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 on the Advisory Board of AroundWellington.  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.

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.

Barbara Shafer

Board Member

Barbara Shafer, CRPS-F, serves as a paraprofessional advocate having a focus on substance use prevention/educational opportunities for Palm Beach County.  She is the Sr. Health Planner and Program Manager at the Health Council of Southeast Florida. Barbara also facilitates Project COPE (connect for overdose prevention and education) and GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing) support programs that offer a safe place to discuss meaningful and relevant topics of interest to families who share the experience of a loved one who has died of opioid overdose, survived an overdose, or are at high risk for overdose.

The opioid epidemic directly touched her family when she lost her 21-year-old daughter, Alison, to complications from intravenous drug use in 2015. She has since participated in the HGTC Addiction Lecture Series in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2016, 5th Annual Behavioral Health Conference – Ft. Lauderdale, and Florida Behavioral Health Conference (BHCon2019 and 2021). She has made it her mission to help families affected by addiction and/or who have lost children to addiction. She aims to bring hope to those families and individuals struggling with substance use disorders and to change the conversation and reduce the stigma.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Dayton and has realized a successful 35 year marketing/publishing career. Her professional strengths include media and communications, and exceptional interpersonal relationship skills. Outside activities include triathlons, running, yoga, and long distance swimming.

Barbara is a previous secretary for Alliance of Women Executives, is active with the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC), Board member at Sparking Life, Inc. and ambassador at ALwayS for ALS.

Sharon Klein

Board Member

Originally from Staten Island, New York Sharon relocated to Palm Beach County in 2001.  In 1986 Sharon founded Choice Marketing Group, Inc. a promotional products company with offices in Palm Beach County and New Jersey.

Prior to joining the Board of AWE, Sharon had served on the board of GCPPA (Gold Coast Promotional Products Assoc.) and the Board of Governors of the Governors Club.  While still in New York, Sharon started the Choice Marketing Golf Tournament to benefit Tomorrows Children’s Fund. She has also put together events to raise money for the Nell Smith House of the Children’s Home Society of Palm Beach.  Sharon has been a guest speaker for various organizations on accountability, leadership, and business growth and is a member of WEC (Women’s Executive Circle) of the Jewish Federation of Broward County.

Sharon joined AWE due to her strong belief that you give back to your community, and that is exactly what AWE does.  It is very gratifying to see the future through the words of the young women who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

Debbie Hawks

Board Member

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.

Nancy Meyer

Board Member

Nancy is a Certified Treasury Professional with a background in corporate treasury and over 25 years in financial services, including specialties in treasury management and merchant services. She specializes in providing solutions for working capital management.  Most recently, Nancy served as Retail Market Manager for Synovus Bank in the Southeast Florida market (Juno Beach).  In August 2021 Nancy transitioned to a role for Synovus in the Treasury Payments & Solutions division where she continues to advise business customers on daily banking issues and company growth.

Close friends and business associates call Nancy a “Professional Networker” for her ability to connect people and businesses in need with the appropriate solution provider.  She is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in North Palm Beach and is a member of various local networking groups.  Her current affiliations include the Palm Beach Chamber North as a mentor for the Women in Business Bootcamp, Program Chair for Network Professionals International (Boca Royal Chapter) and she was an award-winning presenter for the Shameless Promotions & Muffins networking group.

Michele Landers

Board Member

Michele Landers is originally from New Jersey and relocated to Palm Beach County in 1987. Michele began her career in the medical field as an administrator for a neurosurgery practice and pain clinic. Her experience in the medical field sparked her interest and eventual study of psychology, mind-set and eastern philosophies.

Today, Michele is a Board- Certified Life Purpose, Career and Spiritual Coach and Certified Hypnotherapist. She is the author of two books, The Year of Living Miraculously and The Tao of Numbers. Michele is also a radio, media personality and speaker who has taught hundreds of classes, speaking throughout the country. She was a recurring coach on Fox/ WFLX  “Eye on South Florida” with Shannon Cake and on NBC’s WPTV ‘s “5 at 11,” “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Segment.”

Michele has a special interest in helping and encouraging young women to make positive choices in their lives in order to achieve their goals and dreams and to be a productive, contributing member of society. AWE shares this vison which makes it a meaningful and perfect fit for Michele.

Volunteers

Sharon McCormick

Special Advisor to the Board

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.

Beth Wagmeister

ASL Interpreter

Beth Wagmeister is an Inclusion Specialist, Advocate and Educator. A champion for the Deaf, Beth provides American Sign Language (ASL) classes, trainings and workshops face to face as well as via web based on the topic of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with focus on the deaf community.

Beth is one of the founders of the Inclusion Support Team as well as the “Inclusion Works” Outreach Coordinator at the City of Boynton Beach. Beth teaches basic ASL to city employees from City Manager, first responders, police, park, camp staff etc. to provide top service in the city to all.

Beth sits on the Advisory Board at Keiser University and is a member of the Boca Chamber of Commerce, Boynton Beach Women in Business and now a proud member of the Alliance of Women Executives as its ASL interpreter.

Taylor Saunders

Instagram Coordinator

Taylor began her career in social work.  She was the Program Director for the PA CCIS TANF division that assists working parents receiving state funds to gain access to assistance that helps pay for childcare so they can continue employment.  She also worked with Tabor Community Services in their Shelter to Independent Living Program. This program helps those who are in emergency housing or shelters find financial independence and permanent homes.  Following her career in social services, Taylor pursued a career with Armstrong World Industries.  She remained with the company for 10 years holding a variety of roles from worldwide shipping logistics to Microsoft Office 365 Development and site deployment.

Taylor lives with her three daughters and husband and is highly active in her community.  Taylor is a coach for the nationwide program Girls on the Run, coaches youth Field Hockey for 1st and 2nd grade girls and is the President her local school’s PTO.  Taylor is passionate about helping young women find ways to empower themselves through education, self-awareness, and inner confidence.

She believed she could so she did

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