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2020 Woman and Young Woman of the Year Winners

Alejandra Ivanovich: Woman of the Year

Alejandra Ivanovich, 2020 Woman of the Year
Alejandra Ivanovich
Woman of the Year

Alejandra Ivanovich was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Central Florida at age 13 with her mother and sister for a better life.

Advocating for Victims of Domestic Violence

Due to domestic violence, Alejandra moved to Baltimore where she found a new home and was able to receive services tailored to domestic violence victims. Later, she opened a small business and found a way to advocate for other victims of domestic violence. Alejandra helped victims with various things such as taking them to shelters and helping them complete peace order petitions.

Community Activist

A friend from Guatemala, inspired her to do a community forum for immigrant women and children. She partnered with the Northwest Hospital DOVE program and other organizations and over 200 people showed up and received many services from cancer screenings to legal help for their immigration cases.

She found her voice, found her power and became a community activist. Alejandra has organized rallies and community forums, and most recently became a member of the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee, the Census Complete Count Committee and an official Community Outreach Volunteer with the Baltimore County Police Department.

Vision for the Future

Alejandra enrolled in the Community College of Baltimore County. Her vision for the future is to continue her studies to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and to be the best mother she can for her three children.

Alejandra plans to continue to advocate for all of those who do not have a voice and dreams. Her vision is to help make Baltimore County a place where every person can thrive and live their best life without regard to ethnic background or the color of their skin. She believes Baltimore County will set an example nation-wide of what progress, inclusion and opportunity is and that all of our residents and students will receive the best education possible.

Dr. Marlene Mahipat: LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference

Dr. Marlene Mahipat, Woman Making a Difference 2020
Dr. Marlene Mahipat
Woman Making a Difference

Dr. Marlene Mahipat started from humble beginnings in Trinidad and moved to the United States in 1990 with $300 and two suitcases containing her entire life. Overcoming many obstacles, which included working three jobs and going to school full time, she persevered and completed her education to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 2001.

Promoting Wellness

Dr. Marlene Mahipat moved to Maryland in 2002 and started a company called Mediquest in Maryland in 2004 which has expanded to Florida. Mediquest provides chiropractic, physical therapy, and a holistic approach to wellness through nutritional guidance, genetic testing, hair, stool, and urine analysis, along with detailed blood work. This information is used to map and identify problems and deficiencies in the body.

Support for Those in Need

Dr. Mahipat also founded Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE) in 2006, a non-profit human services foundation which focuses on assisting children and families in need, including the homeless, elderly and disabled. One of her programs provides children with mentorship and educational supplies. Each child’s progress is measured, evaluated and systematically tracked and recorded and then used to assist in the successful mentorship of other children and to set future goals.

Animal Advocate

Additionally, she started People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanasia (PLEASE) in 2006, a non-profit pet foundation which focuses on helping otherwise healthy animals from being put to sleep and on-going projects to help low-income clients with food and vet bills for their pets.

Madelin McLean: Young Woman of the Year

Madelin McLean, Young Woman of the Year 2020
Madelin McLean
Young Woman of the Year

Madelin has been involved with several different community support programs in Catonsville for several years, including the Night of Peace Family Shelter, Westside Men’s Shelter, and the Children’s Home. She also spends her free time organizing donation drives for several animal shelters across Maryland. Last summer, she interned alongside Congressman Elijah Cummings, which inspired her to pursue her interests in law and apply for an environmental law internship.

Dedicated Student

Academically, Madelin maintained a 3.66 unweighted GPA and a 5.03 weighted GPA at Catonsville High School, she was involved in basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, Art Club, Spanish Club, Feminist Club, Green Club, Comet Culture, and Student Sharing. She was also a dedicated member of the Spanish, Art, English and National Honor Societies.

Community Service and Volunteer Work

She has accumulated over 700 hours of community service and holds many different leadership positions. Madelin was awarded the Commitment to Service Award in 2016 by the Service-Learning Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Schools, the Van Hollen Public Service Award 2020 by the United State Senate, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award 2019 by the Corporation for National and Community Service in recognition of her service work in her community.

In addition to her rigorous courses, Madelin also interns for the Mary Keyes Law Firm. Madelin is interested in majoring in international relations on a pre-law track, and hopes to one day become an immigration attorney and continue the pursuit of social justice for those in need in our communities.

Plans for the Future

Madelin also excelled in various sports through her high school career. She attended the MPSSA Student-Athlete Leadership Conference Invitation twice and received the Minds in Motion Award Scholar Athlete Award eight times. Madelin plans to attend the University of South Carolina in the fall to begin work on her undergraduate degree. She states, “It is an honor to selflessly serve my school and my community and I look forward to continuing to do so in this next chapter of my life!”

Chesnie Caster: Young Woman of the Year Honorable Mention

Chesnie Caster, Young Woman of the Year 2020 Honorable Mention
Chesnie Caster
Young Woman of the Year Honorable Mention

Chesnie is a very motivated and intelligent young lady who has done an excellent job in all of her endeavors. She is certainly well respected by her teachers and peers because she consistently demonstrates her desire to help others and her commitment to being the best friend, student and person she can be.

Academic Leadership

Chesnie has participated in a challenging college preparatory program and this year she is taking five Advanced Placement courses. In addition, she has chosen to participate in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program which offers a rigorous curriculum that includes extensive lab work and independent research. Her cumulative weighted grade point average is 5.20 and her class rank is 24 out of 393 seniors.

While maintaining excellent grades, Chesnie has also found time to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. She has demonstrated her outstanding leadership skills by being elected as Vice President for the Class of 2020, Secretary of the Kiwanis KEY Club, Treasurer of the Black Student Union and an Executive Board Member of the Girl Up-United Nations Organizations, where she hopes to empower women and raise awareness of the oppression women endure all over the world.

Community Volunteer Work

Through Chesnie’s involvement with numerous service clubs and honor societies she has had the opportunity to volunteer at the Reisterstown Crisis Center, the Baltimore Humane Society, as well as to collect donations for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Chesnie has also been integral in planning and coordinating an annual STEM night for our community to attend and she has served as a peer tutor throughout her years in high school.

Strong Work Ethic

Chesnie is truly a phenomenal young lady who has a strong work ethic and high moral character. She has somehow found the time to maintain employment while still excelling in school participating in her extra-curricular activities. Chesnie hopes to further her service after her graduation and plans to take her service abroad and improve the medical world through a career in the health field.

Revised July 21, 2020         


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