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Women to Watch

There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise. ~Dorothy Dandridge

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


Rose Govan, Sunny Lubner and Debbie Prather will be honored at Pace Center for Girls, Lee’s 15th annual Grande Dames Tea.

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Avow recognized employees Denise Lucas, Linda Harris, CNA/HHA Veronica Madrigal and Nurse Cindy Moon with Heart of Avow Awards.

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New Board of Directors members for Pace Center for Girls, Collier include Sharon Henry-Woodby, MD; Jacqueline Peregrin; and Rochelle Jackson.


Naples Therapeutic Riding Center installed the following new female Board Officers: Connie Sharpe, RN; Sara White, Esq.; and Adrienne Doane.

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Collaboratory welcomed new Board Members Rosemary Fllori, Khandyce Mosely, Shontra Powell and Lillie Rentz.

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Melissa Barlow of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center was named to Global Leaders Program.

Jennifer Reedy was named Managing Broker for John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate’s Marco Island, Isles of Capri offices.

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Olga Placeres was named an A-Lister by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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Association of Fundraising Professionals Collier-Lee announced its new Board Officers: Nikkie Dvorchak, Sabrina Bennett and Rochelle Jackson. Miriam Ross and Emily Budd-Schepperly became new Board Members for 2023.

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Craig Jones received the Diamond Circle of Excellence Award for 2022.

Alina Donahue is the new Director of Development for Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee.

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Jordan Stynda was appointed Vice President at DAY Adjusting & Consulting.

Emily Budd-Schepperly is Champions For Learning’s new Future Ready Collier’s first dedicated Director.

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PBS Contractors promoted Kathy Smart to Chief Marketing Officer and Len Price to Chief People Officer.

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Three women — Cynthia Lammert, Vice President for J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Meryl Towarnicki, Executive Vice President of Architecture and Engineering Services for Genesis AEC; and Shawanda Wilder, Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — were among eight business leaders who held roundtables with students as part of Guadalupe Center's Leadership Day.

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New Horizons of SWFL welcomed Ariza Reyes as Collier County Area Coordinator.

Two new team members, Vanessa Suarez, Human Resources Specialist, and Melinda Graham, EA, Senior Associate, joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.   

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EDGE™ recently announced the appointment of Tiffany Imbert to the position of Cabinetry Project Coordinator.

Michele Arquette-Palermo was welcomed by Conservancy of Southwest Florida as Water Policy Manager.

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Leigh Marlow joined Priority Marketing as Media Buyer.

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center welcomed two new employees, Lisa Morningstar and Christian Vanorsdale.

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Dal Lago Law hired Frances Vazquez as its new Paralegal/Administrative Assistant.

Elza Orlova has taken the position of Permanent Makeup Artist with Naples Aesthetic Institute.

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Skylar O’Reilly is Florida Gulf Coast University Campus Ambassador Intern for The Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL.

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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