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Distinguished Women Awards

The Distinguished Women Awards is Girl Scouts of Central Maryland's signature fundraiser, attended by more than 350 business, civic, and community leaders. The event honors five local women leaders for their exemplary professional accomplishments and community contributions. Honorees are paired with a high school-aged Girl Scout, who spends a day with the Honoree to shadow her in her role and learn more about how she navigated her career.

Event proceeds directly benefit more than 20,000 girls in central Maryland. Girl Scouts offers the best leadership experience for girls, providing research-based, girl-only, girl-led programming that helps girls build confidence, find their voice, and develop skills to last a lifetime.

When: July 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM 

Where: Virtual

Purchase tickets and view the online auction items here.

To request a Zoom link to the Distinguished Women Awards celebration email: distinguishedwomen@gscm.org.

Meet the 2021 Distinguished Women Honorees

Maria Johnson Darby

Maria Darby is the Chief Operating Officer at Keswick responsible for operationalizing strategy through direct oversight and leadership of enterprise-wide service lines, including Keswick Multicare, Keswick Adult Day Services, Keswick Management and Keswick Community Health, focused on maximizing mission impact and achieving organizational short and long-term goals. In addition, she manages the company’s philanthropic and community and business partnership initiatives. Ms. Darby holds budget responsibility for all service lines and business operation units and manages the senior management team leaders.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Ms. Darby is active in the community and is currently the president of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and secretary of the LEADERSHIP Baltimore County boards of directors. Ms. Darby is also an Executive Alliance board member and co-chairs its Effective Impact Mentoring Committee. She is a 30-year member of the Junior League of Baltimore, an organization on whose board she has served numerous times including serving as its president in 2001-02.

In 2006, the Baltimore Business Journal named Maria one of Baltimore's Top 40 Under 40; in 2017, Ms. Darby was inducted into The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence, having been honored previously in 2009 and 2011; and in 2012, she was named The Spirited Woman of Baltimore for her service, dedication and commitment to excellence.

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Dr. Frances Draper

Dr. Frances Murphy (Toni) Draper was named chairman of the board and publisher of the AFRO-American Newspapers, which was founded in 1892 by her great-grandfather. She was president of the company from 1987 to 1999. She has been an influential community leader in her native Baltimore for decades, with leadership positions in journalism, a church she founded and education.

Draper received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language education from Morgan State University and was on the university’s Board of Regents for 25 years before stepping down in June. Draper also has master’s degrees in education (Johns Hopkins University), business administration (University of Baltimore) and pastoral counseling (Loyola University Maryland). In 2006, she received a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and leadership from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Draper serves on the boards of the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association, the Y in Central Maryland, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Baltimore City) and the Advisory Board of Results Baltimore. She also is a member of the Executive Alliance.

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Cheryl Mickel

Cheryl Mickel is the head of the U.S. Taxable Low Duration team and a co-portfolio manager of the US Short Duration Income and Stable Value Intermediate Term Strategies in the Fixed Income Division. She is a president of the Fixed Income Series, a president and Investment Advisory Committee member of the Short-Term Bond Fund, and a vice president and Investment Advisory Committee member of the Government Money and Tax-Exempt Money Funds. Cheryl manages short to intermediate bond strategies and specializes in managing synthetic guaranteed investment contract portfolios for the Stable Value team. She is a member of the Board of Directors of T. Rowe Price Trust Company, the chair of the T. Rowe Price Trust Company Investment Committee, a member of the Fixed Income Steering and Valuation Committees, and a trustee of the T. Rowe Price Foundation. Cheryl is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company.

Cheryl has been with T. Rowe Price since 1989, beginning in the Fixed Income Division where her early responsibilities included trading across an array of fixed income markets, including high-grade corporates, mortgages, and structured products, as well as foreign currencies. In 1997, she became a taxable portfolio manager, and in 2015, she assumed her current role.

Cheryl earned a B.S. in economics from the University of Baltimore and an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland. She also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

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Dr. Kim Schatzel

Dr. Kim Schatzel began leading Towson University as its 14th president on January 26, 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and Technology, from Michigan State University. Her research interests focus on product innovation, new product success, and marketing communications.

President Schatzel is one of less than two percent of university presidents that have extensive business and private sector experience, spending more than 20 years as a corporate leader and serial entrepreneur in the technology and advanced manufacturing sectors. As part of her new venture experience, Schatzel founded and served as the President, Chief Operating Officer, and later Chief Executive Officer of a multinational advanced manufacturing firm with more than 1,500 employees on four continents.

Schatzel began her academic career as an Assistant Professor of Marketing for the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She served as the College’s Associate Dean starting in 2005 and as its Dean from 2008-2012. Schatzel served from 2012-2016 as the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University. She retained that role while guiding the university as its Interim President for six months. Schatzel serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, CollegeBound Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Greater Economic Alliance of Baltimore and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. She also serves on the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum.

Her contributions to and leadership in Maryland have been recognized by The Daily Record, which gave her its 2018 Icon Honors; named her one of the 2017 Most Admired CEOs, 2017 Top 100 Women and 2017 Most Influential Marylanders; and included her in its inaugural Power 100 list in 2021.

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Doris Zografos

Doris Zografos’ career path began in 1979 after graduating high school at the age of 16. As a young woman without real mentoring or funds for high education, Doris followed the same career path that her mother took in the early years of WWII. Like her mother and before her 22nd birthday, Doris attended and graduated from the same three-year hospital-based nursing program, became a registered nurse, married, and gave birth to her first child.

Doris returned to college and eventually obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Science. Education provided more opportunity, but she realized a career in business, not nursing, was her path. Working with her late husband, an engineer, and with another couple, they started an industrial painting company which grew to include painting the Chesapeake Bay bridge. This business partnership terminated. However, after raising three children as a single parent and winning a long and painful two-year battle with breast cancer, Doris was able to successfully start and build her own company.

In 2010, EASE Painting and Construction Inc. (EASE) was established to provide industrial and marine environmental and coating services to private, municipal, city, state and federal customers including the United States Coast Guard, NAVY and Air Force. EASE has grown from three employees to over 30 and has been awarded over 300 contracts that have taken her painting crews to over 20 states that include California, Washington, and Oregon. Recently, EASE was awarded a five-year contract from the U.S. Department of State to maintain embassies and consulates’ concrete fresh water tanks world-wide.

Once Distinguished, Always Distinguished

First Name

Last Name

Deceased

Year Honored

Rosalie

Abrams

Yes

1981

Timmerman

Daugherty

 

1981

Roberta

Dillow

 

1981

Ethel

Ennis

Yes

1981

Kathleen

Feeley

Yes

1981

Mary

Hyman

Yes

1981

Martha

Irvin

 

1981

Ruth

Miller-Allen

 

1981

Erin

Moriarty

 

1981

Hope

Quackenbush

Yes

1981

Pam

Shriver

 

1981

Jeannette

Wolman

Yes

1981

Beryl

Williams

Yes

1983

Floraine

Applefeld

Yes

1984

Ruby

Lee

 

1984

Mary

Thomas

Yes

1985

Hilda

Ford

Yes

1986

Geraldine

Aronin

Yes

1987

Dee Anderson

Kline

 

1988

Donna Lee

Frisch

 

1989

Elaine

Born

 

1990

Janet

Covington

 

1991

Bea

Gaddy

Yes

1992

Constance

Beims

 

1993

Nancy

Grasmick

 

1994

Lynne

Battaglia

 

1998

Nisha

Chandra-Strobos

 

1998

Rita

Colwell

 

1998

Diana

Motz

 

1998

Sherry

Bellamy

 

1999

Lynne

Brick

 

1999

Diane

Cho

 

1999

Barbara

Dreyer

Yes

1999

Irma

Raker

 

1999

Antoinette

Ford

 

2000

Barbara

Hoffman

 

2000

Jennifer

Reynolds

 

2000

Janet Marie

Smith

 

2000

Jacqueline

Thomas

 

2000

Helen

Bentley

Yes

2001

Susan

Ganz

 

2001

Malynda

Hawes Madzel

 

2001

Margaret Mary

Preston

 

2001

Lauren

Schnaper

 

2001

Joan

Athen

 

2002

Susan

Keating

 

2002

Patricia

Mitchell

 

2002

Judy

Reitz

 

2002

Jacqueline

White-Sales

 

2002

Helen

Amos

 

2003

C. Sylvia

Brown

 

2003

Marcia

DeWitt

 

2003

Julie

Mercer

 

2003

Jayme

Weinstein

Yes

2003

Willarda

Edwards

 

2004

Sandra

Hillman

 

2004

Sayra

Meyerhoff

 

2004

Melanie

Sabelhaus

 

2004

Alexandra

Wrage

 

2004

Stephanie

Beran

 

2005

Harriette

Cole

 

2005

Elizabeth

Dana

 

2005

Deborah

Jennings

 

2005

Lois

Shofer

 

2005

Ellen

Heller

 

2006

Jacqueline

Hrabowski

 

2006

Mary Pat

Seurkamp

 

2006

E. Follin

Smith

 

2006

Yolanda Maria

Welch

 

2006

Patricia

Brown

 

2007

Joan Develin

Coley

 

2007

Carla

Hayden

 

2007

Denise

Koch

 

2007

Penelope

Taylor

 

2007

Sarian

Bouma

 

2008

Betty

Cooke

 

2008

Taylor

Foss

 

2008

Karen

McGraw

 

2008

Mary Louise

Preis

 

2008

Laura

Black

 

2009

Carmen

Ortiz Larsen

 

2009

Sharon

Pinder

 

2009

Paula

Singer

 

2009

Jenny

Trostel

 

2009

Sandra

Gohn

 

2010

Nancy

Longo

 

2010

Carolyn

McGuire-Frenkil

 

2010

Gwendolyn

Skillern

 

2010

Ellen

Yankellow

 

2010

Geraldine

Diggs

 

2011

Lois

Elkin

 

2011

Laura

Penza

 

2011

Barbara

Portnoy

 

2011

Karen

Singer

 

2011

Harriet

Dopkin

 

2012

Ava

Lias-Booker

 

2012

Marianne

Mattran

 

2012

Jeanette Glose

Partlow

 

2012

Stephanie

Rawlings-Blake

 

2012

Karen

Barbour

 

2013

Winifred

Booker

 

2013

Maria

Harris-Tildon

 

2013

Patricia

McHugh-Lambert

 

2013

Cecile

Perich

 

2013

Hilda

Ford

Yes

2014

Susan

Gorman

 

2014

Michelle

Lipkowitz

 

2014

Monica

Mitchell

 

2014

Molly

Shattuck

 

2014

Joyce

Ulrich

 

2014

Karen

Evans

 

2015

Georgette

Kiser

 

2015

Janese

Murray

 

2015

Elianne

Ramos

 

2015

Mary Ann

Scully

 

2015

Jody

Berg

 

2016

Adrienne

Jones

 

2016

Helene

McConnell

 

2016

Michele

Moore

 

2016

Sheela

Murthy

 

2016

Christine

Aspell

 

2017

Barbara

Bozzuto

 

2017

Katrina

Dennis

Yes

2017

Leana

Wen

 

2017

Swata

Gandhi

 

2018

Kristin

Herber

 

2018

Dr. Redonda

Miller

 

2018

Alicia

Ritchie

 

2018

Stacie

Tobin

 

2018

Regina

Curry

 

2019

Tere

Geckle

 

2019

Frances

Hesselbein

 

2019

Marian C.

Hwang

 

2019

Carole B.

Miller

 

2019

Alicia L.

Wilson

 

2019

Natalie M.

McSherry

 

2020

Tamla

Olivier

 

2020

Margaret

Wood

 

2020

Lisa

Manzone

 

2020

Donna

Wilson

 

2020

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Shadow Girl Program

Each year, five high school-aged Girl Scouts are selected to serve as Shadow Girls as part of GSCM's annual Distinguished Women's Award Celebration. Each Shadow Girl is paired with an honoree and has the opportunity to spend the day with her. During their day together, Shadow Girls experience a typical day in her mentor's role and learn more about how she navigated her career. The Shadow Girl Program is an excellent way for girls to explore career interests and learn more about the female leadership experience. 

Click here, to learn more about the Shadow Girl program.