2022 - 2023 Leadership & Purpose

 Who We Are

The Morikami Park IB Foundation was organized in 2005 by a group of parents in order to amplify their impact through shared resources and common causes.  Since its inception, the Morikami Park IB Foundation has amassed an archive of tangible results contributing over $500,000 towards various projects that have enhanced the educational environment at the school.  The foundation is governed by an eight member Board of Directors which is accountable to donors and sponsors.   Most importantly, the foundation is supported by parents and local businesses.  It is this support that helps the foundation be successful in its mission to support programs that enhance the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) at Morikami Park Elementary School.

 

Morikami Park IB Foundation 2022-2023

List of Officers

President(s) 
            
Rhyan Dildine
Rhyan.dildine [ at ] gmail dot com
 

 

Rhyan grew up in Martin County, Florida before attending Emory University where she met her husband, TJ.The Dildines live in Delray Beach, FL and are the proud parents of Flossy, age 9 and a fourth-grade Moonbear, and Foxworth age 5 and a kindergarten Moonbear.

The couple owns and runs their family’s 46-year old pharmacy, Delray Shores Pharmacy, in downtown Delray Beach. Rhyan is a licensed family law attorney. This year marks Rhyan’s fifth year as a board member, and second year as co-president. 


 
 
 
Andee Holzman
Andeeholzman [ at ] yahoo dot com
 

 
 

Andee received a BS from the University of Florida and an MA from the University of Miami, where she's worked since graduating college (eons!). She is the Associate Director of the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, overseeing programs and operations.

Originally from Arkansas, Andee and her husband, Steven, live in Boca Raton with their daughter, Morikami alum Ellis, and son, fourth-grader Hayes. Hers is a proud Moonbear family! In her spare time, Andee loves pilates, cooking, and cheering on her kids on the lacrosse field! 

This is Andee's sixth year on the Morikami Park IB Foundation Board. She is super excited for the 2022-2023 year and getting back to a live in-person auction this Spring!

 
Vice President of Development & Donations
 
Michelle Silverman
michelle.h.silverman [ at ] gmail dot com
 

 
 
Michelle was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She attended Hofstra Law where she met her husband Ryan. After obtaining her LL.M. from the University of Miami, she decided to permanently call Boca Raton her home. Michelle is focusing on her real estate career in Boca Raton while maintaining her Probate practice.

Her son is proud to be a 3rd grader at MPES and she is honored to be a 4th year IB Foundation Board member.
 
 
 
Treasurer 

Amanda Friedlander 
amandafstein [ at ] gmail dot com
 

 
 
After being born and raised in the Chicago area, Mandy moved to South Florida almost 14 years ago. She worked as a prosecutor in both Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale for over 6 years and is currently working in Delray Beach. Mandy was very involved in the parent organization for her children’s pre-school and is continuing her involvement at Morikami Park Elementary. She resides in Boynton Beach with her husband David and their children, Elizabeth, who is in 7th grade at Woodlands Middle School and Brady, who is in 4th grade at Morikami. Mandy is starting her 8th year on the IB Foundation Board.
 
 
 
 
Secretary
 
Keren Schiller
keren627 [ at ] hotmail dot com


 
Social Media & Marketing Director
 
Liz Greenberg
greenberg.elizabeth [ at ] gmail dot com
 

 
 

Elizabeth is a Florida native with a passion for business. With a MBA from Florida State University, she has almost 2 decades of experience - most recently at Restaurant Brands International serving as the President of the Burger King Foundation and Vice President of Field Operations for the Northeast region.

Elizabeth is proud to be opening up a new family restaurant, American Social Bar in Mizner Park. While also enjoying spending time with her family including Cameron in 3rd grade, Olivia in 1st grade and future Moonbear Luke who is 3 years old.

Operations Director
 
Elyse Gastwirth
Elyse [ at ] egeventsllc dot com 
 

 
 

Elyse is Corporate Event Planner who has been helping to plan Morikami’s IB Auctions for the last 5 years. Her son Reid is a graduate of Morikami and her daughter Mila is currently in second grade. When she’s not working you can find Elyse working out, at the beach, traveling, or very likely at the baseball field.

 
 
 
Community Relations Director
 
Antonietta Benavides
antonietta82 [ at ] aol dot com
 

 
 

Antonietta was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Boca Raton at the age of 9. After receiving a degree in paramedic skin care and working in the field for a couple of years, she decided to change careers and is now an office manager for her family’s tile and marble company that has been in the business for over 30 years.

Her greatest achievement of all, and how she spends most of her time, is with her rambunctious and energetic children. Luca is in 4th grade and twins Marco and Giuliana are in 3rd grade at MPES. Antonietta is excited to begin her fourth year as a member of the MPES IB Foundation Board and looks forward to a great year.

 
 
 
Assistant Community Relations Director
 
Elizabeth Singh-Silva
Esinghsilva [ at ] gmail dot com
 
School Advisor/MPES Liaison
 
Amy Mercier
amy.mercier@palmbeachschools.org
 

 
 

Amy is a Florida native and graduated from FAU. She has been working at Morikami Park Elementary School for 23 years. She has taught 3rd grade, 5th grade and is currently the IB Magnet Coordinator. She loves being a part of the Morikami family!

She has also attended the IB Academy to become a PYP workshop leader. This allows her to travel across the country to work with and train other IB teachers and administrators. In her spare time she enjoys time with her husband, Dan, their two boys Brian and David and their dog and two cats!

Website Coordinator

Linda Porter


 

The Morikami Park IB Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds that support, strengthen and enrich the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) at Morikami Park Elementary school.