Executive Women Of The Palm Beaches Elects New Officers

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches (EWPB) recently installed its new slate of officers, who will serve the organization and its foundation for the 2015-16 term.

EWPB elected Sandra Close Turnquest as president, Lori Fischer as president-elect, Denise Mariani as secretary, Deanna Fisher as treasurer and Jennifer Rodriguez as treasurer-elect. Immediate Past President Charlotte Pelton will serve on both the EWPB and foundation boards.

“I am honored to hold this position with an organization that I hold close to my heart,” Turnquest said. “This is a tremendous group of women who are not only professional role models for me, but dear friends who inspire me every single day. I am looking forward to an amazing year.”

The following members will serve as returning directors of the EWPB the year: Jessica Cecere, Beth Crews, Anita Holmes, Selena Smith, Julie Swindler, Denise Valz and Trixy Walker. New directors, whose terms continue until June 2017, include Natalie Alvarez, Jackie Halderman, Donna Hamilton and Cosy Joseph. Chanda Fuller and Jean Wihbey will serve as alternate directors.

Regina Bedoya was named chair of the EWPB Foundation, with Monica Manolas as vice chair, Michele Gurto as secretary and Nanette Norton Winzell as treasurer.

Directors of the EWPB Foundation include Natalie Alvarez, Joan Bever, Tish Carlo, Rosanne Duane, Donna Hamilton, Trish Lowry, Pam Payne, Charlotte Pelton, Suzy Petersen, Gina Sabean and Misty Travani.

EWPB is a nonprofit professional organization that inspires integrity, equality and leadership in the workplace and community. The foundation’s purpose is to raise funds and then devote those resources to educational and charitable activities that make a positive difference in the Palm Beach County community. It exists to promote awareness of women’s issues by providing financial aid and scholarships to women from Palm Beach County while maintaining the vision to enhance and influence the educational advancement of women.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $408,000 for scholarships and community projects. In addition to college scholarships awarded annually to outstanding women pursuing their advanced education, it has provided financial support to many local programs. Last year, thanks to the support of sponsors, partners and donors, the foundation was responsible for 24 scholarships totaling approximately $40,000.

To learn more, visit www.ewpb.org or call (561) 868-7070.

ABOVE: Sandra Close Turnquest.