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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Randi Martos

Randi Martos’ strong sense of community comes from her lifelong residency in Riverdale. 

In 2006, Ms. Martos was elected Female Democratic District Leader of the 81st Assembly District, which includes Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Van Cortlandt Village, Norwood, Woodlawn and Wakefield. Many Bronxites know Ms. Martos for her work with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, as well as with the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club and the Bronx Democratic Party.  

May 13, 2015
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Peggy Marone

Peggy Marone has been a lifelong advocate for her community, determined to demonstrate to all youth what they are capable of. Ms. Marone is Director of Leadership Genesee, a one-year program aimed at enhancing leadership capacities for individuals from all walks of life.  

Since 2001, she has encouraged the program’s 350 graduates to be team servants of a common goal. Throughout the program, Ms. Marone introduces participants to an expanded network of professionals and community stakeholders, fostering a desire for graduates to invest their talents back into the community where they live and work.  

May 13, 2015
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Sister Mary Ann LoGiudice, RSM

Sister Mary Ann LoGiudice, RSM is Executive Director of Community Maternity Services, an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany. 

Community Maternity Services is a full spectrum family support services agency that provides a continuum of services, both residential and community-based. Throughout the Albany Diocese, the organization works to provide assistance for pregnant and parenting teenage girls and their infants and toddlers, children in need of foster care and adoptive homes, families seeking to adopt children, and families in crisis. 

May 13, 2015
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Rosemarie Kluepfel

Rosemarie Kluepfel is an Elwood resident and single mother of three who makes a difference in her community by devoting countless hours to helping others. Ms. Kluepfel is a New York State Licensed Banking Mortgage Loan Specialist for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. In addition to her mortgage expertise, she is a writer, speaker and a member of several professional business organizations. 

May 13, 2015
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Emily Kessler

Emily Kessler, a resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan is a Holocaust survivor who grew up in Ukraine. She was born in 1917 in the small town of Khmilny in western Ukraine. In 1941, Nazi officers came to Ms. Kessler’s home and killed her family. Ms. Kessler, a young widow of 24, had to prepare to escape with her 2-year-old son. 

May 13, 2015
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Patricia E. Kennedy

Patricia E. Kennedy, Springbrook Chief Executive Officer, is a strategic leader dedicated to providing the most compassionate, skilled, and leading edge supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has established herself as a prominent figure among New York State’s strong special education and developmental disabilities service industry—guiding Springbrook through an unprecedented period of growth and transformation from a small local organization with 200 employees to a commanding statewide agency with over 1,200 employees, a $50 million operating budget, supporting over 850 individuals of all ages. 

May 13, 2015
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Joan Kaplan

Joan Kaplan, an accomplished public servant and community advocate, heads up the Elaine and William Kaplan Family Foundations. The Foundations have aided in countless projects that have benefi ted the greater Newburgh Area, and Ms. Kaplan’s work is well-recognized and respected in her community and beyond. 

May 13, 2015
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