Palm Health 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.
President & CEO, Palm Health Foundation, Inc.
Patrick McNamara joined Palm Health 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.
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 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 Health Foundation's Executive Committee and Nominating Committee.
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 Health 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.
Mark has been actively engaged in the practice of investment management, family office, estate planning and public accounting for more than 25 years. Mark is a co-founder and the managing principal of Blue Ocen Capital, an investment management and multi-family office boutique with more than $450 million of client assets under management. Mark is alos a managing member of Elhilow, Smith and Company, a certified public accounting firm in West Palm Beach, Florida. Both companies provide investment management, family office and tax planning to individuals, their families and affiliated businesses.
Mark is a graduate of Florida State University and resides with his wife Susan of 25 years and their two children in West Palm Beach where his family has roots dating back nearly 100 years.
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.
Dr. Christine Koehn currently serves as the Executive Director for the Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation where she oversees regional and national grantmaking in the areas of education, health, and arts and culture. 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.
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 Health Foundation's Finance/Investment Committee.
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.
Chair, Nominating Committee
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 Palm Health Foundation's Executive Committee, Community Investment Committee and Nominating Committee.
Member-at-Large and Chair, Audit Committee
Joseph B. “Jay” Shearouse, III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of the Palm Beaches. Previously, Jay served for two years as President of National City Bank 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.
As a third generation Floridian, Jay is very active in the community and serves as past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Palm Beach County, the Board of Trustees of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, and the Board of Trustees of Palm Health Foundation.
In the banking industry, Jay serves at the State level on the Board of Directors of the Florida Bankers Association and previously at the National level on the board of America’s Community Bankers. He was named “Florida Banker of the Year’ in 2006 by the Florida Bankers Association and in 2015 was a recipient of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Free Enterprise Award Companion Medal.
Jay is a graduate of Florida State University, and with his wife Michelle, and their children Joseph IV and Eric, resides in Tequesta, FL.
Jay serves on Palm Health Foundation's Executive Committee, Audit Committee and Philanthropy Committee.
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 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.
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.