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Women to Watch

Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on. ~ Serena Williams


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

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Gov. Ron DeSantis reappointed Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board.

Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) installed Dr. Rebecca Smith as its 2022-2023 president and board of directors.

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Fort Myers architect Joyce Owens is the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from AIA Florida – a chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Ivy Rhinehart is the new chief operating officer at Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt and Katie Kohn joined its legal team.

Community Cooperative’s CEO Stefanie Edwards was honored with a Spirit of the Community Award by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

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The Department of Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary 7721 appointed Betty A. Bailey as the Buddy® Poppy/National Home Chairman for the State of Florida Auxiliary.

Hole Montes designated Controller June Sapp a shareholder in recognition of her nearly two decades of service to the company.

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Youth Haven, Inc. announced the return of Denise Murphy as president of its 2022-2023 board of directors for the second consecutive year. Other female officers include Christina Linaberry, Jennifer Porter, Lynda Waterhouse and Trina Mostyn. Female board members include Ingrid Aielli, Sue Brousseau, Pamela Lundborg, Jen Mitchell, Amy Novakovich and Lee Willis.

Artis—Naples announced the appointment of Barbara Sletto as director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus.

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Liuba Soldatova, MD – otolaryngology, specializing in laryngology, joined Florida Gulf Coast Ear Nose and Throat.

The Industry Era Women Leaders has recognized Dragon Horse Agency's Mother of Dragons, Julie Koester, as one of the Top 10 Admired Women Leaders of 2022.


Karen Dubree joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. (MNMW) as an associate.

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Cypress Lake Golf Club promoted Rebecca Morse from Assistant Tennis Pro to Director of Tennis.

Naples Center for Functional Medicine hired Rona Tagalog as Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Beth Preddy, principal of Naples-based marketing and PR firm Preddy PR, Inc., has been named a Certified Partner by Constant Contact.

Christina Stoneburner Legutki with Gulfcoast International Properties and Jennifer Williams with Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) will host NTRC’s 2nd Annual Reeling for Riders Fishing Tournament.

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ContentClix named Amanda Mike its Digital Marketing and Client Success Manager.

Geneva Dildine became New Horizon’s North Lee Area Coordinator.

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Chrissie Missal joined Boys & Girls Club of Collier County as its Director of Annual Giving.

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The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Collier County Board of Directors hired Beth Hatch as its Chief Executive Officer.

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Rachel Applegate joined Gulfshore Playhouse as Chief Marketing Officer.

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Michelle Mambuca received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR).

Heather Doane earned the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC).

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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County added Alex Breault as VP of Teen Initiatives.

Annie Campbell was named Director of Development at The Heights Foundation.

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Youth Haven, Inc. appointed Jennifer Dant as its Program Director.

Allison Occhionero, a participant of STARability Foundation’s Trailblazer Academy, joined the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON).

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Guadalupe Center promoted Greethel Leon to Manager of Guadalupe Resale Shop.

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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