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Women to Watch

“It’s not easy to be a pioneer – but, oh, it is fascinating!” – Elizabeth Blackwell, Doctor

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Baker Senior Center Naples recognized Carol Clarke as its fifth annual Volunteer of the Year. Clarke has logged an amazing 1,500 hours of service since 2017.

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Pictured are Charlotte Arcadia, Kathryn Gallagher (District 12 Director), and Diane Cook.

Diane Cook of The Bonita-Estero Woman’s Club received the Charlotte Arcadia Leadership Award at the Florida-District 12 meeting of the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs for her exemplary work with the signature program of Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention.

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Champions For Learning surprised and honored four outstanding Collier County educators with Golden Apple awards, highlighting these individuals’ high impact teaching practices and dedication to the profession: Ashleigh Dean, Pinecrest Elementary School; Elizabeth Draper, Oakridge Middle School; Erin Osborne, Golden Terrace Elementary School; and Oksana Tariche Pastor, Lely High School.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County honored Kaliyah Stephens, an eighth-grader at Crestwell School in Fort Myers, as its 2024 Youth of the Year.

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NCH announced that Shona Velamakanni, MD, FACC, cardiologist, was named the 2024 Physician of the Year by vote of her physician peers.

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Erin Otterbeck, Pace Center for Girls Executive Board Member and VP of Operations and Business Development for AlliKriste Custom Kitchen and Cabinetry, along with Cynthia Beauchamp of The Williams Group co-chaired the “Believing in Girls Empowerment” luncheon hosted by Pace Center for Girls Collier at Immokalee.

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Elisa Bowersox, CPA, joined Valerie’s House Board of Directors as the Treasurer.

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Lee County’s leading nonprofit business organization, the Horizon Foundation, set its slate of officers for 2024. Holly Smith, former Mayor of Sanibel and Sanibel hotelier, holds the position of Immediate Past President and Sandy Stilwell Youngquist of Stilwell Enterprises will act as Treasurer.

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Collier Resource Center elected the following officers for 2024: 

Kelly Saylor, Chair; Hallie Lundon, Secretary; and Liz Buemi, Treasurer.

Martina Faude opened CozyBox in The Shoppes of Vanderbilt, where she brings the wonders of European products to Naples.

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Madisyn Goodman, from Dennis Goodman Photography & Printing, received her certification as a photo organizer. At age 19, she is the youngest person to receive this certification and to be a member of The Photo Managers educational community. 

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Dr. Daniela Burchhardt, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is practicing out of the offices of the Woodruff Institute for Dermatology.


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Judith Irigoyen

Development Director

STARability Foundation


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Marin Asher

Marketing and Communications Manager

Margaritaville Beach Resort

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Laura Burns

Executive Director

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center 


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Paula DiGrigoli

Director of Community Impact


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Aileen Fiallo, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Precision Healthcare Specialists

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Maria Hayes

Chief Financial Officer

Better Together

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Charlotte Herbert

Development Director

For the Love of Cats

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Colleen Kofsky

Associate Director of Development

Lee Health Foundation


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Rosemary Labarge
Senior Services Director
Collier Resource Center

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Jaimee Marshall

Administrative Support

Lee Heath Foundation

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Malaina Mote

Director of Development

Lee Health Foundation

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Kateryna Pechorina

Social Media Content Creator

Screaming Fans Marketing

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Krystal Velazquez

Associate Director of Development

Lee Health Foundation

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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