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Updated: 10/10/2013 08:00:02AM

Avon Park woman elected president of state Dem. Women’s Club

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Dr. Maureen McKenna

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An Avon Park resident has been elected to head the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc., a statewide organization with nine regions and 40 clubs throughout Florida.

Dr. Maureen McKenna was elected DWCF president at a Saturday, Sept. 28 convention in Panama City. Dr. McKenna will serve a four-year term.

The political action group provides forums to discuss public matters, supports qualified candidates for public office and encourages women to seek elected office, according to the DWCF website.

Dr. McKenna is a past president of the Highlands County Democratic Women’s Club. During her presidency, the Highlands County club membership grew and many well-known political, environmental and social leaders were hosted at meetings.

Retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. McKenna was a counselor for veterans with service-connected disabilities. She received her PhD in counselor education from the University of Maryland, and was named Maryland’s Rehab Counselor of the Year in 1993. Her family has resided in Highlands County since the 1970s.

Other officers elected to positions at the convention are Nancy Hurlbert from Lake County, first vice-president; Rachel Sutz Pienta from Wakulla County, second vice-president; Anna V. Eskamani of Orange County as Secretary; and Carol King, treasurer, from Lake County.