Ohio Native is New Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director

Robert Miracle
Robert Miracle
Robert (Bob) Miracle is the new deputy chief financial officer and deputy director. Miracle comes to Broward County from the City of Charleston, South Carolina, where he served as deputy chief financial officer. During his tenure, the city became the first municipality in South Carolina to receive a AAA bond rating. Prior to working in Charleston, he was the associate controller for Port Authority in Columbus, Ohio, which operates both the passenger and cargo airports in the Metro Columbus area. A native of Ohio, Miracle earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Ohio State University. He also holds a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license. He is married and has three children.

Winner of National Young Scientist Challenge Gives Credit to Emergency Management Division

Glenn Margoles
Glenn Margoles reviews the home damage assessment diagram with National Young Scientist Challenge winner Peyton Robertson of Fort Lauderdal
When Peyton Robertson, 11, of Fort Lauderdale, won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his sandbag invention, he acknowledged the service he received by reaching out to Glenn Margoles, Recovery/Mitigation Program Manager with the Broward County Emergency Management Division. Peyton recognized the severity of flooding caused by hurricanes in South Florida and learned that 80 percent of the $44 billion in damage since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was caused by saltwater flooding. His invention, the sandless sandbag, uses bags with chemicals and salt that only expand when doused with water, are ultra-portable when they are dry and will not float away when they are wet. Experts marveled at his invention and said that the sandless sandbag could someday save innumerable lives and millions of dollars in property damage.

Broward County Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Honored for Organ Transplant Work

Dr. Darin Trelka
Dr. Darin Trelka, right, receives his award from Patricia Darrigan, director of donor programs for the University of Miami Tissue Bank.
Dr. Darin Trelka, deputy chief medical examiner with the Office of Broward County Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, was honored at the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency’s 11th Annual Luminaire Gala held in November. Trelka was recognized as Medical Examiner Donation Champion of the Year for assisting Life Alliance and the University of Miami Tissue Bank for “always going above and beyond for his support of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation,” according to Patricia Darrigan, director of donor programs. A member of the Medical Examiner's office since 2009, Trelka earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College; his doctoral degree in anatomy, pathology and cell biology from Thomas Jefferson University; and his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University School of Medicine.

International Business Woman of the Year Award Goes to Broward County Employee

Paola Isaac Baraya
Paola Isaac Baraya
Paola Isaac Baraya, economic development specialist in international trade with the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, was recently honored at the Organization of Women in International Trade’s 12th Annual International Business Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon earlier this month in Key Biscayne. Isaac Baraya was recognized as International Business Woman of the Year for the Service Category for her continued effort in assisting Broward companies to become export ready and raising the visibility of Broward County as a global hub in South Florida. Isaac Baraya earned her bachelor’s degree in management from McGill University in Canada and a master’s of science in Business Administration at the University of Montreal. Prior to working for Broward County, she was International Business Manager for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Executive Director/Board Member for Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International. Isaac Baraya speaks fluent French, Italian and Spanish and has knowledge of German and Portuguese.

Ethel Veit Retires After 27 Years of Service

Ethel Veit
Ethel Veit
The year was 1987. The New York Giants won the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Twins won the World Series and Ethel Veit, currently Administrative Coordinator with Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting, began her illustrious career with Broward County. Veit started working as a part-time employee for the Central Examining Board, followed by Fleet Services and Payroll and Accounts Payable. Through her hard work and dedication, Veit moved up the ranks. She also served on the Local Government Financial System and Advantage committees as a subject matter expert, providing assistance to County employees when both software systems were implemented. In 1996, she obtained certification as a Customer Service Professional. She has also worked alongside other County agencies to implement the Prepaid Permit Fee account for the purpose of processing payments from field contractors, without them having to visit our facilities.

With her retirement, staff remarked, “The office will not be the same without Ethel. She is truly a beautiful person – inside and out. She always has a smile on her face and a kind word to say about everyone. The office is a better place for her having been a part of it. Ethel will truly be missed.”