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July 5, 2019
Talk about shattering glass ceilings, or better yet, living and growing as if there are no limits. And the best part of this: passing that freedom down to the next generation. When it comes to leadership, when it comes to taking their teams all the way, these two women know victory on the court, on the bench and in the big game of parenting.
Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling is a new mommy who believes that sport is a unique means for encountering the sacred gift of life and service. She has the joy of living this out as a referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After developing in the NBA G-League and officiating in the WNBA, Holtkamp-Sterling became the third woman hired as an NBA referee and is the only woman to currently hold the position. Before joining the NBA staff, Holtkamp-Sterling officiated for the NCAA and FIBA, leading to her invitation to work the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Holtkamp-Sterling earned her master of divinity from Emory University and is a member of the Tampa Bay chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). Along with the National Basketball Referee Association (NBRA), she volunteers with Scholastic’s TIMEOUT for Reading program and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Holtkamp-Sterling lives in Tampa with her husband, Jonathan, their dog, MJ, and their first baby girl who was born in June.
Maybe it was a small coincidence that Jessica Costello was photographed for the KNOW Book on the stairs of La Méridien, the former Historic Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa. Only a few months later, she was appointed to the Hillsborough Country Court Bench.
Prior to her judicial appointment, Costello served as an assistant statewide prosecutor with the Florida Attorney General’s Office. In this role, she managed local, state and federal law enforcement teams in the prosecution of organized crime throughout the state with a focus on counter-terrorism, gangs, human trafficking, drug trafficking and fraud.
In the community, Costello gives back by serving as a mentor and working with at-risk youth. Although she’s been named Florida’s Gang Prosecutor of the Year, a YWCA ‘Woman of Color Leading Change,’ and to the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s ‘Up and Comers’ Hall of Fame, she considers becoming a mother at the end of 2017 as her greatest accomplishment. It has only intensified her drive to help make our community a vibrant and safe place for all Floridians. Costello resides in Tampa with her husband Shane and almost 2-year-old son, Cameron.