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Meet Danielle

Danielle Groves was a Fellow in the 2017 New Leaders Council Orlando cohort and has served as the Finance Chair since 2018. She is currently Foundation Events Manager for Orlando Health Foundation and responsible for leading and organizing several fundraising events in support of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families and Orlando Health. Danielle is currently a part of the Emerging Leaders Program at Orlando Health, designed to cultivate team members interested in pursuing growth and development in their careers as a future leader within the organization. Danielle has a bachelor’s degree in Event Management and a minor in Hospitality Management from the Rosen School of Hospitality Management at University of Central Florida. During her time at UCF, she was involved in Campus Freethought Alliance and served as Treasurer in her junior year. Danielle also regularly volunteered her time to lead local volunteer projects, which is where she discovered her passion for serving her community. After graduation, Danielle began her career path in the nonprofit industry, working for organizations such as Hands On Orlando, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and Camaraderie Foundation in various event management and development roles.  She also served as the Professional Development Chair for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Orlando for two years from 2013-2015. In the 2016 Election, she volunteered many hours with the Florida Democratic Party and as a poll worker on Election Day. She has always had a passion for many progressive political issues and wants to continue to be able to give back to her community.

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Meet Justin

Justin Miller is an Orlando, Florida native and 20 year United States Navy veteran and leader with a background in intelligence and cryptology.

He has a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy at the Navy War College in Rhode Island and is also a graduate of a Department of Defense mid-level executive leadership program.

While on active-duty, Justin earned multiple naval warfare designations (Information Warfare, Surface Warfare, and Aviation Warfare) and he is a Navy Master Training Specialist. He is a decorated Sailor, now retired, who was recognized throughout his Navy career for his professionalism, leadership, and expertise as an intelligence and cryptologic professional.

He was a 2018 Fellow of the New Leaders Council Institute Graduate and is entering his second year as an at-large board member, a Truman National Security Project Defense Council Alum, and an American Military University Political Science Scholar. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association, the Central Florida Navy League, the National Defense Industrial Association of Central Florida, The Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses, and is a Lifetime Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the a member of the American Legion. He also is a US Global Leadership Coalition Veterans for Smart Power network member.

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Meet Sahil

Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Sahil Vijay Patel is a 2015 Inc 5000 winner, eCommerce entrepreneur and community leader currently attending the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, FL. The oldest of two boys to Vijay and Priti Patel, both immigrants from India coming to New Jersey in the early 80’s - Sahil faced his share of racial discrimination as a child. From being physically assaulted by the infamous “Dotbusters,” gang of Jersey City, NJ to fighting on behalf of other immigrant children in the neighborhood, Sahil is a natural born fighter for what is right.

Without any savings, life insurance, or financial assistance, Sahil took on the role of head of household when his father passed away in 2006. Sahil withdrew from Kean University (returning in 2012 to finish his B.A in English) and began supporting his mother, Priti and younger brother, Nitesh.

Now over a decade later, Nitesh is a Neurosurgeon, married to Rima, a Gynecologic Surgeon, their mother Priti, is retired and Sahil is married to his high school sweetheart, Snehal.

In 2015, after growing his business to over $10 million in annual revenue from an initial investment of only $500, Sahil decided to close his eCommerce company, Vijay Holdings, LLC. Earlier that year, Vijay Holdings, LLC won the Inc Magazine INC 5000 award, placing 366 of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the world. Sahil wanting more - decided to chase his true passion – fighting for others. With his wife, Snehal by his side, both Sahil and Snehal decided to go back to school. Snehal is obtaining her Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing in Lake Mary, FL at ECPI University and Sahil will finish his Juris Doctorate in early 2019. Sahil is a fighter, his history proves his ability to overcome difficult tasks and soon with a Juris Doctorate under his belt, the sky's the limit. He joined the NLC-Orlando family as a Fellow in 2018 and is currently serving as the Co. Chair for Recruitment and Selections.

Sahil is a member of Mt Zion Lodge No. 135 F&AM in Metuchen, NJ and his hobbies include cooking, working out and spending time with his family.

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Meet Andrea

Andrea Otero is currently Community Outreach and Communications Specialist to Orange County Clerk of Courts, Tiffany Moore Russell. Her determination has always been to work in public service. Before working for the Orange County Clerk of Courts, she worked in public relations and government affairs for the political consulting firm In Touch Strategies, Inc. She had the honor of working for the reelection campaigns of Mayor Buddy Dyer and President Obama in 2012 and interned in the United States Congress. Throughout her public affairs experience, Andrea has enjoyed connecting clients to the right stakeholders and helping them build their brand in the community.

She immigrated to Orlando, Florida from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Arts in International Relations from American Public University. Andrea is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Public Management and Leadership from Walden University. She is currently researching civic engagement in public schools and Millennials in Leadership.

Andrea is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, National Association of Government Communicators, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, Harbor House of Central Florida Young Professionals Board Member, New Leaders Council Orlando Board Member, Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, League of Women Voters of Central Florida. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, where she adopted one of her dogs.

Andrea was a 2018 Fellow and is currently serving as Co. Chair of Recruitment and Selections. 

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