Women’s Hall of Fame

GCCW Seeking Nominations for 2021 Women’s Hall of Fame

Nomination deadline May 10, 2021!

Nomination packets are available here.

The Garrett County Commission for Women is seeking your recommendation of an outstanding Garrett County woman for induction into the Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame.  Nominees should be women who have made outstanding contributions to Garrett County and are role models for tomorrow’s female leaders.

The Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1995 through the efforts of the Garrett County Commission for Women.  Its purpose is to honor local women who have made substantial or outstanding contributions to the economic, political, and cultural life of Garrett County.

Up to three women are inducted each year.  Both historical and contemporary women are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.  These women represent the past, present and future vision of Garrett County.

GCCW invites organizations and individuals to nominate women for the Hall of Fame.  Under the guidance of the GCCW, a selection committee will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Commission.  After final review and approval, the GCCW will announce the inductees who will be recognized for their contributions during a brunch and ceremony in their honor, date and location to be determined.

Specific criteria include: 1) The contribution must extend to the community level; 2) The contribution may be in a particular discipline or to Garrett County in general; and 3) Nominees must be Garrett County residents and must have resided in the county for at least 10 years, or if deceased, nominees must have resided in the county for a substantial portion of their lives.

Nomination packets are available here.

Submissions must be postmarked by May 10, 2021. 

Additional information is also available on the Facebook page of the Garrett County Commission for Women.  Questions may also be directed to the Garrett County Commission for Women, c/o Garrett County Commissioners, 203 S Fourth St. Room 207, Oakland, MD 21550.


2019 Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction

The Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame was established through the efforts of the Garrett County Commission for Women and inducted the first members back in 1995. Its purpose is to honor local women who have made substantial or outstanding contributions to the economic, political, and cultural life of Garrett County.

Up to three women will be inducted each year. Both historical and contemporary women are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. These women represent the past, present and future vision of Garrett County.

We recognized and honored two Garrett County Women who have participated in shaping of the County in 2019. Congratulations to the 2019 inductees! 

Ms. Shirley Diane Bailey

A resident of Garrett County for over ten years, Ms. Bailey has actively contributed to the community and provided competitive job opportunities for women across the county. Ms. Bailey’s commitment is helping shape the future of not only Garrett County Women but for the community. Ms. Bailey’s dedication as a role model helps to foster female leaders.

Ms. Bailey has more than 30 years of management and leadership experience in providing professional services to the small business community and fed-eral government. Ms. Bailey co-founded GCC Technologies, LLC and served as Executive Vice President and COO for over twenty years. Ms. Bailey owns and operates a HUBZone and Woman-Owned Small Business in Oakland called MSC Management Services, LLC. MSC provides acquisition, administrative, and program support for clients including the Small Business Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Veteran-Owned Business Administration. Between GCC and MSC, Ms. Bai-ley has helped to generate approximately 70 jobs in the Garrett County area, providing great benefits and compensation packages for all employees.

Ms. Bailey and her husband, Mr. James Bailey, have contributed to Garrett Regional Medical Center and specifically, the hospital’s Cancer Center that is respectfully named, The James and Shirley Bailey Cancer Center. Ms. Bailey sits on several boards and committees, such as the Garrett County Regional Medical Center, Frostburg State University, College of Business Board, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the HUBZone Council.

Ms. Carissa Rodeheaver

Ms. Rodeheaver’s life has been one of service and achievement. As to achievement, her career has reached heights rarely seen. She is now Chair, CEO and President of First United Bank & Trust, a $1.3 billion community bank that spans from Morgantown, WV, to Frederick, MD. She began her career nearly a quarter of a century ago, beginning in the Trust Department, where she served the needs of many. She quickly advanced to manage the sales and service for that entire department prior to her current role as President and Chief Financial Officer. Carissa is now at the helm of one of the ten largest banks headquartered in the state, and, until last year, was the only woman CEO in Maryland of a bank as large as First United.

Carissa is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. Carissa’s achievements have been noted in the banking industry, where she serves on a committee of the American Bankers Association and is the Vice Chair of the Maryland Bankers Association.

Carissa’s service to her community is evident as well. She is a member and Treasurer of The Garrett County Development Corporation. She is also an officer with the Garrett College Foundation. Through the years, she has been active in all aspects of athletics at Northern Garrett High School. Carissa finds time to be deeply engaged with her church, Oak Grove Church of the Brethren, where she is a Sunday School Teacher and lead of the annual Christmas program.

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2018 Hall of Fame:

2018 Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees Announced! (Click here for more information)

2018 HOF Melissa Rank Photo
2018 HOF Melissa Rank Photo
2018 HOF Caroline Blizzard Photo
2018 HOF Caroline Blizzard Photo
2018 HOF Dana McCauley
2018 HOF Dana McCauley

Previous Hall of Fame Inductees:

2019Shirley Diane Bailey
Carissa Rodeheaver
2018Caroline Blizzard
Dr. Dana McCauley
Melissa Rank
2017Carol A. Gregg
Dr. Brenda McCartney
Ruth Hinebaugh Umbel
2016Evelyn L. Heise*
Louella Hinebaugh
Mercedes Pellet
2015Brenda F. McDonnell
Karen Myers
Hannah W. Sincell
2014Brenda S. Brosnihan
Nancy K. Leary*
2013Donna Broadwater
Jeanette Ruby Fitzwater
Pat White-Moore
2012Linda Fike
Grace Jones*
Marilyn Moors*
2011Betty Ellington
Carolyn Ganoe
2010Debra Friend
Helen Harman*
Gail N. Herman
2009Virginia Grove
Henrietta Lease
Linda M. Buckel
2008Helen Earles
Charlotte A. Sebold
Donna McClintock Fost
2007Patience Williams Grant*
Helen Louise Harned Kahl*
Sheryl MacLane
2006Peggy Jamison
Mary E. Mosser*
Lorilla B. Tower*
2005Susan Athey-Oxford
Cleda Baker*
Linda Fleming Glotfelty
2004Bea Crosco*
Mildred Dunbar
Mary Jones*
2003Joan B. Crawford*
Barbara B. Flinn
Mary Ellen Lichty
2002Beverly Beard
Patricia A. Bowser
Mary M. Strauss*
2001Dorothy B. Leighton*
Phyllis Trickett
2000Alice Hevner
Nelle Stemple*
1999Roberta Anderson
Ruth DiPaolo*
Mary Love*
1998Jane Avery*
Martha Glotfelty*
1997Edith Brock*
Brenda Butscher
1996Martha Jachowski*
Alta E. Schrock*
1995Polly J. Hanst*
Wilda W. Massi*
Ruth H. Ryan*

* Deceased