Member Spotlight: Carol Kouba

Member Spotlight: Carol Kouba

Carol Kouba, a BPW member for 40 years, has been an outstanding example of loyalty and dedication to BPW. Carol moved to Florida in 1958 from Newark, Ohio. After high school graduation she attended the University of Florida for two years and was employed for eight years at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville transcribing medical reports. This started her career in medical information management. She became an Accredited Record Technician in 1984, Certified Coding Specialist in 1992 and received her Bachelor of Science in 1991 from St. Leo College. Carol was the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.

After her move to Englewood in 1972, she worked at the Venice Hospital where a friend encouraged her to join the local BPW Club. After Venice Hospital, she was employed at Fawcett Memorial Hospital and retired from Sarasota County Health Department in 2005.

Carol became a member of the Gulf and Bay BPW in Venice in 1979 and later joined BPW/Englewood-Venice (EV). This amazing lady held most offices in BPW/EV, with the exception of treasurer. BPW/EV enjoyed her guidance and leadership as president for three years from 1996 to 1999. When BPW clubs still had districts, Carol stepped up to the position of District Director. Each year Carol tries to attend the BPW/FL conference in June, held at a different venue each year. She also enjoyed attending the BPW/USA National Conference in Reno, Nevada, and another one when it was held in Orlando, FL.

Carol doesn’t like to talk about everything that she has done for BPW/EV over the past 40 years, besides being president for three years. Bobbie Marquis, BPW/EV president at that time, introduced the LO to an electronic newsletter format about 12 years ago. Carol has been the publisher of the newsletter ever since! Just recently she is receiving help from new member Jennifer Mechling. The Scholarship Committee has counted on Carol for probably at least 10-12 years to be part of that committee. Carol was honored several years ago as BPW/EV’s Woman of the Year, a much deserved recognition.

In 1999-2000 when BPW/EV first organized the Dollar for Mammogram (DFM) 501c(3) charitable organization, Carol volunteered to be on the Board of DFM. Even though DFM is no longer a BPW/EV function, Carol still helps that organization and still serves on the Board. Carol enjoys visiting her brother in Venice and her two nieces, one in Venice and one in North Port. Her hobbies include reading, traveling when possible, an occasional visit to a casino and playing bingo.

You will find Carol volunteering for every major event BPW/EV has planned. The members of BPW/EV are very grateful to this wonderful member for all her service and dedication to advancing BPWEV’s mission of “Women Helping Women” and “To achieve equity for all women through Advocacy, Education and Information!”