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Women to Watch

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. ~ Mother Teresa


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

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.


The Women's Foundation of Collier County is rolling out the red carpet at a rockin' new event to honor local women who go above and beyond in making a positive impact. The inaugural Women Rock Philanthropy luncheon, emceed by WINK News Anchor Lois Thome, will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on Dec. 3, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The celebration unites the annual Women of Initiative event that has honored an inspiring group of women for their philanthropy and civic engagement since 1998 with the annual Power of the Purse luncheon.

The 2021 honorees include Barbara Franks, Amy Moglia Heuerman, Barbara Rhodes-Melvin, Bev Cherry, Diane McCaw, Donna S. Hall, Jody B. Lippes, Julie A. Schmelzle, Lee Kraus, Shirley Z. Welsh, and the first mother/daughter duo, Simone Lutgert and Heather Dockweiler.

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Naples-based Senator Kathleen Passidomo has been designated the next president of the Florida Senate – only the third woman to hold this position in the state.


A Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce 2021 Distinguished Public Service Award was presented to Sgt. Leslie Weidenhammer, of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, for law enforcement.

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Olga Placeres has been elected as Board Chair for Signature Travel Network, a member-owned travel cooperative, headquartered in El Segundo, California.

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STARability Foundation has announced Jennifer Marchionda and Holly Shapiro as co-chairs of the 2022 STAR Gala, Light the Night, presented by Accanito Capital Group.


Bonita Springs-based RMC Group has hired Tamara M. Middleton as vice president of pensions.

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Dr. Diana Carrau has joined Aesthetics in Plastic Surgery by Kiran Gill, MD, which prompted a name change to Naples Aesthetic Institute – Boutique Plastic Surgery and Skin Spa due to their ability to now offer expanded services.

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NewsBank, inc., a Naples-based company, has promoted Sarah Landman to the role of executive vice president for its Philanthropy Services Division.

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Bonie S. Montalvo has joined Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Practice as an Associate in the Private Clients Group in their Bonita Springs Office.

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Evelyn McFee recently joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) as an associate of the firm.


Jennifer Duffy has joined Dal Lago Law as an associate attorney, focusing on bankruptcy and business law.

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Nichole Allen has been named Matched Savings for Education Program Coordinator for Earn to Learn Florida.

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Aesthetician and Laser Technician Alesia Radowski has joined The Laser Lounge Spa team.

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The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, announced the appointment of Jane Gray as its new Grants Coordinator.

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Mary Beth Monzingo Link, founder of Monzingo Legal Search, has satisfied the annual educational and other requirements for 2021 to renew her designation as a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) by the National Association of Personnel Services.


Vantage Construction Services, a commercial construction general contractor, has hired Haley Webb as its bid coordinator and safety manager.

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Salon Sararo has hired master stylist, Summer Sararo.

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EDGE has announced the addition of Liz Bartlett to the position of project coordinator.

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ContentClix has named Rachael Dirr as director of digital marketing.

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