Heroines of Washington

Thursday, November 10, 2022  |  6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102


Heroines of Washington is one of the area’s most unique events, recognizing and honoring women in the D.C. Metro Area for their dedication to community service. Since 2001 the March of Dimes has honored 143 "heroines" and raised more than $4 million to make sure one day all babies are born full term and healthy. Guests include directors, CEOs and other high-level individuals from local corporations and government agencies.

Congratulations to the 2022 Heroines of Washington Award Recipients:
  • Healthcare Heroine Award Sponsored by MITRE: Monica Granovsky, Montessori School of McLean
  • Professional Services Heroine Award Sponsored by M&T Bank: Debbie Klis, Rimon Law
  • Public Sector Heroine Award Sponsored by Carahsoft: Meredith Hedrick, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Real Estate Heroine Award Sponsored by Arcfield: Madi Ford, Audeo Partners
  • Technology Heroine Award Sponsored by ManTech: Roneal Josephs, MITRE
  • Rising Heroine Award Sponsored by PwC: Isabella Wise, Montgomery County Dept. of HHS
  • Corporate Heroine Award Sponsored by KPMG: Jane Mahaffie, Stonebridge
  • Lifetime Achievement Heroine Award Sponsored by ASRC Federal: Trish Manghelli, Arcfield


Congratulations to our 2022 Heroines of Washington Finalists:

Aimee Peoples, DC Public Schools
Darla Sligh, The MITRE Corporation
Debbie Klis, Rimon P.C.
Dr. Angela Wilson, SeKon Enterprises
Holly Roberts, Booz Allen Hamilton
Isabella Wise, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Jane Galbraith Mahaffie, Stonebridge
Jenna Howard, Lockton
Jill Leyden, Qualtrics
Kendall Holbrook, DevTech
Kirsten Fatzinger, Cape Partners LLC
Lauri Reishus, Airlines Reporting Corporation
Madeline Ford, Audeo Partners
Maria Roat, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Meghan Shea, PwC
Meredith Hedrick, Fairfax County Public Schools
Milli Arakawa, EYA
Misti Mukherjee, Extensio Law
Monica Ortiz Granovsky, The Montessori School of McLean
Peg Savino, Douglas Realty
Rachel McCleery, Ford Motor Company
Rebecca Singhavong, SMX Tech
Rebecca Umberger, Sage Communications
Robin Weiner, Get Real Health
Roneal Josephs, The MITRE Corporation
Saira Sultan, Connect 4 Strategies
Tracy Durkin, Mantech
Trish Manghelli, Arcfield

Complete list of past honorees
Nominations are Closed for the 2022 Heroines of Washington Awards

At the March of Dimes we define a heroine as a women who approaches giving back to the community and her profession with the same level of commitment and dedication. 

Nominations Criteria & Process (click for more information)
Women must exemplify superb volunteer service beyond their employment requirements. Nominees are awarded in the following categories:
  • Healthcare: Physicians, Hospital Administrators, Nurses, Medical office employees, Health Insurance, etc.
  • Real Estate: Residential, Commercial, Construction, Design/Build, Architecture, etc.
  • Professional Services: Accounting, Communications, Legal, Finance, Banking, Consulting, Marketing, Public Relations, Radio, Associations, etc.
  • Public Sector: Current employees working in the Public Sector (Educators, Government employees, Teachers, Military, etc.) or individuals working in a capacity that serves a governement entity. 
  • Technology: Information Technology, STEM, Software Engineering, Computer Science, etc.
  • Rising Star: Nominees under the age of 35 
  • Corporate Heroine: CEO, president, or business owner who actively encourages volunteerism in the workplace, driving employees to make an impact on the community collectively as an organization.  



Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Bevan Bello at 571-257-2300 or [email protected]

Fund The Mission

Moms and babies need you now more than ever.
Data show that the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations in the world for childbirth. Over 700 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes, and the CDC reports that 60 percent are preventable. The preterm birth rate is on the rise. Two babies die every hour in the United States. 
Fund the Mission gifts are 100% tax deductible and direct contributions to help helps fund:
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families, and so much more!

                                                                            Former Heroine Testimonials

“Being recognized as a Heroine of Washington by the March of Dimes was a gift and an inspiration.   I became profoundly appreciative of the mission of the March of Dimes to commit to the research that supports us when we are bringing our babies into the world.  At the other end of the spectrum, being named a Heroine was a monumental encouragement to me to continue dedicating all my volunteer time to building systems to help our parents and grandparents age happily in the community.”     
-- Pat Williams, GraceFul Care
“Being a March of Dimes heroine is a tremendous honor.  This recognition signifies my lifelong commitment to support my local community and make a positive difference in the lives of others.  It’s also a terrific professional networking opportunity.  I’ve been very fortunate to meet other local leaders who have a similar passion for voluntarism.  While we come from various backgrounds and perspectives, we share similar core values to help change lives in a meaningful way.  I consider myself very lucky to receive this award and to stand in the company of these amazing women!”     -- Mimi Yeh, Accenture
“The March of Dimes’ mission to give “a fighting chance for every baby” is something near and dear to my heart, as I have personal experience with this. In fact, my own company’s corporate philanthropy mission is to support organizations that help children with illnesses. To be named a “Heroines of Washington” in acknowledgement of my community service is truly humbling, and I am proud to be in the company of other like-minded women executives and entrepreneurs who also have won the award.”     
                                                                                                       -- Kristina Bouweiri, Reston Limousine

“The impact of the March of Dimes has had for so many is inspiring of what is possible whem we are driven by a deep sense of purpose. The heriones award recognition provided me with the ability to share ideas and encourage others to also be driven by purpose both personally and professionally. I remain deeply in awe of those honored and proud to be part of an amazing group of leaders.”    
                                                                                                                              -- Christina Frederick, Sapient
“I was introduced to Heroines as a nominee in 2011, and becoming a part of the Heroines of Washington community has been wonderful for me both personally and professionally.  Through Heroines, I’ve made connections including teaming partners and service providers who support the growth and success of my company.  Also, I’ve made new friends who are kindred spirits in their devotion to social responsibility, community outreach and charitable giving.  Seeing the March of Dimes helping so many families and recognizing women for their community service is truly inspiring.   I’m honored and grateful to support the March of Dimes and Heroines of Washington.”     
                                                                                                                         -- Marta Wilson, Transformation Systems

“Being selected as a finalist and then winning as a heroine was truly an honor.  The process was handled with such thoughtfulness and professionalism.  I was made to feel very special for inclusion in this event, initially as a finalist and ultimately as a heroine.  The community of women I came to know at the March of Dimes, fellow finalists and honorees as well as volunteers and past winners was an amazing group. I was continuingly inspired by the transformative work each one did and was truly humbled to be a part of it. Now that I’m a past winner, it is my privilege to help with the process. I’ve enjoyed being on the committee encouraging nominees and reviewing applications. I will be most excited to attend this year’s event and share in the great work we are doing to promote amazing women and support for a critical need in our world –helping raise awareness and funds for premature infants and their families.”     -- Wendy Feldman Block, Savills Studley



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