New York State Women's History

Conference Speakers & Cast Bios - November 4, 2017

Katie MacIntyre is the Assistant Vice –President, Marketing Officer for Generations Bank, working out of their Seneca Falls headquarters. She has nearly 20 years experience in a variety of sales, marketing & PR roles which have allowed her to live across the North East of the United States and travel extensively domestically and internationally. Katie is a passionate about women’s rights. She serves on the Education Committee of the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network, helping to plan their annual conferences and supports the National Women’s Hall of Fame as a volunteer on their PR committee. Katie is a passionate builder of community and loves connecting people through stories. Katie has led sessions at a variety of conferences including the NYS Child Abuse Prevention Conference on Community Cafés and Protective Factors , BizBuzz Social Media Conference and is pleased to speak at the NY Cultural Heritage Tourism Network Women’s Suffrage Centennial Planning Conference again this year. She has served as a social media manager/blogger for ABC Cayuga; served as a Parent Leader for New York State; and a past member of the National Parent Council for the Alliance of Children’s Trusts Funds representing New York State; she has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA-WEIU of Auburn and Skaneateles and for NYPENN Pathways Girl Scout Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of ABC Cayuga Playspace, on the Campaign Cabinet & Marketing Committee for United Way of Seneca County and on the sculpture committees for Harriet Tubman in Auburn and Alice Paul in Seneca Falls. She has passionately served as the Race Director for the Women’s Right to Run 19K 5K in Seneca Falls for the past two years. She has made her home in Auburn for the past 10+ years (except for a 5 year stint in the Nation’s Capital). She was named one of the CNY’s 40 under Forty in 2014 and received a MAKERS: Women who make America Award in 2016.
Georgia Kelly Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. As a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor(r) and a portfolio manager in Merrill Lynch's Personal Investment Advisory program, Kelly specializes in developing comprehensive wealth planning and philanthropic strategies for families, retirees, executives and nonprofit organizations. She has been committed to helping clients pursue and achieve their financial and life goals for more than 30 years. She has a deep passion for our community and has served on numerous councils and boards including the Rensselaer Regional County Chamber of Commerce, GIRLS Incorporated, the AIDS Council of NENY, and the Saratoga Arts Council. Kelly was awarded a Women of Excellence Award by the Women's Business Council and is a board member of Women@Work. Her passion for women's issues stems from the belief that we need to elevate women's challenges and opportunities, empower creative thought leadership and creativity, and help women execute on their vision of a life well-lived.

Anne Saile, Interim Director Interim Director of The Hyde Collection and Founder and President of The Saile Group, LLC is the founding chair of the Women@ Work Advisory Board, playing an instrumental role in its development. She is a sought after executive coach, board strategist, speaker and author who owns The Saile Group LLC, a successful company focused on guiding organizations, professionals and boards to achieve a high impact outcome. She is a widely recognized advocate for women's rights and philanthropist raising millions of dollars for organizations she is passionate about. Saile is a leader who has received awards from numerous organizations, three governors, state and county legislatures, featured by the Discovery Channel and Forbes Magazine. She is a graduate of Russell Sage College, studied at Oxford University's Center for Human Rights and Responsibilities in England and was an invited participant at the International Symposium at Harvard University.

Eve Waltermaurer, Ph.D. Waltermaurer holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University at Albany's department of epidemiology and biostatistics. She is Senior Research Scientist at the SUNY New Paltz Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives. Her personal research agenda centers primarily on women's health and women's status in the United States and globally. Her publications include 15 academic papers related specifically to women's issues, including domestic violence, contraception and breast-feeding, and a documentary film about women's sexual exploration. Waltermaurer is the principal researcher responsible for the Women@Work VOW (View on Women) poll for New York, which is being disseminated in 2017 in association with the New York State Centennial of Women's Suffrage.
Jennifer Wilson is the Program and Policy Director for the League of Women Voters of New York State. She serves as their in-house lobbyist and policy advisor. Before coming to the League she worked as Deputy Regional Director for the Albany office of Senator Charles Schumer. In 2017, Jennifer was named one of City and State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Albany. Jennifer has a Masters of Public Administration from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy, with a specialization in Public Management and Policy Analytics. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Business from City University of New York where she graduated magna cum laude.
Barbara Williams is Executive Director of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission. The Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, will plan and execute programs starting in 2017, which marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, until 2020, a century after the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Previously, Barbara served as Deputy Policy Director for Governor Andrew Cuomo, advancing a range of policies including paid family leave and efforts to close the gender wage gap. Prior to joining the administration, Barbara served as a U.S. diplomat for nine years, including as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where she designed and implemented public diplomacy programs focused on gender equality and human rights. Barbara began her career at Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program. ​ (Session D: Bringing the Past to Life: Creating Engaging Suffrage Programs An open forum for sharing programming ideas that have worked, and why. An opportunity to ask questions and determine viability for your own organization.)
Kim Harvish has been the educator at the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls for six years. Prior to that she was a junior high school Social Studies teacher and owned her own graphic design business. She has a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland, an A.A. degree in Graphic Design from Montgomery Community College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Goddard College. She is involved in presenting numerous suffrage events in the Glens Falls area and invites you to check out their Facebook page, Celebrating Suffrage in Greater Glens Falls.
What Now for Women's Rights? We've had the vote for a century, but women still face significant legal and other inequalities in our personal, political, and work lives. Should we fight for a federal and (or?) state ERA? Must we fight forever for control of our bodies? How might NY courts work better for women? How does technology fit into all of this? Or poverty? The list goes on. Focus, strategy, determination, and a strong concerted effort were critical to the suffragists' success. What should our focus and strategies be? Are we sufficiently determined and united in our efforts? Is our "progressive" state working for us? Does our polarized and over-heated national political environment present unique opportunities? Our savvy panelists will help us sort all this out. Bring your own questions and insights.

Moderator:
Dare Thompson, the President of the League of Women Voters of New York State (LWVNYS), has been in the League for over 4 decades, starting in Swarthmore, PA. She moved to RI where she was state president, then to the Utica-Rome area where she was local LWV president and served on the LWVNYS board and on national LWV planning committees, then to Ohio where she was a local president and a VP on the Ohio LWV board, and finally back to NY (Mid-Hudson region) where she was local president and eventually again on the LWVNYS board. She is a member of the New York Women's Suffrage Commission. Her paid work has included teaching and serving as executive director of several NY and Ohio nonprofit arts organizations.

Panelists

Claire Chapman is the president of Forward March NY, an organization that grew out of the effort to organize New Yorkers for the Women's March on Washington. Forward March now aims to empower every NY woman to vote, run for office, and hold our elected officials responsible. Claire is particularly committed to universal access to healthcare, including a state reproductive rights act. This commitment has been shaped by her career as an art director in the healthcare field and by her parents’ experience as physicians at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in her hometown of Asheville, NC. She now lives in Brooklyn.

Denise Kronstadt is the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Policy at the Fund for Modern Courts where she has worked since 2006. She is responsible for advancing the policy and legislative agenda, developing strategic partnerships, building statewide coalitions, government relations, policy reports, pro bono coordination, board relations, digital and social media, budget review and management, fundraising, development and programs. She co-chaired the Coalition for More Family Court Judges, which successfully lobbied for the creation of 25 more family court judges in New York and won Modern Courts the 2015 national DoGooder ImpactX award for the use and production of an advocacy video. Denise also convinced the NYS Office of Court Administration to establish the Advisory Council on Immigrants and State Courts and created a multi-formatted website to provide judges and advocates with information on the intersection of state law and immigration status. She is a member of NY’s Permanent Commission on Access to Justice and she has chaired the Working Groups on Justice Courts and on Public Library Outreach. Her advocacy for access to justice, court reform, legal services, economic reforms and equality began before her tenure at Modern Courts. She has been a county legislator and a Supervising Attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Rockland County, and she has managed political campaigns and taught courses on women and politics, domestic violence, criminal justice and American political parties. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and began her career as a staff attorney with District Council 37, NYC’s largest public employee union. Before becoming an attorney, she also worked in the state Attorney General’s office.

Julie Novkov is a professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research and teaching are situated at the intersection of law, history, US political development, and subordinated identity. She views law as both a system of political and social control and as a site for reform through activists’ pressure. She is the author of several books. Racial Union was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2009 Ralph Bunche Award for the best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism. Her first book, Constituting Workers, Protecting Women, addressed gender and constitutional development, rereading through the lens of gender the history of the courts' unwillingness to accept protective legislation for workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is also the author of The Supreme Court and The Presidency. She has co-edited three volumes, Race and American Political Development (with Joseph Lowndes and Dorian Warren), Security Disarmed (with Barbara Sutton and Sandra Morgen), and Statebuilding at the Margins (with Carol Nackenoff). She was the Chair of UAlbany’s Department of Political Science from 2011 through 2017 and has also served as the President of the Western Political Science Association.
Daquetta P. Jones was appointed Executive Director of YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. in Troy, New York in December 2013. YWCA-GCR is one of the area’s largest providers of supportive, affordable and safe permanent and transitional housing to both homeless single women and women with children. In addition to our economic empowerment, homeless prevention, food security and supportive services and programs, every day, YWCA-GCR houses 104 women and 50 children.
Kathryn M. Curran is the Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of history particularly the roll of Long Island in New York State and American history. The Foundation is inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner’s personal passion for New York history.

Foundation Purpose
The purpose of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is: To educate and inform the general public in the State of New York, particularly in the area of the Town of Islip and more generally in Suffolk County, Long Island and New York State concerning the culture, art and tradition of the locality; To cultivate, foster and promote interest in, and understanding and appreciation of the societal heritage of Long Island particularly during the nineteenth century; To encourage and sponsor the creation and perpetuation by existing and future historical societies of collections and repositories for the deposit, collection and examination of documents and artifacts of various kinds relevant to such heritage and traditions; and To sponsor and encourage the preservation, restoration and exhibition by existing and future historical societies of at least one facility appropriate to such purpose. Kathryn M. Curran was an educator for 33 years with a focus on American Art and Material Culture.  She began curating for Long Island historical societies, museums and universities while working on her second Master’s degree in American Folk Art Studies from NYU.  Kathryn retired from teaching in 2006, at that time she was offered the position of curator for the Suffolk County Historical Society, the oldest historical society on Long Island. The exhibitions, events and collaborations spearheaded by Kathryn brought the historical society new life, media recognition and greater community outreach. In 2011 Kathryn moved to the position of the Suffolk County Historical Society’s Executive Director. Under her guidance and creative fundraising "place making" banner signage, and a gallery and gift shop renovation were completed in 2014. In June of 2015 she received a RDLGF grant for $400,000 to kick start a capital campaign for an ADA compliant wing and parking area. Kathryn was appointed the Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation in August of 2015. She oversees approximately $5 million dollars yearly in history based grants awarded to Long Island's 501c3 historical societies and museums. Funding has also been awarded to colleges and universities throughout New York State for scholarships and their American history based programs.
Patricia A. Fahy was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2012 to represent the 109th Assembly District from the City of Albany, Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland. She is the first woman elected to the New York State Legislature from the Capital Region. A leading advocate for job creation and education, Pat has sponsored more than 200 bills and has been the prime sponsor of over 50 bills, of which 32 have become law. This includes legislation to improve access to legal representation for all New Yorkers and relieve an unfunded mandate off counties; ensure protections from petroleum disasters; to fund Pre-K transportation; and tax relief for land owners to encourage conservation. In her first term, Pat was awarded Freshman Legislator of the Year by the NYS School Boards Association. Previously, Pat served as the Associate Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs at the NYS Department of Labor. She also served as Executive Director to the Chicago Workforce Board; and spent nine years in D.C., as legislative staff on Capitol Hill in both the House and Senate, and in the Clinton Administration in the Congressional Affair's Office of the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Robert Reich. Pat has a Bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master's degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. Pat is a leading advocate for job creation and economic development, education, transportation, libraries, and the environment.
Carolyn J. Stefanco is the 11th president of The College of Saint Rose. She joined the College after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia; as the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus; and after a long career as a tenured professor of history at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), where she held numerous leadership positions. Stefanco earned a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, a master’s degree in women’s history from Binghamton University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and a women’s studies certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Stefanco is a trustee of the American University in Bulgaria, is a board member of the Center for Economic Growth and Hearst’s Women@Work. She has played leadership roles in American higher education organizations and her research focuses on women and leadership.
Betty M. Bayer (Ph.D.) is co-president of the Board of Directors of National Women’s Hall of Fame and Professor of Women’s Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her work with the Hall has included overseeing its Oral History Project, supported by an IMLS grant, and its wayfaring banners project to celebrate New York State Centennial for Suffrage, supported by Humanities NY grants (Vision and Action) in collaboration with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Bayer publishes in Women’s Studies (e.g., “Enchantment in an Age of Occupy”) and history of psychology (e.g.,“Wonder in a World of Struggle”), and writes OpEd pieces for local and national presses, including, following Women March in Seneca Falls, “The Importance of Seneca Falls for the Past and Future of the Women’s Movement” (published in Inside Higher Education) and, earlier, a piece on the Gender Pay Gap for WalletHub.com. She also is a guest OpEd writer for Finger Lakes Times on the Hall, its Mill project and broader women’s issues. She served as Director of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’s interdisciplinary Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men (2002-2009) and as chair of Women’s Studies for over a decade. Bayer received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Distinguished Faculty Community Service Award in 2009. She was Senior Fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Study of Religion (2012-2014), has appeared on Connect (WCNY), WEOS and WXXI, and is currently writing a book on the history of cognitive dissonance.
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Sally Roesch Wagner - Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner has taught women’s studies courses for 47 years. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University and the St. John Fisher Executive Leadership Program and is a Public Scholar with Humanities New York. Author of numerous women’s history books and articles telling the “untold stories”, her recent publications center on the Haudenosaunee influence on the women’s rights movement. She wrote the faculty guide for Not for Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and appeared in that film and other PBS women’s history programs. Dr. Wagner was selected as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015. Founder and Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, New York, and author of articles on historic house museums, she received the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012. Dr. Wagner serves on the Governor’s New York Suffrage Centennial Commission.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul - New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was elected in 2014. Prior to her role as a statewide official, she was elected at both the Federal and local level - she was a Member of Congress in New York's 26th Congressional District, served as Erie County Clerk, and began her career in public office on her local town board. The Lieutenant Governor chairs the Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils, which have reinvented economic development by empowering local leaders in business and academia, not bureaucrats in Albany. This strategy has brought more jobs than ever before to New York State. As the highest ranking female elected official in New York State, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is committed inspiring a new generation of women to enter public service or aspire to leadership within their chosen field through the #NYWomenLead initiative. The Lieutenant Governor spearheads the Administration's key efforts to advance gender equality, including the Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses and efforts to eliminate the wage gap. In 2016, she was elected chair of New York State's Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.
Kymlee “Kym” Dorsey Transgender Advocate, Owner, S.T.Y.L.E. Wellness and Hair Studio As a transgender woman of color, Dorsey has learned how to tell her story effectively, and organize in her community. She is the developer of a program and co-founder of a support group for women of color called S.T.Y.L.E., which stands for Self Turn around of Your Living Environment. It’s also the name of Dorsey’s newly established wellness and hair studio, where she intends to provide a safe space for trans people to come together for programming to empower their transition. As an Albany native, Dorsey began her service to community as a teenager with the 4H Summer Camp and at the Arbor Hill Community Center. She works with various groups and agencies to talk about what it means to be transgender and the distinct issues the trans community faces. She was the first trans woman honored by the City of Albany during Black History Month for her leadership in Albany and around the state.
Session C---Use your Voice session moderated by the Legislative Women's Caucus (Shirley Trenholm moderator)

Shirley C. Tranholm has served as Executive Director of the Legislative Women’s Caucus for over fifteen years where she had served as assistant to the Caucus’ previous Executive Director for eight years. Her former position in the Assembly was Chief of Staff/Office Manager to former Assemblywoman Geraldine L. Daniels. Prior to joining the New York State Legislature, Ms. Tranholm worked in a managerial position with the New York State Department of Social Services. Since assuming her duties as Executive Director, Ms. Tranholm has worked closely with the Chair and Executive Board members to ensure the Caucus remains a bicameral, bi-partisan organization of all women elected to the New York State Legislature. While advancing important legislation that benefits women and families throughout New York State, the Caucus also acts as an important resource center for legislators. Ms. Tranholm is very active in her community working with youth and serving on many boards. At present, she is the Chief Treasurer and Sunday school teacher for New Jerusalem Church where she mentors teenage girls. Additionally she is Minister and Deacon, Ms. Tranholm also coordinates the annual Black History Month play, and continues to reach out and help others. Ms. Tranholm is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and Mid-Hudson Bible Institute.

Donna A. Lupardo was elected in 2004 to the State Assembly representing the City of Binghamton and the Towns of Union and Vestal, becoming the first woman to represent Broome County in the New York State Legislature. She distinguished herself as a strong champion for the Southern Tier, promoting local schools and colleges, human services, innovative approaches to economic recovery, and local food systems. She has advanced numerous environmental and public safety measures such as the Work Zone Safety Act and the Lead Free Schools Act, along with championing industrial hemp as a new agricultural commodity.

She has held many leadership positions over the years. Assemblywoman Lupardo chaired the Assembly Committee on Children and Families for four years before being appointed to serve as Chair of the Aging Committee in 2017. She served as Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, representing 58 women legislators in the Assembly and Senate from both political parties. The LWC during Lupardo's tenure as Chair, focused the majority of its efforts on advocating for early learning, child care, and afterschool activities. She currently serves as a member of the Suffrage Anniversary Commission and is the Co-Chair of the Broome-Tioga Suffrage Anniversary Committee.

The Assemblywoman is a past President of the NYS Conference of Italian-American Legislators. She has also chaired the New York Legislative Aviation Caucus for many years, bringing attention to the aviation industry and helping to pass the Aviation Jobs Act. She is a strong advocate for other transportation interests including those effecting freight rail, trucking, motorcycles, and automobiles. Over the years, Assemblywoman Lupardo has received numerous awards and recognitions for her efforts

Tremaine S. Wright was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2016. She serves the 56th Assembly District of Brooklyn, NY which represents the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Northern Crown Heights neighborhoods. Tremaine is a Brooklyn native who still lives on the same block where her grandparents raised their family. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School. She has practiced law at Brooklyn Legal Services and private law firms. Through pro bono work, she has assisted incarcerated mothers, small-business owners and those facing various spousal, custody and support matters. Tremaine has served on Community Board 3 for more than 12 years and most recently served as the board chairperson. Tremaine also owned and operated Common Grounds: a Neighborhood Coffee House from March 2006 to September 2015. Tremaine realized that her neighborhood lacked an adequate number of eateries and gathering places. She set out to create a place that would answer that need as well as foster community, provide economic opportunity and enhance commercial activity. Common Grounds did it - it employed local talent, provided stability on a block that was riddled with illicit commerce and provided a place for various segments of our community to intersect and connect. The greatest success of Common Grounds is the impact it has had on the lives of the people who came through its doors in need, and departed full and encouraged. Common Grounds created tangible change in individuals, as well as in community economics. Tremaine Wright resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant where she continues to work within the community to improve the neighborhood's quality of life.

Carrie Woerner was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2014 while serving as vice president and general manager of MeetMax Conference Software, a division of The Wall Street Transcript. She established the software division in Saratoga Springs in 2008, creating new, quality jobs in Saratoga County. Woerner earned her undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. She began her successful 30-year career in software and technical writing working at firms such as Dell/Perot Systems and IBM. In the Assembly, Woerner has continued to advocate for responsible spending and is focused on improving the business climate for small businesses and farms, strengthening public schools and protecting the traditions, heritage and culture of Saratoga and Washington counties. Woerner is the chair of the Subcommittee on Agricultural Production & Technology and a member of the Assembly's Agriculture, Local Governments, Racing and Wagering, Small Business and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committees, as well as a member of the Legislative Women's Caucus. During her first year in office, Woerner authored seven pieces of legislation that were passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, including five bills that were signed into law by the Governor. These included a law to allow the Ballston Spa Central School District to establish a semiconductor manufacturing tax stabilization reserve fund (Ch. 506 of 2015), and a law enabling Saratoga Harness Racing to continue receiving regional payments from Capital Region Off-Track Betting (Ch. 300 of 2015). Prior to her election to the New York State Legislature, she served as Round Lake Village Trustee in 2008, 2010 and 2012. As a local official, she was a champion of fiscal responsibility and worked to control spending and reduce the tax burden on Round Lake residents each year in office. She also served as an appointed member on the Town of Malta Planning Board from 2008-2014. From 2002-2008, she served as executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation in which she expanded membership and donations, published a walking tour guidebook, raised funds to restore the First Baptist Church and secured a $130,000 state grant to restore historic buildings in the Beekman Street Arts District. She founded the Historic Saratoga Race Track Preservation Coalition and successfully advocated for preservation protection in the 2008 legislation related to racing in New York State. Carrie Woerner is currently a member of the Malta Sunrise Rotary and the Saratoga Arts Board of Directors.

Jaime Williams was elected to serve the 59th Assembly District on April 19, 2016; encompassing the neighborhoods of Canarsie, Georgetown, Mill Basin, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she came to the United States in 1999, settling in New York City. Education has always been important to Ms. Williams, She obtained her GED when she first came to the U.S. and then attended Kingsborough Community College. She continued her education at York College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. After completing her undergraduate studies, she then attended Fordham University where she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work and then returned to Kingsborough Community College where she got her CASAC-T certificate (Credential Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) with a Specialization in Gambling counseling. Ms. Williams believes in giving back to the community. As a result, she has organized countless food and toy drives for families in the community. In 2007, Ms. Williams founded Empowerment = Courage to Heal Inc., an organization devoted to raising awareness against domestic violence in the community. Jaime's experience includes more than 8 years of counseling women and children who were victims of domestic violence. Her experience has allowed her to collaborate with faith-based community and civic organizations to promote awareness about domestic violence. Jaime has also used her skills to advocate and counsel clients who are HIV positive with history of substance abuse. Following Super Storm Sandy, Jaime was employed by Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens to work in Brooklyn with residents who were affected by Super Storm Sandy, particularly in Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Gerritsen Beach and Coney Island. Jaime also served as the Community Project Director for Brooklyn East at Catholic Charities, where she provided outreach programs for the community in Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie and Mill Basin. Through continued outreach Jaime served as the liaison between the elected officials to address social service issues that affected programs at Catholic Charities. Jaime Williams truly epitomizes what it means to be an active member of her community. She is a member of the Canarsie Lions Club, and the 69th Precinct Community Council. She is a graduate and participant in the City's CERT program, a volunteer program that prepares our community for emergencies by aiding police and fire departments during a crisis. She has served as a member of the Mill Basin Civic Association and Brooklyn's Community Board 18.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes - Assembly Member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, has faithfully served New York State's 141st Assembly district since 2003. An advocate with clear and principled service, she has always put policy before politics. Crystal continues to fearlessly fight for diversity, specifically in making sure Minority and Women Owned Businesses have a fair chance in obtaining state contracts. Beyond diversity and MWBEs, her passions include education and healthcare. In February 2015, she was appointed as Chair of the Assembly's Committee on Governmental Operations which maintains oversight on ethics reform and FOIL requests, state police, homeland security, disaster and emergency preparedness, MWBE, crime victims, human rights and military and naval affairs. She sits on the following committees: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Environmental Conservation; Health; Higher Education and Insurance Committees. Additional memberships include the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. From 2013 to 2015, she was elected as Chair of the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators, with the responsibility of organizing the annual conference weekend to raise college scholarship funds for students of color. She is a former Educator, Administrator, Community Organizer, and Erie County Legislator whose vision is to uplift, nurture and protect her constituents, the City of Buffalo, and the western New York region. A staunch advocate, some of her notable successes include securing $28 Million for the Educational Opportunity Center's new facility in downtown Buffalo; $2 Million for capital improvements to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor to promote cultural preservation and tourism; the advocacy and clean up of 858 East Ferry's toxic waste Superfund site; securing HEAL-NY funding to support the building of a new home for the Community Health Center of Buffalo; advocating for the redevelopment of St. Martin's Village; procuring $50 Million towards Buffalo Public Schools adding a nurse in every school and over $1.2 million towards the continued restoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, part of the historic Frederick Law Olmsted Park System to promote an active and healthy lifestyle and increased utilization. As a graduate of Buffalo Public Schools including Buffalo State College, she earned a Master's Degree in Student Personnel Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes attributes her achievements and abilities to her strong faith and family. She is a member of both True Bethel Baptist Church and St. Lukes AME Zion Church and currently resides in Buffalo, New York with her husband.
Susan Radzyminski - Susan (Director of Marketing) manages EYP's corporate marketing and communications initiatives, as well as the firm's philanthropic mission. She leads the firm's brand positioning, specifically developing strategies that support a growing number of key focus areas, as well as introducing new services and areas of expertise to clients. She is also responsible for marketing and business development strategies to further position the firm for strategic growth in the higher education, government, healthcare, science & technology, and energy sectors. Widely recognized for her leadership throughout the community, Susan chairs the boards of both the Women's Business Council (wbcvoice.wordpress.com) and the Arts Center of the Capital Region. She is on the board of the Upstate New York MS Society and is Chair of Women Against MS. Susan is a recipient of the WERCing Woman Achievement Award from the Capital District's Women's Employment & Resource Center and the Albany Business Review's 40 Under Forty.

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