Council Member Bios

Mayor Abby Brennan      

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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 sixth 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 received the 2017 Community Leader of the Year award from Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce.  


Vice-Mayor 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 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

Laurie Brandon


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Laurie Brandon, a Native Floridian, studied art design, commercial marketing and business operations and has management experience in business and human resources.  Laurie is an active member of the community, serving on the social committee for the Tequesta Country Club HOA, and is an active volunteer in the local schools. 

Council Member Kristi Johnson


Kristi Johnson was born and raised in South Florida, growing up Deerfield Beach and returning to her hometown after completing her graduate education.   In 2012 Kristi and her husband chose to relocate to Tequesta to raise their two children.  Kristi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the University of Florida.  Over the past 18 years her career has centered on finance, including experience in equities and commodities markets.   

In her spare time, Kristi enjoys playing tennis and golf.  She is honored and excited to be serving the residents of our Tequesta community.