Laurie Cohen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 1983. After a nearly ten-year career in business, she received her Juris Doctor Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1995, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Nova Law Review. For many years, Ms. Cohen enjoyed a successful career litigating a variety of business and commercial disputes, including claims involving contract, labor and employment, real property, professional malpractice, civil RICO, copyright, patent infringement and maritime disputes. From 2003 to 2008, she served as a Councilwoman for the Village of Wellington. Since 2013, she has been privileged to serve as Wellington’s Village Attorney, where she provides legal advice to the Village Council and all departments various aspects of municipal government. Ms. Cohen and her husband Irwin moved to Wellington in 1998, where they raised their two sons, Stuart and Eric.
James is a long time Wellington resident moving there in 1982. Realizing a dream to live and work in his
home town, he became the Wellington Branch Manager for Fidelity Federal in 1999. After enduring
many changes and multiple bank mergers, he continued in that role until 2018 when he joined First Bank
of the Palm Beaches. James and his wife Michelle have been married for over 25 years and have two
children born and raised in Wellington. In his free time, James enjoys gardening, sports, and spending
time with his family. His professional goal is to bring back to Wellington the community bank
atmosphere where clients and employees are like family.
Hope Barron is a proud mother of two amazing daughters, Whitney and Arielle Hough and three adorable dogs. She has happily practiced as a CPA in Wellington for 29 years and opened Barron & Kogan, CPAs with Galina Kogan in 2002. The firm specializes in tax, accounting, consulting and planning for individuals, businesses, trusts and estates. Hope earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and Masters of Accounting from Nova Southeastern University. She is active in charitable and community work – Currently serving on the boards of Wellington Community Foundation and Wellington Historical Society and works closely with All for One Pet Rescue. Hope has been Leader of a local book club and women’s group for over 15 years. Her favorite hobby is the creation of fused glass projects and the highlight of her day is working with the amazing people here in the Western Communities.
Sue Bierer, originally from Park Ridge, Illinois, was born with a love for horses, and has been a life-long equestrian. In 1979, she packed her horse and moved to Wellington, Florida, excited to ride in the sunshine and delve into her work at the elite Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. Sue first worked in public relations, and then in club operations, handling arrangements for VIP groups and club social activities. She was dynamic in early Wellington development and activities, as well as in the movement to incorporate the Village of Wellington. As an avid equestrian in her early days, Sue participated in Foxhunting with the Palm Beach Hunt throughout Wellington and Loxahatchee, as well as hunter/jumper competitions and amateur polo matches, often joined by her late husband, local banker, Leonard Bierer.
In 1987, Sue returned to the teaching profession at Wellington Elementary, where she specialized in math and science. She retired in 2012. Sue has enjoyed involvement in several civic and educational organizations over the years, and is thrilled to hold a position on the Board of Directors for the newly established Wellington Historical Society.
Donald Gross has lived in Wellington with his wife Maureen since 1992. They moved from Greenwich, Connecticut with their Son Sean in time for Sean to start Kindergarten in the Wellington Schools. He is a long-time Member of the Wellington Rotary Club having served several years in officer positions. Don has been a Member of the Patient Advisory Council at Palms West Hospital and a Charter Member of The Western Business
Alliance. Since arriving in Florida he has been licensed as a Mortgage Broker, Independent Insurance Agent and currently works as a Realtor with Maureen from the Wellington office of Keller Williams Realty.
Joan Manning and her husband moved to Wellington in 1977. They have two young daughters. After completing
the building of our home and beginning the Wellington Women’s Club in 1977 Joan returned to her career as a Speech Language Pathologist in the fall of 1978. She retired from the Palm Beach District Schools in June 2010 and began volunteering for Wellington Cares and traveling the world.
Riley Meve is a senior at Wellington High School. She is in the top 5% of her class and is in the AICE program. Riley plans to attend a competitive four-year university with a strong humanities program. She has strong interests in history and the social sciences. Riley joined the Historical Society to learn more about her community & history and gain career experience. Her goal is to educate the community through her work with the historical society.
Allyson and her husband, Steve, moved to Wellington in early 1986, the first residents of the east side of Meadow Wood, where they raised their two sons, Adam and Chad. After attending Rollins College, she received a BA in English from the University of Florida and a Paralegal Certificate from FAU. She has worked for the YWCA of Palm Beach County since 2009 doing communications, special events and social media. Allyson has served on several non-profit boards including the American Heart Association Florida Affiliate and the YWCA, is Board Secretary/Treasurer for the June C. Baker Foundation to Benefit Kids with Cancer, and has been an active member of the Women of the Western Communities (formerly Wellington Women’s Club) since 1986.