Women of Distinction Awards 2014
Six women to be honored at Women of Distinction Luncheon
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Maryann Lehmann, DDS
Woman of Distinction
Maryann Lehmann is all about building beautiful smiles. A dentist who owns a successful practice in Darien and works full-time, Maryann has spent many weekends volunteering at the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CMM), providing free dental care to uninsured patients with limited incomes.
Maryann works to reinforce the importance of giving back among Darien’s youth, tapping high-school-aged students to volunteer alongside her at CMM, where dozens of patients line up on Friday evenings waiting for the doors to open early Saturday morning. It’s an “eye-opening” experience that helps kids “realize how many people are in need of affordable healthcare,” remarks Diane Barston, whose son has volunteered at CMM.
Continuing her thread of mission-minded service, Maryann regularly visits area preschools to teach students about good dental hygiene. She is a former teacher of religious education at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Thomas More. She also is a founding member of Doctors4Darien, a group that educates the community about healthy living and lifestyle habits.
“Maryann is a true example of a Woman of Distinction. She is a selfless volunteer and good role model to her family, friends and colleagues as well as to the children, students and adults of Darien,” adds Barston.
Maryann’s various volunteer efforts at local high schools have had a significant impact on the lives of students. She spearheaded an initiative to make custom mouth guards for Darien High School’s varsity football players to protect their teeth during games. She also participates in Women’s Career Day at Norwalk High School and once mentored a college student who went on to attend Harvard Dentistry School.
“Maryann embodies the spirit and moral convictions of the YWCA, and is one of the most giving, dedicated and professional woman I know,” says Maureen Bloom, who nominated her for the award. “She consistently demonstrates leadership in business and the community and is an active role model to women.”