AFCEA NOVA and March of Dimes Announce Winners for 2011 Heroines in Technology Awards

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Event to recognize leading philanthropic women in technology industry.

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“We had an exceptional list of finalists this year and would like to congratulate and applaud each and every one of them,” said Bridget Bean, Event Co-Chair and District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association(AFCEA NOVA) and the March of Dimes are pleased to announce the winners of the eleventh annual Heroines in Technology® Awards. The awards recognize women in the technology industry, from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, who demonstrate volunteerism and showcase their expertise in the technology sector to benefit communities around them.

Award categories include Rising Heroine, Individual Heroine, Corporate Heroine, Lifetime Achievement Heroine and AFCEA International Government Heroine Award.

The 2011 Heroines in Technology winners are:

  •     Rising Heroine Award: Tiffany Mensah, CCSi
  •     Individual Heroine Award: Teresa Bozzelli, Sapient
  •     Individual Heroine Award: Lisa Tompkins, The MITRE Corporation
  •     Corporate Heroine Award: Marta Wilson, Transformation Systems, Inc.
  •     Government Heroine Award: Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department
  •     Government Heroine Award: Katherine Hollis, Defense Logistics Agency
  •     Lifetime Achievement Heroine: Gail Drake, Prince William County Schools

Award winners were announced at a black-tie gala held Oct. 21, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The event supports local March of Dimes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

“We had an exceptional list of finalists this year and would like to congratulate and applaud each and every one of them,” said Bridget Bean, Event Co-Chair and District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration. “All of our finalists find a way to balance demanding jobs in the technology sector with giving back to their communities, with many mentoring the next generation of technology leaders. We are proud to be able to celebrate these accomplished women while raising money to support the local March of Dimes.”

Heroines in Technology corporate sponsors include Lockheed Martin, Sapient and AFCEA International. Media partners include SmartCEO, Fairfax Woman, Washington Life Magazine and Federal News Radio.

For more information on Heroines in Technology, please contact Tina Cavucci at (571) 257-2308 or ccavucci@marchofdimes.com. You can also visit http://marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc. [marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc __title__ March of Dimes DC].

About AFCEA and AFCEA NOVA
AFCEA International is a worldwide nonprofit professional association founded as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association; but it encompasses more than just the military. AFCEA represents the top government, industry, and military professionals in the fields of communications, electronics, intelligence, software, information systems, imaging, and multi-media. AFCEA's purpose is to support global security by providing an ethical environment that encourages a close cooperative relationship among the military, civilian government agencies, and private industry. Details about AFCEA International and its background are available at http://www.afcea.org.

AFCEA NOVA is the largest chapter in the AFCEA International family, with approximately 7,200 members, and an equal number of associates and friends in industry, government, and academia.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

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