Lecture series planned

March 21, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

After challenging teenagers to write about notable women, the Washington County Commission for Women is asking young authors to put down their pens and listen.

Commission President Catherine Schoen said women who have succeeded in a variety of professions will be part of a Washington County lecture series for young people.

"It's part of our duty to assist girls and women in the county, and role modeling is important to us," Schoen said.


In May, a group of female state legislators is scheduled to come to Washington County as a group. Schoen said she's not sure yet who will come, but representatives from Montgomery County probably will be among them.

In the fall, the series will continue with "Profiles in the Professions."

Schoen said that women who have excelled in and around Washington County will "talk about lives of high accomplishment."

Those who had agreed to speak, as of last week, are:

  • Patricia Cushwa, chairwoman of the Maryland Parole Commission.

  • Jonna Mendez, an author and photographer who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • Vikki Nelson, who owns Jarnel Iron and Forge Co. and Jarnel Crane Rentals in Hagerstown.

  • Tara Rumbarger, a dermatologist at Robinwood Medical Center.

  • Judy Lyons Wolf, a lawyer and former law school professor who trains people to be judges, mostly in Africa.

Boys and girls from local youth organizations will be invited to hear the professional women speak this coming fall and the following spring, Schoen said.

She said it's important for girls to know they have many choices in the working world.

"When our mothers were entering their professional lives, there were only three professions," she said. "They could be teachers or they could be nurses or they could be social workers."

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