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2013 Woman and Young Woman of the Year Winners

Young Woman of the Year 2013 – McCall Behringer

Photo of McCall Behringer, 2013 Young Woman of the Year winner.
  McCall Behringer, 2013
Young Woman of the Year

McCall Behringer is 18 years old and the daughter of Nina and Michael Behringer. She is a senior at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore.

She is a member of the Young Marines, and was named that organization’s 2012 National Young Marine of the Year. Behringer has received more than 121 awards since becoming a member of the Young Marines including three personal commendation awards, the Meritorious Service award issued at the national level by Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines.

In addition to her Young Marines awards, she was the 2011 Baltimore nominee for the March of Dimes Youth Volunteer of the Year. She has received three high school letters, has been named to the honor roll, is a student coach for Allied Soccer and is a member of the Perry Hall High School Symphonic Winds Ensemble and Marching Band for which she is a section leader.

Behringer is a camp counselor at the American Lung Association’s Camp Super Kids. She sits on the planning boards for the Baltimore Chapter of March of Dimes and the Baltimore office of the National Kidney Foundation. She also works part-time and is a volunteer at the Hopewell Cancer Center.

“I plan to attend college and study journalism,” Behringer said. “Hopefully, I will receive an ROTC scholarship and, after my education, I will serve my country.”

Woman of the Year 2013 – Gloria E. Nelson

Image of Gloria Nelson, 2013 Woman of the Year winner.
  Gloria E. Nelson, 2013
     Woman of the Year

Gloria E. Nelson, a Dundalk resident, works for the Maryland State Department of Human Resources as manager, staff development in the Office of Human Resources and Training. She has more than 35 years of distinguished service with the state of Maryland and possesses an extensive background in human resource recruitment and training. Additionally, she has been recognized in her expertise in the design, development and delivery of human resources programs.

Strongly connected to the community, Nelson took on the responsibility of reorganizing and revitalizing the Turner Station Recreation Council. She served as its president from 2001 until 2005 and is currently an active member managing several youth programs. She also serves as vice president of the Turner Station Community Conservation Team, is a member of the Turner Station Community Development Corporation, a member of the Harbor Team for the Dredged Material Management Program (DMMP) and serves on the DMMP Citizens Advisory Committee.

Nelson has received several awards over the years including the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks 2007 Shinning Star Volunteer Award and the 2007 Nation Health and Fitness Association, Inc. Award. She also received the 2006 Nominate Baltimore County Women of the Year 2006 award and received a Special Recreation Award from the Turner Station Recreation Council in 2006. Nelson is also very active within the faith community.

We congratulate Ms. Nelson on her many accomplishments and celebrate her selection as Woman of the Year 2013.

The 2013 Women Making a Difference Award (Posthumous)

Judge S. Ann Brobst – A Lover of the Law, A Tough Prosecutor, An Office Prankster

Image of Judge S. Ann Brobst, Making a Difference Award winner.
Judge S. Ann Brobst, 2013
Woman Making a Difference

Over the course of 30 years, Brobst earned a reputation as a tough, whip-smart prosecutor that was belied by her diminutive stature and long blond hair. Judge S. Ann Brobst joined the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s office in 1979 working first as an assistant state’s attorney. In 1983, she became the chief of the office’s Circuit Court Division and was responsible for handling some of the highest profile murder cases in the county and state.

Some of her cases included: Steven Oken, who sexually assaulted and killed Dawn Garvin and then two weeks later murdered his sister-in-law, Patricia Hirt, at his White Marsh townhouse and dumped her body along White Marsh Boulevard. Oken fled to Kittery, Maine, and murdered Lori Ward, a desk clerk at a motel where he was staying. Oken was ultimately executed in Maryland for the Garvin and Hirt murders. Brobst was also the lead prosecutor in the abuse and starvation death of nine-year-old Rita Fisher in 1997; the 2000 murder of Baltimore County Police Sargeant Bruce A. Prothero while he worked as a security guard at a Pikesville jewelry store; and Nicholas Browning, a 15-year-old Dulaney High School student who in 2008 shot his father, mother and two brothers in their sleep. Browning then staged the scene to look like a robbery before leaving to go to a friend’s home to play video games.

In 2009, Brobst was appointed to the Baltimore County Circuit Court by Governor Martin O’Malley.

Judge S. Ann Brobst, a Towson resident, died December 17, 2012, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 59.

Revised March 25, 2014

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