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2015 Women’s History Month

Commission on the Status of Women Hosts A Community Conversation – Women 4 Women

The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will observe National Women’s History Month, March 1st-31st, by hosting A Community Conversation – Women 4 Women – forum to understand the major issues affecting women and their families throughout the county. The free forum is open to the public and takes place Friday, March 27th, 3-5PM, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. To further celebrate National Women’s History Month, an exhibit titled “Meet the Commission on the Status of Women” will be featured in the Governmental Center lobby, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, to recognize and celebrate the many ways these dedicated role models provide an expansive vision of what a woman can do.

 Meet the 2015 Commission on the Status of Women


Janice D. CarterJanice D. Carter – District 9

Janice Carter is a 27 year resident of Broward County and was reappointed to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) by Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness. She has served on the CSW for the past 3 years serving as Secretary and currently as the 2nd Vice Chair. Janice was born and raised in small town Alamo, GA leaving to attend Florida A&M University (FAMU) where she majored in Social Work. She received her BSW degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Sciences from FAMU. Since that time, Janice’s professional life includes over 28 years of experience in the social services arena. Currently, she is the Director of Community Relations and Resource Development for the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. Janice is very active in the community and serves on the Recreation Advisory Board for the City of Lauderhill, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church participating on several of their choirs. She loves to sing, read and is an avid tennis player. Janice has two beautiful daughters and one grandchild. Her motto is, “Always put your best foot forward.”

Suzanne Citere – District 4Suzanne Citere – District 4

Suzanne is from New York City and moved to Lighthouse Point in 1996. She’s a small business owner, opening her school RealDance in 2003. Upon learning she was positive for the BRCA mutation, she became an advocate for women’s health and an active fundraiser for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer, Empowered. She was featured in the book “Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life Changing Decisions.” Recognized by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2012 for her work in the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community, she was appointed to CSW by Commissioner Chip LaMarca in 2013.

Toby FeuerToby Feuer – District 5

Toby’s involvement with community activities started in Brooklyn, New York in the public schools. She became involved in the Parent Teacher Association and Parent Association; rising to President in Elementary and Junior High School, respectively, and serving on the Curriculum Committee for the district. Her professional career included working at Brooklyn College in the Transfer Student Services Department of the Registrar’s Office, becoming acting supervisor in 1992; and retired in 1988 after 25 years of service. Toby’s new community life began in the City of Weston. She holds the position of Vice President in her condo association; Secretary of the Broward Coalition; President of the Presidents’ Council of the Bonaventure community; Vice President of the Weston Democratic Club; member of the Commission on the Status of Women since 2009; member of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization; and Commissioner of the City of Weston since 2010. Toby was reappointed to CSW by Commissioner Lois Wexler.

Kimberly GreeneKimberly Greene – District 3

Kimberly Greene, MAED, BSP, AAS was raised on the island of St. Croix, and moved to Florida in 1985. Early on, she found her life’s mission in service for others, especially for women who can’t speak for themselves. She has served on many committees and boards, and is always working on new projects such as her current endeavor involving founding a new women and children organization. Kimberly’s focus is to give back by partnering and volunteering with other women’s organizations, working with her patients and owning a learning center for under privileged children. When she’s not teaching, mentoring, coaching and writing motivational material, she enjoys spending time with her 13-year-old daughter. Kimberly was reappointed by Commissioner Stacy Ritter.

Dr. Eloise McCoy-CainDr. Eloise McCoy-Cain – District 7

Dr. Eloise McCoy-Cain is the longest serving board member (28 years) on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Her life-long efforts to help women have led to scores of distinguished achievements too numerous to list here. She is a retired educator with 49 years of service, including 31 years at Nova Southeastern University as an administrator and professor of early childhood education. Dr. McCoy-Cain’s work for her community includes officer and founding positions in multiple education and service women’s sororities. She’s currently a board member on Habitat for Humanity. Her numerous awards include Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame, CSW Women’s History Month 2007 Honoree, Broward County Senior Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award-Honoring Distinguished African-American Women with Vision. Eloise was reappointed by Mayor Tim Ryan in 2013.

Deborah A. Mizell – District 1Deborah A. Mizell – District 1

Deborah is a registered nurse and has been employed by VITAS HealthCare for 13 years. She is a Community Liaison, with a focus in the African-American and Caribbean communities. Deborah has served her community by volunteering with the American Cancer Society; Sickle Cell Foundation of Broward County; Miami Chapter Tuskegee Airmen; Area Agency on Aging and Disability - Advisory Committee; Broward College RN-BSN Program - Advisory Committee; Everest University Program - Advisory Committee. She was honored as Florida Nurses Association Broward County Nurse of the Year 2006; VITAS Hugh Westbrook Community Service Award 2007; VITAS National Leadership Award 2010; and recipient of the Lauderhill Tribute to Women’s History Month for her selfless social and volunteer work. Deborah was reappointed by Vice Mayor Martin David Kiar.

Sharon RagoonanSharon Ragoonan – District 9

Sharon Ragoonan is a 20-year professional manager in municipal government and has served on the Commission on the Status of Women for one year. She serves as Code Compliance Manager at the City of Fort Lauderdale. Other public service appointments include Building/Minimum Housing Manager, Assistant City Manager, Building/Code Compliance Director, and Assistant Director of Community Development at municipalities in Miami-Dade County. Her volunteer service includes: Chair of Florida Atlantic University Broward Alumni Association and Chair of the North Dade YMCA. She launched a national financial literacy campaign known as “Generation Debt Free.” Ms. Ragoonan holds a Master of Business Administration. She was recognized by the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative and completed the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Mentor Program. Sharon was appointed to CSW by Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness.

Ghazala SalamGhazala Salam – District 5

Ghazala Salam was born in India in 1965, grew up in Philadelphia and lives in Weston, Florida. On November 12, 2014, she was elected Chair of the Broward Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Ghazala was appointed to CSW by then Commissioner Barbara Sharief on June 7, 2011, and reappointed on September 10, 2013, by Commissioner Lois Wexler. She is a community and government relations professional. Ghazala promotes democracy and advocates that citizens’ interests be heard, deliberated and legislated on. Women are half of the world’s population, and as such their voices matter and should be heard in the democratic process.

Leslie Sheffield Leslie Sheffield – District 2

Leslie Sheffield is a native Floridian, who has served on the Commission on the Status of Women for seven years. Community activism has been her lifelong passion beginning with get-out-the-vote drives, school advisory boards, grant writing for her church and a low- income childcare center, and serving as Democratic precinct committeewoman and volunteer coordinator for political campaigns. With journalism and business degrees, Leslie uses her public relations background to effect change. As a cancer survivor, she was invited to Washington D.C. to tell why the Affordable Care Act was important to her and her family. She had the privilege of introducing President Barack Obama at the Obamacare Summit. Leslie was reappointed to CSW by former Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.

Janet Solitt Janet Solitt – District 6

A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Janet Solitt was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women by former Commissioner Sue Gunzburger in 2014. Janet holds degrees from Emory University and the American University, Washington College of Law, and is managing member of a real estate investment firm in Fort Lauderdale. A long-time advocate on women’s issues, she serves as a national vice president of the National Council of Jewish Women and as a board director of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Married for 27 years, Janet enjoys the South Florida lifestyle with her husband and two childre.

Marci TalismanMarci Talisman – District 3

Marci Talisman is a native Floridian who has lived in Broward County since 1989. She was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women in 2014 by Commissioner Stacy Ritter. She is employed by the School Board of Broward County and is an active volunteer in her children’s public schools, serving on the School Advisory Forum, School Advisory Council, and Parent Teacher Student Association. For five consecutive years, she has chaired a large, annual food drive organized through National Council of Jewish Women and has been an active volunteer with Girl Scouts since 2003. For 23 years, Marci has been married to husband Harold and has two daughters, Erin 18 and Jenna 16.


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