Promotions, hires in Palm Beach County business, non-profits


Michael Schenk has been hired as culinary director for Farmer’s Table. He will oversee the restaurant, in-house catering and Farmer’s Table Express. Schenk has more than 34 years of experience in the food industry. He earned a culinary chef’s master’s degree in Germany and served as executive chef at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Germany, among other top-rated establishments such as Feinkost Kȁefer. Schenk has worked at Tavern on the Green and Oceana in New York City. He has been featured on the Food Network. Prior to Farmer’s Table, he was executive chef at Wykagyl Country Club and Fresh Meadow Country Club, as well as Polo Club of Boca Raton and Wycliffe Golf and Country Club. The eatery is located in Boca Raton.


Palm Beach Atlantic University has hired six faculty members.

J. Israel Balderas  has been named assistant professor of convergence journalism. He has over 20 years of experience in the news business. Balderas began his career at CBS in Tulsa, Oklahoma while earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications and Bachelor of Science in theology at Oral Roberts University. He has covered the country music scene in Nashville, politics and policy in Washington, D.C. and worked as a news anchor and reporter in Texas and North Carolina. Balderas earned his JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and also spent time as a media advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. More recently he worked as a reporter at WPEC CBS12. Balderas is a recipient of numerous awards, including an Emmy.

Mark Bonfiglio has been named associate professor of pharmacy practice and chair of the department of pharmacy practice. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degrees from the University of Toledo. He completed a residency in critical care pharmacy at University Hospital of The Ohio State University and graduated with his Pharm.D from the institution. He spent nine years in pharmacy education and clinical practice before joining Lexi-Comp Medical Publishing, now Wolters Kluwer Health, where he worked with drug information content.

Christopher Elder  has been named assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Prior to this position he worked as a hematology and oncology clinical pharmacist at the Cone Health Cancer Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a board certified oncology pharmacist. Elder earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Pharm.D from South University.

Kristen Gagne has been named assistant professor of nursing. She spent 10 years at St. Mary’s Medical Center where she worked as a registered nurse in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. Gagne earned her BSN from the University of Miami and MSN from the University of Cincinnati. She was a maternal/child instructor for local nursing programs prior to her appointment at PBA. Gagne is a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses.

Joshua Mason has been named assistant professor of biology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Missouri Southern State University. He is working on his doctoral studies in biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame and is a cancer cell biologist. Mason is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Kyle Schnack has been named assistant professor of theatre. He has worked as an actor, director and teacher. Schnack was previously director of theatre at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee and a board member of the Tennessee Theatre Association. He is a recipient of the St. John Bosco Award. Schnack earned his bachelor’s degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.


Gary McDaniel has joined Erdman Anthony as a survey technician in the geospatial services core business in the firm’s West Palm Beach office. He will manage the unmanned aerial vehicle surveying division for the office. McDaniel has over five years of experience surveying in Florida and North Dakota. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical science education from Minot State University.


Gil Walsh  has been accepted to the Design Leadership Network. She owns Gil Walsh Interiors and has worked in the industry for over 40 years. Walsh is a member of the National Committee for the Performing Arts at The Kennedy Center, The Decorators Club, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, Kips Bay Palm Beach Committee and the Norton Museum of Art. She is on the board of directors for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.


Kathy McCrossin  has been appointed director of sales at Devonshire at PGA National. Prior to Devonshire, she worked as director of sales at Maris Grove, a retirement community in Pennsylvania. Her past experiences include property management companies and a Philadelphia law firm.


The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has received the Management Programs/Creative Partnerships Award from the Florida Redevelopment Association. The agency was recognized for the Courtyards on 12th Workforce Housing Project.

Delray Medical Center was recognized by Healthgrades for its performance in various specialties. The center received 13 awards, some including the Healthgrades Neuroscience Excellence Award and the Healthgrades Stroke Care ExcellenceAward, as well as five-star awards for small intestine and colorectal surgeries. In addition, the center placed in the top five percent in the nation for neurosciences, top 10 percent in the nation for critical care, top five percent in the nation for cranial neurosurgery and top five percent in the nation for treatment of stroke.

Kurt Sylvia has been named by Forbes as one of the top 250 wealth advisers in the country. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Sylvia earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Providence College. He is a board member for the Stetson University Business School and resides in Jupiter.

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