YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester
Academy of Honorees
Hilda-Judith Aucar. Assistant Director, EL Centro Hispano, Inc. Recognized for her human services contributions to the community.
Elzeria Barnes. Science teacher at Abbot Union Free School District of Greenburg. Former President and member YWCA Board of Directors. Oversaw fundraising for and construction of YWCA Child Care Center. Recognized for her role as educator and leader.
Rosa Boone. Executive Director, Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless. Honored for her activism on behalf of the homeless and underserved.
Nanette Bourne. Senior Vice President and Principal, AKRF, Inc. Acknowledged for her passion and commitment to protecting the environment through her professional and volunteer roles.
Helen E. Boylan. Founder and Shelter Manager, My Sister’s Place. Recognized for her advocacy against domestic violence.
Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson. Partner, Thompson and Bender. Recognized for her business success and substantial volunteer community service.
Cheryl L. Brannan. Founder, Sister to Sister International. Advocate for women’s issues locally and internationally.
Harry Bright. Executive Director, City of White Plains Commission of Human Rights. Recognized for his services to the community for human rights and social equality.
Lois Bronz. Former Chairman and current member, Westchester County Board of Legislators. Honored for her advocacy for racial justice and interracial harmony.
Susan Brown. Partner, McCarthy Fingar, Donovan, Drazen & Smith L.L.P. First Women partner. Honored for her success in the legal field.
Cheryl Burton. Social Worker, Honored for her dedication to helping youth rise to their potential through self-discovery.
Mae Carpenter. Director Westchester County Office for the Aging. Honored for her dedication to the aging community.
Julie Davis Carran. Community Activist. For her lifelong commitment to fighting for racial justice and to supporting women’s rights.
Jane Cecil. An education activist and supporter for youth. Affiliated with Reid and Hermann Real-estate for many years.. She supports many educational and non profit endeavors through the Jandon Foundation.
Donna Chambers. Fine Jewelry Goldsmith, Designer and Entrepreneur. Honored for her entrepreneurial spirit, artistic roots and business success.
Rita Chen Kuo. Pianist. Recognized for her accomplishments in the arts and her volunteer efforts in the community.
Toni Cox-Burns. Library Advocate. Honored for her advocacy for public libraries and her initiatives for the advancement of women.
Dee DelBello. CEO and owner of Westfair Communications, Inc. Recognized for her role as entrepreneur.
Yvonne DeMarr-Jones. Activist. Honored for her role in the fight against racism and for providing a role model for anyone working for racial justice.
Kathleen Donelli, Esq. A member of McCarthy Fingar, LLP. Practice concentrates on Matrimonial law and commercial litigation. President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and a former President of the White Plains Bar Association.
Thea DuBow. Assistant Executive Director, My Sister’s Place. Recognized for her determination to eradicate the horror of domestic violence.
Jacqueline Dunbar M.D. Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Recognized for her work as a champion for health promotion and the formulation for multicultural competencies for healthcare providers.
Adis L. Fazzino. Founder of La Casa de la Cultura, and Hispanic Heritage Day. Recognized for her commitment to providing needed resources to the Hispanic community.
Dr. Harriet R. Feldman. Dean, Leinhard School of Nursing, Pace University. Dr. Feldman has been a leader in building grassroots support and advocacy for the nursing profession.
Cathy Ferguson. Director of Aquatics for the College of New Rochelle, YWCA Middies Coach. Recognized for her contributions to women and sports.
Anne FitzSimmons. Assistant Police Chief, White Plains Department of Public Safety. Acknowledged for her long standing commitment and leadership on community policing and the protection of women, children and the elderly as paramount issues for her department.
Sandra G. Flank. Professor and department Co-Chair, School of Education, Pace University. Honored for her dedication to science and math education and her outstanding record as a scientist and educator.
Jenssie Flores-McClintock. Planned Parenthood. Recognized for her commitment to equitable treatment of women’s reproductive rights and health education.
Dr. Mildred Garcia. President of Berkeley College. Educator and senior executive honored for her efforts to make college accessible for all those who strive to succeed and for her support of diversity in university faculty and student bodies.
Mary Gleason-Akerfelds. President Exeter Brands Group, LLC a Nike Subsideary. Recognized for business leadership and achievement.
Barbara Ann Glover. A dedicated educator and community leader advancing the understanding of history, culture, language, and heritage of others. Recognized for her commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding.
Carolynn M. Goetze. Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. Honored for her mentorship.
Marsha Gordon. President and CEO Business Council of Westchester, Honored for her efforts to support women and minority owned business through the Business Council.
LaRuth Gray. Educator and Advocate. Recognized for her dedications to education and the fight for racial and gender equality.
Alison E. Greene, Esq. Regional Director for the Northeast and Caribbean Region of Health and Human Services. Recognized for her dedication and distinguished serviced for the heal and service needs of the underserved.
Beth Grube. Assistant Dean, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Recognized for her community activities.
Joan Guggenheimer. Senior Deputy Counsel, Smith Barney. Honored for her business success.
Ruth Hassell-Thompson. Senator, 33rd Senatorial District. Recognized for her achievements in helping women and minorities excel in business ventured and for her contributions to the community.
Barbara Hayes. Nurse Consultant and Childbirth Educator. Honored for her advocacy for Maternal-child health.
Bridgette P. Heller. Executive Vice President and General manager for Coffee Division of Kraft Foods. Recognized for her excellence and commitment to the community.
Graciela Heyman. Executive Director, Westchester Hispanic Coalition. Honored for her efforts towards racial justice.
Jennifer Jordan. Westchester Bureau Reporter for WCBS-TV and former anchor and reporter for News 12 Westchester. Recognized for her pioneering reporting leading to several Emmy nominations and awards.
Emily Pearl Kingsley. Script Writer, Sesame Street. Honored for her efforts in educating the community about mental retardation and disability rights.
Kathleen Kirrane. Vice President, Human Resources, The Chase Manhattan Bank. Recognized for her volunteer contributions to the community.
Rosa Kitrell Barksdale. Founder Barksdale Home Care Services. Honored for her efforts on the behalf of women of color in the business community.
Mary Lane. Honored for her life long commitment to medicine and her dedication to working with women and youth of our community.
Martha Lopez-Hanratty. Co-founder Hispanic Resource Center and Program Administrator for Hispanic Affairs for Westchester County. Honored for her public service.
Lina Lo Russo. Vice president Product Development, Lillian Vernon. Honored for her dedication and achievement.
Dolly L. Maas. Occupational Therapist. Recognized for her work with teens.
Grace Malcolm. Officer Manger of Kreisler Borg Florman General Construction. Honored for her strength of character and exemplary ability to lead.
Catherine Marsh. Executive Director of the Westchester Community Foundation. Recognized for her service to the nonprofit community and encouraging philanthropy in Westchester County.
Kathleen McCarty, M.D. Unit Chief, Women’s Program New York Presbyterian Hospital. Recognized for her commitment to women’s mental health.
Constance Milstein. Attorney, realtor, developer and philanthropist. Honored as a social entrepreneur, business leader and for her support of women in diplomacy and the empowerment of women in the political process.
Kazulo Moriwaki. Educator and Artist. Honored for her dedication and commitment to educating the community about Japanese culture and flower arts.
Martha J. Morris. Vice President, Global Services Procurement, IBM. Recognized for her contributions to technology and her focus on diversity.
Dorothy Orr. Advocate for human rights and women’s issues, educator and businesswomen.
Amy Paulin. Assemblywomen and co-founder of Westchester Women’s Agenda. Recognized for her advocacy for women.
Elizabeth Payne. Vice President, Private Wealth Management Division, Deutsche Bank. Honored for her ministry work in homeless shelter, prisons and with victims of abuse and domestic violence.
Bettye H. Perkins. Founder and Executive Director, Today’s Student’s Tomorrow’s Teachers. Recognized for her commitment to education and the future of educators.
Eileen Piker. Vice President and Relationship Manager, Chase Manhattan Bank. Honored for her community service and role as a mentor.
Mary Ann Quaranta, DSW. Special assistant to the President for Community and Diocesan Relations Fordham University. Recognized for her leadership and contribution to the profession of Social Work.
Pearl C. Quarles. First African American Chair of New Rochelle Board of Education. Recognized for her Leadership as a trailblazer for women of different raced and ethnic groups.
Rebecca Roberts. Assistant to Management in the office of St. Vice President and president of Global Business, Texaco. Honored for her accomplishments in business.
Leocadie Robertson. Assistant General Counsel, Texaco. Honored for her accomplishments in business.
Betty Robinson. Principal, Ridgeway Elementary School. Recognized for her work in education and the Child Development Project.
Rosana Rosado. Publisher and CEO of LeDiaria/LA PRENSA. Honored for her service to the community and the communications field
Polly Rothstein. Co-founder, Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion. Honored for her devotion to women’s reproductive rights.
Esmeralda Santiago. Author. Recognized for her advocacy for dispelling stereotypes and the discrimination that results.
Anne V. Schaffer. Director, American Jewish Committee’s Belfer Center for American Pluralism. Honored for her extensive public service on behalf of human rights.
Delores Scott Brathwaite. Deputy Director, Westchester Human Rights Commission. Honored for her efforts to educate the public regarding human rights and discrimination.
Betty Shabazz. Honored for her work on behalf of racial justice and equality.
Dr. Ellen S. Silber. Professor and Director of the Marymount Institute for the Education of Women and Girls. Recognized for her work in the fields of gender education, gender equity, women in literature and feminist theory.
Cecile Singer. NYS Assembly. Honored for her work towards legislation to benefit children and her many community contributions.
Brenda Smith. Superintendent, Mount Vernon School System. First Affirmative Officer in Mount Vernon School. Honored for her dedication to education and her commitment to equality.
Mary Spengler. Vice President Administration. White Plains Hospital Center. Honored for her work in the community for breast cancer awareness.
Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Representative, County Board of Legislators. Awarded Community Service recognition for her innovative legislative initiatives and her commitment to social justice.
Lisa T. Su. Director of Power PC, Microelectronics. Recognized for her contributions to technology and business.
Deborah T. Sward. Director of Global Packaging, Tambrands. Recognized for her accomplishments in business.
Sinforosa Tan Kaung. Sofia and Joseph Abeles Endowed Professional Chair in mathematics at Westchester Community College. Recognized for her contributions in mentorship, education and breast cancer awareness.
Olga Luz Tirado. Founder Luz Tirada Communitcations. Honored for her work in media and marketing.
Michele Tolela-Myers. President, Sarah Lawrence College. Recognized for her leadership in higher education.
Joan Ulbrich. Project Manager, Kreisler Borg Florman General Construction Company. Honored for her accomplishments in business.
Angela Vallot. Former Director of Corporate Diversity at Texaco. Honored for her efforts on behalf of racial justice and the arts.
Barbara Healey Van Bergen. Currently a senior audit manager with O’Connor Davis Munns & Dobbins, I.I.P. Has served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester for the last ten years and is currently treasurer.
Isabel E. Villar. Founder and Director of Centro Hispano. Honored for her efforts on behalf of racial and social justice.
Susie R. Wang. Breast cancer survivor and founder of Westchester Chapter of Gilda’s Club. Honored for her courage and for her contributions to the community.
Nettie Webb. Principal, Lee F. Jackson School in Greenburg. Recognized for her lifelong commitment to education and her special devotion to reading and early education.
Betsy Weiner. Immediate past president of the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester. Honored her for volunteer work on The Teatown Lake Reservation and the League of Women Voters and many Westchester organizations.
Denise Durham Williams. National Director, Community Relations, Citibank. Recognized for her leadership in developing and implementing community outreach programs and commitment to CRA in order to foster economic development, affordable housing, financial education, community development and volunteerism in local communities across the United States.
Meow Yee. Business Development Executive, IBM. Honored for the innovations she developed across multiple fields including software architecture, design and development, marketing and business strategy.
Paulette Zalduondo-Henriquez. Director of Government affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society. Recognized for her commitment and vision for applying her business expertise to preservation.