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Women To Watch Awards Finalists Announced

By Staff Reports, posted Jun 18, 2024
WILMA Magazine recently announced this year's Women to Watch Awards finalists.

The awards spotlight women having an impact on the Wilmington area in the areas of arts, business, education, health, nonprofit/volunteer, public sector and rising star.

"We had an incredible cadre of women in the running – it was difficult to decide on just 36," the release stated. "But, after much deliberation by our judging panel, we are pleased to announce the following finalists."

ARTS

Christina Brier & Linda Estep
Executive Director & Artistic Director
Brooklyn Arts Music Academy

Amanda Goodyear
Actor, Host, Radio DJ, & Comedian
Momedy Comedy & Sunny 103.7

Louise Ramseur
Visual Artist

LJ Woodard
Founder & Artistic Director of Performance Club Kids
CEO & Chairwoman of Performance Club

Jameka Wrisbon Purdie
Jewelry Artist & Teaching Artist
DREAMS Center for Arts Education & Alter Ego Designs

BUSINESS

Dori Bishara
Community Engagement Coordinator
REV Federal Credit Union

Brittany Hall
Partner
Block Crouch Keeter Behm & Sayed

Shemeka Henderson-Kemp
Store Director
Target Corp.

Bevin Prince
CEO
Recess by Bevin Prince

Brooke Skipper
Vice President
Salt Air Heating & Cooling

EDUCATION

April Jordan
Assistant Principal
GLOW Academy

Kimberly Lebby
Executive Director
DREAMS Center for Arts Education

Kemeka Sidbury
Academic Learning Coordinator
D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy

Ashley Wells
Associate School Director
UNCW School of Health & Applied Human Sciences

Amanda Wolf
Owner & Educator
Peace Rose Montessori School

HEALTH

Rachel Crouse
Clinical Director
Coastal Horizons

Heather Davis
Senior Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
Novant Health

Amanda Knauff
Owner
Pender Pelvic Health and Therapy Services

Lisa Perry
Unified Communications Specialist
Wilmington Health

Daniela Williams
Owner & Therapist of A Place of Solace
Staff Psychotherapist and Director of Community Engagement for Community Counseling Center

NONPROFIT

Liz Carbone
Director of Community Engagement
Good Shepherd Center

Tara Everett
President (Volunteer)
Pender Youth Football & Cheer Association

Vannia Raya
Founder
Cape Fear Latinos

Emmie Stanley
Advocate
A Home for Grace

Kellie Wade
Director of Angels of Hope
Volunteer for Domestic Violence

PUBLIC SECTOR

Jessica Baldwin
Historic Preservation Senior Planner
City of Wilmington

Stephanie Key
Tourism Assistant
Pender County Tourism

Bernice Sanders Johnson
Senior Project Manager
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority

Rebekah Thurston
Public Information Officer
Wilmington Fire Department

Rebecca Zimmer Donaldson
Assistant District Attorney
District Attorney’s Office – Prosecutorial District 6

RISING STAR

Kristen Hole
Innovative Electrification Specialist
Four County Electric Membership Corp.

ChyAnn Ketchum
Public Information Officer
City of Southport

Haven Lewis
Women's General Manager & Board Member
Port City FC

Paige Marshall
SRO K9 Handler
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office

Delaney O’Brien
Owner
Sun Club Wilmington
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