Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits


COMMUNITY SERVICE

The Ann Norton Sculpture Garden has announced eight new board members. Cindy Anderson is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC. She was previously an executive for Fidelity Bank and served on its Board of Directors. She is a founder’s circle member of the Gardens Conservancy and serves on the art and garden committees at ANSG. She is also a past board member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Anderson resides in Palm Beach.

Susan Keenan, a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, is a founding member of the Gardens Conservancy at ANSG. Keenen brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, media, event planning and community relations and was formerly the vice president of marketing and membership for the Palm Beach Civic Association. She has served on numerous boards including the Palm Beach Day Academy and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Karyn Lamb, a resident of Palm Beach, is also a founding member of the Gardens Conservancy and has served as chair for the annual Gardens Conservancy “Evening in the Gardens” event. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. Lamb previously worked in the fashion and cosmetics industry, holding positions with La Parfumerie, as well as Oscar de la Renta and Celine. Locally, she was a co-chair for the 2017 Community Foundation Gala.

Katrina Lee, a resident of West Palm Beach, is vice president and senior investment advisor with Wilmington Trust in Palm Beach. She is currently the secretary of the board of trustees at ANSG and has been instrumental in cultivating Wilmington Trust as a community partner for the annual Gardens Conservancy event, “Evening in the Gardens,” for the last three years. . She is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned the designation of certified financial analyst in 2000. She is a member of CFA Institute and the South Florida Financial Analysts Society. She is also an active member of the Kravis Corporate Partners.

Susan Petersen is the treasurer of the board of trustees at ANSG and member of the Gardens Conservancy. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. She is currently a director of the Gary Carter Foundation, director of the W.V. Bennett Foundation, member of the Free Enterprise Board of Palm Beach Atlantic University and chair of the Investment Committee of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation. Peterson resides in Lake Worth.

Sally Soter is a graduate of Ohio State University and the New York School of Interior Design. She is a philanthropist, art collector and serves as vice president of the ANSG board of trustees and chairman of the art committee. She is also a founding member of the Gardens Conservancy at ANSG. In addition to ANSG, Soter is currently involved with The American Heart Association, where she was recently honored for founding the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Society of the Four Arts and a former chairman of the board of trustees of the Norton Museum of Art. Soter resides in Palm Beach.

Cynthia Sulzberger is a founding member of the Gardens Conservancy at ANSG, chair of the education committee at ANSG and a multi-year sponsor for the Gardens’ annual Literacy Days. She graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology and received her Master’s from Bank Street College of Education. Sulzberger serves as a member of the Board of The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and is a Guardian ad Litem Palm Beach County. Sulzberger resides in Wellington.

Sandra Close Turnquest retired from the South Florida Water Management District in 2011, where she was the Deputy Executive Director of Corporate Resources. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in history from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL. She has her master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Turnquest is the former president of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and has a history of leadership and service in the community including active affiliations with Leadership Palm Beach County, Florida A&M University Alumni Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. and the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.

HEALTH

George Soupas has joined the Florida Certification Board’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council. Stoupas is an associate professor for Palm Beach State College’s addiction studies programs.

INSURANCE

Sheila Fortson has joined the National Council on Compensation Insurance as the organization’s public relations and social media director. Fortson manages all projects requiring written and multimedia communications that promote NCCI’s charitable endeavors, volunteer efforts and corporate culture. As social media director, Fortson also oversees NCCI’s corporate social media strategy and its implementation, including social media brand, and content management and strategic future planning. Fortson has an extensive background in communications with previous positions in public relations, marketing and television reporting. Most recently, Fortson served as director of communications & social media at the Salvation Army Naples Regional Coordinate in Southwest Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media from Temple University.

Jason Kaplan has been named a claims supervisor at Century Programs. Jason acts as a claim advocate and intermediary between the firm’s clients and their claims handler. He started in the insurance field as a property and casualty claims adjuster for a national mutual insurance carrier working in New England and the Midwest. He returned to Florida working for a carrier specializing in water damage claims in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Kaplan was selected to oversee this hotbed area of insurance due to his thorough understanding of insurance policies and claims standards, along with his interpersonal and negotiation skills. Over the course of adjusting claims in six states, he has received many accolades for his dedication to customer service. Prior to his career in the insurance industry, he received his B.A. in English and M.A. in British Literature from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Provost Award when entering into FAU’s Graduate Teaching Assistant program. During his time studying and teaching at FAU, he sat as vice-president of the English Graduate Student Society, where he used his leadership skills to coordinate a variety of events and conferences.

LEGAL

Brad Jankowski has joined law firm Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger. Jankowski has a background in estate planning, corporate and real estate. He also has knowledge of investments, trust services and financial planning. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Jankowski served as president of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. He is a member of The Florida Bar.

Andrew M. Dector has been installed as the president-elect of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. Dector, who was previously the treasurer of the Association, has been on the board for the past ten years. He represents clients in commercial litigation in both state and federal courts and in arbitration and mediation. He is admitted to The Florida Bar and has been a member for more than 30 years. He is also admitted to The New Jersey Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.

MEDICINE

Holy Cross Medical Group has added Brandon Perry to its physician group. Board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology by the American Board of International Medicine, Perry previously served as assistant professor of clinical medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Prior to becoming a doctor, he served as a nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Perry is a member of the Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. His focus areas include diabetes, thyroid disorders, metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis and parathyroid disorders. He completed a fellowship in endocrinology at Vanderbilt University, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala., and bachelor’s degrees in nursing and biomedical sciences from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. Holy Cross Medical Group provides services to Palm Beach and Broward counties.

REAL ESTATE

Jim Weix has been appointed to serve on the Treasure Coast Regional Board of Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Association. Weix is the broker and owner of The Real Estate Company, with offices in Stuart and Port St. Lucie.

REGONITION

Robert F. Rennebaum of Simmons and White has been selected Engineer of the Year by the Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Engineering Society. Rennebaum was recognized for his advocacy to the profession, in addition to his community service and work with young professionals.

Bridget A. Berry of law firm Greenberg Traurig has been named a 2017 Florida Legal Elite. Berry practices in West Palm Beach.

Lewis, Longman & Walker has been given a Band 1 Ranking in environmental law by Chambers and Partners. LLW is one of only four law firms in Florida with this distinction.

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