In October 1951, 16 months after the start of the Korean War, Jacquemae (Tucker) Perrotta enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After Basic Training, Airman Tucker was transferred to Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming for training as a Communications Center Specialist. Upon completion of her training, Jacquemae was assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio and in November of 1953, she was assigned to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii as a Senior Communications Specialist.In April of 1954, Airman First Class Tucker married Sergeant Anthony Perrotta of Poughkeespie, NY. Jacquemae was discharged in September of 1954, and in November she and Tony returned to Poughkeepsie.
Lea Bishop is currently director of the Mid-Hudson Satellite Center of Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC), a non-profit small business development organization that has been successfully promoting entrepreneurship as a viable means of economic livelihood in Westchester County for the past 15 years.
Ms. Bishop, with funding from an economic development assistance grant, has spent countless hours and resources building up the WEDC Satellite. Using the same programs successfully developed in Westchester, the Satellite will provide high-quality and affordable business training and resources to both men and women across all stages of business development and of all different business types throughout the seven counties of the Mid-Hudson Valley.