The Presidents Circle 2021-2022

Mark Bellissimo

Mark J. Bellissimo is Managing Partner and the largest Shareholder of Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC (WEP). As such, he is responsible for all operations of the partnership, including Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC that owns and manages the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. The Partnership has invested over $200 million dollars acquiring 500 acres of real estate in and around the Wellington Equestrian Preserve. In that past four years the partnership has invested over $30 million dollars upgrading the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and it now considered one of the finest Equestrian Facilities in the World.

ESP operates the world famous Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show in the world which attracts more than 5,000 horses from 49 states and 30 countries and gives away over $6 million dollars in prize money. Mr. Bellissimo received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mark along with his daughter Paige are the co-founders of the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, which is run by ESP and supported by the WEP partners. The event has raised over $1.5 million in the last two years for 50 Palm Beach County charities and it is expected to raise an additional $1.5 million dollars in 2012. Mark Bellissimo is active in a variety of local, national and international charities. 

Peter Bartuska

Peter was born in Camden, NJ but calls Boca Raton, FL his hometown. He has been married to his wife, Terri, since 1988. Terri is originally from Knoxville, TN but has always “felt led” to the beach. She is a Pediatric Nurse and they have three grown children.

Peter received his BA in Christian Education/Psychology from Taylor University, M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also Certified in Human Resource Administration from Florida Atlantic University.  Peter has been working in pastoral ministry since 1990 and has been serving at the Church in Wellington for the past ten years.  Peter is also serving as the Chairman of the Board of Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Peter is an avid runner, water lover, sometimes golfer, always reader, and loves to simply connect with people. Terri is also an avid runner, water lover, and gifted wife and mom.

 Keep up with Peter on Christ Community website or Contact Peter by email.

Carrie Combes 

Carrie Combes, CFP®
Financial Advisor
12798 West Forest Hill Blvd
Suite 101-A
Wellington, FL 33414

I joined Edward Jones in 2014 as a financial advisor in Wellington, FL and
continue to serve investors across the country. I began my career in the financial
services industry in 2002, focusing on retirement and estate considerations. I
became a limited partner with Edward Jones in 2018.
I am a graduate of the University of Illinois where I earned a BS (1998) in
International, Consumer and Resource Economics and an MS (2001) in
Agricultural Economics.

In 2015, I was awarded the CFP® certification. The Certified Financial Planner
Board of Standards Inc. awards CFP® certification to individuals who meet the
board’s requirements for professionalism in financial services. To gain certification,
a financial advisor must pass the CFP® Certification Examination and the CFP
Board’s Fitness Standards for Candidates and Registrants, agree to abide by the
CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and comply with the
Financial Planning Practice Standards.

I have served Edward Jones through numerous leadership roles, such as a hiring
team leader and mentor. I currently serve as the Culture of Compliance Leader for
more than 40 branch teams on the east coast of Florida.
My husband, Paul and I have one son, George. We are originally from Central
Illinois and relocated to Florida in 2012. I am a President’s Circle member of the
Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Beach Four Arts Society

Along with branch office administrator Margaret Morrissette, our branch offers over
30 years of combined experience and we are dedicated to providing our clients
with the highest level of service possible. We strive to provide highly personalized service. All aspects of our business are aligned to help us better understand and meet our clients’ unique goals and needs.

Margaret and I look forward to serving you and your family.

Alec L. Domb PA


Alexander L. Domb is presently a shareholder in The Law Office of Alexander L. Domb, P.A., a law firm specializing in commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate matters, including real estate transactions and wills and trusts, for over 32 years.


In addition to practicing law, Alec is a member of the Palms West Hospital Board of Trustees, and is a former president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.  


Born in Brooklyn, NY, Alec attended the University of Miami undergraduate school of Business Administration and graduated with a degree in Finance.  He also attended the Nova Southeastern School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor.  He is presently a member of The Florida Bar, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association.  He also maintains a Florida Real Estate Brokers License.


Alec has been married to the former Melody Shernoff for almost 32 years.  Melody is a registered nurse and owner of jewelry design firm, Melody Creates.  They reside in Wellington, Florida.

Lee Frankhouser 

Professional Bank, one of Florida’s fastest-growing financial institutions, announced the arrival of Lee Frankhouser as Executive Vice President/Private Banker. Based in the Palm Beach Gardens office, Frankhouser brings nearly four decades of banking experience to the Bank.

Frankhouser spent 10 years as President and COO of Floridian Community Bank, previously based in Davie, which is now owned by Synovus Financial Corp. Under his leadership, Floridian Community Bank grew from $65 million in assets to $650 million. Before that, he served in various executive roles at the former National City Bank (now part of PNC) for nearly three decades.

Joining other recent high-level hires in the Palm Beach Gardens office, Frankhouser’s addition is another  example of how the Bank is consistently expanding by hiring top talent. South Florida bankers from large institutions are increasingly attracted to the Bank’s entrepreneurial and nimble nature.

“We are excited to welcome Lee Frankhouser to our growing team in Palm Beach County,” said Daniel R. Sheehan, Executive Chairman of Professional Bank. “His experience, passion and relationships will undoubtedly complement the strong existing group servicing clients throughout the market.”

Frankhouser will initially focus on building the Bank’s presence in Wellington, where he maintains strong business relationships.

A native of Pittsburgh, Frankhouser has been based in South Florida for more than 15 years. The Jupiter resident is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Ambassadors of the Honda Classic, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department Foundation, Nova Southeastern University Ambassadors and Advisory boards and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Wellington.

Frankhouser played collegiate baseball and football before earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bethany College in Bethany, W. Va., and master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa.

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work closely with people I can learn from and share a mutual respect,” said Frankhouser. “As more community banks are acquired by large institutions, we are filling a void to accommodate the small-to-mid-size business owner with high-touch service in a way that creates a desirable experience for the client.”  

Jodi Gast

Jodi is incredibly proud to be a Small Business Owner with her husband, Allen, and to work with their amazing Team as Gast Construction Group celebrates its 10th year in business this year.

Born in a small town in Iowa, Jodi had big dreams and goals from an early age.  Raised by a father who worked in a factory and a mother who stayed at home then had a government job, Jodi knew she had to create a different path in order to achieve the life she wanted.  Excelling academically, athletically, and in leadership roles in high school and college, Jodi achieved success in Iowa, then made moves to South Carolina, then Alabama, and finally to Florida.  She prides herself on having her own separate successful fifteen year career in the Pharmacy Technology industry where she worked with thousands of pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors, helping them to open their own small businesses and to automate their pharmacies with technology.  In 2016, Jodi walked away from her Pharmacy Technology career to join her husband and the Team at Gast Construction Group full-time, and she couldn’t be more thrilled that she now works in the Construction industry.

At Gast Construction Group, Jodi uses her talents not just as an owner, but as the company’s CFO, focusing her skills on all aspects of Construction Accounting.  Jodi is also a Licensed Realtor® in the State of Florida who currently uses her real estate license and knowledge to build development deals with clients and investors, and to educate other real estate professionals on the value of Gast Construction Group’s construction services.

EDUCATION                                                                                                                                                                                     – Graduate of Iowa State University,  Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications


Jodi loves spending time with her family and her two rescue dogs.  Jodi is fiercely competitive and has completed 2 marathons, 3 half marathons, and was an avid tennis player and Crossfitter until undergoing spinal fusion surgery in 2016.  She enjoys boating and fishing with Allen and their two sons. 



Stuart Hack

Stuart A. Hack, EA MS is the Managing Member of Hack Tax and Accounting Services LLC since 2012.    He has provided Tax and Accounting Services to Individuals and Small Businesses since 1988.  He has worked closely with high net worth individuals including investment banking executives and business owners providing them with Individual, Trust, Estate, Business and Not for Profit Tax Preparation and Advice. Stuart prides himself with getting to know each client well so that he can serve them on an ongoing basis.

Stuart received both a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Masters in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany where he also served as one of the play by play voices for Albany State Great Dane Football and Basketball.  He is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents.

Stuart is currently on the Executive Board of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce as both its Treasurer and Immediate Past- President.  In addition he is a co-chair of the Ambassador Committee.  He has been a head coach for Wellington Rec Softball and Soccer as well as serving as a voting member of the Wellington High School Student Advisory Council.

A Wellington resident since 2005, Stuart lives with his wife of 28 years Diann, and their children Leah and Corey.  In his spare time this lifelong New York Mets fan watches most sports, likes to walk and in 2015 performed two standup comedy shows at the West Palm Beach Improv.  He is also the host of a Sports Talk Radio – Hack Attack on Sports airing weekly Mondays at 6PM on the WEI Network.


Dr. Randy Laurich

Dr. Randy Laurich his wife, Lorraine and children Sophia and Hudson are residents of Wellington. He and his wife have resided in Wellington since 2003. He has been a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for 11 years. During the past 11 years as a member, Dr. Laurich has played an active role in helping to grow the chamber and assist local businesses in developing relationships to grow their own business. One of his most exciting accomplishments was assisting the Executive Director and Former Mayor Daryl Bowen to create Winterfest in 2009. He was co-chairman of this for the 1st Annual, with Victor Connor and Chaired and Co-Chaired multiple years thereafter. He founded The Health and committee for The Wellington Chamber. This has continued to grow and has played a role in creating Wellness Events for the community and to introduce local healthcare organizations and providers.  This committee has also helped the chamber to bring more healthcare providers in as members. He sat on the board of directors for the Chamber and in 2014 was nominate by the board as President.
In 2015, Dr. Laurich applied for a Village Council seat which had been vacated and was opened for appointment. Twenty-five people applied and Dr. Randall accepted defeat in the top 5. 
Dr. Laurich has also been an administrative volunteer for multiple Charities, including The American Cancer Society. He has sponsored multiple athletic teams and coached his children through softball and baseball over the years. Dr. Laurich is the owner of The Wellness Experience of Wellington, Inc, a Wellness and Chiropractic Center, currently located in Kobosko’s Crossing and has had ownership of that clinic since the opening of the Kobosko center over 12 years ago. Dr. Laurich has recently started a Chiropractic Leadership Program aimed to mentor Chiropractors, as they lead in their communities, their homes and in their practices.  
You will often times see the “Doc” driving dignitaries in The Christmas Parade. You may also catch him on a waterski or golfing out at Okeeheelee Park.  He continues to remain dedicated to his practice, his family and to the community, He remains humble and truly has passion for helping others grow in business and in overall “Health and Wellness.” 

Dermot MacMahon

Dermot P. Mac Mahon is a Florida Bar licensed attorney and certified with the Board of Legal Specialization and Education in Real Estate Law. Mr. Mac Mahon was born in Nassau, Bahamas and raised in Miami, Florida. He currently resides in Wellington, Florida with his wife and two children and enjoys water skiing, windsurfing, fishing and tennis.






Michelle McGovern

Michelle Oyola McGovern serves as Director of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health South Florida, South Florida’s largest non-profit healthcare system.

Prior to joining Baptist Health South Florida in 2019, Michelle served as a United States Senate State Director and was an 18 year employee with in the office of US Senator Bill Nelson.

Michelle is past President of The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, past president of SunFest, and a founding member of West Palm 100. In addition to being a proud member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Trustees of The Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Michelle is a Florida native and graduate of Florida Atlantic University. Michelle and her husband, Wellington Councilman John McGovern, have two daughters, Emilia and Victoria.


Stephanie Mitrione   External Affairs Manager

Florida Power & Light Company External Affairs Manager Stephanie Mitrione is responsible for the communities of Northern and Western Palm Beach County, as well as Okeechobee County. Stephanie joined FPL, the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida, in April 2009.

Stephanie takes great pride in being active in her community. Currently, she serves as Chair Elect of the Board of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board for Quantum House, the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance, the South Florida Fair, SunFest, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Council of Okeechobee County. In addition, she is a graduate of the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2015 and was the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She’s a Palm Beach County native, and currently resides in Jupiter with her husband and son.


Jessica Poveda, FNP-BC, CDE 

Jessica Poveda is Co-founder and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for Grace Family Medicine, Wellington’s first Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice.

Jessica was born in Miami and spent much of her childhood in West Palm Beach, FL. Jessica completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing at the University of Florida in Gainesville; before returning to south Florida and obtaining her advanced nursing degree at Florida Atlantic University, she spent years working at UF Health Shands Hospital in the cardiac unit and later as a pediatric hematology-oncology nurse.

When the opportunity for a leadership position in a primary care setting presented itself Jessica realized her passion for building meaningful patient relationships would be found in family medicine. It was there that her desire to educate patients with a focus on preventative care led her to obtain her certification as a diabetes educator and motivated her to pursue an advanced degree and become a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. After completing her advanced degree Jessica worked at Florida Atlantic University’s Community Health Center in West Palm Beach, FL as a Nurse Practitioner and faculty member allowing her to continue to educate the next generation of healers. Additionally Jessica became the Director transforming the clinic to become a true medical home for many who are underserved and a training center that embodies community healthcare.

Jessica aims to change the manner in which healthcare is delivered, putting the emphasis on keeping people well rather than solely stepping in and treating the sick. Her professional interest and area of expertise include preventative medicine, women’s health, diabetes education and a holistic approach to care. Jessica enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and her 2 amazing son’s Christian and Jaxon. She also enjoys cooking, reading, dancing, learning about nutrition, spending time at the beach and attending Mass at St. Rita’s Church in Wellington, FL.

Grace Family Medicine is a family owned and operated business located in Wellington, FL. Jessica works alongside her Father-in-Law, Dr. Leon Poveda, M.D., Board Certified Family Physician and her husband Carlos Poveda, MHA, a seasoned healthcare executive. Throughout their careers, the Poveda family noticed that insurance and the government continue to add barriers, complexity and cost to the delivery of healthcare to families. Not surprisingly, as complexities increased their ability to spend time with patients decreased. This situation prompted them to offer a new practice model called Direct Primary Care – it’s the direct relationship between you and your healthcare provider, just like how it used to be. Through a fair transparent monthly fee, they are able to provide personalized comprehensive primary care.



Dawn Quaranta

Dawn Quaranta is the Vice President of Palm Beach Operations at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  She is responsible for all operations for the hospital’s newest Pediatric Specialty Center opening in Wellington in January of 2019. 

Prior to her role in Palm Beach Operations, Dawn was the Director of Business Development and Physician Relations for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  With more than 14 years of service with the Memorial Healthcare System, Dawn has experience in government relations, business development and hospital administration.






Jess R. Santamaria

After completing his MBA from the Wharton Graduate Business School and working with IBM in Philadelphia, Jess Santamaria and family in 1974 decided to come to our Western Communities, when Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, The Acreage and Loxahatchee Groves had a combined population of less than 4,000 residents.

Jess and his wife Victoria were a young couple with three very young children, who needed normal services closer to home. A few years later, Jess started planning the first neighborhood commercial development at the northeast corner of Southern Boulevard and Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. In 1981, Jess brought the first supermarket, the first major drug store, the first medical center (doctors and dentist), the first bank, the first gasoline station, the first McDonalds, etc. Business was not easy as Jess had to survive the three economic recessions from 1974 through 1993, and the most recent (2006-2011).

Together with the economic difficulties, also came opportunities. Working 80 hours a week, Jess and his wife Victoria have converted the above three projects into major successes – the Royal Inn now has 166 suites and rooms; Saratoga Pines and Lakes has 660 homes and the “Original Wellington Mall” are now very successful.  Jess also has built over 3,000 homes in Wellington, the Acreage, Loxahatchee and Royal Palm Beach and several other smaller commercial developments.

Jess has been heavily involved in many public and civic activities since his arrival in 1974, among them: Palm Beach County Commissioner (2006-2014); Palms West Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1986-1992); Wellington Regional Medical Center Board of Governors (2002-present); Palms West Chamber of Commerce, President (2000-2001); My Brothers’/Sisters’ Keeper Scholarship Foundation (Founder); My Brothers’/Sisters’ Keeper Charitable Trust (Founder); Citizens for Open Government (Co-Founder); Crestwood Performing Arts League (Co-Founder).

Today, after 45 years in our Western Communities, Jess continues all his business, civic and community activities together with his wife, Victoria and eldest son, Chris, who is an attorney.


Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Born and raised in Ireland Michael is  President of Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) the management company that runs the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington Florida, the largest longest running horse show in the world. He was an International Jumping rider for Ireland and has been Manager of the Irish Olympic Team in Atlanta as well as the World Equestrian Games in The Hague. On a national level as well as Jumping he has ridden Eventing and Dressage and was Secretary General of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland for 10 years. He was Managing Director of his family’s horse feed business for 5 years before joining the Federation Equestre Internationale) FEI in 1997 as their Development officer. In 1998 he became FEI Assistant Secretary General and in 2003 he was appointed to the new position of FEI Sports Director .In 2006 he became FEI Secretary General and resigned in 2007 and joined ESP. He is a keen tennis player and golfer and plays off a handicap of 16. He has also played soccer and rugby. Other interests include the cinema, cooking and travel.