Woman Lawyer of the Year Nomination Form

The Collier County Women’s Bar Association presents this award annually to a female lawyer who has excelled in her career, overcome traditional stereotypes associated with women, promoted the status of women within the profession, and/or promoted the status of women in the State of Florida.


Past Recipients & Years Honored

Rachael Loukonen-2021
Sonia M. Diaz-2020
Starling N. Hendriks – 2019
S. Dresden Brunner – 2018
Maggie McMorrow- 2017
Carol A. O’Callaghan 2015 – 2016
The Honorable Lauren Brodie – 2014
Kelley Geraghty Price – 2013
Mary Beth Clary – 2012
Susan R. Healy – 2011
Kimberly Leach Johnson – 2010
Collier County Foreclosure Task Force – 2009*
Sister Maureen Kelleher – 2008
Janeice T. Martin – 2007
Jeanne Seewald – 2006
Kathleen Passidomo – 2005
Tara Miller Dane – 2004
Carolyn Coukos – 2003
Amira D. Fox – 2002
Christine Greider – 2001
Melinda Riddle – 2000
Sharon Hanlon – 1999
Jill Burzynski – 1998
Jean Rawson – 1997
Helen Sundgren – 1995-1996

* In 2009, the CCWBA recognized the work of those serving our community during the foreclosure crisis. Instead of a single recipient of the Women Lawyer of the Year Award, the CCWBA presented a special recognition award to the attorney founders and working group members of The Collier County Foreclosure Task Force:

Jeffrey A. Ahren, Maureen P. Aughton, Jacqueline J. Buyze, Jane Yeager Cheffy, Timothy J. Cotter, Celia E. Deifik, Edward L. Larsen, Patrick H. Neale, Tara A. Mucha, Francesca Passeri, Kathleen C. Passidomo & Kelley Geraghty Price


From time to time, the CCWBA has awarded the Distinguished Executive Award to commemorate the achievements of men and women who lead in the workplace with vision, determination, and compassion, and who create productive working environments for female attorneys.


Distinguished Executive Award Past Recipients

Dr. Allen Weiss, CEO & President
NCH Healthcare System

Ernie Bretzmann, Executive Director
United Way of Collier County

Gerri Moll, President of Bank of America
Southwest Florida

Martha Marland, Senior Vice President
Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A.