Debbie Steininger is a Senior Team Manager with Tastefully Simple. Debbie has been with Tastefully Simple for seven years and during that time has developed a large customer base, as well as training and motivating her team members to achieve success with their own home-based business. She is active in many local groups including The Hip Chicks of Brevard (President, 2007), The Business Integrity Group, Growing a Business Networking Group, and is Secretary for Intersil Toastmasters Club 2002. She is a volunteer with the Satellite High Soccer Booster Club and Satellite High Project Graduation. Debbie earned her Business degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and in her spare time enjoys reading, walking and cycling.
Deborah Bradley Goode
Deborah Bradley Goode (Debbie) is one of the owners and the Audit Director with Hoyman Dobson CPA’s family of companies. Prior to joining the firm, she was an auditor for Cooper’s and Lybrand. Blending the art of people skills and the science of Certified Public Accounting, Debbie has managed, planned and supervised audits of for profit, governmental and nonprofit entities for over 21 years. She is also responsible for Hoyman Dobson’s government cost accounting niche and has performed forensic examinations.
Community involvement is a state of being for Debbie as she has been involved in dozens of teams and committees throughout the Space Coast. She is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and has had leadership roles with the Brevard Small Business Assistance Council, Leadership Brevard and a myriad of industrial and professional organizations.
Debbie is looking forward to assisting with the growth of Florida Tech’s Women’s Business Center. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University and her Masters in Accounting from the University of South Florida. She has obtained the designations, Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting and Florida Certified Public Accountant.
Debra J Pavlakos
Debra J Pavlakos is Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending for BB&T Bank in Brevard County. She has made a career of banking for over 30 years.
She presently serves on the board of Circles Care where she served as the finance Chairman for two years and Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. She was Chairman of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast 1999-2000. A Graduate of the 1994 Leadership Brevard class. Debra has been involved in the Melbourne-Palm Bay Chamber, on the board of the Museum of Art & Science and Space Coast Early Intervention Center.
Debra is a native Floridian raised in Brevard County. She presently resides in Satellite Beach with her husband, John and daughter, Cortney. She attended Eau Gallie High School and Brevard Community College. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Brevard Community College.
Dr. Donn Miller-Kermani
Donn Miller-Kermani, Ph.D. is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Florida Institute of Technology. Donn is also the former Director of the Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech, serving in that capacity from the WBC’s inception in 2007 through 2012. Under her direction, the WBC was chosen as the 2012 Women’s Business Center of Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Donn is an adjunct instructor at Brevard Community College teaching courses in business.
During Donn’s career, she has served as the Assistant Director of the National Center for Small Business Information, the Editorial and Technical Assistant for the journal, Nonlinear Analysis (one of the leading mathematical journals published by Elsevier Science, Ltd.), and the Executive Technical Editor of the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Stochastic Analysis.
Donn has a Ph.D. in Operations Research with an emphasis on women-owned small businesses and federal procurement. She also has her Master of Business Administration (Management of Technology), Master of Science in Computer Education (Instructional Technology) and Graduate Certificate in Contract Management from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), WIPP Procurement Committee and Agency Chair, and Association of Women Business Centers. Donn serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, International Federation of Nonlinear Analysts, and is a member of the School Board for St Joseph’s Catholic School.
Photo by Cheryl Clermont Photography.
Dr. Katherine Cobb
Dr. Katherine Cobb is the Provost of the Melbourne Campus of Brevard Community College (BCC). She has held several positions including Provost of the Titusville/ Virtual Campus, Dean of Distance Learning, and Department Chair at BCC. Prior to joining the college, she had her own private law firm specializing in probate and bankruptcy. Her professional activities include being an appointed member of the Florida Community College Distance Learning Consortium and Governor Bush's Paperwork Reduction Task Force.
Kathy is an active member of the community; she served a two-term president of the American Cancer Society; a trustee, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Academic Review Committee of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy; Board member of Stetson University's College of Arts and Sciences; member of the Eau Gallie Rotary, and member of the WE Initiative of the Melbourne-Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. S. Ann Becker
Dr. S. Ann Becker is the Dean of of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, a University Professor of Management Information Systems and Computer Science, and President of the Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech. She has a B.S. and an MBA from St. Cloud State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Becker also holds a graduate certificate in Contract Management from Florida Tech.
Dr. Becker has extensive experience in teaching, research, and consulting in electronic commerce, web usability, software engineering, database technologies, and acquisition management. She has published over 100 articles in these and related areas. Dr. Becker is an associate editor for the Journal of Database Management, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, and International Journal of Cases on Electronic Commerce. She is the recipient of the Joan Bixby Women’s History Award at Florida Institute of Technology (2005, 2007) and Northern Arizona University's Mark Layton Award for Research Excellence (2002-2004).
Dustin Hodgkins is the Business Development Officer for Commercial Business Finance, a company that provides accounts receivable financing for growing companies. Dustin has been a lender with CBF for over 4 years. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree concentrating in Finance and a minor in Economics from Florida State University in 2004.
Dustin currently serves as the President of the West Melbourne Business Association and is also actively involved in the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce. Dustin is a native Floridian raised in Orlando and has lived in Brevard County for over 5 years. He presently resides in Indialantic Beach with his wife Morgan.
Julie Braga is the Area Director of Sales for the Melbourne Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott. She has worked for 12 years at both the Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott locations in Melbourne and has excelled during that period in operations & sales management. She earned her Bachelors in Science concentrating in Business Administration & Marketing from the University of Central Florida in 2000.
Julie married her college sweetheart Eric in Bermuda in April 2005. Seeking international experience, Julie worked as the Supervising Reservations Manager at Ariel Sands, a cottage colony hotel owned by Michael Douglas in Bermuda.
Striving to make an impact on the community, she currently serves on the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Inc. Board of Directors and is Membership Vice Chairman for 2011, the Women's Business Council Steering Committee & Event Chair for 2010 & 2011 Back To School Event, the Visitor Bureau Steering Committee, & the Chamber 2040 Steering Committee. She is a Member of Young Professionals of Brevard and serves as an Ambassador, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Survivorship Committee, West Melbourne Business Association Board Member & 2011 President, Brevard Business Leadership Network Board Member, American Society for Quality Chapter 1524 Board Member& Program Chair, and on the Economic Development Commission as a Board Member.
Laraine Schultz is Vice President and Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. She has been in the investment industry as a financial consultant since 1986 and joined A.G. Edwards & Sons in 1989. She works closely with each of her clients to develop a complete investment plan based on their goals and objectives. While doing so, she helps her clients understand and manage investment risk through proven strategies, such as asset allocation and diversification. Laraine received her designation as a Trust Specialist and also holds a registration as a general securities principal. She is active with various non-profit organizations within the community. She attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.
Mary Ellen Baldwin
Mary Ellen Baldwin, CFP ® graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1979 and joined Harris where she held positions ranging from market analyst to marketing manager. She earned her MBA from Florida Institute of Technology in 1983. In 1988 she left Harris after completing the College for Financial Planning Education Program. She practices as a comprehensive, fee-only, Certified Financial Planner ® at her firm, Baldwin & Associates, in Melbourne, Florida.
Mary is currently serving on the board of the Space Coast Guardianship Association, Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation, Florida Institute of Technology Women’s Business Center and the Brevard County Estate Planning Council. In the past she has served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home Society of Florida and as Chairman of the Business Operations Committee for the South Brevard Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She has been a member of the Eau Gallie Yacht Club since 1983 and has served on several committees including Chairman of the Women’s Advisory Council. Her hobbies include bicycling, kayaking, roller blading, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.
Michelle L. Naberhaus is a shareholder in the Melbourne office of GrayRobinson, P.A., a state-wide full service law firm. Michelle graduated from the University of Florida, College of Law in 2000, and her practice is focused primarily on guardianships and estate and trust administration and litigation. Prior to joining Gray Robinson, P.A., Michelle and her husband resided in Stuart, Florida, during which time Michelle ran her own law practice and served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at Florida Atlantic University. In 2009, Michelle and her husband decided to relocate to the Brevard County to raise their children in the area where he was born and raised.
Since relocating to Brevard County, Michelle has been very active in her profession and in the community. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, currently appointed to serve on the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee. She also serves as a volunteer for the Justice Teaching Institute, an initiative of the Florida Supreme Court to bring civic education alive for the children of Florida. She has served on the board of the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers (BCAWL) and its parent organization, Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), whose mission is to promote leadership roles of women in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large. For the past two years, she has actively served on various committees for FAWL, including the Membership Advancement & Promotion Committee, Communications Committee, and Legislative Committee.
Outside of her practice, she serves as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children. She is presently a trained volunteer of the Fostering Independence Program, focusing on teenage girls who are facing issues associated with aging out of foster care. Michelle also serves on the Board for St. Gianna’s Center, a not-for-profit organization promoting the advancement of women’s health and related issues.
Michelle and her husband live on South Merritt Island with their five children. She believes that one of her greatest accomplishments has been balancing her family life with the demands of her profession and community involvement. She is excited to be a part of the Women’s Business Center so that she is able to help other women realize their goals.
Rebecca Wood is an editor with SCB Marketing, a Melbourne, Florida-based marketing services company that publishes SpaceCoast Business and SpaceCoast Living, the premier monthly business and lifestyle magazines serving Brevard County.
Rebecca currently serves as the President of the Junior League of South Brevard, Inc., she is an active member of Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic, serves as the treasurer of the Women’s Business Center Board of Directors and volunteers with various other organizations throughout the community.
Born and raised in Titusville, Florida she attended the University of South Florida and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications, specializing in Magazine Journalism.
Steve Thomas is a named partner and patent attorney with the law firm of Hayworth, Chaney, & Thomas P.A., whose main offices are located in Melbourne, Florida, with satellite offices in Vero Beach. Mr. Thomas practices patent, trademark, copyright, and business law and chairs the Intellectual Property and Business Law division at the firm. He is a patent practitioner licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Thomas is responsible for all intellectual property and business law matters at the firm. He is an active litigator in both federal and state courts.
Prior to joining the law firm, Mr. Thomas was employed by defense contractor Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida in a program management, technology development, intellectual property development, licensing, and systems engineering capacity. He held profit/loss responsibility at Harris Corporation for numerous defense contracts with industry leaders such as the Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company, and numerous others in the aerospace industry.
Mr. Thomas is a native Floridian and has been active in the Boys Scout of America with his four boys, two of whom are Eagle scouts. He holds electrical engineering and law degrees. Mr. Thomas was valedictorian of his law school class.
Sylvia Garner is the President of DragonPoint, a Microsoft Partner specializing in custom software for businesses. In addition to handling daily operations, she manages all aspects of software development projects including requirements definition, system design, development, implementation, and support. With more than 20 years of experience in business process improvement for companies including electric utilities, banks, manufacturers, and service firms, Sylvia also facilitates process improvement projects for DragonPoint’s clients. Prior to joining DragonPoint in 1994, she held several positions with Harris Corporation, including sales and marketing systems consultant and manager of corporate headquarters office systems, and she conducted more than 25 process re-engineering projects for Harris divisions in the US and England.
Originally from South Carolina, Sylvia graduated from Stetson University and has lived in Brevard County since 1984. She serves on the Elder Board at Georgianna United Methodist church in Merritt Island, where she has also taught classes for children and adults and chaired the Administrative Board and Staff Parish committees. She has two children, Garrett, a University of Florida graduate who now works in Gainesville, and Jacquelyne, who is attending the University of Florida.
Tim Muth is the Director, Student Assessment in the College of Business at Florida Tech and teaches several undergraduate and graduate business courses. Previously, he spent over 25+ years in senior management positions with Harris Corporation and Intersil Corporation with extensive experience working with international customers and partners.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and holds an MBA from Wake Forest University. Tim is married and has 2 children. He serves on the board of several local charitable, non-profit, and religious organizations.
Bobbie Dyer is Division President for Dyer Mortgage Group. She has 24 years mortgage experience and has been a Nationwide Top Producer with over $500,000,000 in home mortgage loan closings. In addition she is a National speaker and the recipient of numerous awards for production, management, and volunteerism.
Ms. Dyer has lived in Brevard County, Florida since 1989 and served on dozens of charitable fundraising committees. Currently she is on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, Kerosene Lamp Foundation, and Women's Business Center at Florida Tech University; she is also actively serving on the Health First Foundation and Florida Tech Scott Center for Autism’s fundraising committee.
Carey Gleason is the Founding Chair of the Women's Business Center Board of Directors. Before joining Florida Tech, Carey was the Director of Community Relations for Health First Foundation.
Carey’s involvement with the community is extensive. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Orlando Florida Chapter; Grand Samaritan, Health First, Board of Overseers of the Florida Tech College of Business; Delta Mu Delta Honor Society; Florida Chamber Board of Governors, Tiger Bay; and serves on the boards of Leadership Florida; LEAD Brevard; Junior Achievement of East Central Florida; Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard Zoo and myregion.org. Ms. Gleason also is the founding member of the Ad Astra Society at Florida Tech; and a Lifetime member of the Navy League.
Carol M Craig
Carol M Craig is Founder/Owner of Craig Technologies, incorporated in 1999 and headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL. As President and CEO, she leads a team of over 200 employees nationwide to provide innovative engineering and technical services to government and commercial clients.
Carol’s military experience includes active duty as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer, specializing in Anti-Surface and Sub-Surface Warfare. She is currently a student of two PhD programs- Electrical Computer Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology, and Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida.
Carol is very active in the community and serves on several boards including the Florida Tech College of Business Board of Overseers, University of Central Florida Foundation, Civilian Military Community Foundation, National Space Club Florida Committee, The Haven for Children, Children’s Home Society, Space Coast March of Dimes, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Art Museum, and Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, among others.
In 2010, Carol was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award© in the technology category for the Florida region. Carol received the 2010 Space Coast Women’s History Award, and the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award from the Space Coast March of Dimes. In 2008, Carol was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Society of Women Engineers.
Carol is the proud mother to Danny (9), Gillian (7), and wife to CAPT John W. Craig, USN, a former F/A-18 pilot who now flies for JetBlue Airways and is a Naval reservist. Carol and John are founding members and active supporters of the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR), since their son was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 2002. Carol is also involved with several churches where she sings in the choir, and plays hand bells and piano.
ï»¿Connie Chiles-Cooke of Melbourne, Fla, a retired State Farm agent since 1986, is a four-time qualifier of the Million Dollar Round Table, and a three-time member of the President’s Club. Connie qualified for the Ambassador's Club for State Farm 24 of her 24 years in business. This is a leadership position within State Farm for those agents offering life, health, bank and mutual fund products.
Connie also founded the Women of Wisdom (WOW), an advisory and mentoring group consisting of local women that are business and community leaders. Connie is a graduate of Rollins College, and received the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998. Connie was awarded the 2002 Woman of the Year for the Citrus Council of Girl Scouts and in 2005 was the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate for her example as a leader for women in business. Connie and Sherry Palmer have founded Breast Friends of Florida to provide emotional support for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
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