Colonel Stephanie E. Dawson has 32 years of dedicated service in the United States Army. Prior to her retirement in July of 2011 she served as Commander of the 53rd Troop Command, one of two major commands within the New York Army National Guard.
Previously, Colonel Dawson led approximately 2,300 soldiers as Commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, the first female to serve as a brigade commander in the New York Army National Guard. She also served as commander of the 27th Rear Area Operations Center based in Kuwait. Hers was one of the first New York Army National Guard units to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in February 2003.
Ardeane Greene-Cook is truly a woman of diversity. A native New Yorker, Ms. Greene-Cook enlisted in the United States Army on the advice of her father who was a WW II and Korean era veteran. Upon completing boot camp, she trained as a medic and was eventually assigned to the 514th Medical Ambulance Co. at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts.
Sergeant Major Jackie L. Wilson had a distinguished 24 year career in the United States Army Reserve. During his service, Mr. Jackson led his men on and off the battlefield. He served active duty in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm 1990-1991, and was also called to active duty for Freedom Iraq but was unable to be mobilized due to his health. Mr. Wilson was forced to retire due to medical reasons.
Diane C. Ganz has dedicated her time to enhancing the lives of children and families. A lifelong native of Queens, she continues to serve the Forest Hills community and District #28 public schools.
In 1996, Ms. Ganz entered the New York City public school system as an educator in early childhood classes and was later reassigned to educate special needs students at Public School #174, where she had been the Parent Association President.