For 36 years, our Sarasota-Manatee Section has been honoring powerful women in our community. Do not miss the opportunity to honor the four amazing 2018 Women in Power whose life
passions have exemplified the NCJW mission.
DR. KAREN HAMAD, MD, FACP
Dr. Karen Hamad, MD, FACP, is the immediate past Chief of Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Founding Associate Program Director for the FSU-SMH Internal Medicine residency program. A board-certified internist and pediatrician, she has worked for First Physician’s Group in Osprey since 2003. She is the past Chairwoman of the ICare Quality committee at SMH, and has been on the Physician’s Operating Board for First Physician’s Group for the past 12 years.
Born in Montreal, Canada, and raised in New Jersey, Karen has lived in many places and traveled extensively. She is fluent in four languages, and received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Middlebury College in Vermont. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and stayed there to complete a 4 year combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program. She became an Associate Professor at EVMS, in Norfolk, VA, while her husband, Dr. Jon Yenari, served four years in the Navy. They and their two daughters moved to Sarasota in 2003.
Karen has many passions, foremost of which is educating and mentoring young women. She has participated in the Sarasota County high school externship program for over 13 years, and has mentored more than a dozen bright young women interested in medical careers. She is directly involved with Daughters for Life, an international nonprofit that sponsors Middle Eastern young women for full college scholarships in the US and Canada. She is committed to her faith and her church, is a self-proclaimed “Swim Mom “ to daughters Lauren and Sage, her greatest source of pride and joy.
In her free time, Karen enjoys working out, cooking for her family, scrapbooking and travel. She is always looking for ways to help inspire and empower others with her optimism and mentorship.
Debbie Haspel was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. She began her professional career as an RN, specializing in the areas of pediatrics and oncology. She later went on to earn a law degree and her practice was concentrated on civil litigation/medical malpractice. Debbie married her husband, Larry, in 1986, and together they raised six children. Since moving to University Park in 2009, Debbie has been very active in the Sarasota community. Debbie is currently on the Board of The Jewish Federation, AJC and The Perlman Music Program, and is a former board member of The Jewish Housing Coucil and The Sarasota Ballet. In addition, she has served as co-chair for several Sarasota events, including Keeping the Dream Alive, The Perlman Music Program Suncoast’s Winter Residency Celebration Dinner, The Asolo Gala, the JFCS Gala, and the Alzheimer’s Association “Reason to Hope” luncheon, and has also served on many event committees, including the Sarasota Orchestra Brunch, JFCS “Celebrity Chefs” and the Jewish Housing Council Foundation’s “Eight Over Eighty”.
In her spare time, Debbie enjoys hobbies such as jewelry design and hand painting silk scarves. She and Larry also enjoy the wonderful cultural oportunities Sarasota has to offer, and are season patrons of the Asolo Rep, the Orchestra, the Ballet and Ringling’s Town Hall Series.
Nelle spends most of her time dedicated to social action and philanthropic work in Sarasota, throughout the US, and overseas. She believes in the responsibility of giving back, and living out the passion in her heart as a guide to what she feels compelled to do. She grew up in New York in the home of philanthropic and giving parents who instilled giving and activism as a core value of the family’s moral compass. Nelle believes in the joy of giving, and the deep meaning of being grateful and thankful.
Nelle is a Past President of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee where she continues to sit on the Executive Committee. She is Vice Chair at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Chair of the Governance Committee at All Faith’s Food Bank, and incoming Chair of the Board at the Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center. She is a member of JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board, and sits on the Board of Governors for the Jewish Agency for Israel and the United Israel Appeal. Nelle has participated as a trustee on other boards, including the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Foundation Board.
Nelle’s greatest reward is meeting her beneficiaries and putting her time into grassroots efforts and activities. She has volunteered in numerous places, and has especially taken great joy in being engaged in her son’s schools over the years.
Professionally, Nelle is an entrepreneur, involved in founding, running and selling several high tech companies in Boston. She is currently a founder and managing partner in Biztank LLC, a consulting and angel investment entity. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Canandaigua Bank.
Charlotte Feinberg Perret is a strong advocate for women, children and families. While living thirteen years in Paris and raising her three daughters, she co-founded “Milk for Vietnamese Women and Children Refugees” to raise money from American subsidiary companies in Paris to purchase basic food supplies for Vietnamese women and children returning to post-war Vietnam, and she volunteered with French Quakers against American intervention in Vietnam. Returning to the U.S., Charlotte lived 25 years in the Washington, DC area where she was a media assistant at the Center for Defense Information and organized their National Women’s Conference on Nuclear War.
Charlotte co-established the national Children’s Day held annually at the United Nations. Charlotte established the Military Families Support Network and worked with the ACLU and Public Citizen on medical abuse issues related to constitutional and military law. She was a major funder of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, now a national hub of 2 generation innovative ideas and solutions to move needy families out of poverty and which she has brought to the Community Foundation of Sarasota.
Charlotte moved full time to Sarasota in 2004 where she is a strong supporter of multiple arts, education, and community service organizations. She supports several girls’ schools in Africa. She is a major donor to the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Southern Poverty Care Center, and Planned Parenthood. Charlotte published THE STREET FAIRS AND CARNIVAL FOLK OF PARIS in Stories and Photographic Postcards, 1900s, based on her 1981 interviews with Parisian carnival folk.
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