Co- Founder/ Chairman
Anton Cardinal is the face of the organization and represents 1st Veterans Kids Care, Inc. in the community, assumes responsibility for major projects, is responsible to the Board of Directors, and assumes responsibility for the entire organization. He works collaboratively within the organization to transform to current stage to a more mature organization capable of delivering on its long term vision.
At twelve years old Anton’s heart lead him to participate in his schools’ holiday baskets can goods drive for less fortunate children in the Lake Alfred Community. During summer breaks Anton, along with his family members, prepared hot food for distribution to homeless individuals throughout the city of San Fernando in Trinidad and Tobago. After the devastating earthquake disaster in Haiti, Anton and his father Anthony Cardinal partnered with Haines City Grace of God Church to contribute new clothing and shoes to Haitian residents.
When Anton Cardinal was fifteen, he took allowance and donated that money to an organization that helped fund food drives and supported kids who were fighting against the ravages of cancer. His selfless actions inspired his father to follow his heart and pursue helping those in need by founding 1st Veterans Kids Care and established Y.E.S. (Youth Eye care Services) Vision and Literacy Initiative. When asked why he decided to give more than the $20 asked of him during the donation drive, Anton, an Honor graduate, a JROTC Battalion Commander of Ridge Community High School and Captain of the Haines City Police Explorers answers, easily and straightforward. “As long as you have you should give to others”. A martial arts instructor, Anton is an inductee to the American Federation of Martial Arts hall of fame.
Leon R Gaither
Leon R. Gaither is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He graduated from Maryland with a B.S. degree in Zoology and Howard University’s ROTC Leadership Development program. Leon was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant attended US Army Field Artillery School Officer Basic Course (FAOBC) at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Since 1993 Leon has been active in secondary and post-secondary education and has taught K-20 grades. Leon earned a master’s in science education and a master’s in educational leadership from the Teacher Education University. Leon has served as the Board President and the Military Veterans Program Coordinator of 1st Veterans’ Kids Care, Inc. a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Central Florida. He was responsible for the management and administrative oversight of the organization and instrumental in developing initiatives, programs and services whose aims were to improve the well-being of children. His main goals are enhancing the organizations opportunities to partner with veteran organizations, private organizations and educational institutions. Leon’s greatest strengths are his creativity, his passion, his drive and his leadership abilities. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that allows him the opportunity to expand his community outreach abilities and utilize his critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques. Born and raised in Olney, Maryland, Leon now lives in Boynton Beach, Florida with his wife and best friend Katrina and their daughter Jordan. In his free time, Leon likes to play the guitar, golf, ride his bicycle and take long walks.
Homida Rajack is a Financial Solutions Planner focusing on Retirement and Medicare Solutions to the general public sector. As a broker she is able to assist family with their needs and has transitioned to this role from the Banking sector.
For the past 15 years worked at Central Florida Banks and Credit Union in diverse positions from Head Teller to Operations Officer to Personal Retail and Small Business Banker. Some of the Financial Institutions were Fairwinds Credit Union / Axiom Bank and Seacoast Bank. Past Vice President , Treasurer and Secretary of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida where emphasis was on Business and Personal Finance Workshops and Education of the Community. Born and raised in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where various positions at the Republic Bank Ltd. Past volunteer member of the Lions Club of Trinidad and Tobago. Coach school students for playing Table Tennis in school and village leagues Presently lives in Central Florida Orlando with her family. Passionate about educating and helping families find solutions for their savings and retirement portfolio and dabbles in playing Pickleball from time to time. Enjoys the outdoors and watching cricket.
Innovative, creative, and an excellent visionary – these are just some of the words used to describe Mr. Anthony Cardinal whose talents are well known in Florida. On the 28th October 1988 in his native island of Trinidad and Tobago he was promoted to the position of Supplemental police Superintendent for 11 years. Anthony also created and operated his own private security company. Mr. Cardinal also had a career in law enforcement in New York City. worked in consulting, Strategic planning, developing, branding, and marketing. In 2000 He created and lunch his own line of clothing, Kenscoff Sportswear. In 2009, Cardinal’s passion for children and their welfare led him to the creation of an organization whose main challenge is to help children in need and of those who served. 1st Veterans Kids Care, Inc. was born. The nonprofit organization was created to transform the lives of children of our military by identifying fulfilling their needs. 1st Veterans Kids Care is committed to creating an awareness of the needs and life challenges our veterans, their spouses and children in America undergo when they are faced with the tragic death or disability of one or both parents at war.
In January 28, 2016 Cardinal launched his own Property Investment and Development Company, Cardinal Homes and LLC in the Central Florida area. His mission is to deliver the American dream home where clients receive the most satisfying building, buying experience.
Mr. Cardinal and his family are based in sunny Florida, where inspiration is found in nature and all things beautiful. Cardinal is totally focusing his full attention to giving this lifestyle of comfort and versatility to veterans and those who serve.
Born in Pakistan, raised in the United Kingdom, Khalid Muneer, is the founder and owner of Jupiter Properties Inc., a successful real estate brokerage firm located in Central Florida. Before starting his firm Mr. Muneer spent 17 years in international banking where he learned the art of servicing customers and the importance of developing relationships, growing his business by taking advantage of resources and by building meaningful networking and serving in leadership roles.
Today, Jupiter Properties has 27 agents in Central Florida and represent 15 different speaking 14 different languages, a truly international company with the ability to cater to every type of client. Recognized by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Central Florida’s 100 Most influential leaders for the last 5 year, Khalid is passionate about his civic, business and community engagement. He has served on the Executive committee and the Board of the Orlando Economic Development Commission, as President of the Asian American Chamber of CFL, as President of the American Muslim Chamber of Commerce CFL, as President of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce CFL and as an Advisory Board Member of the Brazilian American Council. He is currently Chairman of the Orlando City Board on Certification of Minorities and is also a Board Member of the Harbor House.