Sheila Acevedo Limontas brings more than 40 years of professional experience to her role as the co-founder and president of Angela’s GEMMS (Global Education and Multilingual/Multicultural Services) Inc. The organization became a nonprofit in 2019 and provides humanitarian aid to those in need in Haiti and Southeast Florida. The Rev. Acevedo Limontas also serves as a board member for the South Florida Haiti Project, a role she accepted in 2018. The South Florida Haiti Project works with the Bon Samaritan School in Haiti and the surrounding community to provide aid and educational support. From 2010 to 2017, Rev. Acevedo Limontas was an education and community linkages adviser with the Haitian-American Solidarity Center-PBC Inc.
Rev. Acevedo Limontas garnered additional experience as an educational consultant for Inter-visual Technology Inc. in 2013 and was a Spanish teacher with The School District of Palm Beach County from 2011 to 2012. Between 1990 and 2012, she worked as an ESOL specialist and manager for the school district. Beginning her career in 1981 as a supervisor for Florida International University, Rev. Acevedo Limontas later became an instructor at Florida State University and spent a decade as a teacher with Orange County Public Schools from 1974 to 1984. For the next five years, she was a supervisor with Orange County Public Schools, after which she shared her knowledge as an adjunct professor with Palm Beach Atlantic University from 2004 to 2005 and with Nova Southeastern University between 2000 and 2006.
Foundationally, in 1972, Rev. Acevedo Limontas graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English language education with a minor in Spanish, after which she earned a Master of Education in English education and ESOL from the same institution in 1977. After completing all doctoral coursework and exams toward a Doctor of Philosophy at Florida State University, she completed the adult education certification program at the University of South Florida. Rev. Acevedo Limontas continued to pursue her higher education in Christian studies as well as theological and ministerial studies at the Diocesan School for Christian Studies of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. She completed a diaconal internship from 2014 to 2016 and then was ordained as an Episcopal vocational deacon.
Named the Business Leader Volunteer of the Year with The School District of Palm Beach County in 2014 and 2013, Rev. Acevedo Limontas received an Activist Award from Northside Kiwanis West Palm Beach in 2013 and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Lois Frankel in 2013. She earned a Human Progress Award from the Haitian-American Solidarity Center in 2013 and was honored with the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award. Rev. Acevedo Limontas has additionally been named a Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional and was listed in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America.
Rev. Acevedo Limontas remains passionate about helping individuals in need through her roles with Angela’s GEMMS, Inc. and the South Florida Haiti Project. In her spare time, she enjoys surprising people with good deeds, dancing, singing, and taking walks. Attributing her success to her faith, resilience, and love, Rev. Acevedo Limontas plans to continue serving others and spreading God’s love in the coming years.