President & CEO
Since 1995, Charlotte Pelton has led a management consulting firm comprised of a group of highly skilled professionals who focus their specific expertise to help clients achieve success. Armed with a marketing degree, she honed her creative and analytical skills within the insurance, hospitality, and energy industry sectors before becoming a serial entrepreneur. Charlotte remains a lifelong student in how to best create and execute plans that produce measurable, impactful results and ensure long-term client satisfaction.
Her passion for superior service informs and inspires the work she does, both within business as well as through her extensive volunteer work. As an active business leader, Charlotte is a member of MENSA, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, where she is a past president. She is also an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School where she helped raise funds for a $22 million campus redevelopment, and has served in leadership roles on the vestry and as senior warden.
Charlotte serves as chair of the board of directors for Community Partners, a social services organization dedicated for more than 30 years to ‘Changing Generations by Changing the Odds’ for children and families via a holistic blend of housing, community, and child and family mental health services. Joining the board in 2016, she also chairs its development committee, as her passion for Community Partners’ important role in our community inspires her to advocate for and make connections with local leaders who can further its impact.
Vice President, Fundraising & Marketing
With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Michaela Kennedy has a proven track record for building strong relationships, developing innovative campaigns, and exceeding fundraising goals. Her passion is connecting donors to their most meaningful giving experiences while creating excitement and awareness for important initiatives.
Michaela spent over six years as Director of Development at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School in Palm Beach Gardens where she completed a successful $10 million capital campaign that resulted in a $22 million facilities redevelopment project. Additionally, she founded St. Mark’s Development Office, led successful Annual Fund campaigns, helped establish the Cornerstone Scholarship Steering Committee, and produced the first two fundraisers for the scholarship, all while running multiple drives that raised over half a million dollars for the church and school.
Prior to moving to South Florida, Michaela founded and ran MK Creative Company, a fundraising and event planning consulting business in East Hampton, NY. For 10 years, she produced successful charity events for organizations such as the Child Development Center of the Hamptons, the Group for the East End, Peconic Montessori School, the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation, the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City, and the Hayground School.
Michaela holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Studies from Marymount Manhattan College. She has lived in West Palm Beach full time for the last ten years and has been involved in numerous organizations, including Family Promise, Peggy Adams Animal Shelter, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Lord’s Place, C.A.R.P., and Community Partners of South Florida, where she serves on the Development Committee.
Jean Wihbey, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Organizational Development & Education Services
A recognized and highly admired community leader, Dr. Jean Wihbey offers a depth of knowledge and experience in organizational development and inspires a highly collaborative, professional and customer-centered environment.
She served as Vice President of Workforce Development and Provost for Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens Campuses for ten years. As the Vice President of Workforce Development, Jean was responsible for building community partnerships and business connections for employee and student success. As Provost, she served two campuses as CEO, providing leadership and inspiration to more than 20,000 students and 2,100 faculty, staff and administrators, inspiring a culture that is vibrant and welcoming to the public it serves. In those roles, Jean ensured the quality and relevance of the campus’ academic programs, college operational activities, and leadership through encouraging ideas and strong relationships.
She has served on the PGA Corridor Association Board of Directors (past Chair), as Vice Chair of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Governing Board, as a member of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, and as a Trustee for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Jean has participated in the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, and served on the Business Development Board’s Economic Development Committee, and the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Most recently she has been an Aspen Presidential Fellow; this and other leadership experiences have given her a depth of understanding in how to build strong teams and how highly functioning organizations work.
Jean has received many awards, including the 2017 Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Women in Leadership Award, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2016 Giraffe Award, and Cancer Alliance's 2015 Magnificent Leader. The North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce awarded Jean the Community Leader of the Year, and the City of Palm Beach Gardens awarded a Proclamation of Honor for her community involvement and commitment to the City.
Dr. Wihbey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University, a Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology.
Mary Lewis Moews
Senior Vice President
Mary has over 25 years professional experience in the successful management of capital campaigns, board development, annual fund campaigns, corporate and foundation relations, as well as marketing and communication strategies. She has written successful grant applications for numerous major organizations, including securing funding from the Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Palm Health Foundation, Quantum Foundation, The Roe Green Foundation, The Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation and the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation to name a few.
Mary has worked on six capital campaigns in Palm Beach County, including the Norton Museum of Art (1990's), The Palm Beach Day Academy, Palm Beach Atlantic University Warren Library Campaign, the Hanley Center Foundation, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. She has also successfully managed major fundraising dinners, lecture series and other cultivation events. Mary received her BA degree from Xavier University. She is a guest lecturer across the state on corporate and foundation relations and campaign strategy.
Amanda Sarkis Affleck
Director of Finance and Research
Amanda Affleck manages the company’s finances and provides a broad range of research and support services to the team. Having served in leadership roles at nonprofit and for-profit organizations by providing comprehensive financial, managerial and administrative services, she brings expertise and dynamism to her work with CP&A.
A Certified Bookkeeper through the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB), and Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Amanda’s accounting expertise rounds out extensive analytical abilities and skills in accounting, financial analysis and budgeting; survey development; data analysis and interpretation; donor research; grant research and writing; business planning; website and web store development, including website integration with QuickBooks, among other skills.
With experience in public grant writing and administration, Amanda has garnered significant public funds for capital improvements, marketing, and staff development, resulting in increased operating efficiencies, increased sales, and greater staff capacity. She authored project narratives, scopes, and budgets, and managed their implementation and reporting.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Amanda graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA. She is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese.
Director of Media and Communications
Marlene Passell provides comprehensive marketing communications services, delivering expert media and communications guidance for the company's nonprofit clients. She maintains a wide variety of nonprofit clients, managing their written and social media communications and media relations, crisis communications and website management.
She began her journalism career in South Florida as a reporter and editor at the Palm Beach Post and later served as the Public Information Director for the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County (CSC) for 23 years. During those careers she was an award-winning journalist and, while with CSC, helped the dozens of nonprofits it funded with their communications, marketing and media relations needs.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications and English from Michigan State University, Marlene specializes in all areas of written communications, from crisis communications, annual report and speech writing, to website content and writing poignant client stories aimed at grabbing the attention of donors and funders, as well as community supporters. She is also proficient in website management.
She also currently manages the Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County - a chamber that is composed of the chief executive officers and executive directors of health and human services nonprofits.
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