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Director of women's group hands over leadership role

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001

DADE CITY -- A co-founder of Women's Peacepower Foundation, a group that gives awards to women around the world, has stepped down as the agency's chief executive officer.

Candice Warmke, will be replaced Monday in a similar position -- executive director -- by the group's other co-founder, Diane McCabe of Zephyrhills.

Both previously victims of domestic abuse, Warmke, 49, and McCabe, 48, founded the agency at 38047 Pasco Road in 1997. Since its inception, the agency has recognized 76 women in 47 countries for their peacemaking efforts.

"It's not like I'm not going to be involved," said Warmke, who will remain president of the 13-member board of directors, "but I just don't want to go to the office every day."

She said she wants more time to write, work at her farm in southeast Ohio and raise her 7-year-old granddaughter.

McCabe, who was director of development, said the group's goals will remain largely the same. She wants to provide more technical assistance to accompany the agency's monetary awards.

The group will soon launch its Web site, she said.

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