Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards for Outstanding Women in Technology

The Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards for Outstanding Women in Technology, celebrates and recognizes contributions made by women engineers and technologists in our region in two categories; contribution to community, and contribution to business.

Lyn should be an inspiration to any young person, and especially any woman, who has a desire to become a technologist. In the 1970’s, the opportunity to attend college wasn’t available to her, so she traveled to Newport News to learn about engineering in the shipyards. There she joined the Patternmaker’s Apprentice Program. The fact that she was the first and only woman didn’t slow her down a bit. She went on to earn a degree from Mary Baldwin College and an MBA from the University of Richmond. In her career she’s been a CIO for Dominion Virginia Power, CIO for the Richmond Federal Reserve System, served on the Board for VirginiaFIRST Robotics, and long served on the Richmond Technology Council’s board including Chair for six years.

2018 Impact on Community:
Anne-Jeanette Peterson | Enterprise Application Architect | Capital One

Anne-Jeanette is the engineering leader accountable for developing Capital One’s API Gateway software solution. Anne-Jeanette leads several engineering teams that manage and advance this software, one of the most critical solutions at Capital One. She is also a member of the core team of Capital One’s Richmond WIT chapter; actively involved in planning, leading, and speaking at events. She created an ‘Allies Skills Training” curriculum in partnership with one of the male Men as Allies leaders that has super-charged the engagement and effectiveness of the MAA movement at Capital One.


2018 Breakthrough Technology:
Jeannine Dearmon | Teacher | Chesterfield County Public Schools

Jeannine has been instrumental in creating Spring Run Elementary School’s new STEAM Lab in Chesterfield County. As a science lead teacher, she was one of the first early adopters and planners to utilize the new lab for lessons. She collaborated with staff from the MathScience Innovation Center, as well as parents, to create grade specific STEAM lessons in notebooks for other teachers to utilize. Today, as a full time STEAM teacher, she has created an engaging series of lessons each month that excite students about learning.