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Finalists picked for the 14th annual Women in Technology leaderships awards

Women in Technology, or WIT, has announced the finalists for the 14th Annual Leadership Awards.

The awards honor outstanding women working in the Greater Washington, D.C., region who have exemplified unique vision, inspiringleadership and mentorship in the technology industry, the organization said.

The winners will be announced at a banquet on April 18 at the Reston Hyatt in Reston, Va.

The finalists are as follow:

Corporate: Private Sector Large Business

  • Elaine Anderson, Partner, CSC
  • Wendi Hawk, Director of National Security Solutions, SAIC
  • Mary Stanhope, Vice President of Product and Marketing, Global Capacity

 Corporate: Private Sector Small Business

  • Karen S. Evans, Partner, KE&T Partners, LLP
  • Mary Knebel Gillespie, Vice President,
  • Lynne Hamilton-Jones, Vice President, National Capital Region Operations,ExecuTech Strategic Consulting
  • Thuy Pisone, Vice President, Executive Director of Strategic Technology andServices, Orbis Technologies, Inc.

 Corporate: Public Sector Large Business

  • Lisa Brown, President, Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions(RTCS)
  • Melissa Peterson, Director, Intelligence Community Wide Initiatives, CSC
  • Dr. Kristen Summers, Director, Chief Technology Officer, CACI Enterprise Solutions, Inc.
  • Julie Taylor, SVP Operations Manager, SAIC

 Corporate: Public Sector Small Business

  • Angie Lienert, President/CEO, Intelligenesis, LLC
  • Melissa Logsdon, CEO, Thermopylae Sciences & Technology, LLC
  • Kimberliey Wasko, Senior Vice President, The Moore Group


  • LaKeshia Grant, CEO, Virtual Enterprise Architects
  • Dawn Halfaker, President and CEO, Halfaker and Associates, LLC
  • Sharon Muniz, President, NCN Technology
  • Ellie Nazemoff, CEO / President, Acolyst


  • Dorine Andrews, Chief Information Officer, Peace Corps
  • Lorraine Landfried, Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO),Office ofInformation Technology for Product Development (PD), Department of VeteranAffairs
  • Amy Taylor, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury,Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

 Health IT

  • Kristine Martin Anderson, Senior Vice President, Booz AllenHamilton
  • Stephanie Pincus, Scholar-in-Residence, National Academies of Science(Institute of Medicine)
  • Kimberly Thompson, Vice President, ASM Research, Inc.

 Rising Star

  • Brandi Parra, Program Manager, SAIC
  • Marlene Roush, Applied Mathematician, SAIC
  • Stacy Tedesco, Technology Coordinator and Co-Creator of  Listening forLiteracy, DC Public Schools, Thomson Elementary
  • Kanika Tolver, Information Technology Specialist, DOT, Federal Motor CarrierSafety Administration (FMCSA)

 Social Impact IT

  • Alka Dhillon, Founder and CEO, Technalink, Inc
  • Donna Rice Hughes, President and CEO, Enough Is Enough

 Unsung Hero

  • Lisa King, Program Manager, Pragmatics, Inc.
  • Pamela W. Peterson, Principal, Process Improvement &Organizational Change, CSC
  • Nora Robertson, Assistant Program Manager, Navy ERP
  • Stacey Tompkins, Program Manager, ASM Research, Inc.

 WIT Champion

  • Laura A. McCarthy, Executive Search Director, Qualified Search
  • Kelly Moore, Senior Program Manager & SeniorBusiness Analyst, AT&T

Nancy Lamberton, WIT president, said that the organization has “received many excellent submissions, but these finalists truly define the word, ‘leader.’”

“These women achieve successful business results, contribute to the community and, most importantly, are role models for future leaders to succeed in their own career paths,” she said.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

Reader Comments

Sat, Feb 16, 2013 Mertha Richardson Virginia

Congratulations Lorraine! You are very deserving of this award.

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