ABWA Southwest FL Chapters

One of the things that members like most about ABWA is that it provides a nurturing environment for them to test and acquire new business and leader skills.
Members meet monthly to share their professional endeavors, ideas, experiences, resources, products and services, with like-minded professional women within their geographic area. Members are encourage to participate in the local experience where they will have an opportunity for hands-on learning.
Have a look through all of our chapters below.



Imperial River Chapter

Chapter Vision Statement: 

Our Board

2017-2018 Board of Directors

President:  Lynda Rubenstein
Vice President:  Gloria Baker
Secretary: Shelia Bedwell
Treasurer: Augustina Holz

Woman of the Year: TBD

2017 SWFL Council Delegate and Alternates

Delegate: Debra Lee Nashed
Alternate: TBD
2nd Alternate: TBD

Location and Meeting Information

Chapter Location: Estero/Bonita Springs, FL

Meeting location and address:

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Networking; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Dinner and Meeting

Meeting Date: Second Wednesday of the Month

Costs & RSVP: $30.00 per attendee – Credit Card RSVP to ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com

To pay at the door, RSVP to LyndaR83@aol.com

Fundraisers & Events: TBD

Contact Information

Chapter Contact:
Name: Lynda Rubenstein
Email:Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org or LyndaR83@aol.com  
Phone: (239) 823-1131

Chapter website address: http://www.abwaimperialriver.org/
Chapter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABWAImperialRiver/ 

Lehigh Acres Chapter

Chapter Visions Statement: Lehigh Acres Charter Chapter of ABWA vision is to uplift and empower women by: ..Recognizing and celebrating our milestones ..Supporting the educational growth and development of members and women through scholarships ..Inspiring, developing, and mentoring future leaders ..Nurturing and encouraging the uniqueness of each member ..Supporting charitable organizations in the community ..Having FUN

Our Board

2017-2018 Board of Directors

President: Judy Carter
Vice President: Toby Ferrel
Secretary: Debra Shuman
Treasurer:  Mary Beck

Woman of the Year: Mary Beck

2017 SWFL Council Delegate and Alternates

Delegate: Toby Ferrel
Alternate: Adele Petersohn
2nd Alternate: Judy Carter

Location & Meeting Information

Chapter Location: Lehigh Acres, FL

Meeting Location and Address:

Mirror Lakes Golf Club
670 Milwaukee Blvd.
Lehigh Acres, FL 33974

Meeting Date: Second Thursday of the Month

Costs & RSVP: $15.00 per attendee – RSVP to Linda Davidson at liniree@comcast.net

Fundraisers & Events:
Quarter Auctions – February, April, June, and October

Contact Information

Chapter Contact:
Name: Judy Carter
Email: j4udy@earthlink.net

Chapter Website: http://www.abwa.org/chapter/lehigh-acres-chapter

Chapter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABWALehigh/

Neapolitan Chapter

Vision Statement: The ABWA Neapolitan Chapter is the preeminent professional development group that empowers women through content-rich programs designed to build business expertise. It’s a place to find positive caring connections and dynamic leadership in a welcoming networking environment.

Our Board

2017-2018 Board of Directors

President:  Belinda Zivich
Vice President:  Sam Black
Secretary: Jill Dixon
Treasurer: Danielle Rachel

Woman of the Year: Jennifer Frost

2017 SWFL Council Delegate and Alternates

Delegate: Belinda Zivich
Alternate: Sam Black
2nd Alternate: TBD

Location & Meeting Information

Chapter Location: Naples, FL

Meeting Location and Address:
The Hilton of Naples
5111 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

Cost is $33.00 members/$38.00 non-members

Meeting Date: Fourth Tuesday of every Month – Networking 5–6pm; Meeting 6–8pm
Exceptions – November and December

Costs & RSVP: $33.00 per member/ $38.00 per non-member

RSVP to laninta@comcast.net

Special Events and Fundraisers: 

Women’s Business Expo – TBD

Contact Information

Chapter Contact:
Name: Belinda Zivich
Email address: belindazivich@gmail.com or bzivich@rmcgp.com
Phone: (239) 370-3771

Chapter website address: http://abwaneapolitan.org/
Chapter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABWAneapolitan


Palms of Edisonia Chapter

Chapter Vision Statement: Our vision is to recruit, educate and nurture our members by building relationships and guiding them with personal and professional knowledge.

Our Board

2017-2018 Board of Directors

President: Kelly Talamo
Vice President: Caroline Leckie
Secretary: Darlene Carswell
Treasurer: Carolyn Graves

Woman of the Year: Darlene Carswell

2017 SWFL Council Delegate and Alternates

Delegate: Robert Carswell
Alternate: Linda Lindquist
2nd Alternate: 

Location & Meeting Information

Chapter Location: Fort Myers, FL

Meeting Location and Address: 

Hilton Garden Inn
12600 University Drive 
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Meeting Date: Third Tuesday of the Month
Exceptions – December meeting is first Tuesday of the month

Cost and RSVP: $25.00 per attendee; RSVP by Monday before meeting to Nancy Bucklin at: 239-277-0886

Fundraisers & Events:
February, July, and November – Bingo Extravaganza

Contact Information

Chapter Contact:
Name: Kelly Talamo
Email: Kelly@stokesmarine.com
Phone: (239) 357-7612

Chapter website address: http://www.abwa.org/chapter/palms-of-edisonia
Chapter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABWA-Palms-of-Edisonia-1403044783289630/ 

Punta Gorda Charter Chapter

Chapter Vision Statement: We will foster personal and professional growth to our Chapter and our Community through leadership, education, personal development and networking for all women to continue to grow positively.

Our Board

2017-2018 Board of Directors

President: Elaine Kerns
Vice President: Audrey Muccio
Secretary: Pat Walker
Treasurer: Patricia Dyson

Woman of the Year: Alexia Martin

2017 SWFL Council Delegate and Alternates

Delegate: Alexia Martin
Alternate: Marge Szmania

2nd Alternate:


Location & Meeting Info

Chapter Location: Punta Gorda, FL

Meeting Location and Address:

Hurricane Charley’s
300 W Retta, Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Meeting Date: Fourth Wednesday of each Month
Exceptions – November and December 

Costs & RSVP: $25.00 per attendee – RSVP to Audrey Muccio at aud28m@yahoo.com

Fundraisers and Events:
Fashion Show – February 

Contact Information

Chapter Contact:

Name: Elaine Kerns, President

Email address: elkerns1157@comcast.net

Chapter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABWA-Punta-Gorda-Charter-Chapter-662661533757938/?fref=ts

Sanibel-Captiva Charter Chapter

Chapter Vision: Collectively, we inspire each other to learn, grow, and make a lifetime of new connections.

Our Board

2017-2018 Board of Directors

President: Jodi Suskind
Vice President: Erin White
Secretary: Marletta Short
Treasurer:  Gabriela Bell

Woman of the Year: Jodi Suskind

2017 SWFL Council Delegate and Alternates

Delegate: Marletta Short
Alternate: Mary Bondurant
2nd Alternate: Jodi Suskind

Location & Meeting Information

Chapter Location: Sanibel Island, FL

Meeting location and address:

The Sanibel Community House
2173 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957

Meeting Date: Second Tuesday of the Month

Networking begins at 5:30 PM followed by dinner, business meeting, and speaker/program at 6:00 PM.

Costs & RSVP: $25.00 per attendee – RSVP to Eventbrite: ABWASanibelCaptiva.Eventbrite.com

Fundraisers & Events:
Little Black Dress – TBD

Contact Information

Chapter Contact:
Name: Jodi Suskind

Email: abwasanibelcaptiva.org

Chapter website address: http://abwasanibelcaptiva.org/
Chapter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABWA.Sanibel.Captiva/


Ms. Castillo stared her journey with ABWA in 2013 as the recipient of the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) scholarship and in December 2014, she graduated from Florida Southwestern Colledge with her BAS in Supervision and Management in 2015. Over the years, Ms. Castillo has been awarded Apex Awards and Certificates of Achievement for her various leadership roles in her League. This is her fourth board year, she is the 2016 SWFL Council Woman of the Year. She has also served as the SWFL Council Financial Officer from 2015-2016.

Betty Castillo, 2017 Council Website Chair

ABWA Southwest FL