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2013 Council Member Bios
Mayor Abby Brennan

Abby Brennan is an 18-year resident of the Village of Tequesta and currently serving in her second year as Mayor.  She has been a member of the Tequesta Village Council since March 2011.  Prior to being elected, she served on the Village audit committee and actively participated in the conception and planning phases during the replacement of the Tequesta Drive Bridge.

Mayor Brennan has over 30 years of experience in finance, fund raising and public/private joint venture development.  She was CFO and associate director during the development and construction of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.  Locally she served as executive director of the International Museum of Cartoon Art and consulted with the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Lighthouse Arts Center.

Abby recently retired from a private consulting practice specializing in not-for-profit, municipal and small business planning and organization.

Vice-Mayor 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.

Council Member Steve Okun
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Steve Okun and his wife Cindy of 38 years, relocated from the Northeast twenty 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.

Council Member Frank D'Ambra

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

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345 Tequesta Dr., Tequesta, FL 33469-0273
Phone: 561-768-0700