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About the Foundation

The mission of the Foundation for Palm Beach State College is to seek philanthropic gifts and partnerships to further initiatives and opportunities that transform students’ lives and impact the economic and cultural prosperity of the community.

Today's Foundation for Palm Beach State is defined by relationships - the ones that bring partners, friends and donors committed to the students we serve and the community we share. 

The Foundation provides value to the College by

  • expanding awareness of and engagement in Palm Beach State while
  • accepting, stewarding and distributing philanthropic gifts in accordance with donors’ wishes.


Palm Beach State College Foundation, Inc.

812 Fern Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-868-3450  |  Fax: 561-868-3687


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Mailing Address

640 Clematis St. #278 | West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Foundation Staff

David A. Rutherford

David A. Rutherford, M.A., CFRE
Vice President,
Institutional Advancement
CEO, The Foundation for
Palm Beach State College


Kareen Torres

Kareen Torres
Assistant Vice President,  Institutional Advancement


LaKeisha Merrick Pender

LaKeisha Merrick-Pender
Executive Assistant


Amy Scandrett

Amy Scandrett
Director, Donor Relations & Advancement Events


Dean Glorioso

Dean Glorioso
Advancement Communications Manager, Grant Development


Brett R. Larsen

Brett R. Larsen
Campaign & Special Gifts Manager


Gabrielle Monroe

Gabrielle Monroe
Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving Manager


Steven Wilkes

Steven Wilkes
Data/Prospect Research Analyst


Edward D. Picon

Edward D. Picon
Gift Processing Specialist


Lorin Romeo Romay

Lorin Romeo Romay
Major Gifts & Scholarship Coordinator


Ana Thomas

Ana Thomas, CFRE *Alumna*
Corporate Partnerships Director



2023 - 2024 Foundation Board of Directors

  • Ricky Wade, Chair
  • Noel Guillama, Vice Chair
  • Ellice Martinez, Secretary
  • Brent Fykes, Finance Chair
  • Pat Bishop, District Board of Trustees Representative 
  • Dr. Melissa Friedman-Levine, District Board of Trustees Representative 
  • Vicki Chouris
  • Stephen Constantine
  • Hermine Drezner 
  • George T. Elmore 
  • Pia Giannone 
  • Elizabeth Hamma
  • Julie Kime 
  • Trish Lowry
  • Whitney Cunningham Walker 
  • Alfred Zucaro
  • Ava L. Parker, J.D., PBSC President 
  • David A. Rutherford, VP Advancement, CEO Foundation for PBSC
  • James Duffie, CPA
  • Kevin Fernander, Esq.
  • Debbie Beres, Faculty Representative
  • Tomas Leon Nunez, Student Representative

Note: All members of the Palm Beach State College Foundation Board of Directors are required to sign an acknowledgment form stating they have reviewed and understand the Sunshine Law and Conflict of Interest Policy of Palm Beach State College Foundation, Inc.

The purpose of these meetings is for the Executive Committee to conduct public business. Meetings are open to the public. A copy of the agenda is available at the Foundation Office, 812 Fern Street, West Palm Beach, FL, 33401. Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aid services for this meeting may call the Foundation at 561-868-3450 with his or her request. 


2024 Meeting Schedule
Day/Date Meeting Time
Wednesday, March 13  Full Board Meeting 12 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24

Executive Committee Meeting 8 a.m.

Wednesday, May 15

Full Board Meeting and Audit 12 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12

Executive Committee Meeting 8 a.m.

Wednesday, August 21

Executive Committee Meeting

Investment Committee Meeting

8 a.m.

9 a.m.

Wednesday, September 18

Full Board Meeting 12 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16

Executive Board Meeting 9 a.m.

Wednesday, November 13

Full Board Meeting

12 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4

Executive Committee Meeting 8 a.m.

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