Meet Our Board
Melanie Cabot, Founder and CEO
Ms. Cabot brings her unique expertise and skills as a small business owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist to the foundation. Melanie was raised in a unique family with a long and rich legacy of philanthropy, and that spirit of generosity is evident in all her endeavors. She understands that life isn’t only about creating wealth but also about being of service to others and the importance of leading by example. Melanie is a strong advocate for women’s education. As the foundation’s intellectual and creative author and driving force, she is committed to the mission to enhance women’s understanding and appreciation for the critical role financial education plays in their over-all well-being. The foundation provides an ideal social forum for women to learn and share empowering financial knowledge, as well as enjoying our community’s rich cultural offerings. Melanie is a board member in leadership positions for several other non-profit organizations.
Melissa Gannon, Advisory Board Member
Melissa Gannon’s career in finance has spanned nearly 25 years. She spent more than 20 of those years analyzing the banking and insurance industry as well as the U.S. equity and mutual fund markets for Weiss Ratings. She directed the design and development of quantitative financial models to assess the financial strength of insurance companies, banks and credit unions and the risk-adjusted performance of equities and mutual funds. She specialized in translating complex financial concepts into consumer-friendly explanations and created educational material on a variety of insurance products including annuities, life insurance, health insurance and Medicare. During her career, she has served as a source for hundreds of national, regional and local media outlets on the many topics of personal finance and the financial industry. Melissa is a financial planner with Castle Wealth Management, a 20-year old, woman-owned investment advisory firm in West Palm Beach. http://castlewm.com. Melissa has a Master of Business Administration (concentration in Finance) and is a Series 65 Fiduciary and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Melissa’s support of the foundation is a natural progression of her desire to use her extensive financial knowledge to help women take control of their financial lives.
Andrea Claster Greenspan, Advisory Board Member
Andrea Claster Greenspan is a nationally known fashion and style expert who has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, CNN and CBS This Morning, and has been quoted in numerous periodicals. Since 1984, she has worked with over 75 corporate, association and professional clients including: American Express, MTV, Godiva, Esquire, MasterCard, American Floral Marketing Council, Northern Trust, and many more. In addition to presenting speeches to audiences, she conducts workshops and consults with corporate clients on cohesive and integrated branding and image presentation. Consulting extends to the individual level, too. Highly trained and experienced in fashion, style and etiquette, clients turn to her to define a uniquely comfortable, current and confident style. She consults on personal image, fit and color palette, performs closet and wardrobe edits and personal shopping. Andrea educates her clients about economics of fashion and how to dress appropriately for all occasions. Andrea is an active member of 100 Women and Impact the Palm Beaches, organizations that supply local, impactful and efficient philanthropy to innovative non-profits. Additionally, she’s an active member of The Commonwealth Institute, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, AICI, and FemCity. With her two boys now grown and, not quite, flown, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and South Florida. For more information, visit: http://www.andreaclastergreenspan.com/
Michele Landers, Advisory Board Member
Michele Landers career in positive psychology, eastern and western philosophies, addiction counseling, mind-set and spiritual studies spans over 30 years. She began her career as an administrator for a neurosurgery practice and biofeedback center in New Jersey in the 1980’s. That experience brought her to new awareness of the mind-body connection and served as a springboard for delving into the mystifying world of neuroscience and the quantum field. Michele is a Board Certified Life Purpose Coach, Hypnotherapist and Professional Numerologist. She is a dynamic and gifted lecturer, teacher, author and consultant on the subjects of personal empowerment, spiritual wisdom, the law of attraction and numerology. Michele was a recurring coach on both Fox/ WFLX “Eye on South Florida” and NBC/WPTV’s 5 at 11:00. Recognized and highly regarded as an authority in her field, her books, The Tao of Numbers and The Year of Living Miraculously are both entertaining, uplifting and informative. Michele is a much sought after radio, media personality and speaker who has taught hundreds of classes, speaking throughout the country. She has assisted clients nationwide to gain clarity and direction in their lives and to discover their own unique talents.
Laura Opdenaker, Advisory Board Member
Laura Opdenaker is an accomplished event and meeting planning consultant with over 20 years of experience developing and executing special events, meetings , as well as destination and art & culture programs for financial service firms, corporations, non-profit organizations and cultural institutions, in the U.S. and abroad. Her past corporate experience includes serving as Manager of Events and Communication Department of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and Manager of Corporate Relations Department of Coca-Cola Mexico. She has also managed Client Entertainment, Investor Relations and Special projects for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, UBS Warburg Dillon Read, Citibank Global Wealth Management, and served on Smith Barney/Morgan Stanley Joint Venture Coordinating Team. Prior to her corporate career, she served on David Rockefeller’s staff, where she coordinated events and meetings with international government and business leaders, Heads of State and dignitaries, in the U.S. and abroad, Laura also served as liaison with organizations of which Mr. Rockefeller served as chairman, including the Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations and the Americas Society. Her commitment to community service and volunteerism was instilled in her from her family who were always involved in community service. Laura has served as a volunteer for a number of causes benefiting children, women and the homeless, including domestic violence agency, The Retreat, Catholic Charities, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Dress for Success, Opportunity Inc., The Lord’s Place, and is a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French, with knowledge of Italian. Through her extensive experience and diverse background, she has developed strong relationships and maintains a high level of professionalism in her approach to client service.
Lydia Sudick, Advisory Board Member
Lydia Sudick, known as the “polo playing art appraiser”, is an appraiser of fine and decorative art, specializing in fine art advisory services with emphasis on connoisseurship, curatorial expertise and management of collections for an international client base. Lydia’s love of art led her to study Art History in Paris, France which birthed a passion for Old Master paintings. Academically, she holds a Certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hartford, in Paris, France and a Bachelors degree in Art History from the American University in Paris. Lydia resided in Europe for 15 years.
Her commitment to social issues and her love of animals was instilled in her from childhood as the daughter of a Russian Orthodox priest. She serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Pegasus Foundation in Hobe Sound, Florida, and via her involvement in polo, the Unwanted Polo Pony Project under the U. S. Polo Association. Lydia learned to ride and play polo twenty years ago and has been a proponent of Women’s polo. She was co-owner of two polo clubs: Buckleigh Farms in New York State and Aiken, South Carolina, and has played polo in the United States, Europe and Argentina. She is Principal of Lydia Sudick Fine Art Limited, Montecito, California and Tuxedo Park, NY and most recently Hobe Sound, Florida. Lydia is also CEO of Professional Art Services Group, Palm Beach, Florida.
Patricia Wakely Wolf, Advisory Board Member
Patricia Wakely Wolf has been passionate about the arts and literature since childhood, attaining success early in life when her poems were published at the age of 16. Writing has been a constant in her life, and after a corporate career in the legal and non-profit world, the lure of the written word caused her to jettison both to immerse herself in creative pursuits. Patricia won an award for her first full-length play and several of her 10-minute plays were produced by Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. Her short play, Befuddled, was published in City Theatre Anthology 2015 and she participates every year in the fun and lively South Florida One-Minute Play Festival in Miami. She is a Board Member for the South Florida Theatre League and, in 2016, she helped launch the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida with the mission to cultivate young audiences and students to appreciate and perform the Bard’s words. In addition to her theatrical activities, Patricia is a much sought after model in South and Central Florida.