Recipients of 2022 Women Making History Award Announced

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 4, 2022

The Montgomery County Commission for Women and Montgomery Women are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Women Making History Award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding women in Montgomery County making significant contributions in their vocation and in our community. This year’s recipients are:

Mary K. Alvord
Dania L. Ayoubi
Eden G. Bekele
Shruti Bhatnager
Brandy H. M. Brooks
Sonya Bruton
Katrele Carroll
Judith Clark
Christina DeFiore
Jennifer Dickens
Teresa A. Doley
Nicole Y. Drew
Yasmeen Faroqi-Sha
Carrie Fox
Sharon Friedman
Fiona Glade
Joan B. Goodman
Elizabeth S. Haile
Madeline Hannington
Sarah Hedlund
Kathleen Henning
Roxie Hill
Neha Kohli
Francesca Pellegrino
Patricia Ritter
Alexandra Robbins
Allison Stearns
Kathy Stevens
Farah Marie Towfic
Drena Valentine
Robin Wiener

“Congratulations to the 31 outstanding women who are receiving this award for their invaluable contributions and selfless service to others,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “They have all made significant contributions in Montgomery County and shown exceptional leadership, serving as an inspiration. As we honor the women who have made history, we must also continue to build a culture of empowerment and opportunity for the next generation of female leaders.”

Nominees were submitted by their peers based on criteria such as unselfish leadership and hard work in their field, exceptional leadership in civic activities, developing or supporting programs resulting in positive social action, and being an inspiration to others as a role model. In addition, nominees had to either reside or work in Montgomery County.

Recipients of the award 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. They will also be recognized at the Women Making History Panel Discussion on March 24 at 7 p.m. This year, the event will be held via Zoom (details to follow).

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

For more information about the award and upcoming event, please contact committee chair, Ijeoma Enendu at [email protected].

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