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Women (and a few good men) to Watch

Strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. ~ Ada Lovelace

CHAPTER 76

Please join us in congratulating these women (and men) on their achievements and contributions to our 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 inspireme@ebellamag.com. This might include her biggest accomplishment, award or honor received, appointment to a Board, educational achievement, etc.

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced new board members Sheila Demkovich and Linda Grijalva.

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Amanda Barritt has been named to Habitat for Humanity’s Board of Directors.

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Champions For Learning announced its 2021-2022 Collier Golden Apple recipients, including Amanda Bray, Lake Trafford Elementary; Dyan E. Konicek, Immokalee Middle; Stephanie Kutz & Lauren York, Lake Park Elementary; Mishelle Levine, Oakridge Middle; Heather Stallings, Calusa Park Elementary; and Robert Boyle, Immokalee Technical College.

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Ashley McNamara and her husband, Brian, will host Sunset Soiree Naples Style: An Evening to Benefit Valerie’s House and Collier County’s Grieving Children.

Ana Daniel and Gail Rothenberg are new members of the Books for Collier Kids 2022 board of directors.

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Preeti Dewan has opened Journeys 360 Travel, a luxury travel agency on Fifth Avenue South.

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Amanda M. Dorio has joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.’s Wills, Trust & Estate Planning department.

Roxanne Mihm recently joined One Source Business Capital (One Source) as its administrative manager.

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Esther Lully is the new Senior Center Director at Collier Senior Center-Golden Gate (formerly named Collier Senior Resources at the Golden Gate).

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Three new members joined HR Collier’s board of directors. Jessica Bellman was installed as vice president of membership, Melissa Severance as vice president of programs and Pamela Harriman as webmaster.

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Denyse Mesnik, Sara Dewberry, Catherine Bergerson, Russell Tuff, Wendi Fowler, Aome Rogers, Robin King, Courtney Jolly and Scott Frazier were inducted to the 2022 Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America’s Gulf Coast Chapter (PRSA).

Collier Resource Center announced its board officers for fiscal year 2022, including Nina Gray, Kelly Saylor, Chief Stephanie Spell and Liz Buemi.

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Karen Woodson has been appointed chair of the Friends of Lovers Key Inaugural Gala: Beauty & The Beach, being held on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Lovers Key State Park.

Diana Richter and her husband, Garrett, served as co-chairs for Sound Minds 2022 at the David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health.

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Gulf Coast International Properties® announced Darlene Roddy as its Agent of the Month for January 2022.

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Greater Naples Leadership (GNL) named Sandy Parker as the 2022 recipient of its annual Distinguished Leadership Award (DLA).

Naples Airport's Air Traffic Manager Stacey Nichols recently received the Outstanding Civilian Air Traffic Control Manager of the Year award from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA).

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Gail Markham received the Thomas Burrage Award from the Expert Resource Connection (ERC).

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Dr. Lois Carme, J.D., with FGCU’s integrated studies department, will be going to Siena, Italy as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in June to teach her “Yes, I Can” course in person at University of Siena for several weeks.

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Nicole Reid has been named pastry chef for LuLu’s Kitchen, its culinary headquarters at Naples-based St. Matthew’s House.

Rachel Peacock is the new Director of Development and Community Relations at Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL (CAC).

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Diane Arutt Matty has joined Conditioned Air Company as its new Chief Financial Officer.

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Whitey Holmes has joined Friends of Foster Children Forever as its Accounting Manager.

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Martha Perez is the new Communications Manager for New Horizons of Southwest Florida.