JCCIA Division honors 8 stellar women

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Catherine M. Adduci, Gia Biagi and Dr Nicole A. Cipriani

The Women’s Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans honored eight accomplished women at the 2021 Impresa Awards. Scholarships were presented to several deserving female high school seniors at the event.

“We’re always so proud to host the Impresa Awards,” JCCIA Women’s Division President Rosemary Ranallo says. “It’s our opportunity to shine the spotlight on Italian-American women of accomplishment and to encourage young Italian-American women to follow in their footsteps.”

This year’s honorees were:

  • Catherine M. Adduci, president, village of River Forest
  • Gia Biagi, commissioner, Department of Transportation, city of Chicago
  • Nicole A. Cipriani, M.D., medical directory, Department of Gross Pathology, University of Chicago
  • Joy Loverde, elder care expert, author and public speaker
  • Diva Montell, Chicago-area vocalist and performer
  • Dolly McCarthy, radio host and publisher, Park Ridge Living and Be Local magazines
  • Laura Orrico, television actress and owner, Laura Orrico Public Relations
  • Mia Taormina, D.O., infectious disease specialist, DuPage Medical Group



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