In July of 2017, James accepted the position of President/C.E.O. of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. He brings nearly 25 years of non-profit experience to his new role. Serving the needs of nearly 200,000 students in the nation’s 11th largest school district, the Education Foundation raises funds and awards grants to teachers to support classroom excellence and innovation.
Born and raised in Hammond, Indiana, James S. Gavrilos graduated as Valedictorian from Hellenic College where he received his B.A. in Pre-Theology in 1986. In 1989, James received his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where he again graduated as Valedictorian. After nearly 17 years in Parish Ministry, James transitioned to the Non-Profit world serving as Director of Development for The Haven, a foster home for boys in Boca Raton. During his three years as C.E.O. of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, James oversaw the agency’s first accreditation, and oversaw the creation of the world’s only “mobile” Biz-Town. In 2010, James accepted the position of Executive Director of Boca Helping Hands. In the next seven years, he oversaw that agency’s explosive growth, during which time BHH added a medical and dental clinic and built a job training center, all while earning seven consecutive Four Star Ratings from Charity Navigator, along with two consecutive years with a perfect score of 100, on Charity Navigators new rating scale.
Knighted by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in 2011, “Sir” James Gavrilos was also selected to attend the prestigious Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management at Harvard Business School in 2015. The proud father of four children, James is an avid golfer and enjoys all sports. But his two passions (outside of work and family) are opera and Arsenal Soccer (of the English Premier League). He is hoping to combine his interests by writing an opera about Arsenal Soccer. Regrettably, with Arsenal’s recent history…it will be a tragedy.
Catherine Blomeke serves at the Community Engagement Manager for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. Her role is to partner with the community businesses, organizations and volunteers to raise awareness and valuable funds to support the initiatives of the Foundation through special events. Events include the 5K Heroes for Education, The Dwyer Awards, Leadership Awards, Shop & Share, and The Great Give.
Prior to joining the team, Catherine served the disabilities community at The Arc of Palm Beach County through volunteer and community relations as well as provided support within the conference arena at The Breakers Hotel for more than a decade. Her dedication and commitment to take action and make a difference inspire her to share a non-profit's mission so everyone can be part of the solution.
Catherine completed her MBA from Sacred Heart University and is married to Mark. They have two children who attend public schools in Palm Beach County. She is active with her children's sports as well as dog rescue volunteer work.
Lloyd is the Store Manager of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s service program Red Apple Supplies. He has 20 plus years of managerial experience in the retail industry with corporations such as Limited Brands Inc., Levi’s and Cash America International, overseeing storefront operations for Structure, Express, Victoria’s Secret’s, The Levi’s Store and Cash America Pawn.
His career has been focused on enhancing the customer shopping experience thru engagement and relationship building. Cash America Pawn is where he developed a real passion to help those in need. The chance to help the teachers and students of Palm Beach County was an opportunity of a lifetime.
Tina is the Development Coordinator for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. She has a long history of serving our students through her work with Title I schools in the Federal & State Department at the School District of Palm Beach County. She has also served parents and the community through Family Engagement for many years. Her passion lies in ensuring underserved students receive the support they deserve.
In her free time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and traveling abroad.
Phone: (561) 434-7303