Women of Distinction

NEW YORK STATE SENATE VETERAN'S HALL OF FAME AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Initiative Updates

Chandra S. Morgan

Chandra S. Morgan is a New York City Council Legislative Clerk and life-long community activist.

Born in Leonora, Guyana, Ms. Morgan immigrated to the United States in 1995 and began working at the Guyana Mission to the United Nations. Putting her travel and tourism experience to work, Ms. Morgan left the Mission in 1999 to become an International Institute of Travel Director where she remained until 2007.

Ms. Morgan’s career in the public sector began soon after in the accounting unit of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. She soon branched out into community activism and campaigns throughout New York City.

May 15, 2012
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Senator Parker Honors Denise Wright-Scott for Women in Distinction

Denise Wright-Scott is a first-generation American. Born and raised in Brooklyn, her parents emigrated from Panama and Cuba in search of opportunities that were not available in their countries.

May 15, 2012
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Marolyn Piersma Wilson

To Marolyn Piersma Wilson, the sky’s no limit for this Mohawk Valley community leader. Having flown since she was 10, Ms. Wilson is an accomplished pilot who has competed in and won cross-country and transcontinental air races for over 30 years. She enjoyed the competition so much, she became the president and race director of the Air Race Classic, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes general aviation and honors the tradition of pioneering women in aviation.

May 15, 2012
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Katharine Tomasi

Katharine “Kay” Tomasi of Salem, has channeled her lifelong love of history into community service to enrich the lives of others and future generations.

Ms. Tomasi earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Arts degree in history from Central Michigan University. She taught history in secondary schools for several years before settling in Salem.

Bringing her great interest in history with her, Ms. Tomasi has served numerous organizations devoted to the preservation of the area’s heritage, including the Washington County Historical Society, the Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association, Inc., and the Saratoga-Capital District Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

May 15, 2012
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Alice “Pat” Thorpe

Alice “Pat” Thorpe’s community vocation started while she was working in the health field in 1956. Throughout her career, she has also worked for two unions: Local 144 AFL-CIO and 1199-SEIU and eventually went on to Cornell University where she studied to become a business agent for the unions.

In 1995, Ms. Thorpe received the prestigious award from the president of the AFL-CIO in New York City for her outstanding work and dedication as a delegate for the hospital.

May 15, 2012
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Victoria Thomas-Ramos

Victoria Thomas-Ramos is an educator, an innovator and an inspiration to all. A lifelong native of New York City, Ms. Thomas-Ramos comes from a tight-knit family of nine children. She attended New York City public schools, graduating from Jamaica High School in 1984. An Alumnus of Nyack College, she received her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2005, setting the path for her to become a special education teacher with the Board of Education.

May 15, 2012
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Sue Susman

Sue Susman is known as “communications central” for concerns involving affordable housing in New York City. She has been a driving force in tackling issues in her Upper West Side Manhattan neighborhood ranging from wheelchair accessibility to new building developments.

May 15, 2012
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Reina Schiffrin

Reina Schiffrin is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP), the 16th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, with 12 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. In 2011, PPHP provided services to over 30,000 patients, conducted education programs reaching over 26,000 youth and adults, and mobilized over 15,000 advocates. PPHP has served the community for 79 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health.

May 15, 2012
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Lorraine Sciulli

Lorraine Sciulli, the first vice president of the Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) and a member of Queens Community Board #5 for two decades, has been an active participant in the life of her community for more than 30 years, and she is nothing less than a dynamo!

A resident of Middle Village, Queens since 1939, Ms. Sciulli grew up adjacent to Juniper Valley Park where she enjoyed playing league sports. She attended Resurrection Ascension Grammar School and Grover Cleveland High School. Upon graduating, Ms. Sciulli went to work in an investment counsel firm for approximately 15 years, was an associate and registered representative in the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD), and at one point held a real estate license. 

May 15, 2012
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Lisa Williams Schary

Lisa Williams Schary is a dedicated environmental advocate with a love for nature and a passion for both preserving and photographing it.

Ms. Schary earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, a Master’s from Adelphi University, and spent her career as an educator. After retiring, Ms. Schary began devoting her time and energy to protecting and preserving Long Island’s remaining open spaces so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

May 15, 2012
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