Education Foundation Of Palm Beach County Announces 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Awards, in their fourth year, serve to honor Palm Beach County public school alumni who have distinguished themselves through achievement, service or contributions to society.

“This program has grown exponentially over the past four years and we are thrilled with the impressive list of individuals we will be honoring in 2013,” said Committee Chair and Foundation Board member, Penny Rodgers. “Honoring alumni is the Foundation’s way of celebrating the exemplary individuals who have graduated from our public school system and gone on to make great strides in life both professionally and philanthropically. People go in various directions throughout their lives, but at the core it is our K-12 education that truly shapes the person we, one day, will become.”

  Inductees into the Class of 2013

Lifetime Achievement:

Owen H. Gassaway, Jr., Florida Airmotive, Inc. (Posthumous)

Graduated: Palm Beach High


Jason D. Brian, Founder & CEO –

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Adam “AJ” Brockman, Principal – Single Handed Studio

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Elvin J. Dowling, President & CEO – Global Image Consulting, LLC

Graduated: Palm Beach Lakes Community High


Lee D. Kaplan, M.D., Chief, Division of Sports Medicine – University of Miami

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Shannon LaRocque, PE, Asst. County Administrator – Board of County Commissioners

Graduated: John I. Leonard High


Catherine Lowe, M.D., L.L.D., President & Owner – Ophthalmologist

Graduated: Lake Shore Junior/Senior High


H. William Perry, Managing Shareholder – Gunster Law Firm

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Elizabeth Tiedemann Maass Circuit Court Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit (Retired)

Graduated: North Shore High


Charles E. Shaw, School Board Chairman – School District of Palm Beach County

Graduated: Forest Hill High


Kelly L. Smallridge, President & CEO – Business Development Board

Graduated: John I. Leonard High


Susan Spencer-Wendel, Reporter & Author – The Palm Beach Post and Harper Collins

Graduated: Forest Hill High

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is dedicated to advancing excellence in public education by increasing public awareness and sustaining community support for programs focused on Learning, Literacy and Leadership.

A dinner and awards ceremony will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Sponsorship opportunities, tables and tickets are available for purchase through the Education Foundation.

For additional event information, please contact Tracy Rudnick at 561-434-8428 or