Board of Trustees

Palm Healthcare Foundation's Board of Trustees and staff oversee the charitable mission of the foundation, including asset management, grant-making and fund development. Each member has been elected for his or her knowledge of the community, healthcare needs and the business aspects of a public foundation.

 

Patrick J. McNamara

President & CEO, Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.

Patrick McNamara joined Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. as President and CEO in March of 2017. He previously held the position of President and CEO at Community Partners (Housing Partnership, Inc. and Parent-Child Center) in Riviera Beach, where he worked since 1999. Patrick is licensed in Clinical Social Work, holds a Master of Social Work from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Franciscan University, and attended Georgetown University for three years. He completed an executive fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

He currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Florida Community Loan Fund; he previously served on the Board of the National NeighborWorks Association, and the Health and Community Development Advisory Committee for NeighborWorks America. Patrick is an Alumnus of Leadership Palm Beach County and received its 2013 Leadership Excellence Award, as well as the Alumni Citizenship Award from Franciscan University in 2014. 

Having spent most of his professional career in cross-sector work to improve communities, Patrick has designed and implemented initiatives in behavioral health, housing, family services, health, and non-profit leadership. He is a lifelong learner and is passionate about applying results-based, performance-driven change in complex environments for vulnerable populations. He has become increasingly focused on the intersection of health and community development, including innovation for better results on the determinants of health.  A native of New Orleans, McNamara and his wife Ana are the proud parents of three children.


 

Philippe Jeck

Chair

Philippe Jeck joined the board in 2008 and became chair of Palm Healthcare Foundation's Board of Trustees on December 16, 2015. 

Mr. Jeck is a member of the Florida and New York Bar Associations and has been practicing law since 1980. He is the president of Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones, P.A. and was a Certified Public Accountant. His areas of concentration include all aspects of purchasing, structuring, zoning, developing, constructing, marketing, leasing and selling of industrial, commercial, residential, condominium and ranch real estate projects, real estate and asset-based lending, business information and entity selection, mergers and acquisitions, general commercial law, intellectual property/computer law, foreign investment and dispute resolution.

Mr. Jeck received his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1980 and received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Florida State University where he majored in Accounting and minored in French.

Mr. Jeck has completed over 60 triatholons and marathons. He enjoys fitness and gourmet cooking with his wife, Shauna.

Mr. Jeck is Chair of the Executive Committee.  He also is a member of the Finance/Investment Committee, Audit Committee, Governance/Nominating/Bylaws Committee and Facilities Committee.


 

Alina Alonso, MD

Vice Chair

Dr. Alina Alonso is the director of the Florida Department of Health - Palm Beach County. In her role, she oversees the operations of one of the largest county health departments in the state. Dr. Alonso has been trained in Bio-Chemical Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction since 1997. She handled the clinical operations of the first case of inhalation Anthrax in the United States in the last twenty-five years. She has extensive training in communicable and emergent diseases.

Dr. Alonso graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Barry University in 1978, with a Major in Biology, and a double Minor in Chemistry and Mathematics. She graduated from medical school, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez in Mexico in 1984. Dr. Alonso serves on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University, Health Professions Division as Clinical Assistant Professor and remains very active in the Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program at the Palm Beach County Health Department where she trains future healthcare leaders.

Her favorite pastime is snorkeling or scuba diving off the Florida Keys and the Bahamas Islands with her sons, Gabriel and Alex.

Dr. Alonso serves on the Executive Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.
 


 

Denise Bober

Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee 

Denise Bober brings more than three decades of human resources and benefits management expertise to the work of the foundation.  As Vice President of Human Resources, she has fused her favorite disciplines, HR and the hotel business, into a successful 29 year career at The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc., one of America’s most successful hotel companies and Palm Beach County’s largest private employer.

Bober’s responsibilities encompass recruitment, staff performance and development, well-being and social impact. She helped build an enduring workforce of 2,000 team members in tandem with the company’s focus on employee fulfillment, driving up guest satisfaction, profitability and exceptional retention rates (one of the industry’s highest). 

Upon her promotion to Director of Human Recourses (1997), Bober began transforming the personnel department to have far-reaching influence throughout organization, while heightening The Breakers’ commitment to social responsibility, something she strives to instill in all team members. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Rinker School of Business for Palm Beach Atlantic University, Executive Women’s Association of the Palm Beaches, and served as President of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. 

Bober holds a degree in Hospitality Management from Nova Southeastern University and a Master’s in Organizational Development from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Bober serves on Palm Healthcare Foundation's Executive Committee and Nominating Committee.

 


 

Barbara Jacobowitz, MS

Secretary

Barbara H. Jacobowitz possesses a Master of Science Degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Ms. Jacobowitz is the Health Services Administration Department Chair of Keiser University, West Palm Beach campus and the University Department Chair for Health Services Administration for the Keiser University system. She was the 2010 – 2011 Chair of the Florida Diabetes Alliance for Prevention and Treatment and a twice past chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Health and Human Services, an advisory committee to the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners. Originally appointed to the PHF Board of Trustees during her 15 year tenure as Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Health Council by the Attorney General Bob Butterworth, Ms. Jacobowitz rejoined the Board of Trustees in April of 2010.

As a Palm Healthcare Foundation trustee, Barbara helped to establish Palm Beach County Diabetes Coalition and became a coalition board member in 2016. Due to her efforts, the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners  proclaimed November 2016 as Diabetes Month in Palm Beach County.

Barbara resides in Royal Palm Beach with her husband, son and dogs.

Ms. Jacobowitz is a member of the Community Investment Committee and Executive Committee.


 

Greg Quattlebaum

Chair, Community Investment Committee

Greg Quattlebaum is a fourth generation Floridian and President of Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Centers. 

Mr. Quattlebaum has long been active in his community, having served as Vice Chairman of the Rosarian Academy Board of Directors; a twelve year Co-Chairman of the Rosarian Academy capital campaign; and a member of the Board of Advisors at Cardinal Newman High School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, the Board of Directors of the Quantum House, and the Board of Governors of the Sailfish Club of Florida.

Professionally, Mr. Quattlebaum served on the state level as President of the Florida Funeral Directors Association and on the national level as the state representative for the National Funeral Directors Association.

Mr. Quattlebaum enjoys cycling and running in paradise, cooking, and spending quality time with his wife, Julie, and three children. 

He is Chair of the Community Investment Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.
 


 

Marsha J. Fishbane, MD

Dr. Marsha Fishbane is a pediatrician and public health physician who has lived in the West Palm Beach area since 1977.  She was in private pediatric practice for six years before moving into public health. Retired recently from employment with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County after 30 years, she last held the positions of Community and School Health Division Director and School Health Medical Director.  

Dr. Fishbane is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Her pediatric training was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and obtained a masters in science from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Dr. Fishbane was a co-founder of the nonprofit agency, Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition of PBC and continues to serve on the board. She volunteers on the School Health Advisory Council providing guidance in addressing health policy and programs in schools.  Her favorite past-time is traveling and keeping up with 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters.

Dr. Fishbane is a member of the Community Investment Committee. 
 


 

Gail A. Horvath
 

As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the PNC Wealth Management Florida East region, Ms. Horvath oversees the client team of wealth management professionals. Through her leadership and commitment, Gail ensures that clients benefit from a full complement of investment, trust, financial planning, and private banking services to help clients achieve their financial goals.

A financial services professional with over 40 years of experience, Gail joined PNC Wealth Management in 1998 as a Senior Client Advisor, and specialized as a Senior Credit Advisor for several years. She held the position of Banking Services Director for the New Jersey Market and Team Director for the Northern New Jersey Market before assuming responsibility as Managing Director for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Market in January 2010. Her responsibilities were expanded to include the Central Pennsylvania Market in early 2013.

Gail is a magna cum laude graduate of Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey and a Certified Financial Planner. She and her husband, Steve, relocated to Florida in early 2015 and are happy to be spending more time with their five grandchildren, who live nearby. 

Gail serves on Palm Healthcare Foundation's Finance/Investment Committee.


 

Lilly Leas

Lilly currently works as a business manager at NextEra Energy in Juno Beach. She recently graduated from University of Florida's MBA program as a Matherly Scholar. Prior to receiving her MBA, Lilly was the founder and president of Tradewinds Media Partners, a public relations, branding and event coordination firm in Palm Beach, Florida. Over the course of  her career in public relations, Lilly had the pleasure of working with Palm Healthcare Foundation for several years, supporting numerous initiatives including the launch of Healthier Together. In 2016, Lilly sold her public relations firm to The Buzz Agency. 

Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Lilly is a fourth-generation local and remains actively invovled in the community. She is thrilled to continue her involvement with Palm Healthcare Foundation as a new board member. 

Lilly resides in North Palm Beach with her husband, Sean, and her rescue dog, Conch. 

Lilly serves on Palm Healthcare Foundation's Philanthropy Committee. 


 

Daniel Lichtstein, M.D.

Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D. is currently Professor of Medicine and Regional Dean for Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) Regional Medical Campus in Palm Beach County. In his current role, Dr. Lichtstein oversees third and fourth year  medical students from UMMSM in Palm Beach County as well as residency programs in the Internal Medicine and General Surgery and fellowship programs in Cardiology and Hospice/Palliative Care Medicine on the regional campus.

Prior to joining UM full-time in 1996, Dr. Lichtstein was in private practice in internal medicine in West Palm Beach for 18 years. He graduated from Michigan Sate University (BS) in 1970, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (MD) in 1974, and completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine in 1978 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He and his wife, Shirley, have lived in Palm Beach County since 1978, and have two children and six grandchildren. 

Dr. Lichtstein serves on Palm Healthcare Foundation's Community Investment Committee.


 

Nathan Nason, P.A.

Nathan E. "Nat" Nason is a shareholder in the law firm of Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White and Lioce, P.A., where he has practiced complex commercial litigation and environmental law for over 30 years. He received his B.S. in finance from Florida State University and his J.D. from Duke University, where he graduated with honors. Over his career, Nat has procured numerous multi-million dollar judgments and settlements. He is rated "AV" by the independent lawyer rating service Martindale Hubbell, which is its top rating.

Born in West Palm Beach, Nat takes full advantage of the great amenities in our area. He is an avid fisherman and scuba diver, and enjoys getting over to the Bahamas when time permits and weather cooperates. And you might just catch him playing guitar in a local bar or at the beach! He spends the res tof his free time with his wife, Mary Lou, and his son, David.

Nat strongly believes that we should all give something back to the community. He has volunteered countless hours of community service, and is both a former Chairman of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the West Palm Beach Rotary Club.

Nat serves on Palm Healthcare Foundation's Finance/Investment Committee.


 

Ruth Schwarzkopf

Ruth Schwarzkopf has been the Chief Nursing Officer at West Boca Medical Center since 2003 and prior to that was employed at JFK Medical Center. Ruth has been working in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She earned her diploma in Nursing from the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing. Ruth then earned her bachelor’s degree from Barry University and her master’s degree in Health Management from St. Thomas University.  Ruth is very active in the community as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, especially the Go Red for Women movement.  She also volunteers for March of Dimes, Palm Glades Girl Scout Council and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She is an active member of the Florida Atlantic University Nursing Leadership Advisory Council and Palm Beach State College Advisory Council. Ruth is also the Florida Region representative for the Tenet National Nurse Executive Council.

Ruth  has lived in South Florida since 1976 and resides in Atlantis with her husband. She loves to travel, read, visit the theatre and watch any Pittsburgh Steelers game. 

Ruth serves on the Executive Committee and Community Investment Committee.


 

Joseph B. Shearouse, III

Member-at-Large and Chair, Audit Committee

Joseph B. "Jay " Shearouse, III is President and CEO of First Bank of the Palm Beaches. Previously, he served for two years as President of National City for Southeast Florida, and prior to that, as Executive Vice President for Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, where he had worked for over 28 years. As a third generation Floridian, Mr. Shearouse is very active in the community and currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors for United Way of Palm Beach County, The Board of Trustees of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

In the banking industry, Mr. Shearouse has served at the state level on the Board of Directors of the Florida Bankers Association and at the national level on the Board of America's Community Bankers. 

Mr. Shearouse and his wife, Michelle, and his children, Joseph IV and Eric, reside in Tequesta. A graduate of Florida State University, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and scuba diving.

Mr. Shearouse is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Development Committee.


 

Ilene Solomon Silber

Ilene has been working on behalf of children’s issues since 1973 when she began her career as a teacher of emotionally handicapped and learning disabled students. She was recruited by Parent Child Center, a mental health facility for children, in 1976 to create an education and diagnostic department and soon became the Deputy Director. She developed a pre-school program for young children with emotional and learning problems.

After 13 years of service, she left Parent-Child and became Executive Director of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Palm Beach County, a non-profit agency, working in partnership with the school district to help keep kids in school. In 2004, Ilene joined the city of West Palm Beach to develop education partnerships and to create the Division of Neighborhood Services. From 2006-2013, Ilene worked as a Consultant under the umbrella of the Education Commission focused on Early Care and Education.

Currently, Ilene is doing consulting work with the City of West Palm Beach on a special Mayor initiative.  She also volunteers with Northmore Elementary School and United Way.  

Ilene received a BA Degree (1970) in English from University of Maryland and a Master of Arts Degree (1973) from George Washington University in the areas of Special Education and Psychology. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, Louis. Her son, Bryan, lives in Miami.

Ms. Silber serves on the Community Investment Committee.
 


 

Andrea Stephenson

Andrea Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Health Council of Southeast Florida, one of eleven local health planning councils established by the Florida legislature. In this role, and in accordance with Florida statute, she is responsible for conducting regional health planning and implementation activities to improve access to health care, reduce disparities in health status, assist local and state governments in the development of sound and rational health policies, and advocate on behalf of the underserved.

Ms. Stephenson has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a concentration in Medical Sociology from the University of Florida. She also has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master’s in Health Science (MHS), both from the University of Florida.

Ms. Stephenson has more than 20 years experience in various facets of the health and human services sector. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Barry University where she teaches undergraduate courses in the Health Administration program.

Ms. Stephenson lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, Kenneth, and three children, Eric, Alana Marie, and Terrell.

Ms. Stephenson serves on the Audit Committee and the Community Investment Committee.


 

Chief Clarence Williams

Chief Williams' law enforcement career spans over 40 years, which includes his current position as the Chief of the Riviera Beach Police Department. Among his professional affiliations, Chief Williams is a past president of the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also recognized by law enforcement organizations across the country for his ingenuity and strong leadership skills. 

In 2015, Chief Williams was honored with the title "2015 ASIS Chief of the Year" - ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals worldwide. Chief Williams is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Arts and Sciences, where he earned a dual B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science, as well as an A.S. degree in Police Science. Chief Williams also earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Chief Williams is passionate about helping others and believes that because he has been richly blessed, he should give back to the community. He is married to his soulmate, Attorney Ethel Isaacs-Williams.


 

David Wisehaupt

David Wisehaupt is Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Wisehaupt, Bray Asset Management. Mr. Wisehaupt serves as Partner at HighTower and has more than 31 years of experience providing investment guidance to his clients. 

Mr. Wisehaupt began his career in financial services with Merrill Lynch in August of 1982, remaining there for 26 years. At HighTower since 2008, Mr. Wisehaupt continues to manage portfolios using the same mehtods. He has his BBA from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Wisehaupt is a voting membre of the Rivers Coalition and is active with the Florida Oceanographic Society. He is an avid boater, sailor, diver and fisherman. Mr. Wisehaupt is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®). 

Mr. Wisehaupt serves on the Foundation's Finance/Investment Committee and on the Philanthropy Committee.