Women to Watch

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
~ Ayn Rand

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


Sunshine Ace Hardware has promoted Serina Gomez to district manager for northern stores, including Sunshine Ace Hardware locations in Charlotte and Pinellas counties and Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware and Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets in Manatee County.

PBS Contractors has promoted Kathy Smart to vice president of marketing and sales.

NCH pediatric surgeon Dr. Carmen Ramos has been selected to serve on the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Council.

Dr. Rebekah Bernard was elected as District E representative of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) Board of Governors.

April Donahue was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

Audubon Florida celebrates Allyson Webb, Senior Resource Manager at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, as the Natural Resources Leadership Institute’s 2021 Burl Long Award winner.

Better Together’s new Community Board includes Southwest Florida leaders Bess Charles and Teri Hansen.

Lee Health has appointed Debra Wilson as Vice President of Oncology.

Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter member Marie Heisler has earned the professional public relations accreditation.

Gulf Coast International Properties® has announced Kathy Lee as recipient of the company’s first-ever “Live Exceptionally” Certificate of Excellence for the month for July 2021.

Moorings Park Communities welcomes Renee Drake Forte as the Vice President of Human Resources.

Physicians’ Primary Care of SWFL has appointed Melissa Tenzel as its new human resources manager.

Chastity Roark is the new marketing and communications coordinator for TLC Marketing & Creative Services

SWFL Inc. has hired Jessica Hoover as its new client relationship manager.

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Women appointed to SWFL Council Leadership Florida include Amanda Beights, Christin Collins, April Donahue, Tina Ekblad, Stephanie Lucarelli and Jen Mitchell.