AUGUSTA, Maine — Mary J. Herman of Brunswick has been named the 2013 recipient of the Merle Nelson Women Making a Difference Award by the Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community (WWC). The award was presented at a reception held for legislators and donors Tuesday, April 9, at the Senator Inn and Spa in Augusta.
Herman is the principal in Mary J. Herman Consulting and the wife of Maine’s junior Senator, Angus King. With a background in teaching, a nursing degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, Mary has dedicated her professional career to advocating for Maine people, small businesses and non-profits. Whether working in the legislature, first with the Maine Women’s Lobby, later with the lobbying firm, Cohen-Herman, or as First Lady of Maine, Mary has made a difference.
Mary Herman has been a strong friend and supporter of WWC since the early 80’s and for the past two years has hosted WWC’s Leadership Luncheon in Portland. “We are very pleased to be presenting her with this award. She exemplifies the spirit and dedication of Merle Nelson, for whom the award is named,” according to Gilda Nardone, Executive Director of WWC.
The Merle Nelson Making a Difference award is made biennially and recognizes an individual who has had a positive impact on the lives of Maine women and their families. It is the core mission of the WWC, and one that they fulfill every day through their programs and classes. The award will be presented by the Honorable Vendean Vafiades, Hallowell, Karin Anderson, Portland , and the Honorable Merle Nelson, Falmouth.
The reception is a biennial event designed to provide business and community leaders, including elected officials, with an opportunity to learn about the challenges that many women face in creating economic well-being for themselves and their families, as well as the opportunity and training that WWC provides throughout the state.
Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community has been helping individuals in transition find jobs, start businesses, enroll in higher education, and build assets for over 34 years. The organization has grown from one site to seventeen sites serving all 16 Maine counties. http://womenworkandcommunity.org/.