Meet Nassau County's

Women Of Distinction

Welcoming our Women of Distinction

On Sept. 3, my mother-in-law, Gloria Mishkin, celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family....

Randi Shubin Dresner, Island Harvest Food Bank ,President and CEO.

Randi Shubin Dresner has been a catalyst for progress in the human service sector for...

Dr. Susan Ruzenski, Chief Executive Officer, Helen Keller Services

Dr. Susan Ruzenski is a visionary leader who has been at the helm of Helen...

Tawaun Whitty, Director of Operations, Vision Long Island

Tawaun Whitty is the Director of Operations for Vision Long Island managing the day-to-day operations...

Felicia Tucker, Managing Partner, KPMG Long Island office; Lead Principal of the KPMG Metro New York Development and Exempt Organization Tax Practice.

Felicia Tucker is the Managing Partner for the KPMG Long Island office and is also...

Anne L. LaMorte, Chief Financial Officer, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency and Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation

Anne L. LaMorte was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Nassau County Industrial Development...

Lisa Monticciolo, Dean of Students and Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Lisa Monticciolo is the Dean of Students and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Maurice...

Angela Wambugu Cobb, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Old Westbury College Foundation Inc., SUNY Old Westbury

Angela Wambugu Cobb has over 20 years of experience as a trusted fundraising executive. She has...

Jenna McCann Messer, Vice President of Performance Marketing,

Jenna McCann Messer is the Vice President of Performance Marketing at, a leading provider...

Jacqueline Franchetti, Founder and Executive Director, Kyra’s Champions

Jacqueline Franchetti’s work as the Founder and Executive Director of Kyra’s Champions began on July...

Su Chen, Co-Owner, TeamLogic IT

Su Chen has more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, experience that has afforded me...

Magdalonie Paris-Campbell, Director of External Affairs, State Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.

Magdalonie Paris-Campbell, a proud native of Haiti, serves as an inspirational figure for Caribbean Americans,...

Wendy Frigeria, Strategic Communication Manager on Long Island,National Grid,

Wendy Frigeria is the Strategic Communication Manager on Long Island at National Grid, one of...

Helene Harris, New York State [District] of Kiwanis International First Lady

Helene Harris has devoted herself to the well-being of the community and the children. As a...

Peggy Keane, Managing Director and Vice President-Construction and Operations Services, PSEG Long Island

I was named PSEG Long Island’s managing director and vice president of Construction and Operations...

Theresa Heneveld, P.E., Vice President of Environmental Engineering, Lockwood, Kessler and Bartlett, Inc.

Theresa Heneveld, P.E. is the Vice President of Environmental Engineering at Lockwood, Kessler, & Bartlett...

Adriana S. Restrepo, P.E., ENV SP, Vice President, D&B Engineers and Architects,

Adriana S. Restrepo, P.E., ENV SP, of Mineola, is a Vice President at D&B Engineers...

Dr. Samara B. Ginzburg, Vice Dean and Dean for Education, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Dr. Samara B. Ginzburg is the vice dean and dean for education at the Donald...

Julie Signorille-Browne, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, New York Community Bank

Julie Signorille-Browne joined New York Community Bank, headquartered in Hicksville, in 2021, and currently serves...

Lara Bass, Vice President of Client Services, The EGC Group

As the VP of Client Services at The EGC Group, a full-service marketing agency, my...

Melissa Schuhmacher, Regional Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, The Arbors Assisted Living

Melissa Schuhmacher is a dedicated professional in the field of senior care, serving as the...

Karen Tenenbaum, Tenenbaum Law P.C

An attorney for 40 years, Karen Tenenbaum and her team represent taxpayers in IRS and...

Renee Daniel Flagler, Award-Winning Writer and the Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Long Island,

Renee Daniel Flagler is an award-winning writer and the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Long Island,...

Pearl Halegua, Founder and Chairperson, JAFCO- Long Island Chapter

Pearl Halegua, husband Nathan and sons, Josh and Aaron have been living on Long Island...

Crisler Quick, Founder and President, The Finance Department

Crisler Quick is the founder and President of The Finance Department. Founded in 1993, The Finance...

Maxine Carrington, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Northwell Health

Maxine Carrington currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Northwell Health,...

Elizabeth Custodio, Vice President and Regional Officer, M&T Bank

A longtime resident of Stony Brook, Elizabeth Custodio was born and raised in the Bronx. After...

Rebecca O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Banking for the NYC Metro Region, Citizens Bank,

Rebecca O’Connell is the executive vice president, Head of Corporate Banking for the NYC Metro...

Dorothy Roberts, Vice President of Hotel Operations & Development,  Oxford Hospitality, USA

Dorothy Robert's current position is vice president of hotel operations & Development  for Oxford Hospitality...

Elizabeth Uzzo, Executive Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer, H2M architects + engineers

Liz Uzzo is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President at H2M architects...

Dr. Linda F. Burghardt, Scholar-in-Residence, Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center

Dr. Linda F. Burghardt is a journalist and author from Great Neck, and has served...

Florence Prophete-Barbour, Executive Director, Harbor Child Care Inc.

Florence Prophete-Barbour is the executive director of Harbor Child Care, Inc. (Harbor). Harbor provides early...

Janice Pateres, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, NuHealth/Nassau University Medical Center. 

Janice Pateres serves as executive vice president and chief nursing officer for NuHealth/Nassau University Medical...

Leslie Granger, President & CEO, Bideawee

Leslie Granger has been President and CEO of Bideawee since 2017. Leslie has a long...

Eileen Minogue, Executive Director, Book Fairies

Eileen Minogue is a dedicated leader with a wealth of experience in both the corporate...

Marguerite Kramer Kircher, Senior Vice President/Investments, Financial Advisor, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Marguerite (Margy) Kircher is a Senior Vice President, Investments/Financial Advisor at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC...

Wendy Valentino, Partner, Prager Metis

Wendy Valentino boasts an impressive career of over four decades, currently holding the esteemed position...

Gayle R. Berg, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist & Mental Health Advocate

Gayle R. Berg, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice in...

Jothy Narendran, Co-Managing Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger Narendran LLP

Jothy Narendran is co-managing Partner at Jaspan Schlesinger Narendran LLP and chair of the firm’s...

Antoinette Biordi, Reporters and Anchor, News 12 Long Island

Antoinette Biordi is a 4x Emmy-Award-winning reporter and anchor for News 12 Long Island. She has...

Maggie Cole Messina, Owner, Taecole Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Inc.

Maggie is among the first generation of women to own and operate a martial arts...

Jacqueline Harounian, Sole Shareholder, Wisselman Harounian Family Law, P.C.

I am the sole shareholder of Wisselman Harounian Family Law, P.C. (est. 1976). Although I have...

Alyson Mathews, Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

Alyson Mathews is la labor and employment attorney providing her clients with experienced guidance to...
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On Sept. 3, my mother-in-law, Gloria Mishkin, celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family. Which naturally got many of us thinking about the world in 1923.

Thanks to the internet we learned that the president of the United States at the time was Calvin Coolidge, who had taken office the month before after Warren Harding died of a heart attack.

The old Yankee Stadium had just opened and Charlie Chaplin were Rudolph Valentino were the top stars. A new car cost $290, and a new house $6,890.

And just three years before the 19th amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote. After decades of agitation and protest.

What women still couldn’t do at least in some states was wear pants, smoke in public, open a bank account without their husband, serve on a jury, practice law, attend an Ivy League University, attend a military academy and even run in the Boston Marathon.

Though the rights of women are still subject to debate and not all glass ceilings have been cracked, women have come a long way since the day Gloria was born on Sept. 5, 1923.

The women being honored by Blank Slate Media in this special section and at our Women of Distinction awards ceremony and networking event off er examples of what this country was missing before many of these impediments were removed.

They include entrepreneurs, educators, partners in law firms, executives at banks, large corporations and colleges, leaders of not-for-profi ts serving the public and even a resident scholar.

Our honorees have all worked their way up the ladder, and are now leading their own teams and inspiring others. All are contributing to making Nassau County a better place to live and work. Each of our 42 Women of Distinction shares similar stories of success that demonstrate the ever-widening possibilities open to women and the benefits it off ers to all of us.

We hope the accomplishments of all those presented here will inspire both men and women to greater heights and increase their appreciation for those who have come before them.

Congratulations to all. We know you will continue to have success.

Steven Blank
Publisher, Blank Slate Media

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