President & Founder
Originally a successful business owner from Chicago, Renette Verhaeghe has been a South Florida resident since 2003. Dedicating much of her time to community charitable causes, Renette was a member of Place of Hope’s Leadership Advisory Council and served and supported Achievement Center for Children & Families, Autism Soccer, Boca Raton Helping Hands, Boca Museum of Art, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Shuzz organization. As a Board Member for Tri-County Animal Rescue, Renette collaborated and published the book “Rescuers Who Rescue”. She is the proud Rescue-Mom of Chloe and Ziggy.
Inspired by her involvement with non-profits, Renette, along with sons David and Richard, founded the Verhaeghe Family Foundation in 2010 to assist charities within the community. Her philanthropic nature expanded to include her desire to help our military, and earlier this year she became the Founder of OPERATION120. “I am a proud supporter of the US Military and with the financial support of the Verhaeghe Family Foundation and fundraising efforts, I have the ability to “Honor Those Who Have Served!” proudly states Verhaeghe.
Our Board of Directors
Dr. Martha Brown is president and founder of RJAE Consulting, a woman-owned small business that specializes in strategic planning, program design, and research/evaluation for non-profit, educational, arts, cultural, and correctional organizations and institutions. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University, and has lived in Palm Beach County with her partner since 2000. A fierce social and economic justice advocate, Dr. Brown also teaches online courses in restorative justice at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and is author of the book, Creating Restorative Schools: Setting Schools Up to Succeed. She is honored to bring her analytical and organizational skills, as well as her commitment to gender and racial equity, to Operation120 as its first Chair of the Board.
Victoria Wood has over 20 years of multifamily experience and other commercial realty ventures. Ms. Wood manages the entire development process from pre-acquisition stage, underwriting, entitlement, business plan and due diligence to design and construction management, repositioning, and asset management through hold periods to disposition. During her career, she has optimized more than $1.3 billion in real estate assets including over 12,000 units with a myriad of amenities by directing asset management and construction projects.
From high-rise residential towers in urban districts in the northeast, to garden-style apartments in the suburban South, Ms. Wood has maintained oversight of multifamily investments in A, B, C, and D asset classes across the nation. Ms. Wood has deep experience in developing, rehabilitating and marketing rental units, fractured condominium workouts as well as condominiums for-sale.
Early in her career she started in the REO sector managing workouts for Lehman Brothers in the condominium market. Each project presented various challenges in construction deficiencies, repositioning, onsite sales and marketing programs, and managing through underfunded and mismanaged home owner’s associations. Her experience successfully handling turn arounds branded her as the person who can solve problematic deals.
Additionally, Ms. Wood held senior level management positions with highly respected real estate development, property and asset management firms including Vice President of Development for the Southeast at AIMCO, at the time, the largest apartment REIT with 215,000 units.
Prior to joining Avison Young, Ms. Wood founded The MORE Group, a South Florida-based real estate organization that operates nationally providing third party development and fee-based services to investors, institutions, and development organizations with national portfolios.
In 2004, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Ms. Wood as “Up and Comer: Under 40 and Rising” in the Atlanta business community. Ms. Wood is currently on the Board of Directors for Boca Ballet and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Delray Beach Boys & Girls Club. She holds a degree in finance and computer information systems from Georgia State University.
Senior Vice President
Torren has exclusively served ultra-high net worth families and individuals with the sophisticated guidance needed to address the full spectrum of today’s wealth management needs. Over his 23-year career, Torren has enjoyed developing the tailored investment solutions that address the highly personalized situations of his UHNW clients.
Torren’s mission is to help each client develop a plan that not only preserves the wealth they hope to share for generations to come, but also enhances the footprint they choose to leave on the world.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2016, Torren was with UBS Private Wealth Management offices located in Palm Beach. Torren earned his B.S. from North Carolina State University and holds series 7, 63, 65, and 31 securities licenses.
Torren is an owner of PurLife Fitness Centers. Following his passion for health and fitness his team designed a club where that passion is at the forefront. He knew they needed to develop a culture that was not just fitness, but truly a lifestyle. Within their luxurious facilities are PurStrands Salon and PurGreens restaurants. Currently two locations, Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
Torren directly supports University of Miami, UHealth Champions Fund, Miller School of Medicine. He is involved in community organizations including, but not limited to: Boys and Girls Club Delray Beach, Delray Beach Police Athletic League, The Avenue Church, City House,
Lifesong Ministries, AWS Summer Camps, Atlantic High School Athletic Department and Wisetribe. Torren is now committed to working with OPERATION120 as Treasurer of the Board.
Torren resides is Delray Beach with his two sons.
United States Navy Veteran
Navy veteran, Grecia Smith, served overseas on active duty as an Aviation Ordnanceman, Weapons Technician aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73), Yokosuka, JP. She maintained and inspected airborne weapons and aviation ordnance equipment, stored and loaded aviation ammunition, nuclear weapons, and missiles, and performed periodic maintenance on ammunition and ordnance. Grecia achieved the rank of Second Class Petty Officer, Aviation Warfare Specialist, and separated from the military with an honorable discharge.
Following her transition out of the military, Grecia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and dedicates her time to advocating for mental health reform within local communities. She has established a strong community presence by volunteering with various community organizations dedicated to empowering the lives of women veterans, advocating for gun safety reform, and serving as an advocate for neglected and abused children in Broward County. As an administrative professional, Grecia offers a wealth of knowledge in office administration with enhanced communication and organizational support at all departmental levels.
Barbara (Bobbi) Prager, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Professionally, Bobbi Prager is a senior Human Resource professional with over 30 years of management, operational and leadership experience within various service industries, including healthcare, television broadcasting, and hospitality. Her background includes the areas of talent acquisition and retention, employee and labor relations, training and development, employee benefits and business insurance. Her areas of expertise have been in Mergers & Acquisitions, Contract Administration, Strategic Planning, Start Ups, HRMS implementation, Workforce Planning, Employee Benefits and Employee Relations.
Bobbi earned the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification from the HR Certification Institute, the SHRM-SCP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management and the IHR Certificate in Performance Management. She has also been recognized with Excellence in Human Resources in 2005 and in 2006 by the South Florida Business Journal and a Career Achievement Award by the South Florida Business Journal in 2006.
As a volunteer, Bobbi has served on the boards of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Hadassah (WZOA), the Human Resource Association of Broward County (HRABC), HR Florida State Council, and the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC). Bobbi was recognized as Human Resource Association of Broward County’s Board Member of the Year 2003 and was inducted into the Member Hall of Fame in 2015.
She is currently serving on the board of the Florida Region of Hadassah, as Co-Chair of the HRPBC Annual Conference, and as Warrior Engagement Chair for the Arthritis Foundation (Palm Beach County).
Bobbi has two adult children and two grandchildren living in Sarasota, Florida. Entering the next phase of life, Bobbi is utilizing her past work and volunteer experiences, as well as proven abilities utilizing a proactive approach to problem solving, within the non-profit arena as her “Unretirement Project”.
R. Max Lohman, Esq.
R. Max Lohman, Jr. was born and raised in southern Indiana, just north of Louisville, Kentucky. Upon graduating high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the Nuclear Power Training Program. After becoming “nuclear qualified” and attaining the rank of Machinist Mate Second Class (MM2/E-5), Max received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon graduation he selected Naval Aviation and after receiving his “Wings of Gold” Max transitioned to rotary wing aviation where he was qualifed as an aircraft commander in the SH-60B Seahawk and as a Functional Check Pilot (squadron level test pilot). Max was deployed twice to the Persian Gulf where he amassed over 1400 total flight hours, with ~600 hours of combat flight time and more than 500 shipboard landings. His sea tour came to end with his selection as the squadron and wing “Pilot of the Year” and culminated in selection as the 1999 Naval Helicopter Association “Pilot of the Year.” For his shore tour Max returned to the Naval Academy as a military professor where he taught Naval Warfare Strategy and Tactics. While teaching at the academy, Max attended the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree. Subsequently, in 2003 Max moved to Palm Beach County and began his legal career, choosing to focus his practice in the area of local government/municipal law. Max is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in City, County and Local Government Law, and has more than fifteen years of experience in this field. Max currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Palm Beach Gardens, the Town Attorney for the Town of Lantana and General Counsel for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and the West Palm Beach Art & Entertainment District. Max also serves as the Special Magistrate for the Towns of Glen Ridge and Cloud Lake.
In 2014 he founded Lohman Law Group, P.A. and more recently serves as President of SureTrust Title.
Max and his wife, Kristen live in Atlantis, Florida with their rescue dogs, Bentley, Luna, Emmie, and Labradoodle, Kena.
Elida Barrios recognized her interest in the international genre while interning for the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. That internship sparked a 20-year tenure working for several distinguished international companies such as AIG/American International Group and SIEMENS Corporation.
Elida’s background runs the gamut from planning to investigative. She excels in connecting the right people at the right time. Authenticity is her key to professional and personal happiness. Her management portfolio is comprised of management planning, budget planning, and the administration of executive-level programs, while investigating international fraudulent claims and participation in self-directed special projects has helped to round out her experience base.
Currently, Elida is the Executive Director for Operation120, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Boca Raton. This organization is dedicated to helping veterans.