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2014 Woman and Young Woman of the Year Winners

Young Woman of the Year: Francesca 'Franny' Brancati

Franny Brancati, 2014 Young Woman of the Year winner.
  Franny Brancati, 2014
Young Woman of the Year

This year's Young Woman of the Year honoree is Franny Brancati, a Dulaney High School senior, who is recognized as an exceptional student, an award-winning editor of her school newspaper, an essayist, musician and athlete.

Young and Inspiring

Notably, she served as a summer intern lab assistant at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, during which she participated in research projects potentially leading to groundbreaking cancer therapies. Recognized as a proven leader and an inspirational young woman, she plans to pursue a medical degree in college.

We congratulate Ms. Brancati on her many accomplishments and celebrate her selection as Young Woman of the Year 2014.

Woman of the Year: Betty Cain

A Passion for Helping Hungry People

Betty Cain, 2014 Woman of the Year winner.
       Betty Cain, 2014
     Woman of the Year

For six decades, Woman of the Year winner Betty Cain, an Licensed Practical Nurse from Halethorpe, has been an activist in her community combating hunger. Working primarily through her parish, Lansdowne United Methodist Church, Cain has organized teams of volunteers in southwest Baltimore County to help feed low-income families and elderly shut-ins.

She has organized dozens of initiatives to provide meals regularly at various locations for anyone in need of food. Collaborating with the Riverview Community Association, the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization and others, she has inspired ongoing support from the community to aid her efforts to feed the hungry.

We congratulate Ms. Nelson on her many accomplishments and celebrate her selection as Woman of the Year 2014.

LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference: Debra Moriarty

About LaFrance Muldrow    

This is the first year that the Baltimore County Commission for Women is honoring an outstanding woman in the community with the "LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference" award. Muldrow, a retired Baltimore County social worker, community activist and longtime member of the Baltimore County Commission for Women, made enormous contributions in Baltimore County during her four-decade career. In both professional and volunteer capacities, she served to improve the welfare of socially and financially disadvantaged children and families, always promoting social, educational and cultural opportunities. She passed away in July 2013 after a long illness.

Debra Moriarty: An Outstanding Woman

Debra Moriarty, LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Award winner.
     Debra Moriarty, 2014
Woman Making a Difference

The first awardee of the "LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference" award is Debra Moriarty, PhD, Vice President of Student Affairs at Towson University. Moriarty is being recognized by the Commission as a creative innovator who has provided executive leadership in a multitude of areas, including: student parent programs; African-American and Latino student development and support; the university's Women's Center, Career Center, and Veterans Center; the Dowell Health Center; LGBT support; mentorship and scholarship programs; student disability support and civility education. For many years, she has been an active community volunteer and leader promoting the importance of education through community collaborations. She established the University Relations Committee of the Greater Towson Council Community Association and has been instrumental in developing collaborative relationships between Towson University, County government and local businesses.

We congratulate Ms. Moriarty on her many accomplishments and celebrate her selection as the "LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference" of the Year 2014.

Revised March 10, 2014

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