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Women to Watch

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." - Marie Curie, physicist

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As the first woman Director of Florida’s State Parks, the inaugural female and 16th overall Director of the National Park Service, and the first chairwoman of the Alliance for Florida’s National Parks, trailblazer Fran Mainella was recently honored with two Lifetime Achievement Awards. The first was presented by the National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve, recognizes her service to public lands at both state and federal levels. The second award, given at the Alliance for Florida’s National Parks’ 2024 Wine & Wildlife event, was for her dedication to protecting and preserving Florida's National Parks.

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Julia Babair, Chris Hansen, Teri Hansen, Melissa Mitchell, Emily Golden

The American Advertising Federation District 4, which represents Florida and the Caribbean, has inducted Priority Marketing Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer Teri Hansen, APR, into its Advertising Hall of Fame.

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Lee Health announced Donna Clarke has been re-elected as board chair for 2024.

Greater Naples Leadership named Donna Messer its 2024-2025 President.

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Kristina Park was selected to be The Greater Naples Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer.

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The Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL announced that Mary Kiely and Terri Osiecki joined its Board of Directors.

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Noemi Y. Perez has been named the 2024 recipient of the Leadership Collier Foundation Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Local journalist Annabelle Tometich recently published her memoir, The Mango Tree: A Memoir of Fruit, Florida, and Felony and will be participating in an author chat and book signing at High Tide Studio & Gallery this month to celebrate. 

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Harry Chapin Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in Southwest Florida, honored Dee Baker, the food bank’s very first program director, as part of its National Volunteer Month celebrations.

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Grounding Spot, a one-of-a-kind mental fitness club created by Frances Borshell, will open in Coconut Point Mall this month, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. 

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Jessica Plazewski, vice president and COO of SalusCare, a mental and behavioral health care nonprofit organization based in Fort Myers, recently earned her license as a mental health counselor.


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Dr. Carolina Castelli- Figley, MD, MPH, RDN

Core Health Partners Foundation 

Promoted to Chief Clinical Pathway Officer

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Rachel Kaduk

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank (Bridge Branch)

Promoted to Residential Loan Officer

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Chandler A. Kansy

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.(Naples location)

Promoted to Associate Attorney

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Alicia Shannon

Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL

Promoted to Chief Executive Officer


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Bethany Chadwick Cordero

Digital Marketing and Design Coordinator

Pushing the Envelope

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Lisa Marquette

Director of Philanthropy and Planned Giving

The Immokalee Foundation

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Margaret (Maggie) McMorrow, J.D.

Senior Vice President/Wealth Services Advisor

The Naples Trust Company

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Christine Shipman

Property Manager

Worthington Realty

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Laura Shipman

Assistant Property Manager

Worthington Realty

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Amy Singer

Lighthouse of SWFL

Executive Director

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Mercy Tielves

EDGE Cabinetry

Staff Accountant

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