Embracing and Empowering Women to Serve Central Florida


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Joie Cadle | Orange County School Board
  • Arts & Culture Honoree: Jennifer Quigley | WBQ Engineering
  • Communication Honoree: Eryka Washington | Ninth Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney's Office
  • Community Impact Honoree: Karla Radka | Goodwill Industries of Central Florida
  • Education Honoree: Pamela S Carroll, EdD | University of Central Florida
  • Entrepreneur Honoree: Secily Wilson | The WOW Legacy Group, LLC
  • Health & Wellness Honoree: Marni Stahlman | Shepherd's Hope
  • Hospitality & Tourism Honoree: Misty Johantgen | Experience Kissimmee
  • Humanitarian Honoree: Jill Bolander Cohen | The Lifeboat Project
  • Leadership Honoree: Kathy Panter | Junior Achievement of Central Florida
  • Non-Profit Honoree: Shelley Lauten | The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
  • Visionary Honoree: Jennifer Foster | Foster Productions - One Orlando Alliance


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Chief Cornita Riley | Orange County Corrections
  • Business: Michelle Brady Palmer | SeaWorld 
  • Community Outreach: Kari Conley | Orlando Health
  • Emerging Leader:  Kristen Manieri | Orlando Date Night Guide
  • Entrepreneur: Lourdes Mola | Lourdes Mola Solutions
  • Government: Judge Elizabeth (Liz) J. Starr | Ninth Judicial Circuit Court
  • Health & Wellness: Dana Nicolson Bledsoe | Nemours Children's Hospital
  • Hospitality / Tourism: Maribeth Bisienere | Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Innovation: Diane O'Dell | Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Orlando Foundation
  • Non-Profit Leadership: Robin Maynard | Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Philanthropy: Kay Rawlins | Orlando City Soccer Club
  • Public Service: Michelle Alley | Altamonte Acupuncture & Florida Acupuncture Trauma Relief Team


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Wendy Brandon | Central Florida Regional Hospital 
  • Business: Monique Yearger | Tijuana Flats Burrito Company
  • Communications: Ruth Williams | Franklin Covey
  • Community Service: Kim Strong | YMCA of Central Florida
  • Diversity: Cyndia Morales-Muñiz, EdD | University of Central  Florida
  • Education: Kathleen "Kat" Gordon | Orange County Public Schools
  • Emerging Leader:  Traci Smith | CNL Bank
  • Entrepreneur: Denise Bennett-Walls | Vaco Orlando
  • Mentorship:  Jayashree Shivamoggi, EdD | Rollins College
  • Non-Profit Leadership: Maryann Barry | Citrus Council
  • Professional: Jennifer Johnson | BDO, USA
  • Public Service: Ann Marie Varga | Orange County Government


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Barbara Jenkins, EdD | Orange County Public Schools
  • Arts & Culture: Jan Clanton | Orlando Museum of Art
  • Business: Alice Norsworthy | Universal Orlando Resort
  • Communications/Media: Diana Bolivar | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando
  • Community Service, Volunteerism:  Lin Wilensky | Dave's House
  • Education:  Anna-Marie Cote, EdD | Seminole County Public Schools 
  • Emerging Leader: Fay O. Pappas | Bailey Fisher PLLC
  • Health & Wellness: Cheryl Cicotti | Seminole State College
  • Hospitality: Suzanne Clark | Starwood Vacation Ownership
  • Non-Profit: Lori Castantino-Brown | Bridges of America, Inc
  • Professional: Nicolette Corso Vilmos | Broad and Cassel


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Helen Donegan | University of Central Florida
  • Business: Andria Herr | Hylant
  • Communications/Media: Andrea (Andi) Sell  | Sell & Associates
  • Community Service, Volunteerism:  Barbara Hughes | University of Florida IFAS Seminole Extension
  • Education:  Tina Calderone, EdD | Seminole County Public Schools Board Member
  • Emerging Leader: Shanta Barton Stubbs | New Image Youth Center
  • Government: Kate Martin | Nonprofit Professional
  • Health & Wellness: Andrea Eliscu | Medical Marketing, Inc 
  • Professional: Francelis Gonzalez, MD | Kidsville Pediatrics
  • Technology: Rachel Landrum | FIS Global
  • Shinning Star: Talia Joy Castellano | "That Bald Chick" clothing line & BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: The Honorable Teresa Jacobs | Mayor Orange County
  • Arts & Culture: Lizette Valarino | Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando
  • Business: Michelle Matis| Valencia Foundation
  • Communications/Media: Ashley Cisneros | Chatter Buzz Media, LLC
  • Community Service, Volunteerism:  Susan Reimer-Sifford | Darden Restaurant (Second Harvest Food Bank)
  • Education:  E. Ann McGee, EdD | Seminole State College
  • Emerging Leader: Jeanmarie Loria | Sunera
  • Health & Wellness: Audra Baker, DC | Pavlik Chiropractic
  • Government: JoAnn Lucarelli 
  • Professional: Pamela Landwirth | Give Kids the World
  • Rising Star: Sarah Dewitz | Only 12 years old, she recently fulfilled her dream of “bringing books to kids in their own neighborhoods” with the addition of her Just 1 Book Mobile project.


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Sandy Hostetter, President  | CNL Bank, Central Florida
  • Arts & Culture:  Michelle Colon, Owner | Starz Dance Galaxy
  • Communications/Media: Geri Ann Evan, Owner | Evans PR Group
  • Community Service/Volunteerism: Katherine Budd, Senior Events Manager | JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
  • Education: Mary Smedly Collier, Valencia Foundation Board Member | Collier Auto Sales, Inc
  • Government: Karen Long, Officer | Orlando Police Department
  • Professional: Lauren Detzel | Partner, Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano and Bozarth, PA
  • Emerging Achiever: Shreya Trivedi, Ombudsman | University of Central Florida


  • Central Florida Woman of the Year: Ilene Wilkins, President & CEO | UCP of Central Florida
  • Business: Eleanor Steele Zegelbone, Vice President Global Communications & Public Relations | Tupperware Brands
  • Communications/Media: Christy Ashby, Editor & Owner | Orange Appeal Magazine
  • Community Service/Volunteerism: Eva Krzewinski, President & Founding Partner | Pearls for Women
  • Education: Geraldine Gallagher, President & CEO | Valencia Foundation
  • Emerging Achiever: Laura Lee Shields, Attorney | Bodiford Law Group
  • Government: Geraldine Thompson, District 39 Florida House Of Representatives
  • Professional: Lee Ann Horton, Advantage Integration Technology
  • Technology: Hillary Bressler, Founder & CEO | .Com Marketing, Inc

Honorees 2010's

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.