"Trailblazing" Female Leaders Honored at Tallahassee Community College

Trailblazing Female Leaders Honored at Tallahassee Community College
Posted at 6:10 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 14:41:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Women are being honored at Tallahassee Community College for being a "trailblazer".

Joanne Maltese is a forensic specialist with the Tallahassee Police Department.

She spends her days analyzing evidence and she takes blood samples and matches fingerprints to suspects.

She is a key piece of the puzzle in the group of people directly responsible for solving crime in the Capitol City and her work has not gone without notice.

Tonight Maltese will be honored by Tallahassee Community College, along with 10 others for being a "trailblazer", a leader in their field, and community.

"Breaking into a male dominated field at the time was challenging, but through television and innovations and stem programs in school which have been wonderful bringing women up small girls through the sciences, most of our applicants for positions we have open are women," said Maltese. 

Tonight's events starts at 5:30 p.m. with a ceremony at 6 p.m. The event takes place annually as a celebration of the accomplishments of local women.

Ten female community leaders, and 5 outstanding TCC students make up the pool of this year's honorees.