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Thank you to all who attended, donated and bid in our silent auction! You made a difference by helping us bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls in our community development program where their entire GS Experience is funded by generous donors like YOU.

Women of Distinction St. Johns County recognizes the movers and shakers in St. Johns County who positively impact and support their community.

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Meet our 2020 St. Johns Women of Distinction Honorees

Vanessa Garrison
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Vanessa Garrison currently serves as a charge nurse in the MICU at Flagler Health +. She started her career at Flagler Health + in 2012 as a monitor technician, also in the MICU. She graduated from nursing school in 2014 and then obtained a position as an RN in ICCU, where she practiced for a year before transferring to MICU. Vanessa knew she found her niche and the ICU was where she wanted to be. This led her to obtaining her CCRN certification in 2015. Vanessa has played a critical role in the fight against COVID19. Vanessa is currently in graduate school at the University of North Florida in hopes of becoming the newest Nurse Practitioner. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Jocelyn Spates

Dr. Jocelyn D. Spates is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Florida A&M University and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University. Dr. Spates is an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellow and a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is a member of several pharmacy organizations to include AACP, ASHP, and FSHP. She has received the following honors: Dean’s Appreciation Award in 2014 and Teacher of the Year in 2003, 2007, and 2012. She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Spates is the past president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omega Phi Omega Chapter in St Augustine, FL. She served as president for three years. She is as a youth leader at her church, Hopewell.  She lives by the quote by Tom Peters that “Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders.” She is married to Jamie Spates and they have three children; Tyre, Jadasha, and Kyle.

Keri Matthews

Keri Matthews, co-founder of Matthews Design Group (MDG), has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a broad range of experience ranging from assisting large manufacturing facilities with automation solutions while working for Rockwell Automation, to helping companies create and implement successful processes to improve efficiency, streamline work-flow, and reduce costs. She also has experience in both performing and managing corporate financials, human resources, and marketing operations.

As CEO of MDG, she focuses heavily on strategic planning, process optimization, and staff wellness and development as MDG continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of their staff, clients and community.  Quality, efficiency, and effective process flow remain key focal points as Keri enjoys the daily challenges of pursuing organic growth and continual improvement as a company.

Keri has a passion for helping children. Since 2007, she has served on the Family Advisory Council of Wolfson Children's Hospital and volunteers to assist local schools and other community programs. She was a former Girl Scout Leader and coached youth recreational soccer for many years. She strongly believes we all have a responsibility to give back, and does so not only personally, but also through Matthews Design Group. Each year, Matthews Design Group donates engineering services to non-profit agencies, sponsors and participates in many charity fundraising events, funds a scholarship program at UNF for women and minorities in engineering, and partners year-round with local high schools and colleges to provide interns with real world experience. MDG also funded a new Robotics lab for a local school.


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Girl Scouts are invited to apply for the 2021 Women of Distinction mentorship program and be matched with an honoree to learn more about her professional accomplishments and service to the community.
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