TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the selection of Carol Jenkins Barnett, Elmira Leto, and Helen Aguirre Ferré to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Governor Scott chose these three individuals from a group of ten distinguished nominees selected by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.  They were considered for their work to make significant improvements in life for women and all citizens of Florida.

Barnett, 58, of Lakeland, is the president of Publix Supermarket Charities where she oversees $25 million in annual donations to non-profit organizations that support education such as Take Stock in Children. Barnett also serves as the vice chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida, and is a member of both the United Way Leadership Council and the Polk Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Leto, 65, of Key West, founded Samuels House, Inc., which includes the Mary Spottswood’s Women’s Center, an emergency shelter in Monroe County for women and children; Kathy’s Hope, a shelter for women and children; and Casa de Meredith, a housing facility for families.

Aguirre Ferré, 57, of Miami Shores, is a journalist and co-founder of Operation Saving Lives, a humanitarian task force assisting the victims of Hurricane Mitch in Latin America, which supplies medicine, food, and water to the area. Aguirre Ferré is also the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College.  She has been recognized by the Cuban Women’s Club, the American Nicaraguan Foundation, and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of the United States, amongst others, for her success.



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