Education Advisory Committee (EAC)

EAC Membership

Member's Name: Appointed by:
Diane Quick (Chair) Former Council - David Singer
Josh Clarin (Secretary) Former Vice Mayor John DuBois
Harry Nerenberg Mayor Karyn Cunningham
Michelle Nicolini Council - Patrick Fiore
Katie Landsea Council - Marsha Matson

Board Liaisons:

  • Council Liaison: Vice Mayor Leanne Tellam
  • Staff Liaison: Olga Cadaval, HR & Communications Director

Emeritus Member:

  • Greg Zawyer
Former Education Advisory Board Member, Greg Zawyer, was appointed as an Emeritus Member by the Village Council on May 3, 2021. Mayor Cunningham sponsored the resolution in recognition of Mr. Zawyer's long-time service not just as a member of the Education Advisory Board, but also as a former High School Principal and founding Principal of Coral Reef Senior High School, Robert Morgan High School and MAST at Homestead High School.  


The Education Advisory Committee formerly known as the Educational Compact Advisory Board entered into an Education Compact with Miami Dade County Public Schools via Resolution 2013-63 on September 9, 2013 to bring together each organization’s collective resources for the benefit of the students and residents within the Village. 

Members of the Education Advisory Committee are appointed by Palmetto Bay Village Council. This advisory committee serves the Village by reviewing and supporting the terms of the Education Compact that was entered into between the Village and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and is bound by the State of Florida Sunshine Laws. This committee meets, at a minimum, each calendar quarter.


The committee shall consist of five (5) citizens of the Village. Each member of the Village Council shall appoint one person to the committee. The Mayor shall be the ex-officio, non-voting member/Council Liaison to the Committee.

All members who are absent from three (3) regularly scheduled meetings of the committee shall be automatically removed from the Committee. Committee members who are removed through this process may be reappointed by the Village Council member that appointed the committee member.

A majority of the committee members shall constitute a quorum. No business shall be conducted unless a quorum is present, other than by a workshop process, which may be invoked when a quorum fails to take place. Any action at the workshop shall be preliminary and non-binding and shall be subject to subsequent ratification by a quorum of the committee at a duly held meeting.

Committee Qualifications:

The prospective committee appointee must be a resident of the Village, be knowledgeable about the Miami Dade County public school system; may have children in public school – elementary, middle or senior high; may be involved in the applicable parent-teacher association; or other good cause.

Committee Meetings/Reports:

Unless otherwise provided by the Village Council, the Committee shall meet, at a minimum, each calendar quarter and shall provide subsequent written reports to the Council.

The committee meeting shall provide for public comment at the beginning of each scheduled meeting. Public comments shall be maintained at no more than three (3) minutes per person, unless the Committee authorizes a different amount of time. The Committee shall not engage in political advocacy or expression.


The Education Advisory Committee will meet the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm, except in February, November and December when the committee will meet on February 15th and on dates to be determined for November and December.  In May, the committee will meet on May 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm.  

Please note that pursuant to the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Declaration of COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency Order No. 2020-11, all Village Advisory Boards, Committees, Task Forces, Charter Officers, and staff shall continue to meet virtually. All virtual meetings shall comply with the Florida Constitution, Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law, and Chapter 286, Florida Statutes. All dates and times are subject to change and may be cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. If a Special Council Meeting is called by the Village Council which conflicts with a meeting date/time established herein, the meeting of the board, committee, or task force shall be cancelled and rescheduled for another date and time, which shall be voted upon by a majority of the members and shall not be in conflict with other scheduled meetings of the Village.

Members of the public will have the option to participate in these meetings by two ways: (option-1) submitting public comments by form which shall be read in the beginning of each meeting and/or (option-2) registering to attend the webinar in real-time using GoToWebinar service. A public notice will be accessible for each meeting illustrating the options available for public participation, including the registration information for the attendances.  


Palmetto Bay's Declaration of COVID-19 Virus State of Emergency Order No. 2020-11 has been lifted. As such, all advisory boards, committees and task force groups will resume in person meetings starting June 1, 2022. All meetings will be audio-recorded, and written minutes will be maintained by the Office of the Village Clerk.

Members of the general public may provide public comments by continuing to use the online Public Comment Form, which will be read into the record, or may appear in person to provide public comments.

The meeting dates will remain the same as previously established for all volunteer groups.

For more information about upcoming meetings, please visit our online calendar.

Compliance with Village Ordinances, Resolutions, and Sunshine Laws:

All Committee meetings shall comply with the Village Ordinances and Resolutions concerning meeting notices and comply with the Florida Sunshine Law, Section 286.011, Florida Statutes. Written minutes shall be promptly prepared and kept of all committee meetings and shall be submitted to the Village Clerk who shall be responsible for the preservation of such minutes. No meetings may be held without proper notice.

Related Content:

Greg Zawyer Principal of the Year Award

Each year, the Education Advisory Committee reviews nominations for the GREG ZAWYER PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR AWARD.  The award is bestowed upon a school principal in Palmetto Bay who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in his/her role.  The 2021 GREG ZAWYER PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR AWARD was awarded to:

Mrs. Deanne Dalby

Principal at Howard Drive Elementary School

Mrs. Dalby was recognized during the Regular Council Meeting held on November 1, 2021.  Click here to watch the meeting video.