evelyn black, MHR, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resource Manager for J. Raymond Construction Corporation

25 Women Strong

Evelyn is the Human Resource Manager for J. Raymond Construction Corp., a general contractor specializing in commercial builds and operating out of Longwood, FL. She is a graduate of UCF where she earned both a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Change Management with a concentration in Human Resources.

Born in New Jersey, Evelyn spent her childhood in Colombia, South America and migrated to Central FL at the age of sixteen. A proud resident of Seminole County, she is grateful for the privilege of raising her 3 children in a community that provides abundant opportunities for safety, education, fulfillment, growth, and economic stability. Through her volunteer efforts, Evelyn hopes to help and empower other local families to build thriving homes and communities. 

Susan deFreese

Senior Vice President/Compliance Manager at IBERIABANK

25 Women Strong Board Chair

Susan deFreese is a career banker and is currently a Senior Vice President/Compliance Manager at IBERIABANK. She also serves as the Central Florida Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Liaison. In 1974, Susan began her career with the U.S. Treasury as a National Bank Examiner. She transitioned to being a banker and established successful compliance programs for de novo and existing financial institutions. Susan has been in the Central Florida market since 1988. 

Susan is actively involved in several professional associations serving in officer, Board and committee positions. Additionally, she is a regular speaker at various compliance venues. Personally, Susan is passionate about the mission of Habitat for Humanity as demonstrated by her active membership on the Board and finance committee of Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka. Also, she was the chair of the 2016 Women Build program for this Habitat group and participated in the 2016 Raise the Roof event. Susan graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Accounting. 

kimberly fess

Architect/Project Manager at Fugleberg Koch

25 Women Strong

From an incredibly young age, Kimberly has always been interested in architectural design.  As early on as elementary school, she could be found using her free time to sketch floor plans and elevations of houses.  Her passion for design led her to Texas Tech University where she obtained a Master of Architecture degree.  Kimberly moved to Orlando after graduating and has worked in the architectural field ever since. 
 
Kimberly, a licensed Architect with an extensive background that covers commercial, hospitality and residential design, is a project manager at Fugleberg Koch where her focus is on multi-family and senior living design nationwide.  Married and a mom to two energetic little boys, Kimberly is adept at juggling life as it comes.  She enjoys being a great mom and wife, traveling, spending time with her family and exploring the great outdoors.

carla hogan

owner at look local marketing

25 Women Strong

Carla and husband Greg have 3 kids and 2 grandchildren. After many years workig in corporate America, Carla now co-owns Look Local Marketing.  She is happy to provide value in our Central Florida community by promoting local businesses and supporting local non-profit organizations with Look Local Magazine.  

Carla is proud to donate, fundraise and volunteer for Habitat, resonating with Habitat’s core values of providing affordable home ownership for local families who need “a hand up, not a hand out” while also improving the health of our local economy!

Carla formed the 'Wondrous Women' Habitat Women Build Team in 2014 to provide a way to engage women in the community to promote support and fundraising for Habitat.  Many of the women on the team are local business owners, so a cool side benefit of this team is a different type of business and friendship networking.  There is always room for more women on the team, so if you have been looking for someone to volunteer with, please contact me for more information about joining the 'Wondrous Women'!

wendy sellers, MHR, MHA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

managing partner at blackrain partners, llc

25 Women Strong

Attendee’s walk away from Wendy’s session energized, educated and motivated to take action. Wendy is not what one would expect considering her extensive Human Resources background! Why? Wendy says, “I speak up. I tell it like it is. I challenge the status quo. I understand the reality of a fast-paced business and the lack of resources. I recognize that people are a profit center. High performing employees and strong leadership are vital to keeping a business profitable.”

Wendy has a keen sense for business practices that manage risk while attracting and retaining top talent. She has a master’s in human resources and master’s in health care administration. In 2015, HRO Magazine named her a “HR Superstar Practitioner”.

With experience in companies of different life cycles, industries, size and ownership types, Wendy offers clients honest, open, business-minded consulting with a sense of urgency. She guides them through change management, employee relations and leadership challenges. Wendy is extremely passionate about delivering sound solutions that address real-business issues.

Her focus always remains on the bottom line.