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2006 Woman and Young Woman of the Year Winners 

Each year, the Baltimore County Commission for Women accepts nominations for its annual "Woman of the Year" and "Young Woman of the Year" awards.

Woman of the Year 2006

Photo of Lone Azola.
Lone Azola

Lone Azola is a graduate of Towson High School and Towson University where she received a baccalaureate degree in French. She is active with the alumni association at Towson High School and is president of the Towson University Alumni Association. She received Towson University’s Volunteer Service Award, and a colleague at Towson University describes Lone as the best example of the “citizen volunteer.”

Lone has taught fifth grade in Virginia and high school on the Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska. As a teacher, she was selected “Teacher of the Year.”

In 1997 she made a career change and became a real estate agent with expertise in residential sales, title and financing knowledge and site selection. Currently, she is the President of Azola Building Services, LLC and is responsible for property management, space planning tenant fit-up and does the work of bookkeeper with responsibility for the company’s payroll.

She has lived in Baltimore County for most of her life and has devoted countless hours in support of the Baltimore County community. A past Parent Volunteer of the Year at Towson High School, she now spearheads an annual toy drive through the Towson University Alumni Association to benefit the Preston Mitchum Foundation.

Lone served on a committee for the Gala for United Cerebral Palsy, co-sponsored the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore’s hosting of Jack Hanna, animal behaviorist, and worked to renovate the Hopewell Cancer Support Center. She was responsible for donating the paneling from the old B&O railroad headquarters building for the current Council Library in the Old County Courthouse Building.  She also facilitated an adaptive reuse for a dwelling and donated hours of work to prepare the Hopewell Cancer Support Center for operation.

In spite of professional and charitable demands, Lone’s family and friends come first. She has cared for her daughter who has endured nine surgeries in the past three years, yet she has always been available to help her friends and family in any way she can. The Commission salutes Lone Azola, a caring person with a warm heart that permeates every facet of her life!

Young Woman of the Year 2006

Image of Sarah Koteen.
Sarah Koteen

Sarah is a junior at Owings Mills High School where she is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. While taking rigorous classes, she has maintained a 3.63 GPA. But, she is not just about academics as she has found time outside of the classroom to participate in junior varsity and varsity softball, soccer and varsity track.

As a young woman of integrity and kindness of heart, she has worked hard and already accomplished much in the volunteer arena. She has fed the homeless at Our Daily Bread, baked desserts for the Moveable Feast, which serves meals to families with cancer victims, and she visited the elderly at Levindale Nursing Home during the Passover holiday. She has worked tirelessly to raise funds for a variety of organizations including the Crones and Colitis Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Owings Mills High School PTSA. She even rolled up her sleeves to help paint a local elementary school!

Sarah She has helped to found the Teen Leadership Club, through which she was able to mobilize her peers to participate in community service activities. This organization made the news for its effort to bridge the generation gap by sponsoring teen/senior sporting events. She showed her true courage when she went on her own to help run a camp for impoverished children from New York’s inner city. Though accommodations were less than comfortable and she was initially out of her comfort zone, she stayed because she cared so much for the kids.

Sarah is the kind of student who shows up to school because she is committed, and her philosophy is “if the teacher is there she should also be there.” The Commission honors Sarah Koteen as its 2006 Young Woman of the Year, a role model not just for young women but for us all. 

Revised November 18, 2013

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