"It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” This is the motto Shannon Mancuso-Getzel lives by and it guides her in all she continues to do for her Queens community. A licensed social worker, Ms. Mancuso-Getzel earned her master’s degree from Fordham University in 2008.
In 1944, Captain George M. Vujnovich served with the United States Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA. While attempting to destroy Nazi Germany’s most important oil pipeline in occupied Eastern Europe, 512 airmen were downed, trapped, and
in dire straits. As a result, Captain Vujnovich was called upon to plan and execute the largest air rescue in history for American soldiers behind enemy lines. Under his leadership, a secret airstrip was created inside a corn field to allow cargo planes to land and rescue the Americans. The entire rescue operation—known as Operation Halyard—took place without a single casualty.
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.
Gloria M. Dixon is a well respected educator within her community, helping countless children and families for over 30 years. Besides teaching in the classroom, her other assignments were: Science and Bilingual Coordinator, Science Instructor for Teachers, Early Childhood Reading Coordinator, Coordinator and Teacher of Black History, PTA Advisor, Mentor for Student Teachers and member of the School Development Management Team. She also held the positions of Supervisor of Summer and After School Reading Programs, Administrator, and Assistant Principal.