Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines Award


As an annual event in observance of Women’s History Month, Cook County presents the Unsung Heroine Award to 18 women, one from each district of Cook County and one county-wide, whose contributions to their communities, families and professional endeavors have been so vital, but seldom recognized. This award, consistent with the purpose of Women’s History Month, is designed to recover and tell the story of the powerful impact women have had throughout history on the development of our social, cultural, economic and political institutions. In this spirit, the County honors these remarkable women as a way to bring their stories to light, to thank them and to celebrate the achievements of the many women through the history of Cook County whom they represent.

Peggy A. Montes serves as Chairperson of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. An educator, fundraiser, leader, and champion of women’s issues and rights, Montes was the driving force behind the very first Unsung Heroine Award for the women of Cook County. On March 16, 2010, the Cook County Board of Commissioners and members of the Commission on Women’s Issues renamed the award in Montes’s honor as a way of recognizing her remarkable achievements on behalf of women and girls.

Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award Resolution

2016 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Sabrina Herrell, At-large
Annie Marie Ford, 1st District
Fran Bell, 2nd District
Paula Anglin, 3rd District
Christel D. Ward, 4th District
Lorez Davis, 5th District
Maurice Fitts Page, 6th District
Linda Coronado, 7th District
Beti Guevara, 8th District
Maureen Perez, 9th District
Jackie Taylor, 10th District
Rita Ryan, 11th District
Alexis Mansfield, 12th District
Gloria Iverson, 13th District
Henrietta Saunders, 14th District
Victoria Poklop, 15th District
Elizabeth Cabral-Arreola, 16th District
Maureen Reilly, 17th District

2015 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Aisha Chaudry, At-large
Cherita Logan, 1st District
Apostle Carolyn Vessel, 2nd District
Cassandra Melton, 3rd District
Rev. Lillie M. Cullar, 4th District
Angelia Smith, 5th District
Jean Bernstein, 6th District
Gina Gamboa Pacheco, 7th District
Laurie Jo Reynolds, 8th District
Kristy Capoccia-Caeti, 9th District
Mary Zeien, 10th District
Kerry Lynch, 11th District
Beth Valukas, 12th District
Lydia Vivas, 13th District
Pat Peterson, 14th District
VersAnnette Blackman, 15th District
Carrie Zalewski, 16th District
Cynthia Frymark, 17th District

2014 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Annamaria Joyce V. Leon, At-large
Dawn Ferencak, 1st District
Elizabeth Okey, 2nd District
Felicia Stanton, 3rd District
Katherine Wallace, 4th District
Jamell Meeks, 5th District
Beverly Beaty, 6th District
Dolores Castañeda, 7th District
Maria Teresa Roman, 8th District
Teresa Giannini, 9th District
Amanda Malsch, 10th District
Maureen Shields, 11th District
Elizabeth Mills, 12th District
Tricia Edwards, 13th District
Courtney Renwick, 14th District
Michelle Pilafas, 15th District
Tracey Rouso, 16th District
Terri O’Neill Borders, 17th District

2013 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Sara Shabaan, At-large
Edith Hidalgo, 1st District
Kimberlie J. Jackson, 2nd District
Connie Anderson, 3rd District
Shawna L. Brown, 4th District
Marsha J. Eaglin, 5th District
Hope Jovicin, 6th District
Tanya Cabrera, 7th District
Delia C. Ramirez, 8th District
Roseanne Dattalo-Eiternick, 9th District
Kelly Kleiman, 10th District
Shirley Madigan, 11th District
Lauren Mistretta, 12th District
Virginia Beckett, 13th District
Ruth Lynn Silver, 14th District
Cindy Rowland, 15th District
Sharon L. Flaim, 16th District
Carlolyn Lee Simmons, 17th District

2012 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines

2011 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines

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