Barbara M. Gilbert and Mark Beausoleil Join Brooke USA’s Board of Directors
– Brooke USA announced the appointment of two members to their board of directors. Mark Beausoleil and Barbara M. Gilbert joined the board to support the organization’s mission to significantly improve the welfare of working equines in the developing world.
“We are so happy to welcome Mark and Barbara to Brooke USA’s board of directors,” said David Jones, DVM, chairman of the board. “They both bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to help working horses, donkeys, mules, and the families that rely on them, in some of the poorest communities in the developing world.”
Mark Beausoleil, first senior vice president and retail banking division head for South Florida with Valley National Bank, has nearly 20 years of experience in leading all aspects of retail banking including sales and service management, commercial and small business lending, retail operations leadership revenue and cost of funds management and marketing.
Originally from Massachusetts, Beausoleil received a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State University and earned his master’s in organizational leadership in at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is active in the South Florida community, serving as a board member for the Miami Rescue mission, chairman of the board of C.A.R.E Elementary School and was the chair of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Light the Night Walk” in 2014 and 2015. He is also a member of the Florida Bankers Association.
Barbara Gilbert is a senior advisor with Castle Wealth Management. Originally from Larchmont, New York, she also calls Philadelphia and South
Florida, home and focused her career there. She is a national speaker on the topics of wealth planning, wealth management, women and wealth, philanthropy and nonprofit management.
Through her ownership of BMG & Associates, she became a Certified Fund Raising Executive and is a planned giving and capital campaign expert. She is a member of the 100 Women in Finance Group, New York, and was elected in 2013 to the membership of "The Executive Women of the Palm Beaches."
Gilbert served as vice president of Fleet Private Client and vice president for Bank of America Wealth Management, Palm Beach. She was a vice president and client strategist with Wachovia and national sales manager for Wells Fargo Wealth Division, also in Palm Beach. At Commerce Private Bank, Gilbert was managing director for both Philadelphia and Palm Beach. Most recently, she served as a financial advisor at Janney Montgomery Scott in Palm Beach and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Gilbert is active in the Philadelphia, and South Florida communities. She currently serves on the Women's Leadership Board of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and is a past board member for Easter Seals, Arthur Ashe Tennis and Education and the Rock School of Ballet. She is a member of The Junior League, Palm Beach County. She is a past board member of the Historical Preservation Association of Coral Gables. Gilbert is passionate about causes that benefit children and animals.
“With South Florida as Brooke USA’s leading market and home of our signature event, Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party, we could not be happier with our two new board members," said Emily Dulin, Brooke USA executive director. "Together, they’ll help us take this event to the next level, increasing goodwill and raising more funds for our cause.”
ABOUT BROOKE USA Brooke USA’s mission is to significantly improve the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. Through the programs funded, Brooke USA helps equine owners, service providers and governments in the developing world to implement scientifically proven, practical, sustainable and culturally relevant solutions to enormous animal welfare challenges.
Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy, now and in the long term. The programs also benefit families who depend on working equines to help them earn a living. Most of the programs funded by Brooke USA are directed by Brooke, the world’s largest international equine charity: the leading experts on working equines around the globe. Through a worldwide staff of approximately 1,000 (primarily nationals), Brooke currently operates in 11 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and Brooke USA supports many of those programs in addition to others.
ABOUT BROOKE USA'S SUNSET POLO™ & WHITE PARTY The organization's signature event, Brooke USA's Sunset Polo™ & White Party, will be held Friday, March 22 at 5:30-11 p.m. at the Wanders Club in Wellington, Florida. The not-to-be-missed event sets an idyllic scene with white cabanas overlooking the tournament-sized polo field and festive lit pool. As the sun sets the exhibition polo match begins, followed by a gourmet meal and celebrity entertainment. #fimeartmagazine
With over 1,000 people in attendance each year, Sunset Polo & White Party events have raised $1.2 million to benefit Brooke USA, directly improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.