Waterfront Properties Congratulates Executive Women Nominees

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Female leaders from Palm Beach County, Florida, are recognized for their service in the public, private and volunteer sectors.

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Executive Women of the Palm Beaches supports superior advancement of women, both professionally and personally, through networking, and promotes their potential as community leaders.

Ten women from northern Palm Beach County are among a total of 22 who have been nominated for the 30th annual Women In Leadership Awards, presented by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.

The Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon honors the top three female in three categories -- public, private and volunteer -- who have made a demonstrated difference in the quality of life in the county. The prestigious prizes will be presented at an upcoming luncheon (11:30 a.m., May 2) at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Nominated for their achievements in the volunteer sector are Dr. Ivy Faske and Lynne Wells, both of Palm Beach Gardens. Public-sector nominees include North Palm Beach resident Katie Deits and Ellen Joy Vahab, and Roberta Jurney and Tricia Trimble, both of Palm Beach Gardens. In the private sector, Elizabeth Fago and Liz Quirantes, both of Jupiter, were recognized as were Jane Kreusler Walsh from North Palm Beach and Wendy Sartory Link from Palm Beach Gardens.

Yvonne Boice, Annie Falk, Anne Gannon, Mary Hammond, Lynda Harris, Johanna Kandel, Shannon LaRocque, Theresa LePore, Karen List, Michelle Poole and Kelly Smallridge round out the list of nominees.

Waterfront Properties and Club Communities sells luxury real estate in northern Palm Beach County and is proud to have such a wealth of female leaders in the area. The licensed brokerage has its share of female leaders, as well as male leaders, including Managing Partner Rob Thomson, who belongs to the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Billionaires Club.

Faske is a board-certified pediatrician. She has been an active leader in the Palm Beach County Medical Society and the Palm Beach County Medical Society Services since 1987. In 2005, Faske was instrumental in bringing Project Access to Palm Beach County. Project Access provides health-care services to low-income and uninsured residents in the area.

Wells was the catalyst for the formation of the Blue Friends Society at Loggerhead MarineLife Center in Juno Beach. As founder and chairwoman, she is credited with lifting the networking and fundraising at the center to a new level. She also serves as communications chairwoman on the Junior League of the Palm Beaches Sustainer Board of Directors.

Deits is the executive director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and School of Art in Tequesta. She has served on numerous boards throughout the county, including the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, the Northern Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Task Force for the Business Development Board and remains involved with the Artists of Palm Beach County and the Society of the Four Arts facility in Palm Beach.

Jurney has worked as the executive director of Quantum House since 2008, is a trustee of the South Florida Fair, is a former member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, and is president of the board of directors of the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Trimble is the managing director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. During her eight seasons there, she has been instrumental in growing the regional stage, with Managing Artistic Director Andrew Kato, to a budget of $5.5 million, from $3.5 million, and a subscription base of 7,350, from 2,300. Her volunteer work includes the Boy Scouts of America, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach.

For 20 years, Vahab has been the executive director of the Center for Youth Activities, where she distinguished herself as a leader and a champion of children in the community. She was involved in the construction of Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, the construction of homes with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and, through Kula Yoga Shala Center, offers free yoga in the Jupiter community.

Fago founded one of the nation’s largest health-care companies and, today, is a partner in Palm Health Partners, which builds extended-care facilities. She is a charter member of the Scripps Florida Council and was appointed to the Florida Council of 100. She was recognized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach Area Chapter with an Outstanding Service Award and also chairs events for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast.

Link, founder and managing partner of Ackerman, Link and Sartory, a business law firm in West Palm Beach, is chairwoman of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, which offers health insurance for children ages 5 and up. One of her many volunteer leadership roles includes being a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Governors the State University System of Florida.

Kreusler-Walsh and her firm Kreusler-Walsh, Compiani & Vargas specialize in civil appeals and litigation support in state and federal courts. Her all-female firm won the 2012 Athena Business Award, given by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, honoring the firm’s efforts in mentoring women. She has served on the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County since 2003.

Quirantes is a WPEC-TV news anchor, and mentors and trains new reporters and producers. She is involved with Forever Family, which helps find homes for children in foster care, and is a volunteer board member at the H.O.P.E Project for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, which provides low-cost mammograms and breast health information.

Proceeds from the Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon benefit scholarships and grants that are facilitated through the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches’ nonprofit Executive Women Outreach charitable foundation.

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches supports superior advancement of women, both professionally and personally, through networking, and promotes their potential as community leaders. For information, call 561-684-9117.

Waterfront Properties is a top purveyor of residences in golf-club communities, homes on the Intracoastal Waterway and oceanfront condominiums for sale in northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties. It has a team of highly trained agents and staff members who pride themselves on the utmost in concierge serve. For information, call 561-746-7272.

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