During its annual Women of Distinction luncheon, Palm Beach Atlantic University honors women who cherish community and family and want to preserve these ideals for others. The event is a PBA tradition for more than 20 years, and proceeds from the luncheon benefit a scholarship fund for deserving female students. We are pleased to announce that 2017 was the 26th anniversary of Women of Distinction and honored Emilia Fanjul and Darlene Jordan.
Emilia May Fanjul is a founding and board member of Fundacion MIR and is active in the Central Romana Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic. She is the board chair and founder of Everglades Preparatory Academy charter high school and Glades Academy elementary and middle charter schools in Pahokee, Florida. She serves on the board of trustees of the Animal Medical Center in New York City; is an associate trustee of Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts; and is a former member of the board of trustees of the Palm Beach Day School in Palm Beach, Florida. She is also a board member of the Florida Charter School Alliance and a Dame of Malta – American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Darlene Luccio Jordan is the executive director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation, a nonprofit organization named for her husband that supports education, health and youth services, as well as the arts. In 2012, she was awarded the Fordham Founder’s Award, honoring her outstanding philanthropic commitment to her alma mater, Fordham University. She is a member of Fordham’s Board of Directors and co-chair of Fordham’s successful $500 million campaign. She currently serves on Fordham’s executive committee and is chair of the Development and University Relations Committee and co-chair of the Financial Aid Campaign.