Women of Distinction Updates

Helene Leonardi

Helene Leonardi is a renowned sculptor and folk-pop artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. 

In 1982, Ms. Leonardi and her husband moved to Brooklyn, where she began her professional art career. Her sculptures have been exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout New York City and can be found in many collections abroad. After nearly two decades of success, she began to share her skill and knowledge through art programs at local organizations and schools. 

May 14, 2014
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Evelyn Cardona

Evelyn Cardona has dedicated her life to empowering and educating victims of domestic violence. 

A survivor of domestic violence, Ms. Cardona is founder and executive director of the North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence. Under her guidance and leadership, the organization provides services to nearly 800 Brooklyn families annually. 

A staunch advocate, Ms. Cardona is also the assistant program director of Urban Women’s Retreat, one of New York City’s largest domestic violence shelter providers under the Urban Resource Institute. In this capacity she provides emergency domestic violence shelter placement to victims of domestic violence. 

May 13, 2013
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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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Josephine Pucci

Josephine Pucci had her first experience skating on an ice rink at fi ve years old! As a hockey fan, Ms. Pucci’s father wanted his children to enjoy the excitement an ice rink can bring. Little did he know, this experience would lead his oldest daughter to an Olympic Medal with the United States Women’s Hockey Team.

May 14, 2014
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The Honorable A. Gail Prudenti

The Honorable A. Gail Prudenti is the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State as well as a New York State Supreme Court Justice. As Chief Administrative Judge, she oversees the administration and operation of the New York State Unified Court System, with a budget of over $2 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 court locations around the state.

May 14, 2014
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Theresa M. Reichel

Theresa M. Reichel is known as a woman who is always there to step up and lend a helping hand, whether she is in the classroom guiding special education students or out in her Island Park community.

May 14, 2014
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Filomena Piscitelli

Filomena Piscitelli is a great example of the impact one woman can have on her community, while inspiring all New York residents.

Mrs. Piscitelli was born in Italy. The oldest of fi ve children, she assumed the role of caretaker of her family at a young age. She married the late Mario Piscitelli in June of 1963, and in August of that year, they traveled to America to start a new life. By 1967, their family had grown, with the addition of son Alexander and daughter Maria Rina. As a young mother, Mrs. Piscitelli balanced her family obligations and her work as she helped her husband open Mario’s Shoe Repair in Greenlawn. She proudly recognized her dream of becoming a citizen of the United States in 1966.

May 14, 2014
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Elizabeth R. OuYang

Elizabeth R. OuYang is President of the Organization of Chinese Americans – New York Chapter (OCA-NY) Asian Pacific American Advocates, a non-profit, volunteer civil rights organization that promotes the political, economic and social well being of Asian Pacific Americans.

May 14, 2014
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Lee Roberts

Lee Roberts moved to Bedford, New York with her husband, Ken, in 1972 – after living in New York City for three years. Upon starting a family, Ms. Roberts began to join local organizations including the Presbyterian Church, where she is currently an Elder and a Deacon. After becoming active in the elementary school PTA, she joined the Katonah Village Library Board and the Village Improvement Society (KVIS). As an active member of the church, Ms. Roberts was long time board member and officer of the County Children’s Center and subsequently joined the daycare center board, where she served for many more years.

May 14, 2014
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Judith O’Rourke

Judith O’Rourke is the Director of the Offi ce of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University. In this position, Ms. O’Rourke is responsible for developing and implementing programs to support academic excellence at the University. A graduate herself of Syracuse University, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and Master’s in Public Administration in 2010.

May 14, 2014
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