2013 Award Winners
LEADERSHIP AWARD (ALUMNI)
Joseph B. (Jay) Shearouse, III
Joseph B. Shearouse, III, a leader in Palm Beach County's financial community for more than 30 years, has been actively involved in bringing quality health care and other services to local residents. He was an advocate and helped raise funds for the new Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade to provide better service to the western communities. A third generation Floridian, he is the chairman of the board of directors for the United Way of Palm Beach County and has had a 10-year affiliation with the organization. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Palm Healthcare Foundation and the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Shearouse is president and chief executive officer of First Bank of the Palm Beaches. He previously served for two years as president of National City for Southeast Florida, and prior to that, he was executive vice president for Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, where he had worked for over 28 years. He has served on the board of directors of the Florida Bankers Association and America's Community Bankers. He was named "Florida Banker of the Year" in 2006 by the Florida Bankers Association. In many of his banking roles, he has been in a position to support local charities and organizations serving the community through both fundraising efforts and personal philanthropic commitment.
He holds an A.A. degree from Palm Beach Junior College and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University. He lives in Tequesta with his wife, Michelle, and their children Joseph IV and Eric.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (INDIVIDUAL)
Aileen Josephs, Esq.
Aileen Josephs has been an immigration attorney in Palm Beach County for 20 years. She worked for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City and at Florida Rural Legal Services as an immigration attorney before opening her private immigration practice in 1995. She has worked tirelessly to protect and safeguard the human and civil rights of immigrants. She received widespread attention for her work in defending the civil and human rights of a Guatemalan girl, a victim of gender persecution, who was charged with first-degree murder as an adult in the death of her premature newborn. Attorney Josephs shepherded a complaint filed with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice related to the lack of language access during this case, which resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lake Worth police.
She also has dedicated much time advocating for sensible immigration reform. In 2010, she helped found Florida Voices for Immigration Reform and serves as co-chair of this mainstream coalition that advocates for bipartisan immigration reform. She has given countless hours working on rallies and press conferences, filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties of the Department of Homeland Security and built coalitions to advance this cause.
In 2007, she was named Honorary Consul of Guatemala in West Palm Beach by the Guatemalan Government. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Florida Bar Pro Bono award for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in 2005 for her working that included helping immigrant children file dependency petitions in juvenile court and obtain permanent legal resident status. She has served on many boards, including the American Jewish Committee in Palm Beach County, the Latino and Latin American Institute of the American Jewish Committee and many others. With the Center for International Migration and Integration (C.I.M.I.), she is promoting transnational projects for development with the South Florida Guatemalan Diaspora.
Born and raised in Mexico City, she earned a bachelor's degree cum laude with honors from Brandeis University and received her juris doctor degree from Boston College Law School.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (STUDENT)
John Calderaio overcame drug and alcohol addictions to become an honors student at Palm Beach State College.
Since achieving sobriety six years ago, he has been on a mission of constant self-improvement and the desire to make the community in which he lives a better place.
In addition to his academic pursuits as a member of the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College, the aspiring chemical engineer has been an enthusiastic participant of the math team, and he has served as a volunteer math, chemistry and physics tutor for the Student Learning Center. He also currently serves as vice president of the Student Government Association at the Palm Beach Gardens campus and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society and the Engineering Club. He served last fall on the Engineering Club's NASA Antigravity Project team. Calderaio will lead the campus SGA delegation to this year's Rally in Tally in which student government leaders go to Tallahassee to lobby state legislators for the benefit of students at Florida's community colleges.
He has given back to the local community by serving as a guest speaker for the Palm Beach County school district on the hazards and consequences of teen alcohol and drug addiction; his direct experience allowed him to relate to students who abused substances. He was member of a volunteer crew that helped maintain the cleanliness and safety of Palm Beach County youth skate parks. In addition, he has prepared and delivered boxed meals to South Florida's migrant worker community in collaboration with St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (ORGANIZATION)
Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County, Inc. (CAP)
Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County, Inc. (CAP) is the oldest and largest, minority-based non-profit organization dedicated to serving people living with HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1985 by a group of concerned friends and family members of people living with AIDS, the agency has grown to serve all areas of Palm Beach County through three service centers staffed by more than 100 professionals and volunteers.
Each year CAP provides food, housing, case management, transportation assistance, linkage to medical care, substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, and other essential services to more than 2,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. CAP focuses its efforts on identifying and linking people living with HIV/AIDS to medical care. Medical case managers help individuals enroll in health insurance programs, including Medicaid/Medicare and Palm Beach County Health Care District so that they can see a doctor regularly. Further, the medical case managers help individuals access medications through various pharmacy and drug assistance programs. Evidence has shown that when people living with HIV are enrolled in medical care and regularly take their prescribed medications, they not only have better health outcomes, but they are also less likely to transmit HIV to other individuals.
CAP also offers HIV prevention and testing services reaching more than 10,000 people each year, with an emphasis on raising awareness about HIV and helping people learn their HIV status. During 2012, CAP staff provided HIV prevention outreach and education to 16,993 African American women and their male sex partners (ages 18-44) with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the same time, CAP staff and volunteers also reached 21,763 individuals in Palm Beach County's Hispanic communities with HIV prevention messages and conducted the Street Smart program, an 11-session educational curriculum for 199 minority youth (ages 14-21).
CAP continues to reach Palm Beach County's diverse populations with appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention messages. The agency's innovative "Learn. Know. Connect." program helps people learn about HIV, know their HIV status through testing, and connect to care as appropriate. CAP established a toll-free phone number that works throughout the county that any resident can call to schedule a free, confidential rapid HIV antibody test. The test takes about ½ hour and is painless. The toll-free number is 888-41-RAPID (888-417-2743).