Meet The 2018 Pinnacle Award Winners

In August, Rowland Publishing and 850 Magazine presented Pinnacle Awards to some of the most distinguished and accomplished women in Northwest Florida.

The awards, presented annually, are reserved for women who have excelled both professionally and as community servants.

This year’s awards presentation, held at the Holley Academic Center at Florida State University-Panama City, was the fifth in program history.

Debbie Calder, executive vice president at Navy Federal Credit Union, served as keynote speaker. Following are profiles of the Pinnacle Award winners for 2018.



Photo courtesy of Andy Reiss

A Life of Service Well Lived: Behavior analyst Dr. Maxin Reiss dedicated herself to the disabled. Here, she is with her husband Andy Reiss.     

Rowland Publishing and 850  Magazine celebrated the contributions made by the late Dr. Maxin Reiss on behalf of people living with disabilities by presenting her husband, Tallahassee restaurateur Andy Reiss, with a Pinnacle Award in her honor.

Dr. Reiss died in July; she had battled uterine cancer.

She devoted her professional life to helping individuals with special needs live more independent and fulfilling lives through the science of behavior analysis.

After receiving her doctorate from Florida State University, she co-founded Behavior Management Consultants (BMC) in Tallahassee in 1980, and later became its president and chief executive officer.

She was driven to preserve the dignity of every individual whose life she touched. 

In her memory, her family has established the “Maxin L. Reiss Memorial Fund for Improving Lives Through Behavior Change.”

All proceeds benefit individuals with developmental, behavioral or mental health needs, who otherwise could not gain access to the skills of professional behavior analysts.

Donations may be sent to the attention of Alyson Goodman at Behavior Management Consultants, 1339 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, Florida 32308.


Maxin Reiss was honored at the 2018 Pinnacle Awards ceremony  - learn more about her legacy in the video below:

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Cecile Scoon

Attorney, Peters & Scoon, Panama City

Debbie Ritchie

President, The Studer Group, Pensacola

Jayna Leach

Vice President/Marketing, Visit Panama City Beach

Julie Sheppard

Executive Vice President/Chief Legal Counsel, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola

Kelly Dozier

Senior Vice President and Chief Community Officer, Mad Dog Construction, Tallahassee

Kim Bodine

Executive Director, CareerSource Gulf Coast, Panama City

Laurie Hood

Founder and President, Alaqua Animal Refuge, Freeport

Marcia Hull

Chief Executive Officer, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Destin

Paula Fortunas

Retired President and CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) Foundation; retired TMH Vice President

Pinnacle Award Winner: Stacey Kostevicki

Executive Director, Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Pensacola

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