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Women to Watch

There is no limit as to what we, as women, can accomplish. ~ Michelle Obama


Please join us in congratulating these women (and men) on their achievements and contributions to our community.


With a lead gift from long-time supporter Joan Loos, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples raised more than $1 million at its anniversary gala.

Catherine Bergerson has been promoted to the role of vice president of marketing at NewsBank, Inc.

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Seagate Development Group announced the addition of Michelle Mizzoni as Corporate Controller.

Karyn Capozzo was named Gulf Coast International Properties® Agent of the Month for February 2022.

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Pace Center for Girls, Lee has named Ellie Fox, Susan Kyle and Linda Taylor as the honorees of its 2022 Grande Dames Tea, to be recognized for their significant impact on the community.

The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida installed its 2022 Board of Directors including the following women: Shannon Diener, Julie Fisher, Dayna Harpster, Jeanne Larson and Suzanne McGuire.

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Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. Tort and Insurance Litigation attorney Monica Schmucker has been re-elected as President of the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club.

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Heather MacDougall is a new board member at Baby Basics.

Co-chaired by Terry and Bob Edwards, Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2022 Magic Under the Mangroves gala raised a record $2.1 million.

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Jennifer Marchionda and Holly Shapiro co-chaired STARability Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year, the STAR Gala Light the Night, setting a new record, raising $3.2 million.

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Announcing the recent opening of four new businesses started by these dynamic women:

For consideration in Women to Watch, email the success story of a woman you’d like to celebrate, along with her high-resolution photo, to This might include her biggest accomplishment, award or honor received, appointment to a Board, educational achievement, etc.

The Naples Trust Company announced the appointment of Dena Rae Hancock as Senior Vice President, Wealth Services Advisor.


Tonya Waters recently joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. (MNMW) as an Associate of the firm.

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The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, appointed Kim Zuver as their Travel Coordinator.

Naples Senior Center announced the appointment of supporter Karen Heithoff to its Board of Trustees.


Friends of Foster Children Forever has announced that Katherine D. VanOort (Kathy) has assumed the position of Treasurer of the Board of Directors.

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) welcomed Caroline Ridgway to its board of directors.

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Kylen Moran, senior vice president chief of staff with Moran Wealth Management, was named to Forbes’ 6th Annual Top Women Wealth Advisors list.

Vicki Tracy, chief operating officer of Gulf Coast International Properties® has been named chair of Collier County Industrial Development Authority.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County named Joodlhy Charelus as its 2022 Youth of the Year.

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Heather Bassano opened a new hair salon, Manuka Salon, in North Naples.

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Robin Bache Gray recently opened the Gallerie Indigo, featuring affordable framed artwork.

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Pearl Baker, and her husband, David, opened a Naples location of PAINT Nail Bar.

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Margie White opened High Tide Studio & Gallery in the Naples Design District.

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PACE girls Annah Hoyle, A’llawna Florence, Arianna Moss and Devin Cornelison.

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Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee announced Kristin Cartwright and Erin Otterbeck as co-chairs of this year’s Believing in Girls luncheon.

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