March 23, 2004 Former first lady Joan Harrigan-Farrelly recently was named one of the Environmental Protection Agency's "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility" during the opening ceremony its Women's History Month.
"It was a very pleasant surprise," she said.
Harrigan-Farrelly, chief of the prevention program at the EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, was married to former Gov. Alexander A. Farrelly, who died Sept. 10, 2002.
She said that she was chosen because of her mentoring efforts within her department and the agency.
"In their eyes, I inspired hope," she said.
Harrigan-Farrelly did not attend the March 9 ceremony because she was involved in graduation events for the federal government's Senior Executive Program, an 18-month career-advancement program. Farrelly's recent graduation will give her an advantage when applying for federal jobs.
"You have to be able to be a good leader," she said.
Harrigan-Farrelly currently directs programs that protect drinking water sources and dispose of waste underground.
Harrigan-Farrelly has served with EPA for six years.
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