Army, NIMA execs get 'WIT' the program

GCN Photos by Henrik G. DeGyor

The WIT Award winners include, from left: President's Award recipients Dede Haskins of Alazar LLC and Lisa Throckmorton of the SheaHedges Group, Morea, Vallancewhitacre, Gooden, Latham, Wisniewski and Driscoll.

WIT award winner Linda Gooden, right, president of IT for Lockheed Martin Corp., gets together with Ira Hobbs, acting CIO of the Agriculture Department, and Fran Craig of Unanet Technologies of Fairfax, Va.

The Army's Miriam F. Browning and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's Joan R. Vallancewhitacre received top government honors this month for their contributions to computing from the Women in Technology organization.

Browning, the Army's director of information management, has spent more than three decades in government service, most of it with the Army. Her work at the service has spanned projects ranging from business process re-engineering and year 2000 code rework to her current effort helping the service establish an online knowledge management portal, known as Army Knowledge Online.

Vallancewhitacre, executive officer of information services at NIMA, has spent her career working in the government mapping community. She worked with the Defense Mapping Agency before it combined with the government's other intelligence mapping groups to form NIMA.

WIT also recognized six other government executives as finalists for leadership awards. They were:

  • Anne A. Armstrong, president of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology

  • Mayi Canales, acting deputy secretary of Treasury for information systems and CIO

  • Deborah Loudon, associate deputy CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office

  • Air Force Lt. Col. Chris Reasner of the Pentagon Communications Agency

  • Debra Stouffer, new chief technology officer at the Environmental Protection Agency

  • Toni L. Zimmerman, chief of IT services at the IRS.

This is the third year WIT has honored women in the IT community. Besides Browning and Vallancewhitacre, whom WIT recognized for their government work, the nonprofit organization also gave leadership awards to entrepreneurial and corporate executives.

In the corporate category, the honorees were Linda Gooden, president of IT for Lockheed Martin Corp., and Donna Morea, executive vice president for the public sector at American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va. In the entrepreneur category, the winners were Helena S. Wisniewski, chairman and chief executive officer of Aurora Biometrics Inc. of Rockville, Md., and Corinna E. Latham, president and CEO of AnthroTronix Inc. of College Park, Md.

WIT also gave a lifetime achievement award to Faith Driscoll, a patent attorney with Bull HN Information Systems Inc. of Billerica, Mass.

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