Women to Watch: 2016 Finalists

Announcing this year's W2W finalists
Now in its fifth year, the annual WILMA's Women to Watch Awards highlights the movers and shakers in our region. An impressive number of nominations were received and an incredible cadre of ladies were in the running — it was difficult to decide on just 35. But, after much deliberation by our judging panel, we are pleased to announce the following finalists:


Katherine Clark

Tanya Fermin

Amy Grant

Blaire Postman

Stephanie Weinzapfel



Katherine Daniel

Delinda Harrelson

Heather Holbrook

Stephanie Luther

Laurie King



Kathy Browder

​Marie Davis

Jean Hall

Sheryl Mays

Kat Pohlman


Health Care

Kelly Broadwater

Nicole Carroll

Courtney Gomez

Karin Kassab

Alison Yeargan



Patricia Hairston

Rachelle McGowan

Heather Ratliff

Kelly Williams

Amy Wright


Public Service

Lindsey Roberson

Jennifer Smith

Alex Sotelo

Ally Thornton

Debbie Todd


Rising Star

Hunter Crumpton

Ellen Long

Alexia Lopez

Elizabeth Marion

Hailie Neaves

The Judges

Gina Andrews, Business Development Manager (Atlantic Bay Mortgage)

Kim Bankston, GM, Human Resources (GE Hitachi)

Mary Bradley, Development Director (WHQR Public Radio)

Wanda Coley, COO (Well Care Home Health)

Dana Cook, Owner (Julia’s Florist)

Paula Corbett, CEO (Eastcoast Research)

Donna Esteves, Supply Chain Manager (Corning)

Angie Gray, Owner (A2Z Regulatory Publishing)/2015-16 WILMA's Leadership Institute graduate

Lori Feezor, Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel (NHRMC)

Lauren Henderson, CFO (CastleBranch Corp.)

Elizabeth Kuronen, VP, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Marketing, and Philanthropy (PPD)

Lisa Mesler, Mortgage Market Manager (PNC Bank)

Kimberly Paul, VP of Communication and Outreach (Lower Cape Fear Hospice)

Avril Pinder, Deputy County Manager (New Hanover County)

Kelly Schaudt, COO/Senior Director (Wilmington Health/Physicians Healthcare Collaborative)

Marilyn Sheerer, Provost (UNCW)

Debbie Warwick, Senior VP of Operations (Live Oak Bank)