Atlanta – August 24, 2009 – Women in Technology (WIT), the leading association devoted to developing and promoting women for success in technology in Georgia, is announcing today the individuals selected as finalists for its 10TH annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards (WOTY) presented by Grant Thornton. The finalists were announced at a VIP reception on Aug. 20, and the winners will be announced at the WOTY awards ceremony on Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards celebrates women technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in our communities. To qualify, women must hold business, technology or scientific leadership roles within a technology organization or maintain technology or scientific leadership positions within a non-technology organization

The finalists in the enterprise business category are:

  • Laurie Dean Baird, Director Technology Partnerships, Turner Broadcasting System Inc
  • Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer, Research In Motion Limited
  • Amy Brady, Senior Vice President and Global Integrated Business and Technology Services Executive, Bank of America

The finalists in the medium business category are:

  • Shannon Johnston, Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services, CompuCredit
  • Christine Parsons, Information Technology Director, SouthernLINC Wireless
  • Donna Woodruff, Director of Business Systems, Information Technology, AutoTrader

The finalists in the small business category are:

  • Henri Barnes, Chief Financial Officer, Qcept Technologies
  • Linda Braddon, President, Secure BioMed Evaluations
  • Karen Lennon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Z

Finalists for the Women of the Year in Technology Award will participate in an interview conducted by the 2009 Women of the Year Award judging panel focusing on each finalist’s accomplishments within their organization, in the community and in the important role of mentor to other women. The judges then select the winner in each category based on the merit of their applications and the strength of their interviews.

“This year’s finalists are an excellent representation of women at the top of their field in technology in Georgia,” says Heather S. Rocker, executive director of WIT. “The judges have a difficult job ahead in narrowing this list down to the winners.”

Forty-two women were honored by being nominated as a Woman of the Year in Technology. In addition to finalists listed above, the 2009 honorees are:

Enterprise Organization

Nominees in the Enterprise Organization category represent companies or organizations over 2,500 employees.

  • Janis Altshuler, Vice President, E-Commerce, Rooms To Go
  • Lynn Anderson, Vice President, Cap Gemini
  • Sharon Bevis-Hoover, Director of Global Information Technology Transformation and Foundation Services, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Loretta, A. Cecil, Senior Vice President and General Counsel , McKesson Technology Solutions
  • Rebecca Cotter, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Banks, Inc
  • Dabney Dixon, Professor of Chemistry and Director of STEM Education Initiatives, Georgia State University
  • Lajuana Earwood, Director of Mainframe Systems, Norfolk Southern
  • Noni Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Systems, Mobility, AT&T
  • Sallie Graves, Senior Vice President and Head of Life Applications, ING
  • Teresa Linz, Associate Director, Verizon Wireless
  • Kay Morscheiser, Vice President, CGI
  • Shelly Nelson, Manager, Technology Alignment, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Barbara Sanders, Vice President, The Home Depot
  • Vanessa Wilson, Program Director, , InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Dottie Yates, Vice President, Product Management -E-Banking, Fidelity National Information Services
  • Jackie Yeaney, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Premier Global Services

Mid-Market/Medium Organization

Nominees in the Mid-Market/Medium Organization category represent companies or organizations with 251 – 2,500 employees.

  • Cathy Adams, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank
  • Debbie Everidge, Vice President of Information Technology, Sciele Pharma, Inc
  • Lauret Howard, Vice President of Strategic Alignment and Performance Services, NASCO
  • Amy Conroy Hassinger, Director of Operations, Service and Support, Verint Systems Inc.
  • Carla T. LaMorta, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, ZC Sterling Corporation
  • Terrie O’Hanlon, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Manhattan Associates

Emerging/Small Organization

Nominees in the Emerging/Small Organization category represent companies or organizations with 250 employees or less.

  • Kim Addington, Chief Marketing Officer, nuBridges
  • Sheryl J. Cherico, President and Chief Operations Officer, mPacts, LLC
  • Shana Deluca, Manager of Software Testing and Educational Services, Datascan Technologies
  • Latha Ganeshan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Datum Software, Inc
  • Tirza Hollenhorst, President, ifPeople, Inc.
  • Kathleen Kurre, Chief Executive Officer, TechBridge, Inc.
  • Harriet Latham Robinson, Founder and Senior Vice President, GeoVax
  • Lynne Laube, President and Co-Founder, Cardlytics, Inc.
  • Carla Rogg, President, Care Solutions, Inc.
  • Joellyn Sargent, Executive Vice President, Century Point Mortgage
  • Lakesha Wilson, President and Chief Operations Officer, LIGATT Security International

Grant Thornton is the presenting sponsor for this year’s WOTY awards joined by 10 additional sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsor: Kilpatrick Stockton
  • Silver Sponsors: Cbeyond, Equifax and NPI
  • Bronze Sponsor: What’s Up Interactive
  • Media Sponsor: Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • VIP Reception Sponsors: Compuware and Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • In-Kind Sponsors: Foster & Associates Photography and Teryl Jackson Photography

“Each year the talent represented by the pool of honorees continues to elevate the prestige of the awards,” says Lori Turbé, partner and leader of Atlanta Women at Grant Thornton. “On this 10th anniversary of the awards, we salute both the honorees and the companies they represent which foster environments that facilitate great success. Our support is consistent with our own Women at Grant Thornton program mission – to promote the development and retention of our women professionals.” Marianne Johnson of Equifax and Beth Westbrook of Grant Thornton are co-chairs of this year’s WOTY awards.

For more information about the Women of the Year in Technology, including information regarding select sponsorships still available and ticket sales, please visit

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT is a not-for-profit organization made up of an influential community of diverse, talented professional women focused on promoting the advancement of women in the field of technology in Georgia. WIT’s monthly meetings feature nationally recognized speakers who address topics on leadership and professional advancement to support women in their technology careers while also providing a valuable networking opportunity. WIT delivers programs, such as WIT Executive Coaching and WIT Careers in Action, to enable members to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community.

WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, such as Girls Get IT, provide outreach to educate and encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in science and technology. WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect, WIT’s annual fundraiser event, and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who lead Georgia’s technology community. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community.

For more information on WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT’s philanthropic arm, visit

About Grant Thornton LLP, presenting sponsor

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity. The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at