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Women to Watch

Reflecting on a clear picture of real success allows us to discern our purpose, clarify our vision and recognize the blessing of success along the journey. ~ Victoria Lowe


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

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Lizbeth Benacquisto, Jenna Persons-Mulicka, Marcia Davis, Mayor Kevin Anderson

Jenna Persons-Mulicka was presented the 2022 Community Impact Award by the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers.

Horizon Foundation appointed Rachel Busch as its business development director.

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Dr. Alexandra Grace, D.O., M.P.H. joined Gastroenterology Specialists of Southwest Florida.

Rachel Fecteau was hired by Family Initiative to be its Community Engagement Specialist.

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Carolyn Homberger and her husband, Eric, opened a second Athletic Republic location on Davis Boulevard.

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Ellen Keegan has been named principal of Aubrey Rogers High School, a new school in North Naples, which will open in August 2023.

Emily Golden recently earned her professional public relations accreditation and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR).

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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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Emily Budd-Schepperly received the Youth Leadership Collier Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award 2022.

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Rose-Marie van Otterloo, Barbara Lounsbury and Joanne Wyss joined the board of Southwest Florida Music Education Center. The organization also hired Teresa Taylor as its inaugural director of mental health.

The following have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2023:

Alison K. Douglas and Mary Beth Crawford

of Cummings & Lockwood

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Lenore Brakefield

of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A.

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Cheryl Hastings and Marcie A. Charles

of Grant Fridkin Pearson, PA

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Amanda Barritt, Kayla Richmond, Monica Schmucker, Erin Houck-Toll and Beth Vogelsang

of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

Barbara Evans was selected to be the new CEO of Champions for Learning.

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Melissa Speach is Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee’s ‘Crazy Pantz’ event chair and Vicki Tracy will be one of two emcees.

Patricia Asencio joined John R. Wood Properties as assistant manager.

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Naples Historical Society recently welcomed three employees in newly created positions: Mary Beth Addona will serve as a full-time Administrative Assistant, Kelly Hammer as a part-time Writer and Marisa Lawson as Membership & Events Manager.

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Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Company made FGCU intern Amber Klappert a part of their full-time team.

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