James Gavrilos, CFRE
President & CEO
Phone: (561) 738-2929
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.
Phone: (561) 738-2927
Catherine Blomeke serves at the Development Manager for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. Her role includes social media and partnering with the community businesses, organizations and volunteers to raise awareness and valuable funds to support the initiatives of the Foundation through special events. Signature events include the GoTeach! Classroom Grant Awards Celebration, Heroes for Education Run/Walk, Celebrate the Great/Honoring PBC Educating Leaders, and the Distinguished Alumni & Leadership Awards.
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 volunteer work.
Jennifer Ethridge, M.Ed.
Director of Programs and Grants
Phone: (561) 738-2928
Jennifer Ethridge is an educational leader with over 20 years experience serving students in the private and public sectors as a school administrator, non-profit leader, consultant and educator. Jennifer has devoted her career to serving at-risk students, who despite their potential, struggle academically because of their life circumstances.
Jennifer eagerly joined the team at the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County in 2017 as the Director of Programs and Grants. Jennifer's role allows her the opportunity to further the Foundation's mission by supporting the schools, teachers and students of Palm Beach County. By securing funding support, Jennifer ensures innovative programming aligned with the School District of Palm Beach County's Strategic Plan serve over 165,000 students district-wide.
Jennifer graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and a proud graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County's Engage Class of 2021. When not working, Jennifer loves to spend time with her family which include; her husband Jason, and their two children, James and Ryan.
Red Apple Supplies Store Manager
Phone: (561) 951-5527
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.
Chief Engagement Officer
Phone: (561) 739-2932
Teresa Dabrowksi serves as the Chief Engagement Officer for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. Her role includes collaborating with Palm Beach County businesses and individuals to help create powerful partnerships that improve the quality of public education throughout our community, with a focus on our Red Apple Supplies store.
Prior to joining the team, Teresa was an educator with over eleven years of teaching experience. She then served as the Heart Walk Director for the American Heart Association and helped to oversee corporate partnerships, volunteer recruitment and managment, and event logistics for the Palm Beach County Heart Walk and CycleNation. Her passion, dedication and commitment to make a difference in our local schools inspire her to continue the momentum and share the mission and value of our public education system.
Teresa is a graduate from the University of Akron and enjoys spending time with her two little girls. She is also active in the community, teaches indoor cycling and loves to run.
Accountant & Office Manager
Phone: (561) 738-2931
Sam currently serves the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County as their accountant. Before beginning his accounting career, Sam previously spent 11 years working in the classroom as an educator with the Palm Beach County School District and coached football, volleyball, and wrestling. The ability to continue serving the public education system from a non-traditional role outside of the classroom was a great opportunity he could not pass up. Born and raised in Boynton Beach, Sam is proud to be a product of the Palm Beach County public school system that is currently supported with the work done by the Foundation.
Sam graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Finance and is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Florida Atlantic University. When not working or attending classes, Sam enjoys spending his time with his wife Kelly, who is an elementary school teacher with PBCSD, and their two children, Sammy and Savannah.
Dr. Becky Youngman
Programs & Grants Specialist
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County welcomes Part Time Programs & Grants Specialist, Dr. Becky Youngman, EdD to the team! Becky is no stranger to the world of education: She taught French for 20 years at Atlantic High School, worked as Manager at Safe Schools supporting Learning Team Facilitators, as well managed several grants and college readiness programs (AVID, Springboard, Johnson Scholars, SAT school day). Dr. Youngman served as Curriculum Manager for The School District of Palm Beach County for 12 years overseeing a variety of curricula including: accelerated coursework (AP, IB and AICE), gifted programs, secondary literacy, world languages, the regional Ethics Bowl, and college and career readiness programs (AVID, Johnson Scholars, SAT and ACT). She also taught as an adjunct at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Retiring from The School District of Palm Beach County in 2020 did not stop her from changing the world through education. Dr. Youngman went on to become the Curriculum Manager for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme at the IB Global Centre in The Hague, Netherlands where she is responsible for the Reflective Project and the Personal and Professional Skills courses.
When Becky is not educating, she is enjoying traveling with her husband and daughter. She is also an avid reader and a fan of art, jazz music, yoga and visiting historical places. Becky is honored and excited to work with the Foundation team to reciprocate the support she received as an Education Foundation of Palm Beach County grant recipient during her time working with the district, and we are thrilled to have her join us in serving the students and teachers in Palm Beach County. Welcome to the team Becky!