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Women to Watch

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ~Golda Meir


Fran Mainella, the 16th director and first woman director of the National Park Service, has been named board chair by the Alliance for Florida's National Parks.

Jeanne L. Seewald received the Florida Association of Women Lawyers’ Leader in the Law award.

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Florida Senate President and Naples resident Kathleen Passidomo is among three nominees to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Carrie Cooney

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Ashley Gerry

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Grace Evenstad

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Kim Ciccarelli Kantor

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Jacqueline B. Morelisse

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Mari Hornbeck Tracy, Patty Hornbeck, Brooke Hornbeck

The Women’s Foundation of Collier announces its 2023 Women of Initiative: Carrie Cooney, Ashley Gerry, Grace Evenstad, Kim Ciccarelli Kantor and Jacqueline B. Morelisse, along with the mother/daughter trio of Patty Hornbeck, Mari Hornbeck Tracy and Brooke Hornbeck.

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Akisha and family

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Madelyne and family

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Rebekah with Pam and Salman and Mac

Local high school students, who are also childhood cancer survivors, Akisha Fleuridor, Madelyne Guerro-Bravo and Rebeka Kilpatrick, were awarded Barbara’s Friends Scholarships by Lee Health. The scholarships are made possible through donations to Barbara’s Friends, Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. This is the third year Lexington Country Club, a long-time supporter of Barbara’s Friends, donated one of the scholarships.

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Michelle Borders

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Emily Budd-Schepperly

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Laura Cari

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Dr. Aysegul Timur

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Mary Beth Geier

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Anne Frazier

The Naples Area Chamber of Commerce presented the following: Chairman’s Award to Michelle Borders; Ambassador of the Year to Laura Cari, Senior Broker Associate with LandQwest Commercial; Leadership Collier Foundation Distinguished Alumni of the Year to Mary Beth Geier, Florida Director & Senior Program Officer for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation; Youth Leadership Collier Foundation Distinguished Alumni of the Year to Emily Budd-Schepperly, director at Future Ready Collier; Leadership Collier Foundation Legacy Award for Individuals to Dr. Aysegul Timur, President-elect at FGCU; and Leadership Collier Foundation Volunteer of the Year to Anne Frazier, Senior Director of Development at Lee Health.


Henderson Franklin attorney Beth Vogelsang was named as one of the "Top 50" Women Lawyers in Florida.

Dawn Kolderman, Avow senior clinical director, received the Barbara Janosko Excellence in Leadership Award from the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

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Christel Johnson, a real estate broker and owner of Paradise Coast Property Team, is a new member of the Friends of Naples Municipal Airport board of directors.

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Pamela McCabe

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Chastity Culver

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Sharon Van Rite

The Greater Estero Chamber of Commerce named Pamela McCabe (Florida Gulf Coast University) Volunteer of the Year, Chastity Culver (TLC Marketing & Creative Services) Young Professional of the Year and Sharon Van Rite (Platinum Media) Person of the Year.

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Katy Errington, former mayor of the Village of Estero, has been named CEO and president of the Greater Estero Chamber of Commerce and Cindy Cedeno of FineMark National Bank & Trust is a new board member.

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Danielle Dyer is a new female board member of Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida.

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Michele Leftwich, RN, administrator at McKenney Home Care, is now a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT).

Amber Barr was promoted to vice president of programs, The Immokalee Foundation

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Kayla Richmond and Katie Kohn received board certifications in divorce, marital and family law by the Florida Bar.


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Elizabeth Martinez chief financial officer, David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health


Autumn J. Watkins Holloway   executive director, Lee County Black History Society

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Robin King   director of community relations/communications, Naples Airport Authority

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Teresa Hibbard   foundation director, Achieva Credit Union Foundation

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Rebekah Telfer   director of annual giving, Champions For Learning

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Sloan Nagy director of business & economic research, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

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Mary Seslar   marketing coordinator, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

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Debra Capps   special event manager, Priority Marketing

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Sarah Valliere   client care coordinator, McKenney Home Care

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Kristina Noble   client services manager, Elite Jets


Kelly Tackett and Haylee Mixon summer interns at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.

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

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