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Honorees Will be Recognized at Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 25

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month to honor women’s contributions in American society. This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” The theme honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.” 

Baltimore County and the Women’s Commission will recognize three outstanding women during its 38th Annual “Woman of the Year” Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson. 

The 2020 valiant women of Baltimore County are:

  • Alejandra Ivanovich as the “Woman of the Year,” a dedicated community leader and an advocate for the Latino community and for victims of domestic violence.

  • Dr. Marlene Mahipat as the “Woman Making a Difference Awardee,” a tireless community servant, Dr. Mahipat established two nonprofit foundations assisting children, families in need, and care for animals.

  • Madelin McLean as the “Young Woman of the Year,” a senior at Catonsville High School and a leader inside and outside of the classroom organizing community outreach projects.

Chesnie Caster, a senior at Franklin High School, received Honorable Mention.

These awards are given to County female residents who have enhanced the lives of citizens and made significant contributions in the community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children. 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will lead the recognition of awardees, together with County Council members, State Senators and Delegates, and County department heads.

More Information

Learn more about Baltimore County's Annual Woman and Young Woman of the Year Awards on the Commission for Women website

Monique Reid, Founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, Receives the Award

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center has announced Monique Reid, founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, as the winner of the 2019 Small Business Award. Her businesses provide mobile blood draws, IV Infusions, Drug and Alcohol Testing, and DNA Testing. In addition, she also offers Phlebotomy Workshops for Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare businesses.

“Congratulations to Monique on her award and on her success with Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services. Our entrepreneurs are a wonderful asset to our communities in Baltimore County and I’m grateful to people like Monique for their vision and hard work,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Our Small Business Resource Center was created to assist people like Monique as they reach for their dreams.”

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), a cooperative effort between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, helps establish, grow, and improve County businesses. SBRC offers free counseling services that have served more than 6,000 clients and facilitated the start-up of more than 700 businesses.

“I saw the need for a critical service in our community, and I knew that I could serve that need while also building a successful business in Baltimore County,” Ms. Reid said. “The Small Business Resource Center helped me to turn that vision into a reality.”

Ms. Reid first visited Leonard Lee of the Small Business Resource Center in summer 2015 as a start-up mobile phlebotomy concierge service. With guidance and support from the SBRC, in spring 2019, Express Way Medical Laboratories opened the first physical location in Towson. Ms. Reid credits Mr. Lee and the Small Business Resource Center as some of her biggest supporters during her entrepreneurial journey, providing counseling and connecting her to different funding sources.

The SBRC Small Business Awards were introduced to recognize the exceptional work and community impact of Baltimore County small businesses and their founding entrepreneurs.

For more information about the Small Business Resource Center and to see how we can help grow your business, contact 410-825-6200 or visit the SBRC website.

Stylized Crab Image Calls Out Potential Risks to Food Sources

County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that the County’s anti-litter outreach campaign, "Litter Doesn't Stop Where it Drops", won a prestigious international award for its artistic imagery and clear messaging that highlights the connection between litter and its damaging effect on aquatic life, including the seafood that we eat. The ads, designed by the Towson advertising firm Pinnacle Communications Resource Company, ran on buses, trash cans, social media and other locations.

A crab that is also made up of trash like, a glass bottle, an old spoon and a cigarette butt. Also features the text litter doesn't stop where it drops, put litter in its place

“Litter is an unsightly issue in many of our neighborhoods and in our waterways,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We are reminding people that litter has long-term consequences that can be easily prevented by all of us being mindful of its effect on the environment by making simple changes to how we dispose of our trash and recyclables.”

The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s “Litter Doesn’t Stop Where it Drops” ad campaign, which launched this spring, took Bronze in the international 2019 Summit Creative Awards. The awards series recognizes advertising worldwide and is considered the premier arbiter of creative excellence for small and medium advertising firms. The winning ad was selected from more than 4,500 submissions from 27 countries and was among only 11% of total entries that won an award.

The campaign (PDF) features a stylized photograph of a steamed Maryland blue crab with part of its body replaced with pieces of litter. The outreach campaign illustrates how litter can hit the ground and be carried away by wind or rain down the nearest storm drain and into streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Additional ads will be running in the upcoming months.

Revised September 11, 2017