MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Three Panhandle Eastern women were recently named as Women of Distinction for 2019 by Capital Scouts Nation's Capital.
Honor will be honored. Mary J.C. Hendrix, Christina Johnson and Audrey Morris Wednesday, October 9, at the 15th annual annual Women of Distinction in the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.
Their colleagues chose the honors for excellent volunteering in the community, their careers and exemplars for girls.
The women recite this year's theme for the Girls' Gold Award, "The World's Girls Needs."
Hendrix is the president of Shepherd University and the first graduate of the school to lead the school. Her undergraduate degree in preliminary evaluation / biology.
A Ph.D. School. in anatomy from George Washington University, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the National Institute of Health in anatomy / cell biology in Harvard Medical School.
She is currently on the board of directors at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, and chairs the National Disease Research Exchange Board.
Hendrix operates on the board of directors of Research! America, a non-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to conduct health research as a higher national priority.
She serves on Chicago's Science and Technology Council, as well as the executive advisory board of the Northwestern University Center for Cancer Technology.
Hendrix also attends the board of directors of Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.
She was a member of the NIH Advisory Council, the National Council of Human Genomics Research Institutes and the National Institute of Cancer Science Advisory Board.
She is a former president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and has given many evidence before the Conference on the budgets of the National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation, as well as embryonic stem cell research.
Hendrix also worked as co-founder and co-director of the Virtual Naval Hospital, a digital medical library that took in the navigations in four countries.
It has produced over 280 publications on biomedical research, has 10 patents to treat cancer, and continues its research at Hendrix Cancer Research Laboratory in Morgantown, W.Va.
Life-long Eastern Panhandle resident Johnson, from 2008, served as director of resource development for Panhandle Home Health Inc., where she has raised over $ 300,000 for the organization over the two years annual fundraising efforts.
Johnson was president of the Martinsburg Rotary Club in 2014-15 and the Tri-State of Professional Fundraising Professionals chapter in 2018.
She was a board member of Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (W.Va.), a graduate of 2012 in Jefferson and Leadership Berkeley leadership.
Johnson was a member of United Way of the Eastern Panhandle steering committee for five years before becoming co-chair of 2014-15.
She is Vice President of Laureate Zeta Sorority and was President in 2015-16.
She is a founding member of WISH (Women Investing in Shepherd) and Fellow Paul Harris (Rotary International), where she was awarded the President's Rotate Award for her efforts to assist nine area crisis centers in obtaining human trafficking certification. .
Morris has been the driving force for the past 20 years in the success of Starting Points, a program which provides essential services to families in need.
Expanding from its original focus on teenage pregnancy prevention and the education of young parents, the program has grown to six staff and more than 150 volunteers who served over 200,000 meals through the Community Kitchen Meal Time. , established in 2004; 98,000 weekend food bag through the Backpack Program, which began in 2012; 7,500 books for pre-school children and their families since 2000; and 68 Cheap-Eats nutrition education activities since 2014.
Morris was central to the TOD public transport project in Morgan County, W.Va, as well as family art activities with Morgan Arts Council and the West West Virginia Community Foundation FAST, aimed at improving nutrition.
She served on committees from the Eastern United Way Panhandle and on Community Choices on Violence and the Children's Advocacy Center.
She also serves as a former board member of MCAFF and a Three-State Community Health Center, and is currently attending the WVU Extension Service Committee.
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