Women of Color Awards Conference

Press Release .....
Victoria HollowayMae Mar ChinJanice DouglasArlyn Garcia Perez


Contributions of Minority Women in Health and Science to be Recognized at Long Last.

National Conference Seeks to Bridge the Gender Divide in Medicine, Health and Science.

Baltimore, MD, February 21, 2002 - Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), today announced the winners of its first annual awards conference dedicated to recognizing "Women of Color in Health, Science and Technology." The winners were selected for their career accomplishments and for their dedication to helping other minorities succeed in health, science, and technology careers. 
The winners will be recognized during a special awards ceremony to be held April 13, 2002, at The Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

2002 Women of Color 
Health, Science and Technology Conference 

Nashville, TN 
April 11-13, 2002


Career Communications Group, Inc. is sponsor of the event. The organization, which is based in Baltimore, Md., also sponsors the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, held in Baltimore each February in conjunction with Black History Month, and two other conferences 
dedicated to recognizing the career accomplishments of minority women: Women of Color Technology Awards Conference, Atlanta, Ga., each fall and Women of Color Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference held each summer in Washington, D.C.

CCG also publishes magazines that promote diversity in engineering, science, and technology: US Black Engineer & Information Technology, Hispanic Engineer Information Technology and Women of Color Conference magazine.

Tyrone D. Taborn, Chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group and founder of the Women of Color conferences, explained the importance of this event in announcing the award winners: "Women of color have not received the recognition they deserve for the contributions 
they have made to health care technology. Oftentimes, these women have overcome a landscape of personal challenges, social inequity, and workplace immobility to make their mark on America's health care."

The recipients of the 2002 Women of Color Health, Science and Technology Awards are:

Health Care Executive of the Year 
Annie R. Neasman, R.N., M.S.
Deputy Secretary
Florida Department of Health

Affirmative Action in Government
Kay Johnson-Graham
EEO Officer and Minority Outreach Coordinator
National Institutes of Health

Affirmative Action in Industry
Patricia M. Worthy, R.N.
Manager, Workforce Diversity
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Career Achievement in Education
Rosemary Theriot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Healthcare Administration
Tennessee State University

Career Achievement in Government
Wilma G. Johnson
Associate Dean for Minority Health (retired)
Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Community Service in Government
Rose E. Pruitt
Program Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination
National Institutes of Health

Community Service in Education
Mary Lou Adams, Ph.D., RN, CS, FNP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
University of Texas at Austin

President's Award
Dresdene E. Flynn-White, SPHR
Vice President, Human Resources
Kaiser Permanente

Medical Leadership in Education
Denise L. Johnson, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine

Jeannette E. South-Paul, M.D.
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
University of Pittsburgh / UPMC Health System

Medical Leadership in Industry
Helene Gayle, M.D., M.P.H.
HIV/ AIDS Senior Advisor
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Medical Research
Janice E. G. Douglas, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

Professional Achievement in Education
Celia Maxwell, M.D., FACP
Assistant VP for Health Affairs
Women's Health Institute

Mona Wicks, Ph.D.
Director of the Nursing Ph.D. Program
University of Tennessee

Professional Achievement in Health Care
Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist IV
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Professional Achievement in Industry
Victoria Holloway, M.D., MPH
Assistant VP, Research and Development
L'Oreal USA

Technical Innovation in Industry
Lori Bunch
Vice President, Product Management
Cerner Corporation

Technical Innovation in Government
Monique Emmanuel
Chief of Infrastructure and Support
Florida Department of Health

Most Promising Health Care Professional or Scientist
Michelle A. Robinson, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor, Director of Informatics
Marquette University School of Dentistry

Seble Wagaw, Ph.D.
Research Chemist
Abbott Laboratories

Special Recognition

Monique Adams, Ph.D.
Cellular / Molecular Biologist
Abbott Laboratories

Emily Y. Wong, M.D., F.A.C.P. 
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Washington

Mae Mar Chin, RDH, M.E.d.
Clinical Associate Professor School of Dentistry
University of Washington

Diane Johnson
Vice President Patient Care Services
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Semahat Demir, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Memphis

Arlyn Garcia-Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
National Institutes of Health

Kyle L. Ballou, Esq
Administrative Director
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Gwendolyn C. King
Medical Physicist
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System

Juanita Merchant, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
University of Michigan

Bharati Mehrotra, Ph.D.
Program Director
Tougaloo College

About Career Communications Group, Inc.

Career Communications Group, Inc (CCG) was founded almost 20 years ago with a unique mission: To promote significant minority achievement in engineering, science, health and technology. As a minority-owned media services company, we recognize the mandate to promote excellence to our youth by telling the stories of the thousands of unheralded people striving for success. Through our inspiring magazines, public awareness campaigns, award-winning syndicated television programs, and annual national conferences, CCG reaches an audience of over two million. 

It is through our continuous research and relationships that we are addressing this urgent need: To promote opportunities for the Black Community to take a leadership role in developing and teaching its children and professionals about the work of technology, and to ensure that we will have a role in this phenomenon, if we are prepared.

The field of technology is the future. Studies show that Information Technology is already outstripping all other industries in economic growth. As a community, it is critical that we become a major part of the economy of the next millennium. Education and job-preparedness are the guarantees we need to find our place in that development.

Mailing address:
Career Communications Group, Inc.
729 East Pratt Street, Suite 504
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Voice: 410-244-7101
Fax: 410-752-1837

Company Website:

Press Contact:
Guy Madison
Associate Publisher
voice: 410-244-7101

Michelle Wilson
Director Outreach
voice: 410-244-7101

Other Women of Color Conferences:
Women of Color Government and Defense
Technology Awards Conference
Washington, DC
July 2002

National Women of Color in Technology
Awards Conference
Atlanta, GA
September 19-21, 2002