We’re Celebrating Five Fantastic Local Ladies Who Have Excelled in their Careers and Make Outstanding Charitable Contributions in Our Community
The Financial Planning Pro
Donna J. Caruso, owner, DJC Insurance & Financial Services
With 28 years of experience in business, Donna J. Caruso admits it hasn’t always been easy, but she never once considered quitting. Now she is passionate about helping families in the community financially prepare for the future.
Donna has been a Rotarian for more than 25 years, and she also is involved with the Cape Coral Community Foundation, Valerie’s House and the PACE Center.
Hometown: South Plainfield, New Jersey
Years in Southwest Florida: On and off for 45 years
Favorite Restaurant: Ciao
Favorite Vacation Spot: The mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina
Personal Role Model: My mother
The Community Leader
Donna Germain, president/CEO, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce
Donna Germain has always had a passion for her hometown, so it was natural for her to start her career with the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce as membership relations manager in 2004.
Since 2004, she has enjoyed working closely with members of the community and watching local businesses flourish.
Her hard work paid off. Donna was honored to be selected president and CEO in 2015.
Donna also loves movies, music and collecting “Titanic” memorabilia.
Hometown: Cape Coral
Favorite Book: Gone with the Wind
Favorite Vacation Spot: Key West
Personal Role Model: My parents
The Health Care Activist
Therese Everly, board member, Lee County Health System and Realtor, Rossman Realty
Therese Everly’s passion for health care has been a lifelong pursuit—she started stocking first-aid kits in fourth grade.
Now she’s been a health care professional and advocate for 28 years, and she is currently an elected member of the Lee County Health System board of directors.
Therese is also a real estate professional—a career she started at 19.
She enjoys spending time outdoors in Southwest Florida and traveling the world.
Hometown: Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Years in Southwest Florida: 32
Favorite Book: A Land Remembered
Favorite Vacation Spot: Rome
Personal Role Model: Mother Teresa
The Cape Coral Expert
Gloria Tate, Realtor, Raso Realty
The population of Cape Coral was only 200 when Gloria Tate’s family moved to town. Working as a real estate professional since 1978, she has watched firsthand as the area has grown, and she is passionate about preserving Cape Coral’s history.
Gloria believes the art of listening and empowering people to make their own decisions is the key to success in her business.
When Gloria isn’t busy working, she enjoys being with her family, including her four sisters and three grandchildren.
Hometown: Cape Coral (born Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania)
Favorite Restaurant: Slates
Favorite Vacation Spot: Cruising to anywhere
Personal Role Model: My sisters
The Banking Wiz
Stacy Lomonaco, vice president/branch manager, Regions Bank
Stacy Lomonaco prides herself on not being the stereotypical banker. She’s passionate about personally connecting with her clients, maintaining long-term relationships and guiding them to achieve their financial goals.
Stacy is also an active volunteer. She serves on the boards of CRA for the city of Cape Coral and Babcock Neighborhood School. She’s dedicated more than 450 hours of her time over the past few years.
Hometown: Gas City/Marion, Indiana
Years in Southwest Florida: 20
Favorite Restaurant: Fogo de Chao
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere the cruise takes me!
Personal Role Model: Oprah and Christin Collins