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3 designated for induction into Hillsborough County Women’s Hall Of Fame
3 designated for induction into Hillsborough County Women’s Hall Of Fame

Hillsborough County, Florida-- The Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) is pleased to announce the selection of three distinguished women, Dottie Berger MacKinnon, Deanne Roberts and Juel Shannon Smith, for induction into the 2013 class of the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame. These designees will be inducted during a formal ceremony on March 28 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Dottie Berger MacKinnon

  • Dottie Berger MacKinnon has dedicated her life to children as a founder of Joshua House, Friends of Joshua House, Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, and A Kid's Place. She served as a Hillsborough County Commissioner from 1994 to 1998. She has served on the Board at Tampa General Hospital.

Deanne Roberts

  • Deanne Roberts, an advocate for creating business opportunities in Tampa Bay, founder of the now ChappellRoberts Public Relations firm, and a mentor to young professionals, was influential throughout the county. She served as former chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Emerge Tampa, Connect Tampa, and Creative Tampa Bay. Her projects include the Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Riverwalk, and Tampa Bay History Center. Roberts lost her battle to cancer in January 2012.

Juel Shannon Smith

  • Juel Shannon Smith has been a driving force at the University of South Florida as Founding Executive Director of the USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Program, Founding Executive Director of the USF Institute of Black Life and the Center for Africa and the Diaspora. She also established the Richard F. Pride Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Smith spearheaded a campaign known as Education Across the Miles, raising funds to build schools for children in remote villages across South Africa. 

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