MacArthur School Outstanding Alumni Award

The MacArthur School Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate alumna/alumnus from the Catherine T. MacArthur School, for their personal and professional achievement and for bringing honor to Palm Beach Atlantic University. The individual has been a graduate of the University for at least five years.

2015 Recipient

Elizabeth Cayson

Since graduating from PBA in 2009 with her master’s degree in organizational leadership, Elizabeth "Liz" Cayson continues to live out that mission statement daily through her role as government relations specialist for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Cayson, who is involved in a number of community organizations and is the recipient of several honors and awards, will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. The event is one of the highlights of Homecoming weekend. For information, Cayson grew up in Pahokee and has remained close to her roots in the western communities. She earned an associate’s degree from Northwood University and a bachelor’s degree from Barry University before coming to PBA. She now is a doctoral candidate at Walden University. She previously worked for the Boys and Girls Club for 10 years as a director of the before-care program, and she also worked as a health educator with the C.L. Brumback Health Center. Since 1995 she has been with the Health Care District, where she has held several leadership positions. Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Cayson in 2014 to the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infant and Toddlers, and he recently appointed her to serve on the statewide Diabetes Advisory Council. Her advocacy for children in distress became apparent in 2010, when Cayson rescued a baby abandoned in a roadway in Belle Glade. Afterward, she received several honors and awards for her actions. Also, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings named a day in his congressional district after Cayson, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson also recognized her for her humanitarian efforts. Cayson is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County, class of 2011. She serves on the Palm Beach County Commission Advisory Committee on Health and Human Services as well as the Palm Beach County Medical Society Future of Medicine Committee, and she is the District 6 consumer representative for Palm Beach County Emergency Medical Services. She also is active with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County League of Cities, and she is a member of the Pahokee Rotary Club and the Belle Glade Lions Club. Cayson lives in Loxahatchee with her husband, Trevor, a sergeant with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She has two adult sons and two grandsons.

2014 Recipient

Sen. Lizbeth Benaquisto '09
Florida Senate


2013 Recipient

William Hobbs '91
Urban Youth Impact
Executive Director


2011 Recipient

Ivette Miranda '97
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer

2010 Recipient

Victoria Chouris '97/'01
South Florida Fair
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer


2009 Recipient

Charlie Adams '90
South Palm Construction


2008 Recipient

Christine Christofek '98
Solid Waste Authority
Director of Public Affairs


2006 Recipient

Michael S. Reiter '96
Michael Reiter and Associates



*Other MacArthur School of Leadership Outstanding Alumni Awardees:

2004: Mary Jo Gregory '94, HRM/96 HRD

2003: Ric  Bradshaw '94, HRM Sheriff, Palm Beach County

*The MacArthur School Award is not an annual award.