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Women to Watch

In this world, there is no force equal to the strength of a woman determined to rise. ~ W.E.B. Du Bois


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

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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 This might include her biggest accomplishment, award or honor received, appointment to a Board, educational achievement, etc.

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Jessy LaPaglia of Preferred Travel of Naples has been chosen as a Rising Star by the Travel + Leisure Travel Advisory Board (TAB). She attended the Rising Stars Luncheon at ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) in Cannes, France with Preferred Travel’s owner and president, Olga Placeres.

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Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Company, P.A. founder Gail Markham has been elected as a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

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Collier County Medical Society has named Dr. Catherine Kowal CCMS Physician of the Year.

Karen Hendricks was sworn in as Commodore of Pelican Isle Yacht Club.

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Gail Langner is the 2022 Imperial River Chapter of ABWA’s Woman of the Year.

Naples resident Patricia Etienne is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020, when the Corps suspended global operations and evacuated nearly 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Melanie Miller and Holly Shapiro have joined STARability Foundation's board of directors.

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Marianna Foggin, P.A., was named Agent of the Month for March 2022 by Gulf Coast International Properties®.


Erica Pacetti recently joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. as an associate of the firm.

Achieva Credit Union has announced Susan Lacey as its new Regional Market President. It is investigating two potential locations in Collier County as it looks to grow south into the Naples area.

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Naples Senior Center announced the recent appointment of Chloe M. Goldstein as its Director of Development Operations.

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, and Brand Architecture, A Brand Architecture Boutique announced the hiring of Savannah Phillips as an account executive.

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Pushing the Envelope Inc. has welcomed Tricia Mullis as a digital marketing assistant.

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Anjeza at Gjergjii has joined Friends of Foster Children Forever as the Education Programs Coordinator.

Catherine Bergerson has been promoted to vice president of marketing at NewsBank Inc.

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The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples has announced the hiring of two new team members to its Philanthropy team – Lori Burke as Annual Giving Manager and Roxanne Dyer as Grants Coordinator.

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Diamond Custom Homes announced the addition of Anjeza Elezi as controller.


These Immokalee Foundation students are definitely women to watch: Nursing student Natalia Garcia Lopez is the first member of her family to attend college; Arianna P. is on a path to honor her mother and become an endovascular neurosurgeon; and Christina C., Wendy H. and Lizbeth H. Career Pathways students have officially declared the college they will be attending upon graduation

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The Village School of Naples has appointed Vicki Thomas-Ambrose as its first girls’ varsity basketball coach. She will lead the girls’ varsity team during its inaugural season, beginning with the 2022-23 season.

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