(Belcamp, Maryland – July 30, 2013) Harford County Public Library (HCPL) Director Mary Hastler was presented with a Brava! Award from Baltimore SmartCEO on July 10, recognizing her as one of the top 25 female CEOs in the Baltimore area.
Hastler was selected for the award for her leadership in expanding HCPL’s public service role with the introduction of innovative literacy programs, exciting product expansions, record-breaking fundraising events and cutting-edge technology.

Among the new initiatives launched under Hastler’s leadership is HCPL’s recently launched pre- and early literacy STEM program, Little Leapers, which provides activities and materials that focus on fostering and developing essential school readiness skills through STEM topics while nurturing lifelong interest. Also under Hastler’s leadership, HCPL was recently selected as the first public library in Maryland to offer Hoopla, a service that allows customers to stream thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer.

SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program celebrates top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! award winners are exemplary leaders of their companies and in the community who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent panel of business leaders selects 25 Brava! winners based on applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards celebration. SmartCEO received more than 200 nominations across the Mid-Atlantic for the award this year and a group of Greater Baltimore business leaders formed the Brava! committee to choose the 25 winners.

“With each iteration of the Brava! program, I am constantly amazed by the passion and drive these leaders possess. These women are doing exceptional things not only for Baltimore’s business community but also for the communities in which we all work and live. Their impact is felt far and wide, and we’re excited to see how much more they can do as the years pass,” says Jaime Nespor, group publisher of SmartCEO. “We are honored to recognize such a group of women and their accomplishments.”

The winners were celebrated in style at the Baltimore Brava! Awards ceremony at the American Visionary Arts Museum. An impressive audience of friends, colleagues and family came together to celebrate the winners’ achievements. The winners were also recognized with profiles in the July 2013 issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.

2013 Baltimore Brava! Winners:
Tina Wynegar, Bay-Tek Consulting, Inc.
Halle Van der Gaag, Blue Water Baltimore
C. Lorena Streb, CertaPro Painters Baltimore Central
Cynthia Crockett, Crockett Facilities Services, Inc.
Alyce Dailey, The Dailey Group of Keller Williams Realty
Traci A. Barnett, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Judith R. Mason, Harford Community Action Agency
Mary L. Hastler, Harford County Public Library
Patricia Bonney, The Highlands School
Emily Gordon, Hot Spots Extended Care Programs, Inc.
Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, LG-TEK
Lisa Vogel, The Lisa Vogel Agency
Jeanette Glose Partlow, Maryland Chemical Company, Inc.
Carol Quirk, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Kathleen M. Davis, MKS&H
Heather Harvison, My Sister’s Circle, Inc.
Cassie Shafer, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
Laurie Chester Lessans, OGS Order Green Supply LLC
Kathie H. Okun, The Okun Group, Inc.
Judith McGovern, RealStreet Staffing
Debbie Nazelrod, A Salon by Debbie Corporation
Nancy R. Smit, SHR Associates, Inc.
Elianne Ramos, Speak Hispanic, LLC
Ida Cheinman, Substance151, Benefit LLC

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.


Photo caption #1: Harford County Public Library Director Mary Hastler was presented with a Brava! Award from Baltimore SmartCEO, recognizing her as one of the top 25 female CEOs in the Baltimore area.

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