A Message from Our Founder
When my grown daughter was a teen, we experienced many of the same challenges moms and daughters face, as daughters work through the complexities of adolescence and find their voice. On one particular day, she refused to call me mom, thus we decided on friends – girlfriends.
When I went on to fulfill my dream of starting an organization dedicated to women’s health I knew that girlfriends had to be in the title. In addition to that special meaning of support between mom and daughter for me it describes the power of women supporting each other.
It is imperative that we take personal accountability for our health care but we don’t have to work alone. Together in friendship, we can advocate for ourselves and one another. Our official role may be mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, but at the end of the day we are friends.
Today I am mom and grand mom and forever girlfriends.
Annmarie Waite, Ph.D., ARNP
Annmarie Waite, Ph.D, is a licensed Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Women’s Health. She is interested most in working with women to create physical and emotional health. She is available for private and group consultation for childbirth (with and without interventions); and feminine intelligence workshops for effective lifestyle changes.
She received her doctorate in nursing research and education from Barry University. Before earning her doctorate, Dr. Waite completed a women’s health residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She received her undergraduate and graduate training from the University of Miami and she has served abroad in South East Asia as a travel nurse.
Dr. Waite is the CEO and founder of Girlfriends Health and Girlfriends Guild. She is married and has 2 grown children. She likes to travel, loves to have karaoke parties, enjoys theater, and thinks cardiovascular exercise is fun.
Valerie Holloway, Executive Director
With over 20 years in health care leadership, Valerie Holloway has a heart for health care and a passion for
She began her career in hospital marketing advancing to a number of senior leadership positions including
Corporate Vice-president of Marketing and System Vice-president of Customer Service. Today she helps not for
profits working as an independent Coach/Consultant, offering Leadership Coaching, Team Building, Consulting,
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and a
Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Her dream for Girlfriends Health and Girlfriends Guild is to empower others to take responsibility for their lives
and health. As a cancer survivor herself, she knows what it’s like to face a major health challenge.
Married with one grown daughter, Valerie enjoys reading, writing, going to the theater and traveling. Loves to
engage in anything creative. Relishes the outdoors and nature. And though she does it, thinks cardio is anything