MAPC CFO is 2014 Leading Women Honoree


MAPC is proud to recognize this honor bestowed on Avonette Blanding, CFO:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

October 6, 2014


CONTACT:  Clare Sheehan

PHONE:         443-524-8101






Baltimore, Md., October 6, 2014 — The Daily Record selected Avonette Blanding, Chief Financial Officer of Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, to receive the 2014 Leading Women award.

The Daily Record’s Leading Women awards honor 46 women who are 40 years of age or younger for the accomplishments they have made so far in their careers. A panel of business and legal professionals and a representative of The Daily Record selected the honorees based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change.

The Daily Record launched the Leading Women awards in 2010, at the 15th annual Maryland’s Top 100 Women celebration, to recognize the next generation of Maryland’s women leaders.

Nominees for Leading Women were asked to complete an application that outlined their education and career history, examples of mentoring, career-related officer and board memberships in professional, business or trade organizations, volunteer involvement in civic and nonprofit organizations, awards and honors, professional accomplishments, and commitment to inspiring change in their organization or the community.

            “Those being honored as The Daily Record’s Leading Women are extraordinary. They are juggling tough jobs, family commitments, community service, mentoring, education and a host of other priorities,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They are inspiring change across Maryland and creating ideas, processes and products that will contribute to the success of tomorrow. We are proud to honor them.”

The 2014 Leading Women awards will be presented Dec. 4 at a reception and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light Street in Baltimore. Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Dec. 5 issue of The Daily Record and available online at

Sponsors of The Daily Record’s 2014 Leading Women awards include Presenting Sponsor Chimes and Visionary Sponsors Epsilon Registration and VPC, Inc.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets for The Daily Record’s 2014 Leading Women awards, visit

2014 Leading Women Honorees


Misti Aaronson, entreQuest

Erin A. Appel, Esq., Capitol Strategies LLC

Rachael Ann Barnett, Office of Administrative Hearings

Avonette D. Blanding, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation

Meredith Borden, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Jennifer Brause, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)

Elizabeth Brescia, Adoption Exchange Association

Jen Brock-Cancellieri, Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Oana A. Brooks, Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City

Sandra A. Brooks, Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law

Jessica Brown, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Tammy M. Brown, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

Elizabeth Kemp Caulder, Media Star Promotions

Alyce Dailey, The Dailey Group of Keller Williams Realty

Melissa R. Daniel, KCCT Architects

Jessica Emerson, LMSW, Esq., The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.

Christy A. Fisher, Setliff & Holland

Sarah Coffey Frush, Maryland Legal Aid

Laura LeBrun Hatcher, Hatcher Design Office/Towson University

Elisha Hawk, Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

Caroline L. Hecker, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP

Julie A. Hopkins, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP

Caroline Hubbard, Itineris, Inc.

Antieris Johnson, Art Adopts a Child

Jessica Kartalija, WJZ-TV

Jennifer L. Kent, The Law Offices of Joshua M. Ambush, LLC

Melissa Lees, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Brooke E. Lierman, Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP

Karin Lundquist, CPA, CohnReznick LLP

Kimberly R. Manns, Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Ganesha M. Martin, Baltimore Police Department

Raegan McDonald-Mosley, M.D., MPH, FACOG, Planned Parenthood of Maryland

Kathryn C. Mills, Office of Congressional Relations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Katie Nash, Community Alternative Mediation – Frederick

Marianne Navarro, City of Baltimore – Department of Housing and Community Development

Katherine O’Brien, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Erin O’Keefe, Loyola University Maryland

Amanda K. Rodriguez, Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Kate Sam, Parks & People Foundation

Angela J. Scott, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Karen Sentementes, Legg Mason

Lisa D. Sparks, Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP

Annette M. Walter, Timber Industries, LLC

Cari White, CPA, CFE, CVA, Hertzbach & Company, P.A.

Lindsey A. White, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Marla Zide, Law Office of Marla Zide