Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.
99JAMZ honors Women’s History Month! Join us as we celebrate all the incredible women across South Florida making discoveries, creating history and sharing #HERstory!
Aneesha Saleem is the Executive Director of the We The Best Foundation, a 501c3 organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the next generation – from childhood to adulthood. The foundation supports non-profit organizations and individuals in underserved communities in efforts that aid them towards becoming the best version of themselves. Aneesha is a results-driven nonprofit professional, passionate about leading and driving successful organizations that positively impact communities nationally; she has over 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Aneesha is a creative person who values faith, family, and community service. Now taking her passion and talents to help the We The Best Foundation bring its philanthropic efforts and programming to the next level.
Robbin Simmons returned to WSVN to co-anchor the weekend editions of 7 NEWS Robbin Simmons returned to WSVN to co-anchor the weekend editions of 7 NEWS at 5, 6, & 10.
Robbin was an anchor/reporter at WDIV-TV in Detroit since 2004. Prior to WDIV, Robbin spent three years at WSVN as a general assignment reporter and was quickly promoted to Saturday morning weekend anchor. During her time at WSVN, she covered everything from the Elian Gonzalez saga, Timothy McVeigh’s execution and the 2000 Presidential election. Robbin covered the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and in March 2014, traveled to Vatican City for President Obama’s visit to Pope Francis.
A Chicago native, Robbin earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
A mother of two, Robbin loves foreign films, traveling, baking and getting to know viewers on social media.
Melissa Hunter Davis
Melissa Hunter Davis is a creative entrepreneur and the master mind behind Sugarcane . Sugarcane Magazine is a Black art and culture media company. Black culture is the most recognized culture in the world and influences every corner of humanity. With the rise in Black visual art along with music, dance, design, and literature, Sugarcane Magazine controls the cultural currency of Black people. We connect thousands of readers globally with the world’s leading visual and performing artists, with a focus on making the most popular and imitated culture accessible. Started in 2006 by Melissa Hunter, our founder saw the opportunity for media that focuses on the visual and performing arts from Africa and the African diaspora.
Whenda “Wanda” Tima
Whenda “Wanda” Tima is an award-winning Haitian-Turks Islander media maven raised in South Florida. Excited about her heritage and with a passion to give back; in October 2011, Wanda started “L’union Suite”, a personal project aimed to help other Haitian-Diasporas who wanted to learn more about Haiti and its culture, who often felt disconnected from the experience. Wanda is determined to change the world’s perception of Haiti and its diverse people.
Michelle Johnson serves as the Faith and Community Leadership Officer for Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s office. Michelle has an extensive background in banking, community reinvestment/corporate responsibility and nonprofit management. A dedicated community advocate and a natural connector, Michelle Johnson served as Director of Strategic Partnership for Concerned African Women, Inc. and was responsible for ensuring outstanding outcomes for over 1,500+ families, youth, parents per year. Developing and managing multiple programs and collective impact initiatives over 13 years including: The Independent Parent Council, New Dimensions in Parent Advocacy, Family Strengthening, The Synergy Service Partnership and Symposium, Wrap-Around Care Coordination, Healthy Out of School Time Initiative and Youth Violence Prevention. Michelle is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst MA, Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Pennsylvania, and Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. Michelle is passionate about civic engagement and community service and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Incorporated, The Carrousels, Inc., Adrienne Arsht Center Gospel Council and Board of Trustees member of Miami-Dade’s Together for Children Coalition.
Alexis Frazier joined the Local 10 News team in April 2020 as the morning traffic reporter. She is a proud Floridian born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. She graduated from Florida A&M University in the fall of 2013 with a degree in broadcast journalism. Before her return to the Sunshine State, Alexis gained more than 5 years of experience as an Anchor/Reporter at ABC affiliates in Texas and South Carolina. She started her career at a CBS affiliate in Mississippi.
Jessica Garrett Modkins
“You only get one time to make a first impression.” Jessica Garrett Modkins’ award-winning diverse career as a media executive has afforded her the business acumen for success. She is a Film Maker & Producer, Advertising Executive, noted Podcast Show Host, Public Speaker, and Author. Her career started at WEDR in 1993 as the News Director on the James T. Morning Show. She is listed as the Top 50 Women Leaders of Miami for 2023.
She is the Director & Producer for the Inaugural HBCU Honors Awards Show as well as the DocuSeries: Miami’s Richmond Heights and HBCU Homecomings all set to air Black History month 2023. HBCU Honors acknowledges the top HBCU Alum in Industry and found favor with Oprah Winfrey who makes a special appearance. The show is hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson from The Game on Paramount+.
She is the founder of Hip Rock Star Advertising, a trailblazing, award winning, advertising, marketing, and communications agency that focuses exclusively to build today’s socially conscious brands.
Dr. Delvena R. Thomas
Dr. Delvena R. Thomas - Owner & Board Certified Psychiatrist. She is a tireless advocate and nationally recognized mental health expert working to end the stigma of mental illness and educate the public about the brain. In her private practice, Dr. Thomas provides individual, couple, and group therapy to address several issues, including performance problems experienced by serious amateur and professional athletes, addiction, sexual dysfunction, mood, and anxiety disorders. She is also the owner of DRT Wellness Spa where massages, weight loss management, facials, and anti-aging techniques can all be incorporated into a client’s wellness program.
Kerry-Ann Royes, M.B.A. is the President & CEO of YWCA South Florida. Committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, Kerry-Ann has expended #YWCA to serve more than 5,000 women, girls and people of color with access to health care, early childhood education & economic empowerment. Kerry-Ann is a leader, strategist and futurist at heart. her career with the YMCA spanned 25+ years and served as Executive Director, Community Advancement and Operations.
Angelina Rosario Director of Sales for Cox Media Group Miami and Founder of She Fixes Crowns LLC. Angelina is also a TEDx speaker, certified success coach, and author. She is a true testament that adversity can be turned into victory. As a certified coach, she has influenced account executives, sales leaders, and many women across the globe to understand that trials and setbacks are their secret weapons towards achieving success and becoming their best version.
Angelina’s courage and determination have inspired people to break through and discover their untapped talents and infinite potential. She was born in Miami, Florida, in a neighborhood called Allapattah.
Traci Young-Byron, passion for the arts shines through her role as Founder and CEO of the Young Contemporary Dance Theatre, with its mission to help enlighten and expand societal views through all areas of dance. Born and raised in Liberty City, is a pillar of her community. She heads the Performance and Visual Arts Center at Miami Northwestern High School and is dance coach for the school’s Golden Girls Dance Line. She pushes her students to succeed, requiring a 3.5 grade point average to be a part of the team. Young-Byron has touched thousands of underprivileged young women and men with her contributions to the community.
Marilyn Van Alstyne
Marilyn Van Alstyne Owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Wifey Brands - Wine/Spirits + Human Resources Exec. Helped with the Belair brand, Wifey Wine, and Now working with Lobos with Lebron James
Alexa Galante AKA XO Bunny
Alexa Galante aka XO Bunny Zingler If your not familiar with the name Alexa Galante you will definitely know her instagram handle @xo.bunny. With over 2 million followers Alexa is a very popular influencer, model, entrepreneur, and she is also married to Matt Zingler one of the founders of the Rolling Loud Festival. She has Bunny Bar Beauty Bar at Rolling Loud & collaboration with Forever 21
Jelisa Raquel is a published freelance writer, social media strategist, reporter, pop culture enthusiast, entertainment journalist, pro blogger and public relations professional. She has been writing professionally since 2005 about various topics; beauty, entertainment, lifestyle, music, and current news. Jelisa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and English at Jacksonville State University. You can view her latest work on the cover and inside of national publication “Sheen Magazine”. Previously, Jelisa directed a hair social media campaign with popular social media influencers and “Rollingout Magazine” which ultimately reached more than 500,000K readers online. Jelisa combines her passion for writing, social media, marketing, and networking together to create multiple platforms to enhance the millennial entrepreneur and writer. Jelisa has been featured on multiple platforms such as TMZ, Upscale Magazine, Rollingout Magazine, Sheen Magazine, AMAN Magazine, MOT Magazine, and many more!
Yvokia A. Davidson
Yvokia A. Davidson the WINNER of the Bailey Agency’s School of Fashion 40s & Up category is the wife to Dr. Marcus Davidson the pastor of New Mount Olive Baptist church with an over 10,000 member congregation in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Life Coaching from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Yvokia is an avid personal fitness trainer and aerobics instructor and with a desire to help transform lives for healthy living, she started her own fitness business, YD Fit. Yvokia is a Nationally Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Step Instructor, and currently pursuing Primary Nutrition certification.
LaTousha Daniels President & CEO of Miami Children’s Initiative is a 501 (3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City into a prosperous community. In partnership with Liberty City’s residents, youth, religious centers, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, we seek to address the needs of our community by investing in our children. LaTousha Daniels holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida Memorial University, attended graduate school at the University of South Florida and received her certification as a Grant Specialist from the University of South Carolina.
Leigh-Ann Buchanan is the President of aīre ventures, where she leads strategy and innovation efforts for the venture studio. Aīre Ventures is a non-profit venture studio that scales technology and innovation solutions to systemic gaps in access, opportunity and racial equity. The team relies on its proven track record to accelerate growth of its portfolio of social impact ventures and increase investor’s social return.
Dr. Saliha Nelson
Dr. Saliha Nelson is an award-winning non-profit executive, youth development practitioner, and community coalition-builder dedicated to building opportunities that elevate the assets, aspirations, and contributions of urban youth. Currently, Ms. Nelson serves as CEO of URGENT, Inc. a non-profit creative youth development organization dedicated to empowering young minds to transform their communities.
Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott
Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott is a board-certified general pediatrician in practice for over twenty-seven years. She is a graduate of Princeton University, Boston University School of Medicine, the University of Chicago Hospitals and Miami Children’s Hospital for internship/residency. Dr. Carroll-Scott has built her career as a pediatrician focused on populations in-need. First caring for an immigrant farm worker population in Fort Pierce, Florida, and now as the medical director of the South Miami Children’s Clinic where she provides high quality care to uninsured/underinsured children. Dr. Carroll-Scott has been instrumental in educating the community on Covid-19 and the vaccines throughout the pandemic and has held four pop up vaccine events at her clinic to improve access and equity in communities of color. She has also been a frequent medical contributor on NBC News nationally and CBS 4 Miami educating the public about Covid-19 and the vaccines.
Cherolyn Davis Founder of GIRLfessionals, Inc. brings women together to inspire, motivate, support and educate with the influence of collaboration. Dedicated to creating solutions, providing resources and connecting women on a personal and professionals level. Cherolyn Davis, Founder of GIRLfessionals, Inc., (affectionately known as the “Connector”) assist women with knocking down walls that blocks them from getting to the core of who they are personally, who they aspire to be professionally and what they need to do in order to achieve their “breakthrough”, by utilizing a strategic approach to navigate clients and “GIRLfriends” through workshops and social events.
Dr. Sandra Cumper Boynton
Dr. Sandra Cumper Boynton, Executive Director of NAMI Broward (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), is passionate about working directly with people who need help, whether for a diagnosed mental illness, substance abuse, or facing homelessness. Her advice for all of us trying to cope with the uncertainties of modern life? “Remember, this too shall pass”; and “Be patient - every situation is an opportunity to move forward.”
Lisa Ivory is the Greater Fort Lauderdale President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated with 262 chapters nationwide, representing more than 50,000 family members divided into seven geographical regions across the country. Lisa Ivory is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and native of Miami, Florida. She is a graduate of Fort Valley State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication/Media Studies and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the (FAMU) Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
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