Inspire 2014 Women


Maggie LaBarta

Maggie LaBarta

March 3rd

Maggie is the President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health, whose mission is “To promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illness…”


Heart Phoenix

March 4th

Heart (Arlyn) Phoenix is a national activist whose service and devotion has extended over five decades. She is the mother of actors River, Rain, Joaquin…


Kim Tesch-Vaught

March 5th

Kim Tesch-Vaught is the executive director of CareerSource North Central Florida and has more than seven years of experience in Florida’s …


Deborah Bowie

March 6th

As Vice President of Chamber Development, Deborah Bowie is charged with directing the growth of the chamber by implementing marketing and development strategies…


Cammy Abernathy

March 7th

Dr. Cammy R. Abernathy received her S.B. degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980…

Nancy Eckert

Nancy Eckert

March 10th

Nancy Eckert is the President and CEO of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. Nancy received a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the University of Florida…


Mery Lossada

March 11th

Dr. Mery Lossada came to Ocala in 2005 and opened a private practice specializing in Neurology and Psychiatry. She joined Hospice of Marion County in 2007…

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Kathy Bryant

March 12th

Kathy Bryant was born and raised in Marion County, and was elected District 2 County Commissioner in 2010. She was then elected as Chairwoman…

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Linda Ross Werth

March 13th

Linda Ross Werth is a local artist and board member for the Interfaith Emergency Council. After retiring from a career in clinical social work in Missouri…

Beth McCall

Beth McCall

March 14th

Beth McCall became the Executive Director of the Munroe Foundation in October of 2005, and remained there until September 2013. During her tenure as…

Angela Pate

Angela Pate

March 17th

Angela Pate is the President and CEO of Focused Management Solutions, the contracted Administrative Entity of FloridaWorks, as well as three other firms…

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Nona Jones

March 18th

Nona Jones was appointed Community Relations Director of Gainesville Regional Utilities in April 2008. She is responsible for maintaining positive relationships…


Gigi Simmons

March 19th

Gigi Simmons is a 40-year resident of Gainesville who returned after studying sociology at the University of South Florida to her home…

Pegeen Hanrahan

Pegeen Hanrahan

March 20th

Pegeen Hanrahan is a registered Professional Engineer and Principal of Community and Conservation Solutions, LLC.   A native and lifelong resident, she served…

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Naima Brown

March 21st

Dr. Naima Brown was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA by a single mother. Dr. Brown became the first person in her family to attend and…


Kendra Siler-Marsiglio

March 24th

Kendra Siler‐Marsiglio, PhD is the Director of the Rural Health Partnership and President of CommunityHealth IT. She organizes…

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Rosa B. Williams

March 25th

Rosa B. Williams has worked tirelessly for all the citizenry of Gainesville. Rosa served on the Gainesville City Commission on the status of women…

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Sonia Douglas

March 26th

Sonia Douglas is the Chief Marketing Officer for OwnForce, a startup company located in Gainesville. is an online platform…


Betty Baker

March 27th

Betty M. Baker became the Alachua County Manager in July 2013. Betty has been involved with Alachua County since 2002, beginning as the…

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Jackie Paris

March 28th

Jackie Paris, along with her husband and son, collectively own and operate ten McDonald’s restaurants in Gainesville. Her career in the food…

60-Inspire class of 2014 III

Thank you to all our Inspire women!

On Monday, March 31st, the 98.5 KTK crew came together to honor all of the Inspire women featured in March at a reception at the Best Western Gateway Grand…