WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (WOA) RECIPIENTS - 2017 RECIPIENTS
2017 WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENTS
Trinette Chandler started an organization called, “My Mothers Table” in 2010. It was her response to massive layoffs within the IT industry, as well as learning of struggling military service members who were in need, all just before Christmas. Ms. Chandler decided to take matters into her own hands by reaching out to friends and asking for small donations to help service members recently laid off and their families have a holiday meal. “My Mothers Table” has blessed families in need for several years. The team decorates everything beautifully for the holiday and then presents the family with gift cards, toys, and handmade gifts from well-wishers and return after Christmas to remove, pack up, and store all their holiday decorations.
Ms. Chandler developed the “STEM is in Your DNA” program, first as a Black History Month feature for the local NSBE chapter and now, she gives this workshop in the community. She encourages students and parents in meaningful STEM studies, courses, camps, and programs that will prepare them for college and beyond.
Marilyn Madry Lightfoote, MD, PhD.
Dr. Lightfoote had dedicated her time and talents to advancing science in areas that even today few African Americans have been able to advance. She was a pioneer at University of Virginia as the first Black to be admitted to and receive PhD in molecular immunology from the School of Medicine. She served as a senior official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she serves on committees that decide not only classified information regarding what drugs to approve but the impact of radiologic devices in the human body. Many are not aware that as a young researcher, it was a Fisk University graduate, Dr. Lightfoote, whose research resulted in the discovery of the AIDS virus and that such research went further to assist the government in trying to find a cure for this deadly disease.
Dr. Marilyn Lightfoote graduated salutatorian from New Stanton Senior H. S. in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fisk University where she majored in Chemistry. While at Fisk Dr. Lightfoote participated in numerous activities including Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Upon graduating from Fisk, Dr. Lightfoote attended Howard University Medical School, the Graduate School of Georgetown University where she received the Master of Science in Biochemistry and the University of Virginia School of Medicine from which she received the PhD in molecular immunology, the first Black to receive such a degree at the University.
Michael L. Boyd
Board of Directors
Singleton McAllister, Esquire
The Girl Friends of Loudoun County
Singleton McAllister seemingly effortless leadership style and ability to successfully navigate the high stakes world of business and politics, often as the lone female in the circles she navigates. Mrs. McAllister has distinguished herself in the arenas of business and politics for decades on a national and global scale. She is currently serving on three different Corporate Boards: Alliant Energy Company, United Rentals Inc., and Securitas. As a Presidential appointee under Bill Clinton, where she served as General Counsel for the U.S. Agency for International development, as the current Secretary of the Commonwealth of the State of Virginia Board of Elections where she served with distinction during an extraordinarily tumultuous election season in 2016 and continues to serve. Mrs. McAllister is an equity partner in her law firm, Husch Blackwell, and a highly regarded lobbyist, advocate, and strategic advisor to companies and governments around the world. She is a woman of amazing impact who has been in the traditionally male dominated “rooms where it happens” on several continents, including her current work with developing Africa.
Mrs. McAllister’s accomplishments include: Director and Board Magazine – 2016 Directors to Watch; African American Managing Partners Network – Preferred Outside Counsel for 2016; Savoy Magazine – Power 300; The Most Influential Black Corporate Directors, 2016; On Being a Black Lawyer Magazine – Top Lobbyists and Influencers of 2014; Named one of Washington Power Players, 2013; On Being a Black Lawyer magazine – Top Black Lawyers of Influence 2012.
Mamie A. Parker, PhD.
The Reston Chapter of The Links, Inc.
Dr. Mamie Parker serves as the coordinator of the Reston Chapter of the Links, Inc. High eSTEAM program, a program promoting high self-esteem, personal growth and development in addition to excellence in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Using her experience as a pioneer renowned, fish and wildlife biologist, Dr. Parker has designed and facilitated science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) workshops in collaboration with the Black Women’s Agenda and the Green School Alliance in Detroit, Baltimore, Houston, the Adirondack Mountains, Washington, D.C. and at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Mamie Parker is a woman of many firsts: the first Black in the 135-year history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to serve as the Chief of Staff and the Head of the nation’s Fisheries Program. The first Black appointed in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and regional director of the 13 northeast states, she was the Department of the Interior lead negotiator with General Electric in cleaning up the Hudson River watershed, fought for clean drinking water in West Virginia, and worked with Wal-Mart and the American Pharmaceutical Association in printing labels on bags and containers to protect our nation’s waters from drugs and invasive species. She was initiated into the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. A member of Psi Rho Omega chapter and awarded Soror of the Year and Basileus of the Year in previous chapters. Her many accolades include the Presidential Rank award, induction in the Arkansas Hall of Fame, Aspen Institute Fellowship where she spoke at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Lorrie A. Sinclair, Esquire
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Phi Upsilon Zeta Chapter
Lorrie Sinclair is no stranger to service. She is now in her 20th year of practice, and has always been committed to serving and improving her community. Lorrie’s contributions were first recognized in 1996 when she was awarded the “Thurgood Marshall Award for Public service at her law school graduation. Since that time, she has continued to soar. Ms. Sinclair, while working as a prosecutor at the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Office, she advocated for crimes victims in the courtroom and served both the legal community and the community at large outside the courtroom. She served as a liaison to the General District Court where she regularly met with the Judges and magistrates to discuss improvements that could be made in the judicial system. She mentored and trained attorneys and aspiring attorneys, and provided instruction to police officers, in 2004, she left the prosecutor’s office to train police officers full time at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.
Lorrie has been very active in the Loudoun County Bar Association and was the brainchild behind the following programs: Bar Reading project –each week, attorneys went to heritage high School and read books to children in the Head Start program; Operation Turkey Drive – gift cards, money, and food was collected for Sugarland Elementary School and donated to families in need so that the children would have food for thanksgiving dinner and food over the break. Both of these programs received awards from the Virginia State Bar.