GGCC Presents Annual Awards & Scholarships December 14, 2023

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GGCC presented its Annual Awards at the 74th Annual Gala Celebration & Awards Dinner, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Gaithersburg. The following awards were presented:


Young Professional of the Year: Kathryne Carter (Grace & Virtue Events), presented by Supporting Strategies

Small Business of the Year: Gaithersburg CPAs, presented by M&T Bank

Mid-Size Business of the Year: Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg, presented by PNC Bank

Nonprofit Organizations of the Year (awarded in September and recognized at Gala): Gaithersburg Beloved Comunity Initiative, and TLC- Treatment & Learning Centers, presented by Montgomery College


Additionally, the following special awards were presented:

“You Made a Difference Award” – presented to Dan Dellon (Gaithersburg CPAs) by 2023 Chair of the Board AJ Nwoga (M&T Bank)

President’s Award – presented to Philippa Channer (Channer Consulting) and Rebecca Cathcart (Randy Scritchfield & Assoc.) by GGCC President & CEO Paula Ross


Scholarships were presented to the following students at Montgomery College:

Meksud Buser – Computer Science

Chioma Umeanaeto – Nursing

Christiana Garcia – Engineering

Jocelyn Diaz Ochoa – Nursing


Kathryne Carter (Grace and Virtue Events), Steve Barber (Supporting Strategies)

Dan Dellon (Gaithersburg CPAs), AJ Nwoga (M&T Bank)

Richie Vicente (PNC Bank), Namita Shah (Kiddie Academy of Gaithersburg)

Dan Dellon (Gaithersburg CPAs), AJ Nwoga (M&T Bank)

Paula Ross (GGCC) , Philippa Channer (Channer Consulting)

Paula Ross (GGCC), Rebecca Cathcart (Randy Scritchfield & Assoc.)


Dr. Michelle Campbell (Montgomery College, center), Jay Hatch (GBCI, left), and Turk Lewis (TLC, right)


Students and Staff from Montgomery College and GGCC.


all photos: Hilary Schwab Photography