Highland Beach Commissioners

Carl Feldman
(561) 278-4548 (561) 265-3582 cfeldman@highlandbeach.us

Mayor Feldman has lived in Highland Beach since 2000. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating Boston English High he was selected to enter the Massachusetts Apprentice Program and attended Northeastern University. After graduating the apprentice program with a degree of Journeyman Tool & Die Maker & Tool Die Designer, he continued his studies at Northeastern University and received a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. During his career, he formed three companies with over 400 distributors in the United States, Asia, and Europe and formed a company to import and distribute Spanish Cutting Tools in the United States. Mayor Feldman is President of the Villa Costa Condominium Association, a former member of the Planning Board and volunteered for many Town events with the Cultural Board. Mayor Feldman has been married for 46 years to Lois and has two beautiful daughters, four grandchildren and two terrific sons-in-law.

Term: March 2017 to March 2020

William A. Weitz, Ph.D
(561) 278-4548 (561) 265-3582 bweitz@highlandbeach.us

Dr. Bill Weitz is a licensed Psychologist who received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami in 1973. He did his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and he served as a Military Psychologist specializing in the treatment of combat trauma. He retired from military service at the rank of Lt. Col. Later, he served as the Team Leader of the Vet Center in Miami, Florida. Then, he opened a Vet Center in West Palm Beach and remained as Team Leader of this facility. Upon his retirement, Dr. Weitz served as Clinical Director at Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Weitz is also a recognized Forensic Psychologist, providing expert input to both State and Federal Courts. Dr. Weitz served as President of the Florida Psychological Association and as Chair of the Florida Board of Psychology. He received the Golden Bell Award from the Palm Beach County Mental Health Association, the Karl F. Heiser Award from the American Psychological Association, and he was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner of Psychology by the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Weitz has been a resident of Highland Breach since 1999, and he lives in The Enclave where he served on the Board of Directors for 7 years. Most recently, he served on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals for Highland Beach. He is an active member of the Boca Raton Sunset Rotary Club, and he is an active volunteer for CERT.

Term: March 2015 to March 2018


Rhoda Zelniker
(561) 278-4548 (561) 265-3582 rzelniker@highlandbeach.us

Commissioner Rhoda Zelniker, re-elected for a three year term in March, 2017, has lived with her husband Marvin in Highland Beach since 2001. They are the parents of two grown children and the proud grandparents of five. Originally from Roslyn Heights, New York; Commissioner Zelniker attended Hofstra University, going on to work 25 years in the corporate furniture industry. Her managerial experience included: Budgeting and Finance, Operations Management, Showroom Design, Personnel and Public Relations. President of the Regency Highland Condo Association, Commissioner Zelniker has been an elected member of the Condo Board since 2005. A dedicated environmentalist, she served on our Town Beaches and Shores advisory Board.  A lifetime volunteer, both here and in New York, Commissioner Zelniker has contributed her time to the Beach Condominium Association of Boca Raton and Highland Beach, to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, to Boca Helping Hands to CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and to the Pet Enrichment Program at local hospitals. Commissioner Zelniker is active in many community activities and has been a major organizer of several civic events.

Term: March 2017 to March 2020



Commissioner  George Kelvin
(561) 278-4548   (561) 265-3582    gkelvin@highlandbeach.us


Commissioner George Kelvin is a full-time resident of Highland Beach for over 18 years. During his career, he was chief consultant to "Scientific American Magazine," illustrating over 200 articles and 30 cover paintings on subjects ranging from nuclear power plants to NASA's Habitat on the Moon. I was also commissioned by The Port of New York Authority to do a rendering of the interior and exterior of the World Trade Center highlighting their construction methods. Commissioner Kelvin's profession was the featured article on the Editorial page of Fortune Magazine along with his architectural renderings of the White House.  Additionally, he authored a full color book entitled, "Illustrating for Science,". Upon retirement, he  has continued to maintain active by serving on a variety of committees for Braemar Isle Condominium. Commissioner Kelvin has served on the Cultural Advisory Board and the Board of Adjustment and Appeals.

Term: Appointed - February 2017 to March 2018


Elyse Riesa
(561) 278-4548   (561) 265-3582   eriesa@highlandbeach.us


Commissioner Elyse Riesa born and raised in Queens, New York , Elyse is a 20 year resident of Florida and a 10 year resident of Highland Beach. She is happily married to Marty with two wonderful adult sons.  She has a BA Degree from Queens College in New York and a Masters Degree in Government programs from George Washington University in Washington,D.C.  As a professional, she has been a Managing Director/Global Vice-President for one of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and most recently a small Business Owner/CEO. Her work experience and knowledge includes executive management level expertise in major government contracting, program management, global customer service, corporate negotiations, telecommunications and engineering. Elyse has been responsible for secure communication installations in the White House during the Bush and Clinton Administrations along with Army, Navy, Air Force Programs Worldwide and even the restoration of communications at the World Trade Center when it was bombed the first time in 1993. She has negotiated millions of dollars in sales with some of the largest commercial companies in the world. Winning awards for customer service, sales and promoting small business growth, Elyse has always been an advocate for her customers, large and small. She has that same commitment to serving all our residents.  Since moving to Highland Beach, Elyse has been the voluntary team leader for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Highland Beach. It is a team of individuals, certified, trained and dedicated to assisting our residents along with first responders in the event of any disaster including hurricanes. She has been a Member and Chair of the Beaches and Shores Advisory Board and a Member of the Planning Board.  Elyse is dedicated to promoting transparency, open communications, and advancing the quality of life in Highland Beach.


Term: March 2017 to March 2019