Women Moving Forward - Preparing Tomorrow's Leadership

Seminole State has a rich history of women in leadership roles and believes strongly in preparing future leaders at all levels. The initiative “Women Moving Forward” meets employees at their current levels, responds to their career goals, and adds students to the program for mentorship activities.

Women Moving Forward organizes current programs and tailors them for women at various stages of their careers, educational paths, and visions for the future. The College has completed a 2018 survey of women’s interests for career development, mentoring workshops with speakers, and further programming.  That was the basis for the 2019-20 program planning.


Women Moving Forward is co-chaired by representatives from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the two largest areas of employment. Several of its external outreach avenues are coordinated within the Office of the President.

The College’s program includes activities with the ACE Women’s Network – Florida. The Network focuses on employees seeking advancement to senior leadership, but Women Moving Forward offers opportunities for student leaders at times.

Steering Committee
Dr. M. Lisa Valentino
  • Co-chair
  • ACE Women's Network -
    Florida Institutional Representative
  • Associate Vice President, Academic Services
Dr. Jan Lloyd-Lesley
  • Co-chair
  • Associate Vice President, Student Services
Dr. Cheryl Cicotti
  • Associate Vice President, Center for Business, Health and Public Safety
Meribeth Colicci *
  • Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition
Dr. Michele Cuomo
  • Dean, Arts and Communication
Sabrina Deshner**
  • Manager, Employee Communications and Engagement
Dr. Kevin Jordan
  • President, Faculty Senate
  • Professor, English
Dr. Shahin Kanani
  • Professor/Program Manager, Pharmacy Tech Program
Dr. Cecilia Larsson
  • Professor/Program Manager, Engineering Technology
Barbara LeBranch
  • Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Carla McCabe***
  • Constituent Events Coordinator
Mallory Pigmon****
  • Student Success Specialist
Janet Balanoff
  • Campus representative, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners, Orlando chapter)
  • Associate Vice President, Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator

*designee for Mae Ashby, Associate Vice President, Human Resources.
** designee for Meribeth Colicci, Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition.
*** designee for Barbara LeBranch, Chair, Professional and Technical Employees Council.
**** designee for Summer Pessatore, Chair, Career Services Employees Council.

The steering committee follows the College’s shared governance model, including men and women representing diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, pay plans, areas of assignment, and primary campuses.

Equity and Diversity/Title IX – 05.31.18, updated 07.02.18, 07.10.18, 07.25.18, 08.09.18, 08.24.18, 04.16.19, 05.03.19. 06.17.19, 08.28.19


Janet Balanoff
Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator