Arlington Honors 2017 Women of Vision

Published on June 05, 2017

  • Jacqueline (Jackie) Snelling, for government service

  • Jennifer Nycz-Conner, for business leadership

  • Patricia Funegra, for work in the nonprofit sector

  • Lifetime achievement award to Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez

  • Public invited to June 27 award ceremony

Arlington will honor three women — Jacqueline (Jackie) Snelling, Jennifer Nycz-Conner and Patricia Funegra -- as the County's 2017 Women of Vision at an award ceremony Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The women are being recognized by the County's Commission on the Status of Women for their outstanding commitment and leadership in our community.

The commission also will honor Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Violand- Sanchez has been an active community member and civic leader in Arlington for decades. She served on the Arlington School Board and is the founder and past president of the Dream Project, Inc. Her leadership and expertise have earned her numerous awards and accolades for her devoted service to young people and the community.

Join us to celebrate these extraordinary women at 7 p.m. on June 27 at Arlington Economic Development's offices, 1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 1500, Arlington VA.

Tickets are not required, but a $25 donation per person is requested and sponsorship packages are available to support the work of the Commission on the Status of Women. RSVP to  by June 20, 2017. For more information on the Commission on the Status of Women, and Women of Vision sponsorship, visit the County website, or contact Anthonia Sowho, CSW staff liaison, at 703.228.3559 or by email at

About the 2017 Arlington County Women of Vision

Jacqueline (Jackie) Snelling -- Government

A tireless public servant in Arlington for many years, Ms. Snelling worked closely with school officials in the 1990s to address capacity issues, producing the first space guidelines for construction of schools in Arlington, ensuring that equitable space was given to all schools. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, she worked to establish a public preparedness program that tapped into Arlington's volunteers. Her work in this area eventually resulted in the formation of the Emergency Planning Advisory Commission.

Jennifer Nycz-Conner -- Business

As Editor at Large for the Washington Business Journal. Ms. Nycz-Conner often covers issues affecting women. She has worked tirelessly with the journal's Women Who Mean Business program to recognize top female executives in the region. Through her work and her personal relationships, Ms. Nycz-Conner lifts up other women and encourages them to succeed.

Patricia Funegra -- Nonprofit

Founder and CEO of the non-profit La Cocina VA, whose mission is to "use food as the agent for social and economic change generating workforce and economic development," Ms. Funegra empowers women by teaching them employable skills, while also addressing hunger and nutrition issues in the Hispanic community. She has established corporate partnerships to help with career placement for those in the program. Since founding La Cocina in 2013, Ms. Funegra has continued to rise. She was featured as one of the Fifty Under Fifty Innovative Leaders Transforming DC's Food System. She was invited to participate in a presidential roundtable addressing the challenges and successes of Women Entrepreneurs.

About the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women works to advance initiatives and policies that empower women, and serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women. The commission is an Arlington County Board advisory group and members are appointed by the County Board. For more information on the Women of Vision Awards, visit the County website.