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22nd annual Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame to induct three outstanding women

February 12, 2018   

Media Contacts: 
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Jacqueline Scott, Executive Secretary, Commission for Women, 410-313-6400

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Howard County Commission for Women have announced the 2018 inductees into the county’s Women’s Hall of Fame. 

This year the Commission has selected three outstanding Howard County women for induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame: Patricia Emard Greenwald, Debra Ann Slack Katz and Joan Webb Scornaienchi.

“These women represent the finest of Howard County,” said Kittleman. “Their significant contributions to our community help make this a better place. Their involvement in areas such as historic preservation, public health and education are an inspiration for future generations.”

Patricia “Pat” Emard Greenwald – Patricia “Pat” Emard Greenwald’s life in Howard County has been “a tale of three schoolhouses.” Pat got the historic preservation bug in the 80’s while teaching at Hammond Middle School. As one of the school’s Gifted and Talented Resource Teachers, Pat challenged her students to research and develop solutions for a myriad of issues. In 1988, while touring Pfeiffer’s Corner Schoolhouse, Pat’s seventh-grade students were horrified to learn the schoolhouse’s existence was being threatened by plans for a new subdivision. Together, Pat and her students solicited the community for donations to move the building and persuaded the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks to restore and reopen the schoolhouse to the public. In 2003, the schoolhouse was finally moved to its permanent home at Rockburn Branch Park.

While serving on the Sykesville Historic District Commission, which she chaired for eight years, Pat was asked by the Town of Sykesville to manage the restoration of the Historic Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse, which reopened its doors in 2006. And finally, as First Vice President of the Howard County Historical Society, Pat is currently involved in the rehabilitation of the 
Quaker School in Ellicott City, which is destined to become a children’s museum.

When she is not rescuing schoolhouses, Pat can be found working as a University of Maryland Master Gardener, volunteering on Sykesville’s Green Committee and with the Sykesville Rotary Club, and helping coordinate The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Woman’s Club Young Artists’ Show.
Debra “Debbie” Ann Slack Katz – As a Registered Nurse for 43 years, Debra “Debbie” Ann Slack Katz has worked at all nursing levels, from staff nurse to director of nursing, and in a variety of clinical settings, including the emergency room, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, mental health and pediatrics. Her acute care experience includes the Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Howard County General Hospital, where she continues to work as a community outreach nurse. Debbie currently works in Risk Management at Genesis Health Care as the corporate director of Safe Resident Handling. 

When not nursing the sick back to health, Debbie can be found chairing the Historic Ellicott City Flood Workgroup and serving as Vice President of the Ellicott City Partnership, as well as on the Ellicott City Master Plan Advisory Committee. A consummate volunteer, she has also served on more than 24 boards and commissions throughout the years. Her commitment to her community runs in her family, as her mother Doris Thompson Slack was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

Joan Webb Scornaienchi – Joan Webb Scornaienchi’s career spans more than 25 years in education, including extensive experience in higher education, expertise as a grants and education specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education, and technical skills as a Certified Grants Management Specialist. In her current position as Executive Director of HC DrugFree, a post she has held since 2009, Joan brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm having served as a drug and alcohol prevention specialist for a county-funded hospital program. 

Joan is a graduate of Leadership Maryland, Leadership Howard County and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens Academy. She is the past chair of the Howard County Commission for Women, in her eighth consecutive term as chair of the Howard County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board, in her fifth year as vice chair of the Howard County Public School System's (HCPSS) Health Council and continues to serve on HCPSS’s Mental Health Task Force. Finally, she is the recipient of a number of awards, including The Daily Record’s Maryland's Top 100 Women, Most Admired CEOs and Innovator of the Year awards, the Soroptimist International of Howard County’s Ruby Award for Women Helping Women and the Leadership Maryland Gold Award.

The 2018 class of inductees will be honored at the annual Women’s Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. The event is free and open to the public. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a reception.
Each March since 1996, the Howard County Commission for Women has inducted up to five honorees as part of Women’s History Month. 

"The commissioners congratulate the 2018 inductees and look forward to celebrating with them at the 22nd annual Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. These three women have made extraordinary contributions worthy of this prestigious recognition and the commission is pleased to promote their work," said Neveen Kurtom, chair of the Commission for Women.

An interpreter for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available, if requested, seven days prior to the event. To request an interpreter or other accommodations to attend, call the Department of Community Resources and Services at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.