Baltimore, Md., March 29, 2019 — The Daily Record named Arlene Thayer, Chief Operating Officer, KatzAbosch to its 2019 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

The Daily Record began Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring.

Nominees were asked to complete an application outlining their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships, and mentoring experience. They were encouraged to submit letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with their accomplishments professionally, in the community, and through mentoring.

Five women will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, receiving the award for a third and final time.

A panel of business professionals and previous Maryland’s Top 100 Women honorees from throughout the state reviewed the final applications and selected this year’s honorees.

“This year’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women are leading companies, charting new territory and inspiring the next generation. They are truly outstanding role models for all of us,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They show compassion and commitment to help others and to shape their communities. The Daily Record is honored to recognize their many achievements.”

The Maryland’s Top 100 Women awards celebration will be held on April 15 starting with a reception at 5 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., in Baltimore. The awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dessert reception. The event hashtag is #TDRawards.

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the April 16 issue of The Daily Record and will be available online at

Circle of Excellence Sponsor of The Daily Record’s 2019 Maryland’s Top 100 Women is GBMC. Reception Sponsor is Notre Dame of Maryland University. Leadership Sponsor is Towson University. Celebration Sponsor is Executive Alliance. Preferred Seating Sponsors are Epsilon Registration and VPC, Inc.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets to The Daily Record’s 2019 Maryland’s Top 100 Women, visit or call 443-524-8161.

About The Daily Record

Celebrating more than 130 years of journalistic excellence, The Daily Record is a multimedia news source that publishes a print and online edition five days a weekand breaks news daily on its website, In addition, The Daily Record publishes more than 30 special products a year including Path to Excellence: A Women’s Guide to Business, Doing Business in Maryland, Be What I Want to Be and Expanding Opportunities. The Daily Record also honors leading Marylanders through nine annual awards events including Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Influential Marylanders and Most Admired CEOs. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. The Daily Record is part of BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with 44 print and digital publications in more than 20 U.S. markets.

2019 Maryland’s Top 100 Women

***Indicates Circle of Excellence inductee

Jeanne L. Allert, The Samaritan Women

Katie Allston, Marian House

Violet M. Apple, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Lillian M. Argilagos, Viamericas Corporation

Debra Reznick Attman, Long & Foster Real Estate

Mythili “Lee” Bachu, United Retirement Plan Consultants

Donyel Gaskins Bacon, Department of Defense

Mojdeh Bahar, USDA

Tracey Barbour-Gillett, Abell Foundation

Zoa D. Barnes, Hill, Barnes & McInerney, LLC

Joanna Freeman Barnett, Maryland Environmental Service

*** Carol A. Beatty, State of Maryland

Kathleen A. Birrane, DLA Piper

Sharonne R. Bonardi, Comptroller of Maryland

Karen Bond, Boys Hope Girls Hope

Dr. Debra A. Bright, Montgomery College

Dr. Usa Bunnag, DDS Bunnag Comprehensive Dentistry, Bunnag Dental Associates, PA. & Smiles on Wings, Inc.

Judy A. Carbone, HART for Animals, Inc.

Mary Beth Carozza, Maryland State Senate

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., Hood College

Yen Dang, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Stacia Janaire Dashiell, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

Patricia Davidson, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Elizabeth A. Dovec, MD, FACS, FASMBS, GBMC Comprehensive Obesity Management Program and NewTri

Nina Easton, SellersEaston Media

*** Dr. Lorece Edwards, Morgan State University

Dr. Chrys Egan, Salisbury University

Kathryn Fiddler, Peninsula Regional Health System

Juliet Grace Fisher, Orphans’ Court for Baltimore County

Rev. Reba R. Fitchett, One Church One Child of Maryland

Melvina Carrie Ford, Equal Rights Center

Victoria Gruber, Maryland Department of Legislative Services

Beth Hehir, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sylvia Henderson, MindTeam Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Shreya Hessler, Psy.D., The MINDset Center

Julie Higgins, T. Rowe Price

Amoretta M. (Amie) Hoeber, AMH Consulting

Chandra Walker Holloway, Holloway & Norman Law Group

Jamie Holmes-Kriger, Salisbury University

Song Hutchins, Asian-American Homeownership Counseling, Inc.

*** MaryBeth Hyland, SparkVision

Tracy Imm, Maryland Insurance Administration

JoAnn Ioannou, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Cheree’ H. Johnson, McCormick & Co., Inc.

Kim Jones, Nonprofit Village

M. Therese Kelly, MLA, EdT, New Heights Center LLC

Heidi Kenny-Berman, Kenny Law Group, LLC

Kathy Kiernan, Open to the Possible Coaching & Consulting

Traci Kodeck, , MPH, HealthCare Access Maryland

Ruth S. Lenrow, Goucher College

America V. Lesh, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

Elizabeth Ann Liechty, Charter Financial Group

Brooke E. Lierman, House of Delegates/Brown Goldstein Levy LLP

Nancy Ryan Lowitt, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Danielle Grilli Marcus, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

Kathryn A. Marsh, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office

Martha McKenna, McKenna Media

Robin McKinney, CASH Campaign of Maryland

Debora Gavin Merlock, Harford County Education Foundation

Carole B. Miller, MD, Saint Agnes Hospital/Ascension Health Care

Gena Mitchell, Devenio, Inc.

Kelly Mitchell, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, impactHR, LLC

Grace Foxwell Murdock, Wicomico grows Kindness

Mary Hopkins Navies, Hopkins-Navies Management, Inc

Dawn O’Neill, Saint Agnes Healthcare

Aryani Sorg Ong, Six Hues Blog

Linda Ostovitz, Offit Kurman

Candace Osunsade, National Aquarium

Sheri Parks, Ph.D., Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Laura Pasternak, MarketPoint, LLC

Delegate Dr. Edith Jerry Patterson, Maryland House of Delegates

Gina C. Pervall, MD, MDOT MVA Medical Advisory Board

Melinda B. Peters, RK&K

Katherine Pinkard, Pinkard Properties

Joan Debra Plisko, Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC

JaLynn Prince, Madison House Autism Foundation

Ella Pritsker, Ella Pritsker Couture

Carla A. Reid, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Patrice J. Ricciardi, Freedom Federal Credit Union

Alicia N. Ritchie, Miles & Stockbridge

Carmel Roques, Keswick

Dr. Kim Schatzel, Towson University

Kelly M. Schulz, Maryland Department of Commerce

Chalarra A. Sessoms, LCSW-C, MSW, Wraparound Maryland, Inc.

Aziza T. Shad, MD, LifeBridge Health – Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Hospital

***Michelle Daugherty Siri, The Women’s Law Center of Maryland

Dana M. Smith, The County Circuit Court for Montgomery County

Karla N. Smith, Hannon Armstrong

Michelle A. Streckfus, Exelon

Arlene R. Thayer, KatzAbosch

Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Joan Sylvia Tilghman, College of Health Professions, Coppin State University

Janice Tippett, Millennium Marketing Solutions

Stacie E. Tobin, Venable LLP

Melissa Walker, KCW Engineering Technologies, Inc./KCW Engineering

***Dana Weckesser, Global Health Partnerships Consulting

The Honorable Halee F. Weinstein, The District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City

Angela D. Wharton, Phynyx Ministries

Marsha L. Williams, Esq., Williams, McClernan, & Stack LLC

Danielle Stager Zoller, Esq., Gordon Feinblatt LLC


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