August-September 2012

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Look Cool & Fresh When the Heat is On

The Future Looks


Generation of Tallahassee Women

August/September 2012

Laura Rogers

Reflecting the Spirit of Leadership

Who Says a Girl Can’t Grill? Garden Grilling 101

Food Pairings

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Health Benefits

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Contents Ta l l a h a s s e e W o m a n M a g a z i n e | A u g u s t / S e p t e m b e r 2 0 12


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On the Cover

Laura Rogers—The Building of a Leader Laura Rogers promotes leadership in the community by example, as she bridges the gap between observer and stewardship.



Great Expectations—

The Next Generation of Tallahassee Women

The future is looking bright for Christine Heery, Rachel Brownstein, Hillary Freesmeier, Zemoria Johnson and Jessica McKenzie.

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Homeward Bound

While putting down her own roots, Jeannie Beetsma is helping to provide a home for the animals of the Jefferson County Humane Society.





Our Thoughts


Girl Talk


The Dish


What Women Should Know


Community • The Women for Florida State University (W4FSU) • Put on Your Pink Bra Campaign • The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation

Living in the Moment

Fashion, wellness, beauty, knowledge and more.

A Girl, a Garden and a Grill

A special advertiser section covering topics that every woman should know about.

Cards for a Cure 2012 Honoree, Darcy Cavell

About the Cover | Photography by Adam Cohen | Styling by Nancy Cohen | Makeup by Randi Buchanan and Co. | Jewelry: Cuff and bangles provided by Gidgets. Antique ring provided by Roberts Jewelry and Design. 4  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Women We Admire


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Dr. Jayne Standley: The Power of Music—Helping the Tiniest Patients Thrive

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I N E V E R Y I SS U E Capital City Gems 16 | Around Town 54 | Women to Watch 58

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Living in the Moment

Living Well and Loving Life! August/September 2012 Volume 7 | Issue 4

Publisher Kim Rosier Editor Heather Thomas Advertising sales Director Lynn Solomon

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” —John Lennon

GRAPHIC DESIGN Christy Jennings Miqueli INTERNS

Lauren Vonderharr • Jamie K. White


ne of the reasons that I just love the summer is the unscheduled time that I have with my family. During the school year, the days always seem to be so busy with school activities, homework, and other events that fill our days and evenings. I learned early on as a parent that, to survive, I really had to have a plan to keep all things in check. Although having a plan has helped me to navigate my life (which I have appropriately dubbed as organized chaos) I found that many of my best moments in life have been spontaneous and unplanned. These moments usually involved my family or my friends, and have nurtured the precious relationships that I have with each of them to another level. Whether a funny comment or a moment shared of heartfelt emotion, those little moments when we connect with others are, ultimately, what really matter. The importance of our relationships with others and our community is a concept that is embraced by many women around us, including the next generation of Tallahassee women, whose stories we share with you in this issue. Each of these young women, many just out of high school or barely out of their teens, have shared with us their future plans for how they plan to give back to our community, and are already on the road to success. They are all amazing women who have so much to offer and are shining examples of how we should not underestimate the positive impact that the next generation will have on our lives and in our community in the future. On our cover is Laura Rogers, a dynamic woman whose commitment to our community over the years (particularly to the youth) has been unwavering. Laura shared her story which both inspired and left us in awe of how one woman’s plans can positively impact so many, but whose flexibility and openness to others helped her to achieve greatness in her leadership skills. For Laura, leadership was a natural progression in her life as she instinctively put the needs of others first, resulting in stronger bonds along the way. So, as another school year begins and we head into the busy days of fall and the holidays, I will be making my plans to keep ahead of it all. However, I will always leave a little wiggle room for those unplanned moments that always seem to make the day a bit brighter.

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Secrets to Looking Cool and Fresh When the Heat is On

Cool, autumn weather is on the horizon, but summer’s heat is lingering. Don’t let high temperatures and humidity sabotage your style. Incorporate into your routine some of our beauty and style tips specifically tailored to handling the heat and outsmart Mother Nature. HAIR

Play up your natural texture. Tallahassee humidity can wreak havoc on your tresses, and taming your mane can easily consume your morning routine with little progress. The fix? Don’t fight your hair’s natural tendency—if your locks are naturally curly, put away the straightener and embrace your natural texture. Waves will subtly hide and smooth strays. Lock in your style with a lightweight gloss and if necessary, a no-fuss braid. Dry shampoo. Dry shampooing can help reduce damage and keep oil at bay. Apply baby powder to the roots for oil control, lift/volume and a fresh scent throughout the day. 8  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Heading to the pool? Avoid chlorine damage by presoaking your strands in purified (or tap) water and seal the ends with a leavein conditioner. This prepool ritual will keep hair from absorbing harmful chemicals that typically leave hair dry and brittle. Hats are a girl’s best friend. Assuming you’re not headed to the office, hats can conceal even the most unruly hair, while providing extra sun protection. Opt for a wide-brimmed hat that can also shade the delicate skin on your neck and shoulders. For around town, baseball caps are a classic that work well with a preppy ponytail looped through the back.


Multitask your makeup. Instead of layering on primer, powder and concealer (only to sweat it all off later) swipe on one product that does it all. Tinted moisturizers with SPF work triple-duty to moisturize, even out your complexion and protect against UVA/UVB rays. Also, even if the pool or beach is not on your radar, make sure to wear waterproof eye products to avoid melting in the heat. Waterproof eyeliner and mascara can guarantee crisp lines that withstand humidity and sweat all day. Oil control. Although powder foundation controls oil to an extent, high heat and humidity can require a touch-up (or two) throughout the day. Instead of applying another coat of powder (a habit that can actually spread bacteria and increase the chance of breakouts), use blotting tissues. Witch hazel and tea tree oil varieties of these handy sheets typically come in packs of twenty and can easily slip into your purse for subtle touch-ups. Dial down the perfume. It’s not your imagination; your perfume actually gets stronger in the summer. Body heat and higher temperatures cause perfume to become more pungent. To avoid headaches, transition to a lighter, floral scent rather than a heavy musk.


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Go light. We have all heard that lighter colors absorb less heat, but recent studies have found that the lighter hues actually repel summer pests like mosquitoes! Light, relatively loose-fitting garments are the key to staying comfortable and free of bug bites. Summer Dress Stress. If you think this casual classic doesn’t flatter your body type, think again. Choosing elements that highlight your best features is key. Be aware of the waist—fuller, hour-glass figures can benefit from a style that cinches just above the navel, while “apple” figures will look svelte in an empire waist that hits just below the bust. Also, make sure the length is appropriate and that the hem grazes the slimmest part of your leg (typically below the calf or just below the knee). — Lauren Vonderharr

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G i r lta l k | FA S H I O N

Fall Colors and Trends Preview


lean lines and classic silhouettes, complemented with bold accents are giving fall fashionistas something to shop about. This season, your closet should think like Kate Middleton and show off like Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s time to wind down from those hot corals and dreamy blues of the summer and into a mixture of colors, plaids, faux fur, and creative textures that scream “sassy sophisticate” at the office, at home and on the town. This season, royal blues and muted pinks accented with gold jewelry are classic and beautiful without being too old-fashioned. Burgundy is wildly popular, showing up in many fall runway designer’s collections. Conservative skirt lengths paired with a chiffon top and the clean lines of a cropped blazer are the perfect look for the office. Texture is very important this season. Lace-embroidered skirts and dresses are a lovely look, but don’t get too carried away, since “less is more.” Choose simple, staple items accentuated by bolder pieces such as a chunky, chartreuse necklace or a striking hot-pink skinnybelt. Those pops of color are necessary when selecting your wardrobe—your look will be timeless yet simultaneously chic. The makeup palette should be a natural look, with more eyeliner and less bronzer than the summer. These clean, conservative, yet contagiously trendy looks will help to make you the most polished gal in the capital city. Be on the lookout for TW’s October-November issue, which will showcase the best looks of the fall and winter seasons from local shops and boutiques. —Jamie K. White

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Crows’ Feet, Cupcakes, and Cellulite In true late-to-the-game fashion, I have recently fallen in love with Pinterest! It ranks up there with the likes of getting to meet Johnny Depp, the best dessert you ever ate, and your husband doing all laundry and cooking for an entire month. What is Pinterest, you ask? Think of it as a virtual “pin board” that lets you organize and share the things you love on the Internet. During your web perusing, if you stumble upon a pair of shoes you’d like to add to your wish list, a makeup trend you’re dying to try, or a recipe you’re thinking about making, simply click your “pin” button (which lives on your browser toolbar) and, voila! That image and web link is then added to your designated Pinterest board and your “pin” will be at your fingertips in a nice, neat, organized fashion forever. (Insert cries of joy here!) I lovingly refer to my Pinterest addiction as a totally productive time suck. Once you start “pinning,” you’ll know why. You can spend hours and hours surfing (and pinning) and by the end of your Pinteresting session, you’ll have pinned three new products you can’t live without, made four new online friends, and learned how to make crocheted butterfly adornments. (I mean, really... how did I ever live without Pinterest?) Would you like to be come a killer baker? How about a top-notch party planner? Ever thought about taking up Cross Fit? Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at gardening. The sky’s the limit with Pinterest. From hair and beauty to sports—this virtual corkboard will allow you to tap into any topic you wish. Oh, and did I mention that you get to connect with fellow pinning enthusiasts by following or getting followed? Hey, anyone who loves skincare products is most certainly a friend of mine. (It’s sort of like a social media version of Field Of Dreams...if you pin it, they will come.) And there’s nothing more rewarding than when one of your pins gets “repinned” by boatloads of Pinners. Total Pinterest nirvana. Still need convincing? Here are six reasons to get on the pinning bandwagon:



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You’ll automatically become clever (e.g. when your guests oooh and ahhh over the lemon and lime ice cube idea you got from Pinterest)

You’ll tap into creativity that you had NO IDEA you had (that DIY braided scarf you made via Pinterest’s DIY section is rocking your fashion world) 12  t a l l a h a s s e e

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You’ll become a kick-butt cook (next time your mother-in-law knocks your cooking you can make her eat her words when you bust out the chocolate crème brulee that you caramelized with a mini blow torch)


It’s visual “eye candy” (who knew one could find an image of bacteria as visually entertaining as bacon wrapped pretzels?) 6.

It’s like Xbox for women (video-game playing hubbies: eat your hearts out)

If you’re already an expert Pinner, then this is all old hat to you and you’re already in the pinning know. Oh, how we love you, Pinterest. I am convinced the phrase “are you pinning” will become as commonplace as “Tweet me.” (Whew. Thank goodness I’m no longer a novice!) There. Now you’re versed in Pinterest and ready to try your hand at the art of the pinboard. And if you’re already on Pinterest, follow me and let’s swap pins! Happy Pinning.

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Power Couples in the Kitchen

How Specific Food Combinations Can Provide Superior Health Benefits


ecent studies are showing that pairing certain foods together during meals can actually amplify their individual nutritional values. “Food synergy” at its finest can yield remarkable results such as glowing skin, more brain power and stronger bones. Plan your meals accordingly and get bigger nutritional bang for your bite. • Cherries + Almonds = Reduced Soreness After Workouts Aspirin, move over! The natural anti-inflammatory properties found in cherries paired with almonds’ protein make for an incredibly effective muscle-soother. Pain-free for your next workout—no pill-popping required. • Green Tea + Lemon = Skin Win The vitamin C in lemon juice can prevent the skin-boosting antioxidants of green tea from being broken down during digestion, leaving more to be absorbed to nourish skin cells. Don’t have any lemons on hand? Orange or lime juice can also be a suitable match for your tea as well.

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n the age of Pinterest and HGTV, we’ve become inspired by “easy,” do-it-yourself endeavors that can quickly become overwhelming and expensive. But don’t throw in the towel just yet—smart phone technology has come to the rescue once again. From planning to purchase, these apps take the headache out of home improvement. Never compromise with color! Get the exact shade you want with Palettes Pro (for iOS) or Benjamin Moor Color Capture (for Android). These apps will scan any color swatch, photo, texture or fabric and create a virtual palette for decorating. Let your imagination run wild and recreate vivid hues from vacation pictures or floral photography. Blueprints on the go. My Measures allows users to take photos of their home and document room, window and furniture size. Perfect for furniture or carpet shopping. Available for iOS and Android. Price check, please. Red Laser not only scans any item with a barcode to determine price, but compares prices. If the price is right, make a wish lists and get shopping. Available for iOS and Android.

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31st Annual 5k Walk/Run for Sickle Cell Anemia


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Noteworthy events that you don’t want to miss.

The 18th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition Through September 24, 2012 City Hall Art Gallery

First Friday Gallery Hop August 3 and September 7, 2012 Railroad Square Art Park

Enjoy live music on multiple stages throughout Railroad Square Art Park, a variety of food vendors, unique artist exhibitions and eclectic shops ranging from vintage/antique style to contemporary chic. Always something new every month. Admission is free and First Friday events last from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call (850) 224-6666 or visit railroadsquare. com or

Tallahassee’s 2nd Annual Reading Rally August 4, 2012 North Florida Fairgrounds

The City Hall Art Gallery will be hosting the 18th annual Fiber Arts Exhibition— displaying incredible fiber works from local artists of the Tallahassee Quilters Unlimited Guild. Prepare to be inspired by the range of beautiful color, pattern and design. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (850) 224-2500 or visit

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Free books, educational activities, food and prizes will be in abundance. Help promote the benefits of early literacy in your community by educating yourself and your family. The event will also feature family-friendly entertainment, with storytelling, arts and crafts, face-painting, and more. For details, call (850) 383-1622.

The Sickle Cell Foundation Inc. and Gulf Winds Track Club will be hosting the 31st annual run/walk event to benefit sickle cell anemia awareness. All ages and abilities are welcome— run or walk your way to the 5k finish line or opt for the “Tim Simpkins One Mile Fun Run for All.” Race entry is $12 (includes event T-shirt) and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Velma Stevens at (850) 222-2355 or visit

Art Festival at Maclay Gardens

August 11, 2012 Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park The Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., will be hosting their inaugural Art Festival this year. Artwork, crafts, demonstrations and a silent auction will be featured on the lawns of Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. Community sponsorship is encouraged—booths to share and/or sell artwork and crafts are available for only $25 and a donation to the silent auction. (Booth spaces will be awarded on a first-come basis.) The Friends of Maclay Gardens are also seeking outdoor sculptures to showcase in the park from August 6 to 24—interested artists can place a sculpture with a $25 donation. For further information, please call Maclay Gardens at (850) 487-4115.

St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race and One-Mile Fun Run August 11, 2012 St. George Island, FL

Tate’s Hell Track Club will be hosting their 15th annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race and One-Mile Fun Run. Run in the picturesque beach town of St. George, and then take in the wonderful atmosphere with fresh, local seafood and drinks. Bring the whole family for a day of sand and sun! All proceeds from the race will benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. To register online or for more information, visit online at

The 31st Annual Capital City Quilt Show

The 23rd Annual Exotic Bird Fair and Festival

The Museum of Florida History and the Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee have teamed up again to bring back the Capital City Quilt Show—31 years strong. This year’s theme is “Tomorrow’s Quilts Today.” The exhibit will feature more than 60 artistic, professionally crafted quilts and a singular, unique piece from the Museum’s collection that dates back to the 1935-1945 era. There will also be a silent auction in which participants will have the chance to win the “Opportunity Quilt.” For more information, call the Museum of Florida History at (850) 245-6400 or visit online at

The Big Bend Bird Club is hosting its 23rd annual Exotic Bird Fair and Festival—a weekend filled with exciting, family-oriented activities that are sure to please bird aficionados and novices alike. The event will feature exotic birds, cages, bird toys, special activities for children, educational demonstrations, performing parrots, food and prizes. The event will be held on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission is $5, two-day passes are $8, and children 10 and under are free. For more information, visit

August 17–November 4, 2012 Museum of Florida History

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Frenchtown Heritage Fest

August 25, 2012 400 block of West Georgia Street, between Macomb Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Experience the family-friendly festivities, food, music and art of the Frenchtown Heritage Fest. Enjoy live music, vendors and specialty BBQ while taking in the culture of Tallahassee’s historic district. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, e-mail or visit

TEal Magnolias Ladies Only Golf Tournament September 17, 2012 Southwood Golf Club

The Big Bend Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will be teeing

up for its 5th annual Teal Magnolias Ladies Only Golf Tournament. Gentlemen caddies will assist as women golfers rule the greens. The event will also include a continental breakfast, lunch and an award ceremony. Mark your calendar and start practicing your swing, ladies! For more information, contact the Chapter at (850) 443-8251 or

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

September 12–16, 19–23 and 26–30, 2012 Young Actors Theatre Capital City Shakespeare will be performing one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and studied plays, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Ticket information and performance time are TBA. For more information, please contact Steve Adams at (850) 386-6476 or

Art and Soul Celebration September 27, 2012 Goodwood Museum and Gardens

LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts will be hosting its annual Art and Soul celebration in spirit of member appreciation and fundraising. Artists are encouraged to contribute work pertaining to the theme “Hot & Saucey—A Celebration of Art & Soul.” Artwork will be auctioned at a “60/40 split” to the contributing artist. The event, lasting from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., will also feature live entertainment and food. For ticket prices and more information, call (850) 222-8800 or visit

Walk to End Alzheimer’s September 29, 2012 Lewis Park

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The Building of a Leader By Heather Thomas Photography by Adam Cohen

What compels Tallahassee women to fill the gap between observer and stewardship? Community women leaders come in all ages and stages of life, but the connecting thread between them is an unwavering spirit that drives them to make a lasting difference. Steadfast, local leaders like Laura Rogers, a Program Director of Leadership Tallahassee, reflect that spirit. Her progression of local leadership roles has led her to become a community organizer and future leader builder. With inspirational dignity and strength, Laura has been helping to promote leadership by example and pave the way for the next generation.

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Leadership Starts at Home

When Laura Rogers was in the middle of raising her three boys, Brooks, Donnie, and Andy, she would bring them with her while helping out the community organizations she was involved with. “There was one time that we were all digging in the yard of Brehon Institute (an organization that assists homeless pregnant women) to help with the drainage problem there.” She remembers telling her boys, “The women can’t get out here and shovel, so we’re going to do it.” Laura says that she was just emulating what her own mother would do when she was growing up. “If you have a good relationship with your mother, she might be your first glimpse of a leader—in many cases, a community

“Everyone is a leader in their own way, but they need the opportunities in order to experience it.” leader.” Laura’s mother was a member of the Junior League and took an active role at the local schools Laura and her siblings attended, which influenced Laura to later follow in her mother’s footsteps. Discovering her own call to leadership took place while she was an undergrad at Florida State University serving as the treasurer of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. “It was a great grooming experience for me since it was a role that involved handling a lot of money and interacting with my peers about accountability. I learned about not putting myself or any organization into a position where they are overspending and not saving and trying to get others to see the bigger picture and plan for the future.” She also developed an appreciation for Tallahassee, her future home. 22  t a l l a h a s s e e

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After college and marriage, Laura had a job in marketing and became actively involved in the Junior League of Tallahassee after moving here with her husband and Tallahassee native, Sam Rogers, Jr. They both knew that Tallahassee was where they wanted to raise a family, and Laura’s love for the city is now deeply rooted and also one of her main inspirations as a leader. “A love of your home, your city, is vital to being a community leader. If you’re not happy where you are, then you aren’t going to make a difference. Leaders have to be passionate about their children’s schools, their neighborhoods and their friends’ neighborhoods. We are all connected and everyone has the power to help.”

The Shaping of a Leader

Being involved in the Junior League— even serving as its president—was a catalyst for Laura, since it gave her a target for her driving need to make a difference in the community and the influence and skill-building to do it. “The Junior League of Tallahassee’s main mission is children, and it matched what I wanted to focus on. I had the chance to meet people, gain mentors, and get involved in the community immediately.” Another way that Laura channeled her passion for children was by being actively involved at her boys’ schools and serving as the president of the Parent Teacher Organizations for Kate Sullivan Elementary School, Cobb Middle School, and Leon High School. In 2009, she was selected as Leon County Schools Volunteer of the Year. She remains an active member of the Leon High School Foundation. With her background in sales and money management, over the last 20 years she has had no qualms about spearheading efforts to raise funds and garner grants for local schools and organizations whose missions focus on helping children. She was Board Chairman for the Brehon Institute, The Friends of the Library, and involved with Goodwood Museum, The United Way, and Trinity United Methodist. She has a leadership role with the Best and the Brightest Scholarship Awards program and has been with the program since its

conception seven years ago. The Best and the Brightest helps to recognize local high school students who go above and beyond academic and civic expectations. “These students are saying, ‘I don’t want to just “be.” I want to do something to make a difference in the community.’ ” Celebrating its thirtieth year, Leadership Tallahassee, a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, has also been crucial to Laura’s journey and to others who realize that leadership building and character building go hand in hand. Currently one of its Program Directors, Laura was a graduate of Class 12. “The opportunities provided by Leadership Tallahassee are second to none. It’s about more than just networking—it’s about finding what your specific leadership strengths are, where in the community they would best be applied and giving you the foundation to lead the charge to help others.”

The Indomitable Spirit of a Leader

For Laura, there seemed to have been seamless transitions from one leadership role to the next that suited her current life stage best. She has an intrinsic attunement to where her leadership skills and personality traits will be put to good use, and an unconquered drive to make a positive impact wherever she finds herself planted. As she went along, the connections she made with others opened up doors to new opportunities. While she was helping to build up community organizations, she was building her own personal community of friends, mentors, leaders and professional partners who have been immeasurably important in her leadership journey. “Friends and mentors come from all walks of life, and sometimes you never know when you will need them or when they need you. I’ve learned that it’s OK to ask for help. It empowers others and shows you trust them to take care of things.” Never could she have realized how much she would need these relationships in order to endure a recent tragedy that had the potential to fell even the strongest of women. In October of

2011, Brooks, Laura’s oldest son, just 23 years old, was killed by a DUI driver in a car accident, and life for the Rogers family will never be the same. It is still hard for her to speak of her loss, but her actions and her husband Sam’s actions after the event speak profoundly of their continued commitment to the youth of Tallahassee and immortalizing the bright spirit of their son’s loving and giving nature. In honor of Brooks and as a part of the Best and Brightest scholarship award program, a new award was made possible this year through the generosity of the community. This award, “The Spirit of the Best and the Brightest,” is awarded to one local student who has shown a deep commitment to civic duty. “Everyone is a leader in their own way, but they need the opportunities in order to experience it,” says Laura. When it comes to leadership building, creating honest and heartfelt relationships with others is crucial to the foundation of an individual, an organization and a community. For Laura, it all comes down to wanting the best for all who live in Tallahassee and inspiring that same selflessness in emerging leaders. Laura’s passion for the Tallahassee community, especially for its youth, continues to shine brightly. Despite tremendous personal tragedy, her indomitable spirit and compelling drive to positively impact others are the best definition of a leader—someone who sees a need and wants to fill it, not because it will lift them up, but because it will lift up others to greater heights.

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Great Expectations The Next Generation of Tallahassee Women By Lauren Vonderharr and Jamie K. White Christie Meresse Photography

Nurtured and strengthened by the place they call home, these five women represent the next generation of Tallahassee women. They have been discovering their unique gifts while excelling at school and making a difference in the community, and we are all waiting in breathless anticipation as to where their dreams will be taking them next. Among these five, there are two future doctors, an attorney, a teacher and even a potential Nuclear Officer in the U.S. Navy—all with great expectations of the horizon beyond high school and college and into the unchartered, but bright future that awaits them.

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Christine Heery Member of the U.S. Navy and accepted into the prestigious Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Christine Heery is already embarking on an incredible career. For most high school graduates, especially those who consistently maintain the honor roll while balancing part-time work and community service, college is ordinarily the next step. Not for Christine Heery—she is far from ordinary and her decision to join the Navy’s nuclear program at the age of 19 is just the beginning. A true perfectionist, Christine has always gone “above and beyond” typical schoolwork with extracurriculars that satisfy her passion of helping people in need. As a Key Club officer, she enjoyed seeing her ideas materialize from the drawing board in meetings to successful projects like her PB&J service project that benefitted the homeless of Tallahassee. At Walgreens, she has worked diligently for three years—climbing the ranks from sales floor to department head and even trained temporarily as a pharmacy technician. The bustling pharmacy and experiences with the customers really made an impact on Christine’s caring spirit and stimulated interest in the medical field. Yet, instead of a nursing degree, Christine has chosen to follow a different calling in life—nuclear engineering in the military. “I didn’t want to do something ordinary. I want an exciting career that can start now and not have to wait four years,” explained Christine. To determine where her strengths would be best suited, she took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) examination and earned an incredible score of 93 (which is equivalent to the 93rd percentile). Based on her test scores, the naval recruiter recommended that Christine consider the Navy’s two-year nuclear program. The nuclear program is a rigorous training program developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that offers students an array of topics for intensive instruction that includes nuclear physics, thermodynamics, and reactor theory application, just to name a few. Christine is looking forward to the challenge, and her optimistic attitude will definitely be an asset to tackling the program’s first year, comparable to 90 college credits. “I work better under stress. It sounds crazy, but I enjoy functioning in a high-stress environment,” Christine noted as she recalled the high demands at the pharmacy where her work as a technician depended on speed and accuracy. Completion of the program will yield several options for Christine, but working as an electronic laboratory technician (ELT) is at the top of her “wish list.” During her six years of service Christine will prioritize finalizing her engineering degree and, at the end of the six years, plans to submit an officer candidacy package to become a Nuclear Officer. When asked what she hopes to accomplish while in the service, Christine said, “As enlisted or as an officer I hope to maintain a flawless record and climb the ranks—not just for money but for respect and doing my job well. I want to lead people—with fairness, integrity and respect.”

Nuclear Field in the U.S. Navy Set to ship out to boot camp in September, Christine is undaunted by the challenges of boot camp and the male-dominated field of nuclear engineering. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. Girls can do anything, and it shouldn’t be a stigma—we are just as able to accomplish anything we set out to do,” says Christine. Through this process, Christine says she is thankful for her family and adds, “I am thankful to God for keeping me safe.” Joining the Navy has been life-changing and the new-found purpose keeps Christine motivated and more focused than ever before. “I’ve never been as happy since I made this decision. It has changed me before I’ve even left.” t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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Rachel Brownstein Future pediatrician, dedicated sister, and black belt TaeKwonDo world champion, Rachel Brownstein is already embracing success in life and showing the world that she can overcome any obstacle. Rachel Brownstein is not your average teenager. She’s a recent graduate of Lawton Chiles High School, a third-degree black belt TaeKwonDo world champion and an aspiring doctor. Rachel will be attending the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2012, where she will pursue her medical career, which was inspired by some highly unique circumstances in her life. Rachel has spent the majority of her life in and out of the hospital, staying by her sister Shira’s side as she fought an autoimmune disorder called systemic scleroderma. She acted as her nurse for nine years and became accustomed to a plethora of medical terms and situations, until March 2011, when Shira’s battle with her disease finally ended. It was through the interactions between her sister, her doctors and her family that Rachel found a passion and a “calling” to study medicine and become a doctor herself.


After her extensive experience in hospitals, she secured an externship with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Capital Regional Medical Center while taking high school courses, in which she maintained a 4.08 GPA. When asked what kind of doctor she wanted to be, she beamed, “A pediatrician.” Rachel loves kids and teaches all ages at Killearn Lakes TaeKwonDo Academy. Her goal for her life is to help victims and their families deal with chronic illnesses. She knows what it’s like to be in a situation that seems hopeless and was often the hope for her family. Her grandmother named her “The Great Protector” for her protective instincts and her selfless compassion. Despite Rachel’s circumstances and the rapid pace in which she was forced to grow up, she is a very happy person, waving enthusiastically to people she knew during the interview for this story. She has gracefully and remarkably emerged from an extremely difficult situation and releases her negative energy with TaeKwonDo. When things are bad, Rachel says that she brings her frustrations with her to practice where she instructs classes of all ages. This is her positive outlet for negative emotions that could have a devastating impact on her. Rachel is certain that she wants to study Psychology or Anatomy in college and is excited to embark on the next chapter of her life. Rachel’s favorite quote, in honor of her sister is, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

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Hillary Freesmeier Pursuing a future in the field of law to oversee a nonprofit organization in the community is the goal of Florida State University student and Tallahassee native, Hillary Freesmeier. With a passion for being involved, it comes as no surprise to people that know Hillary Freesmeier that her dream is to be involved in the community and to pursue helping others in some capacity as part of her future career. Currently a senior at Florida State University (FSU) with a double major in Political Science and Communications, Hillary is on track to reach her goals. A hometown girl, Hillary was born and raised in Tallahassee and attended Trinity Catholic School and graduated from John Paul II Catholic High School. The oldest of three extremely ambitious children, Hillary considers herself very family-oriented. She has big goals for her life and consistently strives for a bright future, while staying true to her Southern Tallahassee roots, which she describes as “deep-fried, sugar-coated, and tartar-sauced.” Hillary was highly involved as a high school student with the Student Council, community service and the Invisible Children Campaign. She continued her passion for involvement in the community in college. Hillary is a full-time aspiring law school student, a sales associate at M&M Monogramming and a dedicated member of her sorority, all while maintaining an impressive 3.75 GPA; Hillary is anything but old-fashioned. Hillary has always been interested in the political side of life, stemming from her early experience with the Student Council in high school and her involvement in the Social Justice Living-Learning Community as a freshman at FSU. She also held a position in her sorority as Director of Homecoming. When asked what her most memorable college experience has been so far, she said participating in sorority recruitment with FSU’s newest Panhellenic sorority, the Gamma Phi chapter of Alpha Phi. “I felt blessed to be a part of such an inspiring group of women; it takes a lot of guts to making something new in such a traditional venue.”


Hillary hopes to keep those Tallahassee roots intact and take them with her to Florida State University College of Law, where she plans to study non-profit litigation to ultimately practice her passion for law and serve the community as the director of oversight for a major nonprofit corporation. This is currently what she envisions for her future but is open and willing to change paths if she finds another peak of interest. Hillary has a pretty strong sense of self and doesn’t plan on losing it. “It’s not what you do but who you are that makes things memorable.” t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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Zemoria Johnson Winner of the Best and Brightest Spirit Award and Business Category thrives on community service and the success of her mentor program, Prestigious Young Thinkers. Although Zemoria Johnson outshone the competition at the Best and Brightest Awards of Tallahassee this year, she is unbelievably humble and remains dedicated to service as she prepares for her first year at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Zemoria strives to leave a legacy and positively impact the world around her—an example set by her parents, Paula DeBolesJohnson and David Johnson, who are FAMU alumni and active members of the community as well. In fact, Zemoria’s own mentor program, Prestigious Young Thinkers (PYT), was inspired by her mother’s nonprofit organization, Capital City Youth Development Corporation and her organization “All About Girls.” Zemoria founded the PYT program as a model to motivate young women in the Tallahassee area to live up to their “prestigious, God-given gifts and give back to the community.” PYT enlists the help of volunteers, mentors and community leaders who often serve as guest speakers—contributing words of wisdom regarding self-esteem and teaching the fundamentals of success. For Zemoria, the most rewarding moments of PYT are experienced during the graduation ceremony at the end of the week-long event—seeing the inspired young women walk the stage recognizing that the program has molded them to embrace service, scholarship and excellence. After the program concludes, PYT members often stay in contact with mentees to keep them motivated. “There is always open communication. We are always here for the mentees, pushing them to be excellent and to remember that wherever life takes them, they are prestigious young thinkers. I think those words are very empowering,” says Zemoria. The success of PYT as a girls empowerment program and Zemoria’s hard work as an International Baccalaureate student at Rickards High School paved the way to her recent accolades at this year’s Best and Brightest Awards, which included not only first place in the business category, but also the honor of the inaugural Spirit

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“It is the essence of giving back to the community out of passion for making a difference, not looking for recognition or a pat on the back. “ of the Best and Brightest Award. When asked what the Spirit of the Best and Brightest Award meant to her, Zemoria explained, “It is truly more than words can say. It is the essence of giving back to the community out of passion for making a difference, not looking for recognition or a pat on the back. It shows the girls of PYT to work to be your best—even when you feel that you are unnoticed, you can succeed and can achieve what you were destined to do.” In order to continue the PYT program, finding sponsorship is critical; Zemoria is staying positive about the situation and hopes to continue the program in the future. While a student at FAMU, Zemoria plans to continue her scholarly endeavors and foster her passion for helping others as she works toward a doctorate of pharmacy from FAMU’s prestigious and highly competitive pharmacy school. During the six-year program, in addition to working within the community and gaining experience in local clinics/pharmacies, Zemoria will save for medical school in order to pursue a career as a surgeon specializing in rheumatology. Zemoria’s dedication to achievement is as unselfish as it is unyielding. When asked what she hopes to accomplish while attending college, aside from earning her degree, Zemoria noted her commitment to continue her duty as a role model to the PYT mentees and, perhaps more important, her younger sister Zenani. “We are always challenging each other to do better,” says Zemoria of her relationship with her sister. “I am inspired by her, and she reminds me that all of my decisions have a widespread effect on others.” After graduation, Zemoria intends to travel and broaden her knowledge of global culture before settling down. “There is so much that I must see in the world, so much to experience,” she says. Zemoria is fluent in Spanish and plans to visit Spain, Africa, South America and China (among other locations) in order to learn about the cultures and needs of people in other parts of the world. Her ultimate goal is to find a cure for arthritis and provide superior, specialized care to each of her patients while establishing her own clinics around the world.

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Student Government Association Senior Class Vice President, Student Ambassador at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and active member of her church choir, Jessica has always been a motivated and self-assured young woman who knew a career working with children was in her future. Originally, Jessica planned to major in nursing with hopes to specialize in pediatrics; however, after what Jessica described as a “God moment” on stage during a church choir performance, she recognized her true calling—teaching. “I felt at peace about it and I didn’t feel that way about nursing,” Jessica explained. After changing her major, Jessica has been immersed in hands-on teaching experience with various rotation groups at TCC. She has since realized her awe-inspiring ability to connect with special needs children. While working as an intern at Gretchen Everhart School, she was able to make incredible progress with a special needs child when no one else could. “The child would not speak, interact with others, or engage in any of the class activities. The teacher warned me not to get my hopes up, but I was able to get the child to tell me her name. She completed the entire activity with a smile,” Jessica recalled.


Jessica McKenzie A future teacher, this Florida State University student recognized early on the purpose of her God-given gifts and talents as she pursues a special education degree. Jessica McKenzie has a contagious smile that can literally light up the room and has the power to inspire. Her genuine kindness and concern for others is apparent in how she carries herself—cool, confident and compassionate. A former cheerleader, 30  t a l l a h a s s e e

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When asked about her approach to these situations and her technique for breaking through, Jessica said, “Always show love and tell them they are beautiful. With my Gretchen Everhart student, I started out with a compliment about the bow in her hair and just talked to her to make her feel good about herself—giving her compliments instead of acting as a drill sergeant.” Jessica refers to the “drill sergeant” method of teaching— too much stress on rules and discipline without any real reward for desirable behavior—is the opposite of her teaching philosophy. “To make real progress with kids the key is to show them love and attention,” she says. Jessica also notes that it is important to recognize that the classroom is full of individuals who


“To make real progress with kids the key is to show them love and attention.” cannot be treated exactly the same— “They won’t respond to that.” She takes great care in getting to know each child individually and tailoring her approach to each student and their specific needs.

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Recently, Jessica developed a game with her students called Battle of the Nations. The game emphasizes teamwork, healthy competition and sportsmanship. Each team creates their own flag for their “nation” and competes for a trophy that they hold for a whole week until the next round. It’s not all about winning, though. Teams get points for encouraging teammates and students from other teams. “It’s a cool way to learn to work as a group and have fun, with something to look forward to,” says Jessica. Currently enrolled at Florida State University, she plans to obtain her master’s degree in Special Education. Jessica’s longterm goals include working with special needs children in the 4th or 5th grade and eventually becoming a school principal. Despite the pressure of such a position, Jessica is up to the challenge. “I know kids. I know what works. I want to set an example and have an impact on the school as a whole.”



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Jessica also has a knack for creativity and strives to get her students excited about school. Her inspiration stems from Yolanda Larry, with whom she worked during afterschool programs and witnessed the “magic power [Yolanda] has over kids and how she has every trick up her sleeve.” Keeping routines in the classroom fresh and exciting is a priority. “I love to surprise them with spontaneous things. If it’s a beautiful day outside and it’s reading time, why not read together outside instead?”


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Homeward Bound

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By Heather Thomas

Putting down roots isn’t just an expression for Jeannie Beetsma. One of the largest live oak trees in the state is right outside of the front door of her new home in Monticello, Florida. Not only has the tree become a center point for the Beetsma house, it is symbolic of their desire to create a lasting foundation for themselves and a new home for the animals of the Jefferson County Humane Society.

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the trailers caught fire and burned down, but luckily none of the animals were inside of it at the time. However, computers, files and a significant amount of supplies were lost. It was a devastating blow to an already under-funded organization.


xuding a timeless appeal of Southern charm and hospitality, the Beetsma home is a seamless blending of tradition and modern amenities. A wraparound porch offers views of every angle of the land that Jeannie Beetsma fell in love with—her very own “100 Acre Wood.” “The land is very reminiscent of old Florida, and we enjoy the wildlife that we share the property with.” The interior of the house offers soaring ceilings and tall windows, with every front window showcasing a stunning view of the old oak. There is even an elevator and specially designed cat doors that lead to hidden litter boxes. With two cats and two dogs, keeping the house furryfriendly was important to Jeannie. Her love of animals started from an early age, and when the Beetsma’s first moved to Monticello four years ago, Jeannie immediately became a volunteer with the Jefferson County Humane Society. She helped to open the humane society’s first thrift store, Wag The Dog One, and then a second store, Wag The Dog Too. “Without the thrift stores, private donations, and volunteers, there really wouldn’t be a humane society here,” says Jeannie. What she doesn’t say, but many others will testify to, is that without Jeannie’s inspirational support, there wouldn’t be the recent surge of interest in helping the Society’s efforts to save local animals. Jeannie, also a member of the board, has been known to spend up to 30 hours a week volunteering at the thrift stores and contributing countless hours into helping to make the Society’s two annual fundraisers a growing success. Even with the thrift stores and community donors, the sheltering of the animals is basic, at best. For the past 30 years, there have been three single-wide trailers and a climate controlled dog kennel to house all of the animals, with kennels outside for the dogs to stay in during the day. In October of 2010, one of

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Once the site was established, they began gathering ideas for the design of a building. As Mark Kessler was busy overseeing the construction of the Beetsma home, he and Jeannie and other volunteers would also travel to the region’s different animal shelters and consult the people who worked at those facilities as to what would be most effective and needed. The blueprint created is a state-of-the-art design that will continue to remain a no-kill shelter, and the building would become an outreach for the community. With a classroom being a central part of the proposed project, they hope to help

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While in the process of looking for property on which to build a house, Jeannie kept in touch with their builder, Mark Kessler, who is also the president of the board for the Jefferson County Humane Society. After the fire, Mark began searching for property for the humane society to purchase so that they could one day build a new shelter for the animals. What was available was clearly unaffordable, but that’s when the Beetsma’s stunning generosity filled the void. “My husband Dick and I agreed that if we were going to purchase this land, we were going to donate a portion of it to the Humane Society,” says Jeannie.

A hidden litter box is a petfriendly feature in Jeannie Beetsma’s new home.

educate the region and its school children about the humane treatment of animals. Perhaps one of the biggest lessons being taught in this process is selflessness. Kessler Construction and other community businesses are donating the time, skills and materials that the new shelter will need in order to become a reality. Although Jeannie and her husband are settling in to their new residence, shovels are still lying in wait for the day that ground will be broken for a new home for the animals of Jefferson County, since a significant amount of funding is still needed. Jeannie is looking forward to when the shelter finally puts down permanent roots and becomes a source of hope and inspiration, connecting everything—land, pets and people—together.

Barktoberfest will be held on October 20, 2012 The second annual Barktoberfest, a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Humane Society, will be held on October 20, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the site of the new property in Monticello, Florida. A duathlon through the woods of the property will be a featured event, as well as live music, craft and food vendors, a kids area, a car show, pet parade and hay rides through the woods.


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A Girl, a Garden and a Grill

By Carolyn Binder


fter years of practice, I do know my way around the vegetable garden pretty well by now, but I still consider myself a greenhorn with the grill. In fact, my first tip for a superb grilling experience is to make a healthy Jack and Coke for your significant other, and then admire his prowess while he expertly fires up the coals and flips the rib eyes. This usually has excellent results and is a most acceptable practice. However, girls can grill! Like most new experiences, grilling can be a little mysterious and intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be so. Whether you have a Weber, a Big Green Egg, a little hibachi, or the latest gas grill, do a little research on how to use it correctly. Most manufacturers post the instruction manuals online. Make sure your grill rack is clean and oiled and that all the parts are in good working order. Learn about which cuts of meat need to be cooked over a high heat (like a great steak) and which prefer a low and slow method of cooking (like a rack of ribs). Use your favorite marinade or rub recipe (or try mine) to really bring out the flavors of vegetables as well as meats and seafood. Once I got the hang of how to get the coals started and how to control the heat, I realized that the garden and the grill are inspirational together. Here are a few ideas to get your creative grilling juices flowing: 36  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Nothing tastes better than freshly picked corn on the cob, rubbed down with a little olive oil and lime juice, seasoned with cilantro, wrapped in foil and roasted to charred perfection.

Halve a bunch of jalapeno peppers and scrape out the seeds. Stuff each half with cream cheese, wrap them in bacon, and slide them onto a skewer. Then, grill them over medium-high heat until the bacon is crispy, the cheese melted, and the peppers spicy and charred. I like to glaze mine with a little mango-jalapeno jam or orange marmalade just as they come off the flames.

A store-bought flatbread or pizza crust can be transformed into a gourmet pizza in a few minutes on a hot grill. Top it with fresh chopped tomatoes, goat cheese and a few shredded basil leaves or grilled figs, blue cheese, Vidalia onions and fennel and crispy pancetta. Finish your gourmet pizzas off with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Fruit is divine on the grill. Try peach halves dipped in raw sugar and placed on the grill right along with marinated chicken breasts. Cook the peaches until they are slightly soft and the sugar is caramelized. Slice the peaches up and serve them atop the chicken breasts.

Cut fresh figs in half and stuff them with creamy blue cheese and wrap them in prosciutto. Skewer and grill!

Let your garden or farmer’s market inspire you to use the grill in new ways. A basket of freshly harvested vegetables and a hot grill are all you need to get started. When I grill veggies and meats on the weekend, I often cook double the amount that I need for dinner and save the extra to use for quick salads and pasta dishes during busy weeknights. Grilled, charred corn and roasted tomatoes and onions are the start of a beautiful salad. A few extra grilled salmon filets and roasted whole garlic make for easy and flavorful pasta.

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Beard: Outdoor Recipes James Beard’s great little book Barbecue with This marinade was adapted from a recipe in on and vegetables. it to marinate chicken, pork tenderloin, salm from a Great Cook. It is so versatile, and I use ce and/or vegetables together in a Ziploc bag. Add your meat of choi nts edie ingr the all Mix you are grilling vegetables, • 3/4 cup soy sauce refrigerate for several hours or overnight. If and e inad mar the to • 1/2 cup bourbon in a grill basket for easy handling. either lace them onto a skewer or put them can you e sauc e rshir ceste Wor cup • 1/4 inade and dry off the meat with a paper • 1/4 cup water If you are preparing meat, pour out the mar been absorbed into the meat, and drying • 1/4 cup canola oil towel before grilling. The flavor has already l the meat or vegetables according to your • 4 garlic cloves, minced off the meat helps it to form a nice char. Gril meat is cooked through. • 3 tablespoons brown sugar e. I use a meat thermometer to insure that the renc prefe • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper • 1 teaspoon white pepper • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and gardening ideas, visit Carolyn’s blog, cowl ing grill e mor For salt oon • 1 teasp

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Women and Weight Gain With Age and the lack of estrogen effect, women actually begin to make “male”-appearing fat cells and therefore start to gain weight in a more male pattern in the abdomen. We have always been aware of men’s risk for heart disease, but only recently has the public learned that postmenopausal women are at high risk as well. This abdominal fat or visceral fat deposition is what increases our risk of heart disease, and it is why postmenopausal women begin to have rates of heart disease similar to men. So what can we do? At this point in our lives, it is even more important that we stay at or as close to our ideal body weight as possible. If we gain weight, it will be abdominal fat and can lead to metabolic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Sometimes we need help to do this. We all need about eight hours of sleep per night in order to be well rested and not cause our bodies to depend on fat deposition for energy, and sometimes menopause can disrupt our sleep. It may be important for you to discuss this with your physician. We also need to remain active and exercise regularly. Sometimes as people age, their bodies change and they are unaware of how to exercise safely and effectively. A trained exercise physiologist can give individual assessments and develop a plan specifically for your body and health risks. It is also important to understand how and when to eat in order to decrease your body’s fat storage. You may need to see a registered dietitian to learn how to shop and prepare better food choices. Dr. Angelina Cain is the region’s only certified obesity medicine physician and Bariatrician.

Ever wonder why all of the sudden you start to gain weight around the middle when you never have before? I hear this all the time from women after a hysterectomy or menopause. Women say they have continued to eat, drink and exercise the same as always, but instead of a few pounds going to their hips, they start to notice the waistband of their pants getting tighter. And even more frightening, they start developing medical problems they never had before, such as high blood pressure or elevated sugar. These women aren’t imagining things, and I believe that they haven’t, in most cases, had a significant lifestyle change. The answer to this question is based in science. We know that men and women tend to gain weight in different areas, but why? If we look at fat cells from a man and fat cells from a premenopausal woman, they look very different. Men’s fat tends to be deposited in the abdomen or visceral depot, whereas women’s fat cells tend to be deposited subcutaneously around the hips and buttocks. This is because of the effect of estrogen on the fat cells. After menopause 40  t a l l a h a s s e e

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At the TMH Bariatric Center, we can help you with all of these things. You will get an individual assessment by myself, a dietitian, a behavioral therapist and exercise physiologist. The important thing to remember is that there are people who understand what you are going through and can help you keep the weight off and lower your risk for heart disease.

Dr. Angelina Cain Medical Director, Bariatric Center Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare 1300 Miccosukee Road Tallahassee, FL 32308 (850) 431-4709

The Five W’s of Hospice Care WHERE: Care is provided wherever the patient calls home. This may include their own home or the home of a family member, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, inpatient care centers and other residential care settings.

WHY: Hospice makes a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and enhances the quality of life for the patient and, therefore, the family. Hospice provides care and support when it counts the most.

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Jean Murphy, M.D.

Medical Director, Covenant Hospice, Tallahassee Branch

WHO: As a benefit provided by Medicare and most other insurances, hospice is available to individuals who have a lifelimiting illness in the opinion of a physician and a hospice medical director. Cancer is not the only diagnosis that qualifies an individual for hospice care. Many patients have severe lung disease, recurrent heart failure or dementia, combined with poor appetite and/or weakness. Hospice care provided through not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations is based on need and not the ability to pay. WHAT: Hospice care allows those with a life-limiting illness to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Individuals should make the decision with their family and physician to seek comfort care, rather than curative care. Hospice care plans include weekly R.N. visits, a doctor available for home visits who collaborates with the primary care physician, homecare aides to assist with personal care and pastoral, volunteer and bereavement services. WHEN: Hospice care is available if you or someone you love is facing a life-limiting illness and the goal becomes comfort and quality of life over aggressive treatment. Most families who have had the help of hospice will tell you that they only wish they had called sooner. Anyone can make a hospice referral, including physicians, family members, neighbors, friends or the actual patient.

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Cosmetic Facial Surge a s p e c i a l A d v e rt i s i ng s e c t i on Cosmetic and Reconstructive Br Body Contouring • Facial Rejuvenat Laser • Botox/Juvederm/Sc Augmentation

A New Generation of Procedures Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures today, often filling up spring and summer surgery schedules. There still remains a large amount of misunderstanding and misinformation regarding the safety of the implant devices. Two basic types of breast implants are available today, silicone or saline. Many Alfredo A. Paredes, Jr., M.D. people do not realize that the saline Alfredo A. Paredes, Jr., M.D. implant is actually a silicone device filled with saltwater. Most people over the age of thirty will recall the leakage problems with the second-generation liquid filled silicone implant in the 1970s and 1980s. The FDA Mallory finally pulled these devices off the market in 1992. However, Tucker, PA-C a third generation silicone implant was already available.

This “new” silicone implant, the third generation, was made with a cohesive silicone gel material that sticks to itself. The outer shell ng Plans available. was made thicker. The implant can be cut in half and does not leak; it holds its shape like a gummy bear cut in two. This implant was studied mostly in breast cancer reconstruction patients over the 1990s and in early 2000, yielding a study pool of 141,000 women over a decade long span. This is the largest FDA study on any device, ever! In 2006, after reviewing a mountain of national and international data, the FDA placed the “new” third -generation cohesive gel filled implant back on the market for cosmetic or reconstructive use. Thus, the “new” implant is over 25 years old, with an amazing safety record. The saline implant received its formal FDA approval in 2000. The silicone material itself has a long history of safety in medical usage, and it can be found in vascular ports, lap-band devices for weight loss, tubal ligation rubber bands, orthopedic devices for joint surgery, and many other products. The basic element of the implant, silicon, can be found in roll-on anti-perspirants, hair frizz serums, and even some multi-vitamins. The usage of silicone implants has increased greatly since the formal FDA approval, and today the ratio of saline to silicone implants across the country is approximately 50/50. In many cases either type of device can be used for cosmetic enhancement, but sometimes one device might be preferred over another. In the case of breast cancer reconstructions who utilize an implant,

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almost all my patients choose a silicone device because of the softer feel and more natural “tear drop” shape. Saline implants can look natural, but we must be more careful with the size chosen and avoid the larger sizes like the old days. Today, most patients and plastic surgeons prefer more reasonable sized implants to avoid higher complications associated with large sized devices. The implants will hopefully remain in place for life as long as there are no problems or desires to remove. We do not replace implants every ten years (a common misconception.) However, any breast implant might require another operation in your lifetime.

Of course the best way to determine what implant is best comes through consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who regularly performs the surgery. Many physical factors(850) come into play like skin elasticity, existing breast size, 877-2126 • TLHPlasticSurger chest wall shape, breast asymmetry, and nipple position to 2452 Suite 101 to• Talla name a few.Mahan Sometimes a liftDrive, is needed also. It is important find a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery. Florida does not restrict which doctors perform plastic surgery, so you must inquire specifically about the board certification specialty. Breast augmentation surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, and takes about an hour. Post-operative instructions are simple, and recovery lasts from 1 to 4 days before you can return to work. Exercise and physical activity usually resumes after four to six weeks. When implants are used for breast reconstruction, the recovery will usually be longer as more surgery is involved.

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Can hormonal medications be helpful for me? Women are complex individuals and so is our health. From menarche to menopause, our bodies are constantly changing—going from the adolescent teenage girl with raging hormones to the menopausal woman with hormones we just can’t seem to control. Understanding the natural changes that our bodies are going through is essential. Proper rest, diet, exercise and stress management influence your bodys own hormonal regulation. Health care providers are faced daily with questions about whether hormonal manipulation will benefit and improve a women’s quality of life.

Andrea Friall, M.D.

Common uses of hormonal medications include control or treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menstrual cycles, contraception, polycystic ovarian syndrome, premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, endometriosis, osteoporosis prevention, vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Birth control pills, hormonal intrauterine devices and hormone replacement therapy are most commonly prescribed to help women of various ages manage some of the conditions described above in an effort to improve their quality of life. They are certainly not without risks, adverse reactions or side effects. Use of hormonal medications is simply not appropriate for all women. A thorough discussion with your physician regarding specific risks should take place before beginning any hormonal regimen. Your health as a woman is individualized and unique to you. If you have not done so already, it is time to become proactive about your mental and physical health. Create a relationship with your health care provider and medical home team that accentuates your full wellbeing. If you are looking for more information regarding women’s health please visit online at or call (850) 877-7241 and have your questions answered today.

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Sun Protection Should Start Early As a dermatologist, Pamela S. Kennedy, M.D., understandably has a strong interest in sun protection. Because she has a three-year-old daughter, her appreciation of the cumulative nature of sun-related damage makes her especially concerned about protection for children. “Sun damage occurs with each sun exposure and accumulates over the course of a lifetime,” reports Dr. Kennedy. “As a dermatologist, I see it as my duty to make parents aware of the consequences of their children’s sunburns. One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.” As a woman and a mother to a daughter, Dr. Kennedy is especially concerned with one startling statistic—90 percent of pediatric melanoma cases occur in girls aged 10 to 19. “Peer pressure to be tanned starts early among females. Sadly those who are the most fair-skinned often try the hardest to become tan. The result of these efforts is an increasing rate of deadly melanoma among young female patients.” “The general population is unaware just how common skin cancer has become. Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon,” Dr. Kennedy shared. “As a cancer that has a known key cause—overexposure to ultraviolet rays—skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers,” says Dr. Kennedy. “Seeking shade is a simple way to reduce the risk of skin cancer, along with applying sunscreen and wearing sun-protective clothing.”

that if sunscreen is to be administered by school personnel, ‘it must be provided by the parent.’ The state recommends that sunscreen ‘be treated as any other nonprescription medication,’ including the need for written physician’s authorization,” she says. On a positive note, Dr. Kennedy praises the state’s regulations that allow students to wear sunglasses, hats, or other sun-protective apparel while Pamela S. Kennedy, M.D. outdoors during school hours. While statistics are showing alarming increased rates of skin cancer, Dr. Kennedy believes that as these statistics are shared with the public, education will help to reverse cancer trends. “My takeaway advice to all parents is to champion a set of tools to protect your children, not only limited to sunscreen use but also the use of sun-protective clothing, the use of shade for protection, avoidance of sun exposure during peak daytime hours and self-appreciation for natural unblemished skin tones versus sun-damaged tanned skin. The scientific community has a strong statistical appreciation of the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation,” Dr. Kennedy shares. “It’s now up to us to fully educate the general public on protective measures and to show exactly how effective they are in lowering cancer risks. As a dermatologist and a mother, I see it as my duty to ensure that future generations act on knowledge we are gaining today.”

“Parents need to understand that sunscreen is only one line of defense in sun protection. Shade protection and sun-protective clothing are also important tools in reducing cancer risks. Teaching these techniques early to children can leave them with sun safety habits that will help prevent skin cancer throughout their lives and help change the way they conceive beauty.” Dr. Kennedy reports that the American Academy of Dermatology actively awards grants to schools and public institutions to build shade structures. “It would be a dream to know that all children playing on Tallahassee school playgrounds are being protected by shade structures. Educators cannot know or guarantee that all students are protected by sunscreen. In fact, state guidelines actually stipulate that sunscreens are ‘best applied at home’ and

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Surgery in Tallahassee. “There are several solutions, and they can be temporary or more long-lasting depending on the results the individual is interested in achieving.” Botox injections can help to relax muscle banding in the neck, and the injections can be completed in a short time. Sometimes for those individuals who have an excess of fat, neck liposuction can be a good option.

How many times have you heard someone actual patient complain about the way their neck looks and describe their neck as a “turkey neck”? Some patients undergo a neck lift to Sometimes an individual’s neck can age get rid of the “turkey wattle,” which faster than their face; weakened or loose works to repair weakened or loose neck muscles around the neck can be a neck muscles. The procedure, called a factor, or an individual may have lost a platysmaplasty, consists of making incisions lot of weight, leaving an excess amount under the chin and/or behind the ears of skin around the neck. And of course, to access the neck muscles and repair. genetics can always play a role too. For individuals who have too much skin on “We see many patients seeking solutions their neck, or muscle banding, a procedure for the appearance of their neck,” said called a cervicoplasty or a facelift may be the Ben J. Kirbo, M.D., board-certified best solution. In this case, part of the excess plastic surgeon at Southeastern Plastic skin will be trimmed and lifted into place.

“We have built our practice around providing individualized service and care that meets the needs of our patients,” said Dr. Laurence Rosenberg, M.D. and board-certified plastic surgeon at Southeastern Plastic Surgery. “We work with our patients to find the solutions that best meet their needs.” Southeastern Plastic Surgery includes board-certified plastic surgeons, skin care specialists and others dedicated to providing outstanding care and service. The physicians and professional staff work with patients to develop a care plan that promotes a strong, positive selfimage. The experienced and recognized surgeons and specialists at the awardwinning plastic surgery center understand the value and profound effect even a small change on the outside can have on the inside. For more information about Southeastern Plastic Surgery, visit or call (850) 219-2000.

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Hormonal Imbalance What women need to know to reclaim vitality, passion for life. By Maureen Hrehocik Once a woman is no longer able to

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Taking Steps Toward Healthy Veins Venous disease affects 20 percent to 35 percent of women, with severe disease observed in over 5 percent. Factors that increase a person’s Dr. Mitchell T. Massie risk for chronic venous disease include female gender, pregnancy, obesity and a family history of venous disease. Other factors that may also contribute include inadequate exercise, prolonged standing, previous injury or previous deep venous thrombosis. Chronic lower extremity venous disease is caused by elevated venous pressure most commonly associated with venous obstruction or dysfunctional venous valves. Untreated, this elevated pressure leads to progressive degeneration of the affected veins. Venous disease has a variety of presentations that varies from the cosmetically unappealing varicose veins to limb-threatening ulcerations and life-threatening hemorrhage. The best approach to management of venous disease is avoidance. If you have venous disease, you should immediately take those steps necessary to prevent its progression. Proven tips to maintain healthy veins include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoidance of prolonged sitting or standing. If you have an occupation that involves prolonged sitting or standing or if you have a strong family history, you should consider using compression garments. Common symptoms which arise from venous disease include pain, pressure, aching, heaviness or cramping in the legs. Physical signs may include development of and/or enlargement of varicosities. a s p e c i a l A d v e rt i s i ng s e c t i on

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No matter what stage of life you’re in, the highly qualified medical staff at Capital Regional Medical Center is here to meet your needs. “We are excited to offer specialized care to a wide range of patients,” says Kathrine E. Lupo, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at Capital Regional Women’s Health. “Whether it’s a young woman starting routine wellness visits or an older woman coping with menopause symptoms, we are able to help all women, no matter what stage of life.” Current services available at Capital Regional Women’s Health include:


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Excellence and Expertise, Right Here Dr. Lupo offers specialty care with expansive knowledge in minimally invasive surgery. “Among other conditions, I am able to offer treatment options for endometriosis that fit the lifestyles of patients,” says Dr. Lupo. “I also have an interest in ensuring women with high-risk pregnancies get the extra level of care needed to deliver healthy, happy babies.”

A Family Affair For women wanting to start or add to their family, Capital Regional Women’s Health offers comprehensive obstetric services, including pre-pregnancy planning, pregnancy visits and three-dimensional ultrasounds. Once it’s time for delivery, the Family Center at Capital Regional Medical Center strives to make mother, father and baby feel comfortable on the big day. Every baby’s birth is announced via musical chime and family members are allowed to be present during the delivery, based on the wishes of the mother and her partner. Special dinners are planned after the arrival of your newborn to celebrate the

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Advice on Getting Your “Honey Do” List Done Dear “The Man,” I can’t get my man to do any of the things on my “honey do” list. I have tried everything. Can you suggest a new approach for me and any other Tallahassee women in a similar state of frustration over such a common problem?

Dear Tallahassee woman, My wife and I experienced that very problem for several years. Her list of things for me to do seemed to never disappear from the chalkboard that we used for her “honey do” list. So, after many frustrating years, my Tallahassee woman asked me what would it take for me to take care of her “to do” list. First, I erased the entire list from the chalkboard and told her to forget the list. I then gave her a piece of chalk and told her to write only one thing on the board. I explained to her that when the item had been completed and I had erased the board, she could write another task on it. There also was to be no talk of the list in her head. I had only one thing to do. Surprisingly, her list became very easy to for me to erase since it took very little time to dispense with each new item. We now are able to get her tasks done and I am able to do the things I want to do too. She became less frustrated and we don’t even use the chalkboard anymore. She will just tell me her one request and she knows that I will take care of it.



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Uniting, Inspiring and Empowering Women The Women for Florida State University By Michelle R. Nickens

“We never know how high we are till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the skies.” — Emily Dickinson


very day, women are making a difference in our lives, in communities across the country and throughout the world. They lend their talents and abilities to help others succeed, to support community needs and to educate the next generation of women. Women are there in “the best of times and the worst of times” to guide, empower, encourage, believe and transform. When we come together, we increase our success and impact exponentially. The power of women is the inspiration for the outreach group, Women for Florida State University (W4FSU). As a whole, W4FSU unites, inspires and empowers women by creating opportunities to get involved and stay connected with FSU and by educating the community on the critical role women play at the University. W4FSU mentors women and helps develop leaders and philanthropists. Through networking and communications, W4FSU members come together to share and learn from each other, while recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of women.

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The creation of W4FSU is rooted in the history of the University and in the hearts of Florida State women, dating back to those that attended the Florida State College for Women (FSCW). FSCW played a significant role in shaping what is known today as The Florida State University. W4FSU was established in 2008, after a committee and focus groups discussed the need to encourage involvement at FSU and to promote women as leaders, activists and supporters. Cherie Rowland, chair of W4FSU says, “Our activities revolve around our fundamental purpose— to engage, share, and celebrate. We encourage women to share their time, talents, and resources by volunteering as mentors, speaking to students or giving to programs, while celebrating the accomplishments of women.” Jaimi Wacksman, chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee, says, “We are a group of women who are grateful for the opportunities we received and are passionate about giving back.”

Women have reshaped the world of business, industry and government and have proven that, independently and collectively, women can change the world and “touch the skies.” There is no stopping this momentum when women unite. “I have enjoyed being a part of the Women for Florida State University,” FSU’s first lady, Molly Barron, explains. “It continues to be an enriching experience for me personally. It is through this dynamic and diverse group of women that lifelong relationships are formed; I am hoping more women join to help make this an even greater experience for all.” You can become involved with W4FSU by lending your time, sharing your knowledge and contributing your resources. W4FSU strives to harness the power of women working together to positively impact each other, Florida State University, and our community. For more information visit or call (850) 645-0252.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer “Put On Your Pink Bra” Campaign Breast cancer survivors and caregivers, volunteers and participants will unite for an inspirational kickoff on Tuesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. at the Goodwood Carriage House as part of the second year of the Put On Your Pink Bra campaign for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Making Strides is a noncompetitive 5K walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and to provide hope to all people facing the disease. The Put On Your Pink Bra campaign is designed to empower women across the state to wear pink bras in support of the fight against breast cancer and as a personal symbol of their breast cancer journeys. Anyone interested in learning more about the Making Strides event or having a team should attend. Please visit online at the website for more information or contact the American Cancer Society Staff Partner, Jo Anne Suggs, by e-mail at or call (850) 297-0588, extension 3707.

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CURE Contributed by Janet R. Borneman


n October 6, The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation will present the seventh annual Cards for a Cure. This event benefits the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, its patients and programs. The event was started in 2006 by a group of friends to honor Kathy Brooks, who, at age 32 and pregnant with her third child, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kathy displayed valor, vigor and dignity in confronting the challenges of cancer and is the inspiration for this event. Kathy, her husband Jay, their family and friends continue to actively support Cards for a Cure and its fundraising mission. Each year since its origin, Cards for a Cure honors a woman in the community who has shown courage and valor in her fight against breast cancer. This year’s honoree is Darcy Cavell. Darcy is a breast cancer survivor, the mother of Ryan, 24, and Blake, 18, and is one of the owners of Haute Headz Salon and an interior designer. She has become an inspiration to all who know her, and her story is a journey of faith and resilience. Darcy was married for 16 years to a wonderful man, Brian Cavell, but in 2006, Brian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lost his fight to that disease. Darcy and her sons lost a husband, a father and, to all three, a best friend.

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“I knew I was loved and that gave me the strength to carry on. What I know for sure is that I am right where I am supposed to be in my life.” Drawing on the loving spirit of husband and father, the family weathered the loss together and created an incredible bond. In 2008, two years after Brian’s death, Darcy was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer. She was scared, not so much for herself but for her two boys, who had just lost their dad. “If there is one thing I have tried to teach my boys,” says Darcy, “it is to find the silver lining in all circumstances.” During this time, Darcy and her sons held their collective breaths until she got the scan back that indicated the cancer was nowhere else in her body. It was the silver lining she had been looking for—she was going to live.

However, Darcy lost her mom around the same time, and the combination of all that she had been through was tough to bear. “Going through my mom’s death, my surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation was incredibly difficult. I drew on the strength of my friends. They rallied around me when my husband died, but for them to show up again for me was amazing.” Friends brought dinners, drove her to appointments and checked on the boys. Once again, Darcy saw the blessings in disguise. “I knew I was loved and that gave me the strength to carry on. What I know for sure is that I am right where I am supposed to be in my life.”

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Helping others by donating her time and talents has become paramount to Darcy. Her own fight has instilled a passion to support other breast cancer survivors with the same love that she herself experienced. “Being chosen as the 2012 Cards for a Cure Honoree is such an incredible privilege, and being loved through all of the journeys in my life inspired me to give back the same way—by loving. I know it was God who led me to this position,” says Darcy. Above all, Darcy has learned to actively look for the gifts to be found in any trial and to share her newfound hope and purpose with others. Cards for a Cure will be held at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, October 6, and features heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, casino night and live and silent auctions, with live entertainment by Bobby & the Aristocats from Atlanta. For more information, contact Janet Borneman of the TMH Foundation at (850) 431-4048 or by e-mail at, or visit

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AROUNDTOWN Special Events • Speakers • Benefits • Activities

life’s a dance

Covenant Hospice held their inaugural “Life’s A Dance” event at Turner Auditorium on the campus of Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to support the critical work of Covenant Hospice. It featured two of the professional dancers from the hit television show Dancing with the Stars, Tony Dovolani and Karina Smirnoff, along with five local celebrities: Abbey Phillips Maurer; Allison Tant Richard; Ion Sancho; Jane Marks and Scott Maddox. Jim Murdaugh, President of TCC was the emcee and Curtis Richardson was the host. Over 450 people attended the inaugural event.






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MIDTOWN Fashion show and block party The spirit of Midtown came alive this summer during Cabello’s Fashion Show and Block Party. Music from the Groove Merchants and DJ Willie Mix filled the air and patrons sipped on beverages at the Wine Loft. Models helped to show off the latest in fashion on the runway with designer clothing from local fashion outlets such as Cole Couture, Narcissus, Divas and Devils, and Way Out West to bring the Tallahassee community an unforgettable night of fun and fashion.




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1. Carrie McNeil and event model 2. Judy Throupe and Ann Howard 3. Kelton Wester, Brandi Miller, Holly Holland, and Taylor Mack 4. Jessie Chappell, Rachel Procaccini and Kamden Lee 5. Sarah Lewis and Kaeley Jones 6. Greg Tisch and Marsha Doll 7. Michelle Fasig and Rae Crim 8. Jayme Forman, Rachel Moran, Catherine Lankston, Alie Farrish 9. Kim Deledda and Reena Crump 10. Andrea Robertson and Kay Cantrell 11. Elizabeth Walcott and Daniel Nichols 12. Jayme Forman and Alicia Garcia


Local dignitaries and press gathered at the Hotel Duval where the future of the iconic Chez Pierre Restaurant, located in Mid-Town, was revealed. Scheduled to debut this fall, The Front Porch, a restaurant featuring fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients including a raw bar, will celebrate the southern cultural tradition of gathering on the front porch. Local real estate development, investment and management partners Hunter and Harp, of the Hotel Duval and other midtown sites, have joined forces with Chris Clark of Avenue Eat and Drink to deliver a refined, but casual coastal-type dining experience.

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Women to Watch

is a listing of women with new jobs or promotions, business openings and changes and awards and appointments or women who are reaching out and making a difference in our community. E-mail information for Women to Watch to

Regina Lowe

Amy Sikes

Regina Lowe, Judicial Access and Security Liaison, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, was honored as the 2012 Administrative Professional of the Year by Crump & Associates at the Turn About Annual Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon and Vendor Trade Show. Amy Sikes, a 17-year Tallahassee resident and an experienced agent, has joined Weichert Realtors®, The H2Group. She serves buyers and sellers throughout Leon County and surrounding counties.

Ana and Ana Gabriela Lujan

Ebonee Monique

Lolani Green

Ni’Cole McCrae

Mother-daughter team, Ana and Ana Gabriela Lujan began A+a Services, specializing in Spanish tutoring, catering, fine jewelry and artwork and home care services.

Ebonee Monique, owner of the boutique ghostwriting firm Mama I Want to Write, has been named the winner of the 2012 Black Enterprise $10,000 Elevator Pitch contest at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. Lolani Green, owner of Divine Delight Custom Cakes, LLC, which specializes in creating one of a kind custom cakes and treats, recently incorporated her business and serves clients in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas. Lolani makes it a point to give back to her community, having donated both her time and treats to The Shelter, Children’s Home Society, Chelsea’s House Breast Cancer Benefit and local schools. Ni’Cole McCrae recently celebrated the grand opening of her business, Ni’Cole’s Performing Arts Center, offering pre-dance, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, adult, and Mommy and Me classes to students of all ages.

Connie Stevenson

Honey Hilliard

Connie Stevenson recently launched BungoBoxes, a business specializing in renting plastic moving equipment as an alternative to buying cardboard boxes. Connie also serves on the Tallahassee Board of Realtors and is an active member of Habitat for Humanity. Honey Hilliard ‘s recently published a book, Looking for Butterflies, which sold nearly 200 copies before the first printing. Barbara Ray has joined the Tallahassee office of the consulting firm North Highland as vice president and the new local office leader.

Elizabeth Verrier

Barbara Ray

Elizabeth Verrier and her family have launched an online Christian clothing line called Bible Couture. Jacquelyn Porter recently released the book Pretty Girls Love God. Jacquelyn is a student at Florida State University and serves as the youth coordinator at New Life Deliverance Ministries. She is also the founder of Pretty Girls Love God, a nonprofit organization scheduled to open this year.

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Sally Rude

Sally Rude, ISA, recently completed the course Appraising Silver through New York University. Sally does Personal Property Appraisals for insurance coverage and claims, estates, equitable distributions, bankruptcy and donations, specializing in antiques and art. Karen Moore of Moore Consulting Group recently celebrated 20 years in business. Vickie Spray of Your Life Expressions, Inc., recently opened her business offering spiritual retreats, group sessions and private sessions.

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Katilyn Hyer began as a Marketing Intern at WORKFORCE plus and was promoted to fulltime Communications Specialist this year. Katilyn has been accepted to the prestigious American University of Paris and will soon be relocating to Paris to pursue a master’s degree in Global Communication and Civil Society.



Sharon Davidson has recently become the new Public Information Specia list with Big Bend Hospice.

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Trish Neely, Chief Compliance Officer for FBMC Benefits Management, Inc. recently graduated from the 29th class of Leadership Tallahassee. Leadership Tallahassee’s mission is to cultivate a diverse network of emerging and experienced leaders committed to improving the community. Vanessa Bethel has just accepted the Community Relations Director position with Broadview Assisted Living at Tallahassee, a Senior Services of America community, to help seniors find happy homes with care.

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Regina Taylor

Regina Taylor, M.S., and Nari Jeter, Ph.D., have joined Impact Behavioral Health in Tallahassee as mental health therapists. Regina and Nari provide individual, couple and family therapy and work with individuals of all ages. Leon County Chapter of The Charmettes, Inc. recently installed its officers for 2012–2014. The officers are President, Eunice Holiday; Vice President, Dr. Malinda James; Secretary, Odies Knight; Assistant Secretary, Brenetta Lawrence; Financial Secretary, Dr. Lisa LangHannah; Treasurer, Victoria Ellis; Parliamentarian, Lois Scott; Reporter, Dr. Genae Crump; Chaplain, Charyl Liptrot; Sergeant-At-Arms, Nari Jeter Carol Pye; and Historian, Vernell McCray. The Leon County Chapter of The Charmettes is a community organization whose programs and activities provide assistance to needy individuals, promote cancer awareness and provide scholarships to deserving young people.

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JAYNE STANDLEY The Power of Music is Helping the Tiniest Patients Thrive By Angela Howard


ecoming a parent is arguably the best thing in life, but it can also be the most stressful, especially if your little one enters the world too early. According to the March of Dimes, one in eight babies are born prematurely each year. These babies, commonly referred to as preemies, can sometimes suffer from a number of issues from intestinal and vision problems to respiratory distress. However, one of the biggest hurdles and oftentimes the last for these little ones to overcome before they can go home is the suck-swallow-breathe response needed to feed, via bottle or breast. Now, though, the difficult task has been made easier for these little ones, thanks to the Pacifier Activated Lullaby, or PAL, created by Florida State University Professor of Music Therapy Jayne Standley, Ph.D. “I was recruiting subjects for another research study (about 15 years ago) and heard discussion of the feeding problem that premature babies have. The brain is too immature prior to 34 gestational weeks to support a coordinated suck-swallow-breathe response,” Dr. Standley said. “I was aware that infants were attracted to music and wondered 60  t a l l a h a s s e e

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“Results showed that sucking increased dramatically and that within 2.5 minutes, babies had learned to keep the music playing.” if music activated by sucking would teach infants the feeding skill that they needed.” So, she conducted a series of studies at five different hospitals to confirm her theory. After a few years of research, Dr. Standley and her colleagues at the Center for Music Research created the PAL. It’s basically a pacifier with a microchip inside. When the infant sucks on the pacifier, the microchip activates a CD player in the room, producing the soothing sounds of a lullaby that flow through speakers placed above the baby’s head in the incubator. “Results showed that sucking increased dramatically and that within 2.5 minutes, babies had learned to keep the music playing,” she said. More than a decade later, the PAL made its big debut and is now commercially available to hospitals nationwide. “The feedback is very exciting. Parents are thrilled when their babies begin to feed, since it is usually the last milestone prior to discharge,” says Dr. Standley, “Families have often been waiting two to three months for that day and are very excited to be able to take the

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infant home.” Incredibly, the PAL helps babies make that big trip home at least five days sooner than infants who do not use the device, also saving hospitals about $2,000 a day. The welfare of infants is very important to Dr. Standley. Neither of her two children were born prematurely, but she understands how difficult it is when babies are born too soon and wanted to help them learn and grow. “I love that the infants are helped so quickly with this very important skill. They have often endured multiple medical procedures over a long period of time to be able to survive and thrive. They are regularly stressed by the pain and isolation of their treatment,” Dr. Standley said. “Music is such a gentle way to teach them to feed and find comfort.”


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The School Supplies Saga By Cheryl O’Donovan


very year, we women trudge to a nearby retail mecca and battle other steaming bodies in a tight narrow space. No, I’m not talking about the dressing rooms at Kohl’s. I’m talking the narrow space comprising back-to-school supplies at office supply stores, Target and Wal-Mart. Numero uno hurdle—locating the school supply list itself. Usually it’s buried under my papers somewhere, what my husband calls the abyss, and I find the original sometime in December. For now, it’s August and the kids can’t show up empty-handed on their first day of school. So I wind up printing the seventh PDF copy from the school site and stuff the supply list in my

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purse. I hire a snarling guard dog to ensure the list stays in my purse. We park in front of Staples. I cross my chest in a quick prayer, grit my teeth and tell my boys they’re coming too. They groan. I tell them the mission is clear—get as many items crossed off our list, and if I can’t find them, the Russian black market is one phone call away. We scour for precious gold—things like calculators with weird codes like TX1105B that could launch a missile hidden in a silo somewhere. And don’t even think about buying the TX1105A version, because it won’t be able to compute the square root space of Bigfoot’s cave. If your child does not own one of these approved calculators, he or she will fall behind in math class. As a

contingency, I sent my kid in with one of those medieval bean counters, an abacus with a wood frame and beads. His teacher sent back a note: “Dear Smart Aleck Mother, I do not find this funny. Keep this up and I’ll sign you up as a Math Mom.” I shudder. A Math Mom. I don’t know a mean average from a median, unless it’s the concrete one I manage to hit when I make a left turn. Well, after battling sweaty, exasperated parents and being jabbed with the sharp elbows of hyper children, I tell the kids I’m buying my own school supply. A bottle of Excedrin.

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