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Women to Watch

“You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.”  - Misty Copeland, ballerina

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Rami Nahhas, Damaris Vymola, Analiz Perez, Jessica Campbell, Amanda Thompson and Christen Krembs


Fun Time Early Childhood Academy Teacher Ms. Analiz Perez, recognized for her optimism and cheerful energy, was selected as one of 25 recipients out of 240 nominees across Michigan and Florida to receive a $1,000 grant from the Lake Michigan Credit Union.

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Deanna Hansen, Fran Myers and Constance White-Davis

Pace Center for Girls, Lee hosted its 16th Annual Grande Dames Tea to honor three local women – Deanna Hansen, Fran Myers and Constance White-Davis – for their significant impact on the community.

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Call It Closed International Realty co-founder and Chief Vision Officer Aprile Osborne has been named one of the country’s top real estate agents by RealTrends Verified, an independent real estate research firm whose rankings are featured in The Wall Street Journal.

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Karin Merk has opened Karin’s Inhome Care for elderly support, making life easier by taking care of various home needs and helping individuals live a dignified, independent lifestyle.



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Mary Jo Diegel

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Cynthia Valenti Smith

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Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster

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Michelle McLeod

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Tara Fedorko

The Housing Alliance has announced Vice Chair Mary Jo Diegel, Secretary Cynthia Valenti Smith, Director Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Director Michelle McLeod and Director Tara Fedorko as members of the founding Board of Directors.

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Patricia Lawton

Krista Casazza, PhD

Lake Michigan Credit Union Branch Manager Patricia Lawton and Scientific Director at Critical Path Institute Krista Casazza, PhD have joined Drug Free Collier’s team of board members.

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Bailey Ditty

Cheryl Grant

Bailey Ditty and Cheryl Grant have joined the Books for Collier Kids Board of Directors.

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Cynthia Lammert

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Tina Wheeler

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Julia Cuny

Grace Place for Children & Families welcomes Cynthia Lammert and Tina Wheeler to its Board of Directors. Grace Place also recently added a Board of Ambassadors, comprised of young professionals dedicated to driving positive change in their community. Julia Cuny will serve as the Ambassador’s Board Chair.

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Kathy Stefanski was appointed to the Board of Directors at Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc.

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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Michele Arquette-Palermo

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Promoted to Chief Program Officer

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Celine Consolo

The Wonder Gardens

Promoted to Events Coordinator

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Laura Harvey

Tulia Catering & Events

Promoted to Director of Catering

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Kay Jasso

Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida

Promoted to Chief Executive Officer

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Corey McCloskey

John R. Wood Christie's International Real Estate

Promoted to President

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Marcy Wysocki

St. William Catholic Church

Promoted to Office Manager


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Jacqueline Ferrigno Brown

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee

Director of Development

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Kayla Buffum

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Barn Manager

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Jennifer Cicero

Marco Island Historical Society

Museum Specialist

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Sara Koronec

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A.

Tax Division Associate

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Kaleigh Lawrence

Children’s Advocacy Center

Chief Development Officer

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Mary Beth Link

Pavese Law Firm

Marketing Director

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Gabrielle Montalbano

DeRomo’s Gourmet Market, Restaurant & Banquets

Executive Chef

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Rachel Petersdorff

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A.

Tax Division Associate

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Sofia Seni

TLC Marketing & Creative Services

FGCU Senior Intern

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Alexandra “Allie” Tafeen

TLC Marketing & Creative Services

Marketing Coordinator

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Sharon Tolnai

St. William Catholic Church

Program Coordinator

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Melissa Ward

Priority Marketing

Assistant to the CEO


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