Leadership Palm Beach County Announces Engage Class of 2024 Participants


Leadership Palm Beach County Announces Engage Class of 2024 Participants

Fifty-five local leaders selected for esteemed program


(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) July 19, 2023 – Fifty-five esteemed professionals have been accepted into the 2023-24 Leadership Engage Program, Leadership Palm Beach County’s flagship program. Leadership Engage, presented by iTHINK Financial, is a highly selective 10-month program which unites community leaders and offers participants a transformative learning experience and a powerful network, 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 55 class members were selected for their leadership and service in their professional and civic lives. They will meet each month from September through May to explore program topics such as agriculture, education, public safety, and healthcare. Class members will also divide into smaller groups and work on their chosen “Engage Forward” projects, the Leadership Palm Beach County civic engagement initiative benefiting local non-profits and aimed at tackling challenges facing the region.

The mission of LPBC is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community, and the 55 new class members look forward to furthering this mission. See the full list of Engage Class of 2024 participants below.


Leadership Engage Class of 2024

Lavern Blackwood, MCO Construction and Services, Inc.

Taraneisha Burgess, APRN, FNP-C, Vital Vita Wellness

Natalie Carron, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Akhil Chhabra, Monolith, Inc.

Kiley Damone, FINFROCK

Samira H Daroub, UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center

Maylee De Jesús, City of Boynton Beach

Wanita Dixon, Technical Creative Consulting LLC

Julie Dowe, Palm Beach County-Community Services Department

Jeffrey Fine, iTHINK Financial

Leneita Fix, The Reef Institute

Dymond Franklin, MBA, IBM

Veronica Frehm, Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

David R. Glickman, The Markarian Group

Zack Greenberg, Florida Power & Light Company

Valerie Ware Grimsley, City of Riviera Beach

Jason Hagensick, YMCA of South Palm Beach County

Major Leisa Hall, The Salvation Army

Danielle M. Hanson, Hanley Foundation

Dana Herst, Esq., United Way of PBC

Derrick E. Hoskins, K & M Electrical Supply, Inc.

Amelia N. Jadoo, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole + Bierman

Amy Kight, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

David Killian, Palm Beach County Youth for Christ

Kenyon L. Link, Community Partners of South Florida

Alexis Lockhart, Police Athletic League, West Palm Beach Inc.

Bree Gordon Lukosavich, Creative Arts Therapies of the Palm Beaches

Ahmad Mayes, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach

Dr. Jolande Morgan, School District of Palm Beach County

Raymond Morse, The Lord's Place

Doug Mosley, The Walt Disney Co./ESPN/ESPN Events

Ilene Passler, Cheney Brothers, Inc.

Emory Payne, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Lauren Perry, Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Stephanie Rohm Quirantes, Nothing Bundt Cakes & Meyer Lucas Team at Compass 

Elizabeth RochaineFACHE, Wellington Regional Medical Center

Elizabeth “Fergy” Ronayne, Mackenzie Management, LLC

Claudia Ruiz Levy, CRL Media LLC

Melissa Schulte, Northern Trust

Stephanie Slater Goldfuss, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC

Julia Spence, West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System

Melinda Springman-Herrera, School District of Palm Beach County

Emily Starkey, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Lisa Stella, The Learning Center

Pilar Forero Taylor, Florida Atlantic University/FAU Lab Schools

Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister, Baptist Health South Florida

Peter Troup, NFP

Josh Vandagriff, Wells Fargo Commercial Bank

Ellen Vaughan, Center for Family Services

Katie Walsh Edwards, Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience

Tessie Watts, The Leadership Haven Resource Center LLC

Jeffrey Willis Jr., Muck City Angler LLC

Khadeidra "KD" Willis, Florida Legislature, Senator Lori Berman District 26/ #WORK21, LLC

Molly Young, Doug Watt, Inc. & Village of Tequesta

Michael Zeff, Palm Beach County Sports Commission


About Leadership 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 nearly 3,000 adult and youth graduates for enhanced community leadership roles. Learn more about LPBC at: LeadershipPBC.org.