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2023 ‘Women Making History Award’ Winners to be Honored by Montgomery Commission for Women and Montgomery Women on Thursday, March 16 in Silver Spring

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 13, 2023

The Montgomery County Commission for Women and Montgomery Women have named 32 women who were selected for the 2023 “Women Making History Awards.” They will be recognized at the Women Making History Celebration and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. on March 16 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. 

The awards are given in recognition of outstanding women in Montgomery County who are making significant contributions to their vocations and to the community.

Recipients and their accomplishments will be featured each day in March on the social media platforms of the Montgomery County Commission for Women and Montgomery Women.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Shrusti Amula
  • Gabriela Argoti-Fernandez
  • Shairee Arora
  • Mary Dolan Canapary
  • Mandy David
  • Renu Virmani Finn
  • Carmen Frazier
  • Mary Gies
  • Ella Mae Gray
  • Larissa Johnson
  • Alison Jovanovic
  • Eileen King
  • Karen J. Lee
  • Susan C. Lee
  • Althea Lloyd-White
  • Jane Lyons-Raeder
  • Effie Macklin
  • Melissa McKenna
  • Aruna Miller
  • Supriya Mordecai
  • Chelsea Moyer
  • Natasha Nazareth
  • Reshma Rathod
  • Lynn Rose
  • Nazish M. Salahuddin
  • Andrena Sawyer
  • Sharon Settlemeyer
  • Evelyn Shukat
  • Jeni Stepanek
  • Angela Talley
  • Christina Thomas
  • Lumina Zhang

Nominations were submitted by peers based on criteria such as unselfish leadership, hard work in their field, exceptional leadership in civic activities, developing or supporting programs resulting in positive social action and inspiring others. Nominees had to either reside or work in Montgomery County.

For more information about the award and upcoming event, contact the committee chair, Ijeoma Enendu, at

Media members interested in attending the event on March 16 should contact Carmen Kaarid at

For more information about the sponsoring organizations, visit the Montgomery County Commission for Women website at or the Montgomery Women website at

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Release ID: 23-110
Media Contact: Carmen Kaarid 301-740-5108
Categories: Award