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Tallahassee Woman Magazine | June/July 2014 |

Contents 8 Our Thoughts

44 Business and Career

10 Girl Talk

46 The Dish

Some Like It Hot

Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Sun | Great Summer Reads | Game Night for Your Next Girls Night | Seven Foods That Protect Skin From the Sun | The Health Benefits of the Color Blue | Let’s Hit the Road | Trending Now

24 Style and Grace Wedding Guest Etiquette

26 Healthy Living How Safe Is Your Plastic?

28 Home and Garden

Move Over Power Suit

Sensational Summer Salads | It’s Summer Tea Time

50 Community

Summer Fun With Your Canine Companion | Guardian Ad Litem’s First Beginnings Program

60 Women We Admire Dot Binger—Champion for Children

62 Funny Girl

They Sold Us Alien Rocks

Make Your Getaway Turn Your Bedroom Into a Serene Retreat

39 Money Talks

Investing and the Rule of 72

40 Real Life Why All the Sports?

42 Sports and Fitness

Become a Spokeswoman—Ride a Bike!

On the Cover

Page 32 The Fab Five: Women Who Mean Business Meet the five winners of Tallahassee Woman magazine’s inaugural Women Who Mean Business Awards: Karen Moore, Dr. Sharon Ames-Dennard, Carrie Zimmerman, Melanie Lee and Liza McFadden. About the Cover: Photography by Adam Cohen | Styling by Nancy Cohen

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Some Like It Hot!


n my bedside table is a book of scripture and quotes from individuals from all walks of life that contain everyday inspirations. Every recorded word from the heart is like a hand reaching out, pulling me up and lifting me higher. As I read these, my heart will swell within me, like a fuse that has been lit. On a particularly challenging day I am given the strength and the courage to pass the flame onward.

In this issue we have the honor and privilege of sharing the stories and Flames of Inspiration from the “Fab Five” cover women winners of our inaugural Women Who Mean Business Awards. The theme of the event was “Women on Fire,” to reflect the synergy, movement, and the inspirational history-making taking place in our city. Tallahassee business women are at the forefront of the recent major changes and advancements in business ownership, leadership, and community building. The echoing theme from all five of the women and the top three nominees was the firm belief that they had a responsibility to use their position to empower and further advance others, whether it is their coworkers, employees or clients and to give back to the community that helped shape their success. They all had encountered fear, but were fearless in their response to it. They have a tenacity to work hard for not only themselves, but to help those around them and resilient courage to keep moving forward despite personal or professional adversity. In fact, challenges become fuel for their fire. It’s the heat of summer and here we are talking about flames and women being on fire, which I suppose is only fitting. I have to point out here that my name has ‘heat’ in it. Don’t you love a wordsmith’s humor? As a born and raised Florida girl, I know that summer can inspire lots of ways to cool down and have fun with our family and friends which this issue offers in abundance. On that note, my children have the Disney movie, Frozen, on repeat, which might be what some of you are experiencing. My daughter particularly loves the song, “Let It Go,” because she says it inspires her to be free from fear and doubt and to celebrate her uniqueness. Whether or not you are currently a woman in business, we all have a lot to celebrate and you have a Flame of Inspiration to gift to someone who needs it more than you know. I encourage you to read all of the flames we have shared with you in this issue, to “Let it Go” and write your own and then share it with us over the summer. You never know how your words, your story and experiences can help uplift another, to give them hope and to shine a light for them to follow. A woman on fire,

Heather Thomas Editor

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ummertime is finally here. For many of us this is the time we make travel plans with our families.


While a vacation with your family is a great way to make fond memories this summer be sure to plan a weekend (or two) for you to get away with your gal pals. There are a number of great destinations that are close by that can make for a fun, relaxing weekend to rejuvenate your spirit and reconnect with your friends. Here are some favorite getaways that women shared with us. Biloxi Great shows, some gambling, and great times can be had with a girls’ getaway to Biloxi, Mississippi. Even if you don’t gamble, the hotels regularly have great concerts, feature spa amenities and there is an outlet mall close by.

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St. AUgustine Drive just a few hours east to beautiful St. Augustine for the experience of East Coast beaches and old world charm. There are lots of quaint shops, historical sights and great restuarants to make this a top girls’ getaway location. St. George Island If you and your friends just need a quiet place to get some much-needed relaxation and to soak up the sun, St. George Island should be at the top of your getaway list. With all the hustle and bustle of family life, wouldn’t it be nice to sit on the beach with your best gals, soak up some sun and read a good book? 1408 Timberlane Road | 850.668.4807

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Great Summer Reads S

ummer is the time for great easy reads that you can get lost in. Following are a few that you may love to check out this summer:

Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford When Rachel Goldman becomes divorced she must start from scratch. Quickly, she realizes she is unable to cook even the simplest meal for herself. In an effort to cope with her new relationship status, she decides to document her journey of learning culinary basics and begins her own blog. To Rachel’s surprise, the blogs a hit. Yet, unbeknownst to her fans, Rachel has yet to fully recover from losing her marriage. Will she ever get over her husband? Will she ever bake the perfect soufflé?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Narrated by Death, this book is set in 1939 during Nazi Germany. Death describes a foster girl named Liesel Meminger and her life with her foster parents, her neighbors and the Jewish man living in her basement. To cope with the escalating war, Liesel begins stealing books and shares them with the people around her. This New York Times bestseller reminds us that books can help us cope and bring us together.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra This critically adored novel is about eight-year old Havaa, who lives in a small rural village in Chechnya. After watching Russian soldiers abduct her father and her home turned to ashes, she is given comfort by her lifelong neighbor Akhmed. When the two take shelter together in an abandoned hospital, doctor Sonja Rabina unwillingly takes responsibility for the two. Through these three unlikely companions we follow a story through times of war, love and human compassion.

She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me by Emma Brockes After her mother’s death, Brockes begins a journey to explore her mother’s mysterious past, which takes her to places such as South Africa and London. Through this journey, she discovers her father’s murder conviction, what happened between her parents, and how her mother 12  t a l l a h a s s e e

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chose to live a happy and fulfilled life despite her past. Through the unveiling of deep secrets and heartache, Brockes discovers her mother as a woman of triumph.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion When Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, decides it’s time to find a wife, he creates the Wife Project, a strict 16-page survey that filters out every attribute he finds intolerable. Rosie Jarman meets all of his requirements but is quickly disqualified for her fiery personality and lack of wife potential. Still, an unlikely relationship forms when Don, a DNA expert, helps Rosie on her quest to find her biological father. This novel proves that love is not an exact science and that despite our attempts to look for it, it often finds you instead.

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very group of friends loves a girls’night out, but if you’re looking for something new and relaxing to do, try having a game night instead! Invite a group of your friends over to enjoy these simple and hilarious games.

Bunko This game is great for a larger group of friends. Bunko requires 12 players, with 4 at each table. Each round is played in correlation with the number on the die, starting with 1. The goal is to rack up points by rolling the number for that round and three of a kind wins a bunko! Play all 6 rounds and the highest score wins. Balderdash Roll the die to decide which of the five categories you will play for that round. Once a category has been picked, come up with a fun and creative answer to the question to trick the guesser into thinking your answer is right. Taboo Divide into two teams to guess the word on the card for each round. Under the word to guess is a list of words you cannot use to describe your card, so be careful or you’ll get buzzed. Apples to Apples Each round of Apples to Apples is played with one green adjective card. Choose from one of the red noun cards in your hand and let the dealer pick the most appropriate or funny noun to describe the adjective. For a less PG-rated version, try Cards Against Humanity. The Game of Things One card is chosen each round with a provocative question on it such as “THINGS…people do when no one is looking.” Each player must write a response on their paper, and the answers will be read aloud while players guess who said what. Bridge This game is played with a deck of 52 cards, and four players must make up two teams. The goal of the game is to lay down cards of the same suit in a row to make tricks. Then the —Christina Morgan bidding begins to win the game. t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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7 Foods that Protect Skin from The Sun Sun exposure is hard to avoid in the summer months. Although sunscreen is always a good idea, there are other options for sun security from edible sources. A variety of foods have ingredients that can give you natural SPF from the sun.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps counteract the harmful effects of UV light. This enzyme can also help keep your skin from aging. Also try watermelon, guava and papaya, which also have high amounts of this compound. Green Tea is an antioxidant beverage that has EGCGs,

which can prevent the growth of skin cancer as well as reduce the redness of a sunburn. Chocoholics rejoice! Dark chocolate is filled with flavanoids that aid in protecting the body from sun damage. Dark chocolate has four times the amount that tea does, so satisfy your sweet tooth!

Broccoli contains isothiocyanates, which are enzymes that have been shown to inhibit cancer. These also give a jump in generating more of the cells that assist in shielding the body against UV damage. 14  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Carrots are packed with carotenoids, which have been known to reduce the intensity of a sunburn. Carotenoids have antioxidant properties, which benefit our skin too. Salmon has omega 3 fatty acids. These defend us from melanoma as well as decrease inflammation. Leafy green vegetables and flax also have high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Citrus fruits are composed of an agent called limonene that preserve the skin. Fruits like oranges and grapefruits are also filled with vitamin C which helps kill off free radicals in your body that are produced by the cellular damage created by sunlight.

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The Health Benefits of the Color Blue E

ver wonder why the ocean can be one of life’s serene escapes? Well it may be because the ocean is blue. The color blue is a color of calmness and serenity. It has been associated with the soothing effect of the sea and the calming effect of the sky. A strategic use of blue in your surroundings has even been found to have a healing effect on the body and mind. It also has the ability to induce sleep and lower blood pressure levels. A new form of therapy called Blue Light Therapy has also been found to help treat several medical conditions. Blue Light Therapy is a form of phototherapy treatment that applies wavelengths of blue light to treat specific disorders. An article from states that using Blue Light Therapy can reduce jaundice levels in newborns, treat mood disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), help with sleep disorders and repair skin conditions like acne or damage from the sun and aging.

The power of the color blue may be even stronger than you thought. Placing a little more blue in your environment may help you achieve more serenity in your daily routines. Using blue themes in the bedroom or office may create a more calming and relaxing environment, and a trip to the ocean could heal you in ways you never —Christina Morgan thought possible.




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Let’s Hit the Road!

Travel Must-Haves for a Family Road Trip Adventure S

ummer’s finally here, which can mean only one thing— Family Road Trip! Whether you’re headed across the state or across the country, visiting family or off to the ultimate vacation destination, getting there may only be half the battle, but doing so safely, cheaply and still sane is priceless. Here are a few tips for ensuring the whole family enjoys the ride. Limit the number of toys, pillows, blankets, books, etc., each child can bring for the car ride, but limit them further when you head into the hotel. The fewer things you take in with you, the less chance something will get left behind. Even with slightly older kids, a potty training chair or camping toilet can be a lifesaver on long car trips. Take along a refillable gallon jug of water for rinsing after use. And don’t forget the toilet paper! Pack an emergency kit that includes children’s pain relievers, upset stomach medicines, as well as bandages, triple antibiotic ointment, a thermometer and even tweezers for those inevitable splinters kids seem to get. Be sure to stow a few plastic grocery bags for tying off soiled items as well. Sites like Travelzoo, Groupon Getaways and Living Social Families are great for planning a vacation, but don’t assume a discount site’s deals are the best. If you have a specific activity in mind, do some research. Destinations from Legoland to Turner Field offer family discount packages that include ticket deals with perks you may not find elsewhere.

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Ever dig through a tightly packed suitcase on the side of the Interstate? It’s not fun. Pack a small, easily accessible bag with a change of clothes for each family member in case of car sickness or a spill. Travel can wreak havoc on kids’ sleep patterns. If your little one tends to fall asleep the minute his or her backside hits the booster, you may want to consider leaving home at night. Tuck the kids into their jammies and let them sleep through the ride. Just be sure the driver gets a nap in prior to leaving home, and have a backup plan in case the adults need a snooze.

Travel can wreak havoc on kids’ sleep patterns. If your little one tends to fall asleep the minute his or her backside hits the booster, you may want to consider leaving home at night.

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Pack a cooler with snacks, drinks and at least one meal. Reducing food stops saves money as well as time, and by doling out premeasured drinks, you reduce bathroom breaks as well. When you do stop for food, shoot for a restaurant with a playground and let the kids run. They can eat in the car once you’re back on the road. The Best of the Wiggles might keep your youngest happy for hours, but if your eldest goes postal every time he hears Fruit Salad, your trip will not go smoothly. Develop a family-friendly playlist well in advance of — Amy J. Hartman your trip.

Special thanks to the women of the Kate Sullivan Elementary PTA for their contributions to this article.

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Trending Now Style— Fringe With Benefits Summer 2014 means return of the fringe. This trend is no longer just for the bohemian lady or festival attendees. This year fringe can be seen on more classic silhouettes for the more mature woman. The funky embellishments can also be found on anything from accessories to apparel. Whether your Southwestern style is being brought alive or you enjoy the masculine leather fringe there is something for every woman. The lady with a bold and daring personality should hunt for a striking fringe necklace that can be seen from across the room. If you care for a more subtle display of fringe, try a classic clutch or a purse with an attached fringe tassel. Fringe is also taking over the swimsuit world this summer. The fringe bathing suit has a variety of options, from bandeaus to one-pieces, giving you the wanted chic look. Fringe clothing is an option as well. Mainly found on dresses and skirts, fringe adds —Kayla Sim instant glamour for a night out.

This Yard Sale Comes to You Finally, there’s no need to get out of bed early on Saturday morning to beat other locals to the nearby yard sale! The Facebook group Tallahassee Online Yardsale has over 11,000 members from Tallahassee who are selling items such as household appliances, clothing, and electronics. This group is invite-only, which means someone who is already a member must send an invitation to you or you have to be accepted by an administrator to enter the group and start shopping. With 11,000 members and growing, finding a friend to invite you should be easy. The page is also useful for those of us trying to sell our own items in a way that is far more convenient, easy, and perhaps safer than sites such as Craigslist. If you’re worried about Tallahassee Online Yardsale blowing up your newsfeed, the administrators who manage the page are very strict on overposting. Other rules members must follow include that once an item is sold, it must be deleted, and no unnecessary commenting on posts you don’t plan to act on. A recent addition to the page is allowing local Tallahassee —Keasi Smith businesses to post on the page once a week. 18  t a l l a h a s s e e

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HAPPENINGS Tallahassee Astronomical Society presents Free Planetarium Show June 7, 2014 & July 5, 2014 | Challenger Learning Center

Come explore the night sky. You will see stars, learn about the constellations and view the planets. You can also test your eyesight with the double star Mizar and Alcor in the handle of the Big Dipper. Tickets are free and the event goes from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Arrive early, as seats are limited.

Downtown Marketplace Saturdays in June & July Downtown Tallahassee

Come out to listen to local authors, poets, and musicians while shopping for the freshest local and organic produce, eggs and bread. Here you can also find local vendors selling and displaying their fine art and handmade crafts. The event goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on special events that take place at Downtown Marketplace and what the market is all about, visit

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Whether you want fresh, naturally grown produce or organic honey; the Frenchtown Heritage Market has it. Enjoy live music and cooking demos while shopping. This Market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on this new market visit

Be transported into the ’20s and come enjoy dancing, drinking and hors d’oeuvres. There will be live jazz and blues. Special guests include musician headliner Jonathan Rigsby and Wall Street Journal Film Critic Steve Collar. A special password is required to get into the speakeasy, so prior registration is required. A Boardwalk Pass is $40, a VIP Empire Pass is $75 and a Defender of Indie Film Pass is $500. All proceeds will benefit the Tallahassee Film Festival. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TFFxFAME Pop-Up Speakeasy on Facebook.

26th Tri-State Juried Water Media Exhibition

Horizons—Paintings by Denise Choppin

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Through June 9, 2014 The Artport Gallery

Art lovers will enjoy this showcase of some of Florida’s, Georgia’s and Alabama’s best artists. The event is free. Hours are Monday through Friday

Come support a local artist. Choppin’s tranquil paintings capture the abstract beauty of land, water and space. This free viewing began April 23rd and

Frenchtown Heritage Market Saturdays in June & July Corner of Georgia and Macomb Street

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will end on June 9th. You can visit the gallery from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For more information visit

Theatre Tallahassee presents Harvey” June 12, 2014 Theatre Tallahassee

All ages are welcome to come enjoy this classic Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about a man and his imaginary friend, a 6-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and government employees and $10 for students. For information, visit

Ride for Hope 2014 June 13-14, 2014 North Florida Fairgrounds

The Ride for Hope 2014 will benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. Registration for the Ride will include the course ride, dinner at Vendor Expo Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, a T-shirt and a rider bag, and race component supported and escorted by the Florida Highway Patrol. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

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PEACE is a program of Big Bend Hospice to help people express in writing their wishes for end-of-life health care. A PEACE representative can help initiate an ongoing discussion that focuses on issues like: • who you want to speak for you in the event you cannot speak for yourself. • what treatments you want and do not want if you are no longer able to speak for yourself. • how you would like to be remembered by those who matter most. These desires are captured on a document like Five Wishes and a reliable system is set in place to ensure the document is available as needed. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a trained facilitator or have a PEACE representative come and speak with your church or organization, call 850.878.5310. This is a free service of Big Bend Hospice.

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Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho—Three Barbershop Harmony Shows June 14, 2014 Tallahassee Community College

Get your Disney fix and sing along to the the Capital Chordsmen Barbershop Harmony Chorus and Disney World’s the Humdingers, plus featured women’s quartet Revised Edition, as they sing popular Disney tunes. No registration required. Tickets for the one-hour 10:00 a.m. show are $5. Tickets for the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows are $5 for students and $15 for general admission. For more information, visit

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June 20, 2014 Woman’s Club of Tallahassee Clubhouse


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“Green” thinkers and those interested in sustainable energy are invited to the Energy Ball. Enjoy live music and local food and wine, and participate in a silent auction. Money raised supports scholarships for children to attend Energy Camp. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $15 for students, and couple tickets can be purchased for $45. The event is from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information on the ball and Rethink Energy Florida, visit

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June 21, 2014 University Center Club At Florida State University

The 2014 Police Ball will honor a Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) officer with the McNeil Distinguished Service award. Come enjoy the sounds of the Latin Soul Orchestra and raise money for TPD programs and activities for community and neighborhood outreach. Tickets are $50 and advanced purchase is required. Tickets include dinner. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. To buy tickets or to find more information, visit

Women's Wellness Day

July 12, 2014 Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center

The Night of Hope begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature music presented by over 120 musicians as well as an inspirational testimony by Barbara K. Linton, cancer-survivor and author of Living with Cancer.  For more information and directions, visit

This event is presented by Capital Regional Medical Center. Come out to reconnect, discuss your health and refresh your mind and spirit. Hear from physicians on topics specific to women’s health. Enjoy local vendors, a healthy breakfast and lunch, the chance to win door prizes and more. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register call (850) 325-3627 or visit online at

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pregnant or thinking about having a baby, this event is open to you. Come out for information on pregnancy health and wellness, breastfeeding, life balance and more. You will also have the chance to hear from life coach and mother of three, Erin Cox. Hear from Women’s Health physicians, mingle with community vendors and enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, call (850) 325-3627 or visit

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Wedding Guest Etiquette 7 Golden Rules By Kayla Sim

It’s wedding season and this means a lot of planning not only for the happy couple, but guests attending as well. Follow these important guidelines to be on your best behavior while helping the bride and groom enjoy their special day.


To be a great guest, you should respond to the invitation as soon as you know you can attend. Focus on the deadline they have set. A prompt response will help ease the couple’s worrying woes.

A Plus One. Guests should be clear that who is stated on the invitation is respectively who is invited. The bride and groom took much time discussing who is or isn’t invited so respect their wishes. Unless the envelope declares one name “and guest,” then bringing a date isn’t acceptable.

Attire for the Wedding.

The couple usually suggests a dress code depending on the theme and venue. Also, keep in mind the time of day the wedding is taking place. Women—white is only for the bride and a black dress is acceptable.

No Kids Zone.

Don’t presume that kids are allowed. Most weddings are adults-only, besides children in the bride’s or groom’s family. This is a time for guests to have a great time together enjoying each other and celebrating the newlyweds. After, arrange for a babysitter.

Turn Off the Phone. Imagine when the couple says, “I Do,” someone’s cell phone starts to ring. You don’t want to be that guest who spoils a special moment.

#Hashtag Wedding. More and more couples are using specific hashtags

to document their wedding in pictures from guests. While this can help capture candid moments, don’t be distracted during the ceremony by snapping pictures and interfering with the professional photographers. Save the posting until after the ceremony or once you leave.

Gift Giving.

Purchasing a gift, whether you are attending the wedding or not, is ideal. Traditionally you have a year to send a gift if you aren’t attending the wedding, but the sooner the better. Online registries are created to make everyone’s life easier. You can pick from a list of things that the bride and groom will actually use. Need to polish your wedding guest etiquette skills for an upcoming wedding? Scan this page with your smartphone. (See page 6 to learn how.) 24  t a l l a h a s s e e

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How Safe Is Your Plastic? By Keasi Smith


n recent years, there has been growing concern regarding plastics and the chemicals involved in producing plastic and what happens to these chemicals once they break down. Whether you’re brushing your teeth with a plastic toothbrush, drinking from a plastic water bottle or packing your lunch for the day—plastic is everywhere. If you’re concerned about plastic safety, keep reading to learn what types of plastic to avoid.

What is BPA?

BPA stands for bisphenol-a, which is the main component of polycarbonate, the clear plastic sometimes used to make water bottles, baby bottles and food containers. Fear of BPA comes from the chemical being a hormone disrupter. There are disagreements regarding BPA’s impact on humans, but high BPA levels have been associated with many health problems, including certain cancers, reduced fertility, birth defects and diabetes.

What does BPA-free mean?

BPA-free products are everywhere, and while it does mean the product is free of the chemical, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe to use. The product may still contain other toxic chemicals or synthetics. BPA is not the only chemical to have estrogenic activity (EA), meaning it mimics the hormone estrogen in the body, which can play a part in early puberty, obesity and cancer. Many of the chemicals that have replaced the BPA chemical are said to be even worse for the human body. In a test of products, including food and beverage plastics, almost all plastics leached EA chemicals, even those labeled BPA-free.

What happens to plastic when it breaks down?

Plastics become more dangerous when stressed with stressors such as heat and light. When heated, the chemicals migrate out of the plastic. This means you should avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles left in the sun or running these bottles through your dishwasher. When heating up your lunch, use ceramic instead. Opt for drinking your water from a glass rather than reusing your water bottle.

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What plastics should be avoided?

Bad plastics include polyvinyl chloride (V or PCV), which is used in most clingwrapped meats, cheeses and other wrapped foods you can buy at the grocery store. To make the plastic flexible, manufactures add “plasticizers,” which can leach into your food. Another plastic to avoid is polystyrene (PS), which is foam insulation and is also used for hard applications, such as cups and some children’s toys. It contains benzene, a known human carcinogen. The most common plastic you come in contact with and should try to avoid is polycarbonate, which is used in baby bottles, microwave ovenware and eating utensils. This has EA and simulates the action of estrogen, which can contribute to health problems.

What plastics are recommended?

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) is plastic used to contain products such as soft drinks, ketchups, salad dressings, jelly and pickles. This plastic is not known to leach any chemicals linked to causing cancer or disrupting hormones. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is plastic used for products such as milk, water bottles, juice bottles, cereal box liners and grocery bags. Like PET, it is not linked to cancer or hormone disruption. The key to buying and using safe plastics is to know what you’re buying, not be fooled by labeling and to keep your plastics from stressors that could cause them to become more dangerous. Throw away cracked plastic containers you’ve been using for years. In addition, try avoiding plastics as much as possible and opting instead for glass, ceramic or stainless steel in order to avoid EA exposure. There are companies out there working to develop EA-free plastics, but until then we must stay informed and choose the right consumer products.

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Make Your Getaway Turn Your Bedroom Into a Serene Retreat

By Keasi Smith

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e begin and end our day in our bedroom. The décor, the wall color, the fabrics, the scents—they all can affect your outlook and how relaxed you feel. You can create the same serene settings similar to a spa or a five-star hotel in your own home with a few stylistic changes. Colors impact your mood and so when choosing a wall color, stick to soothing and natural colors such as greens, beiges and blues. While bright colors can be beautiful, they are often difficult to relax in. If you like white walls avoid stark white and try painting one accent wall to give the room some contrast, or use a muted ivory or beige.

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Lighting in the bedroom should be simple. During the day, try to utilize as much natural light as possible. At night, a bedside lamp is great for subtle light. Make sure to pick a lamp shade that not only goes with the soothing décor but lets out the right amount of light to keep your eyes relaxed. The next step is to embrace minimalism and reduce visual stresses. Clear the clutter and get organized. Pick a few pieces of décor that you love—travel or family mementos and soothing landscapes are a great place to start—and make these your bedroom staples. Pillow ottomans give your bedroom a more relaxed feel and, with all this simplicity, don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on an array of comfortable fabrics. Also, you may have a difficult time relaxing if your fabrics don’t match your room’s theme, so keep with simple prints. Your bedroom is your escape from the world, so stash the baby toys and work desk in other areas of the home and replace them with candles, a book shelf or fresh flowers and start relaxing. These bedroom items and more can be found at Ashley Furniture HomeStore. Photography by Kira Derryberry. Do you have a favorite place of serenity or outdoor spot for summertime? Inspire us with your pictures of these favorite areas. Use #TWMhomeandgarden in your post and we just may share it with all our readers 30  t a l l a h a s s e e

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You are invited to our HOME EXPO board on Pinterest! Is it time for a home makeover? Check out our HOME EXPO board on Pinterest. Tallahassee Woman has invited local designers and merchants to pin their creative and beautiful decorating ideas and products to our HOME EXPO Pinterest board. To be inspired visit the HOME EXPO board on Tallahassee Woman’s Pinterest Site at or scan this page with your smartphone. (See page 6 to learn how.)

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FIRE By Heather Thomas | Photography by Adam Cohen


n April 30, 2014, after a year’s worth of planning and preparation—and perhaps all of the eight years Tallahassee Woman magazine has been in publication—we were able to see a dream come to life. That dream was to connect Tallahassee women in business together, to celebrate all of their accomplishments and to inspire one another to continue to strive towards making a difference through our careers and businesses. We received over 100 nominations for the Women Who Mean Business Awards from individuals who poured out their hearts in order to lift up their boss, mentor, friend, co-worker, wife and family member in ways that were profound and poignant. Our evaluation panel of five community members worked tirelessly to narrow down the nominations to the top three in each of the five categories: Entrepreneur, Innovation, Legacy, Rock Star and Service. With the historical Woman’s Club of Tallahassee filled to capacity of almost 200 attendees, the nominees were recognized and the winners were announced. Part of the proceeds raised from the event will be used to establish a scholarship fund for a future woman business leader in our community. Following are the winners, their stories and their flames of inspiration.

“Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts.” —Leo Tolstoy

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Karen Moore LEGACY After ten years in the marketing arena in the Netherlands, Germany and at Florida State University, Karen Moore decided to strike out on her own in 1992 and create Moore Communications Group. She says, “I laugh at the ‘group’ in the title from back then since it was just the three of us— me, myself and I.” Gifted with the innate ability to make lasting connections and a passion for helping others succeed, over the past twenty years Karen has created a deeply respected and well deserved legacy of servant leadership in her field and community that continues to shine bright. Growing steadily, Moore Communications Group has won numerous national awards and has become one of the largest

marketing and public relation firms in the Southeast, with satellite offices in Washington D.C., West Palm Beach, Florida and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Karen attributes this to creating a business masterpiece of essential attributes that once joined together become an innovative mosaic of networks and services that become integral to a client’s success. “We are always stepping back and looking at the overall picture and reassessing how to strategically move forward. This approach has resulted in being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing businesses in the U.S. for three straight years.” Even though the landscape of marketing is constantly evolving, being able to work with her husband of thirty years, Richard Moore, and a long-standing team of loyal and talented employees is something Karen considers to be one of her greatest successes as a business woman. “We have high standards of excellence and I give them the vision and then they are empowered to make that vision a reality.” For the past four years, Moore Communications Group has been included in Florida Trend magazine’s “Best Companies to Work For” list. Once a working mother herself, Karen says, “Our employees come first and we deeply value a work-life balance.

They need to know that you respect them, and I want to lead by example and give them someone that they can respect, to be mentored and be empowered knowing that they are 100 percent supported.” Being supported by the community, Karen feels that because of her success she has a responsibility to give back to say “thank you” and has created a corporate culture in which sharing the company’s people, time and resources is melded into the company’s framework. “We have fully embraced that this company will be a good corporate citizen and that we will give back to other businesses and non-profits.” For many years, Karen has been a board member and volunteers in numerous organizations and created the MCG Impact program in which employees identify volunteer organizations and nonprofits that they will personally commit to. Like a master craftsman, Karen looks at the kaleidoscope masterpiece she has helped to create through a vision of faith, passion and a commitment to leadership integrity. “I go to bed every single night knowing that the people in this building have, in a small way, helped to make the world a better place. Isn’t that what you really want as your legacy? That you have had a positive impact on your community, country and your world?”

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Dr. Sharon Ames-Dennard Entrepreneur Dr. Sharon Ames-Dennard was born on the move, literally, due to her mother giving birth to her in the car on the way to the hospital. She hasn’t seemed to slow down since. Her story is a celebration of how far her journey has taken her since her childhood days of picking crops in the fields of Virginia and growing up with only an outhouse and a hand pump for water. Currently she is the award winning owner of Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine and Spirits, Amen-Ra’s Book Shop and Gallery and the founder and owner of the Aakhet Center for Human Development, a private practice with a community focus on mental wellness. She is also the former owner of the Sakaara Youth Institute Independent School which ran from 1993 to 2010. Her ongoing mission is to educate and connect the community together in order to help everyone live life to the fullest. With a clinical degree in psychology, Sharon finds a direct connection of her health background to the organic and locally grown aspect of her restaurant’s unique offerings that run the spectrum of vegan to lamb to gluten-free. “Psychology

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is about facilitating the health and wellness of people. I want the restaurant to be a place where people will be introduced to foods they have never experienced before—to expose themselves to a healthier and tastier way of eating and getting access to things they wouldn’t have ordinarily. It’s a food intervention.” Nestled on Macomb street in the bustling Gaines Street district, Nefetari’s, named after her oldest daughter, has become a place for its customers to slow down and savor what they are eating and to get the ‘royal treatment’ accompanied by Egyptian themed décor, as Sharon and her husband are avid Egyptian history scholars. “We want you to have a space where you can feel like a queen or king in that time period. We don’t rush people along as we want them to have that valuable mental health time of being able to decompress and unwind.” The integrity of the slow food movement experience comes from the integrity of the kitchen. The restaurant was recently recognized by Governor Rick Scott as being one of the top twenty-five restaurants in Florida to receive a perfect score in sanitation, health and safety. Being a working mother of four children and a former educator and school owner, Sharon is passionate about youth, disadvantaged youth in particular,

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and giving them experiences that will change their perspective and give them hope for the future. “Poor is not the equivalent for being unintelligent. It was because a teacher saw something in me beyond working in the fields or in the chicken factory and in showing me another world that I strived to do better not only for myself, but for my family and my community.” An author of one book about her personal and educational experiences and working on another, Sharon embraces the struggles from her childhood and successes of being a business owner and enjoys sharing them with others to empower them. “My only competition is myself. I want to be someone that encourages others and lifts them up. We have a profit sharing plan for our employees so that they can follow their dreams. Whatever I can do to help people improve themselves is something I strive for every day. My joy comes from watching the joy of others.”

Carrie Zimmerman Innovator Walking into The Zimmerman Agency is a little like living in a black and white world and suddenly stepping into the aurora of colors and wonder of OZ and saying, “WOW!” That’s exactly how Carrie Zimmerman, co-founder and co-Chief Executive Officer likes it. In fact, the word, “WOW!” is painted in red on the main wall of the entrance to the building that employs more people than any other private, locally-grown business in the city, is the largest public relations firm in the state, and one of the most successful integrated agencies in the country. “We work hard every day so that everyone will say ‘WOW!’ We strive relentlessly to make sure our concepts, our strategies and our people bring a client’s business—its story—to life with a fresh approach to entice and engage consumers.”

Constantly creating provocative ideas for well-known brands would be daunting to most. However, as a U.S. Olympian and gold medal gymnast, Carrie seems to thrive on competition and the challenge to deliver top-notch services to an everchanging marketing and media playing field. Her training as an Olympian has carried over well to a relentless pursuit of excellence in business. “Today, we must think and create at the speed of culture. Speed of play and nimbleness are necessities. Hard work equates to success, but the definition of success must be recalibrated and re-invented, almost daily. The energy to lead is an endless endeavor.”

family, employees and clients to embrace chaos, not convention. “Being told something is “impossible” is a rallying cry for our team. Creativity should be fearless. Disruptive behavior breeds brilliance. Whether an employee has worked with us for 25 years or 2 years, everyone is an incubator of ideas and inspiration. Big thinking is not confined to age or experience.” The chance to tap into their professional expertise does not always come with a price tag. The Zimmerman Agency donates thousands of hours in pro bono work to local and national nonprofit and educational organizations to add a sense of balance to the company.

Carrie and Curtis, her husband and business partner, have been married for 35 years. They have three sons and a granddaughter. One of the most important aspects to being an innovative leader for Carrie is maintaining a youthful exuberance for life, and inspiring her

At the agency, there are numerous ideation rooms—including the Meth Lab, Beach and Ink Tank—for creative exploration where writing on the walls, desks, windows is encouraged and there are expressions of laugh out loud humor everywhere you turn. “Humor unleashes the inner child and spawns creativity since we all have a natural need for levity and fun.” At The Zimmerman Agency, being unconventional is a daily celebration. “Employees have opportunities that not only change their careers, but change their lives. Their talent is humbling to both Curtis and myself on a daily basis.” For Carrie, who “works global, but lives local,” being fearless and living life in brilliant color is something she has incorporated into a business model that has turned into a global success. “Isn’t doing things differently worth the risk, instead of walking through life being conservative and safe? If you want great success and to really “WOW!” people then you must be undauntingly fearless and you will have a surprising amount of fun along the way.”

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Melanie Lee Rock Star To the question of, “What is your position at KIA AutoSports?” Melanie Lee answered with, “Vice President and General Manager…and floor sweeper, bathroom cleaner and whatever-needs-tobe done person.” Vivacious and always on the move, Melanie doesn’t seem to know any other way to work but to work hard and to do it with everything she’s got. Since she was 16 and washing cars at her father’s Tallahassee car dealerships which they now own together, Melanie has risen to the high ranks of the industry on a national level. Melanie’s affinity for the retail auto industry comes naturally and her father also raised her and her three sisters with the belief that they could do anything. “Through my dad’s leadership and his dream for a better life for us, I would strive for excellence in everything I did,” and she hasn’t seemed to stop. In a male-dominated field that has had its challenges she is thankful for the hardships and even for her failures because she feels that they have helped her more than her successes have. “When I was 21 and managing the dealership, I had worked in every department and had the skills and knowledge, but not the experience and I made a lot of mistakes. I have an incredible team of employees who taught me how to be a leader because I wanted to be better for them. I’ve had those times that you feel you can’t go on and it’s overwhelming, but if you fight through those times the reward is so much greater.”

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Her rise to leadership rock stardom includes leading a KIA AutoSports dealership that has become one of the top producers in the nation, and she is a dedicated volunteer and board member for numerous local nonprofits. This has a lot to do with her dream of making a difference in the community that gave to her family when they needed it the most. “There were times my family struggled and I’ll never forget the people who helped. It’s imperative that we give back to the community, our employees and our customers that sustained us and keep sustaining us.” She leads the pack in the rock star fast lane with this driving force to serve others. “I make sure that when I wake up every day I’m prepared to give the very best of myself, knowing that when I go to bed at night I helped make the world a better place.”

Liza McFadden Service For Liza McFadden, every day is an opportunity to serve others in a meaningful way, and every organization and program she has helped lead and support over a span of more than twenty years has benefited enormously from her inner drive to make a lasting difference. “When I woke up 25 years ago and was an English teacher at Madonna High School in Miami, I am sure I thought that was the most meaningful thing I could—and should—be doing. When I worked for Governor Jeb Bush and we raised funds after the hurricanes to rebuild homes or created an adoption campaign to help foster care children, I know I fervently believed every minute was meaningful. So, yes, right this minute, today, I believe what I am doing is the most meaningful because we’re looking at ending illiteracy on a grand scale.” Currently, Liza is the president of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a national organization. Being a married mother of two, Liza seems to have naturally gravitated towards causes that affect children and families, and has become a leading voice in the community, state and nation for promoting volunteerism. “I’m a firm believer in ‘to

whom much is given, much is expected.’ A vast majority of people who are successful are givers and giving is a habit that is cultivated. I enjoy engaging people in what they are passionate about.” Among her many service-oriented accomplishments, Liza served on the Florida State Parks board, the United Way board, and cofounded the Teen Trend Setters Reading Mentors program. She was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Florida Foundation and founded Volunteer USA in 2007, a national nonprofit, which merged into the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. To be as successful as Liza has been in the non-profit sector, you have to have a tremendous amount of courage. For Liza, it started with an aptitude for fundraising. “I’m not afraid to ask people for something since I realized that people want to help. A lot of times being a champion and a volunteer is being able to address an

issue publicly and speaking up about what you can do to change society. Once you are willing to take the risk and jump out there to ask people to help, the more you get called on to help.” For Liza, courage is defined as facing challenges head on and to just keep going. “If you are really strong willed about what you believe in, there are times you have to stand up for what you are fighting for and not take anything personally.” For Liza, promoting literacy goes beyond just making sure everyone knows how to read. “I’m completely in love with the written word. Language defines our palette of thought and allows us to be part of the intellectual discussion of our community and our country. It connects us to one another, to share memories and even to wonder in-depth about the existence of our amazing world. It gives families and children perspective and hope for a better, brighter future that they are encouraged to take part in. Literacy can change and save lives.”

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“I find I inspire others when I do the most mundane things—when I make sure I’m home at 5:30 to be with my kids; when I show my passion for education by being the person who comes to my children’s school meetings; when I show my faith by supporting my local Catholic high school; when I tell my staff to go home when they are sick; when I travel from 5 a.m. to midnight and smile the next morning; when I’m humble and put little notes on my team’s desks thanking them for all they do; when I am tired and admit I need help. But, mostly, I find inspiration spreads because I am absolutely joyful about the cause for which we work—literacy.”

Furthering the Flame

Tallahassee is home to some of the most influential business women in the world and our cover women reflect the ongoing, outstanding efforts of women connecting to one another in order to better our community for all. In that spirit we have created the Women Who Mean Business Community. Visit the WWMB Community Facebook page to learn more about our mission, to take part in this movement and be updated on upcoming opportunities and events, or visit

Save the date October 22 will be our first luncheon—“Facing Forward: How to Make a Great First Impression.” More details and location to be announced soon.

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Investing and the Rule of 72 By Debie Leonard and Elaine Sutter


e all know the magic of compound interest and many of us want to know how much money we’ll have at a specific point in our future, for example, when we retire. But, do we truly have an understanding of how it works? Estimating the future value of an investment can require the use of complex algebraic equations, but since we didn’t all major in mathematics and generally do not have time for detailed calculations, there is a simple formula we can use called the “Rule of 72.” This tool offers a shortcut to approximate the effect of compound annual interest. Here’s how it works: divide the number 72 by the expected growth rate of an investment. The resulting figure represents the number of years it will take to double your money. For example, $1 invested at 9% would take eight years to grow to $2 (72/9 = 8). After eight more years, that $2 would turn into $4 and another eight years would turn into $8. That’s a pretty neat party trick, isn’t it?

Whether your financial goals are short-term or long-term, reliance should be placed on detailed financial and tax planning. You can control how much you save and how often you review your plan. Every tool has its purpose, so use the Rule of 72 appropriately and be sure to consult a financial professional before making investment decisions. Debie Leonard is a Shareholder of Tax Services and Elaine Sutter is a Tax Services Staff with the accounting firm of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Both are Certified Public Accountants and serve corporate, trust, estate and high-net worth clients. They can be reached at (850) 668-8100.

Let me tell you why this is interesting. Suppose you are 30 years old and you have just decided that you should start saving for retirement. You have $5,000 that you can set aside and are unsure what to do with it. In our first scenario, let’s take your $5,000 to your local bank, where they recommend you open up a savings account, which will pay 2% interest. Using the Rule of 72, you can estimate that your savings will double in 36 years (72/2 = 36). So when you are 66 years old and preparing for retirement, you can look to your savings account and see about $10,000. In our second scenario, let’s put your money in another investment that earns 8%. With the Rule of 72, you’ll see that you can double your money every 9 years (72/8 = 9). So after 36 years, your money would double four times and you would have about $80,000. Your initial $5,000 became $80,000! As you can see, the Rule of 72 is a simple tool you can use without a calculator. In reality, there are very few investments that have a rate of return that stays consistent year after year, so use this tool as an estimate only. The Rule of 72 can also be a useful tool to illustrate the different needs associated with investing short-term versus long-term. When it comes to investing, your investment time frame matters. The rate of return has a much greater impact on longterm investments than it does on short-term investments.

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By Kristin Roberts


ife in our family of seven has always been particularly hectic and I have one good reason for it: youth sports. Our family life has always been consumed with sports. Just this year, my kids were playing on a junior baseball team, an older baseball team, and a tween girls’ softball team. My husband coached two of these teams, thus requiring much in the way of behind-the-scenes equipment juggling, scheduling shuffling and pep talks. That’s six games per week for anyone who’s counting, which comes to roundabout fifty games crammed into the nights and weekends of alreadybusy school months, plus the bimonthly Sunday workouts of the triathlon team that the kids started in early April. So why would we subject ourselves to this much in the way of sports? This question was posed to me last month (or about two dozen games ago) and between repeated kamikaze Chick-fil-A drive-through, mass purchases of Goldfish and Gatorade and the hauling of pop-up chairs and snack bags back and forth across the red, ubiquitous sand, I’ve been mulling it over ever since. In LBK (life before kids), I was a grant writer for the National Alliance for Youth Sports, so I guess you could say that I was a professional on reciting the laundry list of why youth sports are important for kids. Lifelong lessons in team building, good sportsmanship, physical fitness, and camaraderie rank at the top of this list. 40  t a l l a h a s s e e

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However, not one of those is my reason for the grueling sports schedule we have willingly brought upon ourselves. Why then, you ask? Here’s the thing: I once assumed being a parent meant that I would have a front-row seat to watching my kids grow up. I believed I would be there to see the small moments, the daily interactions, the tiny successes and challenges that build into my children and successively make them the responsible, mature adults I hope they will be. I would be the primary witness. Not necessarily so. Instead, the front row seat is given to others, and I mostly run logistics. I haul my children to Sunday school and pick them up again, but do I get to overhear what insights they shared or what they learned while apart from me that hour? I drop them off at the schoolhouse and the classroom door clicks behind them. I wonder about their interactions during the span of those seven hours away. What conversations did they have? What did they learn? Did they mind their manners? Were they frustrated about something? Did they have an insightful answer or a weak reply or a helpful suggestion? I’ll never know these daily details, and frankly the hours spent away

from my sight are significant. I cannot watch them living out huge chunks of their lives firsthand; I only hear the instant replay on the car ride home. I am relegated to second, and sadly part of their lives are obscured, lived out just beyond the horizon of Mom. Ah, but in sports—in sports—that is no longer the case. It is my moment. I am not rushing around getting dinner, folding laundry, giving baths, helping with homework, answering four questions at once, or separated from them by a classroom wall. I have the liberty to take my seat, pause for a spell, hold my gaze steady and simply watch. Witness how they support and encourage their friends with tenderness when they fumble the ball. See how they summon their courage to stand before a huge crowd and dive off the swim blocks in a mad wet rush for first place. Watch how they strike out miserably, and with dried tear stains streaking their face, gain renewed hope as they walk to the plate once more. All the drama and effort of my flesh and blood, my most treasured possessions—I take it all in and come back wanting more. Hands down, the most delicious hours of my life are spent at the ball fields, pools, tracks, and race courses of this town.

I measure my kids’ growth not by days marked off the calendar or penciled notches on the door, but by the increasing arc of their fly ball from the plate, their ever-accelerating speed on the track, the seconds off the stopwatch in their 100m free, the gradual arm strength to throw the touchdown farther and farther and farther down the field with each passing year. I sit back comfortably in my portable chair—the yellow birthday present with the pop-up umbrella bought lovingly with kiddie tooth fairy money—then I fold my arms and give myself a squeeze and feel thankful for every glorious moment. And oh the drama of it all. It’s spellbinding to me. My son stands quietly in the dugout, pensive and pinched, and I wonder from the bleacher zone what he is thinking. I see how he bows his sweat-stained brow and pauses. He puts his hand to the fence, looks out over the field. I lean in a little. Then my heart lifts as a familiar look of total focus crosses his face and determination glints in his eyes. Sure enough, in the next moment, he turns on his heel, confidently picks up his favorite bat, strides past dozens of spectators and hammers a smashing bullet to bring the runners home. I take in every minute detail, both subtle and obvious, and shake my head in wonder and appreciation. There is no place I’d rather be. My daughter is only six and has a stitch in her side so badly she can hardly walk as she finishes up the run of her first-ever triathlon. I helplessly look on, fighting all instincts to run to her and wonder if she will quit. Somehow she swallows the pain between gulps of air and fast-flowing tears and finds the mental courage to finish strong. She leaps in her daddy’s arms at the finish with the jubilation only a conquered challenge can bring. And before I know it, that same fair-haired six year old is an elegant young lady, happily sprinting to the finish without hesitation in the latest running race, and suddenly in my heart I know that once I am gone, she will be okay. In this race of life, she will dig deep and finish strong. I know not because I was told but because I watched it with my own eyes. A weight is lifted. Yes indeed, these splish splash, patter-pat, pop up, curve ball, touchdown moments are worth this mama seeking out and savoring. Even if the drive-through dinner is not. Kristin Roberts is a mother of five who holds a BA and MA from Vanderbilt University. When not cheering for her kids at baseball games, swim meets, triathlons, or the latest pickup game in her front yard, she spends time reflecting on life in a large family on her blog, The Merry Go-Round.

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S Po R T S & F I T N E S S

BECOME A SPOKESWOMAN Ride a Bike! By Christina Morgan


ooking for a new way to get in shape this summer? Try riding a bike. Indoor or outdoor cycling is great for your health, and it is also one of the easiest forms of exercise. You can ride a bike almost anywhere and it is enjoyable during any time of year, especially the warm months. The benefits of biking will have you becoming a ‘spokes’ woman in no time. Cycling Torches Calories. Most women engage in physical exercise to burn calories. The elliptical or treadmill can get boring after a while so try an indoor bike or, even better, getting outside and burning your calories while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. You Can Do It On-the-Go. If you live within 5 miles of your workplace, stow your work apparel, if needed, in a backpack and engage in an environmentally friendly and healthy way to travel to and from work. This also saves you time from having to go to the gym later in the day. Tones All Over. Riding a bike is good for your whole body. If you are looking to tone, every part of your body will receive attention while bike riding. Cycling is also particularly good for your legs—it tones the quads, glutes and calves. Save Your Joints. Cycling is an effective and enjoyable form of exercise. It also puts less stress on your joints than running, so it may be a better alternative. Good Form of Cardio. Cardio is very important for every woman to keep the heart healthy. Getting 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three 42  t a l l a h a s s e e

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times a week lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Riding your bike is a great way to get this exercise in. Reduces Stress Levels. Any type of regular exercise is good for reducing stress and improving well-being. Riding a bike gets you outside and moving, which is an enjoyable and rejuvenating form of exercise that will boost your energy and leave you feeling less stressed by the end of your workout. So what are some of the best biking areas in Tallahassee? Try one of these locations or get to know your own neighborhood in a whole new way: • St. Mark’s Historic Railroad State Trail • Fern Trail • Lafayette Heritage Trail Park • Redbug Bicycle Trail at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park • Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park • Cascades Park For more biking trail information including maps visit

Importance of Helmet Safety The State of Florida requires all persons under the age of 16 to wear a properly fitted bike helmet while cycling. While it is not required by law if you are over the age of 16, you should still consider the risks involved by not wearing a helmet and strive to set an example of good behavior. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Traffic Crash Statistics Reports, between 2007 and 2011, there were 532 bicycle fatality crashes in Florida and 21,935 were injured in bicycle-related crashes. You can minimize your risk of head trauma significantly by always remembering to wear your helmet. t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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B us i n ess & C a reer

Move Over Power Suit This Stylish Woman Means Business! Professional Fashion Trends 2014 By Kayla Sim


o be perceived as a woman who means business, one must dress powerfully, with the attitude of an expert. Your work wear is a nonverbal cue that describes how you want to be viewed professionally. The power suit has been a classic staple, but according to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, its reign is over and businesswomen fashion is tapping into its more feminine roots. No matter the work setting—creative, casual or conservative— you should look your best to achieve your best. Take into consideration these trendier styles when studying your wardrobe.





Start with the jacket—no more boxed or masculine fits with shoulder pads. Choose instead a cropped or fitted jacket in a lightweight fabric, particularly in the hotter months. Make it feminine—pair a pinstripe jacket with a floral blouse or skirt. For casual Fridays, go with a tunic or shirt dress. As for shoes, flats are always practical for the work week, but opt for a more stylish trend with the pointed skimmer shoe that will add chic to any ensemble. Keep the jewelry simple—one statement piece is enough. Sophistication is achieved when you have everything you need to accomplish the job. What better way to carry all your office needs than a large bucket bag? Large in size, the bucket bag offers a plethora of choices. Opt for one in a bright color to offset a neutral-toned outfit. Try a more structured version for a more serious appearance. Use your smartphone to scan page for a PHOTO FLIPBOOK and a VIDEO of the Businesswear fashion show, hosted by Marsha Doll Modeling at the Women Who Mean Business Awards (see page 6 to learn how) or check out Tallahassee Woman TV on YouTube. 44  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Sensational Summer Salads By Sheena Ducharme


s warmer weather sets in, try some cool salads that are just as easy to make as they are refreshing to eat. Summer salads are easy to make using fruits and vegetables that are abundant in summertime. Try a fresh black bean corn salad paired with grilled chicken or a delicious avocado salad served as a side dish for fish tacos. Macaroni salad, a Southern favorite, goes great with grilled hamburgers. Summer would not be complete without fruit. Try a fresh fruit salad for a refreshing, light treat. This is not only healthy and delicious but it is sure to be a hit with the children as well. Just mix together your favorite summer fruits: watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, strawberries, green and red grapes and fresh pineapple. This makes for a beautiful addition to any summer meal.

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Macaroni Salad Ingredients:

3 cups elbow macaroni 2 whole roasted red peppers, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped black olives 1/2 cup diced sweet/spicy pickles 2 green onions, sliced 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar 2 teaspoons of sugar 1/4 salt and black pepper to taste 1/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon pickle juice


Cook macaroni according to directions. Set aside. To make the dressing, in a medium-sized bowl, mix mayonnaise, sugar, pepper, salt and vinegar. Add milk and pickle juice. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add 3/4 of the dressing to cooled macaroni. Toss. Add more as needed. Add roasted red peppers, green onions, pickles and olives to macaroni mixture. Chill for approximately 2 hours before serving.

Avocado Salad Ingredients:

2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced 1 small, sweet onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 large tomato, chopped 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 lime, juiced Salt and pepper to taste


Gently toss first six ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Black Bean Corn Salad Ingredients:

1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing 1/4 teaspoon seasoned pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 2 (15 oz) cans whole kernel corn, drained 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper


Mix together vinaigrette, pepper, cilantro, cayenne pepper and cumin in a small bowl. Stir together beans, corn, onion, green onions and red bell pepper. Toss with dressing, Refrigerate overnight.

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It’s Summer Tea Time! By Jessica Bright McMullen


hen the wind blew and the camellia leaves fell in the emperor’s cup of boiling water several thousand years ago they didn’t know what they were starting! From that initial discovery, credited to the Chinese emperor Shennong, tea has traveled the world and firmly established sweet roots here in the South. Camellia sinensis, a variety of evergreen shrub related to the popular flowering bushes used for landscaping here in Tallahassee, is credited with being the original component brewed in water to make “tea.” Herbs, flowers, fruit, spices, and other varieties of leaf have been combined in many ways to create this refreshing and restorative liquid. As the temperature rises, so does our appreciation for iced tea. Here are a few ideas to help make this favorite summer beverage even more refreshing. Sweet or unsweet? Let your guests choose their own level of sweetness (without grittiness) by making simple syrup and serving it on the side. This sugar solution will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks and can be infused with herbs, citrus or spices for even more flavor. Serve in a small pitcher with your regular iced tea and your guests can easily add as much as they like to their own personal glasses. Simple Syrup • 1 cup granulated sugar • 1 cup water Whisk together sugar and water in small saucepan. Heat pan to medium heat and stir occasionally until liquid is transparent and comes to a boil. Stir and remove from heat when all sugar crystals have dissolved. Allow to cool; then store in a clean glass jar in refrigerator for up to one month. To make infused simple syrup, add about 1 cup of your favorite herb (mint, rosemary, lemongrass, sliced ginger, etc.) before removing from the heat. Allow the herbs

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to infuse the syrup as it cools, then strain the liquid, discard the herbs and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. TIP: For beautiful, noncloudy, less bitter tea—regardless of the flavor you are making—brew according to package instructions but add just a pinch of baking soda to the container you brew in before you pour the water over your loose tea or tea bags. Don’t forget the ice!

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Though floating in your tea to keep things cool and refreshing is an important job, don’t underestimate ice. For a truly beautiful presentation, make special ice cubes (with an ice cube tray) or cylinders (with a mini-muffin pan) that are tiny works of art. Place pieces of fruit, edible flowers or herb leaves in each well of the cube tray; fill half-way with distilled water (for a crystal-clear ice), freeze for two hours, and then fill with remaining water and freeze as needed. For more flavorful ice that won’t water your beverages down on a hot and humid day, fill the trays with tea, juice or lemonade. Make these in advance, unmold from ice trays and freeze in labeled freezer-safe bags for the perfect party addition. Jessica Bright McMullen is the owner and chef of Kitchenable, LLC. Use your smartphone to scan page for a VIDEO featuring Jessica doing a demonstration of how to make simple tea recipes memorable for your summer party guests (see page 6 to learn how) or check out Tallahassee Woman TV on YouTube.

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Summer Fun With Your Canine Companion By Christina Morgan


he summer months are a great time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Tallahassee has a lot of great parks to explore, and many of them even allow your pets to join in. Bring out the whole family, canine pals included, and check out some of these locations.

Tom Brown Park

Located off of Capital Circle, this park has trails, hills and a dog park for you and your pet to enjoy. The dog park includes two fenced in areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs.

San Luis Mission Dog Park

This dog park has one large fenced-in area for dogs of all sizes. The park also has several miles of wooded trails for hiking with your pet.

Wakulla Springs

This state park is located near to Tallahassee and is home to one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. The entire family can enjoy the swimming and trails, your pet included.

Lake Talquin State Park

This park offers a large lake and many miles of hiking trails that offer access to the lake. Lake Talquin also provides campsites, so take a weekend getaway with the family and pets to enjoy this location nearby Tallahassee.

Cascades Park

Located on Gadsden Street, this park has 17 beautiful trails for you and your pet to explore together. Also check out Imagination Fountain while you’re there, with over 60 jets and an area for water play too. 50  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Southwood Storage recently donated a unit to GAL’s nonprofit 6 organization, Child Advocates II. With this facility, CA II4and the 5 GAL program were able to start the project and collect resources to provide the essentials for a home, including furniture, bed frames, dishes, sheets, towels, etc. The storage unit will be turned into a “store” where youth can visit and “shop” for their household needs. The goal is to provide every youth with a fully furnished home to gain their independence and create a good foundation to succeed in the future. The project has already received community support, with Mattress Firm donating a number of beds. “We understand this makes a huge difference,” said manager Erika Rix. “It is a way to give back to our community.” The GAL program hopes that other members of the community will support it as well and help these youth become successful and productive citizens. “It’s about giving them something we all need—a place to call home,” says GAL recruiter Sara Blumenthal. To make a donation or to get involved, visit GAL online at

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AROUNDTOWN Special Events • Speakers • Benefits • Activities

Women Who Mean Business Awards

Tallahassee Woman magazine presented their inaugural Women Who Mean Business Awards to celebrate and recognize inspiring and influential businesswomen in the Tallahassee community. A portion of the proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship fund for a young woman in our community who is pursuing a business or similar degree in college.


2014 Women Who Mean Business Award winners (from left to right): Melanie Lee, Dr. Sharon Ames-Dennard, Karen Moore, Liza McFadden and Carrie Zimmerman








1. Jeff Keckler, Kelly O’Keefe, Michele Lamar-Acuh, Kelly Layman, First Lady of Florida, Ann Scott 2. Marsha Doll, Anna Johnson, Jane Marks 3. ReAndra Clayton, Marcia Warfel 4. Kim Jones, Trica Montgomery, Kelley Hutto 5. Dedra Mitchell, Hope Gaines, Elizabeth Ekk, Tiffany Hamilton, Karen Gillispie, ReAndra Clayton 6. Nancy Cohen, Tanya Wilkins, Adam Cohen 7. Beth Overholt, Jessica McMullen 8. Kelly O’Keefe, Mary Bebout 9. Louis Martin, Becky Healy, Melease Jackson 10. Brigit Houk, Lauren Thurman, Juli Sumner 11. Jason Flom, Aliki Moncrief, Andrea Kocourek 12. Barbara Pople, Emory Mayfield, Diana Cureton 52  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Do you want to see more about this event? To view the flipbook and a video clip of the Women Who Mean Business Awards scan this page with your smartphone (see page 6 to learn how) or visit Tallahassee Woman TV on YouTube.

“It’s A Mother / Daughter Thing” Janette & daughter, Tina, Actual Patients of Dr. Thomas E. Oppenheim

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Choose Dr. Oppenheim To Change Your Life “We plan weddings, get-togethers and holidays together. That means chatting with guests, spontaneous laughter and huge smiles. But more than the perfect dress and the decorations, it’s our beautiful smiles that everyone notices and remembers. Dr. Oppenheim changed our lives.” Janette and Tina

• His patients have appeared on the cover of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry an unmatched eight times. • He’s won ten consecutive AACD* smile competitions. • He’s one of only fifty AACD Fellows worldwide. • And, he’s right here in Thomasville, GA just waiting to change your life as well.

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Garden Party



More than 200 guests gathered April 10 at the Mettler home at Welaunee Plantation on a beautiful evening for the Spring Garden Party. Donations to the event were made through the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation to benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. Proceeds will be used to provide services directly to cancer patients.








1. Paula Smith, Samantha Boge, Judy Gray 2. Tillie Allen, Jackie Mustian, Mollie Hill 3. Collins Proctor, Jerry Ford, Jeff Merrill, Kiki Dunton, Clarice Secreast 4. Frank Skilling, Karen Skilling, Janet Borneman 5. Sid Bigham, Stan Barnes, Tim Schoenwalder

6. Bri Smith, Debbie Huey, Trish Amos, Ali Kelly 7. Nan Hillis, Gail Wray, Erin Ennis 8. Cassie Conn, Patrick Conn, James Yearty, Ginny Yearty 9. Duncan Moore, Mary Ann Moore, Bob Burleson, Beverly Burleson

A Chocolate Affair

Tallahassee’s Covenant Hospice hosted their 5th annual A Chocolate Affair where attendees sampled treats and signature desserts from local bakeries and restaurants, participated in a silent auction and enjoyed dinner, food, and dancing. All proceeds go to supporting the caring services at Covenant Hospice including children’s support, bereavement services and indigent care. 1.



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1. Susan Weaver, Jackie Wilson, Mamlie Jones, Carole McDaniel Carter 2. Scott Whitehead, Edna Whitehead, Betty West, Linda Sturgeon 3. Rick Stewart, Carole Stewart, Barbara Rumsey 4. Elizabeth Schlein, Diane Sullivan, Jessica Duncan 5. Brittany Wortkotter, Megan Dunaway 6. Michelle Hayse, Kelley Rayboun 7. William Tully, Ellen Amato



Boys Town Gala

Boys Town of North Florida recently held their 11th Annual Spirit of the Youth Gala and invited guests to “Swing It for Boys Town.” The event included a silent auction, a Spirit of Youth celebration, and dinner. Every year this gala helps raise funds the program needs to help children and families succeed regardless of their circumstances and celebrate the young boys and girls of Boys Town that have overcome so much in their youth. For more information on Boys Town of North Florida, visit online at 1.








1. Kevin Sokolow, Mary Jayne Sokolow, Jim Williams, Dena Sokolow, Jay Payne, Ann Gabor, Nikki Diamantis, Larry Sokolow, Beverly Sokolow, Emily Chase, April Gabor, Ken Cashin, Lisa Chase, Billy Gabor, Andrea Diamantis, Chris Diamantis 2. Tim Jansen, Dr. Joe Camps, Ken Cashin 3. Kimberly Crowell, Jane Marks, Mayor John Marks, Dr. Audra Pittman, Sean Pittman, Kim Rivers, J.T. Burnette 4. Rudy Rowe, Kari Rowe, Suzy Phipps, Mary Jayne Sokolow, Kevin Sokolow, Deavin Gibbs, Allen Durham, Patty Durham 5. Suzanne Cognetta, Dr. Armand Cognetta, Dr. Jana Forsthoefel, Dr. Michael Forsthoefel 6. Bill Moor, Mary Moor 7. Alex Media, Crystal, Nathan, Kaylee, Leslie Reithmiller 8. Emily Chase

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15th Annual USTA Tallahassee


Tennis Challenger


As the only professional USTA tour event in Florida, some of the world’s best tennis players met in the Big Bend area for the 15th Annual USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. The USTA Tallahassee Challenger is a men’s professional Challenger series event. Proceeds from the event go to the D. Mark Vogter, M.D. Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. For more information on the Tallahassee Challenger event, visit online at 4.


1. Annie Kelley, Susan Ragsdale, Jennifer Bertsch 2. Marybeth Dye, Heidi Sieloff 3. Ken and Becky McAlpine 4. Mark Marple, Janet Borneman 5. Pam Johnson, Carol Herndon


Spring Fling: Under a Manhattan Moon


Big Bend Hospice and Tallahassee Nurseries hosted this New York inspired evening where hundreds of guests enjoyed food, dancing, and even fireworks. All proceeds from the even benefit services provided by the Big Bend Hospice. For more information about the Big Bend Hospice, visit online at 2.



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1. Rick Carroll, Mary Carroll, Martha Coppins, Mike Coppins 2. Andrew Marcus, Annie Prescott, JoAnn Prescott, David Prescott, Martha Beasley, Jim Beasley, Kay Dick, Scott Dick 3. Susan Mertz, Amanda Kollar, Laurie Jones 4. Anna Bertolucci, Wilma Lauder 5. Kathy Arrant, Harry Graham, Nancy Gavalas, Meg Moneyham 6. Connie Palmer, Dee Hansen, Susan Turner, Cricket Mannheimer


The annual Rock the Pink event raised money for the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center. The funds raised go towards providing women with the guidance needed during cancer treatment and support for services such as detection and treatment of breast cancer. Complete with fun lip-sync performances, a silent auction, and a delicious bake sale, Rock the Pink is a family-friendly event that raises money for a great cause and has fun doing it.Â

1. Rosie Greek Laurie Alexander Carrie Donohoe



2. Sarah Evans Jeff Slanker Cara Worth Elizabeth Davis 3. Inell Love Kelvin Kelly Caralgn Kelly 4. Nina Ashenafi Richardson Sherry Phillips Babs Rousseau



5. Kathy Carnley Georgia Carnly Michelle Bryant Gary Bryant 6. Mattison Sherer Matt Sherer 7. Maddy Hughes Erin Giblin Sherri Dreher Veronica Gall Brittany McChesney Marisa Welch Kendal Bungert Elianna Armas



8. Judi Taber Felicia McCoy Brianna Neser LaTanya Townsend



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Sharon Davidson was promoted to the position of Volunteer Department Manager at Big Bend Hospice. In her new role, she will supervise all Big Bend Hospice volunteer activities and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

Pastor Elect DeLoris Myrick was recently installed at In His Presence Cathedral of Praise. Pastor Elect Myrick is the founder of Audacity to Hope Ministries, Inc. and has traveled across the nation spreading the gospel for the past 40 years with the Westcoast Ministry.

W AT C H Latasha Howard, an elder, worship leader and member of Greater Blessings Tabernacle of Praise, is the founder and director of “The Experience—Praise and Worship Group” which travels the nation ministering to others. Soon Latasha will host “Praise in the Park Day” which includes praise, prayer, music and food for the Tallahassee community. Allison Harrell received the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals Golden A.C.E. Award in the finance category. Allison has over twelve years of experience with auditing governmental, not-for-profit, and for-profit entities and is currently a Director in the Assurance Services Department at Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A.

Karen Cone, owner and primary mediator of the Mediation Center of Tallahassee, recently added Appellate Mediation Certification to her qualifications. Karen is certified in all five types of mediation recognized and certified by the Florida Supreme Court (county, family, circuit, dependency and appellate).

Terri Jackson, CFP is celebrating the anniversary of Jackson Financial Group (JFG). For 15 years, JFG has served Tallahassee families and is looking forward to many more years of continued service.

Shannon Pararo is the new owner of That’s Mine! Monogramming and Gifts on Market Street. That’s Mine! offers personalized gifts for babies, brides to be, wedding parties, linens for the home and more.

Amber Brogdon recently launched her business as owner and photographer of Amber Brogdon Photography LLC. Amber is an on-location natural light photographer in Tallahassee specializing in children and families.

Meghan Kelly has been named President of the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals. In her role Meghan will continue to support young professionals in our community by highlighting the best Tallahassee has to offer, making our city the best place to live, work, stay and play.

Christy Jennings Miqueli, owner of Christy Jennings Creative, is celebrating her fifth year in business. Christy Jennings Creative, a graphic design company, specializes in branding, advertising, print and web design. Christy is also the graphic designer for Tallahassee Woman magazine since 2010.

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Kim Tabah recently joined the team at Kessler Construction, a residential custom builder. As Construction Stylist, she guides clients through the design and selections process. Kim is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in business.

Vicki Catsimpiris, an agent of State Farm Insurance, won the Diamond Circle of Excellence Award for the second year in a row as the top woman professional from the Women in Insurance and Financial Services organization.

GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Midtown recently elected new leadership for the organization: Whitney VanLandingham, President; Brittany Butler, Vice President; Megan Doherty, Treasurer; and Kate McElreath, Secretary. GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Midtown is a non-profit community service club whose mission is to elevate people, enrich lives and connect the community by educating, outreaching and volunteering.


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CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN By Amy J. Hartman | Photography by Kira Derryberry


or many, retirement is a time to wind down. But for Dot Binger, staring down the pike at retirement simply offered an opportunity to continue a lifetime of service. For fifty years, Dot was a teacher in high school and university levels. She’s always been very active in her church. She’s served on numerous committees and boards throughout Tallahassee including the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls, of which she was a founding member. Dot was working as Director of the Applied Sciences Division at TCC when the Director of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program came to speak to students in the Legal Assisting program, hoping to recruit new volunteers. Dot sat in on the presentation and decided Guardian ad Litem would be an organization worthy of her time once she retired. According to the GAL website, a program volunteer is “a specially trained child advocate whose dedicated advocacy ensures a dependent child’s safety, well-being, best interests and permanent placement.” He or she “serves as the ‘voice for the child’ in judicial dependency proceedings and in helping the child navigate the foster/relative care system.” It’s a tall order. A few weeks after her first introduction to the GAL program, Dot attended a new volunteer training, with the thought of completing the required 30 hours of training for certification in advance, so she’d be able to start once she retired. But, like most ardent volunteers, an attempt to “just get [her] feet wet” turned into Dot’s first case assignment for the 2nd Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem program. That was 25 years ago.

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The 2nd Judicial Circuit GAL program serves children in Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties. To date, Dot has been the voice for about 85 children, ranging in age from 1 day old to 17 years. She’s been known to work upwards of 20 hours per week on her assigned cases.

“Sometimes you make a turning-point difference,” she says, “other times you aren’t sure. But if you keep on doing what you’re supposed to be doing, eventually, you’re going to make a difference.” Of the many cases of which she’s been part, some have gone on for years. Others have been closed only to be reopened time and again as the child’s home situation has changed. But the thing that keeps Dot volunteering in the program is the potential for making a difference in the life of a child. “Sometimes you make a turning-point difference,” she says, “other times you aren’t sure. But if you keep on doing what you’re supposed to be doing, eventually, you’re going to make a difference.” It isn’t always easy but, she says, “You must maintain a line of objectivity. And at the end of a case, you let the child know you’ll always be there for them if they need you. You keep them all in your heart and, even if you never hear from them again, they become a part of your life in that sense.”

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When Dot’s phone rings, she never knows who might be calling. It could be one of her four grown children, two adopted and two foster, or one of her grand or greatgrandchildren. It could be one of her high school friends calling to discuss the annual class of ’42 reunion. It might be one of the many friends she made during her years of teaching and serving on boards. But every so often, when the phone rings, the person on the other end is a child she once gave a voice, calling to say thank you. t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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FunnyGirl. They Sold Us Alien ROcks By Cheryl O’Donovan


elebrities vacation on the French Rivera and cavort in skimpy bikinis. Later,they’re featured in a gossip magazine, “Who wore the sunburn best?” Other famous people opt for a wintry vacation, skiing down snowy peaks, the scent of Colorado pines in their nostrils. We go as far as a full gas tank allows. My children’s bladders shrink to the size of a MilkDud on road trips. We stop at a gas station. Meandering down the aisles, I see cheese molds shaped like dairy cows with rye cracker picket fences. And do authentic moccasins really have plastic fringe? As I stagger down the chips aisle, my bladder still numb because my husband no longer believes in bathroom breaks, I hear my children talking.

But somehow, we end up here, at a popular tourist trap, at the smeared door of “Alien World” with two 1972 lava lamps and a silver mannequin. Ahhh. Toxic spray paint fumes. Must simulate the gaseous atmosphere of Mars. “Alien World” has a new exhibit. Oh-oh.

Then there is a crash.

“Moon rocks,” my oldest son says, awestruck.

Great. My children knock over a display. The store owner glowers. As restitution, I offer to buy a “Good Lovin’” bracelet, a carving of an outhouse, and five key chains to states I will never visit.

I know what the moon rock makers did. They found the concrete crumbles from Highway 21’s renovation and set up a sweat shop in Earl Ray’s garage. Each chunk was dipped into cheap glue, rolled in sparkles, marked with a T and put into the oven for Chumpy and me. Oh, we parents know why we do this. Why we sit through animated movies and awful sequels, why we sacrifice our stomachs on carny rides.

We reach our destination and unpack. We’re cooped up in a motel room no larger than a port-a-potty. Any waking moment spent here will have my husband and I trying to choke each other over the remote. Wisely, we leave and explore. We park near the “Homemade Fudge” sign and trudge on sizzling sidewalks with other lost souls. Hot, irritable, hair frizzed, we look like we’re in custody with no soap or shower privileges, rather than on vacation. Every year, I vow we’ll spend more time among shade trees, rolling hills and trickling streams. A serene place with stunning natural vistas, where there is hope for my husband’s road rage. 62  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Why we buy moon rocks. One beatific grin, one exclamation that this is the coolest place ever, and the parent’s hooked. You’re a rodent in the maze who endures the electric shock, just so you can see the smile. As we leave “Alien World,” I pass the smug attendants. They just scalped us for an eighty dollar admittance. They snicker. Because they know. We’ll be back next year.

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Saturday, July 12 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center 555 West Pensacola Street • Free Event To register: (850) 325-3627 or visit

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June-July 2014 Tallahassee Woman  
June-July 2014 Tallahassee Woman  

This issue we feature the five incredible businesswomen who were the winners of the TWM Women on Fire Awards. Plus, we have many other great...