Leadership Palm Beach County Announces 2017-18 Leadership Engage Class

September 5, 2017

Leadership Palm Beach County Announces 2017-18 Leadership Engage Class

Fifty-five Palm Beach County professionals selected for competitive leadership program

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) September 5, 2017 - Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) has selected the 55 leaders for the 2017-18 Leadership Engage program, which offers participants a powerful new network and a transformative learning experience, with the intent to better Palm Beach County.  


Participants, who come from diverse industries and backgrounds, will gain a deeper understanding of their own leadership styles as well as understand the ways in which they can make significant improvements in the community.


The class members were selected for their leadership and service in their professional and civic lives. They will meet as a group for one full-day each month, from September to May, and travel on a bus to all areas of the county, exploring program topics such as agriculture, education, public safety, and healthcare. They will also break up into smaller groups to do community engagement projects, benefiting local non-profits and aimed at tackling challenges facing the region.  


“Most of our Leadership Engage participants are already involved in their community, but as they start the program, they will quickly discover how much more they can do to further their civic and business commitments,” said Noel Martinez, Executive Director of LPBC. “Leadership Engage brings together the right individuals and allows them to see our community with fresh perspective and awareness.”


Leadership Engage is the flagship program for LPBC which unites leaders to improve Palm Beach County and deepens their civic commitment and awareness of diverse issues and industries.


Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2018

Barbara Abernathy, Pediatric Oncology Support Team

Natalie M. Alvarez, Sabadell Bank & Trust

Ethan Basore, TKM Bengard Farms

Ken Baxter, Fastsigns Lake Worth

Ron Bazil, Childrens Services Council

Amy Brand, Habitat for Humanity

Courtney Burg, MomboJombo.org

Debbie Calabria, Cultural Council of PBC

Susan Caldwell, Palm Beach State College

Pam Calzadilla, Meals on Wheels of Palm Beach

Debra Chandler, League of Women Voters

Jennifer Cirillo, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation

Sam Cruz, Oxbridge Academy

Suzanne Dombrowski, Chen Moore and Associates

Toby Douthwright, The Lord's Place

Leslie Downs, SunTrust Bank

Charles Duval, CareerSource Palm Beach County

Kevin Elwell, BDO USA, LLP

Nikki Fingerhut, Clerk and Comptroller

Yvette Flores, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin County

James Garvin, Forming Brands

Stephanie Glavin, Bank of America

Audra Grigaliunas, Audra Grigs Video Strategy + Creation

Geneviene Hall, Beaulieu-Fawcett Law Group

Michael Hamilton, PNC Bank

Parisa Hamzetsah, ABACI 360 LLC

Cosy Joseph, Florida Power and Light

David Kahn, Rendina Healthcare Real Estate

Terry Kang, Shoretel

Dane Leitner, Ward Damon

Sherri Lewman, Jupiter Medical Center

Kelly Matczak, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

Suzanne Mechler, CDM Smith

Em Mendez, The Palm Beach Post

Mark Miller, Vistage Florida

Teresa Miller, Garden of Life

Julie Parham, City of Lake Worth

Susan Poncy, MD, Susan Brown Poncy, MD PA

Christy Potter, Children Services Council of Palm Beach County

Donna Quinlan, United Way of Palm Beach County

Alleigh Reitz, Everglades Farm Equipment

Kathryn Rossmell, Lewis, Longman & Walker,


Katie Roundtree, North Palm Beach County Improvement District

Shane Savage, BG Inc.

Melanie Scherr, Northwestern Mutual, Warner Group

Nancy Stellway, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County

Chief Stephen Stepp, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department

Amy S. L. Terwilleger, Gunster

Adriene Tynes, Nonprofits First

Britnye Underwood, United Way of Palm Beach County

Jacqueline Underwood, Florida Power and Light

Jennifer M. Vail, AICP, WGI

Rebecca Mercier Vargas, Kreusler-Walsh, Compiani & Vargas

Kate Watt, Urban League of Palm Beach County

Meaghan A. White, Palm Beach County



Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc., is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperative relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. LPBC’s stated mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community. Initiated in 1983 through a collaborative effort of the local Chambers of Commerce, LPBC has prepared more than 1,000 graduates for enhanced community leadership roles. Learn more about LPBC here: LeadershipPBC.org