2019 Orlando Women’s Conference Program
9:00 – 9:45 Breakout Sessions
POWER: What Does it Mean Today?
MODERATOR: SHELLEY W. LAUTEN is the CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, a position she has held since October 2016. The Commission is a tri-county organization whose mission is to eradicate homelessness across the region. Prior to the Commission, Shelley was a founding partner of the consulting firm triSect; served as president of myregion.org, a seven-county strategic planning initiative; and held senior executive positions at Walt Disney World and the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company. A native Floridian, Shelley has been married to her husband for 35 years and has called Orlando home for most of those years. They have two grown children and a granddaughter.
KELLY COHEN is a lobbyist, political strategist and fundraiser known for building partnerships between government and industry in Florida. Kelly is managing partner at the Orlando office of Florida-based government relations firm Southern Strategy Group. She has successfully spearheaded some of the region’s largest development projects, including the acquisition of an Orlando MLS team, the construction of the Orlando City
Soccer Stadium, and the entrance of Wawa and Uber into the Orlando market. An active and dedicated member of her community, Kelly serves as a board member for a host of regional arts, tech and nonprofit organizations and is a top advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. She lives with her husband, Scott, and their cat, Kitty, in downtown Orlando.
HELEN MARTINEZ is an attorney and entrepreneur who founded Black Elk Group, a commercial real estate development, investment and consulting firm, affiliated with the Ustler Group of Companies, in 2017. Prior to founding, Helen built a SaaS-based company focused on the financial due diligence sector, which she sold to a public financial services firm in New York in late 2014. Helen also practiced law for nearly a decade in private practice and as in-house counsel. She is active in her community and has served on many boards, including the advisory board for Athena International. Helen lives in Orlando with her husband, John, and their two children, Virginia and Tindal, ages 7 and 5.
HOPE NEWSOME currently serves as general counsel of Triloma Financial Group and managing partner of Virtus LLP, a law firm practicing in the areas of corporate and securities, financial services, private capital and public finance law. She spent four years as chief compliance officer of The Newport Group, a FINRA registered broker-dealer and SEC-registered investment adviser with over $20 billion of assets under management. A
member of The Florida Bar, she holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 53 and 66 registrations. She was an Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree and serves on the boards of the ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership, Support Our Scholars and the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar.
ADRIANNA SEKULA is a government affairs and community relations professional at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, driving local public policy initiatives and community outreach. Adrianna’s previous experience includes legislative efforts to ensure funding and smart policy in the juvenile justice arena and locally in residential construction
with the Homebuilder’s Association. She is the chair of the PACE Center for Girls in Orange County, on the board of the Florida Executive Women of Central Florida, and is active in Toastmasters, Tiger Bay of Central Florida and Leadership Orlando, in addition to many Disney-appointed chamber and association boards. Adrianna holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University.
PASSION: Using It To Achieve Success For
You & Your Organization
MODERATOR: DANA NICHOLSON BLEDSOE, DHA, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, enterprise vice president, Nemours Children’s Health System and president of Nemours Children’s Hospital, is focused on building and expanding world-class programs at Nemours to provide the best possible care for the most-complex pediatric cases. Previously she served as president of Children’s and Women’s Hospital, part of the Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. She holds a BS in nursing from Loretto Heights College (now Regis University) in Denver, a MS in nursing administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. In 2018, she earned her doctorate of executive health administration (DHA) with first honor from the Medical University of South Carolina.
DR. BARBARA JENKINS has been superintendent for Orange County Public Schools since 2012. Under her leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education and the Governor’s Sterling Award. In January 2017, she received a presidential appointment as a director of the National Board of Education Sciences. She serves on the executive board of directors of the Council of the Great City Schools, Chiefs for Change, The Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the Florida Council of 100. She is past president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. In 2017 she was named Florida Superintendent of the Year and one of four finalists for the national title.
JOANN NEWMAN, Orlando Science Center president and CEO, began with the Center in 2003 as director of operations and held several executive leadership positions. During her tenure, Orlando Science Center has grown to engage more than 670,000 people annually, approximately doubling in attendance, revenue and staff. National recognition has included prestigious grants from NASA and the Office of Naval Research, and awards such as Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award and two nominations for the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal. JoAnn has a BS in industrial engineering from Penn State University and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She began her career as a development engineer with AT&T.
CHRISTINA PINTO is a Certified Financial Planner® and partner at MPC Wealth Management, where she offers comprehensive financial services for professionals and business owners with a focus on retirement and long-term care planning for women. Prior to 1998 she worked for more than a decade in banking, consulting with clients and providing loan assistance. She served on the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida
(HBIF) for more than eight years. She also serves on the board for Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. Christina’s passion is educating women about the importance of financial health and has developed a Women’s Wealth and Health Educational Summit series in partnership with the UCF College of Medicine.
JILL S. SCHWARTZ is the managing partner of Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A., and AV (top) rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review and has been included in the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers” since 1999. Jill has been listed in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” and in Florida Super Lawyers (named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers) since 2007. She has extensive experience representing both management and employees in all employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, employment contracts, whistleblower and False Claims Act cases. In 2005, Jill became the first female attorney from Florida to be inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is also a Florida Supreme Court certified civil mediator and arbitrator. Jill is a frequent panelist and lecturer on women’s issues in the workplace and has been quoted in the Orlando Business Journal, Smart Money, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a recipient of the Women’s Resource Center’s “Summit Award” for outstanding philanthropic contributions.
PURPOSE: Exploring & Defining What Yours Is
MODERATOR: SECILY WILSON is a Telly Award winning broadcast journalist, media communications professional, Mrs. Florida International 1999, and founder of her own nonprofit WOW Legacy Group, Inc., which supports women in transition. For more than 20 years, Secily delivered hard-hitting, inspiring and entertaining reports in news, lifestyle, art and entertainment. Over the years Secily has interviewed notables like Oprah, Civil Rights icon Andrew Young, former NFL coach Tony Dungy, former CNN anchor Soladad O’Brien and many others. She is passionate about issues like stroke awareness and domestic violence. Secily is often found giving back to her community, spreading awareness and volunteering. Secily is the mother of two daughters, Chrissy, a USF graduate student, and Nicole, a senior at Montverde Academy.
LESLIE HARTOG is a social entrepreneur, and philanthropist and CEO and co-founder of The Community Seal, a web-based membership network that connects nonprofits with businesses and people committed to giving back. She is also the co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a women’s collective giving circle, an initiative of Central Florida Foundation, and a member of the Women’s Collective Giving Network. With over 25 years of experience in operations and systems engineering and strategic and business planning with Walt Disney World. Leslie has also been a consultant in business, operations and strategic planning for museums, parks and nonprofit businesses for over 12 years.
SUSAN JOHNSON is the founder and president of Support Our Scholars (SOS), established in 2006. This organization is committed to the education of bright young women with financial need. SOS currently has 46 young women in colleges around the country. When she was 27, she founded Jake Allen Center and Jake Allen Pre-school for deaf-blind, inspired her son who was born deaf and blind. The school, which Susan ran for nine years, was featured in numerous national publications. She remains a strong advocate for blind multi-handicap individuals and their families. Susan holds an honorary doctorate of humanities from Western Maryland College. She is married to baseball great Davey Johnson, and they have been blessed with six children and six grandchildren.
GABY ORTIGONI is president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO), one of the leading economic development organizations in Central Florida and one of the largest Hispanic chambers of commerce in the nation. Previously she served as regional vice president for Central Florida at Prospera, a nonprofit organization assisting Hispanic entrepreneurs who are establishing or expanding their businesses in Florida. Other positions include manager of community relations at Orlando Utilities Commission; director of marketing and sales for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. She has been honored with Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women Who Mean Business Awards, Telemundo’s Triunfadores, and La Prensa’s Hispanic Women Who Make the Difference Award.
10:00 – 10:45 Breakout Sessions
POWER: How to Get It, Use It & Keep It
MODERATOR: KAREN KEENE is the president of ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership, Inc., the umbrella organization of the Women’s Leadership Luncheon, ATHENA NextGen and the $100,000 endowed scholarship at UCF. Karen co-founded ATHENA PowerLink Central Florida in 2005, a program dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs elevate business growth and profitability. She is the Florida representative on the ATHENA International board of directors. Additionally, Karen is director of marketing and business development at Dean Mead, a statewide corporate law firm. She has over 23 years of experience coaching professionals on client development, marketing, branding and strategic planning. She was awarded the Women’s Resource Center Summit Award in 2016.
ANN FAIRCHILD is General Counsel for Siemens North America, with oversight responsibilities for legal operations of Siemens in the United States and Canada. Ann is an active business partner to regional executive management of Siemens, enhancing business strategy and policy through pragmatic legal advice, and the development of a strong, diverse legal organization across North America. She is also the co-executive sponsor of the Women’s Information Network at Siemens, or WIN@Siemens, a national network committed to promoting the inclusion, awareness and understanding of issues and challenges facing women within the Siemens workforce. She has been with Siemens since 1999, holding various general counsel roles there.
ROSEANN HARRINGTON was recently appointed chief of staff for Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. Previously she was with Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) for 32 years. As vice president of marketing, communcations and community relations she was responsible for all internal and external corporate relations including communications, media relations, customer education, advertising, marketing, community relations, employee involvement, local government outreach, economic development and e commerce. During her tenure with OUC she worked in operations and communications. Roseann received a degree in communications from Loyola University and an MBA from Rollins College. She is active in the community, having served on numerous boards, and is the mother of two daughters.
DIANE MEILLER-COOK, president and CEO of Diane Meiller & Associates, has more than 25 years of experience in multiple industries, specializing in the areas of business strategy and leadership, marketing and sales, human resources, and operations management. She started her career with IBM and was recruited for sales and marketing assignments in Tucson, Boston and Manhattan. She joined EDS where she spent five years in the areas of business and strategic planning, recruiting, marketing and business development, leading transition efforts as a result of mergers and acquisitions in new market areas. She devotes significant time leading and contributing to numerous community and charitable organizations. In 2007, she created a mentoring program for teenage girls to teach critical leadership and professional skills combined with the importance of community engagement.
PASSION: Creating Your Sustainable Nonprofit
MODERATOR: CAROL WICK is a principal with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, which helps nonprofits assess their capacity and take their organization to the next level. Her services focus on creating dynamic, fundable plans, developing outcomes that investors care about, and global and national expansion/replication. Prior to joining Convergent, Carol served as the CEO of nonprofit organizations for over two decades. During her tenure, she became an expert in turning around troubled or struggling organizations, using her business acumen to achieve financial stability and her advocacy to engage the community as partners in the mission. She has a proven track record of hard work, integrity, ethics and success.
STACEY PAPP is the founder and lead designer of Bay Hill Jewelers Group which encompasses The Wedding Ring Store on Park Avenue in Winter Park and C6 in downtown Orlando. The company has expanded their collection of not only fine diamonds and gems, but a men’s department downtown with corporate gifts, leather goods and collectibles. In 2004 she established the Bridges of Light Foundation with an objective to raise money that is distributed specifically for at-risk children in foster care and throughout our community. The funds raised go directly to helping these children learn to break the cycle of poverty through education. The program has successfully grown into the Orange County School System where the adopt-a-family program was initiated.
KAY RAWLINS is the vice president of community relations for Orlando City Soccer Club, president of the Orlando City Foundation, and is also a founder and owner of the Club. Kay’s role includes speaking engagements on behalf of the Club, most of the community outreach, sending players to schools and youth groups to talk about exercise and healthy choices, and encouraging staff and fans to join community projects. She also heads up the Orlando City Foundation, is on the Community Leadership Council for the Howard Phillips Center, and is a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida,
Cannonball Kids’ cancer, Central Florida Foundation, and the Commission on Homelessness.
ALLISON WALSH currently serves as the vice president of business development for Advanced Recovery Systems, a national behavioral healthcare company dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse and mental health issues. In 2001, she founded Helping Other People Eat (H.O.P.E.), a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and awareness of eating disorders. Additionally, she serves on the board for the National Eating Disorders Association and has personally shared her story of overcoming anorexia and bulimia with more than 100,000 people. She loves empowering young women and recently published “The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Post-Grad Success.” She resides in Windermere with her husband, Brian, and daughters, Madison and Brooklyn, and son, Bradley.
MELISSA WIGGINS, B.A., L.L.B., L.P., is a founding member of Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation and mum (mom) to Cannon, who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer when he was 20 months old, and twins Arran and Gray. During Cannon’s year and a half of treatments, Melissa saw the horrific effects first-hand and it motivated her to spend hundreds of hours researching and learning about the enormous lack of funding
and research dedicated to pediatric cancer and effects, such as secondary cancers, that occur as a result of antiquated treatments. Melissa and her husband, Michael Wiggins, founded Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation in 2014 with a mission to eradicate kids’ cancer. Melissa is a native of Scotland where she earned her law degree and worked in commercial litigation.
PURPOSE: Redefining It After A Loss
MODERATOR: ANDREA ELISCU serves as president of Medical Marketing Inc., a healthcare marketing and public relations firm she co-founded in 1984. Throughout her career, Andrea has also authored four books, including the recently released It’s Personal: The Art of Building your Practice. With a passion for community, Andrea devotes her leadership, creativity and countless hours to several local organizations. She founded the Orlando Dragon Boat Club and the Dueling Dragons of Orlando (“cops and kids”)
dragon boat team, and also serves on the boards of the Orlando Ballet, OneBlood and the Orlando Rowing Club.
CAROLYN MOOR is a professional residential interior designer, Modern Widows Club (MWC) founding director, and a global leader in social innovation, education and advocacy for widows. After being a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, she was encouraged to launch a startup for the first-ever training program focused on widow mentoring and leadership. Modern Widows Club was born in 2011 and started in Carolyn’s home by mentoring two widows. Today, MWC serves over 30,000 widows and have launched 23 national chapters with 50+ trained leaders. She has produced five Leadership Conferences and two widow empowerment events.
NOELLE MOORE is the founder and executive director of The Finley Project, which cares for mothers who have experienced the unimaginable – the loss of an infant. She is also CEO of Know Moore Consulting and graduated from The Rollins College Philanthropy Center with a certificate in non-profit management. She enjoys taking courses at the Philanthropy Center on an ongoing basis. She is a board member of the Winter Park YMCA and AdventHealth, a founding member of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resource Network; a grief share facilitato; a member of the CEO Counsel, Association for Fundraising Professionals and Healthy Start’s Infant Mortality Task Force as well as an active member of the Winter Park Chamber and the Lake Mary Rotary.
PAM SAFFRAN is a local licensed mental health counselor, author and mother of three. Her late husband, Alan Saffran, MD, was a beloved ENT physician who passed away after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. Pam recently published a book, Listening for Echoes — the true story of how she was thrust into a new world when both Alan and her mother Dorrie — the rocks of her life — were simultaneously broadsided by life-threatening illnesses. Her mission is to share her story of love, family, and resilience, and help inspire people to live a life full of hope and happiness after the loss of a loved one. She recently partnered with local nonprofitNew Hope for Kids to establish the Dr. Alan J. Saffran Sc holarship for children who have lost parents unexpectedly and need assistance to attend college. All of the proceeds from her book now go to this fund. Pam earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore College.
NORMA STANLEY, shareholder at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, is board certified in wills, trusts and estates by the Florida Bar and holds a master of laws in taxation. Norma advises clients on estate planning, federal tax, probate, trust administration, guardianships and elder law. With more than 25 years of legal experience in wealth transfer, business succession, sophisticated tax, trust and estate planning, estate and trust administration and family office creation, Norma represents a myriad of clients, including high net worth individuals and their families, beneficiaries of trusts and estates, trustees and small business owners. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America 2009-2019 and Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Law sections of Best Lawyers in America 2009-2019.
11:00 – 11:45 Breakout Sessions
POWER: Over Your Mind
CARA HEWETT has been in the field of psychology since the late ‘80s. Her experience includes in-patient psychiatric hospitals, mental health agencies, private psychotherapy practice, as well as teaching and counseling at the university level. She is trained in various therapeutic modalities including EMDR and hypnotherapy. Her understanding of behavior from a transpersonal perspective led to forming a mind, body, spirit center which offered classes and workshops in personal growth. Her passion continues today with further emphasis involving theoretical approaches in the field of psychology, metaphysics, neuroscience, and the study of human consciousness. The Soul Happy Technique, developed with her colleague, Tracy Zboril, was researched and developed based on the latest discoveries in these fields of study.
TRACY ZBORIL has been in the field of psychotherapy since the ‘80s, practicing in various genres including grassroots in-home therapy, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, out-patient clinics, therapy within a public school system, and almost 20 years in private practice. In more recent years, her focus shifted to the mind-body-spirit connection and she started exploring and studying new modalities including integrative models, transpersonal
psychology, human consciousness, hypnosis, along with new advances in neuroscience and the energetic field of quantum physics. As passion for this knowledge expanded, her desire to change her clinical focus resulted in a collaborative and The Soul Happy Technique was developed. This technique uniquely combines all these various fields of study.
PASSION: Just Do It – Starting & Building Your Business
MODERATOR: JUDI AWSUMB, president, Awsumb Enterprises, a strategic solutions consulting company, has over 30 years of experience leading successful growth strategies for both the corporate and entrepreneurial environments. Her business acumen helps companies achieve maximum growth to attain short and long-range goals. Most recently through her company, she has worked with EarthLinked Technologies and is currently serving as division president of ETI, a company that provides renewable energy to commercial businesses. Throughout her career she has served on various boards and has served on the ATHENA PowerLink governing board for last seven years; chair of CVC Hospitality Advisory board; member of Florida Executive Women; and serves as guest faculty for Rollins College CEO Business Accelerator Program.
VERNICE BRADLEY ATKINS is the majority shareholder and the Licensed General Contractor of Votum Construction, a company she co-founded with Teska Dillard. In her role as president/CEO, she provides management oversight and directs all daily business operations. Her business development acumen has led her company to being a partner in the construction of several notable projects in Central Florida, such as Barry Law School – Legal Advocacy Center, Rock Springs Elementary School, Florida Citrus Bowl Rebuild (now Camping World Stadium), and most recently the Orlando Soccer Stadium and South Terminal Airport Expansion. Vernice is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women, minorities and small businesses, and serves her community by volunteering her time and talents.
WENDY CONNOR is the fearless leader at Team TRUE – a family of businesses based in downtown Orlando that includes TRUE Marketing, The MEZZ, The Abbey and Shaker’s Bar Catering. In addition, Wendy is the chairman of the Downtown Development board, president of the Thornton Park Main Street District Board of Directors, advisory board member for the Central Florida Sports Commission, board member for New Hope For Kids and See Art Orlando, and served on local organizing committees for the NCAA tournament, Wrestlemania, and the ECHL All-Star game.
CAROL COX is the founder of Speaking Your Brand, which helps high-performing, purpose-driven women entrepreneurs and professionals create their signature talks (keynote, TEDx, business presentation) to grow their business and become recognized as influencers in their fields. Carol is the host of the Speaking Your Brand podcast and a sought-after speaker and trainer on public speaking, business storytelling and women’s
leadership. Carol teaches business and marketing classes at Full Sail University and during election seasons serves as a political analyst on TV news. Prior to Speaking Your Brand, Carol founded and ran two software businesses, whose clients included Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, community organizations, and political candidates. Carol holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history.
LESLIE HEIMER is a sixth generation Central Floridian who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her MBA from the University of Maryland University College. She is the agent owner with American Liberty Mortgage, Inc., a nationwide residential lending firm with three branch offices in Florida. In 2018, Leslie was named Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Banking and was also recognized by FOCUS magazine, Orlando Business Journal and Orange Appeal for entrepreneurial success and work life balance strategies. She sits on the board of directors for Orlando, Inc., is a sustainer for the Junior League of Greater Orlando, and member of the inaugural class of Athena NextGen. She is most proud of her role as mommy to two rambunctious (and sometimes) smelly boys.
JACKIE HIRSCH, an Orlando native, has been a business broker for 20 years as founder of Crowne Atlantic Properties and has successfully sold hundreds of companies in Florida. She is also founder of Florida Home Companion, a healthcare staffing company. Jackie founded Liberty Brands in 2016 and began selling superfood products under the name Healing Butterfly. Since 2017, she has sold products on her own website and Amazon as well as Disney resorts and hotels, Four Seasons, Kroger, Foxtail Coffee and others. She is a University of Florida graduate who is fluent in Spanish and has traveled to 30+ countries. Happily married to the love of her life Dr. Michael Hirsch, she has one beautiful child who is the light of their lives.
PURPOSE: Achieving More – Stressing Less
MODERATOR: JILL HAMILTON BUSS is a licensed mental health counselor and healthy communities consultant. She offers “Walk and Talk Therapy” locally from her Winter Park office where she works with clients in a holistic way to improve body and mind. Previously she served as the executive director of Healthy Central Florida, an initiative to make our communities the healthiest in the nation. She holds masters degrees from UF and from Rollins College, in communications and mental health counseling respectively. As a foster-adoptive parent she is a passionate advocate for children, and for safer streets and sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists. Jill, her husband, Spence, and their 13-year-old son, Jorge, (and three cats) live in Winter Park.
KIMBERLY BELL is the vice president of The Cardiovascular (CV) Institute at AdventHealth. In this role, she oversees a network of care for heart, lung and vascular services across the Orlando and Central Florida region encompassing eight facilities. She has more than 20 years of experience within advanced cardiac and vascular specialties. Prior to joining AdventHealth, Kimberly was the administrator of the Cardiovascular Product Line for Sentara Heart in Norfolk, VA., overseeing 12 facilities across three states for cardiovascular care. Kimberly has a masters degree in nursing with a focus on Health Systems Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington.
COLETTE FEHR is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed mental health counselor, nationally certified counselor and certified clinical mental health counselor. She maintains a private practice in Maitland specializing in Couples Therapy, Discernment Counseling, Divorce Recovery and EMDR. Colette received her masters in mental health counseling and certificate in marriage and family therapy from Rollins College and her undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. Colette is thepresident of the Central Florida Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and is honored to serve the local community in a role that provides education, training and awareness in mental health.
DR. DEBORAH HARDING pioneered and developed the Harding Medical Institute and its subsidiary Harding Anti-Aging Center. Her vision is to provide clients with innovative, proactive, preventive healthcare combined with the future benefits of anti-aging medicine. She is board certified in internal, sleep disorder and anti-aging medicine, and is certified by Cenegenics Medical Institute. Dr. Harding’s active involvement in medical research has been critical to her ability to help clients. Her current notable research project topics include sleep apnea, hormonal and nutritional deficiencies, and their interrelationships with disease. She has been married for over 40 years to her husband Victor Harding, MD, and they have six children and two dogs.
DR. AMBER ORMAN is a board-certified radiation oncologist who specializes in integrative therapies for breast cancer. She joined the AdventHealth Medical Group last year as assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Prior to this she served at Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine. She was peer-nominated as a Tampa Top
Doctor in 2017. She is currently pursuing her board certification in Lifestyle Medicine, as well as designing a unique lifestyle medicine program for breast cancer patients and survivors. Her research interests include nutrition and gut microbiome modulation in relation to breast cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.