February/March 2016 Tallahassee Woman

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Diane McCain

A Resilient Heart


Your Body

& Your Heart! Good Morning Gorgeous! Wake Up Beautiful


Women Preserving History

Spring Fashion Preview

Soul Food

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42 Women Who


Mean Business (WWMB) Community Women to watch in business, women new to town and highlighting women with milestones to celebrate.

46 Business & Career/Money

8 Our Thoughts Warrior Women

10 Woman2Woman

Natural Tips for Healthy Hair | Code-Breaking Women Programmers Make History | Olive You! Health Benefits of Edible Oils | Valentine’s Day Movie Guide: Love Stories With a Twist | Book Nook | Good Morning Gorgeous! Nighttime Beauty Tips for Waking Up Beautiful | Trending Now: Binge or Bust—Five Must-Binge TV Series

20 Style and Grace Spring 2016 Style Preview

22 Healthy Living A Lifetime of Heartbeats

Female Breadwinning: What It Means When the Woman Is the Provider

48 Money Talks

Tips for Easing Tax-Filing Stress

50 Our Community

St. Jude in Tallahassee | Dress for Success—Lighting Up the Lives of Tallahassee Women | Women We Admire–Laurie Coburn | What Women Should Know: Community Christian School Thrives in Tallahassee | Haute Happenings | Around Town

64 Home and Garden The Usual Suspects— Five Tallahassee Spring Trees

24 Bodies in Motion

66 The Dish

34 Special Feature

72 Best Bites

Love Your Body!

50th Anniversary of the Historical Preservation Act—Three Local Women Leading the Charge to Preserve the Past

40 Real Life


Chef Shac—Soul Food Fusion

The Scoop on Chicken Salad Chick


74 Funny Girl Grey Matter

The Power of “No”

28 On the Cover Diane McCain’s Resilient Heart By Heather Thomas About the Cover: Photography by AJ Abellera | Styling by Terra Palmer and Calynne Hill | Makeup by Leslie McClellan of Makeup Pro Studio | Hairstyling by Jamie LeFebvre of So Pure Salon and Spa | Clothing and accessories provided by Narcissus | Shot on location at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. Our special thanks to the Office of Legislative Services for their generous assistance. 5  tallahassee woman • februar y/march 2016


“I raise up my voice— not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

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WRITERS Dr. Asha Fields Brewer is a speaker, author and radio personality. She combined her love of sports medicine and her faith background to launch the Temple Fit Health organization in 2012. Through her weekly radio show, health empowerment programs, and inspirational speaking engagements, she has equipped communities across the nation to live well.

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Michelle R. Nickens is a vice president at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, a local actor, blogger and author of the novel, Precious Little Secrets. She is currently participating in Leadership Florida Class XXXIV.

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Your Body! Good Mor Gorgeous!ning Skincare Ti ps


Fashion Preview Soul Food


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Amanda Wallace is a freelance writer who has lived in Tallahassee for most of her life. She received her degree in creative writing from the University of Central Florida. In addition to magazine articles, Amanda writes fiction and is currently working on a screenplay as well as a book.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS AJ Abellera is the owner of AJ Studios Photography. He is a member Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild; the Florida Professional Photographers, Inc. (FPP); and the Professional Photographers of America. In 2015, AJ received the Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence (FDPE Florida Master Photographer) offered by FPP. View more of his work at ajstudiosphotography.zenfolio.com. Stacy Rehberg is a professional photographer based in Tallahassee. A member of the professional photographers guild of Tallahassee, her business, Stacy Rehberg Photography, specializes in women’s portraiture and wedding photography.

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Warrior Women


n March of 2015, we received a letter with no return address or signature. It detailed the story of a woman who had been through unimaginable hardships, with an equally lengthy list of how she used those tragedies in order to bring about a legacy of advocacy. For decades, she has fought bravely for others, and last year had to fight for her very life. Our cover woman, Diane McCain, is a woman warrior whose story was so incredible, we waited a year to tell it, wanting to pay special tribute to Diane’s resilient heart, and her history-making efforts in honor of March being Women’s History Month.

Besides making history, women are the pioneers in helping to preserve it. It’s the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and our special feature profiles three women who are honoring and helping to preserve local sites that share the story of Tallahassee’s past, and can help shape our future. Tallahassee Woman’s own history is embarking on a 10th-anniversary celebration, and we are officially unveiling our redesigned, mobile interactive website (be sure to check it out at talwoman. com.) In addition to that, it’s now time to submit a nomination for a warrior businesswoman for our Third Annual Women Who Mean Business Awards. There is not a journey that you are on that another woman hasn’t already traveled, nor a fearful place that you are standing that someone else hasn’t already stood. GRAPHIC DESIGN Christy Jennings Miqueli BUSINESS OPERATIONS Jane Royster Munroe, CFO

Living Well and Loving Life! February/March 2016 Volume 11 | Issue 1

INTERNS Jordan Berns • Clare Davis Sara Dreier • Diamond Hunt-Coleman Jolee Keplinger • Alexi Saliba


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When you are first going through something hard, you feel like you are alone, in a very dark place, where it’s almost impossible to see your way forward. Then, a warrior woman comes along, takes you by the hand, hugs you with her love and understanding, and then gives you wings of hope to fly. At the end of the letter about Diane, there was a full-page list of names and contact information for individuals all over the country who have been impacted and changed by her love and compassion. No other signature was needed.

Keep fighting the good fight,

Heather Thomas Editor The information in this publication is presented in good faith. The publisher does not guarantee accuracy or assume responsibility for errors or omissions.


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Natural Tips for Healthy Hair By Jolee Keplinger


s women, we’re skilled at manipulating our hair with the intent of bringing out its best. However, all the chemical treatments, complex styles and heat application can lead to undesirable damage, ultimately drying out and thinning our hair. Keep your hair healthy, the way nature intended, with these easy tips.

DIET Eating a balanced diet can help control hair loss and allow your locks to become stronger from within. Try to incorporate foods that contain protein, zinc, iron, vitamin B and omega-3s. For example, salmon is an excellent source of omega-3s. These fatty acids assist with oil production, necessary for your hair’s hydration. WATER TEMPERATURE When washing your hair, temperature matters. Even though hot water effectively removes build-up, it damages your roots and leads to unwanted frizz. In addition, your hair will be more prone to breakage if brushed immediately afterward. A tip from local salon owner Ashley Anderson of Divine Designs is to “always ensure that your last rinse is with cool water to seal in the moisture and your cuticle.” HEAT REDUCTION Speaking of heat, we’ve constantly been reminded that heat styling tools dry out and damage hair. Rather than ditching our flat irons and curling wands, simply remember to spray on heat protectant. Also, try to reduce the amount of heat applied by reserving the hot tools for special occasions. When possible, plan to air dry your hair 70 percent of the way and blow dry the remaining 30 percent on the lowest heat setting. SILK AND SLEEP Did you know that you can improve your hair health while you sleep? Ashley emphasizes that “100 percent silk pillowcases are not only great for your hair but also for your skin because the silk material contains proteins.” Investing in a silk pillowcase will reduce breakage because of its smooth surface.

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“Code-Breaking Women Programmers Make History” By Jolee Keplinger


hen you hear the title, “computer programmer,” who do you picture? Most individuals will imagine a male figure, and statistics have proved that it’s the truth. Surprisingly, two women are credited for pioneering computer code. Countess Ada Lovelace, poet Lord Byron’s daughter, was an influential figure who pioneered computer programming. As a teenager, Ada discovered poetry in math while working with Charles Babbage, known as the “father of computers.” He revealed plans for a machine that would be able to perform complex math calculations. In response, Ada expressed a vision that went beyond the calculations, conceptualizing computers which would not only work with numbers but also music, words and pictures. Charles and Ada’s notes contain what many believe to be the first algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine. Grace Hopper, known as the “Queen of Software,” pioneered computer code. Originally, Hopper was a math professor who

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Olive You! The Health Benefits of Edible Oils By Jolee Keplinger

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This tropical oil yields a multitude of health benefits, such as improving digestion, increasing immunity, promoting weight loss and even hydrating your hair and skin. It can replace butter in baked goods and withstand high cooking temperatures. The beneficial fats found in coconut oil can assist with promoting satiety and boosting your metabolism. Try applying this oil on your skin as a moisturizer, swapping it with your shaving cream or using as an ingredient when concocting a face mask.

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woman 2 woman | entertainment



e’ve seen them all: the corny (yet hard-to-resist) “rom-coms” that keep us coming back every girls’ night or Valentine’s Day. This year, break away from those overused clichés and have fun experiencing love stories with a little quirk or twist. Take a peek below at the best of alternative romance movies with a twisted happily ever after.


While this film gives the appearance of a typical love story, don’t let it fool you. A little bit of time travel and a whole lot of chemistry make what could have been a very cheesy movie into a beautiful tale of love and appreciation for the quirks of life. Not only does it include a spellbinding romance, it also underlines the charmingly intimate dynamic of father and son.


This indie-romance is not a story we’ve seen often portrayed on the silver screen: long-distance love. Witness the heartbreakingly beautiful story of Anna, a British college student who falls for Jacob, an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the United States after overstaying her visa.

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The whimsical world of Wes Anderson comes to life as two young lovers escape their small New England town so they can be with each other at last. Chaos and hilarity ensue as a search party sets out to look for them. This story beautifully intertwines love, comedy and just a tinge of melancholy and includes a gaggle of renowned actors, from Bill Murray and Edward Norton to Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.


Ever wonder what it would be like to erase the memory of a bad breakup? Quirky and unique, this movie answers that very question with the unexpected romantic leads of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

WHAT IF (2013)

Daniel Radcliffe proves his acting chops aren’t just confined to playing a mischievous wizard. What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? Watch as the lovelorn Wallace struggles to deal with his feelings for his best friend, Chantry, who just so happens to have a longtime boyfriend. Together, they strive to answer this question: What happens when you fall in love with your best friend?

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“Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History… and Our Future” This book is an overview of prominent women in history from the 18th to the 21st century. From artists, writers, teachers, lawyers and athletes—26 women are highlighted in alphabetical order, from A-Z.

Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors by Marian Wright Edelman

Author of the New York Times bestseller, The Measure of Our Success, Edelman has played an integral role as a prominent activist of civil rights and child advocacy. Beginning her career in the 1960s as the only African-American woman lawyer in Mississippi, readers are immersed in the fight for civil rights and equality. Edelman pays a tribute to all of her mentors who were the catalysts of inspiration in her personal journey, including Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy and more.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai At the mere age of sixteen, Malala Yousafzai was the youngest ever to be nominated for the Global Peace Prize. Living in Pakistan when the Taliban invaded the Swat Valley, Yousafzai spoke out in regards to her education and was targeted by the Taliban. Her story was a miracle and it brought her to the United States. Her story embodies the use of peaceful protest to demand justice and equality in the fight against global terrorism. Inspiring and fierce, I Am Malala reminds us all of the power we as individuals have to impact the world.

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GOOD MORNING, GORGEOUS! Nighttime Beauty Tips for Waking Up Beautiful By Clare Davis


very woman needs her beauty sleep, but it also helps to have a few tricks that will leave you looking fresh and rejuvenated without those hard-to-get eight hours of rest. Incorporate a few nighttime beauty tips that will have you waking up looking beautiful.






There is no doubt you’ve heard the lights emitted from your phone screen can negatively affect your eyes, but it can also hurt your skin. Avoid those ugly bags under your eyes by getting off your phone at least 10 minutes before bed. It never hurts to grab a book instead!

Going to bed with all of the dirt and oil that accumulates on your face throughout the day is a big no-no. If you don’t have the time or energy to give your face a good scrub at the end of the night, use a makeup remover wipe to clean it off.

No one likes to wake up to dry, flaky skin. Investing in a nighttime cream or moisturizer will soothe and hydrate your skin while you sleep and make your face ready to embrace tomorrow’s makeup.

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Ever wake up with a blemish and wonder how it could form so quickly overnight? Exfoliating with a face polish or scrub twice a week can buff away the dead skin cells on your face that clog your pores and cause blemishes. Putting what looks like black goo on your face may seem like a daunting task, but fear not! Charcoal masks have been all the rage lately for their powerful ability act like a magnet that attracts the dirt and oil that gets trapped in your pores. Lather on an activated charcoal mask the night before and wake up beautiful!




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FA S H I O N • E N T E R TA I N M E N T • C U LT U R E • T E C H N O L O G Y


Five Must-Binge TV Series By Jordan Berns


ith the rise of digital streaming came binge watching: the

act of viewing multiple episodes of a television series in one sitting. Now, instead of watching a program in real time, you can wait for its digital release and watch an entire season in a matter of weeks (or days), sans commercials. Here’s a list of five TV shows that are our best bets for binging this spring.

Downton Abbey – Masterpiece Theater

If you love a good period drama, Downton Abbey could be your next obsession. The series follows the Crawley family and their servants from 1912 to 1925. The story line is captivating, and you’ll find yourself laughing and crying all in the span of an hour. With six seasons and 52 episodes, Downton Abbey is a great show to binge watch for a month or two.

Game of Thrones – HBO

This medieval masterpiece is sure to please fans of fantasies like Lord of the Rings. Game of Thrones is a twisted tale of two families and their battle for the claim to the Iron Throne. The series boasts matters of magic, love and war, to name a few. There are 50 episodes

spanning five seasons, with a sixth season to air April of this year. That gives you more than enough time to binge watch all 50 episodes, right?

Sherlock – Masterpiece Theater

Sherlock puts a modern spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved book series. Benedict Cumberbatch is unbelievably entertaining as everyone’s favorite detective, and Martin Freeman is just as good as the loyal sidekick. If you like a good murder mystery or a mystery of any kind, Sherlock is for you. Three seasons and nine episodes make Sherlock a perfect series to binge watch for a week.

Grace and Frankie – Netflix

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have great chemistry in this hilarious Netflix

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original series. Grace and Frankie, that follows the lives of two women after their husbands reveal they’ve been having an affair...with each other. The series is a definite must-binge. With only one season and 13 episodes, you won’t be able to watch just one.

The Man in the High Castle – Amazon

The Man in the High Castle is a dystopian thriller and alternative history to what happened after WWII, where the axis powers win and take over the United States. With Ridley Scott as an executive producer, this program is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. One season and ten episodes make this an easy binge for anyone with extra downtime.

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spring 2016


preview By Sara Dreier

Spring is the time we all start looking for something new and fresh to add to our wardrobe, and this spring will be no different. To get you ready for what is coming we came across a few of the trends you may see more of in the months to come. < Knits: Open-knit cardigans and sweaters are a necessity for any outfit. Slip one on over a dress or pair it jeans and boots.

> Delicate Jewelry: A subtler yet equally beautiful counterpart to the statement necklace, delicate jewelry will accent anything you’re wearing.

^ Bare Shoulders: Gone is the cave-girl oneshoulder look; double bare is here! Give your shoulders room to breathe this season. Try a blousy ’70s-style top or high-neck ‘90s-inspired top. Both are equally popular.


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healthy living

A Lifetime of Heartbeats

By Michelle R. Nickens


he heart has been used as a symbol of love, romance, fragility, vulnerability, pain, anger, courage and character—even the soul—by authors, poets, filmmakers and playwrights. In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Ferdinand says to Miranda, “Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service?” The heart doesn’t literally speak or fly, but as a symbol in Shakespeare’s play, you feel desperation and desire.

In Tallahassee, we have highly experienced professionals and state-of-the-art resources to help us learn about heart health, obtain appropriate diagnosis and receive treatment. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) Heart and Vascular Center (tmh.org) and the Capital Regional Medical Center (capitalregionalmedicalcenter.com) have health and vascular centers and physicians with expertise in various heart conditions.

We use the term “heart” frequently to describe how we feel about someone or something. There are sensitive hearts, broken hearts and hardened hearts. We say things like, “She has heart” or “I gave my heart away.” But do we ever say, “My heart is working hard, pumping blood throughout my body, oxygenating my tissues and spreading nutrients, helping to eliminate carbon dioxide and toxins”? Probably not. It just happens. How often do we say thank you?

Dr. Marilyn Cox, MD, FACC, a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at TMH, specializes in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Cox moved to Tallahassee 19 years ago after completing her MD, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Electrophysiology training at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cox established the Tallahassee Memorial Cardiac Electrophysiology Program, which has grown into the largest and most advanced in the region. Its primary goal is to offer the most advanced care and treatment for people with irregular heartbeats (conduction defects). TMH’s Heart and Vascular Center is also the only accredited Atrial Fibrillation Center in our area.

Our hearts produce about 100,000 beats per day—more than 2.5 billion beats over the course of a lifetime—while completing complicated and critical tasks. To most of us, these appear seamless and are often taken for granted. When our heart starts having problems, however, the impact can be devastating. Understanding the symptoms and signs, listening to our bodies and reaching out for help can significantly improve heart health. The American Heart Association (goredforwomen.org) reports that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women—more fatal than all forms of cancer combined. It also states that an estimated 43 million women in the United States are impacted by heart disease. There are a number of heart-related conditions, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (AFib) and many others. Early detection is critical in identifying problems and finding solutions that help minimize or even cure some of these problems. 23  tallahassee woman • februar y/march 2016

Dr. Carey Dellock is a physician with Capital Regional Cardiology Associates and specializes in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. She received her undergraduate degree at Albright College and graduated with her Doctor of Medicine from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She also completed her Internal Medicine residency and a Cardiology Fellowship at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine as well as an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. When focusing on women’s heart health, Dr. Cox explained, “Women are caregivers and often put themselves last. They take care of their spouse, children, parents and friends and, in the meantime, tend to ignore symptoms that are warning signs to a

heart-related condition. Because women tend to wait longer to seek medical assistance, they often do not do as well and their outcome is worse.” Dr. Dellock indicated that there are a number of symptoms to be aware of that may indicate a heart condition, such as shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest, vomiting, sweating and/or fainting. However, “not all chest pain is the heart,” she explained. “Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish a heart-related chest pain from other kinds of chest pains. That’s why different tests are used to determine the cause.” “Pay attention to symptoms that don’t seem right,” Dr. Cox stressed. “It’s better to go to the doctor and find out there’s nothing wrong than to skip going and have something happen.” “Education and awareness is important,” Dr. Cox explained. “Women need to recognize that they are at risk and to take care of themselves first. Men need to be aware that women in their lives could have a heart problem.” Diabetes, high blood pressure and family history can impact heart health. Dr. Cox says to listen to your body, eat healthily and maintain an ideal weight. Exercise regularly, work to reduce stress and improve sleep. Do not smoke. Smoking significantly increases the chances of heart and vascular disease and stroke. Seek medical advice earlier. “To take care of others, you have to take care of yourself,” Dr. Cox stated. It’s like putting the oxygen mask on yourself in an airplane emergency before helping others. Ask questions, do research and be persistent about your feelings or concerns until you feel comfortable that your questions have been addressed. Dr. Dellock stresses not to “hesitate to call an ambulance if you are experiencing new or unexplainable chest pain or pressure lasting more than a few moments. Do not drive yourself to the hospital. There is no reason to feel embarrassed or bothersome—it is important to receive immediate attention in case of an emergency.” The heart is a powerful organ and one of our greatest symbols. A healthy heart will help ensure a lifetime of heartbeats. If your heart does speak—listen. If it flies—soar.

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bodies in motion

Our new Bodies in Motion department will showcase the myriad of ways women keep their bodies healthy and moving forward. Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator, becoming a walking warrior, or fitting in a workout before going to work, our goal is to encourage the importance of incorporating movement into our everyday lives.

Love YOUR BODY! By Heather Thomas | Styling by Terra Palmer & Calynne Hill | Photography by AJ Abellera

With over a thousand different parts, our bodies can do some pretty amazing things. Four Tallahassee women showcase the artistry of a woman’s body in motion. Their body-love stories share the respect and admiration for all those parts—and their years of physical effort—coming together to create masterpieces of moving beauty.

KENDREA AUSTIN Yoga INSTRUCTOR “I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, working as a flexibility therapist for the NFL and Olympic athletes, and moved back to Tallahassee to be closer to my family. Getting into yoga was a natural progression from my previous work, and now I enjoy teaching yoga primarily to private clients. As with any activity, it’s easy to overdo it and injure yourself. With yoga, in particular, you see people doing these crazy poses and think that you have to look like them in order to feel like you’re really “doing yoga.” I’m at a point now where I realize that I have to pay attention to what feels right for me so that I don’t try to force my body to do something that it isn’t ready to do. Knowing that this is the only body I have to live in for the rest of my life keeps me motivated to take care of it. It truly is a gift to be healthy and mobile, and I hope to preserve that for as long as I can. My body is the vessel through which I can go through life and, for that, I’m truly grateful. I love how responsive and adaptive it is—it lets me know when I’m taking good care of it and when I’m not.”

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“Originally, from Tallahassee, I am currently a Troy University coed cheerleader, and upperclassman business major. Before I cheered, I spent the last 15 years of my life as a gymnast. I trained 5 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week at Trousdell Gymnastics Center, under Head Coach Mike Body. We conditioned every day with the normal 4 rope climbs, 20 to 30 leg lifts, squats, presses and more, focusing on every part of the body. With the strenuous amounts of stretching and conditioning, it was very important to eat healthy and to drink a lot of water. My dream was to be a gymnast at Auburn University. That dream became reality when I committed to Auburn my junior year of high school. With injuries and other complications, I made the choice to decommit, which was one of the hardest decisions of my life. Troy University became my new home. Freshman year, I knew something was missing. I had not gone a week without gymnastics since I was 3, and I missed training and competing. I decided in February of 2015, to start preparation to be a part of the Troy cheerleading team. I had never cheered a day in my life, but I knew it would be something I could enjoy. After trying out for the team, I got the amazing opportunity to be a flyer for Troy University. I had no idea I would love anything as much as I loved gymnastics. Troy Cheer has changed my life, and I couldn’t be more thankful.”

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JENNA LARSON CrossFit COACH AND COMPETITOR “I have been in CrossFit for a little over two years. In those two years, my body and mind have completely transformed. I am stronger, leaner and more confident than I have ever been and I love it! CrossFit has brought me to a place where I love and appreciate my body. I train several hours a day, usually 5 to 6 days a week. Because of this, I have a huge appreciation for the foods I eat because it makes the difference between having the energy to train hard and recover efficiently or feeling sluggish and unmotivated. CrossFit has brought a competitive edge to my life that was lost when I stopped playing sports. It allows me to become a better version of myself each and every day. At the same time, I love that my whole family can get involved in CrossFit. My husband and two boys are occasionally able to work out with me and there is no better motivator than that. I know that when my sons are at Red Hills CrossFit, they are watching me closely. I believe it is great for them to see me struggle, sometimes fail, sometimes succeed but never give up. They are one of the biggest reasons I love staying strong and healthy.”

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ADELE TRAHAN Dance INSTRUCTOR “I’ve been a dancer for 21 years, and my body has changed many times throughout my dance career. However, this is the strongest I have ever felt. I listen to my body better—if my muscles are fatigued, I rest or ease up on certain exercises so as to avoid injury. I try to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating well in order to keep my body fueled, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and getting proper rest to keep my muscles from becoming fatigued. In classes, I stretch and participate in core strengthening exercises alongside my students, and I do believe this is what has kept me in shape. In the last couple of years, I have added cardio to my workout schedule and have seen a significant difference in stamina and endurance levels. Dancers are constantly trying to improve their lines and technique. My hands and arms are what I find to be the most beautiful part about my body. I seem to be able to express myself clearly through the port de bras, which means, “carriage of the arms.” I find it amazing that the body is able to transfer motion into emotion by means of grace, poise, balance and pure strength. Ultimately, my daughter, Adeline, is what keeps me motivated—I want to stay healthy and live a long life for her.”

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A Resilient Heart By Heather Thomas Photography by AJ Abellera

It has been more than thirty years since this community was rocked from its security when Florida State University and the Chi Omega sorority experienced the ravages of a serial killer. Diane McCain experienced the horrors of that fateful night and its aftermath when a university and community were traumatized and lives and innocence were irrevocably lost. Despite the terrible devastation such an event can have, Diane has not let it define her. Over a 30-year time span, she has helped to make history as an advocate for victims’ rights, and has held numerous state and national leadership roles. Not only is she a champion for others, she is a survivor of a rare cancer that caused the removal of three organs. Her story is one of hope and redemption, and the power and compassion of a resilient heart.

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Innocence Lost

Married with five kids and an attorney practicing with her father—that’s the dream Diane McCain had for her future. A fifth-generation Floridian, Diane comes from a family with deep roots in the legal profession and Florida history. Originally from Orlando, the family moved to Tallahassee when her father was elected to statewide office. Graduating from Leon High School in 1973, Diane fully intended to leave Tallahassee to attend Stetson University, but then her grandfather became gravely ill. She decided to stay close to him for just a semester while he recovered and attend Florida State University temporarily. This would be a pivotal choice in the path of her life, as well as an indicator of how Diane does not love in moderation, but resiliently follows where her compassionate compass leads her. “Having a multigeneration legacy of Pi Beta Phi,” Diane says, “It almost broke my mother’s heart when I ultimately decided to stay at FSU and pledge Chi Omega, but I just felt at home there, and knew in my heart it was thw sorority where I needed to be. We ate together, studied together, cried and laughed together—we were a family. We believed that there was not a place on earth safer than our campus home.” On January 15, 1978, on a cold, early Sunday morning, that safe haven was violated in an unimaginable way, and their lives would be transformed. In the pre-dawn hours, a sorority sister came in through the side door, minutes before seeing the shadow of a man run down the stairs and out the front door. She woke up her roommate and Chi Omega’s president, and the police were called to report the intruder. Moments later, with dawning horror, they all began to realize this wasn’t just a break in. Many heartbreaking hours later, it was clear that four women had been brutally attacked in their sleep, with two women dead from their injuries. What was not clear was who had done it.

For a month, Diane and her sorority sisters were left to endure the fear of having a killer on the loose, traumatized by what they had gone through, with FSU and the community reeling from the event and not knowing how to best respond and give the women support. “People would stare at us and say the most inappropriate things. To the media we were a free-for-all, with little compassion or, frankly, understanding of the tremendous loss. We learned information along with everyone else, having no established rights to information or protection.” The injustice of the situation lit a fire in Diane’s heart, particularly when, unbeknownst to the women who should have been the first ones told, it was reported in the news that Ted Bundy, a serial killer, was the suspected perpetrator. He later would be the one to depose Diane and other Chi Omega members because he chose to act as his own attorney. Innocence was lost, but Diane’s purpose for her life had just been found. It would take courage and resolve to move forward, not allowing the legacy of her lost sisters be defined or overshadowed by tragedy.

A Band of Sisters

Reminiscent of those who fight in war together, the women who would be deposed by Ted Bundy would remain steadfast friends throughout their lives. They were a band of sisters—by the sorority vows that bonded them and the battle-honed friendship forged from the adversity of having survived a traumatic event, facing down a serial killer and being treated with a mixture of curiosity and censure by the media and community—some questioning why they didn’t they hear anything that night. “I asked that question too; we all did. And then you play the ‘what if?’ game—what if I could have done something to help? Or what if it had been a far worse situation? When I get into that mode of thinking, I go back to holding on and trusting God’s plan. We had done nothing wrong.”

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“Whenever I would think I couldn’t do it anymore, I would run into a parent who had lost their child to a murderer, and they would hug and thank me for fighting this battle. As long as there is a breath in me I will be defending victims and their families.” They would need all the strength and support they could acquire in the months ahead. At only 22 years old, Diane and her band of sisters would face Ted Bundy across a desk in a locked room at the Leon County Jail. “There was no one to explain the process to us, and no one told us we were going to be interviewed by Bundy directly. At that age, even with a district court judge as a father, I didn’t know what we were in for. We walked into this small room with Bundy sitting in a chair, his ankle attached to a chain by a ball on the floor, and we were all petrified—it was the first time we had seen him since the murders. I remember telling myself, ‘You are not going to scare me, I will not be afraid.’ I reassured myself that he couldn’t hurt us, physically, and I had this unexplainable calm and strength envelop me as he tried to intimidate us. He slammed his fists on the table, and as the deputies grabbed him, this sense of injustice and anger bubbled up inside of me.” Bundy would later call Diane back twice more, each time trying to break her reserve of courage. Those visits and remaining strong during his trial gave her the fortitude to become the unofficial spokesperson of the group, a resolute warrior determined

to make sure no one else would have to go through what she, her sorority sisters and their families went through. The lives lost brought pain, but it would stir passion to bring about positive action. The case brought national attention to the need for changes in the criminal justice system and higher educational institutions. The trial was one of the first to allow ondontology (dental forensics), and later, Florida would become a leader in balancing the system with rights for victims and the accused, due in large part to Diane’s efforts.

An Advocate for Victims

Throughout college, Diane worked part-time at the FSU law school and for the Florida Legislature. She also interned in the White House. The trial for Bundy concluded in the death penalty, and by then, Diane had graduated from FSU and was attending FSU’s law school. She took a leave of absence and became a research assistant for the Florida Chamber from 1979 to 1980 and then a Legislative Analyst for the Florida House of Representatives from 1980 to 1982. It was during this time that Diane first began honing her skills in the legislative process and the system pertaining to writing and changing law. She later became chief of staff for the Florida House of Representatives and then went to work in the Florida Senate, helping to draft legislation, including a joint resolution and other statutes pertaining to rights for victims and families to be notified. Simultaneously, she worked on a statewide campaign for passage of a Florida Constitutional Amendment for Victims’ Rights. Helping to make history, the Florida Amendment was voted and passed by voters in 1985, putting rights for victims into the Florida Constitution. She traveled to various states to speak before their legislatures and meet with staff to share the work and success in Florida. She debated the rights for victims in various public venues, and worked closely with the United States

Department of Justice regarding federal victims’ services. She testified before the U.S. Congress, and President Ronald Reagan named her to a national victims task force. “Whenever I would think I couldn’t do it anymore, I would run into a parent who had lost their child to a murderer, and they would hug and thank me for fighting this battle. As long as there is a breath in me I will be defending victims and their families.” Years later, living in Miami, Florida, and working for the Department of Justice, Diane became friends with Gladys Taboada and Gladys’s two sons. In 1990, she received a call from the Governor’s office requesting her to go to Gainesville, Florida, to talk with victims and their families at the University of Florida. Danny Rolling, a serial killer, had left tragedy in his wake at another Florida campus, killing five students. In a stunning, tragic twist of events, Diane learned that one of the students was Manny, Gladys’s oldest son. “I was able to get Gladys with me on a private plane to Gainesville, and all of the information was made available to her that wasn’t available before the amendment. It was a miracle, really, to be the advocate for her that I couldn’t have been unless I had gone through this same scenario at another campus, in another time, but the difference was my being a victims’ rights advocate was her shelter from the storm.” At least two other states have passed resolutions commending Diane for her work in public affairs and criminal justice.

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on the cover extraordinary opportunity compelled her to take another leave of absence— with her background in media law and criminal justice, she was selected from a national pool of candidates to become the federal government’s spokesperson for the trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and direct public affairs for the largest federal prosecutors office in the country. Among her duties under the Bush administration was coordinating and directing other law enforcement agencies’ public information officers, such as the FBI and the DEA. “At the time, a young woman as the federal spokesperson was not a frequent sight on television. I had to field a wide-range of questions and criticism in the public eye, but I believed in what I was doing in helping to find justice for the victims of very high-profile crimes.” She became a noted expert on public records laws and “Government in the Sunshine.” After returning to Tallahassee, Diane went on to hold other pivotal leadership positions for the next two decades, such as the director for a legislative trust fund, Vice President of the Governor’s Education Foundation and the Crisis Communications Director for the 1996 Olympics, working with the Chairman for the Coca-Cola Company. Overall, Diane has been involved in more than 25 legislative sessions, first as a staff person writing legislation and drafting amendments for prominent members of the Florida House and Senate and then in her roles with the Governor and state agencies. She was instrumental in the passage of three constitutional amendments. She still speaks throughout the country to various organizations regarding the criminal justice system and ethics in media. Of greatest support was the father of one of the women who was murdered. “My relationship with him throughout the years encouraged me, even when others criticized the attention brought to the case. His counsel and support, as well as from sisters throughout the country, kept me grounded and that this was the right thing to do—to help others.”

Having been a member of the Commissioner of Education’s administration during the devolution of the Board of Regents and the creation of a K-20 state board of education in early 2000, in 2006, she was recruited by the inaugural chancellor for the newly established Board of Governors of the State University System to become the first Director of External Relations, a position she still holds. Time and time again, Diane has used her strength of heart and has faced numerous challenges in fighting for others. Little did she know how much she would soon need enduring friendships to help her during the struggle for her life.

A Survivor of a Different Foe In January of 2014, Diane suffered from incredible back pain and went in to the emergency room at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Doctors discovered a rare tumor in her abdomen and determined that it was GIST, or a cancerous gastrointestinal stromal tumor. She went into surgery expecting to have it removed, but due to the size of the tumor and its malignancy, what resulted was the removal of her entire stomach, gallbladder and spleen.

Prior to her surgery, discussion took place among a vast team of specialists regarding treatment and the best course of action. Coincidentally, as a legislative aide, Diane had worked on legislation creating the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida’s only National Cancer Center Institute. At the hospital, it was former Speaker of the House of Representatives Lee Moffitt and another former House Speaker, Ralph Haben, both close, long-time friends, who helped to provide resources and counsel for the best medical course of action. Another former House member, Representative Jim Brodie, was also a part of the quickly-assembled Tallahassee team. “It truly was a bipartisan effort, with wonderful, dedicated doctors and devoted friends all wanting to help.”

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In the following months, Diane was confined to the hospital and then at home to recuperate, embarking on an arduous, often painful journey to a new way of living. Close friends from Tallahassee Junior League, particularly Cheryl Cliett, became her caregivers, and her Chi Omega band of sisters rallied to her side. For someone used to taking care of everyone else, Diane says, “It was the most humbling experience of my life to become totally dependent upon others. It magnified that strong friendships are vital and love can heal.” Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and other national researchers are studying her because her survival is miraculous. She has no need of chemotherapy or radiation and her ability to thrive without a stomach is a medical mystery that they hope will help other patients. Diane, who laughingly calls herself, “a living specimen,” takes notes on what she eats, how she feels and what she is able to do each day, with these reports confounding doctors. Perhaps the real study should be how a woman, who has lost so much, feels like she has gained a fullness of life, purpose and joy.

Buoyant and Beautiful

Admittedly, Diane has days when she struggles greatly, but her humor and perspective keep her buoyant, along with hopefully soon becoming licensed as a helicopter pilot, something she wasn’t able to do when she had a stomach and suffered from nausea. “Flying makes my heart swell. From the open door of a helicopter, I can literally touch the wind and feel actual rain drops from so high up—it is always indescribable. I can speak up front and personal with God and hold his hand among the clouds.” Diane has spent almost her entire life finding that hand of light in the darkness, shining the way for justice, hope and redemption in the midst of indescribable tragedy and hardships that would compel any of us to give up

the fight. This wasn’t the dream she had for herself as a young woman, but she says, “I really want to help provide a sense of security and hope to others. I’m overwhelmed with gratefulness for the opportunities I’ve been given to assure someone else that they are not alone.” Treasuring life in a way that only a survivor can, Diane has an inner luminescence that radiates from her smile and is humbling in its beauty and strength, like a flame that refuses to be put out. “God really can, and does, provide good things to come from tragedy. I’m still here, so I know that there continues to be a plan for my life. I’ve been blessed with friends, young and old, and I owe it to them and to God to make the most of each new day.”


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Women and Historic Preservation By Keasi Smith | Photos by Romina Rivadeneira


n an increasingly disposable world where value is found in all things shiny and new, it is relics from another time that ground us once again to our world where the only constant is change. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, signed into law in 1966. The most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States, it has helped preserve, conserve and protect artifacts, structures, landscapes and other historically significant entities that provide a greater understanding of the past and the change that is still to come. While, historically speaking, employment in the historic preservation field has been dominated by men, today we see many women leading the efforts. Women from a large scope of professional focuses, including, but not limited to, historians, interior designers, architects, engineers and community planners are discovering the need for their expertise in the historic preservation field and the rewards of ensuring a future for the past.

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staff to engage the community and grow the museums visibility. In addition, the museum works closely with those at John G. Riley Elementary School, preserving Mr. Riley’s legacy as an educator and working to encourage academic achievement by promoting Mr. Riley’s transcendent story of remarkable success. “We hope we can inspire people of all ages and let them know that they can make a global impact right here in their community,” said Marion.

Marion McGee

John Gilmore Riley Museum A “numbers person” with an entrepreneurial spirit, Marion McGee’s 5 year plan after receiving her masters degree in business administration didn’t include remaining in Tallahassee. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Marion moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s renowned School of Business and Industry. “It was only after getting connected to the community that I grew to love it here,” she said, “I got 3 job offers here, none of which I applied for. I took it as a sign that this is where I’m meant to be.” After working in real estate and community development, it was at career crossroads 7 years ago that Marion met Althemese Barnes, founding Director of the John Gilmore Riley Museum. “I initially met with her to discuss the possibility of working as a consultant,” said Marion. “When she proposed that I apprentice her, I said ‘Are you sure I’m the right person for the job?’” Marion laughed. “But I’ve learned since how equally important it is to not only have artistic minds on board, but people who think about budgets and constraints of funding.”

Built in 1890, the John. G. Riley House represents a man who defied the circumstances of his time. Enslaved until the age of 8, Mr. Riley and his parents lived right behind the historic Knott House off Park Avenue until moving to Live Oak, Florida, in 1865, after the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced. There he is believed to have attended a one-room schoolhouse, but came back to Tallahassee to receive his teaching certificate. “He not only gave back to his community as an educator, but the first piece of property he buys at age 25 he uses as rental property and continues to do this over and over again before buying property for he and his family,” said Marion. First principal of Lincoln Academy, where he served until his retirement, Mr. Riley also advocated for equitable pay for black teachers and also acted as the Statewide Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) while working tirelessly to expose injustices towards African-Americans. Located on the corner of Meridian and Jefferson Street in Smokey Hollow, a historic black neighborhood destroyed by urban renewal, the John. G. Riley Museum stands as a reminder of how important it is to preserve these structures and what they represent. “What draws me to this work is the fact that we have the opportunity to reflect and make relevant what history means and how it can help us with what’s going on in our world now,” said Marion. “It’s important to give the community places where they can come and reconcile questions they have about the complexities of our shared histories.” With Marion at the helm, the staff at John. G. Riley work not only to expand their role as a historic museum, but as a uniting force entwining the past, present and future to inspire others to connect to their community.

In 2011, Marion was hired to serve as the assistant director of the Riley Museum as part of a four year succession plan, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Marion’s first big project was campaigning and fundraising to build a new multi-purpose annex building and visitors center for the John G. Riley Museum staff to expand operations. The success of that endeavor has set the tone for future progress at the museum. “Our focus is not only preserving Mr. Riley’s house, but his legacy in combining philanthropy and business,” said Marion. Promoted to Executive Director in the fall of 2014, Marion works with her tallahassee woman • februar y/march 2016 36

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Karen Robertson Tookes Hotel

Born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, it was a chance encounter that recently brought Karen Robertson to Tallahassee. A successful entrepreneur who started her own business selling high-end marine life decor, it was Karen’s expertise in antiques and her work redesigning historic New England homes that inspired her affinity for historic preservation. She admits to growing up in a bubble where the injustices of segregation weren’t as poignantly discussed as they have been in southern cities such as Tallahassee, an area rich with African-American history. That bubble burst with help from Ronald McCoy, who Karen befriended less than a year ago while he happened to be visiting the New England area. “I saw him sitting at the bar and asked him to dance,” said Karen, “Later he began to tell me the story of his grandmother.” Ronald’s grandmother, Dorothy Nash Tookes, was born in Tallahassee in 1904, and was one of the first African-American women to receive a teaching certificate in the area. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education followed by her nursing education, attending both Alabama’s Talladega College and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). At the age of 26, she married James Tookes and a few years later started the Tookes Hotel to accommodate African-American travelers who were unable to secure lodging in Tallahassee during 37  tallahassee woman • februar y/march 2016

segregation. Having turned her 6-room home into 17 rooms, the Tookes Hotel served hundreds of guests during its time, including wellknown names such as James Baldwin, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles. Dorothy’s legacy doesn’t end there. A nurse, educator, entrepreneur and mother of two, Dorothy was also the founder and first principal of Bond School, now known as Bond Elementary. A remarkable woman whose achievements largely remain unknown, the Tookes family had always dreamed of revamping the Tookes Hotel. After hearing Dorothy’s story, Karen was nearly ready to make the big move to Tallahassee, but it was a trip to Dorothy’s gravestone that sealed her commitment to the Tookes Hotel restoration project. “There I saw profound words on her tombstone. ‘Let the work I have done speak.’ Those

words touched me and I immediately accepted Ronald’s invitation on this project.” Still in the early stages of restoration, Karen and her team are working diligently on turning the Tookes Hotel into a functioning bed and breakfast, event space and museum. Karen and Ronald hope the Tookes Hotel will help bring pride back to the Frenchtown community. “Frenchtown used to be a thriving area of black commerce,” said Ronald, “We just want to contribute in a way where people can appreciate the history because so much of that is gone now.” A ball of energy that is ready for whatever challenge awaits her, Karen is currently restoring the hotel garden and working with volunteers to document and preserve decades of ephemera Dorothy left behind. Despite the hard work ahead of her, Karen describes this project as the most philanthropic work she’s ever done. “I’m honored to be a part of a project that gives recognition to who I consider one of the most amazing African-American women in history.”

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Laura Lee Corbett Goodwood Museum and Gardens

It was growing up in a historic home located in Jacksonville, Florida, accompanied by the influences of her mother and grandmother who taught humanities and history that nurtured Laura Lee Corbett’s appreciation for the past and ultimately led her down a path she’s self-admittedly “born to do.” After receiving a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation and interior design as well as her master’s degree in architectural history from Savannah College of Art and Design, Laura Lee got right to work as the Main Street Manager in Lancaster, South Carolina. “I did the streetscape in the historic district, putting in utilities, landscaping and worked closely with merchants and property owners. I learned a lot during my time there.” It was 16 years ago that Laura Lee brought her talents back to her home turf, serving as the Florida Main Street Coordinator for the Florida Department of State. Narrowing down a job title is difficult for Laura Lee, who does local and statewide consulting, works as a reservist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and teaches the class “Preserving Historic Sites and Spaces” at Florida State University (FSU). In addition, Laura Lee served as Chair of the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation and is now on the Board of Directors at Goodwood Museum and Gardens where she also acts as Chair of the Spring Exhibit Committee. “The spring exhibit, From Simple to Sublime: Centuries of Settings at Goodwood, will focus on ceramics and tableware, but we take it out of the formal atmosphere to understand the anthropology of what you eat on.”

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Often misunderstood, historic preservation can conjure up the images of velvet rope and untouchable spaces. “It’s not just about preserving these sites, but keeping them functional as well,” said Laura Lee. “These are living and breathing structures.” Goodwood is the epitome of this. Functioning as a museum and popular event space, the home was assembled in the 1830s by a North Carolina man who never got to enjoy the home as he and his family perished in the sinking of their steamship en route to Florida. Since then the home has been passed around to many different families including the Tiers family who are behind the home’s most significant renovation and the Hood family who are responsible for the restoration of Goodwood as a museum and public park.

historians and those in local government who work as a team. The fantasy of working outdoors or under historically significant structures is also shattered as Laura Lee admits to spending an inordinate amount of time at the office maneuvering through red tape. “People recoil at the thought of being heavily regulated—property rights is a very sensitive issue,” she said, “But people everywhere are catching on to reducing, reusing and recycling and preservation is the ultimate recycling!” A mother to a 7-year-old boy, Laura Lee hopes educating the public on the importance of historic preservation can help his generation, and generations to come gain an appreciation of what came before them.

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The Power of “No” By Dr. Asha Fields Brewer

“I failed. I just know it.”


hat was the first thought that came to my mind when my professor asked me to meet with her after class. I was a junior in college, enrolled in a career development course. I had recently submitted a portfolio outlining my longterm goals, five-year plan, and a typical day in my present life. Until that day, I had an A in the class. I was pretty proud of this, because I balanced a premedical curriculum with church, community involvement, friends, family, two jobs, campus leadership and very active membership in multiple organizations. “I reviewed your portfolio,” the professor expressed as my classmates cleared the room. “Your goals are commendable, and your five-year plan is stellar. However, on a daily basis, what do you do to develop you?” I looked at her, puzzled, wondering if I had missed responding to a prompt related to this on the assignment. “I’m afraid,” she continued, “that at the rate you are going, you will never truly enjoy the life you have planned for. You are doing so much, in so many areas and for so many people; but what do you do for you?” I stood there, nearly in tears, as she handed me a newspaper clipping. She instructed me to read it before the next class and to be prepared to discuss my reflections afterwards. The title of the article was “Embracing the Power of ‘No.’” “No” is a simple, yet elusive word. When I see a child about to touch a hot

stove, “No!” charges from my mouth instinctively. However, when I am asked to volunteer for something, my intended no regretfully sounds more like yes. I say yes at work, so I can get ahead. I say yes to family and friends, because I hate to disappoint them. I say yes in the community, because I feel obligated to contribute. I have made such a habit of saying yes that often people no longer ask me. They just assume I will accept. This is likely why my professor suggested I read the article. I was in control of so many things, but I had lost control of my health, my sanity and myself in the process. The principal and hardest lesson to learn was that saying no did not make me a bad person. Sure, I was the best candidate to direct this year’s fundraising gala, but I had also spearheaded the gala since its inception. Had I committed to running this program for eternity, simply because I came up with the idea? While I did feel guilty initially, when I finally walked away, the sky didn’t fall and the membership of the organization didn’t exile me. I had to learn to step back, so someone else could step up. Saying no helped me to establish boundaries. I always blamed others for jam-packing my schedule and filling my life with stress. But I had to finally admit to myself, “In all of these situations, you are the common denominator. People are only monopolizing your talent, time and thought space because

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you allow them to.” I had to accept that just because I am capable of doing something, doesn’t mean I should. Saying no to others meant I could finally say yes to me. At times, I had so much on my plate that crumbs were falling off every edge. I was turning in work projects at the last minute, wishing I had time to look over them just once more. I was minimizing time with friends to squeeze in additional committee meetings. I was cutting short my stabilizers, such as exercise and prayer, because a “conference call” reminder popped up on the phone. I had to reserve time to invest in me, even if that meant trimming a few sides from the plate. Saying no gave me a more positive life experience. I became a more caring friend, a more mentally-present daughter and a kinder person to myself. Time operated at the pace I set, not at the cadence of meetings and deadlines. I had to commit to enjoying life, instead of just spending it. When I returned to my professor the next class period, we exchanged meaningful dialogue on my newfound perspective of no. Once a word of negativity, disappointment and letting people down, no was now a display of self-control, self-awareness and self-love. Sure, this professor taught me how to get more yeses out of life with an impressive resumé and strong interviewing skills. But the most important concept she taught me was the power of “no”—a lesson I could not afford to fail.

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Ann Mock recently returned from Miami, Florida, where she was honored at the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest. Her book, The Union of the North and the South, received Honorable Mention in the Romance/Christian category. The contest is held annually in conjunction with the Miami Book Fair. This year’s winners included writers from as far away as Norway and Afghanistan. Tiffany Hamilton, a broker at Ekk & Hamilton Realty, LLC, was recently elected Secretary for the 2016 Board of Directors at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors Installation of Officers & Directors ceremony. Noreen Fenner is the new owner and operator of PAC Financial Management, a full-service financial administration and reporting firm based in Tallahassee. Noreen has more than 25 years of experience working with the Florida Election Code and campaign finance reporting. She takes over as head of the highly respected company during an aggressive upcoming election cycle, with new rules and regulations implemented just last election cycle. Gloria Pugh, CEO of AMWAT Moving Warehousing and Storage, an agent for Wheaton World Wide Moving, was recently recognized for excellence in service. AMWAT recently earned Wheaton World Wide Moving 2015 Customer 43  tallahassee woman • februar y/march 2016

Loyalty Award, which is presented to agents who consistently provide excellent customer experience. The national average score is 37; AMWAT scored 71. Michelle Ubben, partner and Chief Operating Officer of Sachs Media Group, was recently named one of the “Top Women in PR” nationally by PR News, a leading industry publication. The list features the nation’s most influential women in public relations—leaders who set the agenda for the profession and within their companies. She oversees the firm’s Tallahassee practice and offices in 3 other Florida cities and Washington, DC, and is a veteran communications professional with more than 30 years of senior-level agency and government experience. Alva Striplin was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend. An active children’s advocate and former educator, Alva was elected to the Leon County School Board in 2014, and previously served as Marketing and Donor Development Director for the Big Bend Agency. Alva is the cochair for Mayor’s Family Friendly Workplaces Task Force and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA). She also serves on the Panel of Afterschool Champions for the Florida Afterschool Network and the United Way Capital Campaign Committee and is a member of the Leon County Value Adjustment Board.

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Dianne Presley retired from the United States Postal Service at age 46 and decided it was time to make a change. She knew there was more to life, and she began to pursue her passion to help others. Her dream was to open her own counseling practice, and it became a reality when she completed her master’s in social work at Florida State University in 2011, passed her national exam and founded Believe Hope Inspire Wellness Services, LLC. She is a member of the Clinical Social Work Association, the National Association of Social Workers and the North American Association of Christians in Social Work.

Her story of reinvention and reintegration into the world as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker became a powerful motivator for Dianne to find others who were disillusioned and derailed by a life story that labeled and marginalized them. She began to help clients heal from limiting beliefs, habits, fears, guilt and shame and move forward in life. Something was missing. It was the rest of their story, and her goal was to help them tell it, believe it was true and go on to inspire others as they lived their dream.

Dianne’s own story continued to unfold when her family made the decision to share their life up close with their daughter and her family here in Tallahassee. Building a thriving practice in Pensacola gave her the confidence and professional skills she needed to offer hope to others in a new city and to make an impact in the community.

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What It Means When the Woman Is the Provider By Keasi Smith


hen the economy is changing faster than societal norms, it can be hard for some couples to adjust to things like the shifting of traditional gender roles. Throughout history, men have been painted as the provider of one’s family while women raised the children and looked after the home. Each of these aspects of providing is essential, but today those traditional family roles are flip-flopping, or more often, these duties are being shared by both husband and wife. Still, centuries of these long-established cultural expectations of gender linger and cause strain in families when the woman is “bringing home the bacon.” A study conducted by the United States Department of Labor found that in 38 percent of heterosexual American marriages, the woman earns more than her husband. This rising statistic can be credited to many factors, such as the 2008 financial crisis, the increase in women earning college degrees and the rise of the cost of living, which has many families requiring dual incomes. Still, these economic and social factors don’t make it any easier for families adjusting to unfamiliar dynamics. A 2013 University of Chicago Booth School of Business study found that once a woman began to earn more than her husband, divorce rates increased. Disheartening as that sounds, if we can recognize why both men and women are so uncomfortable with this shift, then there is hope in finding a path toward understanding and adjustment.

Appreciate Each Other Money not only makes the world go round, it’s also intrinsically tied to power, ego, manhood and masculinity. Many men may feel threatened or emasculated by their high-earning wives, especially if they are left out of the financial decision-making process or are financially “babysat” by their partner. It’s important to let men know that 47  tallahassee woman • februar y/march 2016

providing is more than a salary. Husbands and fathers play their own unique role in a family. It’s vital for both husband and wife to acknowledge the other’s nonmonetary contributions.

Focus on Teamwork Women have their own unique struggles when it comes to taking on the responsibility and stress of being a household’s main provider. Studies show that high-earning women still bear the brunt of child-rearing and housework. However, it’s vital to have balance and to think of yourselves as a team. Focus less on individual income status and more on what each of you can do to make a household run smoothly and your lives easier.

Cultivate Intimacy Intimacy is based on respect and admiration. When either you or your spouse is resentful towards the other or feeling inadequate or unappreciated, intimacy lacks and relationships suffer. Couples need to acknowledge the discomfort of earning more or less than their partner and to be open to discussing this issue head on. As a society, we need to better understand one another and learn how our preconceived notions of gender affect our marriages and the roles we play. We have to know that stay-at-home moms are just as valued as stay-at-home dads and that the typical American household is changing in a society where the phenomenon of breadwinning women is only going to continue.

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FILING STRESS By Diamond Hunt-Coleman

The time for filing your tax return is drawing near, but fear not! Here are a few tips to help ease your stress and get your preparation under way.

Breathe. It’s Not As Hard As It Seems

Filing your taxes is nothing to be afraid of. It simply takes time, patience and, most of all, focus. Set aside uninterrupted time in the morning before the day starts.

Gather Your Documents

Search your house high and low for every receipt and canceled check and any document that supports your income or deductions you will claim on your return.

Sort Your Documents

Get comfortable in a clear space and separate all your documents by vendor. Once you’ve done that, separate them by their purpose (e.g., business dinner, office supplies). It might help if you use a color-coding system so that each category is readily identifiable.

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Tax-Deductible or Not?

If you’re unsure whether something is tax-deductible or not, create a color folder just for those documents and take them to your tax preparer so they can advise you.

Stay Safe

Know that you have the option to use direct deposit. The IRS views this as the fastest and safest way to receive your refund.

Review. Review. Review.

We are all human and mistakes happen. Therefore, don’t forget to review your tax return before you submit it so that you can catch any of those last-minute errors. Make sure that all social security numbers, names and your math are correct so there are no delays in processing your return.

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OUR COMMUNITY A look at the events, organizations, businesses and people that make Tallahassee a great place to live—and love.

ST. JUDE IN TALLAHASSEE A local presence with a global impact By Amanda Wallace


ast spring, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened a satellite office in the community. The hospital’s Tallahassee presence means that it can help our community be better informed about the life-saving work being done at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is based in Memphis, Tennessee. The goal at St. Jude is to find cures and save children,

and with our help, Tallahassee can be a part of the research that ends the fight which too many have lost. St. Jude uses its 33 satellite offices across the country to educate families about who it is and why it is thought of as the “hospital without walls,” says Marie Lofton, Tallahassee liaison for St. Jude. Because the hospital openly and

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freely shares all its research, Marie tells us that “treating one child at St. Jude is like treating thousands of children across the country.” Since 73 percent of St. Jude’s funds come from the general public, it hopes to make lasting connections in Tallahassee that will support the efforts being made to end childhood cancer, as well as other life-threatening diseases. In addition to donating wherever you see the St. Jude logo, there are several ways that Tallahassee can get involved and make a difference in the lives of children and their families all over the world. On February 25th and 26th, St. Jude will be taking over the airwaves of Tallahassee Country 94.9 WTNT with the Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon, asking listeners to make a tax-deductible donation to the ongoing research. An additional upcoming event is the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, a family-friendly event that takes place in 58 cities across the country. For event details and other information, St. Jude’s Tallahassee office can be reached at (850) 907-1900 or online at stjude.org.

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Lighting Up the Lives of Tallahassee Women

Contributed by Wendy Hedrick, Founder, Dress for Success Tallahassee

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”


s I write this article, these impactful words from Helen Keller ring in my head. Confidence propels us down a path to success and happiness. It is the jet fuel, the steam, the current that electrifies our lives. No matter your background, all women have lost confidence at one point or another. Whether at work or in our personal lives, we have all experienced this loss. Without confidence, we lose optimism—we second-guess ourselves and we even selfdeprecate. Sometimes, confidence can surge from the smallest gesture, from the smallest change. For many women, that small gesture, that small change is an outfit that helps them look and feel their best for a job interview.


I was fortunate to have a role model, my mom, to help me get ready for my first job interview. But many women don’t have someone to help them prepare. At Dress for Success Tallahassee, a nonprofit run by women for women, our mission is to equip women with the necessary resources and confidence to find employment and stay employed.




Dress for Success provides clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses and other resources, free of charge, to disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed women in the Tallahassee area. Through clothing and guidance, we help women achieve their goals. On October 29, 2015, Dress for Success Tallahassee held the second annual “Ladies Night” fundraiser. The event brought together women in our community to help light up the lives of Tallahassee-area women. We raised more than $16,000 this year and are proud of what we achieved. We had the help of some of Tallahassee’s best and brightest too. We wouldn’t have been able to host this great event without the support of many generous sponsors, including Tallahassee Woman, which has been a platinum-level sponsor for the past two years. Our hope is that the 2016 Ladies Night event (stay tuned for details!) will be even more successful and that we can impact even more women in our community. At Dress for Success Tallahassee, we don’t just give women professional clothes, we give them confidence and hope. And we give them an opportunity to be feminine— to feel good on the inside and the outside.

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very mother has had a sick child before, perhaps a baby who spiked a temperature or a sweet little one sick with the flu. But what happens when your baby doesn’t get better and you hear those words, the ones that make the breath catch and the blood run cold, “The doctor wants to talk to you”?

She felt within her an instant desperation to move quickly and was consumed by one thought: “not my son.” Laurie Coburn, Athletic Director at Holy Comforter Episcopal School, is a mother who was devastated by those words in 2010, when she took her son, Braden, then eight, in for an MRI to discover the reason behind his vision problems. The doctors said the word that haunts the sleep of mothers everywhere: tumor. Braden was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma, a tumor on the pituitary gland in his brain. Laurie wasn’t new to this kind of trauma in her family. Less than a year before Braden had been diagnosed, Laurie’s mother was diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is a fast-growing brain tumor. With that in mind, Laurie felt that “if the doctor says he has a brain tumor, I’m going to fall down and I might not ever get back up.” But the strength of the love she felt for her little boy steadied her, keeping her on her feet and launching her into a fierce hunt for the best treatment she could find. She felt within her an instant desperation to move quickly and was consumed by one thought: “not my son.”

Her intense strength would have to take her through the pain of saying goodbye to her mother less than a month later. Much of Laurie’s fortitude was clearly inherited from her own mother, who never gave in to self-pity. When Laurie asked her mother if she ever wondered, “Why me?” her mother answered with, “Why not me?” For Laurie, those words were a constant reminder that her child was no more guaranteed his good health than any other child. Through work, research and multiple opinions on treatment, Laurie and Braden found St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Once they were admitted to St. Jude through physician referral, they didn’t pay for anything. Laurie smiled at the way “the entire city of Memphis helps St. Jude with its mission.” The hospital will absorb all costs associated with travel to get to the hospital, treatment, housing and food so the families can focus on “getting to the next appointment and loving their baby through it all.” With Laurie’s dedication to keeping life as “normal” as she could, she continued working while keeping her children in school. Removing those other stressors helped to maintain that delicate balance in her life. More than five years later, thanks in immeasurable amounts to St. Jude and his mother’s tenacity, Braden is a healthy and active teenage boy. His struggles aren’t over, and he has residual issues to this day, such as diminishing bone density; however, through it all, he

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remains himself—a happy and generous young man. Part of his life’s dream now involves working with St. Jude when he’s older so that he can be a part of the incredible work it does for the young children who fight the way his family had to fight with him these last five years. The beauty pouring out of Laurie’s heart comes from her insistence that “you have to continue to live a normal life; otherwise the disease has already won.” Braden will never let his disease win. He has inherited his mother’s strength and will strive to be part of the generation that fights to end childhood cancer and other lifethreatening diseases. St. Jude’s Tallahassee office can be reached at (850) 907-1900 or online at stjude.org.

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ith award‐winning parks and recreation, delicious dining venues, family‐friendly events and more, it’s easy to recognize why families choose Tallahassee as their home. Community Christian School (CCS) sits on 7.5 beautiful acres in Tallahassee, and is excited to celebrate 38 years in this great community! A fully accredited VPK–12 school, CCS is recognized as a community of believers in Christ who work together to provide an outstanding education to more than 300 current students. Central to the life of the school is the spiritual formation program. CCS Headmaster, David Pinson, states, “We believe students are called to become leaders and must be trained to answer this call. Our privilege is

to daily assist families in their Godgiven work to educate students’ minds and inspire their hearts to be those leaders desperately needed in the 21st century.” As part of CCS’ unique Leadership Program, high school students travel stateside and abroad on mission trips, and middle school and elementary students serve at local outreach organizations, such as Chelsea House and Allegro Assisted Living. Excellent academic test scores reflect the commitment and effort of students and faculty, with the support of parents. CCS alumni are accepted into competitive programs nationwide pursuing film, medical, teaching, business and various other arts and sciences degrees. CCS has been featured in local newspapers recently as Tallahassee’s Girls 2A Region 1, District 1 Volleyball Champions. For two years straight, CCS high school students have won first place at the Leon County Foreign Language Expo. A group of freshman was awarded


the Best Junior Project from the State of Florida at the National History Fair contest. middle school students compete well in Mini Mu Math competitions and Leon County Tropicana speech contests. Two sand volleyball courts have been built on campus, while musicals, plays and a new multiarts ensemble deliver outstanding performances throughout the year. Whether it’s an academic, athletic or theatrical gifting, students are given opportunities to sharpen their skills as they glorify God and learn to live more fully devoted to serving the world in love. Discover more about CCS by visiting ccs‐chargers.org. CCS is located at 4859 Kerry Forest Parkway in Killearn, and can be reached at (850) 893‐6628.

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haute HAPPENINGS St. Patrick's Day Festival March 11–12, 2016 / Kleman Plaza

Tallahassee’s annual Irish Festival will be celebrating the Irish community with various festivities, such as a parade, traditional and contemporary musical performances, authentic Emerald Island fare and a wheelchair race fundraiser. For more information, visit tallahasseeirish.org.

Tallahassee Heart Ball February 5, 2016 / Civic Center

Each year, community members gather to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Proceeds from this event will assist with fighting heart disease while working towards the goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans. This unforgettable evening of hope and entertainment will last from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. For more information, visit GSATallahassee@heart.org.

Valentine's Day Soiree February 13, 2016 University Center Club

Liven up your Valentine’s Day by attending this premier event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Special guests include the world-famous Davis Gaines and Julie Montanaro as the evening’s hosts. This event will include a complimentary cocktail hour, a champagne toast, a chefinspired dinner and a rose for each lady. All proceeds benefit the Brian Jackson Dystonia Research and Discovery Program. To purchase tickets and make donations, visit valentinesdaysoiree.com.

Celebration of Women and Girls

February 19, 2016 / The Moon This fun-filled evening, beginning at 5 p.m., will include music, dance and theater performances. In addition, enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and participate in the silent auction. For more information, visit celebrationofwomenandgirls.com.

Living Fashionably Well February 25, 2016 Goodwood Carriage House

The 5th annual Living Fashionably Well luncheon to benefit Joanna Francis Living Well includes an art auction, luncheon and fashion show, featuring 30 breast cancer survivors who will showcase styles from a variety of local boutiques. Event details, tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at joannafrancislivingwell.ticketleap.com.

A Women's Pregnancy Center’s 21st Annual Walk for Life March 5, 2016 Tallahassee Automobile Museum

Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. Free and confidential services are vital to women and their partners who are facing the possibility of unplanned pregnancy. For more information on the Walk or their services, call A Women’s Pregnancy Center at (850) 297-1174 or e-mail walkforlife@awpc.cc.

Red Hills International Horse Trials March 10–13, 2016 Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park

At this equestrian event, view experienced riders and horses competing in dressage, cross country and stadium jumping. Call (850) 580-4020 or visit online at rhht2015.org for additional information.

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Opening Nights Performing Arts presents Almost There, a coming-of-(old)-age story about an elderly artist whose world changes when he’s discovered by two filmmakers. This performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and additional information can be found at openingnights.fsu.edu.

At 7:30 p.m., the University of Exeter’s A Capella Sensation will present a well-choreographed, sharp and energetic performance. Visit openingnights.fsu.edu for purchasing tickets and additional information.

February 28, 2016 Challenger Learning Center

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March 30, 2016 Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

Centuries of Settings at Goodwood March 31 through June 1, 2016 Goodwood Museum and Gardens

At this intriguing exhibit, learn about the significance of tableware from various cultures and time periods. A tea, an ice cream social and an opportunity for appraisals are also planned. A full schedule of the events and exhibit, as well as tickets, may be found online at goodwoodmuseum.org.

Springtime Tallahassee April 2, 2016 Downtown Tallahassee

Join the fun this spring for Tallahassee’s annual springtime festival. Jubilee in the Park, starting at 9 a.m., will include music, street vendors and plenty of local food. The Grand Parade, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monroe Street, will feature floats, marching bands and dance groups as it weaves its way through downtown Tallahassee. For more information, visit springtimetallahassee.com.

For more Haute Happenings in Tallahassee, visit the Council on Culture & Art’s (COCA) events page online at MoreThanYouThought.com.

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AROUNDTOWN Events • Benefits • Activities



The Tallahassee Symphony Society held an event for its members the day before their annual Holiday Tour of Homes. This event recognized the four homes featured in this year’s tour. At the event, the families that put their houses on display were gifted paintings of their home as a thank you. For more information about the Tallahassee Symphony Society and becoming a member, go to tallahasseesymphony.org. 2.





1. Tim Jansen, Stephanie Jansen, Everett Thompson 2. Andy Lawley, Mary Lama Cordero 3. Calynne and Lou Hill

4. Joan Maddox, Hollie Maddox 5. Mayda Williams, Andy Lawley, George Smith, Marci Smith 6. Fenn Cawthon, Bill Franklin, Dennis Ridley, Pam Ridley

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Veteran Women Who Mean Business Event As a celebration for the all of the amazing things veteran women have done for both our country and the community, Tallahassee Woman Magazine with the assistance of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, held a special event for inspiring veteran women in business. The women had a chance to engage with one another on their experiences in the armed forces, as well as in business. Makeup artist Fadriena Sutton of Mary Kay donated her time to pampering the women veterans by providing each woman with a complimentary makeover and treat bags. Stacy Rehberg Photography provided the women with complimentary business headshots.


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The Seventh Annual Friends of the Foundation for Leon County Schools Harvest Moon Soiree was held at the Goodwood Museum Carriage House. The event, hosted by the Foundation, included a silent auction. This year’s event helped raise an outstanding amount of support for the Classroom Grant Fund and Leon County public schools.







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THE USUAL SUSPECTS: Spring Edition in T-Town Tallahassee is known for its tree blossom-beauty in springtime. What is not always known are the names of the trees whose blooms make it so beautiful. Instead of playing a guessing game, we’ve provided a list of the usual suspects that give us their best-dressed moments, once a year.


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Chef Shac

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hether it’s the monotony of the everyday or the lack of creativity found in many kitchens since the creation of the modern grocery store, people everywhere are getting reconnected with food and its intrinsic tie to community, health and nature. This movement towards grassroots cooking is encouraged by Shacafrica Simmons, better known as “Chef Shac,” who hopes to empower her community, in and out of the kitchen. After attending culinary school in Birmingham, Alabama, Chef Shac experienced success working many executive chef positions, including at Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University (FAMU) where she served for three years. “When my time ended there, it was time to go back to my heart,” she said. “I’m an entrepreneur. I have a lot of things I want to do and see done on this earth before I leave.” Her philanthropic spirit took her out of the kitchen and into the community where she attended summits and civic events and got involved with local growers such as iGrow, an important part of the Frenchtown community. “Once you start caring about something, you start caring about a lot of things,” said Chef Shac. “For me, it started with food. First, I wanted healthy food, then local food, and after seeing what was going on in my community, I wanted to be involved in filling those spaces as well.” Her business, Chef Shac LLC., includes full-service catering as well as programs such as “Life Chef,” a one-on-one coaching session that teaches those suffering from health issues, such as diabetes, or those interested in a healthier lifestyle to use food as a holistic healing treatment, and “Empowered by Food,” which aims to help people take control of their eating habits. In addition, she has a radio show Chef Shac Live, and her monthly pop-up dining event known as the “Sensory Experience,” where food and art come together, creating a unique dining experience. A chef who is so much more than a chef, Chef Shac is always looking for new ways to unite us all with food, reminding us to “Keep It Flavorful.”

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Johnny Cakes and Sautéed Mixed Greens Johnny Cakes Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup local stone-ground cornmeal (Bumpy Roads Farms) 1 to 2 teaspoons local honey (Frenchtown Bee’s) 1 teaspoon coarse salt (Kosher or Sea) 1 egg, beaten 1 cup hot almond milk 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil

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Directions: Mix the dry ingredients, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Drop or pour on the hot, greased griddle or drop in iron skillet and fry to golden brown on both sides. Serve with butter and local honey or cane syrup. Sautéed Mixed Greens Ingredients: 1 lb collard greens (I Grow Youth Farm) 1/2 lb kale, (I Grow Youth Farm) 1/2 lb purple mustard greens (I Grow Youth Farm) 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, diced 2 tablespoons local honey 2 cups chipotle broth or chicken broth (optional) 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 cup pomegranate vinegar A few dashes hot pepper sauce (optional)

Directions: Rinse greens well in a large bowl of cold water. Drain and cut off stems. Cut leaves into 1/4-inch strips or chiffonade. In skillet heat the olive oil over mediumhigh heat. Add the onion and garlic cooking for 30 seconds. Add a third of the green mixture and cook, stirring for about 30 seconds. Add another third of green mixture and cook, stirring for about 1 minute, until they begin to soften. Add the remaining greens and cook, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes, until the greens are tender. Season with the seasoning blend and vinegar, pour in broth, honey and a few drops of hot pepper sauce if desired.

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Sweet and Smokey Chicken 2 whole chickens, cut in half 3/4 cup ketchup 1/4 cup dijon mustard 1/2 cup local honey 1/4 cup pomegranate vinegar 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon seasoning blend

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Smashed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients: 3 to 4 medium sweet potatoes 1 tablespoon oil, for coating 1/3 cup half and half, warmed 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (melted) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/3 cup local honey or brown sugar (optional) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract The juice of 1/2 fresh lemon or lime Salt to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and dry potatoes. Poke a few holes in potatoes, coat with oil and place on foil-lined sheet pan. Bake potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and peel into large bowl. Add half and half, butter and a pinch of salt and mash with a potato masher or an electric hand mixer until desired consistency. Stir in spices, vanilla and lemon juice. Serve sweet potatoes with salmon, pork or chicken and a seasonal veggie.



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and for dessert.. Pecan Crusted Poached Pear with Coconut Milk Crème Anglaise

For the recipe for Pecan Crusted Poached Pear with Coconut Milk Crème Anglaise, visit online at talwoman.com. For more information on catering or upcoming events hosted by Chef Shac, visit online at chefshac.com or send an e-mail to chefshacllc@gmail.com. 71  tallahassee woman • februar y/march 2016

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The Scoop on Chicken Salad Chick By Heather Thomas Photography by Keasi Smith

For “Best Bites on the Menu,” Tallahassee Woman samples dishes and drinks from local restaurants and offers our take on what we believe to be the best things on the menu. Rather than say what not to order, we will simply hit the highlights and hopefully help you avoid plate envy and having to say, “Hey, looks like you really out-ordered me this time.”


hicken Salad Chick is the result of one southern ‘chick,’ Stacy M. Brown, who was determined to create the “perfect” chicken salad recipe. Southern women are probably the only people who can combine tenacity with graciousness, serve it with mayonnaise, and have it taste like, well, the perfect chicken salad. The result of her search is the “Classic Carol” chicken salad recipe and it has helped to spawn 44 franchise

locations all over the south. Two of those sites—one on Market Street and the other on Apalachee Parkway—are proving to be popular destinations for the people who crave the southern salad staple. The local Chicken Salad Chick owners, Bob and Carolyn Gosselin, know Stacy personally, and feel a little like pioneers, since the Market Street location that opened three years ago was store number

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four. Carolyn worked closely with Stacy to develop the brand’s look and feel for everything from the cups and menus to the décor, which features brightly colored table cloths, candles on shelves and fresh potted plants. The Tallahassee locations feature original, beautiful photos of the city on its walls, and inspiring quotes, such as, “Good food brings people together and nourishes the soul.”

With over 15 different chicken salads to choose from, every delicious made-fresh-that-day “scoop” provides a tasteful experience to inspire any palate, along with sandwich breads, locally grown fruit and vegetable sides, seasonal soups and cookies. Here are a few our ‘best bites’ favorites.

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Several years of testing spices that are still a secret today went into this “perfect” recipe of all white-meat shredded chicken, finely minced celery and mayonnaise. The Classic Carol is used as the base of all the other flavors, so it’s a good place to start to see why it has that crave-ability factor.


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This flavor combines the tang and kick from a plate of Buffalo wings. It was served to us as a hearty sandwich, but Bob says it’s popular at parties as a dip served with corn chips or celery.


With fresh red and white seedless grapes, Fuji apples and pecans, it’s no wonder as to why it’s the most popular flavor ordered in Tallahassee. The buttery taste of a croissant adds to its appeal.

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The two side salads we recommend highly (the broccoli salad and the grape salad) are all part of what Bob says are the “3 Food Groups of Comfort Food” that Southerners combine so well—Sweet and Sassy, Fruity and Sweet, and Spicy and Savory.


Fresh broccoli florets tossed in a sweet vinegar-based dressing with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, topped with crispy bacon.

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FunnyGirl. By Sara Dreier and Shannon Postrion

Relationships are messy. Complicated. Multi-faceted. Sometimes they put us at risk for whiplash. Yet in this innate desire st for human companionship, we mu ask ourselves the question: what do I want? Romantic relationships can take many forms as they may evolve into something more serious, or diffuse when incompatibility strikes. So, in keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this relationship chart depicts the ups and downs and ins and outs of looove. Or infatuation. Maybe it’s just that you’re flirty friends. Whatever stage you find yourself in, whatever path you’re forging, sometimes you just have to step back and laugh at the mess.

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