Embracing and Empowering Women to Serve Central Florida

Since 1972 the Women's Executive Council has recognized outstanding women who work or volunteer in Central Florida. We honored and recognized these women who work tirelessly behind the scenes, contributing unselfishly to the vitality and richness of our community.  Embracing these women through these awards in their fields of expertise is a small token of gratitude for serving Central Florida.

Honorees 1990's.

1999

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Maureen Brockman | Orlando Utilities Commision 
  • Business/Professional: Pam Nieman | Pam Niemann Interiors 
  • Community Service/Volunteerism: Kathryn Hoeck | Akerman, Sneterfitt & Eidson
  • Communications/Media: Francesca Matthews | Cramer-Krasselt
  • Education: Leslie Laws Couch, PhD | Rollins Collegs
  • Government: Mary Alicia Johnson | Orlando Fire Department


1998

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Mercedes McCall | Banco Popular of Central Florida 
  • Arts: Joy Dickinson | Orlando Sentinel
  • Business: Jennifer Quigley | WBQ Design & Engineering
  • Community Service: Lillana Argueta | Catholic Diocese
  • Education:  Beth Barnes, PhD |University of Central Florida
  • Government: Natasha Permaul | City of Orlando
  • Communications: Susan Ortega | Travel Host Magazine of Greater Orlando


1997

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Dorothy Russell | Circuit Court Judge
  • Business:  Marcia Babione | Blake, Kuehler, Babione & Pool
  • Community Service:  Ealnor Hamilton | Hamilton Investigations
  • Education: Joyce Whidden | Adult Literacy League, Inc.
  • Government:  Karen Jennemann | US Bankruptcy Judge
  • Communications: Carol Brinati | Persons & Brinati Communications


1996

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Monica Reed, MD | Florida Hospital 
  • Arts/Culture: Sigrid Tiedtke | Enzian Theatre
  • Business/Professional: Linda L. Gonzalez | Barnett Bank 
  • Community Service/Volunteerism: Mercerdese R. Clark | Clark's Ladies Fashion
  • Communications/Media: Karen Plunkett | Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson
  • Education: Barbara Walters-Phillips | Glenridge Middle School
  • Government: Maura T. Smith, Circuit Court Judge | Orange County 


1995

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Deborah Cooper
  • Arts: Sondra Quinn
  • Business:  Judy Davis Fontenot
  • Community Service: Linda Sutherland
  • Education: Anita Rodgers
  • Government: Martha Haynie


1994

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Phoebe Carpenter
  • Business:  Carol Monroe
  • Community Service: Marion Asimis
  • Education: Deborah Hopkins
  • Government: Robin Wilinson
  • Communications: Barbara West


1993

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Joanie Schirm-Neiswender
  • Arts: Lee Bailey
  • Business:  Sara Ringler
  • Community Service: Betty Jo Hurt
  • Education: Thelma Dudley, PhD
  • Government: Frankee Hellinger
  • Communications: Joan Watts


1992

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Diane Scanland
  • Arts: Mary Ann Dean
  • Business:  Brenda Carey
  • Community Service: Jeanne Rodriquez
  • Education: Eddye Walden
  • Government: Dorothy Sedgewick
  • Communications: Nancy Peed


1991

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Marquita Nelson
  • Arts: Grace Lindbloom
  • Business:  Jacquelyn Perkins
  • Community Service:  Nell Atkins & Marge Duchano
  • Education: Ruth Webb, PhD
  • Government: Joanne Cummings-Grant
  • Communications: Lori Booker


1990

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Mable Butler
  • Arts: Dawn Thompson
  • Business:  Susan McCaskill
  • Education: Peggy Kinder
  • Government: Kathleen Russell
  • Communications: Holly Bennett