Cecilia Tkaczyk's Constituent stories

Roma Stern

While in college at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ms. Roma Stern was one of only two women at her school to sign up for the Civil Air Patrol, which was still in its infancy. She earned her pilot’s license, and when World War II broke out two years later she hoped to join the Army Air Corps, but the military at that time didn’t offer much encouragement for female pilots. 

Undaunted, and anxious to serve her country, she became one of the first women to join the Marines, which had just begun to accept women in order to address a personnel shortage. She completed her basic training at Hunter College and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where she quickly rose through to the rank of Drill Sergeant, training the next classes of Women Marines. 

May 20, 2013

Mary Chisholm

Mary “Chiz” Chisholm, Executive Director of Chiz’s Heart Street, has touched the lives of countless individuals from all walks of life, including those diagnosed with schizophrenia, many struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and some who were previously homeless. No matter their circumstance, every person who has walked through the doors of Chiz’s Heart Street will agree that Ms. Chisholm saved their lives.

In her own words, Ms. Chisholm explains why the house is so unique and beneficial to the community. “What the house offers is a home where each person is held and acknowledged for who they are, just as they are; that they are beautiful and loved with no judgment.”

May 13, 2013
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