West Palm Beach Library Foundation Adds Two New Board Members and Appoints Legal Counsel

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 2, 2021) – The West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds for Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach programs, has added two new members to its Board of Directors: philanthropist Hon. Ann W. Brown and Senior Director of Development at Florida Power & Light Jill Dvareckas.  In addition, current Board Member Steven Mayans has been appointed as legal counsel for the Foundation’s Board of Directors The two new members are joining a committed group of community leaders helping to build the organization and so that it can continue to support the downtown city library.  The WPB Library Foundation raises funds to support FREE community programs and resources at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach including afterschool homework centers, summer learning, teen college prep, job readiness, and more. 

Dianne Bernstein, Chairwoman of the WPB Library Foundation Board of Directors, noted, “We are delighted to welcome Ann back to the Foundation board, and excited to be partnering with leaders from our local corporate community.  We are also happy to have the professional guidance of a respected and experienced attorney as our board and organization continue to grow and serve more people.”

“The Mandel Public Library is an essential resource center that fills the gaps for our children, teens, adults and seniors with educational and empowering programs and services.  Our new board members are passionate about our mission and ready to support these important and life-changing programs for our community,” commented West Palm Beach Library Foundation Executive Director Dean Dimke.

The Honorable Ann W. Brown has enjoyed an illustrious career as a consumer advocate, national magazine writer, and tireless philanthropist.  Brown is known best for her two terms as the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (1994-2001), revitalizing the agency and demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the safety of America’s families.  For more than two decades, she was a consumer advocate, serving as Vice President of the Consumer Federation of America and Chairman of the Board of the consumer advocacy group, Public Voice.  Brown has received the Excellence of Public Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Champion of Safe Kids Award from the National Safe Kids Campaign.  She also received the Consumer Federation of America‘s Philip Hart Public Service Award, the Government Communicator of the Year Award and was named “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine.  In Florida, she is involved with numerous nonprofit organizations including The Lord’s Place, El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Israel Tennis Center Foundation, and Planned Parenthood of South Florida & the Treasure Coast.  A Philadelphia native and graduate of George Washington University, in 2000 Brown received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Smith College.

Jill Dvareckas is a Senior Director of Development at Florida Power & Light (FPL) in Juno Beach, Florida, having previously worked with the NextEra Energy Resources team.  Jill leads FPL’s Distributed Technology & e-Mobility development team.  She is responsible for leading the development and execution of new and innovative distributed energy programs, including FPL’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure pilot and EV outreach program and Florida’s first large scale battery pilot program.  Jill was instrumental in the development and launch of FPL SolarTogether, FPL’s innovative community solar program launched in March 2020.  Jill earned a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.