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Girl Scouts of Connecticut to Honor Local Woman of Distinction


May 20, 2008

April 29, 2008 - The Girl Scouts of Connecticut will honor 11 area women at the 17th annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Friday, May 9, at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. Honorees include Carol Blackman of Fairfield, Carmen R. Marcano-Davis and Nancy R. Roldan-Johnson of Milford, Nancy J. DiNardo, Margaret E. Presson and Eleanor H. Smith of Trumbull, Dr. Marion Evans, Gladys Nunez, Gina LeVon Simpson and Gail Solis of Bridgeport.

The Women of Distinction are chosen on the basis of their professional and/or volunteer achievements and the contributions they have made to their communities.  They exemplify the multi-dimensional role women play in today's society and serve as positive role models for young women. In addition, Christine F. White of Milford will be honored as the 2008 Future Woman of Distinction.  

Blackman is the former treasurer of the American Liver Foundation-Connecticut
where she served for more than 20 years as the financial chair of the Annual Liver Walk and as a volunteer for the "Flavors" dinner, an annual fundraiser.  For her volunteer
efforts, she received the prestigious national recognition, The  Charles Trey Leadership
Award from the American Liver Foundation.  Currently, Blackman is a volunteer in the office of the Congregation Beth El of Fairfield.

Joyce Willig nominated Blackman for the Woman of Distinction. "Carol is the most competent, loyal and dependable person I have ever known," Willig said. "She is always ready and willing to say ‘yes' no matter how small or great the task.

Marcano-Davis and Roldan-Johnson are being recognized for their roles as co-founders of the Latina ARMY, Inc. (Accomplished Role Models Motivating Young Latinas.)
Together, they developed an interactive curriculum and started to build a team of
empowerment "soldiers" who conduct workshops and share personal stories to inspire
others to dream, believe and achieve. These two remarkable women also formed the first chapter in Connecticut of Las Comadres Para Las Americas to build connections and community with other Latinas.  

Marcano-Davis is an independent consultant and speakers on education and parenting.  She is a contributing author of Parenting for a Peaceful Home, which
became a regular program on National Public Radio in Pittsburgh.  Marcano-Davis holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been a full-time Associate Professor of Psychology at Gateway Community College in New Haven.  According to Carmen Nieves, "Carmen helps plant a seed of knowledge and insight in every life she touches. She is one of those great gifts that come in small precious packages." Nieves nominated Marcano-Davis for the Woman of Distinction award.

Currently Roland-Johnson is focusing her attention on her projects and the mission of changing the world by opening doors for young women around the world. She holds a B.S. in International Business Management, became not only one of the youngest but the first Latina managers at the BIC Corporation.  

"Nancy's energy is infectious, she is incredible passionate and demonstrates drive and commitment to helping young and emerging women everywhere," according to Nieves.

DiNardo is the Chairwoman of the Democratic State Central Committee, the first woman ever elected to the post.  She is also a "super-delegate" to the upcoming Democratic National Convention.  Prior to serving on the Democratic State Central Committee, she worked in the Bridgeport school system as a teacher, school psychologist and director of psychological services for the City of Bridgeport Board of Education.

In DiNardo's spare time, her volunteer activities include 13 years as an EMT with Trumbull EMS, two terms on the Trumbull Town Council, two terms on the Board of Finance, appointments to the


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