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Women to Watch

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
~ Hillary Clinton

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Dr. Leslie Ricciardelli was named the new superintendent for Collier County Public Schools.

Nena Korunda, M.D. is the recipient of the 9th Annual Collier County Medical Society Physician of the Year Award.

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Michelle Borders has been named the recipient of the 2023 Greater Naples Chamber Chairman’s Award for her continued support of the Chamber’s mission.

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Joanne Ribble and Lori Fayhee are new women council members for the City of Estero.


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Alyona Ushe has been selected as the new Executive Director at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

Kristen Coury, CEO and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse, was appointed to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture by Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.

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Mary Beth Geier received the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) of the Greater Naples Chamber.

Meg Stepanian has been named the new Executive Director of the Board of the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District.

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Patti Erwood, Kathy Ridenour, Karen Colgain (front row) and Gail Steinmetz and Linda Meak (back row) will be leading the Shelter Guild for the next two years.

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Sandy Stark, Hallie Lundon and Ramona Ustian are three new female board members of Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee.

LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier has been named as the new Deputy Director of Communications by the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).


Alison Calder has joined Priority Marketing as an account manager.

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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