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Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2017 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida

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August 29, 2016… WGCU Public Media is accepting nominations for 2017 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. The public is invited to nominate a woman who is impacting Southwest Florida and leaving her mark in the arts, business, education, environment, health/wellness, politics or social justice. Nominations will be accepted through October 15, 2016 at

WGCU completes its five-year series of 50 MAKERS this year. As the fifth and final year this is the last opportunity to nominate a woman who is making a difference in Southwest Florida. Portraits of 2017 MAKERS will air on WGCU-TV and on WGCU-FM in March and April. Nominees will be considered by a selection committee of MAKERS alumni and WGCU leaders. WGCU will notify the five women selected as 2017 MAKERS in November 2016.

Inspired by the PBS national project, WGCU MAKERS preserves the stories of remarkable Southwest Florida women. WGCU produces video and audio portraits of the MAKERS to air on WGCU TV and WGCU FM and archives their stories at for future generations.

The remarkable women honored in years past are: 2016 MAKERS…Sister Maureen Kelleher, Denise McNulty, Steffanie Pearce, Ricky Pires, and Myra Roberts; 2015 MAKERS… Mary Ellen Hawkins, Jan Manarite, Lucy V. Ortiz, Robbie Roepstorff, and Nola Theiss; 2014 MAKERS …Rita Bertler, Sharon Bruckman, Myra Daniels, Laura Safer Espinoza, Eve Haverfield, Martha Hill, Nancy Lascheid, Theresa Ink, Kimberly Leach Johnson, Darla Letourneau, Pam Oakes, Julie Shematz, Michele Valencourt and Gail Williams; and 2013 MAKERS …Samira K. Beckwith, Ellie Boyd, Susan A Bridges, Andrea Clark Brown, Karen Clawson, Ellin Goetz, Carmen Rey-Gomez, Lalai Hamric, Ann Reiasner Jacobson, Carla Brooks Johnston, Sharon McDonald, Barbara Mainster, Gail Markham, Reiko Niiya, Ellen Peterson, Nely Rodriguez, Veronica Shoemaker, Hilary Swain, Marty Valiant, Rae Ann Wessel and Trudi K. Williams. Their portraits video and audio portraits are available at


About WGCU Public Media 

As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU Public Media’s mission is to inspire, inform, educate, engage and entertain through the power of public media. Serving seven counties, with three distinct digital TV channels, two FM radio channels and three HD radio channels, a monthly magazine and a robust website, WGCU delivers national and international programming and develops, produces and delivers relevant, informative and educational local programs to the Southwest Florida community.


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Barbara Steinhoff