Dr. Joan Tilghman among Daily Records 2017 Top 100 Women of Maryland

Published Thursday, April 06th, 2017

A record number of 435 women were nominated this year.

Dr. Joan Tilghman, associate dean and chairperson for the Helene Fuld School of Nursing has been named to the Daily Records 2017 Top 100 Women of Maryland.

Dr. Tilghman joined Coppin State University in 2004 as a part time faculty member in the College of Health Professions.  Since that time, she has become a force behind many of the “progressive changes” within the college, including the inception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.  

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the first doctoral program offered by the university.

For her part, Dr. Tilghman believes that “rigor, scholarliness, and attention to detail are requisites for the success of any academic program.”  She also notes that the support and confidence of the school’s dean, Dr. Tracey L. Murray makes innovation and diversity in nursing healthcare possible.

In addition to a long and progressive career in nursing education, Dr. Tilghman routinely conveys to her students the “myriad of opportunities” a career in nursing offers.

Dr. Tilghman has served as a Middle States site visitor, Principal Investigator for research grants and an Associate Dean for Nursing.

The announcement as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women is recognition for the decades of work and commitment to student success. There was a record number of 435 women nominated this year.

“Maryland’s Top 100 Women have achieved amazing accomplishments in their careers, but to be honored as a Top 100 Woman requires more than just career success,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “She must be an exemplary citizen, committed to her community, creating change and growing the next generation of leaders through active mentoring. The Daily Record is pleased to recognize these leaders.”

The complete list of 2017 Top 100 Women of Maryland winners are below.  

Katie Allston, LCSW-C

Executive Director

Marian House, Inc.


Amy E. Askew


Kramon & Graham, P.A.


Debra Reznick Attman


Long and Foster Real Estate


Mythili “Lee” Bachu


United Retirement Plan Consultants
and MGA Consultants, Inc.


Zoa D. Barnes


Hill, Barnes & McInerney, LLC


Angie Barnett


Better Business Bureau Serving Greater MD


Walakewon Blegay

Staff Attorney

DC Nurses Association


Dr. Mary Way Bolt


Cecil College


Tammy Brumwell Bresnahan

Director of Advocacy



Rev. Lettie Moses Carr, Esq.


Maryland Correctional Institution for Women/First Baptist Church of Glenarden


Nona Carroll

State Program Director

Maryland Business Roundtable for Education


Karen S. Cherry

Vice President, Office Leasing

The Howard Hughes Corporation


Tina M. Corner


LXCouncil  (Leader Exchange Council)


Corryne Deliberto

Executive Director

Community Law in Action (CLIA)


Cari DeSantis




Kimberly Conway Dumpson, Esq., CFRE

Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff

University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Margaret Dunkle


Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force


Lynette Maria Entzian

Vice President

LLF, Inc.


Kirsten M. Eriksson


Miles & Stockbridge P.C.


Christine Espenshade

Managing Director, Capital Markets



Hon. Deborah Sweet Eyler

Maryland Court of Special Appeals


Susan Finlayson

Senior Vice President, Operations

Mercy Medical Center


Christina Fitts


Arrise Consulting Enterprise, LLC


Barbara Gassaway


The Research Group &
Observation Baltimore


Julie Gaver


Julie Gaver Training & Development


Elizabeth A Green, Esq.


Pessin Katz Law


Dominica Groom

Senior Director, Global Sustainability
& Supplier Diversity

Marriott International, Inc.


Susan M. Hahn


HobbleJog Foundation
and Swan Consulting Group, Inc.


Jackie Harris




Zaneilia Harris


Harris and Harris Wealth
Management Group


Nicole L. Harrison, M. Ed., M.S.

Special Education Transition Support

Montgomery County Public School System

and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer


Del. Anne Healey

Maryland House of Delegates


Hon. Wanda Keyes Heard

Circuit Court for Baltimore City


Beth Hehir

Vice President, Business Banking

M&T Bank


Lt. Col. Laura L. Herman

Chief, Support Services Bureau

Maryland State Police


Rev. Debra Hickman


Sisters Together And Reaching, Inc. (STAR)


Tina Hike-Hubbard

Senior Director, Mid-Atlantic

Enterprise Community Partners


Kristine K. Howanski


Howanski, Meadows & Erdman


MaryBeth Hyland

Founder/Chief Visionary



Tracy Imm

Director, Public Affairs

Maryland Insurance Administration

Ngozi Irondi- Azubike

Executive Vice President

OBAN Corporation


D’Ana E. Johnson

Senior Counsel

Bonner Kiernan Trebach Crociata, LLP


Dr. Rita Rastogi Kalyani

Associate Professor of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Dr. Shohreh A. Kaynama


Towson University College of Business
& Economics


Marguerite O. Kelley

Vice President of Philanthropy

Sheppard Pratt Health System


Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum

Managing Partner

Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP


Bonnie Krosin

Financial Advisor

Morgan Stanley


Sharon Kroupa


Venable LLP


Bonnie N. Luna


The Magi Fund, Inc.


Ganesha Martin

Chief, Department of Justice Compliance &
Accountability and External Affairs

Baltimore Police Department


Robin McKinney


Maryland CASH Campaign


Jennifer Meyer




Karen C. Miller

Executive Vice President/CFO/COO

John Templeton Foundation


Robin Motter-Mast, D.O.

Medical Director of Primary Care
Department Chairman of Family Medicine



Kathleen M. Murphy


Maryland Bankers Association


Hon. Karen Murphy Jensen

Senior Judge

Maryland Judiciary


Martha Nathanson

Vice President, Government Relations

and Community Development

LifeBridge Health


Candace Breland Osunsade

SVP, Chief Administrative Officer

National Aquarium


Cecilia B. Paizs


The Mediation Center/SIEGELLAW


Del. Edith J. Patterson

Maryland House of Delegates


Katherine Pinkard


Pinkard Properties


June A. Poole

Vice President/Treasurer

Harford Mutual Insurance Company


Cynthia Blake Sanders


Baker Donelson


Ronnie Lapinsky Sax

Senior Portfolio Management Director

Morgan Stanley


Dr. Kim Schatzel


Towson University


Marianne Schmitt Hellauer


DLA Piper


Nichelle D. Schoultz

Office of Rep. Anthony Brown


Stephanie L. Shack

Senior Vice President/Associate General Counsel

Corporate Office Properties Trust


Indira K. Sharma

Special Counsel

Saul Ewing LLP


Michele A Shermak, MD, FACS


The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland


Jane Frankel Sims

Founder/Managing Attorney

Frankel Sims Law


Michelle Daugherty Siri

Executive Director

The Women’s Law Center of Maryland


Angela H. Spencer


Frederick County Government


Denise A Sullivan


Urban Green Environmental, LLC


Courtney A. Thomas

Executive Director

Allegany County Human Resources
Development Commission, Inc.


Faith Thomas

Senior Vice President/General Counsel

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.


Sherita Thomas

Manager, T. Rowe Price Foundation

  1. Rowe Price


Dr. Joan Tilghman

Chairperson, DNP Program

Helene Fuld School of Nursing

Coppin State University


Salli J. Ward


Wonderful Wardrobes


  1. Courtney Watson

Vice President

Rossmann-Hurt Hoffman


Dana Weckesser


Global Health Partnerships Consulting


Laura E Weeldreyer

Chief Program Officer

Talent Development Secondary,

Johns Hopkins University


Elizabeth Weglein


Elizabeth Cooney Care Network


Dr. Leana Wen

Health Commissioner

Baltimore City Health Department


Alicia Lynn Wilson

Vice President of Community Affairs/Legal Advisor

Sagamore Development Company


Sky Woodward


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP


Michelle Wright

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield


Dr. Marylou Yam


Notre Dame of Maryland University


Julianne S. Zimmer

Founder/ President

ReLove Animals, Inc.


Circle of Excellence:

Alison Gates Brown

Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer

University of Maryland Medical System


Carol Coughlin


Bottomline Growth Strategies, Inc.


Mary Hastler


Harford County Public Library


Maria Johnson Darby

Director of Development
& External Relations



Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan

Maryland State Senate


Hon. Nicole Pastore-Klein


Baltimore City District Court


Joan Webb Scornaienchi

Executive Director

HC DrugFree


Terry D. Sherman Ralston


Delmarva Trailer Sales and Rentals, Inc.


Bonnie B. Stein


Jemma Financial Services

Jemma Everyday


Karen T. Syrylo


Karen T. Syrylo, CPA


Michele Bresnick Walsh


Gordon Feinblatt LLC