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Boca communications manager appointed to serve on new board

Chrissy Gibson, communications and marketing manager for the City of Boca Raton, was recently selected to serve on the Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA) founding Board of Directors.

The association is a professional network of individuals providing communications leadership and support in Florida’s cities, towns and villages. The only association of its kind, the FMCA offers communications professionals opportunities to learn, share and develop innovative solutions for the municipalities they serve.

“It’s an honor to have been selected to serve on the board of this new association,” Gibson said. “With the resources provided by FMCA and the opportunities to connect with colleagues in Florida, I think our collective knowledge and experiences will improve the way we provide public information and engage our stakeholders.”

Gibson, who was named Boca Raton’s communications and marketing manager in July 2015, developed the new communications division which oversees the City’s website, media relations, public relations and social media platforms. A FEMA Certified Advanced Public Information Officer, Chrissy is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and a Boca Raton native. She previously managed the City’s Mizner Park Amphitheater from 2010-2015.

Pat Thomas named Honorary Chair for annual Junior League luncheon

Pat Thomas has been named Honory Chair for the 31st annual Junior League of Boca Raton’s Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon.

The event will take place on Nov. 16, at Boca Raton Resort & Club. Pat Thomas has been named honorary chair and Nikki Stelzer will serve as the event chair, which was announced by league president Renata Sans de Negri.

Thomas has a long history with the Junior League of Boca Raton. She was named Woman Volunteer of the Year in 1999 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Junior League has partnered with the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute and Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation as the Award Sponsor. Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton is the Fashion Show Sponsor and will once again produce a state-of-the-art runway show that will entertain nominees and guests during the luncheon.

The Woman Volunteer of the Year  Luncheon celebrates outstanding women in the community nominated by local nonprofit organizations for their dedication and expertise as volunteers.

FAU names School District top employer

Florida Atlantic University’s Division of Student Affairs recently recognized the School District of Palm Beach County as its Employer of the Year.

“As Palm Beach County’s largest employer, we are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with a local university such as FAU to not only provide training and leadership for college students, but to help support potential employees in our own backyard,” said Dr. Gonzalo LaCava, Chief of Human Resources for the School District.

The School District has significantly increased its visibility and access to students at FAU from attending only five events in the 2016 school year to 28 events over the last two years. Those events include career education workshops, career readiness/preparation programs, career fairs and other events through the year.

In this school year alone, the School District has hired nearly 400 FAU alumni, including more than 300 teachers. FAU says those hires equal more than any other other single employer during the same time period.