The Founders’ Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have helped to fulfill the vision of the founders of the Palmer, Trinity, and Palmer Trinity Schools. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply concerned about Palmer Trinity School and who have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership. Through loyal attitude, inspired spirit and unselfish action, they have fulfilled the mission of Palmer Trinity School.

The Head of School’s Alumni Award recognizes distinguished service to the community that exemplifies our values - commitment to the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative growth of all members of our community. Palmer Trinity is an Episcopal School dedicated to promoting academic excellence and inspiring students to lead lives of virtue, humanity, and spirit.

Nominate an alum you know that fits the spirit and service described in either of these awards below.
2016 Founders’ Alumni Award presented to: Nathan Zeder ‘98
Presenter: Danny Reynolds, Associate Head for External Relations


After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2002 with a degree in Economics, Nathan competed as a touring tennis professional for a year and then joined The Zeder Team at EWM in 2003. He and his team have consistently been ranked one of the top five realtors in the competitive Miami-Dade County market.

Nathan Zeder played tennis and basketball while at PTS making 1st Team All-Dade his junior and senior years. He was a doubles semi-finalist in the Boys 18’s National Championship as a senior and received the two-time MVP award at Palmer Trinity. Nathan received a full athletic scholarship to play Tennis at University of Illinois, where he played high level varsity all four years. In 1998-1999 he won the U.S. National Amateur Doubles Championship. In the same year, he qualified for a wildcard and competed in the U.S. Open. In 1999-2000, he won the ITA Midwestern Regional singles title and won the deciding match in the NCAA Round of 16 meet against LSU. While at Illinois, his team won four Big 10 Championships, finishing in the top eight in the country three times. Nathan was inducted into the Palmer Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

Nathan has also been involved in the Sandy Golf Tournament since 2005, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars toward financial aid at Palmer Trinity. He has served on the Admission Advisory Committee, Chaired the Alumni Annual Fund and served on the inaugural Alumni Association Board. Nathan has volunteered as a speaker for our Prospective Parent Open Houses and during Alumni College and Career Day. Nathan and his wife, Annie, have three children and they currently reside in Coral Gables.

2016 Head of School’s Alumni Award presented to: Daniel Diaz Leyva ‘98
Presenter: Iraida Robledo, College Counselor and ESOL Faculty, Susan Patterson, Former Faculty, and Elena De Villiers, Alumni Associate and Former Faculty


Daniel Diaz Leyva played Basketball and Football as a student at Palmer Trinity, and was involved in several student activities where he gained respect from his classmates. After graduating from PTS, he earned a degree in Finance from the University of Miami and his juris doctorate from St. Thomas University School of Law.

An accomplished attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, Daniel represents investors in the acquisition, financing, leasing, and disposition of real estate. He was recently recognized by the Daily Business Review in its Dealmakers section for closing a multi-million dollar structured financing of a real estate portfolio by a Blackstone Group affiliate. Independently, he has begun investing in real estate, currently redeveloping a mixed-use project in West Miami.

Daniel is also actively engaged in the community and has served on numerous Boards and for organizations as diverse as CHARLEE Homes for Children, Consejo Empresarial de America Latina, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and Florida Health Choices.

He was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College, the largest and most diverse institution of higher learning in the country. There are only seven Trustees on the Board. He has been recognized by several organizations for his service including the notable Ruth Shack Leadership Award from the Miami Foundation. This award is given annually to an emerging leader who embodies the qualities of ethical leadership, dedication, and service to Greater Miami.

Daniel’s service to Palmer Trinity includes volunteering during the annual Alumni College and Career Day, serving on the Admissions Advisory Committee, speaking to Prospective Parents, and serving on the inaugural Alumni Association Board. Daniel and his wife, Cristy, have two children and currently reside in Coral Gables.

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Founder's Alumni Award Nominee's Information
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Previous Award Recipients:

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  • 2013

    Lynley (Walker) Ciorobea ’96, Founder’s Award
    Patrick E. Murphy ’01, Head of School’s Award
  • 2014

    Evans (Dunwody) Crews ’91, Founder’s Award
    Tom Magenheimer ’78, Head of School’s Award
  • 2015

    Beth (Brockway) Serrate ’85, Founder’s Award
    Brian Alonso ’97, Head of School’s Award
  • 2016

    Nathan Zeder ‘98, Founders’ Alumni Award
    Daniel Diaz Leyva ‘98, Head of School’s Alumni Award
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