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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Selects 2017 Central Alabama Women of Distinction

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BIRMINGHAM, AL. – February 16, 2017 – Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will hold its annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. This luncheon will recognize outstanding women representing Central Alabama.

The Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon pays tribute to women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement and are exemplary role models for today’s girls.   

Stephanie Hill Alexander, Lincoln –  Manager of Community Relations and Charitable Giving Program of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama will receive the Frances E. Couch Lifetime Achievement Award 

Susan Brouillette, Birmingham – Chief Executive Officer of Alacare Home Health and Hospice will receive the Mildred Bill Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award

Madeleine Hill, Tuscaloosa – Community Activist, will receive the Karen LaMoreaux Bryan Lifetime Achievement Award 

Lifetime Achievement Awards honor the memory of beloved civic leaders whose contributions had far-reaching impact in their communities. These awards are given annually to women who have prior affiliations with Girl Scouting and have made lifelong contributions to their communities by distinguishing herself through professional, community or humanitarian efforts.

The 2017 Central Alabama Women of Distinction Honorees are:

·      Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Corporate Honoree 


·      LTC-Ret Virginia Galloway Branson, Vestavia ­­– Veteran of Distinction 

·      Deepa Bhate, Birmingham – Founder and CEO, Building and Earth Sciences, Woman of Distinction

·      Shunna Marie Cannon, P.E., McCalla ­ ­– Transmission Line Design Engineer, Southern Company, Woman of Distinction

·      Kate Randall Danella, Birmingham – Head of Private Wealth Management and Executive Vice President, Regions Financial, Woman of Distinction

·      Lillie Leatherwood, Tuscaloosa ­­– Director, Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League; Olympic Medalist, Woman of Distinction

·      Paula M. Marino, Birmingham ­– Senior Vice President of Engineering, Southern Company, Woman of Distinction

·      Jori May, M.D., Mountain Brook ­– Chief Resident, UAB Internal Medicine Residency Program, Young Woman of Distinction

·      Nan Priest, Birmingham ­– Chief Strategy Officer, Birmingham Ministry Market, St. Vincent’s Health System, Woman of Distinction

Proceeds from the Women of Distinction Luncheon help to provide low income and underserved girls in local communities the same access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience as girls in traditional troops.

An additional luncheon will be held for the North Alabama Women of Distinction in June. 

Tickets or tables can be purchased at For more information on reservations or sponsorships, please contact Hannah Wallace at 800-734-4541 or Tickets to the luncheon are $70 for general admission and $55 for Girl Scout members.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

We're over 13,000 strong—9,500 girls and 3,800 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.

Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit or call 800-734-4541.