Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Katherine Ragazzino joined the Marines 18 months after graduating high school. She initially worked in Administration, but became a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor, proficient in both lethal and non-lethal tactics, who trained and deployed with Special Operation Capable Units. Ms. Ragazzino also became a Camp Pendleton Range Inspector.
Teresa McPhail is a longtime resident of Bay Ridge. She has devoted her entire life to educating children and has impacted thousands in her community, spending her early years teaching in the public school system. Ms. McPhail’s primary objective throughout the years has always been to use her skills and education to be a positive influence, with the goal being to mold children into productive, responsible citizens.
Prisco (Pete) De Angelis was born on September 19, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York.
In February 1952, Mr. De Angelis joined the United States Army, serving with the 7th Infantry Division in the Korean War; he received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered during battle. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in February 1954, where he had obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Mr. De Angelis continued to be involved with the military by serving as Post Commander for William P. Mooney Post # 2652, and has been a member of the American Legion since 1973. He is currently the Post Adjutant for the Michael A. Rawley Jr. Post in Brooklyn.
Sister Marie Antoinette was born and raised in the Bensonhurst area of Brooklyn. She attended Mary Mother of Jesus School and graduated from PS 143 in Williamsburg. Sister Marie went on to Pratt Institute and graduated in 1955, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition.
Sister Marie attended Ohio State University for her internship to become a dietitian. After her internship, she worked at Lenox Hill Hospital, Mercy Hospital and James Ewing-Cancer Research Hospital (part of the Sloan Kettering Hospital). She also has earned a Master of Science in Education degree from Brooklyn College.
Howard Dunn is a United States Naval veteran, active in the U.S. Navy from March 1944 through April 10, 1946.Mr. Dunn has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America since 1939, when he joined Troop 321 at St. Johns Evangelist Church. There, he worked his way up to Scoutmaster and then Neighborhood Commissioner, eventually becoming Assistant District Commissioner of the Atlantic District with responsibility for 20 Troops and Packs. After a few years, Mr. Dunn was asked to become a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America. He remains an active member of the Board of Directors for Brooklyn, NY. Howard has been a member of the of the Boy Scouts of America for 74 years. In 1987 he received the Silver Beaver award.
Judy Baron, an officer of the Manhattan Beach community Group and commissioner of the Interstate Environmental Commission, has devoted her entire professional career to passing on her love of the environment through education and activism.
Pat Gualtieri is well-known throughout the veterans’ community as a leader, producer of special events and veterans advocate. He embodies the essence of patriotic pride, respect for service, honor for veterans and love of country. As a Vietnam Veteran, he knows just how important it is to embrace our veterans – to ‘never forget’ another generation. Throughout his 15+ years of community service, Pat consistently goes ‘above and beyond’, providing assistance, direction, friendship and resources to many a veteran. Pat extends himself ‘times over’ to make it ‘go right’ for another veteran. Years ago, he formed a close working, professional relationship with Samaritan Village Veterans Program.
Sonia Valentin Fernandez was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New York where she attended Walton High School and Brooklyn College. After graduation, she went to work on Wall Street, but found her true calling in volunteerism.
George R. Broadhead was born in Brooklyn in 1932. He and his family moved to Gerritsen Beach, from Park Slope, when he was six. In 1951, George enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. As a Corporal, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his gallantry in action, as well as a Purple Heart Medal and additional awards.
Elaine Delaney has been active in her community for over 20 years. A native of Brooklyn, Ms. Delaney worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company upon graduating high school. Starting out as an Administrative Assistant, she quickly rose to the position of Purchasing Agent. She cites her involvement in the introduction of Diet Coke, as her most memorable moment at the company.
After leaving Coca-Cola, Ms. Delaney worked at NBC for “Nightly News” and “The Today Show” and later held a position at the New York Methodist Hospital in the Purchasing Department.
Pratts was born February 24, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY of Puerto Rican parents. His father, Francisco Rosa Pratts, arrived to New York in 1915 or 1916, while his mother, Juanita Figueroa arrived in 1938. His father served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his parents met in 1940, they married in 1942 and had four children: three boys and one girl. In the 1950s, Ruben Pratts was a cub scout, until earning his status as a boy scout in the 1960s.
Ralph A. Mottola is a highly decorated World Word II Army veteran and former Prisoner of War (POW) who served from 1943 to 1945 with Company H, 141st Infantry Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division. For the past 20 years, he has been selflessly assisting fellow POWs as a federal Veterans Affairs volunteer at the Ex-Prisoner of War Brooklyn “Key” Chapter of the of New York Harbor Healthcare System.