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Queens Courier’s 10th annual ‘Top Women in Queens Business Networking and Awards’

The ultimate in networking

On Wednesday, April 25,

The Queens Courier will honor more than 40 women who have made positive impacts in the business and non-profit worlds and who also are active in giving back to their respective communities.


This year’s event will feature Master of Ceremony, Cheryl Casone, Fox Business Network Anchor;

Roscoe Brown, Tuskegee Airmen & Former President Bronx Community College, Man of the Year Award recipient.


Honorees include Claire Shulman, Lifetime Achievement Award; Grace Meng, Claire Shulman Community Service Award; Mary Ann Mattone, Philanthropist of the Year;

Fatma Abboud, CEO & Executive Director, EIHAB Human Services; Charity Abdi, Compliance Officer, Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center; Jackie De Leon, Nurse Practitioner,

Clinical Site Director & Special Projects Director, Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center; Dr. Mary Andrea, DPM, Hyperbaric, Wound Care & Podiatry Center; Connie Jeanne Attanasio, President & CEO, Attanasio & Associates; Nora Bassett, Independent Consultant, Adjunct Professor for CUNY School of Professional Studies; Dr. Esther Benenson, Executive Director, William O. Benenson Rehabilitation Pavilion; Tara Buonocore-Rut, Associate VP Business Development, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; Susan Cohen, Marketing Director, Brandywine Senior Living; Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D., Director Latin American & Caribean Studies, St. John’s University; Karen Dorsey, Project Manager, Skanska USA Civil Northeast Operations; Anne M. Dunne, Director of Health Care Consulting, Grassi & Co.; Lisa Gneo, Director of Sales, Z NYC Hotel; Rudean Harvey, President & CEO, Ametis Industries, Inc.; Jamie Johnson, Regional Director of Golf Events and Fundraising, American Golf Corporation; Marta Kazandjian, Director, Division of Speech Pathology and Swallowing, New York Hospital Queens;  Maura McCarthy, Queens Borough Commissioner, NYC Dept of transportation; Peri Millman, M.D. , Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, New York Hospital Queens; Michele E. Keller, Shift Manager, Resorts World Casino NYC; Rita Mercieca, Executive Director, Forest Hills Hospital; Eileen Minogue, Executive Director, Patient Airlift Services ; Rosa Murciano, Senior Vice President, New York Community Bank; Elsie N. Vaca, First Senior Vice President, New York Community Bank; Herlema Owens, President & Founder, Association of Women Construction Workers of America; Honorable Audrey Pheffer, County Clerk, Queens County ; Jaci Miller Osdoby, Director, PwC; Kathryn Soman, Director of Communications & External Affairs, Health Plus.


Selected past honorees will also be inducted into the newly-created “Women in Business Hall of Fame.”

Inductees are Jacqueline Arrington, President of the Board, Queens Library; Eileen Auld, Regional Director, Citibank; Charlotte Biblow , Partner, Farrell Fritz; Dr. Diane B. Call, Interim President, Queensborough Community College; Linda DeSabato, President, Vallo Transportation; Maria Grasso, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer , Flushing Bank; Pouran Eshghi, President, Pouran Salon & Spa; Sue Henderson, Chief Operating Officer/Vice President for Institutional Advancement., Queens College; Melissa Ioanna, Store Manager, JC Penney; Philippa Lee Karteron, Executive Director, Council for Airport Opportunity;  Margaret McGowan, Vice President, TD Bank; Pilar C. Valenzuela , Vice President, First Central Savings Bank; Georgiana Reese-Benatti, Community Relations Director, New York Community Bank; Maria Thomson, Executive Director, Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.; Sylvia Williams RN, MA VP for Patient Care Services, Parker Jewish Institute For Health Care & Rehabilitation; Con Edison Team

There will be a networking business expo, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 25 beginning at 6 p.m. at Terrace on the Park.

Tickets are $85. Raffle proceeds will benefit the Queens Chapter of the American Heart Association.

This year’s sponsors include the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Flushing Bank, New York Hospital Queens, TD Bank, Con Edison, Queens County Savings Bank, Citibank, Skanska, Health Plus, the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, Bombardier, Big City Graphics, Delta Air Lines, First Central Savings Bank, the Daily News, Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens Library, Dr. William O. Benenson Rehabilitation Pavilion and NY1 News.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 718-224-5863 Ext. 226 or visit



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