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Community Foundation Welcomes Three New Board Members

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties (CFPBMC) elected three new members to its board of directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The three new board members are Susan P. Brockway, Dennis S. Hudson, III, and Jane M. Mitchell. CFPBMC’s board of directors is elected by the organization’s membership. Election to the board reflects a respect among community peers and an acknowledgement that these individuals can be trusted to make decisions that benefit the entire community. Members serve three-year terms.

 “We are extremely pleased to welcome these three outstanding business leaders to our board,” said Bradley Hurlburt, president and CEO at CFPBMC. “They represent the growing diversity of the Palm Beach and Martin County area and will help to guide and ensure the continued strength and growth of our vibrant community through philanthropy.”

Susan P. Brockway graduated from Stetson University with a degree in business, became a CPA, and worked at a national public accounting firm, and later as the financial controller for a real estate land developer. Brockway has resided in Boca Raton for the last 30 years. Susan actively serves in the community including Saint Andrew's School as a member of the board of trustees for six years, and chair from 2006-2008. She has served on the parents committee for the University of Virginia and on the college board of visitors for Wake Forest University, and is currently active in P.E.O. which supports women's education; the Boca Raton Pi Beta Phi alumnae club; and serves as a deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church. Brockway is also an active member and volunteer with donor advised fund Impact 100 Palm Beach County.


Dennis S. Hudson, III, was named chairman of Seacoast in July 2005 and has served as chief executive officer of the company since June 1998. Mr. Hudson has also served as chairman and chief executive officer of the bank since 1992. He served as president of Seacoast from June 1998 to July 2005, after serving in various positions with the company and the bank since 1978. A resident of Stuart, Hudson also serves on the board of directors and the audit committee of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (ticker: CPK), a public gas and electric utilities company headquartered in Dover, Delaware, which merged with Florida Public Utilities Company ("FPU") in 2009. Prior to that time, he served as a member of the board of directors of FPU.

He was also a member of the board of directors of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2005 through 2010. Hudson is actively involved in the community, having served on the boards of the Martin County YMCA Foundation, Council on Aging, The Pine School, the Job Training Center, American Heart Association, Martin County United Way, the Historical Society of Martin County and as chairman of the board of the Economic Council of Martin County, on which he still serves. He has been recognized for his achievements with several awards including the Florida Senate Medallion of Excellence Award in 2001.

Hudson is a graduate of Florida State University with dual degrees in finance and accounting, and a master's degree in business administration.  


Jane Mitchell graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in English literature and settled in the San Francisco area. She joined her family in 1977 to build their start-up company Midas Rex, which invented the first powered equipment for surgery, a surgical bone drill. This new technology led to the need for training, and the family’s background as performing musicians produced a hands-on skills course, offered internationally in universities and major medical centers. This educational approach built Midas Rex into the global market leader and created a new sector within the medical device industry. Mitchell became the chairman and CEO of the company and she eventually led the company through its sale to Medtronic.

Mitchell began serving on the Kravis Center’s board of directors in 2006. During her board years, she received the Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Award, chaired its development committee and served on the governance/nominating committee. Mitchell was the 2010 Award Recipient as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2013 she was elected as chair of the board of the Kravis Center and served for 3 years. In addition to local involvement, Mitchell is a Graduate Gemologist (GIA) and has served as founding chair of the Smithsonian Gemstone Collectors, a philanthropic support group for the National Gem Collection, where she and her husband gifted the Dom Pedro, the world’s largest cut aquamarine. A resident of North Palm Beach, Palm Beach County has been Mitchell’s home for 38 years.

As one of the largest community foundations in Florida, CFPMBC manages an endowment of $154 million and has been serving the region for over 40 years. Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of residents – both now and in the future.

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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations, an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. The nonprofit organization has provided more than $128 million in grants and scholarships over its 44-year history. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor and ensures the charitable dollars entrusted to it are available to the community - forever. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, please visit or call (561) 659-6800.

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