WIBC Mentorship Academy Alumni, Presented by Florida Crystals

The Women in Business Council continues to be dedicated to bringing educational and enlightening programs to female professionals in Palm Beach North. The Women in Business Council's Mentorship Academy, Presented by Lickstein Plastic Surgery, is an opportunity for women facing challenges affecting their career or business to grow personally and professionally. After the six-month Academy, each mentee is offered a membership in the Mentorship Academy Alumni, Presented by Florida Crystals, group to continue building relationships and offering professional development opportunities.
Emily O'Mahoney
(PAID in 2024)
2GHO, Inc. Landscape Architects, Planners
Partner
Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA, LEED®AP BD+C, Partner at 2GHO, has been a registered landscape architect in private practice since 1980.  She designs award-winning projects from single-family residential, parks to mixed-use new urbanism development with emphases on the details that make a space successful in a sustainable manner.  As a Fellow in her professional society, ASLA, she has served as the Florida Trustee, Chapter President, Government Affairs and Education Chairs. Emily mentors emerging landscape architects towards becoming licensed, students in landscape architecture, and other professional women.  Accessibility is considered Emily’s technical specialty, teaching on the state and national levels. She chairs the soon to be released technical series on accessibility for ASLA.  Well-designed outdoor spaces can change people and communities, bring social and environmental justice and address climatic challenges!
 
Anné Desormier-Cartwright
Original Mentor (PAID in 2024)
Elder & Estate Planning Attorneys PA
Elder Law Attorney
Licensed in Florida since 1985, Anné began her practice as a real estate, landlord tenant and commercial trial lawyer.  Since 1994, her practice expanded to include guardianship, mental health, probate and trust administration and trusts and estate planning and as well as Special Needs trust, Medicaid and Veterans Benefits Planning. She is a Charter member of Elder Counsel, a 35-year member of The Greater Palm Beach Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction, as well as an active member in Wealth Counsel, Advisors Forum, NAELA and AFELA, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, respectively. Contact: eepapa@elderlawyersfl.com
Alyssa Freeman
Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Executive Director
Nicole Plunkett
Cotleur & Hearing
Landscape Architect/Partner
Caroline Villanueva
Florida Crystals Corporation
South Florida External Affairs Director
Rachelle Litt
Rachelle Litt Consultant Pharmacist
Consultant Pharmacist
Niki Norton
Mentee->Mentor
n2 architecture & design
President
Niki L. Norton, R.A.—principle architect—is head of n2 architecture + design, and is an active leader of her community. She is currently the President of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women),  Martin County Historic Preservation Board Member, Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Board member, United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), and the first female  Vice President of Treasure Coast Builders Associate (TCBA). She participates not only in local green building and construction but is also currently licensed in seven different states and carries additional green certifications. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Niki began to practice there before moving to Stuart, Florida. She has been working in the Treasure Coast area for over twenty years. Contact: niki@n2archdesign.com
Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
Original Mentor
JSS Marketing & Public Relations
President

JSS Marketing and Public Relations, in 2016, offering a full range of experience in public relations and marketing — branding, negotiating media buys, digital marketing, plus events marketing and promotions.

Nicole Poundstone
Els for Autism Foundation
Development Manager
Jeannie Fowle
Venture X Palm Beach Gardens: The Future of Workspace
Principal
Jessica Clasby
Original Mentor (PAID in 2024)
Florida Sugar Cane League
Director, Palm Beach County
Jessica Clasby is the Director of the Florida Sugar Cane League in Palm Beach County. In this role, she manages all of the league’s regional outreach efforts, public education, and tours of the South Florida farming region. Prior to joining the Florida Sugar Cane League in 2018, Clasby owned her own business and held leadership positions in Palm Beach County service organizations. She is a double alumnus of Palm Beach Atlantic University, earning her master’s in leadership and bachelor’s in organizational management. Currently, Jessica serves as President of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni Association Board, Vice President of Palm Beach County Farm Bureau, Vice President for St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, Board member for Ag In the Classroom, Greater Delray Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Florida, Leadership Palm Beach County, South Florida Fair, and the Women's Red Apple Foundation. Jessica is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2020, Boca Leadership Class of 2021, Delray Leadership Class of 2022, a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class 40, and is very active in numerous chambers and philanthropic organizations.
Nika Coleman-Ferrell
Palm Beach State College
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Belinda Brendler
Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, a Dignity Memorial
Legacy Advisor
Leigh Routman
Palm Beach County Food Bank
Director of Programs
Wendy Conrad
Your Happy Workplace
Work Culture Strategist

Wendy Conrad is a Work Culture Strategist, Certified Chief Happiness Officer, and founder of Your Happy Workplace, which helps small businesses that care about their people and their bottom line become more profitable by developing and strengthening their work culture. 
 
After graduating Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree from FAU and working for several small businesses for over 2 decades, she uses what she's learned to design happier, more efficient workplaces for others. 

Wendy is a Florida Native, Golden Girls fan, and karaoke contest winner. She lives in Port Saint Lucie with her husband and senior dog.

Megan Kossove
Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Director of Communications
Katie Thompson
Committee Member
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Inc
VP of Education
Katie Thompson currently serves as the Vice President of Education at Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Education and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership both from Florida Atlantic University. Katie has 10+ years of experience in the field of education, most recently serving as a high school Assistant Principal. During her time in the classroom, Katie taught both middle and high school English and earned the distinction of a High Impact Teacher from the Florida Department of Education. Katie is also a proud graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County class of 2021. Katie currently lives in Jupiter, Florida with her husband, Michael. She has a passion for coaching basketball and her Labrador Retriever, Vera. Contact: kspitzig@@juniorachievement.com
Beth Bradley
The Collective Hair Studio
Owner
Hi Everyone. I am the proud owner of The Collective Hair Studio in North Palm Beach located in the Crystal Cove Plaza. What sets us apart from the "normal"salon is our commitment to not only doing amazing hair and working together in a Collective space but being a sustainable business in our community. We are committed to making North Palm Beach a little more green with our help.

We recycle up to 90% of all of our waste in the salon. Every color tube, aerosol can,aluminum foil,plastic cup and even our hair is recycled and turned into insulation material for green buildings. We even have a seperate receptacle where we dispose of our excess hair color so it's not going down the drains and into our drinking water.

Feel free to stop by for a complimetary consultation with one of our unbelievably talented stylists and see how we are helping to make our area a little greener!
Elle Harrigan
Committee Member (PAID in 2024)
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Inc.
Vice President of Advancement
Elle Harrigan is the Vice President for Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida (GSSEF), the premiere girl leadership organization. Girl Scouts seeks out new challenges, build important skills, and take the lead, all while receiving the support of our inclusive network of girls and women who champion every girl’s potential to create her own success- whatever that looks like to her. Since 1952, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has served girls throughout six counties and has three camps in the council jurisdiction.
 
Continuing her nonprofit-focused career, Elle Harrigan started with GSSEF three year ago, joining the team for the council’s largest grant and capital campaign to ensure girl scouting is available to all girls. She has increased the revenue for the organization during the COVID-19 Pandemic, ensuring Girl Scouts will always be a safe space for girls. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is completing her Master of Nonprofit Management at University of Central Florida. She is a proud homeowner and resident of Riviera Beach, where her husband and two-year-old son enjoy weekly meditation walks to the marina and beach.
Lisa Collum
Top Score Writing, Inc.
Owner/CEO
Chelsea Reed
Original Mentor
City of Palm Beach Gardens
Mayor
Chelsea Reed, Mayor of Palm Beach Gardens, is an award-winning leader with three decades of experience in business development and civic philanthropy. Mayor Reed is Chair of the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board and Vice Chair of the Governing Board for Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency. She is Chair of PBN Chamber Sustainability Subcommittee, 2nd VP of the Board of Directors for Palm Beach County League of Cities and is the 2022 Complete Streets Champion Award Winner. She attended Florida Atlantic University and University of Florida. She is a dedicated mentor & volunteer and enjoys distance running and adventure travel. Contact: info@chelseareed.com
Heather Young
3x Mentee
bee forever YOUNG
Nutrigenomics Rep
Nancy Meyer
Synovus Bank
Vice President, Treasury Management Consultant
Everyone needs support in managing their finances and day-to-day banking needs.  Please reach out to me to see how I can help you streamline your collections, increase working capital and add more revenue to YOUR bottom line.  I can't wait to share our story with you!  I take a consultative approach that encompasses by 10 years in corporate treasury and 25+ years in banking/treasury management solutions with an emphasis on operational efficiency.  I have a high standard for customer service and am passionate about doing what makes sense for the customer.  
Erin Oliphant
AFP Creative Solutions LLC
Owner
Linda Roman
Sandi Russell
Palm Beach Children's Chorus, Inc.
Natalie Carron
Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Caressa González
Manhattan Trophy & Promotion
Owner/Operator
Maria Marino
Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner PREFERRED EMAIL
Susan Tajalli
DSS, Inc. (Document Storage Systems, Inc.)
Wendy Sartory Link
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
PBC Supervisor of Elections
Robin Grenier
(PAID in 2024)
R.A.J. Electric, Inc.
Vice-President
Richard A. Jones Electric, Inc, DBA R.A.J. Electric, Inc., has been servicing Palm Beach and Martin County since 1985. We specialize in residential and commercial electrical repairs and upgrades, electric vehicle charging and  generator sales and service. We have been a Generac Generator dealer since 1999 and the Certified Tesla Charging Installer vendor for two dealerships, since 2015. In 2018 we were chosen to be the Generac Generator vendor for Costco in both the Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach stores. In 2019 former owner, Richard Jones, retired and the company was purchased in whole by longtime employee and business partner, Robin Grenier. Soon after we achieved the status of a female owned minority small business by the SBA. We may have seen our yellow and orange trucks with cartoon character shocking himself as he attempts the DIY electrical repair. We are located near Indiantown Road and Alternate A1A on North Old Dixie Highway. Let us show you why we live up to our tagline... "Service is our Specialty".
Britnye Kurty
United Way of Palm Beach County
Senior Director of Resource Department
Beth Kuschel
2x Mentee
Sharon Tate
1 Evolution Management Group, LLC
Suriana Colon
The Beauty Room By Suriana
Carly Laflamme
Lickstein Plastic Surgery
Lauren Mcglynn
Lickstein Plastic Surgery
Chrystal D. Rambarath
Chrystal Rambarath
Tinu Pena
Motre, Co. LLC
Principal Consultant
Diane Rutledge
Brand Transform, Inc.
Marketing and Brand Strategist
Traci Rollins
Gunster
Shareholder
Kati DeSutter
JupiterBounce.com
Imani Gordon
Keiser University
Aquannette Thomas
Seacoast Bank - Aquannette Thomas
Marcda Hilaire
Keiser University
Angelique Ash-Adderly
Angelique Ash
Maria Marino
Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner, District 1
Catherine Lemus
Juicernet by Mulligan Associates
General Manager
Amy Brunjes
Aquannette Thomas, MPA
Mentee->Mentor
Valley Bank
VP, Business Development Officer - Community Lending
Aquannette offers 20+ years of experience and leadership within the banking industry. As a DEI advocate and LGBTQIA + ally, she is dedicated to creating an enterprising workforce. She believes that the growth and success of an organization is achieved through forward-thinking leaders who shape, strengthen, and embrace innovation. In her current role as the Vice President, Business Development Officer of Community Lending at Valley Bank, she assists women and minority-owned businesses who are often overlooked by larger institutions by examining their growth potential. Beyond managing relationships with current banking clients, she also strives to create new relationships while working to ensure the needs of the bank and its clients are met. A proud Leadership Palm Beach County Alumna (Class of 2020), Aquannette is very passionate about serving her community and currently holds multiple board and committee appointments throughout Palm Beach County.  As a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aquannette is proud of her Caribbean heritage. She enjoys traveling and spending her free time with her family.  Contact: ATThomas@valley.com
Colleen Hawkins Dolezal
Ryan William's Agency
People Person
Erin Pedrique
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Inc
Programs Assistant
Jennifer Fanning
Waterstone Mortgage Corporation - Jennifer Fanning
Senior Loan Advisor
Paige Scollard
Els for Autism Foundation
Patricia Santayana
Michela Vaccaro
Gehring Group, A Risk Strategies Company
Marketing Comm. Manager
Emma Green
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Inc
K12 Programs Manager
Tatianah Predestin
Keiser University
Student - WIBC MB Mentee
Christina Romelus
PolitiCalm
Angela Cruz
PolitiCalm
Regional Director
Lyndsey Saunders
Path To College
Program Coordinator
Sarah Cohen
2x Mentee (PAID in 2024)
Sarah's Slow Jam, LLC
Owner
Jessica Diaz
LOI Insurance
Agent
Kemmisha Lindo
Synovus Bank
AVP, Retail Market Manager II
Aimee Carlson
PulteGroup
Director of Land Planning & Entitlement
Shannon Stilson
USPA Global Licensing
AVP Marketing
Marciela Torres
Esperanza Community Center
Executive Director
Maricela Torres
PAID in 2024
Esperanza Community Center
Andrea Carrara
2x Mentee (PAID in 2024)
The Optimum Group LLC
President
Kathleen Steffen
Haley Lane
Gibson Insurance Agency
Private Client Group Risk Advisor
At Gibson, I am a Personal Insurance Risk Advisor in our Private Client Group. I specialize in taking successful individuals with unique and complex insurance needs through a guided assessment of their risk exposures. Once a Gibson client, my team assigns a dedicated Client Manager to monitor your account all year long. As a team, we take a proactive approach to your insurance program and give you the peace of mind that someone you trust always has eyes on your 'stuff'.
Kenyatta Connaway
(PAID in 2024)
Kenyatta Speaks, LLC
CEO/Founder
Alex Martinez Slaton
Chair of Council (2022-2024)
Team IP
Sr. Business Development
Alex is proud to represent Team IP, a local, family-owned company, that has led the way for over 30 years producing decorated apparel and branded products and is the nation’s largest in experiential marketing of Championship Merchandise. Alex combines her experience as an owner of SpeedPro Graphics & Printing and over 20 years of corporate leadership to provide uniquely customized solutions with solid marketing and branding expertise to develop integrated, strategic promotional plans and campaigns. Alex is also an active volunteer serving on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Treasure Coast Builders Association and Pace Center for Girls as well as the Leadership Advisory Council for Place of Hope. Contact amartinez@teamip.com. 
Alexis Lockhart
The Lockhart District, LLC
Founder & CEO

The Lockhart District

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."
 

Founded in 2018, The Lockhart District Modeling Agency began to serve as a space where people of all colors, shapes and sizes can cultivate portfolios recognized by major fashion brands, and most importantly, inspire. A former model, Alexis Lockhart desired to equip models with tools of leadership and community engagement,  as well as runway, print, and commercial experience. Since its inception, several District Models have been invited to participate in New York Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week, and Miami Swim Week. The District Models are led to be Leaders of light, guided by Mathew 5:14. With every picture, runway, or video, The Lockhart District’s purpose is to spread light. 

 

About the Founder

At the age of 12, sitting in the front row of the EBONY FASHION FAIR, Alexis was inspired by beautiful women who were confident, strong, and most importantly, looked like her. At that moment, she understood the power of representation and started the journey of creating a platform to do just that. Today, that platform has grown to  produce several fashion experiences, giving hundreds of diverse models an opportunity at a modeling career with their voices heard and empowered to inspire.

Angel Adams
Chair of Committee
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County
Special Events and Marketing Coordinator
Angel Adams, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, is a passionate leader in the nonprofit community. She is the immediate past Chair of the Palm Beach North Chamber’s Women in Business Council and the creator of the highly successful Mentorship Bootcamp. Angel attended Daytona State College, receiving degrees in Photographic Technology and Supervision and Management. She loves the beach, traveling, golf and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. Angel is an avid sports fan following the Yankees, Washington Commanders, and the Bruins. In 2020, Angel was part of the ZUMA Press team covering the Tokyo Olympics. Contact: angel@educationfoundationpbc.org.
Desiree Jaye
The Lockhart District, LLC
Talent Agent Manager
Danielle Basinski
Mosquito Shield of The Palm Beaches
Co-Owner

Mosquito Shield of The Palm Beaches is a residential mosquito control company.  With 20 years of experience developing our blend of all-natural oils coupled with select EPA-registered control products we are able to achieve a 3-pronged mosquito control approach; Mask, Repel and Kill.  With our Tailored Treatment System, we use as little as necessary based on weather and mosquito population to control your property's mosquitoes.

Danielle and Brett Basinski are the proud owners of Mosquito Shield of The Palm Beaches and have been living in the Palm Beach Gardens area for the past 20 years. They are both avid golfers and love being outside enjoying sunny Florida with their 3 kids and Goldendoodle. They are excited to help families in Palm Beach County enjoy their outdoor living space without the nuisance and health risk of mosquitoes.

Samantha Kelly
Kristin Cataldo
Oriana De Leon
Community Partners of South Florida
Director of BRIDGES at Highland
Lynne Gassant
Scholar Career Coaching, Inc.
Founder, Executive Director
Marine Crile
Krma foods
VP Sales and Marketing
Vanessa Bannister
My Posh Everything Fashion
Fabiana DesRosiers
Original Mentor (PAID in 2024)
Hispanic Human Resources Council (HHRC)
CEO
Fabiana DesRosiers, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Hispanic Human Resources Council, Inc. (HHRC) in West Palm Beach.  In her role as CEO, Dr. DesRosiers oversees two child development centers and programming that supports families in a diverse community.  Dr. DesRosiers has had a long career working in non-profit organizations and prestigious higher education institutions of influence such as Dominican College, NYU, Barnard College, Pitzer College, and Fordham University.  She is an active board member of Opportunity, Inc. and the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park.  Fabiana is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County and devotes her free time on committees of influence for several organizations, such as 211 Helpline, Clinics Can Help, Leadership Palm Beach County, Education Foundation, and North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. DesRosiers earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Binghamton University, a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University, and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology also from Fordham University.  In 2021, Fabiana received the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County’s Giraffe Award in education. In 2011, she received the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate award from Cengage Learning and the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. This award is given to select individuals in recognition of their exceptional work in improving the educational experience of first year students.   Dr. DesRosiers also completed her WSET Level 2 intermediate Certificate in Wine and Spirits in 2009. Always a lifelong learner, Fabiana believes that education is her avocation first and vocation second.
 
Florencia Ziemke
Evexia Medical
Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Ziemke is a double-board certified medical doctor, entrepreneur, and founder of Evexia Medical in Palm Beach County. She completed her medicine residency & fellowship in Boston, MA with affiliations at BU, Tufts, and Harvard. She is a teacher, mentor, advocate, and leader in the field of Medicine, Obesity & Nutrition. Evexia Medical focuses on optimal health, weight loss and prevention of weight regain while leveraging digital technology and remote patient monitoring. She serves on the Obesity Society Advisory Committee, Editorial Board of Obesity Pillars, is a Consultant and Speaker for Novo Nordisk, and Scientific Medical Associate at Obesity Matters. Contact: fziemke@evexiamed.com
Colleen Hawkins Dolezal
Non-Member
Desiree Reavis
Committee Member
Omni
VP of Sales
Desiree Reavis is a seasoned professional, holding the role of Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Omni, a reputable family-owned and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Business Technology company. With over two decades of experience in leadership, management, and sales, Desiree brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Passionate about making a difference, she dedicates her time to various nonprofit organizations, embodying her philanthropic philosophy. Notably, Desiree serves as an executive committee member for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night, a cause close to her heart. Through her dedication and commitment, Desiree continues to drive positive change in both her professional and philanthropic endeavors. Contact: desiree@telomni.com 
Katie Holmes
Loan Officer
Kristen Bardin
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Palm Beach County
Director of Advancement
Daniella Vincson
NPC Financial
Financial Representative
Ashley Capps
Jupiter Family Fun
Manager- Sales & Marketing
Joanna Peluso
Non-Member
Katrina Heller
(PAID in 2024)
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Executive Director
Charlotte James
Chamber Staff
Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
Marketing and Communications Manager
Caitlyn Bergman
Chamber Staff
Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
Events Manager
Sarita Eskenazi
Peace of Mind Precision Home Inspecting LLC
LaTanya McNeal
Palm Beach State College
Executive Dean Belle Glade Campus of PBSC
Lauren Abdul
(PAID in 2024)
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Assistant Director, Emergency Department
Dymond Franklin
IBM
Gloria Florexil
(PAID in 2024)
Flourish
Samantha Sheets
Garden of Life
Kathy Benson
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Inc.
Tyrielle Jarmon
The Club at Ibis
Elisha Friedel
Keiser University
Chiropractic Medical Student
Schtwanice Haile
Desiree Byfield
Young, Gifted and Black
CEO
Nicole Poundstone
Non-Member
Alex Alfred
Cultural Council for Palm Beach County
Director of Community Engagement
Heidi Rothschild
School of Rock North Palm Beach