ONYX Women on the Move Honorees

Class of 2019

Congratulations to our Class of 2019 Honorees

ONYX WOTM Woman of the year

Dr. Melissa Freeman

Beth Israel Hospital

Dr. Freeman, granddaughter of a slave, was pushed to excel in academics by her grandfather and her father. She attended Music and Art High School then a family friend suggested that she become a physician. “I knew I wasn’t going to be a musician. I took physiology in college and I liked science.” Working days and going to college at night led her down the path to Howard University’s College of Medicine (where she graduated in 1955). She eventually went to work for Beth Israel Medical Center where she’s been for over 50 years.

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“I knew I wasn’t going to be a musician. I took physiology in college and I liked science.”
--Dr. Melissa M. Freeman

Dr. Ann Ashley-Gilbert | OB/GYN

Altamonte Women's Center

Sherri Brown | Business Development

Visit Tampa Bay

Cathy Brown-Butler | Sr. Vice President

Bank of America

Chloe Coney | Founder

Tampa Corporation to Develop Communities

Congresswoman Val Demings

US House of Representatives

Dr. Elizabeth A. Dooley | V.P for Academic Affairs

University of Central Florida

Carolyn Stewart | Past National President

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Linda Howard | Treasurer

Florida Municipal Power Agency

Jacquelyn Jones


Nikki Lewis Simon | Attorney / Shareholder


Novlet Mattis | VP/Chief Information Officer

Orlando Health

Vickie Oldham | Executive Director

Newtown Alive!

Dancia Penn, OBE, QC | Dancia Penn & Co.

Managing Partner

Clemmie Perry | President

Women of Color Golf

Victoria Siplin | Orange County

Commissioner, District 6

Geraldine Thompson

Wells' Built Hotel / House of Representatives - Elect

Dr. Riva Tims | Majestic Ministries

Founder and Pastor

Dr. Paulette Walker | 25th National President

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Melanie Williams | Frontier Communications

Senior Vice President, Operations Southeast Region

Dr. Tonjua Williams | President

St. Petersburg College