Stephanie Preece, of Dover, was named Delaware Mother of the Year in January by American Mothers Inc.

Preece was nominated for her contributions as a mother in her home, workplace and community. She is the 69th woman in Delaware history to hold this honor.

Preece is a mother of three, the CEO and founder of Ignite Fitness in Dover and co-founder of "Gals That Give," a nonprofit organization responsible for raising more than $300,000 for Kent County nonprofits.

She is being recognized for her community contributions as an honorary commander at Dover Air Force Base, as well as her philanthropic contributions as a board member of numerous charitable entities.

“For 85 years American Mothers Inc. has held the responsibility of searching for and selecting the Mother of the Year in every state, district and territory in our country,” said Connell Branan, board president. “Like all of the honorees before her, Mrs. Preece now joins the ranks of Delaware history, with the opportunity to become a part of American history as she represents the mothers in her state and is considered for the honor of 2020 National Mother of the Year.”

Nominations for Mother of the Year are accepted annually, Mothers Day through Sept. 15 at americanmothers.org.