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

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Event to recognize leading philanthropic women in technology industry

“It’s encouraging to see the number of women who are not only successful in their business, but in community outreach as well," 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 announced the finalists for 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 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 finalists include:

  •     Narjis Ali, Sure Secure Solutions
  •     Manju Bewtra, CCSi
  •     Claire Billings, Lockheed Martin
  •     Michele Bolos, Next Tier Concepts, Inc.
  •     Teresa Bozzelli, Sapient
  •     Athena Caul, Progeny Systems, Inc.
  •     Regina Cotton, Lockheed Martin
  •     Gail Drake, Prince William County Schools
  •     Lilly Harris, Man-Machine Systems Assessment
  •     Katherine Hollis, Defense Logistics Agency
  •     Jeri Kirschner, Vangent, Inc.
  •     Catherine Kuenzel, Northrop Grumman
  •     Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department
  •     Nicole Larese, Planet Nanny, LLC
  •     Beth Maloney, Palladian Partners, Inc.
  •     Tiffany Mensah, CCSi
  •     Lisa Tompkins, The MITRE Corporation
  •     Cheryl Waldrup, Govplace
  •     Kimberliey Wasko, The Moore Group
  •     Marta Wilson, Transformation Systems, Inc.

Award winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on October 21, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Va., where there will be dinner, music and auctions. This event will support local March of Dimes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

“Our list of finalists this year is quite exceptional, as there is an array of technology industries represented,” said Bridget Bean, Event Co-Chair and District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration. “It’s encouraging to see the number of women who are not only successful in their business, but in community outreach as well. We’re honored to recognize these individuals alongside of the March of Dimes, as we work together to meet the healthcare needs of young children.”

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

For more information on Heroines in Technology, please contact Tina Cavucci at (703) 824-0111, ext. 20, or ccavucci(at)marchofdimes(dot)com. You can also visit marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc.

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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