Leadership Palm Beach County Announces Engage Class of 2023 Participants


Leadership Palm Beach County Announces Engage Class of 2023 Participants

Fifty-six local leaders selected for esteemed program


Engage%202023%20Social.png(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) July 14, 2022 – Fifty-six esteemed professionals have been accepted into the 2022-23 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 56 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 56 new class members look forward to furthering this mission. See the full list of Engage Class of 2023 participants below.


Leadership Engage Class of 2023

Maria S. Antuña, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County

Melissa Arden, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Isami C. Ayala-Collazo, Palm Beach County

Rolando Chang Barrero, The Box Gallery

Christian Bergstrom, Gehring Group

Dr. Vassilia Binensztok, Juno Counseling and Wellness

Adam Bregman, Shutts & Bowen, LLP

Rich Brochu, Florida Fishing Academy

Elyse Weintraub Brown, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Checree Bryant, Actuate Consulting, LLC

Jon Burstein, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

Julia Caner, Wells Fargo

Tara Cardoso, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Althea Largie Ceasor, Merrill Lynch

Eli Cecil, Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts

Kenyatta Connaway, Kenyatta Speaks, LLC

Paul Connell, Palm Beach County

Sean Cooley, South Florida Water Management District

Alissa Dhawan, HBK CPAs and Consultants

Dante Drummer, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Carla Duhaney, Cox Science Center and Aquarium

Jennifer L. Granger, Florida Atlantic University

Matt Hedrick, Florida Power & Light Company

Tammy Jackson-Moore, Guardians of the Glades

Cassius Johnson, Social Impact Entrepreneur

R. Audy Johnston, Keiser University

Kathleen Joy, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce

Dellesa Kirk-Johnson, Frenchman’s Creek, Inc.

Bethany Lacey, Boys Town South Florida

Kim Lancaster, Palm Beach State College

Matt Lincoln, CBS12 News

Alex Martinez-Slaton, Team IP

Tim May, United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches

Dr. Tomara Mays, Family Promise of North Central Palm Beach County

Raul Mercader, IOA – MDB Advisors, LLC

Telsula Morgan, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.

Lisa Nisenson, WGI

JohnPaul O’Connor, City of Westlake

Calvin Phillips, The Lord’s Place

Cory Price, West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System

Sheri Resnick, Working Gears, LLC

Darren Romelus, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Dr. Deeawn Roundtree, Roundtree Training & Consulting

Corey Saban, CS Media Works

Matt Scheer, Gunster

Becky Schnirman, Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department

Joyell Shaw, School District of Palm Beach County

Candi Spitz, 211 Palm Beach and Treasure Coast

Nadia Islam Spivak, The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches

Vanessa Underwood Steelman, Palm Beach County

Jeff Trynz, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Shalonda Warren, City of West Palm Beach

Marvelous Washington, City of West Palm Beach

T. Denise Williams, Mo Betta Braids & Things

Aaron Wormus, SmartX Advisory Solutions

Emily Zarzycki, CROS Ministries


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.