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At the 2018 Fall Conference of AAUW-Maryland this past weekend, Judy A. Carbone, President of AAUW-Garrett Branch, was named the 2019 AAUW-Maryland Woman of Distinction. She was nominated by the 2018 Woman of Distinction honoree and AAUW-Maryland Co-President Kate Campbell Stevenson, in addition to the members of AAUW-Garrett Branch, and selected by the Maryland AAUW (American Association of University Women) Board of Directors.  Carbone will join four other women nominees from the national stage at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) presented by AAUW from May 29 – June 1, 2019, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Women of Distinction program pays tribute to women leaders who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their professions or their communities.  According to sources, “The women highlighted are leaders in their fields, innovators of unique programs and services, and prime examples of lifelong commitments to promoting equity for women and girls everywhere.  The Women of Distinction program not only honors excellence, but also ingenuity and the ability to overcome barriers that still exist for women.”

The national program, which has honored women including business leaders and CEOs, writers and poets, activists, scientists, military women of distinguished rank, and even an astronaut, has been in existence for thirty-four years, and AAUW Maryland has been the platinum sponsor for the past nine.  The criteria for nomination ask that the woman nominated will inspire the young women attending the conference, inspire others to contribute to the Women of Distinction Fund as well as AAUW membership and activities.

When asked why she nominated Carbone as the 2019 Maryland Woman of Distinction, Campell said, “I met Judy in April of this year and was extremely impressed.  After getting to know more of her personal, and professional history along with her dedicated public service, I knew she was most deserving of this award and I’m glad the committee unanimously agreed.  We need leadership role models who actively demonstrate compassion, encouragement and creatively working together to solve problems.  I was proud to nominate Judy Carbone for she possesses all these positive leadership characteristics and we Marylanders are the better for it.”

Says Carbone, “I am honored beyond words to have received this recognition and am still trying to figure out how I am qualified.  I am so grateful to my AAUW colleagues for working to persuade me that I am and for this amazing honor.”

Carbone is running for County Commissioner in District 1.  She hopes to become the first woman commission to be elected in Garrett County in 25 years.  She and her husband Ken moved to Swanton 20 years ago.   Carbone worked at Garrett College from 2004 – 2015 as an administrator in career counseling, academic advising, global education and other student services.  For the past three years, she has been the volunteer coordinator at HART for Animals.

She has also held various community service roles in the community including the now defunct Business and Professional Women.  In 2002, she joined the Garrett Branch of AAUW, serving as president in 2004 – 2005 and again in 2016 until the present.  She was appointed by the Garrett County commissioners to the Garrett County Commission for Women in 2010, for which she was chair from 2016 – 2018.

Born just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Carbone holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s in education in general counseling from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  She has a life coaching certificate from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, and was administrator of the nonprofit career/life coaching firm Working From the Heart in Northern Virginia.  She has worked as a career counselor and program director at the University of Maryland, George Mason University and Maryville University.  Last year, Carbone trained as a moderator with Better Angels, an organization facilitating workshops that seek to “bridge the political divide.”

She has served on several local boards including Engage Mountain Maryland, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Mountain Laurel Medical Center and the House of Hope.

To make a donation to help support the AAUW-Maryland Women of Distinction Program, please go to aauw-md.aauw.net/donate-wod/.  You can make the donation to Women of Distinction Fund #4355.  To learn more about AAUW-Garrett Branch, please visit the group’s Facebook page.