The March of Dimes has announced finalists for its 21st annual Heroines of Washington Awards, with the honors to be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.
The March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP) to combat polio. The organization was crucial in the research and development of the polio vaccine, cementing the organization’s commitment to community health.
Presented by Perspecta, the awards recognize and honor professional women in the local area for their dedication to community service.
This year’s finalists represent a diverse group of women who continued their commitments to volunteerism in addition to their successful careers during a year with tremendous challenges brought on by the pandemic, organizers said. The nominees come from a variety of industries as well as the public sector.
Hilah Zia, Childrens National Hospital; Lydia Russo, Lydia Real Estate; Daniela Fiore, Carahsoft Technology Corp.; Stephanie Kinsey, Cognosante; Sarah Kinling, MITRE; Sandy L. Chung, Health Connect IPA; Beth Robertson, NFP; Julia Fantacone, Altarum; Carly Mitchell, Guidehouse; Kerry-Ann Hamilton, KAH Consulting Group.
Shaza Andersen, Trustar Bank; Debbi Jarvis, Howard University; Nicole Monteforte, Booz Allen Hamilton; Meredith Mark, PwC; Liz Jones, Northampton School District; Irma Becerra, Marymount University; Selvi Clark, Booz Allen.
Nancy Bossard, Long and Foster; Lisa Benjamin, Newmark; Chaise Schmidt, Cushman & Wakefield; Kymber Lovett-Menkiti, Keller Williams Capital Properties; Dr. May Kinnard-Brown, MITRE Corp.; Ashley Irwin, Solarwinds; Judy Douglas, Peraton; and Michele Bolos, NT Concepts.
“Every year I continue to be amazed by the professional women in the region who continue to go above and beyond to support our community,” said Jennifer Felix, president and CEO of ASRC Federal, which is helping to sponsoring the event. “In a year fraught with extremely difficult circumstances, volunteers were truly a shining light, and the March of Dimes Heroines of Washington Awards is one of the few opportunities for us to celebrate their incredible work. We look forward to celebrating them in person on Nov. 16.”
Since 2001, March of Dimes has honored over 126 “Heroines” and raised more than $3.6 million to support the March of Dimes mission. For tickets or to learn more about the awards gala, see the Website at www.marchofdimes.org/heroines.