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Women of Distinction 2017

Women of Distinction is Girl Scouts of Gateway Council's signature fundraising event to honor outstanding women in Northeast Florida for their professional accomplishments, service to others and community impact.  

Women of Distinction 2017
Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Jacksonville Marriott

Tickets: $125 each
A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and the event is expected to be sold out!

To order tickets, contact Kari Franceschina at (904) 388-9037 or

Women of Distinction 2017 Honorees

Mary Baer
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Mary Baer is proud to say she was a Girl Scout, early in life, as a Brownie in San Rafael, Calif. "I remember admiring the older girls I knew, who seemed so poised and confident, wearing their uniforms and being so involved. I remember thinking how I longed to be a leader like them!"

Mary's parents moved their six kids to southern Oregon when she was in third grade. It was in that rural area that Mary found herself involved in 4-H, working with animals and learning the responsibility involved with raising and training dogs, rabbits and horses. Like Brownies, it gave her a good sense of self and determination.

While in school, she began playing the flute, which also taught her how diligence pays off, and the importance of consistent work to achieve success. She played in the elementary, junior high and high school concert and marching bands, and later joined the high school jazz band, where she also learned to play the alto saxophone. Her band leader gave her the title of Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist. Mary excelled in writing, enjoying AP classes and earned the title of editor and associate editor of both the campus newspaper and yearbook.

Her mother encouraged her to begin competing in Forensics, where she won a number of awards and trophies at local and regional speech tournaments. She graduated from Phoenix High School, class of 1981.

Through her high school and college years, Mary followed in her big sisters' footsteps, getting her hands dirty, and stepping into a men's uniform to become one of the rare women pumping gas, checking oil and selling tires, at two Chevron USA O&O service stations in Medford, Ore. There, she was able to help pay her way through college.

She took her interest in music to Southern Oregon State College, playing in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble for two years. Mary then found herself immersed in the Communications Department and soon became assistant editor of the student-run newspaper, The Siskiyou.

After three years, she realized she wanted a journalism degree, so she transferred to the University of Oregon, and was thrilled to become a writer for the independent daily on-campus newspaper The Oregon Daily Emerald, where she later was named student government editor.

Two internships followed: one at KVAL-TV in Eugene, Ore., and the other at KTVL in Medford, Ore., where she would land her first TV job.  In 1986, she graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Oregon, with a TV Emphasis. That degree took her across the country first starting her career at KTVL in Medford, Ore., as news anchor/reporter from 1986 to 1988.

Mary then took a job in Columbus, Ohio, at WSYX from 1988 to 1992.

Her next move was to WJXT in Jacksonville, where she has been a news anchor/reporter since 1992.

A number of awards followed through the years, including:

  • Recognition from the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, for her series of reports on a colleague who battled leukemia and finally lost the fight
  • 2012 Suncoast Emmy Nominee — Human Interest News, Organ donation report "Story of Andrew and Savannah"
  • 2000 honoree — Celebration of Leadership, Community Connections
  • 2001 MS Society North Florida Chapter Media Professional of the Year
  • 2001-2002 Transplant Recipients International Outstanding Transplant Media Support
  • 2001 Brooks Health System Celebrate Independence, Chairman's Award-Media Division

Mary is currently active in news gathering, handling interviews, representing WJXT News4Jax in the community and emceeing a number of charitable events in the Jacksonville area. Among them:

  • The National MS Society
  • The March of Dimes
  • L'Arche Harbor House board member
  • Past Board of Directors for Hearts Hands & Hooves
  • Current member of the Board of Directors of Hope Therapy, a therapeutic horseback riding program for individuals with disabilities
  • The Mary Awards
  • Past Heart Ball co-chair with husband Marty Fiorentino

Mary enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with their four grown children, playing with their grandson, riding horses and spending time outdoors.

She and Marty live in St. Johns County, with a menagerie that includes four cats, a rabbit, a goose, a hen, four horses, a miniature horse and a donkey.

Anna Lopez Brosche
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Anna is a Jacksonville native, grew up in Murray Hill and is an at-large member of the Jacksonville City Council. The daughter of a retired Senior Chief (DKCS) from the U.S. Navy who hails from Hagonoy Bulacan, Philippines, Anna is proud to be the first Asian American elected to Jacksonville City Council and the first female Filipino American City Council member in Florida. She is wife to Dave, Commander (CDR) in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and mother of three children. 

Anna obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) and Master of Accountancy from the University of North Florida. She started her career at Ernst & Young LLP and then served as Finance Director for a technology law firm. Anna is a certified public accountant licensed in Florida and Georgia.

Anna is active in the community and has a long history of mentoring young business professionals and business owners. She is serving or has served as a member of the following organizations: 

  • Jacksonville City Council, At-Large Group 1 (2015 – 2019)
  • JAX Chamber Board Member
  • JAX Chamber Foundation Board Member
  • United Way of Northeast Florida:  Chair, Board of Directors; Tocqueville Leadership Council Member; Resource Management Cabinet Member (Chair, Volunteer Accounting Committee); Women in Local Leadership Member
  • University of North Florida Foundation:  Board Member; Finance and Audit Committee Member
  • University of North Florida Coggin College of Business Alumni Chapter:  Board President; Governance Committee Chair
  • Jacksonville Women's Business Center:  Advisory Board Chair; Nominating Committee Chair; Fundraising Committee; Athena Panel Member; Advanced Financial Matters Mentor; Chair of Subcommittee to Develop Advanced Financial Matters Mentoring Program; Member of Business Women of Color Committee; Financial Matters Mentoring Program Cash Flow Workshop Facilitator; Business Advisory Council Guest Expert Speaker
  • Leadership Jacksonville, Inc. (Class of 2009):  Finance Committee Member; Audit Sub-Committee Member
  • Ritz Chamber Music Society, Inc.:  Board Member
  • Beaver Street Enterprise Center:  Mentor/Volunteer
  • U.S. SBA E200 Program:  Mentor/Volunteer
  • Social Entrepreneurship Consortium:  Co-Chair, Host Committee for Northeast Florida Roundtable Discussion Event
  • Jacksonville Women's Network:  Member; Membership Committee; Strategic Planning Committee Advisor (Membership)
  • Women's Giving Alliance:  Treasurer; Finance Committee Chair
  • Women Business Owners of North Florida, Inc.:  Member; 2009 Women in Business Awards Selection Committee Chair; Hospitality Committee
  • Opera Jacksonville, Inc.:  Treasurer
  • ASPPA Benefits Council of Northeast Florida:  Board Secretary
  • Bank Advisory Board Member
  • Private Company (Manufacturing) Advisory Board Member
  • Private Company (Professional Services) Advisory Board Member

Anna has mentored business owners and young professionals in the following programs: 

  • Jacksonville Women’s Business Center’s Financial Matters and Advanced Financial Matters Mentoring Programs
  • Jacksonville Women’s Business Center’s ATHENA Powerlink Mentoring Program
  • U.S. Small Business Administration’s e200 Program
  • University of North Florida Coggin College of Business Career Management Center Mentoring Program
  • JAX Chamber ImpactJAX Mentoring Program
  • KYN

In addition to her volunteer work and professional activeness, Anna has received the following local, state and national recognitions:

  • Scenic Jacksonville Award for Civic Engagement & Environmental Stewardship (Mayor’s Environmental Awards), Scenic Jacksonville, 2016
  • Ultimate Financial Officer, The Jacksonville Business Journal, 2014
  • Top Mover and Shaker in Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Business Journal, 2013
  • Prime F. Osborn III Distinguished Business Leader Award, Distinguished Alumna, University of North Florida, 2013
  • 40 Under 40, CPA Practice Advisor Magazine, 2011
  • Top 50 Small Business Influencer, Advantage Magazine, 2011
  • Corporate Leader of the Year, Northeast Florida Women In Business Awards, 2010
  • TIAW World of Difference 100 Award, The International Alliance for Women, 2010
  • Spirit of Rosie Award, Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Women’s Digest, Women’s Center of FSCJ and the Mayor’s Commission on The Status of Women, 2009
  • Outstanding Alumna Achievement Award, University of North Florida Coggin College of Business, Alumni Association, 2009
  • Northeast Florida Women of Influence Award, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2007
  • President John Delaney’s Fab Grad Award, University of North Florida, 2007
  • Northeast Florida 40 Under 40 Award, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2006

With a strong track record of investing into the lives of young women through mentoring programs, Anna truly is a woman of distinction.

Diane Brunet-Garcia
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Diane Brunet-García credits the Girl Scouts with helping instill the self-confidence that has shaped her personality and career. As the daughter of a United States Navy serviceman, Brunet-García moved with her family from her birthplace in Honolulu, Hawaii, to tours in San Diego, Midway Island, and Brunswick, Ga. He retired to a town outside Atlanta.

Her Girl Scout experience started as a Brownie in California and continued as a Junior in the Atlanta area before she moved to Conyers, Ga., to attend Rockdale High School. Brunet-García learned from her two sisters about the camaraderie and sisterhood that working with other girls can provide, but Girl Scouts amplified the strong support her family provided.

“Scouts wasn’t competitive, it was very supportive, but it gave me a sense of self-confidence to take on the world,” Brunet-García said. “Scouting makes you feel like you can do anything you want to do.”

That fearlessness served her well when she became the first woman from Georgia to be appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1976. She was of 80 women attending Plebe Summer in Annapolis, Md., for the first time.

That experience introduced her to what would eventually become her career. She and the other women were under intense media scrutiny. Many publications clamored for interviews with the first women admitted to Annapolis.

“I was captivated,” Brunet-García said. “From that moment forward, I was fascinated by the media.”

After deciding the Navy wasn’t the right fit, she entered LaGrange College, a liberal arts school in west Georgia, on a theater scholarship. She graduated with degrees in theater and English. While attending LaGrange, the local paper invited her to write reviews of plays in which she wasn’t acting. After graduation, she started writing for an advertising agency in Atlanta in between auditions for theater productions. After the birth of her first son, she became a full-time copywriter.

Her husband, Jorge, moved to Jacksonville, Fla., to work at what was then The Robin Shepherd Group in the late 1990s. Not long after, she joined him as a full-time contractor. In 2003, the couple launched Brunet-García Advertising with a single contract to create a campaign to persuade young Hispanic and African-American men to buckle up as part of Florida’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The agency now employs 30 people in Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of multilingual services to private sector, government and nonprofit customers.

With more than 20 years of experience in all facets of marketing, advertising and public relations, Brunet-García oversees the overall financial and corporate administration of Brunet-García Advertising. She incubates meaningful relationships, grows essential partnerships, and guides impactful campaigns. The agency creates multicultural integrated branding and communications in the areas of health, safety, education, the arts and environmental sustainability.

Brunet-García said she wants her work to be as transformative as it is meaningful. To her, making a positive social impact isn’t just gratifying — it’s a responsibility. She has served on the boards of the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, the World Affairs Council, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and Friends of Hemming Park. She has also donated the resources of the agency to numerous arts, education, and human service organizations, including MOCA Jacksonville, Stage Aurora, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, The 5 & Dime, Phase Eight, Players by the Sea, Cathedral Arts Project, Riverside Avondale Preservation, Betty Griffin House, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Feeding Northeast Florida, and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

Brunet-García said she loves to travel and eagerly awaited her first trip to her husband’s native Cuba in December 2016. She is obsessed with Hawaii and enjoys sampling good food.

In addition to hundreds of American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) and numerous Emmys, the agency has received several other honors, including the Small Business Award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (2004), HandsOn Jacksonville Business Award (2012), 904 Magazine’s Companies with Heart (2013), and GrowFL’s 50 Florida Companies to Watch (2016). Brunet-García received LaGrange College’s Shackelford Alumni Achievement Award in 2014.

Brunet-García and her husband have worked with their older son, Joash, at the agency for six years. In 2016, he co-founded a partner agency called Castaño Group, specializing in multimedia storytelling. The couple’s younger son, Justin, lives in California and has worked for Square since the company acquired his startup in 2013. The couple welcomed a grandchild, Sadie, in 2014. After their granddaughter was diagnosed with a global development delay, they have learned a great deal about working with children with special needs.

“I want to learn to advocate in a meaningful way.”

Lakesha Burton
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Lakesha Burton’s life experiences are the best indicator of her courage, confidence and character. Her challenges could have led her down a different path, but through her strength, work ethic and faith, she overcame adversity and has used what she learned to encourage and inspire others to do the same.

Sometimes negative words incite positive determination. When a sexually abused 15-year-old, who deliberately got pregnant to stop her stepdad from molesting her, gave birth to her son, the doctor said to her, “I’m sure I’ll see you again next year at the same time.” Those words broke her heart, but they also made her resolve that he would never see her again. “He didn’t know me or my situation and yet his words have stayed with me and spurred me on to overcome every obstacle since,” Lakesha said. In time, his words also taught this Mandarin resident to be careful what you say to people as she has spent her life uplifting rather than categorizing others.

In high school after a meeting with a friend, Lakesha began to realize that things could change for the better and started listening to the teachers and counselors who were trying to help her.  Through playing on the school’s basketball team and at the Police Athletic league team, getting a lot of counseling she began to overcome her anger and realized that she wanted to graduate on time. “The Wolfson principal at the time, Mr. White, and my guidance counselor, Ms. Mumford, showed me a lot of favor and gave me many chances where anyone else would have been kicked out of school for my behavior.” Lakesha doesn’t remember their exact encouraging words but she does remember how their patience and support subdued her pain and made her feel that they truly cared and wanted her to succeed. That’s why Maya Angelou’s words, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” has molded her actions as an adult

Basketball gave her the opportunity to go to college and even played a role in finding the ultimate peace through faith. Her coach Deborah Pennick took her to a church revival, where she accepted Christ, and months later offered her a scholarship Lake City Community College to play basketball. “When I went to that revival, I was at a crossroads and had been contemplating suicide. A miracle occurred that night! I didn’t commit suicide but because I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I died and was re-born! I remember promising God, that if he would change my life and take that pain away, I would help to serve others for the rest of my life.”

Her new attitude and perspective also resulted in her winning the 1993 Duval County School Board Turnaround Student Award in which she won a car (1998 Lemans Pontiac), both the homecoming and prom crowns, and graduating on time with a 3.0 GPA. Lakesha then received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Central Florida where she decided to pursue a degree in criminal justice at the University of Central Florida. In 1999, Lakesha became a police officer so she could become an advocate for victims of crimes, especially children.

In 2006, Lakesha became the fourth African-American police sergeant in Jacksonville, and in 2013 was promoted to lieutenant, earning the honor of being only the second African-American police officer selected to earn this rank. She has been awarded Six Pillars of Character Award for both a month and for the entire year exemplifying the traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring or citizenship. Other outstanding achievements based on her compassionate approach include the Law Enforcement Victim’s Advocate of the Year Award and the Shriner’s Award of the Year, to name only a few.

In her current position as Executive Director of PAL, Lakesha is the first female and African American in JaxPAL’s 44 year history to hold the position. Her life has come full circle, from being a PAL kid at 15 years old to now running the organization. She continues to be a police officer with all police authority, while running this distinguished 501 ©3 youth serving non-profit organization. She oversees a staff of 90 during the school year and approximately 120 in the summer and manages a budget of over $3.3 M. PAL serves 2500-3000 kids annually. All of this underscores her leadership, as well as her ability to be an inspiration for girls to work hard and work smart.

With an abundance of skills gained from life experiences, law enforcement and her work with at risk youth, she daily is a positive influencer on the future generation.

Nancy Chartrand
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Born Nancy Jane Piecuch in 1954 to first generation Polish immigrants, Frank and Jane Piecuch. Nancy’s birthplace and home was Manchester, New Hampshire where her value of volunteerism took hold. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science and teaching degree. After graduation, Nancy married her high school sweetheart and they started a family and became a devoted mother of two children, Jeffrey and Meredith. In 1982, the family migrated to Jacksonville, Fla., where they have made their home.

Continuing with the values instilled in her during childhood Nancy served on many volunteer boards including the Parent Teacher Association at her children’s schools and the family’s local parish, Resurrection Church. Her devotion to the Catholic faith has inspired a deep belief in social justice.  She has served the community through her support of The Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent’s Hospital, PACE School for Girls, and Birthright, Inc.

She was named “Woman of Influence” in 2013 and along with her husband, Gary, were awarded "Philanthropists of the Year” in 2013. Currently Nancy sits on the foundation boards of the Diocese of St.Augustine Florida, Florida State College of Jacksonville, and St.Vincent Healthcare.

She sits on the Board of Directors for The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens,the leadership council for the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for Girls and Chairman of the Board at The Chartrand Foundation which focusses on equal educational opportunities for all.

Jane Lanier
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Jane R. Lanier, CFRE has spent her life living the mission of the Girl Scouts of America, since becoming one at the age of six. Throughout her various leadership roles and volunteerism within Northeast Florida, she has touched the lives of many, young and old.

Jane has many fond memories from her childhood experiences with the Girl Scouts. She was blessed to be a member of her troop from the first grade all the way through eight grade, as a Brownie, Junior and Cadette. She distinctly remembers her beloved troop leader, Mrs. Kroppman; carving animals out of soap; learning to cook baked beans; and of course camping.

The Girl Scouts improved Jane’s confidence and leadership abilities through her interactions with the troop. She enjoyed and appreciated the challenge of learning new skills that she might not have had the opportunity to learn elsewhere. One of her proudest achievements with Girl Scouts happened during her final year. Jane directed and produced her own production of “The Sound of Music.” She enlisted her troop mates to play the majority of the roles in the musical theater production and presented it the entire school. At the end of the production, the Girl Scouts presented Jane with her very own Director’s Chair, a memento that she will always cherish; reminding her of the many fond years she spent as a part of the Girl Scout family.

Jane has exemplified the Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place through her chosen professions after her time as a scout.

She has always had a heart for the wellbeing of the girls and boys in her community. Her resume is full of work that has given her the platform to help children grow into courageous and confident young adults. She has been an elementary school teacher, Director of Children’s Services with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA, an organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all), the Chief Executive Officer of the Ronald McDonald House, and currently as the President and Chief Development Officer of the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation.

While working with RMH Jane found her calling, by living their mission of improving the health and well being of children in our community. It has always been her passion to help those in need, especially the young. When transitioning to St. Vincent’s she finally found an organization that married bother her passion for charitable and spiritual outreach.

Through Jane’s foresight and resourcefulness, she has established a circle of community partners and raised financial support that enabled St. Vincent’s to create and operate their pediatric Mobile Health Outreach Program, and award winning state-of-the-art doctor’s office on wheels that brings access to free medical care to thousands of underserved and uninsured children in impoverished neighborhoods throughout Northeast Florida.

Today, in collaboration with Duval County Public Schools and United Way Full Service Schools, and with an annual budget of more than $550,000, St. Vincent’s Pediatric Mobile Health Outreach Program travels to 23 middle and high schools throughout the year, providing more than 10,500 patient services annually, including school and sports physicals, and immunizations for children in our community.

Additional outreach programs that have been supported through fundraising by the St. Vincent’s Foundation include: Reach Out & Read and Momentum, and after-school program for adolescents. Through Jane’s leadership, the St. Vincent’s Foundation supports a variety of vital community outreach programs for Northeast Florida’s girls and boys.

Individually Jane has also been recognized throughout Northeast Florida over the years:

  • The Ascension Health Council on Philanthropy, Sister Mary Walter Boyle Award, 2015
  • The Catholic Health Association of the United States, Sister Concilla Moran Award, June 2014
  • Jacksonville Women’s Network; 1999 – Present
  • Women’s Board Member of Wolfson Children’s Hospital
  • Meninak Club of Jacksonville, President, 2007
  • Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence
  • Award, 2004
  • Catholic Business Women of the Year, 2003
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, CEO
  • Eve Award Finalist, 1996

Jane graciously offers her expertise to those who can benefit from her experience whether through leadership positions; working with children; volunteering in the community; mentoring and educating others interested in pursuing careers in philanthropy; or in service to her church.

Diane Raines
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Diane Raines was a Girl Scout in several different states growing up. As a child she moved a good bit and would seek out the Girl Scouts or similar groups depending upon the region to help become part of the community.

Some memories that stayed with her from her time in Girl Scouts were the role models of successful, caring adults who helped and encouraged. Diane loved working on the badges (alas, she does not know where her sash went) and learned that persistence, following the rules and stepping out to try new things really worked.

Diane shared her favorite Girl Scout memory, which is really about food, “When I was 12 I went to camp one summer in Corpus Christi, Texas, where I learned to dig a latrine and set up a tent. My mom had put a full package of my favorite lemon cookies in my bag to last me throughout the week. Well, digging latrines is hard work so, of course, I ate the whole package in one night. It was years before I could look at lemon cookies again and I learned the value of moderation and timing!”

Graduating from high school in Stafford, Va., Diane worked her way through college as a legal secretary until she entered nursing school. She is a proud product of the state university system in Florida—an AA from then Florida Junior College; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University; a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of North Florida. “I’m a Seminole, Gator, Osprey and it only took me 42 years from start to finish!” laughs Diane.

Diane S. Raines, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, has served at Baptist Health for 40 years, including the role of Chief Nursing Officer for the past 12 years. She is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Executive Fellow in Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. As the CNO, Dr. Raines helped lead the team that achieved Magnet designation for the health system — an international quality award. Diane leads a team of nurse executives that, in collaboration with their physician colleagues, is responsible for safe, quality patient care delivered with compassion and respect. Diane was part of the team that adopted innovative fabric technology for clinical uniforms and patient garments as part of the approach to reducing hospital-acquired infections. Baptist was the first health system in the world to have a system-wide adoption.

When Diane is not working or spending time with her husband of 42 years, she applies the traits that she admired of her Girl Scout troop leaders by volunteering and serving the community in various roles:

  • The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Board of Directors 2006-16, Vice Chair 2012-14, Executive Committee, 2015-16; facilitated Board of Directors Retreat 2012
  • The American Diabetes Association, Northeast Florida, Board of Directors 2014-15
  • United Way, Resource Cabinet for Sr. Adult Health 2008-2011, Leadership Giver 25 years, led corporate campaign for Baptist Health twice
  • Volunteers in Medicine, facilitated Board of Directors Retreat 2012
  • Various mission trips associated with church activities or health care including Haiti, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Ethiopia (2014)

Honors she has received include the 2010 University of Florida College of Nursing Alumna of the Year; EVE finalist in employment in 2008; Corporate Women in Business award in 2008; and the national "Spirit of CareGiving™ Award" in 2004 for leadership in building a culture of caring at Baptist Health.

Amy Ruth
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Though never a Girl Scout, Amy Ruth embodies the Women of Distinction and Girl Scout values in her care and treatment of all the employees that come through her office as the Chief Human Resource Officer for Florida Blue.

Amy is also a member of the Enterprise Executive Management Team, and is responsible for setting and implementing the Company’s Human Capital Strategies. Prior to joining Florida Blue, she led a Florida Blue subsidiary company, Incepture, as its president, where she was responsible for the strategic direction and successful execution of the company’s objectives.  Amy is a seasoned human resource professional with over 20 years of experience. Before joining Incepture, Amy was the executive director of total rewards for TriServ Alliance, LLC. Prior to that role, Amy lived in Atlanta and held several leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels Group. She also has experience working for Towers Watson and SunTrust Banks.

In 2014 Amy was honored by the Jacksonville Business Journal as a Woman of Influence. Amy was also recognized as an Ultimate HR Executive in 2012. While at Incepture she oversaw Incepture’s workforce flexibility initiatives that were awarded the 2012 Alfred P. Sloane Award by SHRM and When Work Works.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center and as their 2016/2017 Board chair, she is also a member of the Jacksonville University External Advisory Board for the College of Health Sciences. Amy received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.

When Amy is not working to promote healthy work environments she is a proud Aunt that loves all of her 22 nieces and nephews and 9 great nieces and nephews. When time permits, she loves photography, reading and hiking.

“I take great joy in helping others and sharing some of the advice and support generously shared with me in my career.” 


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2016 Honorees: Cheryl Bryan, Heather Duncan, Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Debbie Buckland. Stephanie Cost, and Vickie Cavey