November 2021


November 2021

Suzi Youngberg

Greetings Upper Keys Business and Professional Women!
I'm thinking a lot this month about thankfulness. The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up, a time to gather with family and friends. It's also a time to remember and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. Did you know that practicing thankfulness can actually improve your emotional and mental well-being? It can put you in a better mood and even help with depression. A thankful life is a happier life!
Today I am thankful for BPW, our members and supporters, and look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for our monthly meeting. It's a luncheon this month, at Bakers Cay Resort and our speaker is Sherry Schwab from the Domestic Abuse Shelter.  It is such a necessary service for our community, and it should be an interesting presentation. They are also our charity this month, so come prepared to make a donation. Special thanks to our sponsor this month, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative.  Registration closes Monday morning at 9:00 AM, so reserve your space now.
Upper Keys BPW will be participating in Light Up Key Largo on December 4th with "Letters to Santa." If anyone is interested in helping with this project and wants to volunteer to work a shift, please let me know. It should be a great way to connect with the community. 
Enjoy the coming holidays, count your blessings and don't forget to be thankful!
With love and gratitude,

Suzi Youngberg
UKBPW President 2021-22

Join us for the November Luncheon

November 15th at Bakers Cay Resort Key Largo!

We will open Check-In at 11:00 AM for networking as normal. 

The Program will begin at 11:30 AM with a word from our Sponsor. 

Our Speaker is Sherrie Schwab, MS, LMHC, Executive Director 

of the Domestic Abuse Shelter.  

 Lunch  will be served at 12:00 NOON

Thanks to our Sponsor - Florida Keys Electric Cooperative!


 $25 for Members

$30 for non-Members

(Masks are not required to participate, but if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, please do not attend!)

*****LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!!!! ******

Register before 9:00 AM TODAY Monday November 15th!!

"Tell Me Something Good!" 

Let's start our day by sharing something good that is happening, has happened or will happen. Can be personal and/or professional related as long it is positive.  Zoom link provided after RSVP.

December 1st

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Coffee Talk with the Upper Keys BPW, first Wednesday of every month.


Upper Keys BPW will have a booth at Light Up Key Largo on December 4th where kids will write their letters to Santa. If you would like to volunteer to work the booth, please let us know by emailing


December Holiday Party - December 15th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Location TBA

January Luncheon - January 19, 2022 - 11:00 AM-1:00 PM - Bakers Cay Resort -       Speaker: Melinda Van Fleet - Charity: Community Foundation of the FL Keys

Professional Development Series | Upcoming Sessions

Stay tuned for more Professional Development workshops coming soon. 

The October event was amazing! 

We announced and awarded the Woman & Business of the Year, presented the check to the Fall Scholarship Recipients, and enjoyed a Member Business Expo! 

Congratulations to Suzi Youngberg - 2021 Woman of the Year!
Congratulations to Doc's Diner (owned by Gina Boilini) - 2021 Business of the Year!

Congratulations to the Scholarship Recipients: Martha Loizeaux and Tiffany Wheaton Zepeda!

Thank you to our Awards Sponsor SouthState Bank!

We had 7 members sponsor the Expo and 5 set up booths to showcase their businesses. 
Florida Bay Forever, Emma Haydocy
Houston Insurance Agency, Mary Houston
Just Older Youth/The JOY Center, Betsy Baste
Living Springs Counseling, Pam Feeser
Olive Morada, Jen White
Small Business Development Council, Margie Smith
Upper Keys Marine Construction, Kimberly Rock



New Members -  

Leah Maurer, Key Largo Law

Renewing Members -

Patricia Milian, ComplyRight, Inc.
Margie Smith, Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU

Ask about the benefits of being a member!

Member Spotlight | Congratulations to the 2021 Woman of the Year & Business of the Year 

Fall 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Martha Loizeaux
I teach marine science and have been teaching and coordinating field labs at Ocean Studies Charter School since the school was first started in 2011. I originally come from New Hampshire and I studied Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. A study abroad experience in the Turks & Caicos brought me into the world of marine science. I have a B.A. in Zoology, a Florida Master Naturalist certification, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, Merchant Mariner Credential, and Florida Elementary Education Teaching Certification.  I have taught SCUBA and marine science in summer programs for students, worked in aquariums and on boats, and worked as the assistant director at MarineLab in Key Largo before starting my journey at Ocean Studies. My favorite teaching moments are when I am able to stand back and let the learning happen. I love bearing witness when students have reached the point of making connections and discoveries independently. Our vision at Ocean Studies is particularly important to me as I know that the continued health and restoration of our fragile marine environment lies in the hands of our future leaders, our children!  I love to enjoy the ocean with my two beautiful sons, Manolo and Luca, and especially love to share my passion with students of all ages. I am working towards a Master of Arts in Biology from Miami University of Ohio through their Project Dragonfly program. My goal is to use my degree and experience in the program to help our "Keys Kids" build a foundation of environmental stewardship and community empowerment as they grow.

Tiffany Wheaton Zepeda

Tiffany grew up in Key Largo, FL. She attended the University of Central Florida where she  earned her undergraduate degree and then earned a Master’s Degree of Education from the University of Florida. She is a resident of Key Largo and has taught at Key Largo School since 2009. There, she has served as a mentor teacher, the volleyball coach, and administrative designee, as well as the Take Stock in Children Scholarship representative. She was selected as the Key Largo School Teacher of the Year in 2018 and as the Monroe County School District Inclusion Teacher of the Year in 2014. She is the chairperson for Teen Intervention Prevention Services Nonprofit to support local youth, A Girl Scout Troop Leader, and a committee member and instructor for iCAN Swim Camp for children with disabilities. Tiffany is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education and plans to pursue a position as a school-based administrator in Monroe County. 

Atta Girl to UKBPW member Betsy Baste
Besty Baste and Pam Feeser can both be spotted here as part of the JOY Center's team who won first place at trunk or treat.

Way to go ladies!

Atta Girl to UKBPW member Jen White
Jen is opening a new location of her business Olive Morada, a Mini Shop in Key Largo!

Congratulations Jen!

Atta Girl to UKBPW member Sue Woltanski
Sue has announced recently that she will be seeking a second term on the Monroe County School Board. The Weekly wrote a nice article.
Wonderful news Sue!