Board Members

Vicki Tate – President

Originally from New York City, Vicki has lived in Palm Beach County since 1985  beginning her career as a professional recruiter with a concentration in the fields of Financial and Legal Services.  Her natural ability to connect like-minded women, along with a lifetime of philanthropy, led her to found the Alliance of Women Executives (AWE).  Vicki is Vice President of the Henry Nias Foundation as well as an active member of it’s Board of Directors, a member of the Foundation for Women and Economic Literacy, a past board member of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, and a board member in her homeowners association.  She has volunteered with Hospice of Palm Beach County, Florida Poodle Rescue, Relay for Life, and is a member of the Cancer Prevention Study -3 as well as a member of Women’s Master Networking.

Terri Dew – Vice President

Terri Dew is active in Palm Beach County both personally and professionally. She is the Administrator of Abacoa Golf Club and helped create Chip-N-Sip, a group dedicated to growing the game of golf for women in North Palm Beach. She is an owner and office manager of Sports Field Management, a company that manages the athletic fields at Florida Atlantic University. Terri is an active member of the Abacoa Town Council, she serves on the Small Business Advisory Council of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, chairs the Digital Marketing Series Committee and is on the Membership Committee. Terri supports local charities including Relay for Life as a team leader, Friends in Pink, The American Cancer Society and The American Diabetes Association. Terri and her husband actively support Take Stock in Children, the Palm Beach County Golf Association, the Florida State Golf Association and The Society of Seniors.

Rosy Acevedo – Secretary

Rosy has been a practicing attorney running her own firm since 2001 in the areas of Family Law and Estate Planning. In 2005, she began her Mary Kay business and is a Cadillac Sales Director.

Rosy became a member of AWE in January 2019. She is a member of the Florida Bar and leads in the Women’s Ministry at Journey Church. She also served in 2018 as a Member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Healing Institute. Rosy supports local charities such as Journey Church, Mary Kay Foundation, Compassion International, World Vision and Heartbeat of Miami. Rosy is passionate about leading and loving others. AWE has given her the opportunity to do just that in the lives of young women as they pursue their hearts desires.

Debbie Wemyss – Director of Communications

A South Florida resident since 1979, Debbie Wemyss (weemz) hails from New England and has a three-decade background in PR, marketing, and fundraising for corporations and nonprofits. She Founded DW Consulting Solutions LLC in 2011 to offer expert coaching to individuals and corporations to use LinkedIn as a powerful branding and marketing tool. Debbie is an active volunteer with SCORE Palm Beach, SCORE Broward and a long-time member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and also belongs to several professional women’s organizations. As an entrepreneur, the mission of the Alliance of Women Executives (AWE) strikes a special chord in Debbie’s heart.

Roni Gudell Puleo – Director of Development

Roni Gudell Puleo has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry. Managing some of the largest institutional accounts in the country, Roni is excited to call Palm Beach County her home. She has always made time to be involved with charitable organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Arthritis Foundation, CCALS (Compassionate Care ALS) and IIG (Invest in Girls).

Following her desire to share her professional experience, Roni is excited to be involved with the Alliance of Women Executives (AWE) to help the next generation of women achieve their goals. Serving in the role of Director of Development taps into her heart-felt passion to give back to our community.

Sharon McCormick – Board Member

As a resident of Palm Beach County since 1989, Sharon McCormick has spent countless hours volunteering with several local organizations, including over 12 years of volunteer service with the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. Sharon has also been a member or chair of several fundraising event planning committees that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local organizations over the years including the Armory Art Center, the American Heart Association and the Center for Information and Crisis Services/211.  She is currently the Director of Marketing for Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA), a firm well-known throughout the state for reinventing cities. Her passion for community and making places that people want to call home made her connection to the Alliance of Women Executives a perfect fit.

Claudia M. McKenna – Board Member

Claudia M. McKenna is the former City Attorney for the City of West Palm Beach, a position she held from 2002 until her retirement from the City in 2014.  She has the distinction of being the first woman to hold that position and is the second-longest serving City Attorney in the City’s 100+ year history.

Claudia continues to provide municipal legal services to the City of West Palm Beach as special counsel and community redevelopment legal services to the City of Pompano Beach’s community redevelopment agency as its CRA Attorney.  Additionally, she served as Contributing Editor to Reinventing Your City, co-authored by redevelopment experts, Kim J. Briesemeister and Christopher J. Brown.

A resident of Palm Beach County since 1976 (with a brief absence to attend UF Law School from 1982 to 1985), Claudia is delighted that AWE’s mission of promoting higher education through academic scholarships for Palm Beach County graduates will empower the next generation of young women as they pursue their life goals.

Volunteers

Debbie Hawks – Ambassador

Debbie Hawks is a North Palm Beach native with a strong passion for empowering youth to succeed. She spent 14 years mentoring boys with The Boy Scouts of America and many years as a volunteer for Palm Beach Gardens High School and Dreyfoos High School of the Arts. Debbie now gives her time and talents to the Alliance of Women Executives and The Kiwanis of North Palm Beach. When not volunteering, she is a Real Estate Listing Specialist with the Keyes Company in Palm Beach Gardens. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.

Kathie Kreh – Ambassador

After a 30-year career in advertising and the broadcast TV industry, Kathie chose to pursue a passion nurtured in the mission fields in Africa. Witnessing great need and identifying education as the great equalizer and opportunity multiplier for youth in impoverished regions, Kathie founded the African Orphan Educational Foundation [AOEF] in 2019. AOEF supports the educational and personal development needs of orphans and disadvantaged children in Africa at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.

As an advocate for education and a champion of the entrepreneurial spirit, Kathie finds inspiration from AWE as it expands the life and career options of deserving young women in her local community.

Amy Liposky Vincent – Ambassador

Amy Liposky Vincent is the Managing Partner of the Real mold guy! a 25 year-old specialty construction firm serving South Florida with honest mold remediation, restoration, emergency water extraction and dry out. In addition to financial management, she has vast experience in marketing, advertising and graphic design.

Amy moved to Jupiter Farms from Montana in 2004. Since then she has been active in the community serving her church, schools and veterans’ organizations. She is a founding member of the Run Like a Warrior 5K which benefits the lacrosse teams at Jupiter High School and the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. Amy is proud to serve the Palm Beach County community as an AWE ambassador and help support young women in realizing their college dreams.

Shaena Fray – Student Coordinator

Shaena Fray is currently a master’s student at Florida Atlantic University studying Applied Mathematics. Shaena plans on working in this industry so she can be a role model and a mentor to women around the globe. She has over 9 years of experience working in youth empowerment and education. At a young age, she was taught the importance of service to her community, which lead her to study nonprofit management alongside of mathematics. The mission of AWE aligns closely with Shaena’s purpose. She is determined to make a positive impact on the lives of these young women by encouraging them to set the bar high and exceed the expectations of those around them.