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2019 Woman and Young Woman of the Year Winners

Aziza Sultana Khan: Woman of the Year

Aziza Sultana Khan, 2019 Woman of the Year
Aziza Sultana Khan
Woman of the Year

Aziza Khan was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States around the age of two. Starting in New York and moving to New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, California, Maryland, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and eventually returning back to Maryland to lay down her roots for a future in Baltimore County. She can be thought of as a true, well-rounded American experiencing all that the U.S. has to offer.

Education

Aziza is a graduate of California State University East Bay (formally California State University Hayward) and Towson University with a Masters in Geography and Environmental Studies. She then worked for the Department of Natural Resources and as an Assistant Parks Director in Wisconsin.

A Kind Heart and Helping Hand

Aziza is the long time President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Women’s Auxiliary Baltimore Chapter. She is the go-to person for any kind of assistance, not only advocating for refugees, but for all who are in need in Baltimore County. She personifies the Ahmadiyya Muslim Communities’ motto of “Love for All, Hatred for None” with her non-discriminatory helping hand, whether Muslim or not, whatever the socioeconomic or race of a person.

From providing housing for homeless women and their families until they are able to support themselves, rides for refugees to further their education or obtain driver’s license, or just lend a listening ear—Aziza has never shied away from any kind of assistance to anyone. Many would refer to her as their “adopted mother” or “adopted sister” for showing kin-level kindness and nature to those who she encountered. Aziza has spent the majority of her life helping alleviate discomfort and uneasiness in those who confide in her—whether family, marital or social issues. She has always shown the utmost discretion, patience, love and understanding. Opening her heart and home, opting instead to put the needs of others first. 

Family Values

When asked why she does all these things, she responded,“because I can’t help myself. It is all I have learned from my family as to how mankind is to be treated. I don’t know how to turn my back on someone who needs help, even if all I can do is offer a smile or a kind word.”

Aziza has been married for 39 years and blessed with three loving sons and two grandchildren.

Cynthia Mingo: LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference

Cynthia Mingo, Woman Making a Difference
Cynthia Mingo
Woman Making a Difference

Cynthia is passionate about serving her community and helping everyone in need. She joined the Turner Station Recreation Council in 2006 serving as the Ways and Means Chairperson. She successfully administered programs such as: “Breakfast with Santa,” provided toys, warm clothing and food baskets during the Christmas holiday; and “Easter Egg Hunts” for the community. She also assisted with fundraising for the sports programs held at Fleming Community Center. During Thanksgiving season she volunteered to serve the homeless and supplied food baskets to needy families.

Community Leader

Cynthia continued to provide for the community through intergenerational programs under the Baltimore County Department of Aging with programs such as: Intergenerational Mitten Tree, Easter Egg Hunt, Back to School Block Party Backpack Program, Harvest Fest and an Intergenerational Summer Program. Cynthia has held “Back to School” backpack drives every year for the community and homeless children attending area schools, along with volunteering with the Turner Station Food Pantry. Cynthia has also worked as a caseworker with the State of Maryland for Child Support Services, Maryland Payment Center, Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport, and Baltimore City Detention Center.

She previously served as Vice President of the Dundalk Senior High School PTSA and Ways and Means Chairperson of the Turner Station’s Rec Council. In 2017, Cynthia served as a Parade Judge for the Dundalk Heritage Parade representing Fleming Senior Center. 

Since 2013, Cynthia has been the Director of the Fleming Senior Center where she has dramatically increased the center’s enrollment. Currently, she serves as a Board Member on the Turner Station Conservation Teams and Assistant Treasurer of the Turner Station History Center.

Dedicated Volunteer

Cynthia’s community volunteerism is an extension of her discipleship as a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church and a former member of Empowerment Temple AME.

Education

Cynthia was educated in the Baltimore County Public School System and graduated from Dundalk High School in 1984. She furthered her education at PSI Computer Institute as a computer programmer receiving her Certificate of Completion in 1989. She is a single mother to her daughter, Dominique Lyons.

Haleemat Adekoya: Young Woman of the Year

Haleemat Adekoya, Young Woman of the Year 2019
Haleemat Adekoya
Young Woman of the Year

Haleemat is a high school senior attending Milfold Mill Academy who represents all 114,000 students of the Baltimore County Public Schools serving as the student member on the Board of Education of Baltimore County. 

Student Leader

Haleemat also serves as a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and she hosts two shows on BCPS-TV: Hanging with Haleemat (about student clubs) and Chat Café (a student talk show).

At Milford Mill, Haleemat serves as the president of the Class of 2019, is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, and the Principal’s Advisory Board.

Her work in the community includes participating as an advisee in #BUILTBYGIRLS, an online STEM mentoring program; serving as a business program executive for Jennifer Ukegbu, LLC; acting as program coordinator for From Prison Cells to PhD; and leading Dare2Bee, a female empowerment organization she founded.

Career Aspirations

In 2018, she was one of 13 high school students to participate in the eight-week Johns Hopkins Internship in Brain Sciences, engaging in research of mental health issues like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Haleemat aspires to become a child mental health advocate and educator.

Making a Positive Difference

To quote Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White: “I have the opportunity to interact with Haleemat regularly, and in every situation, she is well-prepared, insightful and positive. Her intellect is well-balanced with her empathy and her commitment to making a positive difference in the world. She has already achieved so much and she has yet to graduate from high school. I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish later in her life and career.”

 
Revised May 31, 2019         

 

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