Elizabeth G. O'Connell has joined Montgomery General Hospital as vice president for nursing and patient services. She has served as vice president for nursing at Saint Joseph Hospital in Towson, assistant to the associate director of patient services at the University of Maryland Hospital and director of nursing at the University of Maryland Hospital's Baltimore Cancer Research Center. O'Connell replaced Catherine Devereaux, who retired as vice president for nursing services after more than 10 years at Montgomery General.

Carmen Delgado Votaw of Bethesda was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. by the Girl Scouts' National Council at the 42nd national convention in Houston. The convention was attended by about 5,000 delegates, observers and visitors from 336 Girl Scout councils in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam.

For more than 16 years, Votaw has worked for civil rights and equal opportunity employment. Last year she completed her term as president of the Inter-American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States, the first Hispanic woman to serve as the United States delegate. Former President Jimmy Carter appointed her cochairman of the National Advisory Committee for Women and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year.

The Gaithersburg High School Parent Teacher Association recently honored Ann Meyer, principal of Gaithersburg High School, for dedication and leadership in helping parents find effective ways to guide their children. She was presented with a plaque during the association's "Back to School Night" and commended for her work in the Parent-Peer Contact Program.

The Montgomery County Arts Council has awarded Artist Fellowships to county artists Katherine Hay and Heidi Lippman for their projects in the performing and visual arts, respectively.

Hay's fellowship will go toward the production and performance of "Flute Plus," a concert of flute music primarily using the works of Maryland composers. Lippman received a fellowship to complete "East West Traverse," an exhibit of 12 pastel drawings.

The council also awarded several organizational grants. Montgomery County Public Schools-Title I received a grant to continue its cultural enrichment program, geared to disadvantaged students with learning difficulties. The Maryland College of Art and Design received a grant to be used as the matching grant requirement for a National Endowment for the Arts stipend awarded for the placement of a Siah Armajani sculpture on the college campus. Rainbow, a touring group of young performers, received a grant to continue its free musical entertainment for senior citizens, the physically and mentally impaired, children's groups and other organizations. The grant also will help provide training and performing experience for the young artists.

The Jewish Social Service Agency has presented its Joseph Ottenstein Award to Aaron Goldman, who has long been active in Jewish and community affairs. He is a past president of the Jewish Community Council and a past member of the board of directors of the Jewish Social Service Agency. He also is active in the United Jewish Appeal Federation. The agency presents the Ottenstein Award annually to a person who displays outstanding leadership ability in the social welfare field, in the tradition set by the late Joseph Ottenstein.

The Rev. John Steinbruck and Thelma Shellenberg received the agency's Award for Social Services. Steinbruck, of Luther Place Memorial Church, is active in inner-city community work. Shellenberg is chairwoman of the agency's Jac J. Lehrman Home Health Service.

The following officers also were elected for one-year terms to the agency: Irvin A. Lavine, president; Irving P. Cohen, first vice president; Lawrence I. Kasdon, second vice president; Gilbert Lessenco, third vice president; Bernice Elwyn, secretary; and Natalie Levi, treasurer.

Big Sisters of the Washington Metropolitan Area Inc. honored Jackie Woodie of Upper Marlboro as Maryland's Big Sister of the Year at recent Appreciation Day ceremonies. Former executive director and founder of the local program, Sharon Metcalf, also was honored. Big Sisters volunteer to help and befriend girls 8 to 18 years old through the program, a United Way agency and affiliate of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.

The organization also announced it has received a $9,500 grant from the George Preston Marshall Foundation. The grant was given to help start a crisis intervention program.