KNOW Tampa Bay 2021

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WHAT IF

you could connect with women on a global scale who want to help you succeed?

A MEMBERSHIP LIKE NO OTHER MEMBER EVENTS

PROMOTE

Register to attend a weekly ‘Let’s Have Coffee’ series, a monthly masterclass, or a monthly CEO Chat to help build your business or grow your career. Join the new member meetup or virtual events to connect with female members all over the globe.

Get exclusive opportunities to promote your brand, speak at an event, host a master class, and sell your products through our KNOW Women marketplace.

ONLINE PORTAL As soon as you join you’ll have access to The KNOW Women Global portal where you will find all of your members-only resources from CEO chats to connection calls. You’ll unlock business development opportunities, publicity, and marketing help, outreach opportunities, and the chance to continually connect and grow through collaboration and connection with your global sisterhood.

A CLASS OF LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS WOMEN WHO ARE COMMITTED TO LEVELING UP The KNOW Women Global Membership is built around women who will help you achieve your goals. You’ll be seen and heard, acknowledged, and supported. You won’t ever have to question if you are in the right room or if you have a seat at the table. Our movement is built to help you rise through inclusivity, positivity, and collaboration.

we promise

1. To align you with motivated women from across the globe. 2. Provide access to female industry leaders who will educate and inspire. 3. An opportunity to promote and elevate your brand to a global audience.

KNOW Women Global Membership: KNOW this is where you belong.

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STATISTICS women-owned ON

BUSINESSES

40

%

OF ALL BUSINESSES ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY WOMEN

9 MILLION WOMEN EMPLOY MORE THAN PEOPLE

11.3

MORE THAN

37

MILLION

FIRMS ARE OWNED BY WOMEN

WOMEN EARN MORE % OF THAN THEIR HUSBANDS

1.6

WOMEN FIRMS GENERATE

TRILLION IN SALES

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design & layout

Myra H.Ray

photography

collection

Luxe Light Images

market manager

Bernadette Pello

We are a collection of highly successful, authentically driven women.

collaboration

We collaborate to support one another & build clout that inspires & motivates the advancement for all women.

community

publisher

Sarah Benken

HQ admin team

Erica Storck

Nicole Smyth

planning team

Lennise Germany

Shannon Keil

We support our local & global communities by

Carolynn Smith-Jones

actively searching for ways to pay it forward.

Jamie Brown

Kelly Ross

mantra

Jess Waldrop

Lift + Rise

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@theknowwomen subscribe

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from the

FOUNDER & CEO

Launched in 2017, The KNOW WomenTM began as a way to bring more attention to dynamic women doing remarkable things in the Phoenix metro. We knew there were an outstanding number of women impacting the community and making big strides in their industries. Our goal was to get those women out from behind their computer screens and into the public eye. Thus, we created the KNOW Book, a carefully curated publication that would feature vision-led women in a glamorous and authentic style. As the momentum grew and we recognized the need for more, we launched our Collaborative around the women featured in our KNOW Book. Our mix & mingles soon ensued and we witnessed incredible things happening. We saw our women doing business with each other, creating friendships, supporting each other, collaborating on projects together, and so much more. What started as a fun project to spotlight women, has turned into a full-blown movement. The KNOW WomenTM has expanded beyond its birthplace of Phoenix, Arizona; its aim is to launch in every major city across the United States and Canada.

Sarah Benken FOUNDER & CEO

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MARKET MANAGER

This past year, Tampa Bay has been dubbed, “Champa Bay”. This new identity is because our sports teams dominate! Our professional sports teams have worked extremely hard to achieve their goals to become champions. When I look through our KNOW books, I see other reasons for Tampa Bay to be well known. The women in our KNOW books are professionals in their own fields. They are determined to reach their goals and any opposition better get out of the way! This group of women, that make up the “KNOW Team”, are Champions in the Tampa Bay Community as well! My experience with KNOW has been amazing! (I hope you hear that in my voice) To say that I am honored to be a part of KNOW is an understatement. I am grateful to Sarah Benken for this opportunity and for her vision to create opportunities for women to collaborate, support, inspire and motivate each other. Tampa Bay Women – I have already witnessed genuine, authentic collaboration. You are a creative, diverse, and passionate group of women. Let’s continue and impact our businesses, our communities and each other. Lift and Rise Tampa Bay Women,

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Bernadette Pello


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KNOW Cares

SUPPORTS We believe that all women and youth should have access and opportunity to engage in leadership development programs. We create an educational experience for women and youth focusing on knowledge, problem-solving, leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, health, and well-being. We serve & provide financial assistance to local, national, and international communities. We support and educate women in business through our signature program.

KNOW Cares mission is to Empower, Educate and Engage women and youth globally through give-back initiatives related to LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, WOMEN IN BUSINESS, COMMUNITY IMPACT, and EDUCATION.

TO GET INVOLVED:

TO DONATE:

hello@knowcares.com

www.knowcares.com

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THEKNOWWOMEN.COM

table of contents 10 beauty

34 health + wellness

17 business

39 home + life

31 fashion

59 non-profit

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BEAUTY

AMANDA GLUCK

Haute Hair Extension Bar & Color Studio Amanda started in the industry

by growing up in her grandmother’s salon. She has been in the hair industry for 15 years. She has always been intensely passionate about hair and transformations, and found a love and niche for entrepreneurship and leadership. She created Haute Hair Studio, where she serves as the Creative Director and Master Artist. In 2018 Amanda put her focus solely on Natural Beaded Rows extensions as she wanted to create a business where every stylist is specialized only natural, non-damaging hair extensions that change the way women feel, igniting their confidence. Her vibrant personality, need for perfection, and overall creativity is what keeps her clients flying in from all over the country. You will experience nothing short of pure luxury when you visit Haute Hair Studio.

NBRtampa.com/mymethod @hautehair.extensions hautehairtampa@gmail.com Photo Credit: Edgly Marketing Group

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BEAUTY

DR. GINGER URBANIAK, M.D.

Urbaniak Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Looking for a nationally recognized beauty consultant? Meet Dr. Ginger Urbaniak, M.D. of Urbaniak Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa located in the beautiful Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Ginger Urbaniak specializes in both skin health and facial aesthetics. She prides herself in offering the best-of-the-best treatments and products. “There are so many lotions, lasers and treatments that hit the market and people read about. My job is to do my own research and find the treatments that are most backed by science, results and evidence-based studies. I can then confidently offer my patients top-of-line, custom treatments to get their skin looking flawless.” Dr. Ginger Urbaniak is joined in the practice by her husband Dr. Roderick Urbaniak, M.D., Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, who specializes in breast surgery, tummy-tucks, body contouring and mommy-makeovers. So whether you’re brand new to aesthetics or are looking for your new go-to medical spa, visit the Urbaniaks’.

UrbaniakPlasticSurgery.com @drgingerurbaniak Info@UrbaniakPlasticSurgery.com Photo Credit: Jessica McKnight Photography 2021 | 11


BEAUTY

JILL CRUTCHER ARNP

Skin NV

Jill Crutcher is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over seven years of experience in aesthetics. She began her career specializing in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery prior to pursuing her passion for medical aesthetics. It was in the heart of Hollywood where she gained experience at one of the top celebrity skincare clinics, treating some of the most photographed faces in the world. Blending both backgrounds has allowed her to develop an artistic eye with an attention for detail.She is dedicated to creating a comfortable, relaxing experience to those she is treating. Combining her experience with the latest equipment and innovative techniques, Jill is able to achieve the most natural look possible. Her goal is to create a treatment plan tailored to meet each individual client’s unique goals.

@jillmarie.aesthetics skinnv.com jcrutcherarnp@gmail.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 12 | theknowwomen.com


BEAUTY

MILAN WALKER

Imago Dei By Milan

Milan Walker is a multi-published Bridal Makeup Artist & Hairstylist in Brandon, FL with over 10 years of experience in the beauty industry. Milan is the Owner/Senior Makeup Artist of Imago Dei by Milan LLC, an ethnically-inclusive bridal beauty company offering both luxury makeup and hairstyling services for brides, celebrities and film production. Along with beauty services, Milan also offers permanent makeup as a certified PhiBrows Artist at IDBM Beautique, her very own makeup and brow boutique located in Brandon, FL. Imago Dei by Milan’s bridal portfolio has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Munaluchi, Black Bride 1998 to name a few! Holding her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology & Sociology and currently finishing her Masters of Business Administration, Milan is also a beauty educator and business coach providing education and hands-on training for professional makeup artists. She has an innate gift and deep passion for helping makeup artists develop their inner confidence and business acumen to become the confident, talented and highly sought after Makeup Artists that they were meant to be!

imagodeibymilan.com @idbm_artistry info@imagodeibymilan.com Photo Credit: Ashley Canay Photography 2021 | 13


BEAUTY

STEPHANIE GERMINO

Blxckout Beauty

Founded in 2020, Blxckout Beauty was created to be a different kind of salon experience. CEO and founder, Stephanie Germino envisioned her salon as a place to hang out with her clients who became friends, filled with natural light, living plants, comfortable service areas, unforgettable scent and trending music.

 Being the first salon of its kind in Seminole Heights, Blxckout Beauty currently offers several different types of services which includes: Lashes, Waxing/Threading, Facials, PMU and Trainings. 
As a member of the LGBT community, Stephanie wanted to provide an inclusive space where everyone can come to feel confident, beautiful and accepted.

“Community and collaboration over competition”.
With her platform, she strives to uplift and empower every client and student she has the pleasure of interacting with and engaging with her community through local vendor markets, all while aspiring to be the best leader to her fellow artists.

Blxckoutbeauty.com @Blxckoutbeauty Blxckoutbeauty@gmail.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images

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BUSINESS

RYANN HALO

Salon Halo, Halo Consulting & EDU After 10 years of success in the Bay Area, Salon Halo has become known for their innovative and award winning education program, a culture of teamwork, growth, and community involvement. An award winning Salon, Salon Halo was recently named one of the top 200 salons in North America by Salon Today Magazine. Salon Halo specializes in Hand Tied Human Hair Extension, utilizing the coveted “Invisible Bead Method” and hair color with an emphasis on blonding, balayage, and color corrections. After years as a stylist Ryann discovered her passion for education and growing others in business. She currently mentors staff at Salon Halo and offers consulting services to other entrepreneurs. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to reach their fullest potential both personally and professionally.

@Ryann_halo @Salonhalo_fl salon-halo.com Photo Credit: @haydee.hair 2021 | 15


BEAUTY

SCHATZI BORGELLA

Treasure Tresses

Owner of Tampa-based hairstyling salon studio Treasure Tresses., Schatzi is a seasoned hairstylist specializing in hair extensions, and continuing education for stylists. As a businesswoman with her own line of premium hair extensions, Schatzi has extensive hands-on experience and practical knowledge within the field which has played a major role in her success.Originally from Hallandale, Florida, Schatzi relocated to Tampa in 2013 after graduating from the Aveda Institute where she further tested and perfected her craft. Currently, Schatzi is the stylist for the much-anticipated Netflix show: Selling Tampa. Outside of her business ventures, Schatzi loves to dedicate time to exploring new cultures through travel, food, and music, highlighting documentaries, and cooking as her favorite pastimes. Spending time with her two beautiful daughters present constant inspiration along with her husband who offers continual support and motivation. She strives to empower women to fulfill their goals and stay persistent at accomplishing their dreams.

schatzic.com @schatzi.c info@schatzic.com Photo Credit: Patrick Lamar 16 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

AMY INGRAMBOURISAW Returning to sunny Florida after a 25-year professional stint in the Midwest, Amy Ingram-Bourisaw is happy to be home. Whether you are a professional in need of a global recruiter to navigate life-changes, a creative designer for outdoor living and luxurious pools, a school administrator in need of graduation and senior regalia, or business-help with publishing and public speaking, Amy is your go-to-girl. When a Butterfly Lands, Amy’s first book published in 2018, is a poetic story about the predestined journey of a butterfly who is sent as a sign of comfort from loved ones who have passed on. Amy enjoys connecting/recruiting professionals to their occupational purpose, designing personal backyard paradises, creating graduation experiences, and teaching others how to get that “book-in-your-head” written and published, or if you simply need a silly light-hearted joke or story to make it through your stressful day, contact Amy and become a friend-for-life.

Amylynning@gmail.com @Teacher_amy1 7

@Facebook.com/amy.ingram.750

Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 17


BUSINESS

CHELSEA HOAGLAND

Vice President and Financial Advisor

Chelsea, a native to the Tampa Bay area, is a devoted leader, advisor, mentor, and philanthropist. After graduating from Florida State University in 2009, she joined Equitable Advisors, a full-service Broker Dealer and financial services firm. Since then, Chelsea has grown a successful practice, committed to aligning her client’s goals with an actionable financial plan. In an industry that may be intimidating to women, Chelsea is passionate about breaking down barriers by not only empowering clients to take control of their finances but also recruiting and developing talent in financial services. Within Equitable advisors, Chelsea is involved in many women and diversity focused initiatives including Equitable’s Women Network and is an IDEAL President (The Inclusion, Development, Equality and Advocacy Leader). Outside of her profession, Chelsea serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Pace Center for Girls, Hillsborough and is constantly striving to be an exceptional wife and mother.

Securities offered through Equitable Advisors, LLC (NY, NY 212-314-4600), member @chelseahoagland @ChelseaHoaglandEquitable 813.466.3154 Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images

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FINRA, SIPC (Equitable Financial Advisors in MI & TN). Annuity and insurance products offered through Equitable Network, LLC. AGE-162561(11/21)(Exp.11/23)


BUSINESS

CHRISSY CAPRI

Synovus Bank

Chrissy is a passionate and purpose driven advisor with over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services Arena. As Senior Vice President, Commercial Banker with Synovus, Chrissy provides custom tailored banking and lending solutions to established businesses. She is dedicated to supporting continued economic and community growth by advising, advancing, and advocating for Tampa Bay business owners. She is a proud member and supporter of BAMA (Bay Area Manufacturers Association), and is a DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) champion currently serving as Chairwoman for Synovus’ WISE (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment) Employee Resource Group. Chrissy takes great pride in actively connecting, collaborating with, and celebrating the success of the community she serves. She supports and volunteers with various charitable organizations in Pinellas County where her and her husband, Chef Cameron Capri, Owner of Q Southern BBQ in Dunedin, raise their three children. Chrissy is quoted as saying “There is no greater purpose in life than to help others fulfill theirs.”

ChristinaCapri@Synovus.com @ChrissyCapri Synovus.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 19


BUSINESS

DEBBI DARCHI KRISTINA RODRIGUEZ

Invst, LLC

As soon as Kristina and Debbi met, they realized they shared a passion for helping people discover peace

to freedom around money and their

the committee for Charity Polo Classic

personal finances.

which is an annual fundraising event

They are located in the Tampa Bay

around their finances. They quickly

area and partner with Invst, LLC, an

became a powerful team dedicated to

SEC Registered Investment Advisory

igniting a group of world-class savers,

firm headquartered in Indianapolis,

who are open to mastering living a

IN. As fiduciary advisors with clients

life of abundance! Every day, they are

all over the U.S. they are dedicated to

lucky enough to live out their passion

putting the interests of their clients as

of guiding and educating others,

their top priority.

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Both Kristina and Debbi serve on

that benefits local charities in the Tampa Bay area. pathtohealthyfinances.com Debbi Darchi: 813.820.4043 Kristina Rodriguez: 813.820.4039 @pathtohealthyfinances Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images


BUSINESS

DELL RABINOWITZ

Urban E Recycling

Dell is a businesswoman, a mother, and a grandmother. Florida native and serial entrepreneur, she became the co-founder and president of Urban E Recycling, established in 2012. Concerned about the environment, Dell saw far too many electronics were landing in rivers, dumping sites, and landfills. She set out to solve this problem locally and now the entire state of Florida.The missing piece she realized was that the disposal process was cumbersome and inconvenient. Dell resolved the problem by creating a company that picks up electronics, shreds hard drives, and properly recycles electronics at no charge. She knew precious metals could be extracted from the equipment; enough value to grow into a bona fide company.

urbanerecycling.com 5630 East Powhatan Avenue 813.512.6998 Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 21


BUSINESS

ELIZABETH OLGUIN

Xpress Urself Media

A former event planner, who now puts the details into photo/video experiences. Her strong passion for creating impactful and memorable moments from Brides to Brands and every event in between. She started Xpress Urself Media realizing the importance of capturing memories after the loss of her husband and relocating to Tampa with her son. Making a commitment to bring new on trend event technology to Tampa usually seen in much larger cities. Always in pursuit for an encore and perfection! Her passion is pleasing and creating, at a young age she was always concerned if everyone was enjoying themselves. Nothing pleases her more than seeing her vision come to life through events. Her passion is reenergized through the eyes of the guests/attendees of the uniquely custom crafted interactive experiences she designs to WOW and keep them looking forward to the next year. She overdelivers every time, it’s in her DNA.

813.997.1117 hello@xpressurselfmedia.com @xpressurselfmedia.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 22 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

GINA VONEYE

Gina VonEye Marketing Studio For the better part of two decades, Gina VonEye tapped politely on the glass ceiling, earning a string of marketing leadership roles, attaining prominence as one of the most recognizable figures in the pharmaceutical industry, and orchestrating a score of product launches on behalf of household names such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Kaiser Permanente. All of which a prequel for her independent breakthrough in February 2020. Early on, Gina sought to occupy a professional space that leveraged her spirited work ethic and experienced strategic mindset as an individual. Yet, in the time since, she’s found the intellectual value she brings to her clients has become larger in scope and more inclusive of her contributing partners as well. Today, the GVM brand stands for a lot more than the initials of its founder; it stands for the collective talents of its team members. A smashing achievement in itself!

@ginavoneyemarketingstudio @ginavoneye Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images

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BUSINESS

JEN MCDONALD

Merchant Insurance Solutions Jen McDonald has built a career on “geeking out” with entrepreneurs and owners about their businesses. She uncovers the potential for loss mitigation and advises business owners on how to insure the remaining exposures with general liability, workers compensation, auto, property, cyber liability, and professional liability insurance. Alongside numerous other civic engagements, Jen serves the community as Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of Hillsborough County, and as Chair of the Business Advisory Committee at Hillsborough Community College, where she received the Susie Steiner Community Impact Award. Her passion for civic engagement led her to run for Hillsborough County Commission in 2020. While she was not elected, Jen believes the race was a success in changing how many issues were represented and is looking for the right opportunity to best use her leadership skills for the good of the community.

@JenMcDonaldHC @Jenmcdonaldtampa merchantinsurancesolutions.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 24 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

KARISSA RICHARDSON

Online Social Media Presence Karissa has nearly 20 years of sales, marketing, and social media experience. She developed her company around a need she saw for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Her team develops custom strategies to help companies attract authentic clients, drive brand awareness, and garner authentic growth. Through all the technology shifts, changes to platform standards, and development of the social media age, Karissa and her team, work to make online marketing a breeze, leaving her clients at ease, and eliminating the stress and worry of “what’s next”. She’s seen the value and growth it’s brought to both her business and her clients. She believes that every business, big or small, deserves a strong online presence. Karissa and her team are excited to bring these tools to you through consulting services, monthly maintenance plans, and workshops.

OnlineSocialMediaPresence.com @onlinesocialmediapresence 727.259.8212 Photo Credit: Howie Mac Photo 2021 | 25


BUSINESS

CHRISTIE L. SULLIVAN

McFarland Gould Law

Christie L. Sullivan is an attorney with McFarland, Gould, Lyons, Sullivan & Hogan, P.A. She practices law primarily in the areas of Personal Injury, Business, and Litigation. McFarland Gould Law is a full-service law firm representing clients in the Tampa Bay Area for over 75 years. Its motto is “Experience Matters”. McFarland Gould Law provides services in the areas of Litigation, Business, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Probate Administration, Trust and Estate Planning, Employment, and Criminal Law. Christie’s experience spans the gamut of counsel and litigation support for small businesses and corporations to her advocacy of individuals in personal injury claims and real estate matters. McFarland Gould Law implements innovative strategies that protect businesses and individuals from liability while supporting the growth of its business clients, and providing counsel to individuals over their lifetimes. As a Tampa Bay native, Christie has a passion for empowering women and youth in our community. She serves on several non-profit Boards of Directors, including the founding Board of Directors of KNOW Cares.

311 S. Missouri Ave. 727.461.1111 mcfarlandgouldlaw.com Photo Credit: Synthia Therese Photography 26 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

LAKENDRIA ROBINSON

The Orenda Collective LaKendria is the Founder + CEO of The Orenda Collective, which provides solutions to organizations seeking to establish a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture and community. LaKendria works to eliminate barriers that prevent underserved populations from thriving and the restrictions that prevent organizations from serving them.Previously the Director of Business Connect for the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, LaKendria connected local diverse businesses to contract opportunities for the BIG GAME! She was also the Inaugural Director of the Tampa Bay Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator program, which grew business owners’ profitability, business relationships, and philanthropic efforts in the region. LaKendria was named a Forty Under Forty recipient by both the Business Observer and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for her servant leadership and advancement of the Tampa Bay community. LaKendria lives in Tampa Bay with her husband William, daughter, Skylar, and son, Eli.

theorendaco.com @theorendaco LRobinson@theorendaco.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 27


BUSINESS

LORI PIENCYKOSKI

Netco Design LLC

Lori Piencykoski is an award-winning Master Certified Internet Web Designer and the owner of Netco Design, a topperforming digital marketing agency specializing in customized solutions for small-to-medium-sized businesses. She is an industry leader in WordPress expertise and the go-to person for all things Google & SEO. Admired by her clients and community for being down-to-earth, Lori is dedicated to personable service with outstanding results, and she is an audience favorite as a Trainer and Speaker. Her 5-star reviews for web development, SEO, SEM, pay-per-click (PPC), and online branding are evidence of her commitment to top-quality work and exceptional customer care. Clients rave about their results, how Lori truly understood their vision, and how gifted she is in explaining complex concepts in practical terms. Lori is a highly respected community leader who supports various local businesses and charity organizations.

netcodesign.com 727.415.6103 Lori@NetcoDesign.com Photo Credit: Synthia Therese Photography 28 | theknowwomen.com


BUSINESS

OLIVIANA CATRONE

The Bank of Tampa

As vice president and private relationship manager, Oliviana provides personalized banking solutions to local professionals and families. Oliviana brings over 20 years of experience in business development and financial services. She believes that all decision makers within a family should be financially confident and holds a passion for helping others establish a strong financial picture to meet their short and long-term goals. A life-long relationship builder and problem solver, she is proud of her direct, enthusiastic and analytical approach to financial services. Oliviana feels strongly about giving back to her community and supporting women with their career and financial goals. She is currently serving on the boards of Tampa Connection and More Health. Oliviana has also led efforts to elevate the bank’s Women Connected program. Anyone who meets her can feel her true passion for being a connector and resource for her clients and organizations she serves.

@oliviana ocatrone@bankoftampa.com TheBankofTampa.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 29


BUSINESS

PEARL CHIARENZA

Women’s Successful Living

Pearl founded Women’s Successful Living, to help women understand that to give fully to others we must prioritize our own self-care. As a Naturopathic Empowerment Life Coach, published author, and speaker Pearl loves helping women put themselves first authentically without guilt. Empowering women to reach for more out of life so that they don’t look back wondering where they were in their own autobiography. Women she works with become SHERO’s of their lives finding their inner pearl to greatness. Pearl provides women with private and group coaching, quarterly tribe meetings and yearly pajama retreats. She loves empowering women with tools to help them set goals to achieve their vision while taking care of their families and professional life. Don’t be surprised to find Pearl hosting or speaking at events in her PJ’s or without makeup as being your authentic self is what she strives to empower other women to achieve.

813.449.3308 Pearl@WSLiving.com WSLiving.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 30 | theknowwomen.com


FASHION

DENISE PESKE

Pretty Lovely You

As a Breast Implant Illness survivor, Denise went from an A cup prior to implants, to a D cup with implants, and back to an A after explanting. She had been debilitatingly ill from the implants for many years and once learning this, she swiftly decided her health was more important than her breast size. When she went shopping for a bra after explanting, she cried. She was told “We don’t have your size dear”. Instead of feeling unworthy of a pretty bra, she decided it was time for a change. Pretty Lovely You specializes in the A Cup bra size, however has expanded to carry B, C & D cups both online and at J9 Shoes Salon in St Petersburg. They also offer confidence coaching for women to grow in self-love and self-awareness. Denise feels all women deserve the beauty, colors, fabrics and designs of a beautiful bra.

prettylovelyyou.com @prettylovelyyou @prettylovelyyouintimates Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 31


FOOD + BEV

LENNISE GERMANY

Livy O’s Culinary Services

Lennise Germany is the CEO of Livy O’s Catering, a multi-award winning, family owned and operated organization, that provides food made with love. From humble beginnings of selling dinners from the trunk of the family car in 2014 to servicing the 2021 NFL Super Bowl #GoBucs, Lennise is not slowing down. As one of the Tampa Bay Area’s most sought after caterers Livy O’s has established partnerships throughout Florida to provide exclusive banquet catering services, performs school meal services, and Express Café locations throughout the Bay Area. Lennise has been featured on national T.V. networks and a keynote speaker. Lennise is a wife, mother of 6, a board member and community leader. Her servant leadership produces generational change. Lennise utilizes her personal testimony of domestic violence and sexual abuse, to help others discover their life’s purpose. Her motto is she can do anything, until she can’t.

Livyos.com 813.494.0820 @Livyoscatering Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 32 | theknowwomen.com


FOOD + BEV

LIZETTE RIVERA

Roasted Whisk

way up in the corporate ranks after 20

even soaps and lotions that smell like

Cuban-born Mom, Rose, run two small

years in the insurance industry. In 2015,

coffee as she prepares to take Roasted

businesses out of her home. Through

she decided to do a complete 180 and

Whisk nationwide.

her, Lizette learned what a good work

started Chef Inspired Popcorn. With the

ethic was. Rose met and married Lizette’s

challenges of COVID also came a great

Puerto Rican father Wilfred Rivera in

new opportunity and Roasted Whisk was

New Jersey. Together, they made a

launched in 2020. Currently, it enjoys a

wonderful life in the land of the free,

rapidly growing, loyal fan base and is

ultimately settling their family in Tampa,

studying new product additions such as

Florida. After college, Lizette worked her

decaffeinated coffees, select teas, and

Lizette Rivera grew up watching her

roastedwhisk.com @roastedwhisk roastedwhisk.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 33


HEALTH

KRISTINA MADDEN MS, CCC/SLP, CLC

Madden Therapy Solutions

Madden Therapy Solutions is Tampa Bay’s premiere pediatric therapy practice, offering concierge-level services in speech and feeding therapy, occupational therapy, lactation counseling, pediatric and maternal nutrition, and pediatric sleep consulting. Madden Therapy Solutions operates under the clinical direction of Kristina Madden, who after 10 years of specializing in the most complex medical cases in the hospital setting, wanted to pursue a more patientand family- centered approach to care, the ability to provide more customized treatment, and the time to foster personal relationships with patients and their families. Kristina has curated an exceptional team of therapists that all share that same vision, striving to provide an exceptional level of service and personalized care, in order to improve the quality of life of their patients. Kristina is incredibly grateful for the success and growth of Madden Therapy Solutions, and looks forward to serving Tampa Bay for many years to come!

maddentherapysolutions.com 727.240.6209 kristina@maddentherapysolutions.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 34 | theknowwomen.com


HEALTH

MARNIE C. BAUER

Marnie C. Bauer and Associates

At Marnie C. Bauer and Associates, their purpose is to help patients achieve total wellness through an emphasis on oral health. As dentists, Dr. Jyoti Kansal, Dr. Amanda Lazo, and Dr. Marnie Bauer focus on interacting with specialists and staying up to date with the latest dental teachings and technologies. When designing a smile that will last a lifetime, they strive to create predictable, functional, and highly aesthetic dentistry with a team of masterful technicians and highly-trained staff in their modernized office. As mothers, these three also understand the value of listening to their patients’ concerns and assessing their needs. They pledge to care for their patients and make them feel part of their dental family, and guarantee that you will receive the best dental care and will forever love your smile.

4302 Henderson Boulevard, Suite 117 813.839.2273 (CARE) Bauerdentistry.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 35


HEALTH

RACHEL RICKS

Orangetheory Fitness Temple Terrace

Since graduating high school early and entering the workforce while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Central Florida, Rachel knew she wanted to be the owner of a fitness business. Fitness and Wellness has been her passion from a young age. Beginning her fitness career as a personal trainer, reaping the rewards from motivating and inspiring others to be the best version of themselves she moved through the ranks at Orangetheory Fitness from manager to Regional Director and finally franchisee, Rachel never lost sight of her ultimate goal. Her brief stints in marketing, management, and outside sales only further strengthened her love of fitness and expanded her skill set in the highly competitive fitness space. Rachel’s favorite experiences as an Orangetheory owner are seeing and being a part of her members and staff achieving their own personal greatness.

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HEALTH

RHONDA MCGREW, MSN, APRN, NP-C

Elite Pediatric Healthcare, LLC Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Nurse Practitioner Rhonda McGrew, MSN, APRN, NP-C is a national boardcertified family nurse practitioner, specializing in pediatric primary care. She is a mother of two, wife and advocate for diversity in pediatric healthcare. Her drive and passion for providing personalized pediatric care that is focused on creating direct

patient-provider relationships inspired her to co-found, with her husband, a pediatric direct primary care practice, Elite Pediatric Healthcare. As a boardcertified nurse practitioner, she is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her practice is highlighted by the Voyage of Tampa Magazine as a “Hidden Gem” within the Tampa Bay Community. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and family and is excited to share her expertise in hopes of creating a lasting impact on families within the community.

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HEALTH

SHANNON O’BRIEN KERNEY

Pure Barre

Ever since Shannon was a young girl, she had a passion for empowering women. Growing up, she knew that she wanted to be an entrepreneur. After taking her first class over 10 years ago, she knew this was something different and that was where her Pure Barre journey began. Shannon now owns and operates both the Carrollwood and Brandon locations. Shannon’s studios have frequently been ranked in the Top 10 in the nation for service and retail sales, which she contributes to her passionate team and the loyal community of women. Pure Barre is much more than 50 minutes of lifting seats, toning thighs and strengthening cores, it’s a family of likeminded women. Shannon graduated with her Bachelors and Masters degree from University of Florida and she currently sits on the Board for Pace Center for Girls. When Shannon is not working you can find her spending time with her husband, 3-year-old son and bulldogs.

purebarre.com shannono@purebarre.com @shannon_ob_k Photo Credit: Bianca Merrell Photography 38 | theknowwomen.com


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AMBER LEWIS

The Amber Lewis Group Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group Amber Lewis moved from Maryland to Tampa in 2005 to attend the University of Tampa and immediately fell in love with Tampa Bay. She has had the opportunity to work

leading full time Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. She started her real estate team, The Amber Lewis Group, in 2020, which has grown to include Realtors Nanette

with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and

Mateo and Melissa Rummells. Together,

Tampa Bay Lightning, representing both

they are able to provide superior

organizations in the community. She is

availability, service and knowledge

an active member in the Junior League of

to their customers. The team assists

Tampa and Leadership Tampa Bay Alumni.

buyers and sellers throughout the

Amber has been investing in real estate for over a decade and is a

AmberLewisGroup.com @AmberLewisGroup @AmberTampasRealtor

Tampa Bay area navigate the fast paced real estate market.

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HOME + LIFE

BERNADETTE PELLO

Livingstone Academy, Inc.

Bernadette Pello grew up in New York. It was there where she learned the importance of family, hard work, and how a great Italian meal can bring people together. After relocating to Florida, she and her husband Chris identified an opportunity to provide educational options for children with unique learning needs. In 2002, they started Livingstone Academy, now serving families on four campuses. Florida Trade Academy, their newest venture, will launch in 2022. Bernadette served as the 2020 Chairman of the Board for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. She additionally serves the community in other leadership roles and has just launched her own nonprofit, Charity Godmothers. Rounding out her passions, you will often find Bernadette cooking with her son Michael. As a family, they run Pasta Monsta LLC, a food truck that makes fresh, Italian eats. Family, hard work, and food. For Bernadette, That’s amore!

bpello@livingstoneschools.org @bernadettepello livingstoneschools.org Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 40 | theknowwomen.com


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CHEQUITA BURGESS KRISTIN LISI THERESE WHITEHURST

Livingstone Schools, Inc.

Chequita Burgess is the Principal at

a Master of Science in Psychological

Analysis. Therese joined Livingstone

LAEC, Livingstone Academy Exceptional

Studies, School Guidance and

Schools in 2011.

Center. She is a graduate of Leadership

Counseling. Kristin joined Livingstone

Brandon 2018 and has a degree in Liberal

Schools in 2004.

Studies from UCF. Chequita joined Livingstone Schools in 2017. Kristin Lisi is the Principal at LAAC,

Therese Whitehurst is the Principal at the Riverview location. She is a Leadership Brandon graduate of 2020.

Livingstone Academy Autism Center.

Therese has a Bachelor’s degree in

She is a graduate of Leadership Brandon

Exceptional Student Education and a

2019. Kristin has a Bachelor of Arts in

Masters degree in Exceptional Student

Exceptional Student Education, K-12, and

Education and Applied Behavior

Chequita, Kristin and Therese are respected leaders and they are passionate about the population of students that they serve. cburgess@livingstoneschools.org klisi@livingstoneschools.org twhitehurst@livingstoneschools.org Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 41


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CHRISTINA K FLORES

Volkswagen North Tampa

As an automotive veteran and retail expert who holds over 20 plus years experience covering every facet of the industry. Christina is a true professional who takes pride in her work and is constantly striving to make others better around her. Starting as a receptionist, she found love for the business and knew she could make a difference as a female leader. Christina is very involved with her community and actively supports local charities and events. As a General Manager for Volkswagen of North Tampa, she strives to provide an exceptional experience to her customers and everyone around her. Christina states “ My employees and customers TRUST ME-and that’s everything to me”

@christinakflores ckflores82@live.com @ChristinaKFlores Photo Credit: Dominick Ray of Warped Vision 42 | theknowwomen.com


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JENNIFER STALS

Land Rover Tampa

Jennifer started her adventure with Land Rover when she purchased her first one in 1998. After attending her first off road event, she fell in love with the brand and everything it stood for. Her passion for the brand led her to selling Land Rovers in Louisville, KY and finally Tampa, FL where she continued developing her career, becoming Centre Manager in 2007.As a brand advocate and consistent top performer she earned an advisory role on the Land Rover National Advertising, Customer Service and Regional Dealer Councils. She consistently earned the Land Rover Managers Guild Award as well as the Marque of Distinction Award as #1 Manager in the Country. Jennifer loves nothing more than fostering the same passion for Land Rover in both her team and their customers. Land Rover Tampa has become the most awarded Land Rover Retailer in the United States for customer service and business excellence.

jstals@landrovertampa.com landrovertampa.com 813.375-3554 Photo Credit: Dominick Ray of Warped Vision 2021 | 43


HOME + LIFE

ANGIE RICHISON

Dolan Mortgage Group

Angie Richison is an award-winning marketing professional that built a career on making dreams come true for children. For over 20 years, she watched as their eyes lit up with excitement for the show to start at live family entertainment events! The pandemic opened the door to be the perfect time to combine her marketing expertise with a personal passion for real estate. As the Business Development Manager at Dolan Mortgage Group, she can make the whole families’ dream of home ownership come true by helping them find the right mortgage option for their financial goals. The excitement of families being able to get the keys to open the door of their dream home is the most rewarding feeling. Angie and the team at Dolan Mortgage Group are dedicated to helping you understand your mortgage financing options along with developing strategies for achieving wealth through real estate.

angie@thedolanteam.com 630.336.0401 thedolangroup.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 44 | theknowwomen.com

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HOME + LIFE

CHRISTINA BARRETT

Luxe Light Images

Christina is a Florida native with a gift

She has a fabulous client wardrobe and

women and whether it’s boudoir, beauty

for making people feel beautiful. She

even provides professional hair and

or branding she’s got you covered. You’ll

believes wholeheartedly that a boost of

makeup in studio! She pours herself into

enjoy a super fun session, a jolt of

self-confidence can be life-changing.

giving you images that don’t change

self-confidence and beautiful photos to

That’s why it’s her mission to show

you but showcase you as your best self

remember the whole experience.

everyone their own authentic beauty.

on your best day. With a thriving studio

When you book with Christina it’s like

in the heart of downtown St. Pete and

meeting up with a girlfriend. Her sessions

a busy family she gets what it’s like to

are specifically curated down to every

be a woman trying to gracefully do it

detail so everything is perfect for you.

all. She specializes in photography for

@luxelightimages 300 Beach Drive NE, #125 LuxeLightImages.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 45


HOME + LIFE

JAMIE BROWN

Soshal Events

It’s all in the details! Is what founder, Jamie Brown of Soshal Events specializes in with her event planning company. All her events are customized to accommodate each individual client. Soshal Events, specializes in planning for corporate and social occasions. Since, 2016 Soshal Events has been making memorable experiences including weddings, private parties and nonprofits. The team brings over 20 years of combined experience to the table. Brown also has a decade of knowledge in corporate America and a degree in Hospitality from The Florida State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Recently, Jamie became a realtor with Combs Premier Realty Group, where she is excited to be servicing the Tampa Bay Area. Jamie believes in building an empire and passing down her entrepreneurial spirit to her 3 sons. Her family is her world, and she enjoys spending free time with her husband and kids.

@mrsjbrown_mba info@soshalevents.com soshalevents.com Photo Credit: JR Studio 46 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

JENNIFER REYNOLDS

Jenergy Air Services LLC

Jennifer Reynolds or “Jenergy” as dubbed by her friends and family is a mother of 2 not so little kids, she is a wife and the proud owner of a growing HVAC business Jenergy Air Services. Jen is also the current president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Seminole Rotary Club and a 12 year award winning member of the BNI chapter Success Masters. In her spare time you will find her networking or working out and she loves both! She enjoys interacting with customers and helping them find solutions to create comfortable climates in their homes and businesses. A woman’s touch in this industry is what separates her from the competition as Jenergy employees treat customers like family not like sales opportunities. They also take pride in taking time to educate customers about their choices and options without the haggle of an aggressive sales pitch. On top of that, friendly customer service from start to finish is their priority.

Jenergyairservices.com 727.595.5366 @jenergyair Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 47


HOME + LIFE

JESSICA ANDREWS

Dreams 2 Reality Design

In the middle of a pandemic, after years of designing and planning birthday parties and holiday parties for family and friends, Jessica Andrews decided to take it to the next level by planning her own Joshua Tree wedding. After the success of the wedding, she decided to turn her passion for curating beautiful and unique experiences into a business; and so Dreams 2 Reality Design was born. Since the launch in June 2021, Jessica has planned over 70 events! All while working full-time as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and running her other business, Take a Break Babysitting. Dreams 2 Reality Design is more than your average event planning company. With a fleet of 6 modern white bounce houses, adult and kid sized ball pits, 360° igloos, and customized backdrop designs, they always deliver on their promise to turn your event dreams into a reality.

813.586.3390 @dreams2realitydesign

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HOME + LIFE

KESHA PORTER

Dj KP

One of the most sought after female DJs in the Tampa Bay area, Kesha has been a music lover her entire life. Her passion is making other people happy through the gift of music. Music is the language of the world and her passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all things is resonated through the music she plays. Even just shy of one year in business, she considers herself BLESSED to work with some great organizations including Aloft Tampa Downtown, 7th & Grove, and Studio Ci Hair Salon. She sits on the board of Progressive’s African American Network and this seat gives her an additional opportunity to be a part of and even facilitate some great conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Whether it be a corporate event or private wedding, her motivation is to continue to impact the world we live in one, or maybe five songs at a time.

@ _dj.kp_

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HOME + LIFE

MELISSA SNIVELY

Snively Insurance Agency, Inc. & Hillsborough County School Board Member As a small business owner, elected official, and mom of four, Melissa

doesn’t slow down for much. If you can keep up with her, you’ll find Melissa at one of several locations across Tampa Bay. She leads a team of insurance professionals at her State Farm Agency which she has owned for over 20 years. She also is a Past Chairwoman of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, so you might find her supporting one of its many networking events. As a Hillsborough County School Board member since 2014, she spends time at the 62 public schools she represents in Eastern Hillsborough County. Finally, she loves her time with family, volunteering for Scouts, and cheering on her alma mater, the University of Florida Gators. Melissa is passionate about advocating for children, helping her customers protect what’s important, and giving back to her community. She is a true Servant Leader.

MelissaRules.com 813-662-3622 Melissa@MelissaRules.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 50 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

MIYA JONES

Miya Jones Photography Miya Jones is a freelance photographer who specializes in black and white portraiture. Born and raised in Michigan, Miya’s love for black and white photography began at the age of 16 when she took her first photography class at a local art institute. While Miya has always booked clients here and there since she graduated high school, she became serious about photography in 2013 when she decided to focus on children and families. In 2017, Miya relocated to Tampa and had to rebuild her network. In the time she’s been in the Bay, she has made great connections with local bloggers and influencers, and is often hired for her beautiful black and white imagery. In her spare time, you can find Miya at the beach, brunch, binge-watching a TV series or babysitting, as she also has over 15 years of childcare experience working as a professional caregiver.

miyajones.net @miyajonesphotography info@miyajones.net Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 51


HOME + LIFE

ROBIN STONE

Legends Escape Rooms and Game Over Escape Rooms Tampa Entrepreneur Robin Stone was born and raised in rural Kentucky. After earning a master’s degree, she settled in Florida where she practiced Speech/Language Pathology for the first 20 years of her career. While emerging to new heights in this role, she privately nurtured a desire to become an entrepreneur. With a passion for health care, she took a leap of faith and launched out as a business owner. She has been running her own medical facility for the past 17 years and is also the co-owner of several Escape Rooms in the Tampa Bay area. Robin’s career endeavors have allowed her to experience some of the most rewarding years of her life while also making memories with her husband Jeff and son Blake. Additionally, she enjoys the beach, long walks and spending time with family and friends. Robin’s roots are strong, and she believes her journey has just begun.

@RobinWallenStone @LegendsEscapeRooms @GameOverEscapeRooms Tampa Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 52 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

ROSE MANDES BARRANTES

CENTURY21 Beggins

Rose is a real estate agent servicing the Tampa Bay area, specializing in firsttime homebuyers, and helping owners sell their home. After a bad experience with the purchase of her first home, Rose decided she wanted to become a Real Estate agent to enhance the experience for others who work tirelessly to achieve the American dream. She takes pride in educating her clients, providing them with options and navigating through unforeseen challenges. The combination of a Computer Science and Management degree along with 20+ years of experience in Training and Management has taught Rose that you need knowledge, grit, and emotional intelligence to survive in a thriving competitive industry. Rose is a native New Yorker; she is no stranger to multi-tasking. Being a mother of three, she thinks on her feet while enjoying family time. Rose is also an excellent Salsa dancer who enjoys participating and watching dance competitions.

RosemarieBarrantes.c21.com @RoseGarden55 REALESTATEROSEM@Gmail.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 53


HOME + LIFE

SHANNON KEIL

The Regent

Shannon has built her 20+ year award winning career working for global companies and now resides as the CEO of The Regent. Through this career journey, learning from amazing mentors and industry leaders, she gained the understanding of corporate events, meetings, workshops, and conferences. Her goal is to walk brides down the aisle to their most memorable moment, plan dinners, galas and events helping charities, non-profits and political campaigns increase their bottom line, while honoring the needs of different cultures. Shannon prides herself as an innovator, thinking outside the box, creating experiences that makes the industry take notice and ignites change. She looks at her growing community as an opportunity to bring the outside world she has called home back to the place she loves. For her it isn’t the event itself that brings the success but all the small details that bring a memory making experience to life.

theregentfl.com @shannon-keil-ppc @shannonkeilregent Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 54 | theknowwomen.com


SORBONI BANERJEE

HOME + LIFE

YA BY THE BAY

TURNING READERS INTO LEADERS…

Richardson have partnered with the

journalist, and hosts an online talk show

BE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR LIFE. That’s

Oxford Exchange to host a festival

called Find Your Fairytale all about

the message Emmy Award winning news

that brings library systems, education

finding your happily ever after every

anchor and reporter Sorboni Banerjee

departments and local businesses

day. Sorboni’s debut novel is a romantic

hopes to bring students as a co-founder

together with best-selling and award-

thriller Hide With Me. Kelly is the author

of the nonprofit YA BY THE BAY – a

winning authors to teach teens the

of the Gravemaidens and Warmaidens

young adult book festival focused on

importance of empowerment, diversity,

duology. Dominique and Sorboni are co-

leadership. Sorboni and fellow young

ambition and dreaming big. Sorboni

authors on an upcoming suspense series

adult authors Kelly Coon and Dominique

has spent twenty years as a broadcast

inspired by fairytales.

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HOME + LIFE

TIA YOUNG

Tia Young Image and Etiquette, LLC

Tia Young is the Founder and CEO of Tia Young Image and Etiquette, LLC. She has been helping her clients learn the soft skills for success through professional development and etiquette training for over 20 years. She also enjoyed her roles as an International Flight Attendant & Trainer, Teacher, Modeling Coach and Ms. Mompreneur Queen. Tia is the proud published author of “How to Navigate Premium Experiences with Confidence. Your Guide to Social Success.” She is also the Host of “Normal to Formal” Podcast. On her time off, Tia enjoys international travel, playing tennis, and spending quality time with her husband, Victor and three daughters. She is excited to be an upcoming TEDx Speaker! The event will take place January 29, 2022, in Eustis, Florida.Tia’s passion is to help others polish their social skills for success and bring back the lost art of good manners. This Tampa Native’s goal is to speak around the world.

tiayoungimage.com @MrsManners @MrsTiaYoung Photo Credit: Day Dream Fotografia 56 | theknowwomen.com


HOME + LIFE

TINA EAST

Star Status

Tina East is the founder of Star Status

client should feel like a star. From flower

boot camp in 2020. Her array of clients

Events, LLC. She is an innovative,

arrangements, handcrafted centerpieces,

includes, Pinellas County School Board,

creative, custom designer and event

to building custom walls she commits

Hilton Hotels, NAACP, Manhattan

planner. Tina has 16 years of decor and

to giving every customer a unique

Casino, City of St. Petersburg, Mahaffey

design experience. Always with a keen

experience. Today, Star Status Events

Theater, Hospice, and a host of local

eye for helping clients turn their dreams

has two core functions: event planning

civic and private clients.

into reality. Her creativity started at just

and embroidery services and home to a

8-year-old as she would rearrange the

future logistics/trucking service. Tina

813-481-1896

dinner table for her grandmother adding

has won event planner of the year in

Starstatusevents.te@gmail.com

a floral accent. Star Status Events was

2018/2019 and recently she graduated

intentionally named because every

from the C.A.T.C.H entrepreneurial

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HOME + LIFE

ZOË GALLINA

Botanica + Style House Rentals

Known for her uniquely creative concepts and flawless attention to detail, Zoë Gallina sets the standard for experiential custom designs serving as the Vice President and Creative Director of Botanica International Design & Décor Studio and Creative Director of Style House Rentals. At the tender age of eight, Zoë won a design competition hosted by the American Floral Society. Little did she know, this proud and defining moment foreshadowed her leading role in continuing the legacy her father built. Zoë has been professionally trained by the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants and is certified by the American Academy of Floriculture. She is at the helm of Tampa Bay’s leading event industry and contributes her design services to large charitable organizations and social events. Zoë’s clients fall in love with her kind demeanor, cutting-edge creativity, and passion for all things beautiful.

@botanicadesign @stylehouse info@botanicaflorist.com Photo Credit: Ashlee Hamon, Ashlee Hamon Photography 58 | theknowwomen.com


NON-PROFIT

DEBORAH KISH JOHANSEN

Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus Dr. Deborah Kish Johansen, a

seasoned higher education strategist and administrator, supports teaching and learning excellence, innovation, and fiscal sustainability. Her work is grounded in access and success for all students. Deborah has spent the last decade growing institutions to meet the needs of today’s students such as launching “America’s Online Community College” and participating in the construction of new academic spaces totaling over $100 million. Deborah joined Hillsborough Community College as its Brandon Campus President in January 2021. In addition to academia, her experience includes over a decade of Business Law practice. Deborah has a deep commitment to the Tampa Bay community serving as a Board Member of the Tampa Bay Chamber, Brandon Chamber, HCC Foundation, Brandon Community Advantage Center, and Angel Foundation. In January, she will join the HCA Florida Brandon Hospital Board. Others describe Deborah as a creative and empathetic leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who is focused on advancing excellence.

@deborah-kish-johansen-852a2618/ hccfl.edu 813.253.7860 Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 59


NON-PROFIT

LIBBY HOPKINS

Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association

Libby Hopkins is the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association in Brandon, Fla. Libby is a graduate of USF with a degree in Journalism. She has been a freelance journalist for The Osprey Observer Newspaper in Brandon since 2008. She also freelances for the agriculture magazine, In the Field Magazine, which is based in Plant City, Fla. She has a monthly column called Enduring Florida and she covers Hillsborough and Polk Counties for the agriculture magazine. Libby has been a part of the museum and non-profit world for more than 13 years. She has held positions at MOSI, Glazer Children’s Museum and was on the Board of Trustees of Tampa Museum of Art. She is thrilled to be a part of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. Libby wants to make Center Place the “Heart and Art of the Brandon Community” once again!

centerplacebrandon.com

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NON-PROFIT

LIZ BREWER

The Angel Foundation FL Liz Brewer has served at the Angel Foundation FL since 2004. In 2006, she launched the Foundation Angel Program to bring together businesses and individuals to serve local families. In 2014, Liz was appointed President, Executive Director and in 2021, was appointed to CEO. The foundation helps families while in crisis due to a life threatening illness or catastrophic event. They have given over $2 million in grants, services and goods to families and other non-profit organizations in the Greater Brandon community. Liz has co-authored two books, “Yes, God” and “In Her Shoes, Women Who Lead”, and her own book “I Am The Answer, My Pathway to Joy”, after experiencing her journey through grief after the sudden loss of loved ones. Liz is a passionate follower of Jesus, Wife and Mom, and it is her passion to serve others through her God-given gifts to help others create their best life. Liz is a John Maxwell Certified Trainer and shares her experience in leadership to help others increase their influence both personally and professionally.

@AngelFoundationFL AngelFoundationFL.com @AngelFoundationFlorida Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 61


NON-PROFIT

MICHELLE WALKER

Miracles Outreach Community Development Center, Inc.

Michelle Walker, MBA is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Miracles Outreach Community Development, Inc. and Fresh Start Residential Homes. She is also the Founder of WOW Coaching and Consulting. Michelle holds an MBA from Springfield College. She is also a Minister, certified Life Coach, Victim Advocate, Relationship and Business Consultant. Enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with family. Miracles Outreach is a non-profit (501-c3) organization. Whose primary focus is children who are homeless, abused or victims of Human Trafficking. Michelle’s personal mission is to provide young adults with the tools they need to make positive choices. She encourages girls and women to love and believe in themselves, regardless of their circumstances by identifying their gifts and talents to pursue their dreams, by Educating, Encouraging, and Empowering. Michelle’s belief: all things are possible through God. Motto: To whom much is given much is required Luke 12:48.

miraclesoutreach.org 813.374.2184 miraclesoutreach@gmail.com Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 62 | theknowwomen.com


NON-PROFIT

MICHELLE G. STRAWSER

Soroptimist International of Tampa Michelle is an ambitious entrepreneur and encompasses passion in every aspect of her work. Her purpose is providing opportunities to others and helping them recognize their full potential. Serving as Executive Director of Comprehensive Pain Management Partners (CPMP) and Partner of three Orangetheory Fitness studios she is able to fulfill her purpose. By investing in new ventures, creating opportunities of employment, and her pride in business ownership, Michelle was able to accept the nomination as Governor of Soroptimist International’s Southern Region. In addition to owning and operating ten brick and mortar businesses in two states, she has committed the last sixteen years pursuing her passion serving locally, nationally, and internationally to help women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential. Michelle was born and raised in Tampa, FL. Her passion from a young age has always been giving back; a service outlook on life.

strawser.michelle@gmail.com 813.293.5423 @strawser.michelle Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 2021 | 63


NON-PROFIT

STACEY EFAW

Selah Freedom

Stacey Efaw is the Executive Director of Selah Freedom, a non-profit organization focused on prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims of sex-trafficking. Stacey attended the University of South Florida, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business management and her MBA. Stacey grew up in a military family. She came to the Tampa Bay area in the late 80’s when her family was stationed at MacDill AFB. She has over 20 years non-profit leadership experience and is passionate about helping others by ensuring that non-profits grow and succeed. Stacey began her non-profit career as the Executive Director at ECHO of Brandon. She then served as Executive Director at the Humane Society of Pinellas. Her next non-profit role was as the Chief Development Officer at Habitat for Humanity in Pinellas and West Pasco, the 2nd largest Habitat in the US. Stacey has two amazing daughters and an awesome rescue lab mix dog.

SelahFreedom.com @selahfreedom @selahfreedominc Photo Credit: Luxe Light Images 64 | theknowwomen.com


NON-PROFIT

TRACY ERWIN

Prophetic Perspectives & The Resting Place Church Tracy Erwin was raised in the Air Force and has lived around the globe. It taught her the value of diversity of culture and honor.After relocating to Brandon, Florida over 30 years ago, Tracy discovered the rich benefits of her faith community within the church. This led her to discover her gifts to lead other women into living their full potential by unveiling their true selves and inspiring them towards their dreams through her published book, workshops and her mentorship classes.Currently, she is an executive leader of The Resting Place Church and is the co-founder of TRP Prophetic Company, the founder of Prophetic Perspectives, as well as the Director of the Leadership School at The Resting Place Church. She is pioneering what it looks like for women to lead and build entrepreneurially inside the church. Tracy makes room for her passions of travel with her husband of 32 years and her three young adult children. Family is at the very core which allows her to pursue every dream in her heart. Family, travel, community equals a fulfilled life!

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JAMIE VAN CUYK GROWING YOUR TEAM ST. PETE VOL 2 | PAGE13

YVETTE SEGURA USAA (RETIRING) VOL 3 | PAGE 30

JESS WALDROP JESS WALDROP AESTHETICS VOL 3 | PAGE 1

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TERESA PRESCOTT

ERICA DIANGELO

TERESA PRESCOTT VOL 1 | PAGE 82

BROOKE PALMER KUHL RSBP EVENT PLANNING AND PR VOL 2 | PAGE 40

DIANGELO LAW VOL 3 | PAGE 22

SYNTHIA FAIRMAN & GABRIELA ROSELLO DOUBLEMINT SITTING VOL 3 | PAGE 61

MOLLIE SUAREZ WESTSHORE DIAMOND VOL 2 | PAGE 57

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WOMENof IMPACT DOTTIE GROOVER-SKIPPER Heart Dance Foundation Dottie Groover-Skipper has been championing anti-human trafficking for over four decades. She is the Founder of Heart Dance Foundation, a non-profit providing hope to exploited men, women, and children in Tampa Bay. She is in partnership with The NOMORE Foundation and is the Chair of the SAFE Alliance of Tampa Bay, working to resolve system gaps for trafficking survivors.

THE HONORABLE MONIQUE M. SCOTT East Circuit, Divisions S & U East County Criminal, Division P East County Civil, Division Q Monique Scott is a former law enforcement officer, teacher, prosecutor and first generation American and Tampa native. Her law enforcement career was cut short due to her medical disability, epilepsy. This would propel her to become an advocate for those effected by epilepsy. She serves on three boards including the Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council and serves several community organizations. Monique enjoys sharing her inspiration through mentoring high school, college and law school students. She was elected Hillsborough county Court Judge in 2020 and currently has the honor of serving in the County Civil Division. 68 | theknowwomen.com


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AMANDA GLUCK.......................................HAUTE HAIR STUDIO......................................................BEAUTY.............................10 DR. GINGER URBANIAK, M.D.....................URBANIAK PLASTIC SURGERY & MEDICAL SPA.............BEAUTY.............................11 JILL CRUTCHER........................................SKIN NV..........................................................................BEAUTY.............................12 MILAN WALKER........................................IMAGO DEI BY MILAN.....................................................BEAUTY.............................13 RYANN HALO............................................SALON HALO..................................................................BEAUTY.............................15 SCHATZI BORGELLA.................................SCHATZI C......................................................................BEAUTY.............................16 STEPHANIE GERMINO..............................BLXCKOUT BEAUTY........................................................BEAUTY.............................14 AMY INGRAM-BOURISAW .........................ROBERT HALF.................................................................BUSINESS.........................17 CHELSEA HOAGLAND...............................EQUITABLE ADVISORS....................................................BUSINESS.........................18 CHRISTINA CAPRI....................................SYNOVUS........................................................................BUSINESS.........................19 DEBBI DARCHI & KRISTINA RODRIGUEZ.....INVST, LLC......................................................................BUSINESS.........................20 DELL RABINOWITZ...................................URBAN E RECYCLING......................................................BUSINESS.........................21 ELIZABETH OLGUIN..................................XPRESS URSELF MEDIA..................................................BUSINESS.........................22 GINA VONEYE...........................................GINA VONEYE MARKETING STUDIO...............................BUSINESS.........................23 JEN MCDONALD.......................................MERCHANT INSURANCE SOLUTIONS.............................BUSINESS.........................24 KARISSA RICHARDSON.............................ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE................................BUSINESS.........................25 CHRISTIE SULLIVAN.................................MCFARLAND GOULD LAW...............................................BUSINESS.........................26 LAKENDRIA ROBINSON............................THE ORENDA COLLECTIVE.............................................BUSINESS.........................27 LORI PIENCYKOSKI...................................NETCO DESIGNS LLC......................................................BUSINESS.........................28 OLIVANA CATRONE..................................THE BANK OF TAMPA.....................................................BUSINESS.........................29 PEARL CHIARENZA...................................WOMEN’S SUCCESSFUL LIVING.....................................BUSINESS.........................30 DENISE PESKE..........................................PRETTY LOVELY YOU......................................................FASHION...........................31 LENNISE GERMANY..................................LIVY O’S CATERING CO...................................................FOOD + BEV......................32 LIZETTE RIVERA.......................................ROASTED WHISK............................................................FOOD + BEV......................33 KRISTINA MADDEN MS, CCC/SLP, CLC.....MADDEN THERAPY SOLUTIONS, PLLC...........................HEALTH + WELLNESS.......34 MARNIE C. BAUER....................................MARNIE C. BAUER AND ASSOCIATES.............................HEALTH + WELLNESS.......35 RACHEL RICKS..........................................ORANGETHEORY FITNESS TEMPLE TERRACE................HEALTH + WELNESS.........36 RHONDA MCGREW, MSN, APRN, NP-C

...ELITE PEDIATRIC HEALTHCARE, LLC..............................HEALTH + WELLNESS.......37

SHANNON O’BRIEN KERNEY.....................PURE BARRE...................................................................HEALTH + WELLNESS.......38 AMBER LEWIS...........................................THE AMBER LEWIS GROUP - BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES .................................................................FLORIDA PROPERTIES GROUP .......................................HOME + LIFE.....................39 BERNADETTE PELLO................................LIVINGSTONE ACADEMY, INC.........................................HOME + LIFE.....................40 KRISTIN LISI, CHEQUITA BURGESS, THERESE WHITEHURST .................................................................LIVINGSTONE ACADEMY................................................HOME + LIFE.....................41 70 | theknowwomen.com


index CHRISTINA K FLORES...............................VOLKSWAGEN NORTH TAMPA........................................HOME + LIFE.....................42 JENNIFER STALS......................................LAND ROVER TAMPA......................................................HOME + LIFE.....................43 ANGIE RICHISON......................................DOLAN MORTGAGE.........................................................HOME + LIFE.....................44 CHRISTINA BARRETT...............................LUXE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY..........................................HOME + LIFE.....................45 JAMIE BROWN..........................................SOSHAL EVENTS............................................................HOME + LIFE.....................46 JENNIFER REYNOLDS...............................JENERGY AIR..................................................................HOME + LIFE.....................47 JESSICA ANDREWS..................................DREAMS 2 REALITY........................................................HOME + LIFE.....................48 KESHA PORTER.........................................DJ KP..............................................................................HOME + LIFE.....................49 MELISSA SNIVELY....................................SNIVELY INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. & .................................................................HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER.....HOME + LIFE.....................50 MIYA JONES.............................................MIYA JONES PHOTOGRAPHY.........................................HOME + LIFE.....................51 ROBIN STONE...........................................LEGENDS ESCAPE ROOMS AND .................................................................GAME OVER TAMPA ESCAPE ROOMS.............................HOME + LIFE.....................52 ROSE MANDES..........................................CENTURY 21 BEGGINS....................................................HOME + LIFE.....................53 SHANNON KEIL.........................................THE REGENT...................................................................HOME + LIFE.....................54 SORBONI BANERJEE.................................YA BY THE BAY...............................................................HOME + LIFE.....................55 TIA YOUNG...............................................TIA YOUNG IMAGE AND ETIQUETTE, LLC.......................HOME + LIFE.....................56 TINA EAST................................................STAR STATUS EVENTS....................................................HOME + LIFE.....................57 ZOE GALLINA............................................BOTANICA + STYLE HOUSE RENTALS.............................HOME + LIFE.....................58 DEBORAH KISH JOHANSEN......................HCC BRANDON CAMPUS................................................NON-PROFIT.....................59 LIBBY HOPKINS........................................CENTER PLACE FINE ARTS AND CIVIC ASSOCIATION ...NON-PROFIT.....................60 LIZ BREWER..............................................THE ANGEL FOUNDATION FL..........................................NON-PROFIT.....................61 MICHELLE WALKER..................................MIRACLES OUTREACH....................................................NON-PROFIT.....................62 MICHELLE G. STRAWSER..........................SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF TAMPA....................NON-PROFIT.....................63 STACEY EFAW...........................................SELAH FREEDOM............................................................NON-PROFIT.....................64 TRACY ERWIN...........................................PROPHETIC PERSPECTIVES & .................................................................THE RESTING PLACE CHURCH ......................................NON-PROFIT.....................65

alumnae.............66-67 ADRIANA PAPPAS

JESSICA RIOS

TEENA SCAIA

BROOKE PALMER KUHL

KELLY ROSS

TERESA PRESCOTT

CAROLYNN SMITH JONES

MOLLIE SUAREZ

YVETTE SEGURA

ERICA DIANGELO

SHARICE BARNES

GABRIELA ROSELLO

SOPHIA STALLWORTH

JAMIE VAN CUYK

SYNTHIA FAIRMAN

DOTTIE GROOVER-SKIPPER

JESS WALDROP

TAMI FITZPATRICK

THE HONORABLE MONIQUE M. SCOTT

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