Women of Achievement empower others

through persistence and advocacy

Longtime Newtown Square resident inducted into Hall of Fame

Every March, County Council partners with the Delaware County Women’s Commission to recognize Women’s History Month and individuals who have profoundly influenced women in Delaware County by contributing their talents and energy to our county. 

This year’s theme is, “Nevertheless She Persisted: Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,” will be highlighted by honoring women who have successfully challenged the role of women through their own success, determination, leadership and advocacy.

Since 1985, the Delaware County Women’s Commission has served as advocates for women, acknowledging their contributions to the history of the county, and empowering women in their roles within the family, in the workplace, and in government, raising awareness on issues such as women’s health, financial independence and prevention of violence against women.

During the February 28 weekly meeting, County Council proclaimed March as Women’s History Month recognizing the efforts of the Women’s Commission and highlighting four outstanding women for their work to empower women and advance our role and influence within the community.

On March 21, County Council will join the Women’s Commission to further recognize these women at an awards breakfast the Springfield County Club and present the Woman of Achievement Award to three women and induct a former longtime Newtown Square resident into the Hall of Fame.

Linda Houldin, a longtime Newtown Square resident, will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the Delaware County community which are both immeasurable and far-reaching. Linda is the former executive director of the Delaware County Historical Society and co-founder of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial. Nominated by Claude De Bottom, founding member and land donor of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial, the award will be accepted by Linda’s husband John Houldin, who will be joined by friends and family.

Additionally, three women will be presented with the Woman of Achievement Award, including Cheryl Colleluori, president of HEADStrong and Nick’s House for cancer patients, Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, president of Delaware County Community College, and Mares Stellfox, an auto racing champion.  

“Throughout history, women have fought tirelessly to broaden democracy, to ensure we are all treated equally, and to encourage women to reach for new heights,” said Vice Chair Colleen Morrone “These honorees are role models for women in Delaware County and their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible.”

For sponsorship opportunities, tickets and more information about the Delaware County Women’s Commission awards breakfast, please visit, www.co.delaware.pa.us/womencom.




Women's Commission

Women empower others through persistence and advocacy

During the February 28 weekly meeting, County Council proclaimed March as Women's History Month recognizing the efforts of the Women's Commission and highlighting four outstanding women for their work to empower women and advance our role and influence within the community On March 21, County Council will join the Women's Commission to further recognize these women at an awards breakfast the Springfield County Club. This year, the Women of Achievement award will be presented to Cheryl Colleluori, President of HEADstrong, Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, president of Delaware County Community College, and Mares Stellfox, race car champion. Linda Houldin will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Pictured from left, Denise Stewart, Pearl Kim, Mares Stellfox, John Houldin, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Cheryl Colleluori, District Attorney Katayoun Copeland, Patricia Morrisette, Victoria Gainor, Emily Harris, Register of Wills Mary Walk, Aerielle Waters, Controller Joanne Phillips, Councilman Brian Zidek, Theresa Agostinelli, Chairman John McBlain, Councilman Michael Culp, Councilman Kevin Madden, Chair of Womenís Commission Caitlin Ganley, Kate Schramm, Sukha Williams, Chelsey Price.