Sailors and employees from Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, Ill., celebrated National Women’s History Month with a program in Lovell FHCC’s Bourke Hall, March 13.
The program, titled “Future Leaders of the FHCC,” recognized 22 female employees who were nominated by their peers as outstanding women of the FHCC.
“Each year the month of March is celebrated as Women’s History Month in commemoration of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated in Europe on March 8th,” said Kathryn Serbin, the event’s master of ceremonies. “During March, we pause to recognize women’s achievements and contributions for our planet and our community. Today we want to recognize women here at the FHCC who have made positive contributions.”
Lovell FHCC Deputy Director and Commanding Officer Capt. José A. Acosta spoke during the program and commended the nominees for their pursuit of excellence and commitment to raising the bar.
“The theme for the 2014 National Women’s History Month is celebrating women of character, courage and commitment,” Acosta said. “The women we have honored today, who we are fortunate enough to call our colleagues, embody these values.”
The women recognized were: Courtney Barrett, Ericka Bell, Gina Bennett, Leilani Corbe, Shannon Ireland, Ivori Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, Kristina Lecce, Kathleen Masella, Jennifer McCraw, Sabrina King, Pamela McMahon, Jessica Pinder, Glori a Scott, Cecilia Sherrod, Erin Thompson, Rory Turner, Audrey Velis, Chief Hospital Corpsman Sonseeahray Walker, Christiana Wilkins, Julena Wilkins and Maureen Wine.
“Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come,” Acosta said. “Their lives inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect diversity and depth of women’s experience.”
Dr. Julie Ruddy, a clinical psychologist and the head of the recruit mental health department at Lovell FHCC, was the program’s keynote speaker and spoke on the importance of leadership, and how “all of us at different times are leaders.”
“It’s crucial that as leaders we recognize the diversity that women bring to the table and honor them,” Ruddy said. “When I reflect on leadership in its simplest form, I believe we are creating something better and far more reaching than either gender, male or female, can do alone.”
Each woman nominated and present was presented with a certificate while Serbin read their nomination letters from their peers.