2017 Women of Vision Awards
2017 Women of Vision Award Winners
GOVERNMENT: Jacqueline (Jackie) Snelling has been a tireless public servant in Arlington for many years, Ms. Snelling worked closely with the community and school officials in the 1990s to address capacity issues and boundaries, producing the first space guidelines for construction of schools in Arlington, ensuring that equitable space was given to all schools and using choice as a strategy for school utilization. Following 9/11, she worked to establish a public preparedness program that tapped into Arlington’s community for preparedness planning and volunteers. Her work in this area supported the development of an Office of Emergency Management, the Community Emergency Response Team, and eventually resulted in the formation of the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission.
BUSINESS: Jennifer Nycz-Conner is the Editor-at-Large and a columnist for the Washington Business Journal, a business weekly in the Washington, D.C. region. Her award-winning weekly column, “Working the Room,” chronicles office life and the after-hours networking adventures of some of Washington’s top business leaders. She also frequently serves as a moderator for Washington business events. As Editor-at-Large, she helps create content through events, video and online. She also recently served as the morning drive money news anchor on-air for WTOP 103.5 FM. Before joining the Washington Business Journal, Jen served as the executive director of Women in Film & Video of Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the role of women in the film, television and media industries. She also worked in television production and show development for ProServ, which eventually became part of Clear Channel Entertainment. She started her career working on television productions, including projects with HBO Sports, “The McLaughlin Group” and commercials, music videos and documentaries. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
NONPROFIT: Patricia Funegra is a social entrepreneur, activist and advocate for economic development in Virginia. Paty began her career in business development and insurance in Peru where she grew up. She earned her degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing at Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru. Paty is the Founder and CEO of La Cocina VA. In this role, she works to empower women by teaching them employable skills, while also addressing hunger and nutrition issues in the Hispanic community. She has established corporate partnerships to help with career placement for those in the program. Since founding La Cocina in 2013, Paty has continued to rise, being featured as one of the Fifty Under Fifty Innovative Leaders Transforming DC’s Food System. She was also invited to participate in a presidential roundtable addressing the challenges and successes of Women Entrepreneurs.
The commission also honored Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez was a former Chair and member of the Arlington Public School Board from 2008 to 2016. Since 1998 Dr. Violand was an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University in the Linguistics Department. She retired in July 2007 as the Supervisor, English for Speakers of Other Languages/High Intensity Language Training (ESOL/HILT) Office, PK-12, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA. She received her B.S. and M. S. from Radford University and her doctorate degree in education from the George Washington University. Dr. Violand has expertise in education policy, curriculum development, family involvement, multicultural education, language minority education, and learning styles. She has several publications on these topics.
Dr. Violand is an active community member and civic leader. For eight years she was a member of the Northern Virginia Community College Board, representing Arlington County. Dr. Violand is founder and President of the Board of Dream Project. She was responsible for initiating Project Family, the bilingual GED and various programs that benefit the Latino community. She received a senior scholar Fulbright Award as a consultant for the Educational Reform in Bolivia. She is also the recipient of the James Hunter III Human Rights Award, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund – Community Service Award, Recipient of the Virginia Community College System Award for College Board Exemplary Service, Notable Woman of Arlington, and American Association of University Fellow. On January 2017 she was named Washingtonian of the Year.
About the Women of Vision Awards
Women of Vision awards are presented each year by the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women as part of the celebration of Women’s History Month. The awards are given to individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to women’s issues and have, over time, developed and communicated their vision for women and engaged community members and other leaders in order to realize this vision.
The award originated in 1988, and honored women and men from the community who have made outstanding contributions toward improving the lives of women and girls in Arlington. Each year, since 1998, the Commission honors women who are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to improving the lives and opportunities for Arlington residents, especially women. Award recipients must live, work, or volunteer in Arlington.
2016- 30th Annual Women of Vision Awards:
Diane Kresh has served as Arlington’s Public Library Director since 2006, following her retirement from the Library of Congress. Diane has quietly but forcefully supported women across the county, and her nomination included resounding endorsements from women in multiple areas of county government. She lives out her woman-empowering philosophy in her position by offering flexible work schedules, teleworking options, and generally encouraging women to seek balanced lives, ceaselessly pushing other women to advance their own careers. Diane has her MPA from George Mason University and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown. Awards
Rebecca Carpenter is the founder and CEO of Sprout, a fast-growing organic urban agriculture company. Through Sprout, she educates and empowers Arlington residents to lead a garden-based lifestyle in order to create healthier families and communities. In addition, Rebecca has founded or co-founded three local groups to promote and support adoption and has adopted a child herself. She has volunteered as an English Second Language teacher in Arlington for the past 15 years. Rebecca received her MBA from Darden School of Business at UVA and has been selected as a 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholar.
Susan Senn is a former Arlington Public Schools teacher who serves on the Executive Board for the Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women. Through her work with AAUW, Susan has focused on encouraging and supporting young women in STEM fields, where they are traditionally underrepresented. She has coordinated multiple STEM conferences for a total of over 400 school-aged young women in the area. Susan is often identified by former students as a major influence, both preparing them for academic work and instilling the self-confidence necessary to do that work. She recently received the Gold Star award from the Arlington Free Clinic for her volunteer work there since 1999.
2015-29th Annual Women of Vision Awards
L Karen Darner moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1971 to begin her 30+ years as a speech pathologist/hearing clinician with the public schools. During those years she became involved in the “whole” of Arlington, serving on the Planning & Status of Women Commissions, and numerous political, civic and nonprofit community organizations. S
Sarah Summerville, Esq. is an attorney specializing in the areas of Employment Law, Labor Law, and Civil Rights. She’s currently employed with the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Deputy Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Prior to joining the CFTC she was employed at the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, where she served as Litigator representing the Agency before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board; Federal Labor Relations Authority, and other third-party Tribunals. Ms. Summerville is a community activist in Arlington County Virginia.
Mary-Claire Burick is a dynamic and strategic leader whose focus is on improving communications, building engagement and leading change. She develops realistic strategies, ties individual and group actions to business outcomes and ensures that employees have the skills, resources and training to achieve their goals.
2014-28th Annual Women of Vision Award
Government: Atima Omara
Atima Omara is a political strategist and activist, whose expertise includes organizing, grassroots advocacy, and fundraising for non-profits, PACS, and political campaigns. Her writings on women’s political leadership, health care and communities of color have been featured in several national publications. And, in 2013, she was elected as The National President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA), the first African American President in the YDA’s 81 year history.
Business: Deborah Tompkins Johnson
Deborah Tompkins Johnson is a widely recognized businesswoman and writer, who inspires women to become thinkers, leaders and visionaries in their careers and family lives. Her success demonstrates her commitment to her career and community and has made a lasting impact in the communities she serves.
Nonprofit: Lucy Bowen McCauley
Lucy Bowen McCauley is a distinguished businesswoman and community activist, who demonstrates how dance impacts people from all walks of life. She has put Arlington on the map as a major center for dance and has inspired countless girls and women through her enthusiasm for the art form.
Lifetime Achievement: Marjorie Signer
Marjorie Signer is a lifelong community and political advocate and leader. She has empowered and inspired communities across the world to fight for the rights of all people. A dedicated voice for girls and women for almost three decades, Marjorie continues to exemplify what it truly means to lead and live by example.
2013 – 27th Annual Women of Vision Award
- Dr. Katharine G. Panfil
- Linda J. Denny
- Denise Hart
- Angela Guzman
2012 – 26th Annual Women of Vision Award
Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment
- Carolyn Cook
- Angela Fox
- Anita Friedman
- Kathleen Sibert
2011 Women of Vision Awards
Our History is our Strength
- Linda Dunphy
- Tynesia Boyea Robinson
- Kathleen Sibert
- Diane Webster
- 2010 Women of Vision Awards
Writing Women Back into History
- Lillibeth Boruchow
- Angela Fox
- Judy Hadden
- Linda Dunphy and Andrea Maresca
- Kathleen Sibert
- 2009 Person of Vision Awards
Taking the Lead to Save the Planet
- Cecilia Cassidy
- Eileen Russell Melia
- Tara Miles
- 2008 Person of Vision Award
There was no award program in 2008.
- 2007 Person of Vision Awards
Generations of Women Moving History Forward
- Elizabeth (Betsy) Frantz
- Susan Retz
- Deborah (Debbie) Simpson Taylor
- 2006 Person of Vision Awards
Women: Builders of Communities & Dreams
- Marjorie Hobart
- Mary Hynes
- Virginia Schneider
- Dama Vasquez
- 2005 Person of Vision Awards
Women Change America
- Sharon Davis,
- Marilyn Faris Scholl
- Nancy McCracken
- Susan Zajac
- 2004 Person of Vision Awards
Women Inspiring Hope & Possibility
- Seville Allen
- Amy Appelbaum
- Andi Cullins
- Nancy Pallesen
- Susan Palmore
- Jacqueline Snelling
- 2003 Person of Vision Awards
Women Pioneering the Future
- Lucy Denney
- Dolores Leckey
- Cynthia Hull
- Honorable Geraldine Whiting
- 2002 Person Of Vision Awards
Women Sustaining the American Spirit
- Beth Arthur
- Nancy Cude
- Caroline Hufford-Anderson
- Miriam Hughey-Guy
- 2001 Person of Vision Awards
Stories of Progress & Vision: Arlington’s Bicentennial Women
- Dr. Allida M. Black
- Louise Chesnut
- Margaret Lampe
- Margaret (Peg) Lorenz
- Special Recognition to Kathryn Stone
Mrs. Stone passed away in 1995. She served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1954 to 1966 as the first woman elected to the General Assembly from Northern Virginia. Mrs. Stone also founded and served as President of the Arlington/ Alexandria League of Women Voters. She served on the Arlington County committee that created the county’s personnel merit system, and on the state’s first regional planning commission which later evolved into the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
- 2000 Person of Vision Awards
- Marjorie “Meg” Tuccillo
- Connie McAdam
- Vivian Kallen
- Mandy Wertz
- Joan Johnson
- Carrie Johnso
- Charlene Bickford
- 1999 Person of Vision Awards
- Judy Beck
- Judy Klevins
- Virginia DeSimone
- Lora Rinker