Have you heard of PHOEBE Connections? It's a group in Wilson County that helps widows start over and, hopefully, smile again.
Ronda Martin currently serves as President of PHOEBE Connections, formerly known as PHOEBE Ministries.
Life prepared Heather Nicholson Sadler for her current role as marketing director for The Pavilion Senior Living Center.
Selecting a career path was easy for Heather Sewell Mitchell. After all, in true Southern, "Steel Magnolias" fashion, Mitchell practically grew up in a salon.
"My great aunt, Mary Abercrombie, owned Casa Bonita Salon in Lebanon, and I would sit and watch all of the women in there working. They always looked like they were having so much fun and enjoying their jobs. I wanted to be just like them," she remembered.
Thanks to what she called a series of events orchestrated by God, Kristi Lett moved from her native Powell, Tenn. and became a woman of Wilson County in 2006.
If you have dogs - or just love dogs - then there's a good chance you know this week's Woman of Wilson.
Houndstooth Grooming & Couture Owner Karen Caplenor has dedicated her career to caring for our four-legged friends.
Originally from Rockford, Ill., Caplenor did a six-year term in the military Air Defense in Germany. Her last year was spent in Texas, where she met and fell in love with a Wilson County native, Jere Mac Caplenor.
Lebanon's Josie Nem graduated college in December. Magna Cum Laude.
It was several years between high school to the point she is now, she said. "I was working fulltime and there was family illness," she explained. "But I finally got it."
There's a saying: Beauty is nothing without brains.
The accomplished Dr. Cristy Stumb has both. Add in her six years of military service in the Tennessee National Guard, and you have the complete package - beauty, brains, and brawn.
It was in 2009 that husband and wife, Drs. Chad and Tonia Porter, decided to share their professional lives together as well. Porter Family Dentistry in Lebanon was born.
Melissa Craighead is often complimented on her ability to make raising three small children look easy. She knows that mothering is a "tough, tough job" - but equally the most important and rewarding one she could ask for.
Growing up the daughter of a United States Air Force pilot, Traci Peel was privileged to live all over the country.
"I experienced different cultures and lifestyles," she explained. However, her dream was simple. Peel just wanted to be a singer and live on a golf course.
February will be an exciting month for Britney Wilkerson. She and her husband of six years, Wes, will welcome their second child.
You could say that education and working with youth is in Mary Ann Sparks' DNA.
The wife and mother of two works professionally as an author, speaker and radio show host, where she gives advice on real estate, personal development and faith-based topics.
It is difficult to say from where Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak originally hails; however, she's a Woman of Wilson these days.
Rhonda and Michael Manous have made a very positive mark on the Wilson County community.
Connie Hulse Ford is a born-and-raised Woman of Wilson. She grew up and still resides on Lebanon's north side in the community of Hunters Point. Ford has worked with Judge Clara Byrd for 26 years, and currently serves as a judicial administrative assistant. She also prepares taxes from January to April every year with Jackson Hewitt.
Love and marriage brought Candace Reed to Wilson County.
It is in Lebanon where the Silver Point native re-planted her roots and currently excels as an educator at both Southside and Tuckers Crossroads elementary schools.
Aesthetician Nicole Williams started working at Beauty Boutique in 2014 and has helped clients enhance their natural beauty ever since.
Sandra Harville has some life lessons to share.
It's the small things in life that are the most important. A simple act of giving does more than you know. Find out about your family and loved ones while they are still living.
Lookers Salon & Spa Nail Tech Tracy Belardo is known for her feisty personality, great laugh and talent for nail art. Anyone who has met Belardo knows she lives her life in color - a lot of times, that color is by OPI.
"Experience Nashville Tours" founder Kaysie Young spends her days welcoming folks to her adopted home state of Tennessee.
This year Shari Arnold introduced the city of Mt. Juliet to her business, Third Coast Salt.
Third Coast Salt offers salt therapy, relaxation, skincare, waxing and more.
Kathy Tack has been Lead Pastor of Generations of Grace in Lebanon since 2013 - and was instrumental in planting the church.
As an educator, devoted wife and proud mom, Lauren LaFevers-Flatt wears quite a few hats - but continues to donate her time to help young women win their crowns.
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