West Palm Beach, FL | June 12, 2017 – J. Grier Pressly III, chairman of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Governors for 2017-2018: Jeffrey Alderton, Mack Bernard, Gary Lesser, and Erica Whitfield.


Jeffrey Alderton is a senior partner with Deloitte Consulting. Having spent 35 years with the firm, his specialty areas include organization design and corporate downsizings. He and his wife, Lee, relocated to Palm Beach three years ago from New Jersey, where they still maintain a summer home, in Stone Harbor. Alderton has served on several boards in the healthcare, retail, and public-sector industries, and looks forward to being involved in local community activities. He and Lee have two children. Bradford and his wife live in West Palm Beach; their daughter, Taylor, and her fiancé will soon move here as well.


Mack Bernard is Palm Beach County Commissioner for District 7, and a real estate and tax attorney. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Florida State University, and a law degree from University of Florida. A long-time local resident, Bernard was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and served as president of the Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials, and as deputy vice-mayor and a city commissioner of Delray Beach. Currently, Bernard is chair for Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice and a board member for the Color of Hope Foundation. He is a former member of the Florida Elections Commission, Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the CJ Foundation, a non-profit organization helping children in need.


Gary Lesser was born in West Palm Beach and graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami. He is the managing partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, est. in 1927, specializing in personal injury and wrongful death. Lesser serves on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, and has served as chair of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee and Advertising Committee. He also chaired Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and Medical Legal Committee.


Erica Whitfield is a native Floridian and Palm Beach County School Board member representing District 4. She graduated from University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science Education and from Emory University with a Master of Public Health degree. Whitfield serves on the board of Palm Beach Market American Heart Association, chairs the United Way Hunger Plan Committee/Childhood Hunger, and volunteers for the Criminal Justice Coalition and Juvenile Justice Advisory Council.  She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Palm Beach County, and a member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.

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