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Previous Honorees


Amanda Bayley
Plan it Wild

Luisa DeCicco
Human Resources Director
DeCicco & Sons

Tania Dempsey, MD
CEO & Founder
AIM Center for Personalized Business

Tatiana Diaz
Resident Experience Manager
Ginsburg Development Companies

Lindsay Farrell
Open Door Family Medical Center

Jan Fisher
Executive Director
Nonprofit Westchester

Gabrielle Fox
Theatre Revolution

Dr. Xenia Frisby
Associate Chief Quality Officer & Hospitalist Director
New York-Presbyterian Lawrence

Dina Hamerman
Managing Partner
Yankwitt LLP

Meghann Hongach
General Manager
Ridge Hill

Denise Mananas
Senior Director of External Affairs
St. John’s Riverside Hospital

Judy Melillo
VP of General Counsel

Deborah Milone
Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Deborah Novick
Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Nancy Patota
Executive Director
ARC of Westchester Foundation

Miriam Risko
Mike Risko Music

Mary Spengler, MS.
Hospice of Westchester

Masha Turchinsky
Director & CEO
The Hudson River Museum

Tania Weiss
Executive Director
Cancer Support Team

Diane Woolley
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
White Plains Hospital

Chia-Chia Yeh
Director of Food and Beverage
Empire City Casino


Alina Baum, PhD
Senior Staff Scientist Infectious Diseases

Josephine Bertrams
Senior Vice President, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Heineken USA

Catherine Cioffi
Director of Communications
Office of County Executive George Latimer

Dr. Meera Garcia
Division Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Alicia Grande
CEO & Founder
Grande Cosmetics

Joan McDonald
Director of Operations
Office of County Executive George Latimer

Leigh Anne McMahon
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
White Plains Hospital

Susan Monaco
Chief Revenue Officer
CareMount Medical

Dr. Karen Murray
Associate Dean of Admissions &
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology 

New York Medical College

Sue Norton
Vice President of Global Citizenship
PepsiCo Inc.
Vice President 
PepsiCo Foundation

Charlotte Ostman
The Mental Health Association of Westchester

Bettye H. Perkins, EdD
Founder & CEO
Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers

Emily Saltzman
Deputy Director of Operations
Office of County Executive George Latimer

Ellen Sledge
Founder & CEO
Penny Lick Ice Cream Company

Julie Switzer
Executive Vice President Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel

Louise Weadock
CEO & Chief Nursing Officer 
ACCESS Nursing Services

Stephanie Weston
Vice President Retail Market Manager
The Westchester Bank

Joanne Wright
Vice President, Enterprise Operations & Services


Irene Amato
Founder & CEO
A.S.A.P. Mortgage

Kara Bennorth
Executive Vice President & Chief
Administrative Officer

Vilma E. Bordonaro, M.B.A.
Chief of Staff
New York Medical College

Colby Brock
Property Manager
New Rochelle Hotel Associates,
DBA Radisson Hotel

Astara N. Crews
Director of Regulatory Affairs/Compliance
& Privacy Officer
ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP

Edie Demas
Former Executive Director
Jacob Burns Film Center

Geri Eisenman Pell
Private Wealth Advisor & CEO
Pell Wealth Partners

Susan Fox, PHD
President & CEO
Westchester Institute for Human Development

Bridget Gibbons
Director of Economic Development
Westchester County

Angela Gonzalez-Perez
Vice President, Operations
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Leslie Gordon
President & CEO
Feeding Westchester

Sarah Jones-Maturo
RM Friedland LLC

Ellen Koelsch
Co-Owner & Vice President
Club Fit

Michele A. Lazzara, CPA, CGMA
Marks Paneth LLP

Marcie Manfredonia Siciliano
Nationwide Maintenance & General Contracting, Inc.; CBD Live Natural, Inc.; Custom Candle Co., Inc.; and Bedford Hills Wine & Beer Bar

Lydia A. Milone, ESQ.
BodnarMilone LLP

Lori Morton, PHD
Vice President of Research

Diane Rooney, CPA
Chief Accounting Officer
CareMount Medical

Ellen Rothschild
Cofounder, CMO

Michele Thomas
Executive Vice President
Osborn Home Care


Lynne Allan
Greater Hudson Bank

Amy Allen
Vice President
Westchester County Association

Taryn Duffy
Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

Dawn French
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Community Relations
White Plains Hospital

Christina Gilmartin
Communications Director
City of Yonkers

Roxana Q. Girland
President & CEO
Sebastian Capital

Tibisay Guzman
Executive Director & CEO
The Arc Westchester

Millie Hernandez-Becker
Skyqueen Enterprises

Jennifer Howard
President & Founder
JWH Design & Cabinetry

Maria Imperial
YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

Chereese Jervis-Hill
Events to Remember

Jill Leonard Tavello
Beth Leonard Hollis
Executive Vice Presidents
Stew Leonards

Vicki McKinney
COO & Chief Revenue Officer
Westmed Practice Partners

Jennifer Riekert
Vice President of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
New York Medical College

Livia Straus
Co-Founder & Board President
Hudson Valley MOCA
Editors’ Award for Transformative Achievement

Alana Sweeny
President & CEO
United Way of Westchester & Putnam

Kim Van Orman
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
USI Insurance Services

Doris Varlese, ESQ.
General Counsel
CareMount Medical


Frances Bordoni
Senior VP, Ambulatory & Physician Services & Business Development
White Plains Hospital

Catherine Borgia
Majority Leader, County Legislator
Westchester County Board of Lesgislators

Maria Bronzi
Director of Strategic Partnership
Altium Wealth

Karen Brown
Hudson Barter Exchange

Cheray Burnett
VP of Administration
St. Johns Riverside Hospital

Dr. Joan Fallon

Dr. Marsha Gordon
President & CEO
The Business Council of Westchester
Editors’ Award for Transformative Achievement

Sara James
Senior Vice President
Business Council of Westchester

Antoinette Klatzky
Co-Creator & Executive Director
Eileen Fischer Leadership Institute

Marcie Klein
EVP, Chief Communications Officer
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Beth Levine
Senior VP, Associate General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Lisa McCullagh
Founder & President
Scarborough & Tweed

Dr. Belinda S. Miles
Westchester Community College

Donna Montalto
Chief of Staff & Senior Director of Special Projects
CareMount Medical

Cynthia Rubino
President & CEO
YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester

Lea Tal

TAL Healthcare

Vanessa Wakeman
Founder & CEO
The Wakeman Agency


Pamela I. Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.

Rose Cappa-Rotunno
The Event Department

Angela Ciminello
Vice President of Development and Marketing

Robin Colner
Founder and CEO
DigiStar Media

Mary Gadomski
Director of Business Development & Community Relations
VNS Westchester

Jamie Imperati
President and Founder
Professional Women of Westchester

Karen R. Lawrence
Sarah Lawrence College

Jennifer Lofaro
Bleakly Platt Schmidt

Rita C. Mabli
President and CEO
United Hebrew of New Rochelle

Karen Mackey Witherspoon
Sharon Mackey McGee
Mackey Twins Art Gallery

Paula Mandel
Senior Vice President and Area Executive
M&T Bank

Kathy Meany
Director, Women’s Leadership Institute
Manhattanville College

Stacey Petrower
NYP/Hudson Valley Hospital

Denise A. Povolny
Senior Vice President & Business Baking Sales Leadership
Key Bank

Tierney Saccavino-Payne
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications
Acorda Therapeutics

Stacey Tompkins
Tompkins Excavating

Maria Valente


Katrina Adams

Dr. Sherlita Amler
Westchester County Department of Health

Jill C. Anderson
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Business Development
New York Power Authority

Laura L. Forese M.D. M.P.H.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Helene Godin
By The Way Bakery

Bonnie Hagen
Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Bright Energy Services

Jacqueline Hattar
Wilson Elser

Judith Huntington
College of New Rochelle

Leslie Jackson
Senior Director of Operations & Chief of Nursing Operator
Mount Kisco Medical Group

Maria Karalis
Managing Partner

Leslie Lampert
Cafe of Love

Milagros Lecuona
City of White Plains

Ellen Lynch
President & CEO
The Food Bank of Westchester

Agnes Mullady
President & COO
Gabelli Funds

Maria Pampafikos
Co-Owner & Vice President
Royal Regency Hotel

Robin Russo
Robin Leedy & Associates (RLA)

Jane Solnick
Director of Westchester Public Affairs

Andrea Stewart-Cousins
New York State Senator

Sandra Usleman
Chief Sales Officer
USI Insurance Services


Janis Archer
Director of Strategy Management
New York Power Authority

Liz Bracken-Thompson
Thompson & Bender

Erica Breining
Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery

Natasha Caputo
Westchester County Tourism

Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD
President, CEO & Founder

Barbara Finkelstein
Chief Executive Officer
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Susan Fox
White Plains Hospital

Merin Joseph
EVP and Chief Information Officer
WESTMED Medical Group and WESTMED Practice Partners

Wilson Kimball
Commissioner of Planning and Development
City of Yonkers

Julie Kinch
SVP, Chief Legal Officer
Heineken USA

Ruth Mahoney
KeyBank, Hudson Valley/Metro NY District

Catherine Marsh
Executive Director
Westchester Community Foundation

Anne Papaelias
Vice President of Human Resources
Curtis Instruments

Nuala Ronan
Managing Partner

Jodi Rosenwasser Levine
Jodi’s Gym

Patricia Vitelli
Vice President of Finance

Gay Wheeler-Smith
Kecia Palmer-Cousins
G&K Sweet Foods


Nichelle A. Johnson, ESQ.
Corporation Counsel/Acting Chief of Staff
City of Mount Vernon

Joanne Murray
Allan Block AGency, Inc.

Jenifer Ross

Laura Alemzadeh
General Counsel
Kawaski Rain Car, Inc.

Jennifer Williams
Partner/Director of Marketing
R3 Energy Management Audit & Review LLC

Tanya Scholl
Partner/Director of Sales
R3 Energy Management Audit & Review LLC

Jean Marie Connolly
Senior Director
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Roseanne Alletto
VP of Sales Operations
POP Displays

Stacey Tank
SVP & Chief Corporate Relations Officer

Carolyn Mandelker
Founder and President
Harrison Edwards PR and Marketing

Georganne Chapin
President, CEO
Hudson Health Plan

Jane Wasman
President, International & General Counsel
Acorda Therapeutics

Judith Werbitt
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Susan Wayne
President and CEO
Family Services of Westchester


Ginni Rometty
Chairman, CEO and President

Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO
PepsiCo Inc.

Janet Hasson
President and Publisher
The Journal News Media Group

Janet Langsam
Arts Westchester

Janine Rose
News Director, Anchorwoman & General Manager
News 12 Westchester

Kimberly Cline
Mercy College

Kunjlata Ashar, MD
Medical Examiner
Westchester County Department of Laboratories & Research

Laureen Barber
Co-Owner and Design Director
Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Linda Sandford
Senior Vice President
Enterprise Transformation IBM

Lea Cullen Boyer
Founder and Managing Director
Green Guru Network

Marsha Rand
CEO and Founder
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Martha Stewart
Founder and Chairman
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Nancy Woodruff Ment
President and CEO

Nita Lowey
New York State Congresswoman

Roberta Bernhardt
CPA Partner
Citrin Cooperman & Co., LLP


Andrea Andrews
Groovy on Grand

Alice Benedetto
Founder and President
Raw Indulgence, Ltd.

Bobbie Gottlieb
Co-Founder and CEO
Two’s Company, Inc.

Brenda LaManna
Founder and CEO
Damselfly Designs, Inc.

Candida Canfield
Founder and CEO
Dinner in Hand

Chris Madden
Founder and CEO
Chris Madden, Inc.

Christina Rae
Founder and President
Buzz Creators

Daniele Churchill
Churchills of Mount Kisco

Diana Gould
Founder and CEO
Diana Gould Ltd. Floral and Event Decor

Eileen Fischer
Founder and Principal Owner
Eileen Fischer, Inc.

Elizabeth Perelstein
Found and CEO
School Choice International

Geri S. Krauss
Owner and Founder
Krauss PLLC

Genevieve Piturro
Pajama Program

Jan Johnsen
Founder and Co-Pricipal
Johnsen Landscape & Pools

June Goldfinger
Operative Partner; Principal & Designer
Katonah General Store; The June Goldfinger Collection

Karen Spencer
President and Creative Director
Spencer Creative Group

Laura Loughlin
Founder and CEO; Co-Founder and COO
Loughlin Personnel Ltd.; Westerly-Enright

Lisa Primeggia
Groovy on Grand

Lisa Schwartz
Co-Founder, Owner and Farmer
Rainbeau Ridge

Lori Land
Churchills of Mount Kisco

Lynne Lambert
Founder, President and Chief Creative Director
NYC Subway Line

Mary Jane Denzer
Founder and Owner
Mary Jane Denzer Design Boutique

Renee M. Brown
Founder, President and CEO
C.W. Brown

Sharon Rowe
Founder and CEO
Eco-Bags Products, Inc.

Stacey Cohen
Founder and President
Co-Communications, Inc.

Susan Villamena
Co-Founder, Owner and CEO

Tara Meenan Lansen
Founder, President and CEO
Compufit, Inc.

Yon Zweibon
Owner and CEO
Beyond Costumes


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