Girls Empowered Award Judges 2024

Brandi King

I started my career with Univest a little over 5 years ago as the financial center manager in the Doylestown office.  I have since grown to become a Vice President within the organization, covering 9 offices throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties. I am part of our employee resource group for women in business and have attended many courses for women in leadership positions including the Central Bucks Chamber Women in Business annual summit.  Throughout the years I have been very involved in my daughter’s sports teams, volunteering my time to coach, help with team events, and be there for encouragement and praise.  I am constantly looking for ways to grow and strengthen my leadership skills, so that I can pass it on to others, especially the next generation of future women leaders. I think empowerment is key for young women to ensure that they have positive role models and mentors to help guide them on their path. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling to new places and experiencing the local culture and food (big foodie), and relaxing at the beach or poolside in the summer.

Heidi Ford

Heidi Ford is co-owner of Central Bucks Gymnastics and Dance in Doylestown, PA, which is a Gold Sponsor of Girls Empowered for 2024. Central Bucks Gymnastics and Dance, which was established in 1973, is an independent, family-owned small business so she wears many hats, but her primary focus is managing the organization’s financial operations. Her professional background also includes more than a decade in the banking sector.

She takes great pride in Central Bucks Gymnastics and Dance’s track record of empowering thousands of girls and young women in our community to reach their full potential in and out of the gymnasium and dance studio. Many alumni have gone on to compete in collegiate gymnastics or pursue a fine arts degree in dance. Countless others have used the physical and mental benefits of gymnastics and dance as a foundation for success in a variety of sports and other activities. Influential leaders in business, health care, science, education, and other industries cite their experience at Central Bucks Gymnastics and Dance as a contributing factor to their success.

In addition to Girls Empowered, Heidi’s philanthropic priorities include the Groveland Elementary Home and School Association, and Hope for HIE ( Other interests include pickleball, walking, family board games, and enjoying a variety of music (she’s equal parts Swiftee and Dead Head).

Heidi and her husband, David, live in Pipersville, PA with their daughters, Courtnee and Scarlett, as well as their furry and spirited rescues, Franklin and Phoebe.

Susan Kuczura, Psy.D.

Susan Kuczura, Psy.D., co-owner of DPS, a woman owned business and is a licensed psychologist who has been working with children, adolescents, young adults and families for more than 25 years. Dr. Kuczura has PSYPACT Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) in PSYPACT participating states. She specializes in Anxiety, ADHD (treatment and diagnosis) and Depression.

Susan has worked with extensively with children, and young adults on the Autism Spectrum & Asperger’s throughout her career and completes much of her continuing education in ASD. She works with patients experiencing bereavement. helping children through parent’s divorce, depression, behavioral problems, parenting skills and social skills.

Dr. Kuczura counsels young adults with transitions from middle school to high school and high school into college and the work force.