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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

Nominate someone who is making a difference in your community!

The Baltimore County Commission for Women is accepting nominations for its 2019 “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards. In addition, one woman who has made a powerful impact on the community through her volunteer efforts will be chosen as the 2019 “Woman Making a Difference.” This is the 37th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Honorees will be notified after that date, and the awards will be presented in March of 2019.

Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the awards. Nominees for the “Young Woman of the Year” must be a high school senior in Baltimore County. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated.

Questions or requests for nomination forms may be directed to Carmen Christiana at 410-887-2450. Nomination forms are also available online at

Kamenetz Recognized Three Outstanding Women at March 1 Ceremony

It was a full house Thursday evening as  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Commission for Women recognized three outstanding women at a ceremony in the County Council Chambers in the Historic Courthouse. The annual Woman of the Year awards are given to female Baltimore County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women 2018 award winners are:

  • Laura Clary, BSN, RN as the “Woman of the Year,” a GBMC nurse, clinical manager of GBMC’s Safe Program, advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and recipient of the 2017 America’s Most Amazing Nurse from Prevention Magazine. She lives in Essex.
  • Assistant Baltimore County Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz as the “Woman Making a Difference,” a leader in a male-dominated profession and the highest-ranking woman with the Baltimore County Fire Department. She resides in Parkville.
  • Gabriella McLean as the “2018 Young Woman of the Year,” a senior at Catonsville High School championing homelessness among children and young adults.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz participated in the recognition ceremony, together with members of the Commission for Women, the County Council and Baltimore County Statehouse delegation.

“I appreciate the decades of positive impact the Commission for Women has made with their outreach and educational initiatives for women and girls in our County and I especially commend them for their efforts confronting the issue of human trafficking,” said Kamenetz.  

The Baltimore County Commission for Women was formed on January 3, 1977 by an act of the Baltimore County Council to address the needs of women through education, outreach and advocacy. The Commission works to identify and advocate for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s women and children.

Photos of the awards ceremony are posted on the County’s website, where they may be viewed and downloaded.

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