Sergeant Charles J. Moore comes from a long line of patriots who have served our great nation.
In November 1962, at the age of 17, Charles enlisted in The United States Marine Corps, completed 12 weeks of Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and eight weeks of Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, at Camp Pendleton, California, for further training. He served in both 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions.
Luader Smith is a native Mississippian and a third generation preacher, following in line with her grandfather and mother. Her lifelong calling is to serve God, church and community. The Springfield Baptist Church, Beacon, New York, has journeyed with her through discernment and training, authorizing her ministry through ordination.
Reverend Smith was given a spiritual vision to establish a shelter for victims of domestic violence. With blessings from God and all those supporting her vision of 2002, it was realized in 2008.
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.