Women In Government Award
Four women received the Prince George’s County Women In Government “WInG” Award for one of the four qualities that represent the “IN” of the WInG award —Influence, Inspiration, Innovation and Information.
Ms. Gevonia Whittington (Director, Office of Homeland Security) was honored for Influential Service through establishing a mentoring program called W.O.M.E.N. (Women Organizing Mentoring and Empowering the New) in the Prince George’s County Police Department. The program is designed to promote a smooth transition into law enforcement.
Paramedic Lieutenant Pamela J. Graham (Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department) received the WInG Award for Inspirational Service. In November 2016, Pamela began her EMS shift like usual, but received a disturbing call regarding children in danger. She and her crew rushed to the scene, where they encountered two stabbing victims, Jordan, age 2 and Jhalil, age 3. Miraculously they saved the boys’ lives and several surgeries later both boys fully recovered. Lt. Graham’s overwhelming desire to do more motivated her to launch YouCaringFundraiser, to help their mother stay afloat after relocating to a safe place. Four thousand dollars was raised and the boys and their mother enjoyed an unforgettable Christmas.
Ms. Gloria L. Brown Burnett (Director, Department of Social Services) received the WInG Award for Innovative Service. Gloria brought strategies such as aligning work with the judiciary system to improve outcomes for foster children, broke down silos by leveraging limited resources to expand services, and encouraged nontraditional partnerships. These strategies resulted in collaborative initiatives such as the Mission: Nutrition Program, Million Meals partnership with the National Harbor developer, TNI@School Community Resource Advocates and to address homelessness among veterans.
Ms. Theresa M. Grant (Aging and Disabilities Services Division Manager, Department of Family Services) received the WInG Award for providing Informative Service. Ms. Grant is instrumental in the Prince George’s Dementia Friendly Initiative which brings together local volunteers, community-based groups, faith-based and public safety organizations to create a community that supports those living with dementia, their family and caregivers.