The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center has awarded nine area recipients with a total of $10,000 through its 2022 Dare to Dream grants program and the Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship, the nonprofit announced last week.
The awards, given at a No Breakfast Breakfast Award Ceremony on Zoom, recognize the women’s “goals and dreams to better their lives, the lives of their families and the lives of other women in the community,” a news release explains.
“Awarding our annual Dare To Dream grants is our most fulfilling event of the year and also has the most visible impact on our community,” Susan Gillette, president of the FRWRC board, says in the release.
“Over the past two decades, we have witnessed first-hand how these grants directly help women achieve their personal, professional and educational goals that in turn, help women improve their lives, the lives of their families and build a stronger community for all of us,” she says.
“With the support of our community and our dedicated donors, we are thrilled to be able to distribute nine new grants to area women this year and we look forward to watching these women soar in 2022.”
The recipients are:
• Jeanne Anderson, a mom of two young children who is starting a business and planning to work from home. Her goal with JMS Business Services LLC is to do data entry and provide accounting services to local CPAs. She also plans to continue her education toward becoming a CPA. Anderson has received $1,000 to upgrade computer equipment.
• Laura Corebello, a retired art teacher who worked in public schools in New Jersey and Virginia for 30 years and has developed art curriculum and taught grades K-5. Continuing to teach art to children and adults in Front Royal and also paint and sell her own artwork, her future goal is to continue teaching art in the community for adults, children, family paint days, art for homeschoolers and classes for children with special needs. She is seeking locations to host classes because two previous locations she used have closed, and she plans to develop a web page with information about classes and options for virtual teaching. Corbello has received $1,000 to help get her web page designed and to purchase art supplies for classes. https://youtu.be/eh98S5eKdsc
• Chelsey Cross is a sophomore at Lord Fairfax Community College (soon to be Laurel Ridge Community College) and after graduation in May will transfer to George Mason University to continue her studies and pursue a degree in physical education to share her love of physical activity with her students. Chelsea has dreamed of being a teacher since the second grade and wants to give back to her community by starting her teaching career in Warren County. Cross has received the Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship for $1,500 to help with college costs. https://youtu.be/DU2ScE104dg
• Kimberly Hancock received a Dare to Dream Grant in 2019 to help launch her graphic and web design business, Kismet Designs. In 2020, she added a new business venture and opened a Code Ninjas Dojo in Front Royal. Here, children ages 7-14 learn coding using video games as the platform. She now has goals of offering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts Mathematics) activities in the dojo. She wants to add several pieces of new equipment that include a 3D printer for education and kits of materials to allow multiple children to work on projects at the same time. Her dream will help Code Ninjas continue to grow. Hancock has received $1,000 to purchase new equipment for the STEAM activities. https://youtu.be/gO3N9s_CeOk
• Tina Marie Johnson put herself through school starting with community college, and then earning a bachelor of science degree in developmental psychology, a Master’s in Cognitive Developmental Psychology and is working toward a PhD at Tufts University. With a passion for writing and teaching poetry, she has started Blue Mountain Poetry Salon, with the goals of offering poetry workshops, making and selling art, giving back to her community by creating a little free art gallery on her property, and providing scholarships for her poetry workshops. Johnson has received $1,000 to purchase adaptive technology that will allow her to achieve her goals. https://youtu.be/Ys2l2Apo-oQ
• Mackenzie Oakes saw the need to provide affordable in-home health care as she helped her grandmother manage diabetes and disease-related complications. She put her education on the fast-track, graduating from high school early and dual enrolling at Lord Fairfax Community College. She will graduate in May of 2022 from the Shenandoah University doctorate of pharmacy program and dreams of providing in-home infusion services to patients requiring long term IV drug therapy. She also wants to be a teacher and volunteer as a medical educator through the Peace Corps. Oakes has received the Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 to assist with costs of the ASHP Teaching Certificate program and testing fees related to obtaining a Virginia License. https://youtu.be/schZAheOpxs
• Kisha Phillips in April 2021 fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning her own business by purchasing a franchise location of Card My Yard, a yard greeting company that rents customized signs for 24 hours. What started as a personal goal and vision for herself has now become a family affair to help others bring joy and celebration to those they love with a unique sign. Kisha has provided signs for the Town of Front Royal and some of the elementary schools. Phillips has received $1,000 to help with the costs of increasing storage space for her growing business. https://youtu.be/cd2XKiT9ano
• Joy Smiley is a single mother of four who is working hard to start her own Virginia licensed in-home childcare business. She is finishing all the required classes and making sure her home is ready for the inspection to obtain her state license. Now that her own children are older, she wants to help parents have safe and affordable childcare while they are at work or school. She dreams of one day having her own daycare center. Smiley has received $1,000 to help purchase items to make sure her home is safe and ready for children. https://youtu.be/JDfUAhHw1gU
• Vicki Taylor has dedicated her life to helping people and trying to save lives as a volunteer firefighter, an EMT and now as an LPN. During her education in these fields, she noted the struggle people often had finding a CPR instructors. She decided to step up to fill this void and trained to be a CPR instructor. Her goal is to provide classes for anyone who needs or wants this lifesaving skill and CPR certification. Taylor was awarded $1,000 to purchase CPR Manikins and other related supplies so she can be ready to teach.