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Two Washington County women honored for leadership

May 05, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Jan Cirincione served on the Washington County Board of Education from 1988 to 1996 and was described as the "conscience" of the board because she knew what issues to steer clear of in closed-door sessions.

Hank Livelsberger became interested in farm preservation in Washington County, started the Washington County Smart Growth organization and has a list of accomplishments and interests "goes on and on and on."

The women were honored Wednesday night during the 10th annual Life of Leadership Dinner and Celebration hosted by Women at the Table, an organization that works to get women elected to public office in Washington County and to achieve parity in elected and appointed positions.

About 50 people gathered at Fountain Head Country Club to see Cirincione and Livelsberger join a list of 25 women who have received the award since 2000.

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Dori Nipps, who also served on the Board of Education and who introduced Cirincione at the event, recalled the impression the honoree left on her when Cirinicione was on the board.

Nipps said Cirincione knew what issues should not be considered in executive sessions, and Nipps said she often thought about Cirincione when she went into closed-door sessions as a Washington County Commissioner.

Cirincione's husband, Bob, spoke during the event, saying his wife was the best mother and that she extended that devotion to the students of Washington County.

"I'm almost speechless," Jan Cirincione said after the dinner.

Livelsberger grew up in Bethesda, Md., and although she said it was a nice place, it "got beyond that."

She moved to the county more than a decade ago and became interested in land-use issues.

"The county commission certainly knows Hank lives here," said Donna Brightman, who introduced Livelsberger at the dinner.

Livelsberger has attended all the Washington County Commissioners meetings and other meetings for 5 1/2 years, according to a biography of her provided by Women at the Table.

Livelsberger conducted studies and related work about farm preservation for a county comprehensive plan, and she worked on outreach programs for rural landowners regarding the benefits of land preservation easements.

"If only we could clone you. What a community we would have," Brightman said.

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