2012 Celebration of Women Award Winners
Ann Wylie, professor of geology, became senior vice president
and provost on March 1, 2011. She previously served as vice
president for administrative affairs (2008-11), assistant president
and chief of staff (2001-08), interim dean of the Graduate
School (2004-06), and assistant/associate provost (2000-01).
Wylie earned her Ph.D. in economic geology from Columbia
University in 1972 and a B.A from Wellesley College in 1966.
She is a trailblazer for women and has worked to promote
Outstanding Woman of the Year
Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, originally from Venezuela, has
worked at the university for 15 years, and now serves in the
Office of Vice President for Administrative Affairs as associate
director for community relations. Her late mother inculcated
in her the value of education and of making a difference.
Aparicio Blackwell graduated from the University of Maryland
with a degree in safety and fire science, then completed her
M.S. in business at University of Maryland University College.
She serves on the President’s Commission on Women’s
Issues, Leadership Prince George’s, the Board of Trustees for
Montgomery College and other causes.
Outstanding Woman of Color
Donna Lim is the interim associate director and senior assistant director in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for
Campus Life. She is also a doctoral candidate in the College
Student Personnel program in the Department of Counseling,
Higher Education, and Special Education. Lim is a long-standing
steering committee member and recent past chair of the
National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
Outstanding Exempt Staff
Abimbola “Bola” Dawson emigrated from Nigeria to the United
States in 1984. She began working in the Office of International
Affairs in 1990 and the Academy of Leadership in 2000.
In 2001, she was hired by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student
Education (OMSE), where she serves as program administrative
specialist. While working and raising two boys as a single parent,
she completed a B.S. in human resource management and
an M.S. in management at University of Maryland University
College. She also mentors female students through the
Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff
Lindsay Wohlers is a doctoral candidate in the Department
of Kinesiology. She received a B.S. from the University of
Michigan in 2007 and M.A. from the University of Maryland in
2008. She is researching the physiological consequences of
reduced ovarian hormones, in particular the effects on adipose
tissue and skeletal muscle. Wohlers is also a world-class triathlete
who has competed in four Ironman World Championships,
most recently in October.
Outstanding Graduate Student
More from the 2012 Celebration of Women:
- Remarks from this year’s keynote address by Kumea Shorter-Gooden
- Photo album from the event