Finalists Announced for 21st Annual March of Dimes Heroines of Washington Awards | News Direct

Finalists Announced for 21st Annual March of Dimes Heroines of Washington Awards

News release by March of Dimes

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 March of Dimes has announced the finalists for its 21st Annual Heroines of Washington Awards. The Heroines of Washington Awards, presented by Peraton, recognize and honor professional women in the D.C. Metro area for their dedication to community service. The March of Dimes Heroines of Washington Awards gala will take place in person on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 6:00–9:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.


This year’s finalists represent a diverse group of women who continued their commitments to volunteerism in addition to their successful careers during a year with tremendous challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The women nominated and awarded come from a variety of industries including healthcare, real estate, the public sector, and more.


2021 Heroines of Washington Finalists:

Hilah Zia, Children’s National Hospital

Lydia Russo, Lydia Real Estate

Daniela Fiore, Carahsoft

Stephanie Kinsey, Cognosante

Sarah Kinling, The MITRE Corporation

Sandy L. Chung, Health Connect IPA

Beth Robertson, NFP

Julia Fantacone, Altarum

Carly Mitchell, Guidehouse

Kerry-Ann Hamilton, KAH Consulting Group

Shaza Andersen, Trustar Bank

Debbi Jarvis, Howard University

Nicole Monteforte, Booz Allen Hamilton

Meredith Mark, PwC

Liz Jones, Northampton School District

Irma Becerra, Marymount University

Selvi Clark, Booz Allen Hamilton

Nancy Bossard, Long and Foster

Lisa Benjamin, Newmark Knight Frank

Chaise Schmidt, Cushman & Wakefield

Kymber Lovett-Menkiti, Keller Williams Capital Properties

Dr. May Kinnard-Brown, The MITRE Corporation

Ashley Irwin, SolarWinds

Judy Douglas, Peraton

Michele Bolos, NT Concepts, Inc.


“Every year I continue to be amazed by the professional women in the DMV who continue to go above and beyond to support our community,” said Jennifer Felix, ASRC Federal president and CEO. “In a year fraught with extremely difficult circumstances, volunteers were truly a shining light, and the March of Dimes Heroines of Washington Awards is one of the few opportunities for us to celebrate their incredible work.”


This year’s awards mark a return to the Heroines of Washington's in-person gala. All finalists will be honored, and winners will be announced during the gala event on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.


Along with the awards presentation at the gala, there will be a dinner and silent auction. Guests will include directors, CEOS and other high-level individuals and leaders from local organizations, businesses and government. Event sponsors include Peraton, ASRC Federal, M&T Bank, PwC, ManTech, KPMG, and Carahsoft.


All funds raised by the Heroines of Washington Awards help support March of Dimes programs, research, community services, education and advocacy to advance research that supports the health of all moms and babies. Since 2001, March of Dimes has honored over 126 “Heroines” and raised more than $3.6 million to support the March of Dimes mission.

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Emily Ergas (Sage Communications)


+1 972-261-4306



Bevan Bello (March of Dimes)


+1 571-257-2300


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