A key figure in the Lee County Tax Collector’s Office is getting recognized for making a difference. Lee County Chief Deputy Tax Collector Noelle Branning is a finalist for the 2019 Women of Distinction and Woman of the Year awards given annually by the Republican Women of Cape Coral, Federated. The awards recognize women who exhibit leadership, teamwork, integrity, compassion and dedication to the community.
“I am humbled and blessed to have been selected as a finalist,” Branning said. “My goal is to make a positive impact for the citizens of Lee County every day, and it’s heartwarming to receive affirmation that I’ve chosen the right path.”
Six Women of Distinction and one Woman of the Year will be named from among the finalists at a ceremony on Friday, April 12 from 6-9 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club.
“Noelle is a tremendous asset to the Tax Collector team, and she’s been instrumental in so many of innovations we’ve made to improve service for our customers,” Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart said. “Bottom line, she is an achiever. She gets so much done here and in the community.”
Branning has tirelessly volunteered her time to more than a dozen community-focused endeavors. Through her work as a board member and former board president of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, she coordinated efforts with court personnel to facilitate the creation of the therapy dog program in the 20th Judicial Circuit. The initiative allows therapy dogs to be present in the courtroom for abused and neglected children facing difficult family and legal situations.
She and her two children arranged through the Children’s Advocacy Center to volunteer in Pine Manor at Thanksgiving, helping young people from vastly different walks of life find common bonds and collaborate to serve beverages for a community meal. Branning and her children plan to perform the same service again this year.
Professionally, Branning is known for her leadership. She received Advanced Leadership Certification and Leadership MBA Lite Certification, both from the Florida Sterling Council, and she is a Florida Tax Collectors Association Executive Leadership Academy Graduate.
Branning has been tapped as a speaker for numerous prestigious engagements, including a Lee Republican Women’s Club forum where she spoke about her role on the 2016 Lee County Charter Review Commission. She also spoke as part of the Lee Government Resource & Orientation Workshop Series, better known as LeeGROWS, and the Lee County Association of Legal Professionals.
“Noelle is a major force for what’s good and what’s right in Southwest Florida,” Hart said. “She understands the problems our community faces, and she meets them head on. She is, without a doubt, a woman of profound distinction.”
See the customer services Branning helps the Tax Collector’s Office provide at leetc.com.