West Palm Beach Library Foundation Announces New Board Chair & Five New Board Members


WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 25, 2021) – The West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds for Mandel Public Library programs, has appointed Dianne Bernstein, a board member since June 2016, as its new Board Chair.  The Foundation also added five new board members to help build the organization and fulfil its mission including philanthropist Kim Bepler, former School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann DuPont, mediation and arbitration professional Steven Mayans, Levenger CEO Margaret Moraskie, and NCCI Executive Director of Strategy and Communications Robert Snyder.  The new chair and board members are committed to ensuring the Library Foundation can continue to support the downtown city library as it adapts and expands services to fulfill community needs.

“I am delighted to take the helm as the Foundation moves into a new era having recently celebrated our 20 year anniversary.  We have a remarkable group of individuals who care deeply about our community and are just as passionate as I am about the role of public libraries in providing access, removing barriers, and providing opportunities for all,” shared Dianne Bernstein, Chairwoman of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation Board of Directors.

West Palm Beach Library Foundation Executive Director Dean Dimke remarked, “The Mandel Public Library continues to be a vital resource fulfilling the needs of thousands of children, teens, and adults every day with programs like our Summer Learning, Homework Centers, Get That Job, and Art and Culture.  Our new board members and board chair will draw upon their collective skills and leadership to ensure the Foundation can continue to support these critical programs, services, and resources.”

Dianne Bernstein has enjoyed a professional career as an English teacher, broadcast news analyst, and public relations specialist and is passionate about using her skills to help the Library Foundation.  Bernstein previously served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Free Library System and the Philadelphia Library Foundation Board of Directors.  She founded the Temple University School of Business Graduate Placement Program and currently serves as Chair of the Southeast Regional AFMDA advisory committee.  She received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in English Literature from Temple University in Philadelphia. 

Kim Bepler, retired since 2002, is the Executive Trustee of the Stephen E. Bepler Trust and Estate following the passing of her extraordinary husband in 2016.  In 2007, Bepler was awarded Fordham University’s prestigious Founders Award with Steve for their philanthropic support where she currently serves as trustee fellow.  She also has served on many nonprofit boards in New York, Florida, and Vermont where she currently splits her time.

Dr. Mary Ann DuPont served in numerous roles at the School District of Palm Beach County and retired as the Assistant Superintendent for Quality Assurance.  Dr. DuPont has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern University.  She is a past Chair of the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and serves on various other community organizations including Junior Achievement of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast and the Urban League of Palm Beach County.  She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University.

Steven Mayans is a dispute resolution professional who lives and works in West Palm Beach.  He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court and the United States District Court to perform mediations (circuit civil) and qualified to conduct arbitrations.  Mayans has served on several city boards and nonprofit committees, and is currently chair of the West Palm Beach Planning Board and legal counsel and executive committee member for SunFest.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Duke University School of Law.

Margaret Moraskie is chief executive officer for Levenger, a specialty retailer that sells luxury leather and stationery products.  Prior to her appointment she served as the brand’s chief marketing officer.  Before joining Levenger, Moraskie held various leadership roles in women’s apparel and digital commerce and was recognized for her achievements as a Total Retail Top Woman in Cross-Channel Retailing finalist.  She is an active Board Member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and holds a BS (Hons.) degree in Marketing from Boston College.

Robert Snyder has spent more than 30 years in the insurance industry and is currently the Executive Director of Strategy & Communications for NCCI.  Snyder leads the organization’s strategic planning efforts, oversees corporate communications, chairs the Strategy Council, and chairs two of the organization’s three major committees.  He is a former Six Sigma Master Black Belt with General Electric, and earned his MBA from Rockhurst College in his hometown of Kansas City.

To learn more about the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, visit wpblf.org.

About the West Palm Beach Library Foundation

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation raises funds for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach to provide free quality programs, services and resources that enrich and strengthen its diverse community.  The Foundation hopes to create an inspired community where children excel and adults thrive.  Gifts to the Foundation support popular library programs including afterschool homework centers, summer learning programs, reading programs, teen college prep, job readiness and adult programs in art, technology, education, culture, and entertainment.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.wpblf.org.