The Florida Commission on the Status of Women recognizes and supports women of all ages to achieve their fullest potential.
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Nancy C. Acevedo
Commissioner Nancy C. Acevedo of Winter Springs was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott in 2017 and currently serves
Maruchi Azorin, M.B.A.
A native of Cuba, Maruchi immigrated to the United States with her family in 1960 due to the effects of the Castro revolution. She attended school in Plant City, Florida and graduated from Plant City Senior High School, as an honor student where she was named
Madelyn E. Butler, MD
Commissioner Madelyn E. Butler, MD, was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. She was born in Cuba…
Jennifer Houghton Canady
Commissioner Jennifer Houghton Canady of Lakeland was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. She is the Director of the RISE Institute…
Rita Barreto Craig
Palm Beach Gardens
Rita Barreto Craig, founder and president of Top Tier Leadership headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida….
Denise D. Dell-Powell
Commissioner Denise D. Dell-Powell is Of Counsel in the Orlando office of Dean Mead where she practices in the firm’s bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, distressed property, and inventory finance litigation.
Commissioner and Army Veteran Sophia Eccleston joined Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) seven years ago and is a member of the External Affairs group…
Representative Heather Fitzenhagen
Florida State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran. Originally from….
Yvonne Fry, a native Floridian, grew up in Plant City as part of an agricultural family. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, she returned home…
Senator Gayle Harrell
Commissioner Gayle Harrell has over 25 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked as a Healthcare Administrator, managing the Ob-Gyn. practice of Dr. James E. Harrell and was the founder…
Commissioner Karin Hoffman of Lighthouse Point has a family-run business, Sonshine Educational Tours, founded by her mother, which has been serving educators and students throughout the nation with educational…
Carol Schubert Kuntz
Carol Kuntz was appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women in 2018 by Florida Governor Rick Scott….
Commissioner Wenda Lewis was appointed to the Commission in 2014 by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Commissioner Lewis currently serves as…
Commissioner Rosie Paulsen was appointed to the Commission in 2019 by Senate President Bill Galvano. She is a public speaker, Hispanic leader…
Cara C. Perry
Commissioner Cara Carlton Perry was appointed in 2017 by Senate President Joe Negron. She is the Assistant Vice President of Communication for Florida Atlantic University’s Northern Campuses…
Jenna Persons was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Senate President Joe Negron. As a partner in the law firm of Strayhorn & Persons, she takes pride in her work and being a part of projects that will…
Rachel Saunders Plakon
Commissioner Rachel Saunders Plakon was appointed by Speaker Richard Corcoran. She is the Land Specialist with NAI Realvest, a top commercial real estate brokerage in Central Florida…
Elena Guardiola Spottswood of Key West was born in Havana, Cuba to Cuban born parents Felix A. Guardiola and Elena Plana de Guardiola. She came to the U.S. as…
Marilyn Stout of Cape Coral was appointed to the Commission in 2018 by Attorney General Pam Bondi. She moved to Cape Coral…
Ashley Wood was born in Riverside, California and moved to Melbourne, Florida in 1987 due to the military transfer of her father. Growing up in Florida, she decided to…
Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D.
Commissioner Lady Dhyana Ziegler DCJ, Ph.D. of Tallahassee was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott. She is currently the Interim President/CEO of Florida Virtual School for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS).