Council Member Bios


Mayor Abby Brennan

Mayor Abby Brennan has resided in the Village of Tequesta for 22 years and was elected to the Village Council in 2011.  She is currently serving her fifth consecutive year as Mayor.  Prior to being elected, Abby served on the Village Audit Committee and was actively involved in the conception and planning phases for the replacement of the Tequesta Drive Bridge.  In 2015, she spearheaded an initiative to support the local business community which resulted in the formation of the Tequesta Business Association, Inc.

Abby recently retired from a private consulting practice that specialized in organizational and strategic planning.  She was the associate director and CFO during the development and construction of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.  Locally she served as executive director of the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, and consulted with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Lighthouse ArtCenter.

Mayor Brennan's volunteer activities include serving as treasurer of The Friends of Public Safety, a non-profit corporation that provides support and financial assistance to Tequesta's police and firefighters.  She serves on the host committee of the Renewal Coalition, a local non-profit organization that assists wounded service members and their families. She also sits on the boards of hte Women's Foundation of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. 

Abby is the Palm Beach North Chamber's 2017 Community Leader of the Year. 

Vice-Mayor Frank D'Ambra

Frank_web.jpg Mr. D’Ambra was born in Rhode Island and has since lived in virtually every corner of the United States. Frank met his wife Lisa while he was attending law school at the University of Miami. Frank has over 30 years of experience in the retirement and financial services industry having held senior executive positions for GE Financial Assurance, Swiss Re and Conning Investors. In 2010 he had the opportunity to move into the medical device industry and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Poiesis Medical, LLC located here in Tequesta.
Mr. D'Ambra has been active in village affairs having served as Chairman of the Tequesta Public Safety Pension Board and as a member of the Audit Committee.

Frank is a graduate of the University of Miami –“Go Canes”. He and his wife have resided in Tequesta since 2003 and are the proud parents of three grown children and have been blessed with two grandchildren.

Favorite Quote: “He who would trade his freedom for security shall have neither.” Thomas Jefferson


Council Member Vince Arena

Vince has been an area resident since 1961 and a Tequesta resident since 1988. He has an AA degree in Management and ten years of management experience with a major Florida corporation. He has been in business since 1983; is an avid boater and sports enthusiast. He is the proud father of two grown children.

Active in the Parks and Recreation Department activities for the last four (4)+ years, he is affectionately known as "The Hotdog Man." He looks forward to seeing all Tequesta residents at Village events.

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Council Member Steve Okun

Steve Okun and his wife Cindy of 42 years, relocated from the Northeast twenty-five years ago, choosing to raise their 3 children in the Tequesta area. Steve attended Boston University along with The Price School of Advertising & Journalism and Hiram Scott College, earning degrees in motivational psychology, marketing and communications. Okun, a noted author and lecturer recognized for innovative business approaches, has been a major force in shaping the automotive industry for over 35 years and currently serves as an international consultant on best operating practices, business development, motivational marketing and strategic planning. Privately, he continues to pursue his longtime personal commitment towards community service. Steve has over a decade of prior government leadership experience in municipal government, in addition to 6-years of County Planning Commission activity in Pennsylvania. His contributions earned praise from the State Senate and distinction in the U.S. Congressional Record.

Locally, Okun was a Board Member of Metamorphosis for Education, a Jupiter-Tequesta community-action group, and has served 8 years on the Tequesta Planning & Zoning Board prior to serving on Council. As a Council member, he focuses pro-active interest in marketing initiatives such as Village “branding” and enhanced public & community relations. Okun’s well-seasoned background in municipal emergency-services imparts staunch support of Tequesta’s continuing excellence in fire-rescue and police operations. An ardent animal-lover and proud owner of two rescued dogs, Okun continues uncompromising support for pet-rescue and safety initiatives in the Village — considering them extended family.

Bottom-Line: Steve pledges to preserve the safe, secure, and cozy “small village character” of Tequesta while, along with fellow councilors, safeguarding fiscal integrity with prudent money-management combined with an uncompromising commitment towards proficient delivery of high-quality public service to each and every Village resident.


Council Member Tom Paterno

Mr. Paterno attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Economics with a concentration in Labor. At age 25, he gained valuable experience by running his own business in the medical workforce arena. Since selling and retiring from his business at age 39, Mr. Paterno has been active in real estate and community service opportunities. As of 2003 he has been serving the Village of Tequesta as a board member of the General Employees Pension Fund. His community service is also evident at local schools where for the past three years he has been a School Advisory Committee member at Limestone Creek Elementary School and for the past two years, a SAC member at Jupiter Middle School. Currently, Mr. Paterno lives with his wife, Susan, and their three children in Tequesta where they have been residents since 2002.