Lehigh Acres Chapter

Lehigh Acres, Florida

American Business Women’s Association

Our mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally, through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.


April 2020 ABWA Monthly Dinner Meeting

April 9, 2020

Double Eagle Event Center, 350 Homestead Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, Fl 33936

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American Business Women’s Association

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Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

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Executive Board and Committee Chairs

Toby Ferrel


Mary Beck

Vice President

Judy Carter


Ody Eire


Adele Petersohn

Membership Chair

Linda M. Davidson

Hospitality Chair

Judy Carter

Social Media Chair

Education Chair

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Mary Beck

State Farm – Teresa Goodlad


Vicki Culver

Home For All the Holidays


Linda M. Davidson


Odalys (Ody) Eire

Ody’s Professional Process https://www.odyprocess.com/services.html

Toby Ferrel

Business Dynamix Solutions, LLC


Paula Hinspeter


Linda Hodde

Eastside Printing

Onnadine Hosler

Lehigh Town Center

Patricia Jackson

Physical Therapist at Home Care

Anna Ledger

Tannassee Realty

Alexis Macchia


Adele Petersohn


Cassandra Browning


Sandra Scifo


Debra Shuman


Maralyn Waline

Avon Representative

Patty Vealey


Bill Little


Shelia Bedwell

Lee County Government

Margarete Zimmerman



Toby Ferrel

For the month of October, 2019, we are celebrating Toby Ferrel as our business woman of the month.

Toby is a longtime ABWA member.  She is currently serving her second year as President of the Lehigh chapter and she was recently elected as Southwest Council Chair.  Toby came to the Lehigh chapter from the Neopolitan chapter in Naples.  While in Naples, she was an approved candidate for National District I Vice President of ABWA 2013;  Council Chair of the Southwest Florida Council of ABWA 2012, 2013; ABWA Neapolitan Chapter’s Top Ten Business Woman 2013; Gulfshore Business’s Forty Under 40 award recipient 2010; ABWA SWFL Council Woman of the Year 2010; Golden Gate Citizen of the Year 2009; Assistant Governor Area 1 of Rotary District 6960 2008-10; and President of the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier 2007-08.

Toby works at Business Dynamix Solutions out of Naples where she specializes in Operations Management, Customer Service Management, and Event Planning. 

Toby is an avid Disney fan and makes frequent trips to Disneyworld with her husband Kevin, where they thoroughly enjoy Mickey and Minnie. 

The members of the Lehigh Acres Chapter wish to tip our hats to Toby, the October business woman.


Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship

Empowering Women through the Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship

The 2018 – 2019 Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship is awarded to Cassandra Browning, a student at FSW.  Congratulations from all the members of the Lehigh chapter of ABWA.

The Lehigh Acres Chapter funds the annual Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. YOU could be the next recipient of this scholarship. Applications are now being accepted for those women who meet the eligibility criteria. Candidates must live in the greater Lehigh Acres area, which includes Lehigh, Alva, and Buckingham. Please email Judy Carter at j4udy@earthlink.net if you are interested, you know of someone who may be interested, or if you would like more information concerning this year’s scholarship.  Don’t forget, today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.

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