Highland Beach Commissioners

The Town of Highland Beach is governed by a five member Town Commission, elected at large on a non-partisan basis. The Mayor is the presiding officer at all Commission meetings and other public functions.

Highland Beach operates under a Commission-Manager form of government which combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed Town Manager. The Commission legislatively determines policy and appoints a Town Manager who is responsible for the administration of that policy and managing the Town’s departments and services.

Town Commission meetings are held in the Commission Chambers at 1:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, with special meetings as scheduled by the Town Commission. Specific information on Commission meetings are available from the Town Clerk’s office. All meetings of the Town Commission and its various boards are open to the public. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings.


Rhoda Zelniker
Office: (561) 278-4548 Mobile: (561) 702-3389  Fax: (561) 265-3582 Email: rzelniker@highlandbeach.us

Rhoda Zelniker was appointed by Town Commission on January 8, 2019, to fill the office of Mayor-Commissioner for an unexpired term ending March of 2020.

She 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; Mayor 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. Mayor Zelniker has served on the Town Commission since 2014. President of the Regency Highland Condo Association, Mayor 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, Mayor 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. Mayor Zelniker is active in many community activities and has been a major organizer of several civic events.

Term: January 8, 2019 to March 10, 2020
Vice Mayor
Greg Babij
Office: (561) 278-4548 Mobile: (561) 702-2650 Fax: (561) 265-3582  Email: gbabij@highlandbeach.us

Greg Babij was appointed by the Town Commission on April 23, 2019 to fill the office of Vice Mayor-Commissioner for an unexpired term ending March of 2020.

Greg and his family have lived in Highland Beach since 2007.

Raised on the east end of Long Island, Greg graduated Bucknell University with a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering in 1995, and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001.  Since 1995, he has held a variety of positions within the financial services industry in both New York City and in south Florida, and is currently the CEO of an alternative asset management firm.

Greg has served Highland Beach in various capacities including the Chairman of the Financial Advisory Board, the Chairman of the Police Foundation, and as a member of the St. Lucy Church Finance Council.  His personal interests include martial arts, where he has been awarded a black belt in 2 different styles, saltwater fishing, and tennis.

Term: April 23, 2019 to March 10, 2020
Peggy Gossett-Seidman
Office: (561) 278-4548 Mobile: (561) 702-8599 Fax: (561) 265-3582  Email: pseidman@highlandbeach.us

Commissioner Gossett-Seidman was elected to the office of Commissioner in March of 2018. 

She and her husband Barry has been residents of Highland Beach since 1991.  They have three children: Tyler, Austin and Dallas; and they are currently attending college. 

Commissioner Gosett-Seidman was born on a U.S. Air Force Base and raised in Michigan.  She attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors, studying Writing, Journalism and History while working as a State News reporter. After graduation, she became the first woman sportswriter for The Palm Beach Post, covering tennis, auto racing, baseball and football. She then worked as a Professional Journalist, Writer and Media Director for many companies including the Women’s Tennis Association Pro Tour in 18 countries, Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre and TV series, Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity, local schools, businesses and charitable events. At the National and State levels, Peggy worked with Points of Light, Florida’s Ounce of Prevention Fund, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and March of Dimes, among others. She has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and other news affiliations. Her byline stories and media releases earned many honors and were published widely throughout the U.S. and Internationally. She is certified as a Red Cross lifeguard and swim instructor, in scuba diving and parachuting. She has advocated for community improvement for many years, is a member of St. Lucy Council of Catholic Women, and Secretary of Bel Lido Property Owners’ Board. She holds strong beliefs that solid communication skills and the inherent goodness of all people are vital to society at all levels.

Term: March 13, 2018 to March 9, 2021


Barry Donaldson

Barry Donaldson
Office: (561) 278-4548 Mobile: (561) 859-2686 Fax: (561) 265-3582 Email: bdonaldson@highlandbeach.us

Commissioner Barry Donaldson was appointed by Town Commission on January 8, 2019, to fill the office of Commissioner for an unexpired term ending March of 2020.

He and his wife Marlynn have been residents of Toscana in Highland Beach since 2002.

Barry is a 1973 graduate of the College of Architecture at the University of Kentucky and is a practicing architect.  Following graduation, he worked for a non-profit agency in Lexington, Kentucky on low-income tenant housing issues.  He was then retained to assist the first Commissioner for Parks, Housing and Community Development in the newly formed Lexington Fayette Urban County Government to establish Section 8 housing programs and assist displaced residents during construction of a large scale civic project.  He also researched and prioritized funding for improvement projects in rural areas and assisted in organizing a Growth Management symposium to guide future development of the new urban-county.  Long active in public service in Highland Beach, Barry served as an active volunteer for the Friends of the Library, served four years as Chairman of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals, served on the Planning Board and was a member of the Special Committee to evaluate Solid Waste Proposals.  He is an active triathlete and former marathon runner, logging many miles along the A1A walkway in Highland Beach.  He and Marlynn are the proud grandparents of four girls and three boys.

Term: January 8, 2019 to March 10, 2020
Evalyn David
Office: (561) 278-4548 Mobile: (561) 414-6109 Fax: (561) 265-3582  Email: edavid@highlandbeach.us

Commissioner David was elected to the office of Commissioner in March of 2019.

She graduated from New York University with a BS degree and went on to earn a Law Degree from Seton Hall Law School graduating Cum laude. She then decided to pursue her interest in financial planning and to specialize in taxation earning her Master of Law Degree at New York University Law School. Commissioner David's specialty is in Trust and Estate Planning and her professional career was in the Banking and Legal Industries. Prior to her retirement and moving to Highland Beach in 2008, she enjoyed a successful private practice assisting families with their estate, trust and tax plans. After coming to Highland Beach, she was fortunate to become a member of the Braemer Isle Board of Directors where she continues to serve for more than 8 years. Her and her husband are fortunate to have two wonderful children, Matthew who is here in South Florida and Alyssa in New York. Her personal interests include but are not limited: baking, wine education, exploring new challenges and lending a helping hand.

Term: March 12, 2019 Ending March 8, 2022