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In the Company of Women Awards

Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women announce the winners of the 2019 In the Company of Women Awards:

2019 Winners

Mayor’s Pioneer – Barbara Falsey, Ph.D, Retired Miami-Dade County Division Chief and Planner; author, editor, and architecture critic

Mayor's Community Spirit – Ana VeigaMilton, Esq., President, Jose Milton Foundation

Arts and Entertainment – Colleen Stovall, Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Florida Shakespeare Theater

Business and Economics – Janet Kyle Altman, Marketing Principal, Kaufman Rossin

Communications and Literature – Lissette Gonzalez, Meteorologist, CBS4

Rising Star Community Spirit – Sabrina Cohen, Founder-President, Sabrina Cohen Foundation

Education and Research – Ora L. Strickland, Ph.D., MSN, RN, FAAN, Dean, FIU College of Nursing & Health and Sciences

Government and Law (Elected Official) – Honorable Ana Maria Rodriguez, Representative, Florida House of Representatives, District 105

Government and Law (Non-Elected) –

  • Delma K. Noel-Pratt, Chief, City of Miami Gardens Police Department
  • Susan R. Windmiller, Government Affairs Analyst, Miami-Dade Police Department

Health and Human Services – Rochelle A. Baer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Director of Leadership Training Initiatives, Mailman Center for Child Development, UM Miller School of Medicine

Science and Technology –

  • Ranu Jung, Ph. D., Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholar Chair in Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University College of Engineering and Computing
  • Tatjana Rundek, M.D. Ph.D., Scientific Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging at the UM Miller School of Medicine

Sports and Athletics – Isabella Rojas, Founder of Doña Pan (women’s cycling group) and Purchasing Manager for No Boundaries Sport, Coral Gables

Young Professional – Maxeme Tuchman, CEO & Co-Founder of Caribu Inc.

In the Company of Women Awards ceremony recognizes Miami-Dade County women leaders and their contributions to this community in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women’s Day.

Honorees will be awarded during the 31st Annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Coral Gables Country Club. Mark your calendar.

In the Company of Women is a Miami-Dade Parks 90th Anniversary Celebration.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    All women in Miami-Dade County who have exemplified professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision, contribution to women's progress and promotion of pluralism are eligible.

    There are two ways to nominate:

    1. Download the nomination form and mail it with accompanying documents by the deadline date
    2. Nominate online

    To nominate:

    1. Complete the nomination form.
    2. Submit the following:
      • Nominee's resume.
      • One high-resolution color photo of the nominee.
      • No more than three supporting documents such as recommendation letters, newspaper or magazine articles, etc. For the Mayor's Pioneer Award nomination, you must submit recommendation letters from three individuals. If submitting recommendation letters, the letters must be from persons other than the nominator. 
  • Sponsorship Opporunities

    Be a part of this special celebration by becoming a sponsor. For more information email cire.andino@miamidade.gov, or download the sponsorship package.

  • About the In the Company of Women Awards

    Every March, in celebration of Women's History Month, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women, present the In the Company of Women Awards ceremony to recognize Miami-Dade County women leaders and their contributions to this community.

    Created in 1989 during a tumultuous time in Miami where racial and ethnic tensions caused divisions in our community, the award was meant to help heal those wounds and bring the community together. Women like Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Yvonne Santa Maria, Athalie Range, Elizabeth Virrick and Alice Wainwright were the first set of trailblazers to be recognized for the role they played in paving new paths for women. After more than 30 years, hundreds of women have joined this elite group of recipients.

    The In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony also highlights the work and contributions of The Women’s Park – a Miami-Dade County Park – which opened in 1992 to recognize and celebrate women’s impact and influences in society. It is the first park in the nation of its kind, spearheaded by pioneer feminist Roxcy Bolton, a coalition of women leaders, former Miami-Dade Mayor, the late Stephen Clark, and with the support of the County Commission, it stands as a symbol of the trials and triumphs women have faced throughout the years.

    Proceeds from In the Company of Women supports The Women’s Park and its Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp.

  • Past Winners

    2018

    • Mayor's Pioneer – Honorable Enid Weisman, Mayor, City of Aventura
    • Arts & Entertainment – Silvia Cubiñá, Director and Chief Curator, The Bass Museum of Art
    • Business & Economics – Lakitsia Gaines, President, Lakitsia Gaines Insurance Agency, Inc.
    • Communications & Literature – Sandra Peebles, Anchor & Broadcast Journalist, Univision 23
    • Education and Research – Joanna Lombard, Architect/Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences
    • Government and Law (Elected Official) – Honorable Shelley Kravitz (Aug. 9, 1953 - Jan. 2, 2018), Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge, County Civil Division
    • Government and Law (Non-Elected) – Aliette DelPozo Rodz, Litigation Attorney/Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP
    • Health and Human Services – two winners: Catherimarty (Cathy) Burgos, LCSW Division Director of Operations, Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department; and Dr. Giselle Guerra, Medical Director of Transplant Services and Living Donor Kidney Program, Miami Transplant Institute; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    • Science & Technology – Veronique Koch, Producer/Filmmaker, Vero Productions/South Florida PBS/Frost Science Museum
    • Sports & Athletics – Caron B. Schiffman, Physical Education Instructor/Coach, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
    • Young Professional (New) – Honorable Patricia D. Fairclough, Vice Mayor, City of Homestead
    • Community Spirit – Marile Lopez, Philanthropist, Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross and others

    2017

    • Mayor's Pioneer - Carol Kruse, director, Zoo Miami
    • Arts & Entertainment - Nannette Zapata, COO and art curator, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
    • Business & Economics Patricia Nelson, regional head of strategic accounts, AvMed
    • Education and Research - Dr. Lenore Rodicio, executive vice president and provost, Miami-Dade College
    • Government and Law (Elected Official) Honorable Nushin Sayfie, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court judge, Criminal Division; and Honorable Angelica Zayas, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court judge, Juvenile Division
    • Government and Law (Non-Elected) - Dr. Emma Lew, director and Medical Examiner, Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department
    • Health and Human Services - Annie Neasman, MS, RN, president and CEO, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc.
    • Science & Technology - Dr. Yesim Darici, director, FIU Center for Women's and Gender Studies
    • Sports & Athletics - Leslie Nixon, J.D., Ed.D., director, Government and Community Affairs, Miami Dolphins LTD/Miami Dolphins Foundation.
    • Posthumous - Julie Kay, journalist, Daily Business Review
    • Community Spirit - Maria M. Blet, chair of the Women's Leadership Council, United Way Worldwide / United Way of Miami-Dade

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