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Spirited Women of Baltimore Awards

October 2013

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Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2013
Alice Ann Finnerty

Regarded as “a truly amazing leader and an outstanding local businesswoman and community volunteer,” Finnerty owns The Turnover Shop consignment business. A mother of six grown children and a grandmother, Finnerty still finds time to be a dedicated board member, community volunteer and activist. Finnerty guided the Junior League’s largest community investment, helping forge relationships, raise money, get political buy-in and facilitate discussions within the community to create the Hampden Family Center. She has served on boards for Union Memorial, Mercy High School, The Caroline Center, among others.

MyCity4Her.com presented the 7th annual Spirited Women of Baltimore Awards on Sept. 18 at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. Awards founder Monyka Berrocosa honored women who contribute to the community (see In Box, Aug/Sept 2013). Event proceeds jointly benefit The Caroline Center, a tuition-free job training program for women in Baltimore, and the Giving Spirits Foundation. I95 BUSINESS was proud to be a sponsor.

Spirited Women Rising
Emily Chiarizia
As an attorney with Peroutka and Peroutka in Pasadena, Chiarizia’s interest in community service and pro bono work is encouraged. She uses her energy and leverages her knowledge of the legal system to do pro bono work, such as drafting living wills for police officers and firefighters.

Thomasina Poirot
A member of Venable’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group, Poirot concentrates her practice on complex pharmaceutical litigation. Active in the community, she chairs the Advisory Board of Business Volunteers Unlimited’s GIVE program, serves on the board of directors of Friends of Great Kids Farm and also assists the Parks & People Foundation.

Casey Shurman
A second grade teacher at Bollman Bridge Elementary, a Title I School in Jessup, Schurman is certified in both elementary and special education. She’s active in a variety of non-profit organizations, including Earl’s Place, PATHWAYS, Baltimore Dinner Committee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and Oriole Advocates.

Spirited Women in Balance
Lori Villegas

As vice president and wealth advisor with Morgan Stanley, Villegas specializes in working with business owners and executives, assisting with risk management and financial security. She also helped create a Morgan Stanley diversity council to assist women and minorities in development and business growth.

Kimberly Armstrong
As the founder and chief sustainability officer and consultant for The Abeona Group, Inc., an environmental & corporate sustainability consulting firm in Baltimore, Armstrong has worked diligently to raise awareness and support for the creation of green jobs and community resources to Baltimore residents.

Lisa Nitsch
As House of Ruth Maryland’s director of clinical services & education, Nitsch is responsible for oversight of adult survivor therapeutic services, children’s therapy, intervention programs for perpetrators, and the agency’s Training Institute. In 2010, she was invited to the White House to consult on federal legislation regarding responsible fatherhood programs and domestic violence.

Spirited Women in Business
Ella Pritsker

As a young child in Soviet Russia, Pritsker began a lifelong love of fashion design by creating doll clothes for her handmade paper dolls. Once in the States, she began her couture business, and in 2009, she created the Maryland Center for Fashion Design, a Timonium-based school. In 2010, she founded the Baltimore Fashion Alliance.

Top row (left to right): Alice Ann Finnerty, Spirited Woman of Baltimore; Vanessa White, Spirited Woman in Business; Ella Pritsker, Spirited Woman in Business; Marieanne Kelly, Spirited Woman in Business; Lori Villegas, Spirited Woman in Balance. Bottom row (left to right):  Emily Chiarizia, Spirited Woman Rising; Thomasina Poirot, Spirited Woman Rising; Casey Schurman, Spirited Woman Rising; Kimberly Armstrong, Spirited Woman in Balance; Lisa Nitsch, Spirited Woman in Balance.  Photo by Beverlee Barthel.

Top row (left to right): Alice Ann Finnerty, Spirited Woman of Baltimore; Vanessa White, Spirited Woman in Business; Ella Pritsker, Spirited Woman in Business; Marieanne Kelly, Spirited Woman in Business; Lori Villegas, Spirited Woman in Balance. Bottom row (left to right): Emily Chiarizia, Spirited Woman Rising; Thomasina Poirot, Spirited Woman Rising; Casey Schurman, Spirited Woman Rising; Kimberly Armstrong, Spirited Woman in Balance; Lisa Nitsch, Spirited Woman in Balance. Photo by Beverlee Barthel.

Vanessa White
White has operated Vanessa Vintage Treasures in Federal Hill for 22 years and helped create the After School program for the children at Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School, teaching arts, crafts and quilting.

Marianne Kelly
Kelly is president and founder of Image Recovery Centers, a division of Total Image Care, Inc., and is a certified image consultant, with specialized training in makeup application, color analysis and wardrobe planning, a licensed professional hair designer certified in clinical cosmetology, and a certified mastectomy fitter.

For more information, visit http://mycity4her.com/spirited-women-awards.

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