Press Release: Adult Leadership Graduation 2013

June 26, 2013

LEADERSHIP PALM BEACH COUNTY Celebrates 2013 Adult Program Graduation

Fifty Palm Beach County professionals complete yearlong leadership program 


WEST PALM BEACH FL, June 17, 2013 - Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) recently honored graduates of its Adult Leadership Program on Thursday, June 6 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach Pavilion.


The Adult Leadership Program exemplifies LPBC’s mission to identify and unite diverse leaders in order to increase understanding of countywide issues and improve participants’ ability to lead effectively.  The Class of 2013 is the 29th class of local leaders to complete the program. Its fifty graduates join a network of over 1,000 alumni. 


Each year, LPBC selects 50 leaders to participate in a unique 10-month experience that grants class members uncommon access to influential people and significant sites throughout the county as well as hands-on experience with major local industries and community issues. 


Christina D’Elosua, LPBC Executive Director and Class of 2012 graduate, described the graduates’ experience: “This year’s class members were not only exposed to our county’s top leaders through the impressive class schedules, but they were immersed with their fellow leaders throughout the year.  The fact that top-level professionals take time out of busy schedules to learn more about the county and collaborate with other leaders to impact our community is truly inspiring.”


The Leadership class meets once per month to examine social, economic, and political issues within the county. Each curriculum day encourages in-depth exploration of specific topics, including Civics & Government, Business & Media, and Agriculture. Even participants who have lived in Palm Beach County for many years make new connections throughout the year.  Graduates spoke of learning from the diverse experiences of their peers. 


Despite their very different professional backgrounds, LPBC alumni share a common commitment to service. Community engagement of this kind is a guiding principle of LPBC and one that the organization empowers participants to take on through the program’s Civic Engagement projects.


As part of the LPBC leadership program, class members select Civic Engagement Projects that utilize each class’ capacity to address the needs and goals of nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County.  In 2013, leadership class members worked closely with representatives from the Alpert Jewish and Family Services, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Habitat for Humanity, and Take Stock in Children to help these organizations reach strategic goals. Class of 2013 members helped partner organizations create brand messages and marketing strategy, develop an informational toolkit for volunteers, conduct a comprehensive artist’s needs assessment throughout the county and provided key recommendations on target markets.


The recent graduation ceremony stirred excitement among 2013 class members to stay involved with Leadership Palm Beach County.


Leadership Palm Beach County’s Class of 2013 Graduates include:


Catherine Kent of Alley, Maass Rogers & Lindsay, P.A

Becky Macaluso of EWGA

Ryon McCabe of McCabe, Rabin, P.A

Christina Macfarland of Homemaker

Brenda (Morgan) Hockman of Leo A Daly

Laura Morse of Community Partnership Group

Andy Newitt of A-1 Moving and Storage

Christopher Noe of Nonprofits First

Rose Novotny of the Palm Beach Post

Bradford O'Brien of the Village of Royal Palm Beach

Austin Pantaleo of Landmark Community Development, Inc.

Lisa Park of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A

Jerold Parrott of E.C Fennell Engineering Consultants

Julian Poole of Pioneer Growers Cooperative

Kelly Powell of Community Partnership Group

David Reynolds of Hedge Co Securities

Kelly Rowland of S.B Idea, Inc.

Donald Scantlan of Workforce Alliance

Hannah Sosa of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, P.A

Joanne Stanley of Republic Services

Brittany Tallon of Tallon and Associates, DBA Aflac

Jason Thomas of Palm Beach Atlantic University

Ashley Tripp of Tripp Electric Motors, Inc.

Ofelia Utset of OPKO Health, Inc.

Wes Wiggins of Regional Multiple Listing Services, Inc.



Member of the Class of 2012 who formally completed their requirements this year to become part of the Alumni Association include:


Anthony Robinson of TBC Corporation




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.














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