WIT lauds women who broke new ground in IT

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Rear Adm. Vivien S. Crea, who has blazed new trails in the Coast Guard since being commissioned in 1973, was honored this month with Women in Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fourth Annual WIT Leadership Awards Banquet in Vienna, Va.

Crea, the Guard's former CIO, recently has been working on its enterprise architecture and E-Coast Guard initiatives. She currently commands the First Coast Guard District and Maritime Defense Command One, based in Portsmouth, Va.

Her long list of firsts includes being the first woman in the Coast Guard to serve as an aircraft commander, air station commanding officer, military aide to the president and, in 2000, the first to be promoted to rear admiral.

WIT gave its government leadership award to Deborah Loudon, deputy CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office. Loudon received a Hammer Award during the Clinton administration for her work as program manager of the Defense Department's purchase card program.

Other winners were:
Chairman's Award: Amy Lemon of Vastera Inc. of Dulles, Va., and Sally Turner of American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va.
Founders' Award: Mary Dale of Unisys Corp.
Corporate Award: Vonya McCann of Sprint Corp.'s federal unit
Entrepreneur Award: Kimberly McCabe of Advanced Performance Consulting Group Inc. of Washington Women in Technology Champion: Marguerete Luter of Unisys Corp.

Stacie D. Marshall

Rear Adm. Vivian S. Crea displays her award with WIT Chairwoman Ana Marie Boitel of OPX PLC of Washington, left, and Jeanne LeFevre of Perot Systems.

Olivier Douliery

Among the night's winners were, clockwise from top left, Deborah Loudon of the National Reconnaissance Office, Crea; Vonya McCann and Marguerete Luter.

Olivier Douliery

Maureen Bunyan, news anchor for the ABC affiliate in Washington, hosts the awards program.

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