Board of Trustees

Palm Health Foundation's Board of Trustees and staff oversee the charitable mission of the foundation, including asset management, grantmaking 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.

 

 

Alina Alonso, MD

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. In New York she served as Chief Resident in the three-year Family Practice Residency Program at St. Joseph Medical Center from 1985 – 1988. After returning home, she finished a second residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine in 1992 at the Palm Beach County Health Department.  Dr. Alonso serves on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University and Keiser Administration Advisory Board. She remains very active as the Director of the Sponsoring Institution in the Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program at the Palm Beach County Health Department where she trains future public health 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 is Chair of the Palm Health Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committeee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.
 


 

Ellen Andel

Ellen Andel currently serves as Executive Director of the Promise Fund of Florida. She has dedicated the majority of her career to serving and improving the lives of others, including eight years as Vice Mayor and Council Member of the Town of Juno Beach.
 

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University, Ms. Andel began her career with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, coordinating major renovation projects to create affordable housing units in some of the most depressed areas of the South Bronx and Harlem, prior to joining Phipps Houses, a non-profit organization with the same goal. She has also utilized her engineering background as Senior Project Manager for corporate real estate projects at NextEra Energy/FPL. 
 

Ms. Andel is Regional Chairperson of the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee. She has also served as a member of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and on the boards of Suncoast High School Foundation, All Saints Catholic School, and Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association.

 

Ms. Andel serves on Palm Health Foundation's Philanthropy Committee. 


 

Denise Bober

Chair

Denise Bober brings more than three decades of human resources and benefits management expertise to the work of the foundation.  As Senior 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.

Ms. 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), Ms. Bober began transforming the personnel department to have far-reaching influence throughout the 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. 

Ms. Bober holds a degree in Hospitality Management from Nova Southeastern University and a Master’s in Organizational Development from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Ms. Bober is Vice Chair of the Palm Health Foundation Board of Trustees and serves on Palm Health Foundation's Executive Committee and Nominating Committee.

 


 

Mark B. Elhilow

Mr. Elhilow has been actively engaged in the practice of investment management, family office, estate planning and public accounting for more than 27 years. Mr. Elhilow is a co-founder and the managing principal of Blue Ocean Capital, a wealth management and multi-family office boutique, overseeing $500 million of client assets under management.  Blue Ocean Capital provides investment management and family office and tax planning to individuals, their families and affiliated businesses. 

Mr. Elhilow is a graduate of Florida State University and resides with his wife of 27 years, Susan, and their two children in West Palm Beach where his family has roots dating back nearly 100 years.

Mr. Elhilow serves on Palm Health Foundation’s Finance/Investment 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 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 as chair of the School Health Advisory Council, providing guidance in addressing health policy and programs in schools.  Her favorite past-times are traveling and keeping up with 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters.

Dr. Fishbane is a member of Palm Health Foundation’s Community Investment Committee. 

 


 

Frances Fisher

For the past 20 years, Frances Fisher has dedicated her service to the growth and betterment of the Palm Beach community. She currently serves as chairman of the board and founding chairman of the Gardens Conservancy at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens; vice president of the board of directors of Hearing Ovarian Cancer Whisper; Trustee of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium; member of the board of directors at the Palm Beach Civic Association; and an advisory board member of The Most Vulnerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

As chairman of the 25th Anniversary of Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Ms. Fisher led an expansion to triple the foundation's programming in Palm Beach County.

Prior to joining the Palm Beach community, Ms. Fisher gained professional experience at the national level in both the public and nonprofit sectors in Washington, D.C. She served in the West Wing of the White House as special assistant to the counsel for George H. W. Bush and member of the Advance Team for First Lady Barbara Bush. Following public service, Ms. Fisher's efforts to promote community stewardship began as co-founder of the National Environmental Policy Institute where she served nine years as executive director. 

Ms. Fisher is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama where she currently serves on the President's Cabinet for the Performing Arts Academic Center. She continues her studies as a student in The School of Theology at Sewanee University. 

Ms. Fisher and her husband Jeffrey have one son, Harrison (age 15). Mr. Fisher has two daughters, Samantha Carroll of Palm Beach and Alexandra Fabrikant of Miami, and the Fishers are grandparents of six. They enjoy sharing their time together between homes in Palm Beach and Fisher Island, Florida and Chatham, Massachusetts. 

Ms. Fisher serves on Palm Health Foundation’s Philanthropy Committee.


 

Christine E. Koehn, Ph.D.

Dr. Christine Koehn currently serves as the Executive Director for Achieve Palm Beach County. Dr. Koehn has extensive experience in the grantmaking arena with nearly 20 years in primarily leadership roles, including the oversight of programmatic investment at the United Way of Palm Beach County and the Quantum Foundation as well as research and program evaluation for the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. 

Dr. Koehn’s work has focused on issues related to health care access for the underserved, including oral and behavioral health; community health and well-being, including basic and emergency needs support; academic achievement; out-of-school programming; child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention; and arts and culture. 

She is currently affiliated with national and local boards and committees, including: the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s Non-family Staff Peer Network, as Co-chair; Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners’ Citizens Advisory Committee; United Way of Palm Beach County’s Community Impact Committee; and, Achieve Palm Beach County’s Executive Champions Committee. Dr. Koehn holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the Florida International University.  

Dr. Koehn serves on Palm Health Foundation's Community Investment 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 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 Health Foundation's Community Investment Committee.

 


 

Patrick J. McNamara

President & CEO, Palm Health Foundation

Patrick McNamara joined Palm Health Foundation 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. Mr. McNamara 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. Mr. McNamara 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, Mr. McNamara 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.


 

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, Mr. Nason 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 rest of his free time with his wife, Mary Lou, and his son, David.
 

Mr. Nason 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.

Mr. Nason serves on Palm Health Foundation's Finance/Investment Committee.


 

Greg Quattlebaum

Secretary

Chair, Community Investment Committee

Greg Quattlebaum is a Palm Beach County native and Executive Director of Leadership Palm Beach County. A lifelong resident of West Palm Beach, Greg and his bride Julie have three adult children, Greg, Gretchen, and Grant.

Mr. Quattlebaum has long been active in our community and currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Quantum House; Advisory Council of the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center; Advisory Board of the West Palm Beach Police Foundation; and president of the Sailfish Club of Florida. He also enjoys involvement in several community events having served as former chairman of the Run with the Cops 5K; former chairman of the Lewis Center Luncheon benefiting the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County; and former chairman of the Heroes in Medicine Awards Luncheon for the Palm Beach County Medical Society.

Actively involved in education for many years, Mr. Quattlebaum served on the Executive Board of Rosarian Academy and a longtime chairman of the Rosarian Academy Capital Campaign; the Board of Advisors at Cardinal Newman High School including two terms as president of the Home and School Association; and the Board of Advisors at Miami Dade College, School of Funeral Science.

He remains an ambassador for Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation, and Events Centers, and previously served as president of the Florida Funeral Directors Association and state representative to the National Funeral Directors Association.

Greg enjoys cycling and running in paradise, cooking, and spending quality time with his family.

Mr. Quattlebaum is Chair of Palm Health Foundation’s Community Investment Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

 


 

Ruth Schwarzkopf

Chair, Governing & Nominating Committee

Ms. Schwarzkopf has been the Chief Nursing Officer at West Boca Medical Center since 2003 and prior to that was employed at JFK Medical Center. Ms. Schwarzkopf 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. Ms. Schwarzkopf then earned her bachelor’s degree from Barry University and her master’s degree in Health Management from St. Thomas University.  Ms. Schwarzkopf 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. She is an active member of the Florida Atlantic University Nursing Leadership Advisory Council and Palm Beach State College Advisory Council.

Ms. Schwarzkopf 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. 

Ms. Schwarzkopf serves as Chair of Palm Health Foundation’s Nominating Committee and on the Executive Committee and Community Investment 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. In 1976, she was recruited by Parent Child Center, a mental health facility for children, 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 Center 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, Ms. Silber joined the city of West Palm Beach to develop education partnerships and to create the Division of Neighborhood Services. From 2006-2013, Ms. Silber worked as a Consultant under the umbrella of the Education Commission focused on Early Care and Education.

Currently, Ms. Silber 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 Palm Health Foundation’s Community Investment Committee.


 

Andrea Stephenson-Royster

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

Ms. Stephenson Royster has more than 20 years of 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 Royster lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, Kenneth, and three children, Eric, Alana Marie, and Terrell.

Ms. Stephenson Royster serves on Palm Health Foundation’s Audit Committee and Community Investment Committee.


 

Clarence Williams

Chief Williams' law enforcement career spans over 40 years. He recently retired, after 15 years, from his position as 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.

Chief Williams serves on Palm Health Foundation’s Community Investment Committee.


 

David Wisehaupt

Vice Chair & Treasurer

Chair, Finance/Investment Committee

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 methods. He has his BBA from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Wisehaupt is a voting member 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 is the Chair of Palm Health Foundation's Finance/Investment Committee and serves on the Philanthropy Committee.