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WGCU Public Media Announces 2017 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida

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Replaces Information Sent On Tuesday, Dec. 6

Due to unexpected circumstances, Naples resident Wilma Boyd, president and CEO of Preferred Travel of Naples has “respectfully declined this honor making room for another worthy recipient.”


For Immediate Release
Barbara Steinhoff


WGCU Public Media Announces
2017 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida

December 7, 2016…WGCU Public Media today announced the 2017 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. The 2017 Makers are: Cape Coral resident Heather Mazurkiewicz, founder and president of The Florida Cancer Presumption Coalition; Fort Myers resident Kathryn Kelly, founder & CEO, The Heights Foundation; Sharon Miller, founder of Trailways Camp; and Sharon Murphy, founder and CEO of The McGregor Clinic, Inc.; and North Fort Myers resident Annette Trossbach, producing artistic director of the Laboratory Theater of Florida.

The 2017 Makers, representing women who are impacting the arts, business, education, environment, health/wellness, politics and/or social justice, were selected from more than 50 women nominated by the Southwest Florida community by a committee of MAKERS alumnae and community leaders.  The selection committee members are Sarah Owen, SWFL Community Foundation; Brenda Tate, SWFL Women's Foundation; Walter Douglas, WGCU Diversity Advisory Group;Carmen Rey-Gomez, 2013 MAKER; Nancy Lachsheid, 2014 MAKER;

Jan Manarite, 2015 MAKER; Nola Theiss, 2015 MAKER; and Anna Bejerano and Barbara Linstrom, WGCU Public Media.

In its fifth and final year, the 2017 Makers will join an exclusive group of 45 women who have been named MAKERS. The 2017 MAKERS will be honored March 23, 2017 at the premiere of WGCU’s TV documentary 2017 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. Portraits of 2017 MAKERS will air on WGCU HDTV and WGCU FM and will be archived at wgcumakers.org.

About WGCU Public Media 
WGCU is Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR programming. As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU’s mission is to provide educational programming that inspires, informs and engages our community. Serving seven counties, one-fifth of the state of Florida, 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.  More information about WGCU is available online at WGCU | Your Southwest Florida Source for Public Broadcasting or by following us on Facebook.

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