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Women to Watch

Celebrating the successes of women among us

We all know that once a woman decides to accomplish something, nothing can stop her. We celebrate such women each month in this Women to Watch series. Please join us in congratulating these women on their achievements and contributions to the community.

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.

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The United Way of Collier and the Keys has appointed Kathy Connelly of the Naples Botanical Garden as Chair-Elect to their board. Additional female members include Nancy Limb, Senior Vice President for Bank of America and Jessica Tressler, Vice President, Retail Regional Manager for FifthThird Bank.


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The Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, has sworn five new women members onto its board of directors: Cathy Corey, Cape Coral; Marianne Piccirilli Lentini, Naples; Aliza Recher, Naples; Melissa Grege Schiffman, Naples; and Alison Campbell Stone, Fort Myers. Corey, Lentini, Recher and Schiffman are active volunteer child advocates with Guardian ad Litem.

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Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 board of director officers, including the following three women: Lynda Waterhouse, Denise Murphy and Christina Linaberry.

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The STARability Foundation welcomes new officer Laura Georgelos, Vice President, and new woman director Anne Fleming to its board of directors.

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Three Preferred Travel advisors, Karen Berger, Cindy Macrides and Lisa Spiller, have been selected for the Travel Expert Select® Program; each in their select area of specialty. They are the first advisors at Preferred Travel to earn this prestigious title.

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The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Monica Schmucker has completed the required training and is now a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator. She is listed on the Dispute Resolution Center’s website under Twentieth Circuit Mediators.

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Lee Association of Remarkable Citizens (LARC) announced Angela Katz has been named Executive Director, where she will continue championing innovative programs and meeting community needs for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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Alicia Miller is the new Executive Director at Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida, Inc. Our Mother’s Home provides teen moms with a supportive environment to stay with their children, learn life skills and finish their education.

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Kevyn Hayes Esquire of the Law Office of Kevyn Noonan Hayes, P.A. has been named a 2021 Super Lawyer Rising Star” for the fourth year in a row.

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Gulf Coast International Properties® is pleased to announce Jodi Kaplan has been named Agent of the Month for June 2021.

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Wellfit Girls, a Southwest Florida nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring, challenging and empowering teen girls, recently brought in Jessica Hurley as its new program director.

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The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, announced the appointment of Madison Smith as Community Engagement Manager. In this new role, she will enhance NCEF’s reach into the community and work with community partners to address the needs of Collier County’s most vulnerable residents.

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Artis—Naples announced the appointment of Melanie Kalnins to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Patron Engagement, who will oversee the organization’s comprehensive marketing, communications and patron services operations. She comes to Artis—Naples from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.

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The Children's Museum of Naples (CMON) announced the promotion of Beth Housewert to Senior Director of Play and Learning and Desiree Cuenca to Director of Marketing and Engagement. Housewert, who joined CMON in 2012, is responsible for creating inspiring, playful, educational programs and exhibits for CMON guests. Cuenca will oversee marketing, communications, volunteer services and the gift store for the Museum.

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The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) of the Greater Naples Chamber held its graduation of the Youth Leadership Collier (YLC) program participants at The Players Club & Spa.

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Pamela James has been promoted to Executive Producer of Content and at WGCU Public Media in Fort Myers and Cary Barbor, local host of All Things Considered and Gulf Coast Life Book Club for WGCU, has been elected as small station representative to the Public Media Journalists Association Board of Directors.

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Marco Island home builder Gulfstream Homes announces that team member Samantha Bruntjen has been inducted into the Rotary Club of Marco Island.

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The Naples Woman’s Club has named Cathy Reichenbacher as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year. She serves as their Engagement and Outreach Chairman and works with charities in the community, such as Baby Basics and Meals of Hope.

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The board of directors of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) has announced Linda Tecco-Roach as a member of the board.

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True Fashionistas Designer Resale owner Jennifer Johnson has been selected to participate in the South Florida Small Business Association’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders Initiative, an intensive executive-level series designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses.

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The Collaboratory has welcomed new board leadership with Dr. Aysegul Timur as Vice Chair. Dr. Timur is Vice President and Vice Provost of Strategy and Program Innovation and a member of the Regional Economic Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has served on the Collaboratory board since 2019.

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