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 1980's

Embracing and Empowering Women to Serve Central Florida

1989

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Nilki Bryan 
  • Arts: Ruby Homayssi
  • Business: Susan Morris
  • Community Service: Roseann Roth
  • Education:  Susan Kelly
  • Government: Brena Robinson
  • Communications: Nicki Sarner


1988

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Daisy Staniszkis
  • Arts: Dianna Morgan
  • Business: Margie Varney
  • Community Service: Dorothy Witt
  • Education:  Joan Tiller
  • Government: Ilona Edwards
  • Professions: Leslie Divoli
  • Communications: Susan Blexrud


1987

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Kitty Wrenn
  • Arts:  Miriam Kersey
  • Business: Jane Hames
  • Community Service:  Frankee Hellinger
  • Education: Frances Cuddy 
  • Government:  Betty Carter
  • Professions: Marjorie Thomas


1986

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Barbara Dirlom
  • Arts: Virginia Goren 
  • Business:  Andrea Eliscu 
  • Community Service: Becky Cherney 
  • Education: Constance Riggs
  • Government: Jean Bennett
  • Professions: Kitty Wren 


1985

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Elizabeth Jennings
  • Arts: Carolyn Lord
  • Business:  Rita Husmann
  • Community Service: Lula Helvenston
  • Education: Mary Ann Ariko
  • Government: Laurie Pitcher Platt
  • Professions: Nancy Weber


1984

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Pat Schwartz
  • Arts: Trisha Margeson
  • Business:  Louise Franklin
  • Community Service: Barbara Stump
  • Education: Suzanne Ackley
  • Government: Mary Johnson


1983

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Betty Wood Barnes
  • Arts: Madalyne Lawton
  • Business:  Katherine Kinsley
  • Community Service: Cassandra Smith & Mary Wiley
  • Education: Clara Walters
  • Government: Marilyn Crotty
  • Communications: Dr. Olivia Chaney


1982

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year:  Joan Dial Ruffier
  • Arts: Marena Grant
  • Business:  Andrea Akermanis
  • Community Service: Mable Butler & Marie Finnell
  • Education: Eva Holt
  • Government: Dr. Ruth Barnes
  • Professions: Carol Lotspeich 


1981

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Glenda Hood
  • Arts: Charlotte Everback
  • Business:  Grace Lindbloom
  • Community Service:  Louise Franklin & Julie Washburn
  • Education: Virginia Stuart & Kay Ustler
  • Government: Grace Chewning
  • Communications:  Patricia Fawsett


1980

  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Mary Lou Schyberg
  • Arts: Texann Ivy Buck
  • Business:  Sherry Carpenter
  • Community Service: Doris Manual & Phoebe Carpenter
  • Education: Flo Nelson
  • Government:  Margaret Brackney
  • Professions: Leslie Divoli