The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Board

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Eddie Rhodes, Chair

Eddie Rhodes grew up and attended the public schools in Belle Glade, Florida. He worked in the Palm Beach County School District as a teacher, coach and Assistant Principal. He retired in 2005 after 39 years of service. Eddie currently volunteers and mentor students in the Glades area schools. He has served two terms on the Chamber Board and is currently the president of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce.

Rita Schoenfeld, Vice Chair I

Rita Schoenfeld was born and raised in Belle Glade. She graduated from Belle Glade High School and received an AA degree from Palm Beach Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Auburn University. She has been a Coach, Teacher and Guidance Counselor at Glades Day School since 1977. She is a member and past youth worker at Community United Methodist Church, served as a trustee, and now is in charge of the audio-visual portion of the worship services. She is the treasurer and board member of The Arc of the Glades. Rita is currently serving her fourth non-consecutive term on the Chamber board. She served as the Chamber President in 2007 and is presently the Vice President of the Chamber BOD.

Terri Calsetta, Vice Chair II

Terri Calsetta is the Director of Patient Satisfaction & Hospital Communications for Lakeside Medical Center. She came to Florida in 1997 to be with her Mom after her Dad passed away. Accepting the position of Director of Marketing for Glades General Hospital, she soon got the muck between her toes and now considers Belle Glade her home away from home. She believes being an advocate for LMC patients is both a calling and a privilege. Terri has raised two boys, two girls and 19 foster children. Both daughters have volunteered in the Glades for many years and her youngest, Cat, works in Belle Glade at The Glades Initiative. She is the proud grandmother of five.

Patti Underwood, Secretary

Patti Underwood is a Sr. Registered Associate with Morgan Stanley. She has worked in the Belle Glade Morgan Stanley office since 1999. Originally from Ansonia CT, she moved to Moore Haven FL at the age of 7. She has an AA degree from Palm Beach State College and completed banking and business programs at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She moved to South Bay in 1978 and to Belle Glade in 1998. She is married to Mike Underwood. They have two children, Kellee Horton and Casey Underwood and two grandchildren, Chloe and Terryn Horton.

Melanie Grimes, Treasurer

Melanie Grimes came on board in March and will be serving in a part-time position as the Associate Executive Director. She will assist Brenda Bunting, who is now working part-time also to spend more time with family. A long-time Glades resident, Melanie retired last year after working at the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Court, Glades Branch for 38 years. She was born in Kentucky, but has lived in the Glades for 40 years. Melanie serves on the Black Gold Jubilee board and is the chair of the vendor booths as well as co-chair of the Jubilee parade, along with her daughter, Mallory. She is the past president of her sorority, Xi Iota Alpha, a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International and has also been a long-time member and past president of the Belle Glade Lion’s Club. She serves as the secretary for the Leadership Glades Board of Directors and is a facilitator for Government & Judicial Day.She and her husband, Larry, have two daughters, Deanna and Mallory, as well as three grandchildren, Teagan, Ryan and Rhianna.

Brenda Bunting, Executive Director

Brenda Bunting has served as the Executive Director of the Belle Glade Chamber since March, 2001 after working at the local newspaper for 22 years. She was born in LaPorte, Indiana, moved with her family to Robinson, Illinois as a child and then to Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Brenda and her husband, Bob moved to Belle Glade in 1971. They loved the area so much they have stayed in the Glades 45 years. They have two sons, Bobby and Chris and three grandsons, CJ, Frankie and Jesse. Brenda will begin part-time employment at the Chamber this month, sharing the Associate Executive Director position with Melanie Grimes who recently retired from the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Courts.

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The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce

540 S Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430 • Phone: (561)996-2745

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