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


Altamonte Women's Center

Sherri Brown


Multicultural Business Development

Cathy Brown-Butler

Senior VP, Business Support Manager

Bank of America

Chloe Coney


CDC of Tampa

Congresswoman Val Demings

US House of Representatives

19th District of Florida

Elizabeth A. Dooley, Ph.D.


University of Central Florida

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq

28th International President

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Linda S. Howard


Florida Municipal Power Agency

Jacquelyn Jones


Nikki Lewis Simon

Attorney / Shareholder

Greenburg Traurig, P. A.

Novlet Mattis

VP/Chief Information Officer

Orlando Health

Vickie Oldham


Vickie O! Heritage Productions

Dancia Penn, OBE, QC

Dancia Penn & Co.

Managing Partner

Clemmie Perry


Women of Color Golf

Victoria Siplin

Orange County

Commissioner, District 6

Representative Geraldine Thompson

Florida House of Representative

45th District

Dr. Riva Tims

Founder and Pastor

Majestic Life Ministries

Dr. Paulette Walker

25th National President

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Melanie Williams

Frontier Communication

Senior VP, Operations Southeast Region

Dr. Tonjua Williams


St. Petersburg College


Eloise Abrahams, R.N., N.H.A.


Guardian Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center