Hundreds of supporters cheered as 53 winners were celebrated as Power Women of Long Island presented by Catholic Health. These women make Long Island a thriving and vibrant place to live, work and play. The event took place on Thursday, November 17 at The Mansion at Oyster Bay.
The ultimate networking event celebrated extraordinary women from a wide range of business and nonprofit organizations who were recognized for their accomplishments and commitment to positively impacting Long Island.
Schneps Media and Catholic Health, as the presenting sponsor of the event, recognized women as leaders in organizations and the community.
“We are a deeply rooted healthcare system on Long Island. We are committed to the community and the people of Long Island,” said Joseph Carofano, senior vice president, strategy and chief marketing officer of Catholic Health. “We share the same philosophy with Schneps Media.”
Lesli Giglio, Catholic Health’s Chief Risk Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Studies Dr. Catherine Caronia were among the honorees.
“We celebrate all the winners,” said Catholic Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jason Golbin. “And it is a pleasure and an honor to celebrate the women of Catholic Health, especially our two honorees tonight. We are lucky to have leaders like our two winners.
The event was hosted by Schneps Media, publishers of Long Island Press, Dan’s Papers, Noticia and Behind the Hedges, which prides itself on bringing together the most extraordinary women to connect, support each other, do business and build community. . When women support women, amazing things happen.
“Tonight, I am honored to be part of this esteemed group of women who exemplify women in leadership and the importance of their work,” said Joanne Adams, executive director of the Belmont Child Care Association. “I’m proud that we are changing lives every day.”
She said they offer a “safe, challenging and academically inspiring program” that can make a difference in children’s lives.
In addition to the ultimate networking and joyful celebration, 100% of raffle proceeds went to the non-profit Winters Center for Autism.
“Our goal is to bring communities together. What I love about this event is that it brings all these fabulous women together,” said Mindy Perlmutter, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council – Long Island. “We can network with each other and learn from each other. It’s so stimulating and so inspiring to be in this type of environment.
The celebration was a memorable evening for supporters and winners. Dr. Jennifer McMonigle, a neurologist at McMonigle Neurology, pointed out that so many women in the room were pioneers
“I think it’s amazing. I am honored to be here with all of these powerful women who are leaders in their field,” she said. “A lot of women here have broken the glass ceiling.”
She spoke about the importance of breaking the stereotypes and misconceptions that hold glass ceilings in place.
“I think when I was growing up there was a stereotype that women weren’t good at math and science,” Dr McMonigle said. “With my daughter’s generation, it’s different.”
She added that enjoying your work, while making a difference in people’s lives, is rewarding, making health a fulfilling, yet challenging profession.
“I love him. It is a privilege to take care of patients,” she said. “Patients who come to see me are in the darkest time of their lives and I can help them and hopefully -he, heal them.”
The winners embody what makes Long Island so great, people who, through their perseverance and ability, overcome obstacles and rise through the ranks of their profession.
Maria Conzatti, acting president of Nassau Community College, is the first woman to lead the school.
“This event is a milestone for many women here who are really moving Long Island in general in a wonderful direction,” she said.
Conzatti said she was proud to be among the winners and to join Adelphi, Long Island University, Hofstra and Nassau Community College as female-led schools. Dr Christine Riordan, President of Adelphi University, was also among the winners that evening.
“It is an honor to be among these ladies who lead the educational institutions of Long Island,” she said. “It’s a privilege. I don’t know if it’s completely sunk for me.
Power Women of Long Island Honored
Chaka Adams, Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations from Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations
Joanne K. Adamsexecutive director of Belmont Child Care Association, Inc.
Deana AmbrosioMarketing Director of Lorraine Gregory Communications
Heather E. Barry, Ph.D.acting rector and vice president of academic affairs at St. Joseph’s University
Mary Ann CaputoSupport for people with mouth, head and neck cancer (SPOHNC)
Marie Lou Cancellieri, from RVC Blue speaks
Catherine Caronia, MD, MBAsenior vice president of academic affairs and director of studies at Catholic Health
Diana Choy-Shan, Esq.Partner Cona Elder Law PLLC
Stacey Conklin, RNChief Nursing Officer of Mount Sinai South Nassau and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services
Dr. Maria P. Conzattiinterim president of Nassau Community College
Karen Curley, MPANational Vice President of Development and Corporate Engagement of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Pamela CurtisLife’s WORC Personalized Employment Director
Robin DaleoManaging Partner of the Law Offices of Robin Burner Daleo, PLLC
Jodi Deitch, Executive Administrative Assistant/Office Manager of Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center
Jennifer DeSena, North Hempstead Town Supervisor
Sharon Devonish Leid, MPA, NetStrucPR LLC
Gina FareseMarcor Construction, Inc. President and CEO
Kristal Fernandez on Royal 24 Boutique
Catherine Fritzdirector of development and communications for Long Island Cares
Lesli GiglioChief Risk Officer, Chief Privacy Officer of Catholic Health
Sheryl GiuglianoPartner of Ruskin Moscow Faltischek PC
Barbara WarriorMortgage Advisor for Valley National Bank
Corinne HammonsMPA, President and CEO of Little Flower Children & Family Services
Yvette HesterFounder and CEO of The Manna Project of Long Island
Victoria Hupresident and founder of VictoritaPrive
Cherylyn HynesMortgage Advisor for Valley National Bank
April IntrabartolaVice President of Eastman Cooke Construction
Mara JohnsonKeystone Global Managing Principal
Lynne KoufakisChairman of the Board of Life’s WORC
Joely Leidnermanaging partner of Jobs By Joely
Jacqueline LoCastroSenior Vice President, Marketing for HealthCare Partners
Dr Parul Dua Makkar by PDM Family Dental
Laura Maresca-SantoreInterior designer at LMS Design
Suzanne McLaughlinBespoke IT Specialists Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Dr. Jennifer McMonigleNeurologist at McMonigle Neurology
Meredith MichaelsBig Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Director of Development
Catherine MuscenteMolloy University Vice President, Mission and Ministry
Mindy PerlmutterCouncil on Jewish Community Relations – Long Island Executive Director
Tobi PhillipsVillage East Gifted Founder, President
Adriana PisaniRising Star Award
John PriceWomen Ignited Now, LLC Founder and CEO
Hon. Gail Prudenti, Maurice A. Deane Hofstra University School of Law Dean
Dorothy Roberts, Oxford Hospitality Advisors Vice President of Hotel Operations and Development
Tajina Rocke, Owner of Bare Bodies Sugaring LLC
Megan C. Ryan, Esq., Legal Director of Nassau University Medical Center
Vivian Smith, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Helise Stamos, Knight Quest Entertainment Film Producer
Charlene Thompson, Esq.Thompson Economic Development Services, LLC President and CEO
Marie-Jean Weber, CEO of St. Johnland Nursing Center
Kerri Winans Kaley, Encore Luxury Living Director of Business Development
Michele Winters, Owner of the Winters Center for Autism
Tanya Yaminian, Esq.Partner Ackerman Law PLLC