Press Release

Girls Inc. of New Hampshire Honors Local Community Members at Annual Dinner


Girls Inc. of New Hampshire recently honored four community members and three Girls of the Year at its annual dinner held at St. Anselm College on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The awards recognized distinguished staff, board members and program participants who made impactful contributions to the organization.

“We work tremendously hard to provide thousands of girls with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges they already face,” said Cathy Duffy Cullity, CEO, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire. “And we could not do this important work without our dedicated Board Members, volunteers, staff, and girls. This is just one of the numerous ways we thank them for their support and hard work.”

The Girls Inc. of New Hampshire award recipients are:

  • Sharron McCarthy, President and Publisher at McLean Communications, received The President’s Award, which recognizes a board member who has made a strong impact on Girls Inc. McCarthy has been on the Girls Inc. Board of Directors for a year and has already countless contributions to the organization.
  • Mark Adamy, Vice President of Marketing Operations at Comcast, received the Advocacy Award. Adamy has been a member of the Girls Inc. of New Hampshire Board for eight years, previously serving as Board Chair. He was instrumental with the organization’s strategic plan, helping Girls Inc. make a greater impact with more girls.
  • Karen Billings, VP of Program Development at Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, received the Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to the girls and her impact on the quality of programming. Over the last two years, Billings successfully launched BOLD Futures, a mentoring program providing long-lasting, trusting mentoring relationships to help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.
  • Moe Arel, former mayor of Nashua, received the Silver Dollar Award for serving in many roles at Girls Inc., from the board chair, to advocacy council member and co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, in which he was instrumental in raising $2.1 million for the Nashua center renovation.

Three girls were honored with ‘Girl of the Year’ distinctions, one from each New Hampshire center. Each winner was selected because she best exemplifies leadership and compassion, serving as a role model and helping others. The recipients are:

  • Nashua: Myasiah Ortiz
  • Manchester: Susan Kamola
  • Concord: Abby Bisson

The three Girl of the Year winners will travel to New York City in September to visit the Girls Inc. national office, see landmarks, and take in a Broadway show. They will also attend several special events throughout the year including the Women of Achievement Brunch, Annual Auction Gala, and joining Duffy Cullity for speaking engagements with various civic groups.

To learn more about Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, visit

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Girls Inc. programs address critical area such as math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media and economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, careers and leadership, and sport participation.