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The Community Association Network (CAN) is a not-for-profit organization working to protect those living in homeowners associations, condominium associations, and townhome and cooperative associations. CAN fights hard every year for the rights of homeowners and residents and to ensure they are not over burdened by regulations or taxes. CAN Promotes residential living in safe and financially stable communities.

Board of Directors

ALAN GARFINKEL
PRESIDENT, CHAIRMAN
ROGER KESSELBACH
DIRECTOR
GARY VAN DER LAAN
DIRECTOR
DARA LAHAV
LOBBYIST

Alan Garfinkel is Chairman of the Community Association Network (CAN), representing millions who live, serve and work in common interest communities. He has published many scholarly articles  and served on the HarrisMartin Publishing Insurance Faculty. Alan is considered one of the leading experts in the country on Natural Disaster Law and Insurance Property Damage Recovery, specializing in recovering monies for community associations. Alan is the Founder of Garfinkel Whynot, P.A. and has practiced continuously from the same building in Central Florida for more than 25 years. Alan was awarded the most  prestigious "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Representing one of the most significant accomplishments a lawyer may obtain. The AV Rating is determined by lawyers and judges who selected Alan to the top 1% of all lawyers. AV rated lawyers must maintain the "Highest Level of Professional Excellence and Highest level of Ethical Standards."  Alan was also admitted into "The Million Dollar Advocates Forum" by winning Million and Multi-Million Dollar verdicts and or settlements for his clients. He was named a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters’ publication and received a “Superb” rating from AVVO. Alan served as elected President of the Community Association Institute (CAI) Central Florida and was named one of the "Best Attorneys of America."​ He is listed in the 2010-2016 Bar Register of "Preeminent Lawyers" and named to the 2012 "Florida Legal Elite"​ by Florida Trend Magazine. Alan received the Top Orlando Lawyer Award between 2010-2016.

Roger has been the President of Space Coast Communities Association (SCCA) since 2009. Space Coast Communities Association is a not-for-profit association that began  June 17, 1975, as Space Coast Condominiums Association, Inc., which provided educational services to condominium associations and their boards of administration. SCCA has expanded its horizon over the years to welcome home owners', cooperatives, and time share associations. SCCA also includes among its members many businesses, mostly Brevard county small businesses, that provide goods and services to the common interest ownership housing association members. As SCCA grows they hope to continue building on the heritage of service to all Central Florida common interest ownership communities. SCCA is committed to fostering and promoting the interests of individuals, partnerships, firms, associations and corporations who own community association residential units, uniting owners through their associations by acting upon matters and presenting a unified input to legislators on issues affecting the interest of community association owners.

Gary has worked at Leland for over 7 years and has a degree in business from the University of Miami. Gary is certified by the State of Florida to teach several continuing education courses for licensed managers as well as Board Member Certification classes for both condominium and homeowner association Board members. Gary is an active member of CAI, has served 2 years as the Central Florida chapter President and is currently serving on the Board. Gary holds the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), Association Management Specialist (AMS) and Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designations through the Community Association Institute (CAI) as well as the CFCAM designation from (FCAP) Florida Community Association Professionals. Most recently Gary was appointed to the Florida Bars Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) committee. Gary is a contributor to the education curriculum of the statewide FCAP training program and has provided education courses at many City and County education conferences. In his role as Vice President Gary facilitates manager education, teaches board training programs throughout the state and assists with the marketing initiatives for the company.

Dara Lahav is a civil litigation and community association attorney.  After graduating from Stetson Law, she began her practice in Tampa, Florida concentrating in insurance law. Dara moved to Orlando in 2010. Prior to joining us as an attorney at Garfinkel Whynot, Dara was a litigation and community association attorney for Katzman Garfinkel.

“Over the years, I’ve enjoyed representing community associations, specifically protecting associations when liability claims are made against my client associations,” Dara stated.

In addition to practicing law, she is also the Attorney Representative for a the Community Association Network (CAN).  

Dara lives in Orlando with her husband, her small children and their family dog.