Heroines of Washington

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


Thank you to our Sponsors, event leadership, and attendees for making the 2021 Heroines of Washington Awards a huge success!!! We hope you had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you next year. 

Congratulations to all of our 2021 awardees and finalists!
  • KPMG Corporate Heroine: Shaza Andersen, Trustar Bank
  • ASRC Federal Healthcare Heroine: Julia Fantacone, Altarum
  • M&T Bank Professional Services Heroine: Carly Mitchell, Guidehouse
  • Carahsoft Public Sector Heroine: Mary Kinnard Brown, The MITRE Corporation
  • NT Concepts Real Estate Heroine: Nancy Bossard, Long and Foster
  • ManTech Technology Heroine: Michele Bolos, NT Concepts and Kerry Ann Hamilton, KAH Consulting
  • PwC Rising Star Heroine: Lydia Russo, Lydia Real Estate
  • Lifetime Achievement Heroine Award Presented by Peraton: Dr. Sandy L Chung, Health Connect IPA

Complete list of past honorees
Nominations are Open! Click here start a nomination. 

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. Do you know a woman who works in DC, MD, or VA that meets this criteria?  If so, nominate her to become a “Heroine of Washington” and be honored at the 22st Annual Heroines of Washington Gala, presented by ASRC Federal.  This award specifically recognizes women that go above and beyond, outside of their job responsibilities, to make our communities stronger.  At the gala, the March of Dimes will honor all finalists and announce the eight award recipients.  

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.   

Key Dates:
April 1, 2022 – Nominations open
July 23, 2022 – Nominations close
August 2022 - Finalists will be selected by the Selections Committee comprised of Former Heroines based on the information provided in their Nomination Form.
September 2022 - Filmed Interviews of each finalist are conducted. Heroines of Washington winners are selected by the Selections Committee based on the filmed interview and from the nomination form. 
November 10, 2022 - Heroines of Washington Gala Presentation Night. All finalists are recognized and one award recipient in each category is announced. 

Benefits to being recognized as a Finalist:

We realize that many women may not be comfortable with being recognized for their volunteer work at this scale. However, we feel it’s important for these stories to be told, not only to recognize the organizations the individual supports, but also to encourage the next generation of female leaders.
  • Exposure to female leaders of many different industries who have invested their personal time and resources into the community. This includes networking at exclusive pre and post-event receptions and the VIP reception at the event. Ongoing engagement opportunities are provided for honorees to stay engaged with former Heroines and March of Dimes.
  • Press, social media and media alerts announcing the finalists will put a spotlight on the organization(s) that they support and provide added exposure that they would not otherwise receive. In addition, this award puts a spotlight on the company that the finalist works for as a supportive entity in the finalists’ volunteer efforts. And finally a spotlight on the finalist for the incredible work they have done with the organizations that she supports.



Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present this year's event. These volunteers have, and continue to take the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.

2022 Event Co-chairs:
Judy Bjornaas, EVP/CFO, ManTech International Corp. & Holly McKenzie, Partner, PwC

2022 Executive Leadership Team: 
Jennifer Felix, ASRC Federal
Wendy Feldman Block, Savills US
Julie Murphy, Sage Communications
Richard Wheeler, KPMG
Dana Fisher, Cordia Partners
Julie Gravallese, MITRE
Barb Miller, DCS Design
Sandra Davis
Lauren Dower, Carahsoft 
Deann O'Brien, M&T Bank
Sarah Georgiades, TransUrban
Stephanie Johnson, RSM
Suzanne Davis, BDO

Congratulations to our 2021 Heroines of Washington Finalists!

Ashley Irwin, Solarwinds
Carly Mitchell, Guidehouse
Chaise Schmidt, Cushman & Wakefield
Daniela Fiore, Carahsoft Technology Corp.
Debbi Jarvis, Howard University
Dr. Mary Kinnard-Brown, The MITRE Corporate
Hilah Zia, Children’s National Hospital
Irma Becerra, Marymount University
Judy Douglas, Peraton
Julia Fantacone, Altarum
Kerry-Ann Hamilton, KAH Consulting Group
Kymber Lovett-Menkiti, The Menkiti Group
Lisa Benjamin, Newmark
Liz Jones, Northampton School District
Lydia Russo, Lydia Real Estate
Meredith Mark, PwC
Michele Bolos, NT Concepts
Nancy Bossard, Long and Foster
Nicole Monteforte, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sandy L. Chung, Health Connect IPA
Sarah Kinling, The MITRE Corporation
Selvi Clark, Booz Allen Hamilton
Shaza Andersen, Trustar Bank
Stephanie Kinsey, Cognosante



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

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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