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WGCU Public Media Announces 2014 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida


January 05, 2014 --
WGCU Public Media Announces 2014 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) January 05, 2014

The MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida for 2014 were announced today by WGCU Public Media. Fourteen women were selected from 121 nominees. Nominations were received from the Southwest Florida community from Aug. 1 through Oct. 25. A community selection committee reviewed each of the nominees in the categories of arts, business, education, environment, health & wellness, politics and social justice activism.

In its second year honoring women who are leaving a legacy and making a significant impact in our region, WGCU will produce video and audio portraits of the MAKERS that will air in April 2014 on WGCU TV and radio. The portraits will also be posted at to inspire generations to come.

The 2014 MAKERS are listed below. This years MAKERS are not listed by category. The selection committee determined that several of the selected MAKERS are leaving a legacy in more than one category.

The 2014 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida are:

Rita Bertler, President, Dollars for Mammograms
Sharon Bruckman, Owner/CEO, Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation
Myra Daniels, Founder, The Philharmonic Center for the Arts
The Honorable Laura Safer Espinoza, Executive Director, Fair Food Standards Council
Eve Haverfield, Founder, Turtle Time, Inc.
Martha Hill, Mailbag Editor, The News-Press
Theresa Ink, Founder, P.A.W.S. Lee County
Kimberly Leach Johnson, Firm Chair, Quarles & Brady, LLP
Nancy Lascheid, Co-Founder, Neighborhood Health Clinic
Darla Letourneau, Founding Steering Group Member, BikeWalkLee
Pam Oakes, Owner, Pams Motor City
Julie Shematz, Founder, Beauty from Ashes
Michele Valencourt, Executive Director, Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda
Gail Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Hodges University

MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida selection committee members are: 2013 MAKERS: Andrea Clark Brown, Ellin Goetz and Trudi Williams; Sarah Owen, Southwest Florida Community Foundation; Brenda Tate, Women's Fund of Southwest Florida; Walter Douglas, WGCU Diversity Advisory Group member; WGCU Public Media Advisory Board members: Debra McIntyre, Maria Palacio and Mimi Gregory; WGCU staff: Valerie Alker, Toby Cooke, Barbara Linstrom, Kim Woodle, Amy Tardif and Barbara Steinhoff.

Community partners for MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida are the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women's Fund of Southwest Florida. MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Corporate sponsorships are available. For sponsorship information, contact Terry Brennen, at (239)590-2366 or tbrennen(at)wgcu(dot)org.

About Pam Oakes

She is the 2008 Tire Review magazine "Top-Shop" runner-up award, nationwide, the 2008 Motorage magazine "Semi-Finalist" top-shop award, nationwide, the1999 Women's Board Car Care Council national award for "Car Care for the Clueless: Glove box Guide", revised, the 1999 Women's Board Car Care Council national award for "PAM: Pam's Automotive Minute" (a video, minute-long car care news segment - television version), the 2001 Women's Board Car Care Council national award for "2001 Hurricane Car Care Guide", and the 2006 Women's Board Car Care Council national award for "Empowered Woman's Car Care Guide". She also was named "Best Auto Repair" in (local) News-Press reader's poll for 15 years, "Best Auto Repair" in Child and Parent magazine (regional) for 2010, 2011, and "Best Auto Repair" in Senior Magazine (regional) for 2009. Pam has also received the 1999 Rotary International Four-Way Test Award and is the Author of "Car Care for the Clueless: Or How You Can 'Make Money' While Maintaining Your Vehicle", 2011. She is the Host of PAM: Pam's Automotive Minute - 60 second consumer auto throughout the US, each week as well as the Author of "Car Care for the Clueless: Successful Used Car Buying 101", 2012. Pam hosts a semi-monthly car care clinic for women, since 1996 and co-hosted with NASCAR star Bobby Allison on "How to Find an Automotive Center", 2001. She also hosts "Car Care for the Clueless: Becoming a Savvy, Car Consumer" video (February 2013 release date).

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