Launched 29 years ago, Power Women of Queens celebrated the 2022 honorees on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Terrace on the Park, where Schneps Media and hundreds of guests recognized the honorees for their extraordinary accomplishments in business and in the Queens community.
Schneps Media, the parent company of The Queens Courier, Jamaica Times, Bayside Times, Flushing Times, El Correo and Caribbean Life is proud to bring together women to connect, support one another, do business and build community.
“[This event] is important to me and my organization,” said Dirrane Cove of America Works of New York Inc. “Our organization actually started by helping women. This is such a meaningful thing. I’m really proud of what we do.”
Among the extraordinary people recognized for their work at the Power Women of Queens event were CEOs, business executives, nonprofit leaders, business owners and professionals from all sectors. Each honoree received an award and a citation from New York State Senator Leroy Comrie.
“This award is very important to me because it shows the diversity of women and what we do in the community,” Tamar Ogburn of HealthFirst said. “How we care in the community, beyond being mothers, beyond being wives, that we are entrepreneurs, we are educators, we’re nurses, we’re power leaders and we’re changing the dynamics of the culture where women are really coming out in the forefront and taking over.”
The women being recognized serve to inspire and empower future generations to promote and pursue their passions in an effort to continually make a difference. This event is meant as a way of thanking these women for making a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis as well as a meaningful way to connect the honorees to do business, support one another and forge relationships. Each woman danced down a red carpet as they received their award.
“I am so happy to honor these special, spectacular women,” Schneps Media President Victoria Schneps said. “What an extraordinary opportunity to meet new people and to salute the honorees’ accomplishments.”
A raffle was also held for a variety of prizes, including Amazon and Apple gift cards and jewelry. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening’s raffle went to the Federation of Organizations, which works to improve the health of individuals while also helping them live independently and achieve dreams.
The honorees began the evening with a VIP Hour where powerful connections were made and honorees were welcomed as an official Star Networking member. A networking cocktail hour soon followed for honorees and guests. After the VIP Hour, the high-energy awards ceremony began where the women danced down the red carpet to receive their well-earned awards.
“I think this award is a special milestone of the recognition of my work,” Farzona Turakulova of Ponce Bank said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to develop myself after coming here from a different country. The sky’s the limit!”
The event was a tremendous success not only with the celebration of the honorees but great food, fantastic views of iconic Queens locations and a raffle which raised money for the Federation of Organizations, a leading provider of cost effective evidence based health, social and economic services in a multiracial society. City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams addressed the impressive crowd.
“It’s been such an honor to receive this award with all these incredible women,” Morghan Richardson of Tarter, Krinsky & Drogin LLP said. “I think the women who have received this award tonight have amazing qualifications and are so impressive in their commitment to civic duty.”
In addition to Schneps Media, The Queens Courier, the Times Ledger and Caribbean Life, the other sponsors for the event include HealthFirst, America Works of New York Inc., Ponce Bank, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, Tarter, Krinsky & Drogin LLP, AHRC New York City, Federation of Organizations, Resorts World New York City, Butterflies by Blaq, World Class Speech Service and South East Queens Empowerment Training Program LLC.
Learn more about the honorees at PowerWomenQNS.com.
The 2022 honorees are as follows:
Christina Abbinanti – Life’s WORC
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato – New York State Assembly’s 23rd District
Erna Blackman – Butterflies by Blaq Inc.
Stacy Bliagos – HANAC Inc.
Dara Bragg – Success in the Arts Inc.
TS Candii – Black Trans Nation LLC
Janet Carr, MD – NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
Jenna Chriphonte – Perelman Performing Arts Center
Dawn Cotter-Jenkins – World Class Speech Services
Dirrane Cove – America Works of New York Inc.
Hon. Catalina Cruz – New York State Assembly’s 39th District
Georgette Dennis – Crescent Consulting
Dawn DiMilia-Frey – Rocking the Road for a Cure
Barbara Faron – Federation of Organizations
Debra-Ellen Glickstein – NYC Kids RISE
Hon. Karen Gopee – Queens County Criminal Court
Camesha Grant, Ph.D. – Food Bank for New York City
Felicia Galy Hypolite – Community Mediation Services
Bharati Sukul Kemraj – Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates
Danielle Keren – Monkworx
Stephanie Khan – Stephanie Khan Family Medicine
Roze Kolaj – Holt Construction
Frances Kweller, Esq. – Kweller Prep Tutoring
Marcelle Lashley-Kabore – Girls With Knowledge Inc./GWK Global
Angélica Martínez – New York State Senate
Martha Mayen – AHRC New York City
Ayanna Mays – Track Star Tutoring Inc.
Aja Meeks-Johnson – Office of Cannabis Management
Tamar Ogburn – HealthFirst
Elizabeth Ortiz – EllisBearyLoved Inc.
Kate Pechenkina – Queens College
Alexandria Perotti, PMP – Holt Construction
Nalini Racktoo – Hacks Halal Restaurant & Gemini’s Lounge
Stephanie Rhoades – Gotham Organization
Morgan Richardson – Tarter, Krinsky & Drogin LLP
Julienne Ryan – J. Ryan Partners
Meriene Smith-Sotillo – Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation Corp
Michelle Stoddart – Resorts World New York City
Linda Sun – Office of the Governor
Farzona Turakulova – Ponce Bank
Efrat Yaish – EMU Health
Ebony Young – Deputy Queens Borough President