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The College will be closed on Nov. 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving Break. There are no classes scheduled for Saturday or Sunday. Normal operations will resume on Monday, Nov. 28.

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

Mailing Address: 640 Clematis St. #278, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Foundation Staff

David A. Rutherford

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


LaKeisha Merrick Pender

LaKeisha Merrick-Pender
Executive Assistant


Ana Thomas

Ana Thomas, CFRE *Alumna*
Corporate Partnerships Director



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 and Annual Giving Manager

Steven Wilkes

Steven Wilkes
Office Assistant


2022 - 2023 Foundation Board of Directors

Executive Officers

Chair:  Ricky Wade - B'ing the Best, Inc.

Vice Chair: Noel Guillama *Alumnus* - Oxio Health, Inc.

Treasurer/Investment: William C. Greenman, Jr.

Secretary: Trish Lowry


PBSC Representatives 

College President: Ava L. Parker, J.D.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director of PBSC Foundation: David Rutherford, M.A., CFRE

Vice President for Finance & Administration: James Duffie, CPA

Assistant Controller: Jadeen Notice, MBA


Foundation Board Members

Professor Debbie Beres
(Faculty Representative)
Palm Beach State College

Yvonne Boice
National Endowment for Humanities

Brent Fykes
CIBC/Atlantic Trust

Elizabeth Hamma
Hubbard Radio

Ellice Martinez
HCA Healthcare East Florida Division

George T. Elmore
Hardrives, Inc.

Hermine Drezner
Windrez LLC

Julie Kime
Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Lance C. Ivey, Esq.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath

Pia Giannone
Rotary Club of Boca Raton

Robert W. (Bob) Koo
Koo Consulting Group, Inc.

Vicki Chouris
South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc.


Whitney Cunningham Walker
Florida Power & Light Company/NextEra

Ellice Martinez *Alumna*
HCA East Florida Division

Whitney Cunningham Walker
Florida Power & Light Company

Patrice Bishop
(DBOT Representative)

Dr. Melissa Friedman-Levine
(DBOT Representative)

Johnathan Alexis
(Student Representative)



Investment Firm

Fabiola Sardinha
Merrill Lynch


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 their request.

Executive Committee Meetings

Meetings are hosted on the Palm Beach Gardens campus in the Smith Conference Room unless otherwise noted.

  • Feb. 16, 2022 - 8:00 a.m.
  • April 27, 2022 - 8:00 a.m.
  • June 15, 2022 - 8:00 a.m.
  • July 27, 2022 - 8:00 a.m. (Location TBD)
  • Oct. 19, 2022 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Dec. 7, 2022 - 8:00 a.m.


Full Board Meetings

Jan. 12, 2022 - Noon
Lake Worth campus, CE 119

March 16, 2022 - Noon
Lake Worth campus, CE 119

May 18, 2022 - Noon
Lake Worth campus, CE 119

Sept. 21, 2022 - 4:30-6pm
Lake Worth campus, CE 129

Nov. 16, 2022 - Noon
(Location TBD)


Investment Committee Meeting

  • Jan. 26, 2022 - 9:00 a.m.
  • April 27, 2022 - 9:00 a.m.
  • July 27, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. (Location TBD)
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