You are cordially invited to
Women of Distinction

DATE: Friday, December 07, 2018  |  Time: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Signature Grand
ADDRESS: 6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317

For additional information please contact Jocelyn Diaz 754-300-2604 or Elizabeth Clarke at 754-300-2617.


Women of Distinction honors and celebrates women leaders in South Florida chosen by the community and selected by an esteemed committee of past recipients and distinguished women leaders with a complement of events that culminate with a grand luncheon.  This legacy event has honored over 220 women innovators, influencers, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs that have effected change in the community and beyond.  Women of Distinction is a platform to honor women leaders and a networking opportunity to connect with leaders throughout South Florida.


Join us at the 23rd Annual Event on Friday, December 7, 2018 as we celebrate accomplished women leaders and rising stars in South Florida.


Thanks to the leadership of our Chair and Selection Committee Members, we are honored to present this year's event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this day possible.

2018 Women of Distinction Committee

Natasha S. Hampton-Clayton, Chair
Assistant City Manager
City of Rocky Mount, NC

Dr. Wilhelmena Mack, Founder
W Mack and Associates, Inc.

Gwendolyn Batie
Community Volunteer
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Peg Buchan
Assistant Port Director
Port Everglades

Deidre Jordan
Regional Practice Director, Women's & Children's Services
Envision Physician Services

Chantal Leconte

Adjunct Professor
Florida Atlantic University



Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. Sponsorship opportunities provide you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with March of Dimes. Please contact Elizabeth Clarke or 754-300-2617 to learn more.


Kim Bentley, JM Family Enterprises, 1998

Ashley Boxer, Memorial Healthcare System, 2012

Peg Buchan, Port Everglades, 1997

Rita Case, Rick Case Automotive Group, 2006

Melanie Dickinson, South Florida Business Journal, 2011

Lisa Gefen Sicilian, Esq., Kaplan Higher and Professional Education, 2015

Heather, Geronemous, Ultimate Software, 2017

Kathy Koch, Ambit Marketing Communications, 1998

Dr. Wilhelmena Mack, W Mack & Associates, Inc., 2000

Ginger Martin, American National Bank, 2008

Merrie Meyers-Kershaw, Broward County Public Schools, 2002

Virginia Miller, Miller Construction Company, 1996

Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Nova Southeastern University, 2010

Anne Orvieto, Greater Miami Symphonic Band, 2012

Chantal Leconte, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, 2017

Juliet Roulhac, Esq., Florida Power & Light, 2016

Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam, Elite Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2007

Eris Sandler, BankUnited, 2013

Nancy Strong-Roberts, March of Dimes, 1999

Lynne Wines, CNL Bank, 2001


The nomination process is open to the community and may include peers, past Honorees, co-workers, and even the people and families Honorees have impacted.  Nominators apply for Honoree consideration, and an esteemed panel of leaders carefully reviews each application and selects ten women each year who exuberate leadership and philanthropic initiatives in the South Florida community. 

2018 Honorees

Shirley D. Baker

Delta Sigma Theta Soroity, Inc.

Esther Baylor

Zeta Phi Beta Soroity, Inc.

Stephanie Ducheine-Welsh, Esq.

Lane & Ducheine, PL

Milin Espino, MBA

Memorial Healthcare System

Babette Ferre-Kosar

Memorial Healcare System

Nicole Krauss

Publix Supermarkets, Inc.

Dr. Roseanne Lesack

Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University

Debbie Savage

Responsive Home Care

Patricia A. Sipala

Holy Cross Hospital


The Welsh Family

Pictured here is Madison. Madison was born 7 weeks early weighing 3 lbs 5 ounces and spent 38 days in the NICU. She is now healthy and thriving. Her parents, Stephanie and Michael have made a commitment to share their story to help raise awareness.

The rate of premature births in Florida is staggering – 1 in 10 babies. By supporting March of Dimes you are taking a very important next step to helping us end prematurity. Your investment can help families like them have healthy moms and strong babies!