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Our Team

Kerri King

Kerri King is a passionate promoter of arts and culture with more than 25 years of experience in public relations, promotions, community event marketing, and economic/cultural development. She is currently the CEO of Station Gallery in Whitby.

During her many years as an entrepreneurial event producer, Kerri designed and produced hundreds of concerts, trade shows, corporate and community events.

She lives in Port Perry with her two sons Dallas and Jordan, and her favourite pastimes include yoga, reading, hiking, and travelling.

Jennifer Santos

Jennifer Santos is a lifelong Durham Region resident with 20 years of experience in community relations. She is currently working with Trent University Durham as a marketing and events co-ordinator, and owns her own business–Pink Palm Marketing and Communications.

As a mom to three girls, she loves to keep busy and has aspirations to open her own women’s wear boutique. Her passions include music, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family. Oh, and dresses!

Elise Hawley

Elise Hawley is a passionate communications and digital media professional in the government sector who is always brainstorming ideas for new initiatives and bringing them to life! 

You can find her checking out the best restaurants, hitting the weights at the gym, exploring Durham Region’s beautiful trails by bike or on foot and travelling to breathtaking destinations! In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for community organizations in Durham Region and playing the role of ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ at Villa Vida Loca Farm Market in Sunderland (Township of Brock). 

Susanne Gagnon

Susanne Gagnon is a super organized planner with more than 26 years in the public relations and promotional events industry. Fluent in English, French and German, Susanne’s greatest passion is designing and executing flawless high-quality events.

Susanne is excited to be part of the amazing executive team of Durham’s Women Network. Susanne lives in the outskirts of Newcastle. In her off-time Susanne loves to spend time in outdoors with her family and dog. She is a passionate obstacle and endurance racer and doesn’t shy away from challenges. 

Josie Cipriano

Josie Cipriano grew up surfing in South Africa and so began her fascination with surf photography culture. Josie is a new resident to Durham Region, a Mama of six, and an educator and seasoned photographer capturing women at every stage of their lives.

“A picture says 1,000 words—but it’s also legacy that you leave behind for your family,” says Josie. “Furthermore, in this digital/social media age, an image is the most powerful tool that you have to promote and sell your business—in fact, 99 per cent of consumers say that an image influences their decision to buy a product or service!”

Ferene Navarra

Ferene Navarra is a digital marketing, economic development professional. As part of the Durham Women’s Network, Ferene is happy to help entrepreneurs connect, learn and grow. She is also currently supporting the Digital Mainstreet program, supporting businesses with their online presence.

Ferene is a Durham Region resident, and as a mom of three, she likes to promote a balanced life and career. Ferene finds joy in volunteer work, is an avid runner, fitness enthusiast, loves exploring local tourist spots while enjoying the simple things in life!