About Us

Board of Directors

Much of the success of the Urban League of Palm Beach County is the result of the dedication and determination of our Board of Directors, which guides our staff, volunteers, donors and sponsors in serving our community.

We are grateful to the following individuals for their enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the Urban League of Palm Beach County and our mission.

Executive Committee

Deborah Caplan
Board Chair
NextEra Energy Inc.
Exec VP, HR & Corp Svcs

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because of their long-standing commitment and positive impact in the community.

Carlton Ricky Wade
Vice Chair
McDonald’s Franchise Owner

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because I wanted to be able to influence decisions that are made relative to lower income minorities in the arena of housing, education, health care and employment opportunities.

Heidi Reuwer
Senior Credit Officer
Valley National Bank
Sr. VP of Risk Analytics

I joined the Urban League Board of Directors several years ago as I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the Community in a meaningful and personal way.  At one time or another, we have or have someone very close to us need opportunity to better our lives.  While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I worked as a Legislative Aide and became very familiar with the plight of minorities in inner city Milwaukee.  This left a lasting impression and many, many years later, I discovered the Urban League through a good friend and former Urban League Chairperson, Nancy Robin. I am inspired by the testimonials of individuals served and the passion of the Urban League staff to carry out its mission.

Alfred J. Malefatto
Lewis, Longman & Walker

I joined the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Palm Beach County (ULPBC)  because I strongly support our organizations mission, to assist African Americans and other minorities to achieve social and economic equality. I am proud of the success and accomplishments of the ULPBC in achieving its goals and helping so many in our community.

Grasford Smith
General Counsel, NV
Akerman LLP
Senior Counsel

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because I saw the important work that the Urban League does for so many well-deserving people within Palm Beach County.  By contributing my legal skills pro bono as General Counsel, I am able to give back to the community in a meaningful way and support the Urban League’s charge to “empower community and change lives.”

Bernard Hampton
(Former Board Chair)
Bank of America
Senior Vice President, Area Executive – South Florida

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because I want the power to ensure young people in every community see a path for themselves to social and economic mobility.  That is why I support the Urban League and I am proud of my company for doing the same. 

Board Members

Dr. Emma Banks
Inlet Grove Community
Principal / Founder

I joined the Urban League because it assists African-Americans and other minorities in the achievement of social and economic equality. I was, and I am still, impressed by their core values, which include programs such as NULITES, Project Ready, Teen Outreach Program (TOP), Mentoring Program, Children In Need Of Services/ Families In Need Of Services, Youth Crime Program, Comprehensive Housing Counseling and Financial Empowerment Center.

Monique Corker
Comerica Bank
VP – Banking Center Manager

Lloyd Bucher
VP/General Manager at WPTV
West Palm Beach, Florida Area

Dr. Donald Fennoy, II
Palm Beach County Schools

Superintendent of PBCS

I joined the Urban League of Palm Beach County Board of Directors because the organization’s core values of youth, community and economic empowerment are directly aligned with every decision that drives me as an individual, both professionally and personally.

Jim Gallagher, Jr.
KO-MAR Productions
TV Director/Producer and a Business Owner and Vice President and COO

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because I wanted to continue my families legacy of service to the Community.  My father served on the board for over a decade and upon his passing I took his place. Helping other less fortunate has been part of families DNA for more than 50 years in Palm Beach County.

Michael Gauger
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Deputy

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because as a deputy sheriff experiencing the needs of our communities, the need for many requires a hand up – the Urban League fulfills many of the elements to help those in the community succeed.

Elizabeth Hamma
Hubbard Radio
West Palm Beach
SVP, Market Manager

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because the work the Urban League does makes a real and sustainable difference in people’s lives and makes Palm Beach County a better place to live.   There’s evidence and results in every client they serve and I’m proud to support their effort.

Phillip Hutchinson
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

I joined the Urban League of Palm Beach County Board of Directors because of the organization’s emphasis on mentoring and guiding children.  Ultimately, to economically empower any group, the children have to obtain a great education and solid mentoring, and that is at the heart of what the Urban League of Palm Beach County does.

Javoris K. Ingram
Regional Rental Manager
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

I joined the Urban League of Palm Beach County Board of Directors to help inspire, enlighten, and support the community I live in. The Urban League has been committed to providing innovative solutions to persistent societal issues by economic empowerment, education and social justice.

Keely Gideon-Taylor
Palm Beach Post
Client Solutions
Sr. Manager, Community Relations and Special Events

I want to serve a local organization that strives to make a difference by providing opportunities for the underserved to gain social equality.  I want to use my time and talent to bring awareness to ULPBC by helping them tell their many stories of how local lives have been changed through access to education, financial, housing and social services. I want to a part of local impact efforts.

Stephane Elias
E-nnovative Health

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because we share a common purpose: serving the underserved and providing them with the knowledge and tools necessary for them to be self-reliant and prosper. 

Doug Olesen
SunTrust Bank
Business Banking Team Lead

Cliff Viner


I joined the Board of the Urban League because of my desire to extend my educational and social service philanthropy to the broader Palm Beach community.

William Whall
Wells Fargo

Florida Retail/Small Business Credit Manager

Liz Woody
Third Federal Savings and Loan
Business Developer

I joined the ULPBC Board of Directors because I saw the great things this organization was doing for its community.  I am passionate about educating our youth and finding the proper path for every individual.  The ULPBC has award winning programs to help students get off to a great start as well as partnerships to help those who have temporarily veered off path be successful.    We can’t secure our future if we can’t secure our future leaders. 

Dr. Mary Ann DuPont

Former Assistant Superintendent of School District of Palm Beach County

I joined the Urban League of PBC Board of Directors because it recognizes that the future of Palm Beach County will be no greater than the one we prepare our community to build. To this end, it works to ensure that the words in its mission statement become reality, not just rhetoric.