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Ashley DiIonnoTahirih Justice Center’s Social Services Program Manager in Baltimore, Ashley DiIonno, has been announced as this year’s first place winner of the Superstar Award. Ashley’s work focuses on helping immigrant women and girls who are escaping horrific gender-based violence, including domestic violence, human trafficking, female genital mutilation/cutting, and forced marriage.

This fall, United Way of Central Maryland partnered with the Superstar Foundation to recognize, thank, and reward exceptional performers in human services who not only help carry out the work and mission of United Way, but who are truly making a positive impact across the region.

“It’s nice to be recognized for doing what I love and to have the opportunity to bring attention to work that is really important,” said Dilonno.

Ashley will be awarded $5,000 for her exceptional work and dedication, which will help her continue her life-changing work with courageous women and girls in Maryland. In addition to her outstanding abilities as a team player and a leader, the United Way praised her use of data to inform and improve the quality and impact of her services.

“The work of United Way would not be possible without the expertise, talent and dedication of social workers who carry out our mission every day,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO at United Way of Central Maryland.

“We are proud of our partnership with United Way of Central Maryland and are excited to make the Superstar Award available to exceptional direct service workers in and around Baltimore,” said Superstar Foundation Founder, Steve Butz.

The Baltimore-based Superstar Foundation works to recognize human services professionals who keep the transformational relationship with participants at the core of their work and who demonstrate the effectiveness of that approach through measurable outcomes.