberg Theater Institute. She pursued her passion for the performing arts as an actress, choreographer and children’s theater director.
For 29 years she also worked along side her husband, Norman Smith in his film production company. They have three loving daughters, Cayetana, Emilia, and Rosana. Her passion for making the world a better place moved her to be a co-founder and active member of Key for Colombia, a non-profit organization that gives food and healthcare to displaced children in Colombia, and to co-found Cloud9Word.
Co-founder – Vice President Logistics
Fourteen years ago, after having worked in Aceitales S.A., an edible vegetable oil company in Colombia, and having proven her entrepreneurial skills creating various businesses in her hometown, Bogota, Lorenza moved to the US with her husband, German, and their three daughters, Manuela 28 (a mentor, volunteer and national spokesperson at Shake-A-Leg Miami), Martina 22 and Cristina 30. For the past seven years Lorenza has been a member of Shake a Leg Miami’s Board of Directors.
Her dedication and commitment to bettering the lives of disabled and/or underprivileged children has been commended by many. In Miami, as a mother with a business degree she took the initiative to pursue one of her passions and graduated with a major in Graphic Design at MDC. In the summer of 2010, Lorenza created a business, Cloud9World Corp., where she works at the present time.
David R. Voss
Director of Marketing
For more than 25 years, David R. Voss has been immersed in the communications revolution. He knows communications from more than one perspective: He’s been a journalist and press secretary, public relations counselor and high-tech corporate marketing executive. He understands education issues from the inside out…as a marketer, a trainer, a communications consultant, and as a father of four children.
As marketing executive and spokesman for Apple Computer, he was on the cutting edge of the education reform movement. He has spearheaded issue campaigns on parent involvement and school safety, and he has run several successful statewide elections. He has been media spokesman and director of communications for several state agencies, including Education and Insurance. He has trained hundreds of public spokespersons in dozens of private seminars.
David attended Mississippi State University on a baseball scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He has served as an officer in several organizations, including the National School Public Relations Association and the Florida Public Relations Association.
Kim C Williams
Kim has been an educator for over 30 years. She was the Assistant Director of Single School Culture Initiatives, Prevention Center and Student Intervention Services at the School District of Palm Beach County. Kim implemented and supervised the Safe and Drug Free Schools (SDFS) program (ATOD & Violence Prevention), Character Education/Ethics, Risk & Resiliency, School/Student Behavior & School Climate, Social Emotional Learning, School Connectedness, & Mental Health. Initiated Character Education district-wide K-12 (185 schools).Oversaw MTSS/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (RtI/Response to Intervention) district-wide.
Developed, wrote and monitored grant proposals for the SDPBC. Organized and supervised personnel in the Prevention Center and Student Intervention Services. SDFS State Chair for FL DOE (8 years). Regional IV SDFS Department of Education (DOE) Advisory Board representative. Responsible for staff development, evaluation, purchase and distribution of prevention materials. Updated schools administrators on SESIR (School Environmental Safety Incident Report) available surveys and data collection. Oversaw a $1million budget for the Prevention Center (SDFS Grant). Has supervised applications for and implementation of numerous federal and state grants. Serves on district policy making committees and attends regional/state meetings. Collaborates with community and businesses. Board member of Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition (PBCSAC). Member of Underage Drinking Task Force of Palm Beach County. United Way of Palm Beach County Character Counts committee member. School District Community Liaison.Serves on District LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Team. Kim serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Action Alliance for Mental Health in Palm Beach County and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). Kim loves to take long walks on the beach and mostly she loves to travel.
Diana is a fifteen-year veteran of teaching elementary grade school children. She has a M.A. in Early Childhood Education from New York University where she graduated with honors, Phi Beta Kappa. Diana has taught both in NYC and the bay area of California. She has participated in the America Reads Program and has tutored children in reading and writing over the past decade. Recently, she and her family moved to Texas where she is focused on raising her family and helping children build stronger character strength through the Cloud9World Program. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, shooting photography and exercising.
James P. S. Leshaw
Outside General Counsel
Jim Leshaw spent almost 25 years as a “big firm” lawyer with Greenberg Traurig (Miami) and Skadden (New York), providing business advice to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms to small and mid-sized domestic and offshore businesses, family offices and individuals.
He has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” one of the “Top Bankruptcy M&A Lawyers” by The Deal, as a “leading bankruptcy lawyer” by Chambers and Partners, as a “Legal Elite” by “Florida Trend Magazine, as one of the “Top Lawyers in South Florida” by the South Florida Legal Guide, and as a “Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine. He graduated from New York University School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University.
Maria Adelaida Arcila
Maria has a Business Administration undergraduate degree and a Political Studies Specialization from Eafit University. Former Language Center Director (8 years) at Eafit University. Bilingual with sales experience of language programs and e-commerce. Experience in translation. Maria has taught English for 8 years to individual students and also tutored children in English and Math. Oriented to provide a high-quality customer service. She enjoys exercising, traveling, and cooking.
Norman C. Smith
Bilingual and multicultural Multi-Media Communications Professional with award-winning experience in Design, Development and Production of Marketing, Advertising, Education, Entertainment, Documentary and Training content for select and mass markets. Creatively adds visionary impact and immediate value to Media Production, especially in the Hispanic communications crossover. Articulate and enthusiastic, he uses his talent and life experience to help our world become a better place.