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Leadership Engage picks 56-member class

Leadership Palm Beach County, presented by iTHINK Financial, has announced the 56 members of the Class of 2023 for its flagship program. You can join the Engage Class of 2023 as they complete their first session day Sept. 14. The Leadership Plus Happy Hour is at Banko Cantina in West Palm Beach and is from 5 to 7 p.m.

Class members were selected from diverse backgrounds and industries based on their leadership and service in their professional and civic lives. For 10 months the group will participate in a transformative learning experience and build a powerful network with the common goal of bettering Palm Beach County.

Participants will go through exercises to gain an understanding of their leadership styles and learn ways they can make a profound impact on the community. Each month they will spend a full day together exploring topics such as agriculture, public safety, education and health care.

Leadership Palm Beach County ( is a nonprofit organization that brings together leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build and steward a vibrant, interconnected community. Over 2,000 adult and youth leaders have gone through LPBC programs, committing to a lifetime of doing public good.

Leadership Engage began in 1983 to bring together and educate the county’s highest potential leaders. Most participants are already actively engaging in community service, and the program helps them build the relationships and skills needed to make a greater impact.

The cost of the program is $2,500. If you are interested in participating in the Class of 2024, sign up for the LPBC newsletter here to know when applications open.

The 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 Co.

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


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