Governing Board

Palm Beach Maritime Museum, Inc. d/b/a Palm Beach Maritime Academy and High School


2018-2019 Board Meetings



Regular Board meetings will take place on the last Wednesday of each month except for the months of December and March




5:00 PM




600 S. East Coast Ave., Lantana, FL 33462.


In addition, the meeting will utilize Communications Media Technology (“CMT”).  The CMT used will be the following conference call-in number: 720-835-5924, Conference Code Pin #52807.  Interested person may either attend this meeting via CMT or in-person at the above address.


For more information about this meeting or to provide information to be considered at this meeting, contact Executive Director, Marie A. Turchiaro at


If you wish to place an item on the Governing Board Agenda, please email Ms. Turchiaro at at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.



Board of Trustees/Governing Board

Dr. Andy Binns -Chairman


Dr. Andy Binns retired in 2011 as the Director of FTE & Student Reporting for the School District of Palm Beach County, which serves over 175,000 students. He was responsible for insuring that student data was recorded correctly in the district’s Student Information System (TERMS) and accurately reported to the FDOE. Throughout the years, he developed scheduling procedures that ensured the district met the constitutional Class Size requirements, addressed remedial instruction, and accounted for all instructional personnel.


Dr. Binns currently consults with charter schools across the state addressing their student scheduling and data reporting. He has been teaching finance/budgeting courses over the last 20 years for several universities and has developed curriculum for courses at the Graduate and Doctoral levels.

He and his wife are avid travelers and have resided in Palm Beach County since 1988.

R. Scott Shelley-Member


Mr. Shelley is a South Florida resident for 22 years. Since 2000 Scott has operated an independent advisory practice with a focus on Financial Risk Management and Asset Protection planning. He holds a Series 7, 63 & 65 FINRA license & State insurance licenses in Florida and several other states. Scott began his financial career as a stock broker in 1995 after attending Nova University. Prior to opening his own practice Scott worked for a national estate planning company and John Hancock Financial Services.


Judy Lehman-Member


Being born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida, Judy Lehman proudly calls herself a Florida Native.  She began an extensive teaching career after attending University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University in 1988.  Judy has teaching experience across all three levels; 16 years in Elementary School teaching all subjects, three years in Middle School teaching Language Arts and 6 years in High School teaching English, and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a College and Career Readiness Program.  While working in this capacity, she also has served as an Instructional Leader, mentor for teachers and teacher leaders, Choice Program Coordinator, Graduation and College bound Coach, writer and manager of many federal and state grants, Coordinator/Facilitator of Professional Learning Communities, and Coordinator of Professional Development. Her latest endeavor with the School District of Palm Beach County is as a Specialist in the Department of Professional Development.  She currently serves as the District’s Coordinator for the Alternative Certification Program, Clinical Education Training, National Teacher Induction Network Facilitator and Trainer as well as District Trainer for the Marzano Observation and Evaluation System. She strives to be a lifelong learner, believing that high expectations of her, peers and students are strong elements that will lead to her success in any environment.


Jason E. Handin-Member

Mr. Handin is delighted to be a member of the PBMA Board.  He is a South Florida-native and second-generation attorney focusing his practice on business, commercial, and construction matters involving litigation and arbitration, as well as contract drafting and negotiation.  He is licensed in all Florida state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Mr. Handin has represented a variety of clients, including international wholesale and retail corporations, national general contractors and real estate developers, local and statewide subcontractors, commercial property owners and managers, hotels, and homeowner’s associations.  He is most proud to be a double-Gator, having obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida.

Pat Tierney, Parent/Facilitator Liaison

Lantana 1 (561) 547-3775

Lantana 2 (561) 578-5700


Shari Cooper, Parent/Facilitator Liaison (Back-up for Mr. Tierney)


Mrs Shari Cooper has been a early childhood teacher since 1989.  She has taught grades Pre-K through 2nd Grade in both public and private schools in New York and Florida.  Mrs. Cooper attended Queens College in New York for her undergraduate and graduate teaching degrees.


Mrs. Cooper taught Kindergarten for four years at PBMA and has been our Parent Liaison since 2016.  The Parent Liaison's job is to  bridge the gap between home and school by helping parents get the information and support they need to ensure their child's academic and social success.


Mrs. Cooper also organizes parent volunteers and fundraising.

(561) 547-37757

Parents that wish to speak at a board meeting need to submit a request at either Lantana 1 or 2 front office 2 hours prior to the meeting.


Every charter school’s governing board must appoint a representative to facilitate parental involvement, provide access to information, assist parents and others with questions and concerns, and resolve disputes. At our last Board Meeting the Board voted Pat Tierney as the Parent/Facilitator Liason for Palm Bach Maritime Academy. We look forward to working with Mr. Tierney.





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