Lakelife's annual advertising editorial feature

Women in Business 2021

The 12 months since Lakelife’s last Women in Business issue have been packed with record-breaking achievements by women across the U.S. From a woman sitting at the helm of the highest-ranking business ever run by a female (Karen Lynch, of CVS, No. 4 on the Fortune 500), to Major League Baseball’s first female general manager (Kim Ng, of the Miami Marlins); and of course, a woman becoming the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history (Vice President Kamala Harris), the glass ceilings are at long last becoming shards. 

It’s no surprise that Middle Georgia’s Lake Country has just as many notable achievements by women, and Lakelife is proud to present its special annual Women in Business section. The following pages feature more than 120 women who work to improve the economic vitality and quality of life of our communities. Turn the pages to become better acquainted with each one and join as we celebrate and support their efforts. 

Debbie
Daly

Realtor®

I enjoy helping people discover Reynolds Lake Oconee, assisting in their exploration of our community and all it has to offer, and working with them to find the perfect spot to call home.

Mary
Balicki 

Realtor®

My primary business objective is to fully understand the real estate needs of my clients and help achieve the goals of both Buyers and Sellers within Reynolds Lake Oconee. 

Micki
Tanner 

Realtor®

She went to work for Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties, initially as the Resale Manager, then a Sales Executive. She’s since sold over $200 million in property within the Reynolds community, and $18,000,000 in just 2020 alone. 

Melinda
Ingram  

General Manager 

I am the General Manager of Sinclair Oconee Homes of Milledgeville and Sinclair Oconee Homes of Warner Robins.

Riezl
Baker  

Realtor®

I’ve been a Realtor in the Lake Oconee area for 20 years representing buyers and sellers. Last year, my husband and I launched Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group with a mission to provide professional, luxury service to every client involved in real estate transaction. 

Maddie
Atkinson  

Board Member

Having been an employee, then board member and now Chairman of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, I have seen the Chamber grow in so many different ways. 

Amy
McElhenney   

Board Member

As a board member of the

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, it is our mission to promote economic prosperity and tourism in Eatonton-Putnam County.

Beverly
Jones   

Store Manager 

Lake Country Outfitters is a unique, specialty clothing store that provides the essentials for a day on the lake, a hike in the woods, or an evening at the Ritz.

Kimberly
Acworth

Owner 

At Indulge Salon, our strengths are the ability to get right to the “root” of the problem and solve it at that moment. We carefully listen to our clients to find out what they really want.

Kathy
Philips

Director of Sales

At Harbor Club Real Estate, my mission is to provide homes for those who desire a community lifestyle with lake and golf amenities. 

Carol
Vance 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

I’ve always been interested in Real Estate. Combined with my attention to detail, love for fashion, decorating and helping others, I feel all combined makes me a wonderful HOME MATCH MAKER.

Susan
Hall 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

My role model is Bill Craig, my broker for almost 15 years at Craig-Massee Realty, was the biggest influence. He was one of the kindest, smartest men I ever met. He did so much for our community and he made it look easy, but it probably was not. 

Julia
Thomas 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

I attribute my success to honesty, loyalty and hard work which is my “Thomas Promise” Motto. Plus my mentor, my mother and her career as a Multi-Million Dollar Producer in the Georgia real estate industry. 

Amy
Beck 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

I would tell rookie me go all in immediately! Never be intimidated by a client or another agent and learn to fire people early! Time is money.

Wendy
Dill 

Realtor®

As a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, my mission is to provide outstanding value to buyers and sellers of real property based on a set of core values including Integrity, Outstanding Service, Hard Work, Professional Competence, and Cooperation. 

Gisele
Padula 

Realtor®

As a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, my mission is Integrity, Professionalism and Market Expertise delivered with Humility. 

Jordan
Aycock 
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Realtor®

I do what I love for a living; and that is educating and guiding customers on the buying and selling side of real estate inside the gates of Reynolds Lake Oconee. 

Traci
Johnson 

Realtor®

I am a full time licensed Real Estate Agent, representing buyers and sellers, exclusively at Reynolds Lake Oconee. 

Lacie
Groeninger  
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Realtor®

I’m a Lake Oconee real estate professional. This is my 10th year in the business here at Lake Oconee. I have a lot of experience under my belt, but I am just getting started. 

Mika
Mills 

President 

I am the President of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. My mission is to foster a culture for business to thrive through economic, community and leadership development. 

Jennifer
Vaughan 
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Realtor®

I’m a dedicated full time real estate agent with over 20 years of professional sales, marketing and negotiating experience that I have applied to my real estate business. 

Dr. Haley B.
Lance, DC  

Board Member

I have been on the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce board for about a year now. It’s been an interesting first year during the pandemic. 

Cynthia
Wallace 
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Board Member

As a board member of the

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, it is our mission to promote economic prosperity and tourism in Eatonton-Putnam County.

Dr. Meigan
Miller 

Family Dentist 

Creating healthy smiles is our top priority! We are honored to be caring for the smiles and oral health of Putnam County and surrounding counties, serving this community and giving back.

Donna
Adams 
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Owner 

Lake Diner’s mission is to stay committed to that community feel with a fresh market to table appeal.

Angie Windham 
Ansley Vinson 

Realtor® 

Angie Windham and Ansley Vinson founded the Windham Vinson Group with the goal of becoming top real estate agents at Lake Oconee while maintaining strong ethical values and a deep commitment to the lake country community,

Joann
Chambers 
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Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

While attending Georgia College & State University, working with my husband and building new homes, I acquired the love of marketing real estate. After graduating, I was recruited by a local real estate broker. Now I am marketing real estate full-time. 

Courtney
Tollison 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

As a Realtor and Businesswoman, I modernize and process the experience of buying and selling real estate. I build relationships, problem-solve and negotiate. I obsess over prices, market values and the newest, hottest listings. I make sure my clients don’t buy the wrong home. 

Vanessa
Franks 
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Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

Success is achieving the goals that matter most to your customer or client. If they walk away feeling important, valued and appreciated; I have achieved success. 

Kim
Herrin 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

I would tell my rookie me to enjoy the slow times - don’t fill the slow times with worry and unproductive busyness. God is faithful to provide the lucrative times. 

Laura
Jones 
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Realtor®

As a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, my mission is to bring a luxury real estate experience to buyers and sellers in the exclusive area and communities around Lake Oconee, Georgia. 

Susan
Satterfield 

Realtor® 

As a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, I live and work by the Golden Rule, “treat others the way you want to be treated yourself ”, and always do what’s right (even when no one is looking) …that’s called integrity. 

Karen
Saltzbart 

Associate-Broker 

While my real estate backgrounds spans 20+ years, today I specialize in helping people buy and sell property within Reynolds Lake Oconee.

Mary
Luster 

Associate-Broker 

Mary Luster, Associate-Broker with Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties, LLC, who also serves on the Lake Country Board of Realtors as a State Director. Mary truly listens to understand the needs and wants of her clients. 

Wendy
Dressel 

REALTOR® 

My business is finding investment properties and opportunities for clients buying, selling, or leasing commercial real estate. 

Susan
Powers 

Co-Founding Partner 

At AssetGrade, we are Registered Investment Advisors working as fiduciaries helping business owners and women investors define and achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. 

Maggie
Milner 

President

I am the President of the

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. My mission is to promote economic prosperity and tourism in Eatonton-Putnam County. 

Dr. Jameelah
Gater 

Board Member

As a board member of the

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, it is our mission to promote economic prosperity and tourism in Eatonton-Putnam County.

Christina
Heinz 

Board Member

As a board member of the

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, it is our mission to promote economic prosperity and tourism in Eatonton-Putnam County.

Brittany
Kinnett 

Owner/Master Stylist

At Sisu Hair Studio and Sisu Style Clothing Store, our mission is empowering others to feel beautiful in their own skin. Here at Sisu, we strive to promote individuality and create something beautiful in each and every person. 

Christy
Dwyer  

Broker/Owner 

Our vision for each EXIT Realty Lake Country office is to remain small and uncomplicated, while providing the individualized attention our clients and agents need and deserve. 

Tracey
Worley  

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

I love helping people and being able to guide them with the selection of their home to make memories in. I also enjoy the flexibility it provides me to spend time with my family. I am very passionate about “Selling Memories One Home At A Time.” 

Terri
Weaver 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

The closing day is one of my proudest moments! I’m proud to make it here with my customers and am so blessed to have played such a critical role in one of their biggest decisions in their life - buying or selling a home. 

Kimi
Clements 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

I am a very blessed business woman because my job is also my hobby. I am blessed to do what I love. I also love that it allows me to help and serve others. I can be successful in my community yet also be the best mom and wife with the flexibility that my job allows for. 

Mandy
Peacock 

Coldwell Banker Access Realty 

Much of my free time is spent reading southern literature, watching southern movies and researching all of our folklore, everyone knows there’s nothing like a southern story! I pride myself on the fact I embrace my business the same way I embrace life…. with true Southern Hospitality! 

Vinece
Pastor 

Broker 

As a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, my business is helping people improve their lives through the wise buying or selling of real estate. Most often this involves a first or second home.

Alice
Lincoln 

Associate Broker 

As an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, I am proud to have New Leaf Custom Homes in our co-office location, where prospective clients looking to build will benefit from coordinated teamwork and stewardship. 

Leisa
Schwartz 

Realtor®

As a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, I am a pioneering problem solver and negotiator. I will always be committed to my client’s needs and will do what it takes to make them comfortable with the transaction.

Karen
Ricketson 

Realtor®

As a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices RPA Realty, my mission is to go above and beyond expectations providing the highest level of service to both Buyers & Sellers resulting in a positive and rewarding real estate experience.  

Pam
Haskins 
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Owner 

At 44 Marketplace, I try to give my all to each one of my customers. My goal is to be the best I can be each day. In fact, that is a challenge I give my self daily. 

Lori Moore
Kacey Young
Takyia Smith

Lake Oconee Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy 

At Lake Oconee Rehabilitation, we are different…on purpose. Our model is patient-centric and focused on evidence-based medicine.

Jessica Peeler 
Donna Wall 

Exchange Bank

We are so proud of their accomplishments and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them! 

-The Exchange Bank team

Christine
Bowman 

Owner

At Christine's Jewelers and Accessories, it is our mission to make my customers feel welcome, trusted and have a fun shopping experience at Christine’s Jewelers & Accessories offering a wide variety to choose from. 

Dr. Susan
Lee 

Doctor of Optometry

WE BELIEVE LIFE IS ALL ABOUT YOUR VISION: Lake Oconee Eye Care Vision Source has been a leading provider of optometry services and vision care products in the Lake Oconee community since 2000. 

Angie
Adams  

Mortgage Originator

Morris Mortgage Services seeks to be the first choice for financial services in the communities we serve; second to none in quality, efficiency and integrity. 

Left to right: Melissa Fitzgerald, Amanda Newkirk, Sandy Dillard, Jamie Noles, Kailyn Odum, Terri Burner & Julie Carter 
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Team Lake Country

We are dedicated to providing world-class service and market leading expertise to our clients. We are passionate about providing the extra value that others simply do not. Fanatical integrity and consistently impressive results are the signature of our service. Our collaborative spirit and desire to grow will help us achieve the goals we set. We will make the clients we serve feel special, creating raving fans and less stressful win-win transactions.

Anna
Eller 

Licensed Massage Therapist 

My job is extremely rewarding. I consider it an honor to possess a skillset that helps my fellow mankind. 

Located at Chris' Barber Shop.

Brenda
Brown 

Hair Stylist

My strength is commitment to my community/ co workers and to provide a quality service while being a good listener to help them feel their best. 

Located at Chris' Barber Shop.

Tina
Hairston 

Hair Stylist

My mission is to make the lake look better, one haircut at a time. I love people and love to make them look great and feel better about themselves. 

Located at Chris' Barber Shop.

Kimberly
Brooks 

Master Barber

I choose this type of business because I enjoy socializing and making people look and feel their best. 

Located at Chris' Barber Shop.

Kara
Fuller 
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Owner 

At Mattress By Appointment and Bone Island Grillhouse, our mission is to be the preferred business to both our customers and team, by striving for excellence through Purpose, Passion and Pride. 

Pat
Ware 

Vice President – Investment Officer 

When you work with my team at The Ware Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, we build an enduring relationship together based on trust and client-first, objective advice. 

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Vickie Goss, Jan Murray 
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Southern Laser Medical Spa & Healing Arts

At Southern Laser Medical Spa & Healing Arts, we offer cosmetic treatments, such as several types of Facials, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Microneedling, Gentle Peels & Medical Grade Skin Product. We also offer Laser Hair Removal & Vein Treatments, Non Surgical Skin Tightening, & Botox & Juvederm by Plastic Surgeon, Cesar Gumucio MD. We also utilize treating the whole body with Massage, Nail Care, Waxing, Yoga & Ballroom Dance.

Renee
Brown 

Certified Yoga Instructor

My mission is to share this transformative, life-changing practice of yoga with everyone, by creating a peaceful and inviting atmosphere, where beginners and seasoned yogis can practice alongside one another. Located at Southern Laser Medical Spa and Healing Arts.