Trailblazing Women

These women were selected for this award because they provide leadership in philanthropy that challenges and inspires others to support efforts focused on women and girls; contribute substantial time, money and vision to issues affecting women and girls; demonstrate a long standing commitment and involvement in community initiatives; and act as a role model for women and girls.

Dr. Gladys I. Cruz

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District Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer, Questar III BOCES

Gwen Wright 


Interim Executive Director,
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

E. Kristen Frederick

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Executive Director, American Contract Bridge League Educational Foundation, Consultant/Owner “Fitting Solutions” Marketing/Communications Management

Deborah G. Mullaney

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Community Volunteer

   Bridge League Educational Foundation, Consultant/Owner “Fitting Solutions” Marketing/Communications Management

Denise V. Gonick

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CEO of MVP Health Care

Dr. Alice Green

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Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill

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Producing Artistic Director at the Capital Repertory Theatre

Hon. Dr. Dorcey Applyrs

Albany First Ward Common Councilwoman; Faculty Program Director, School of Health Sciences, Excelsior College

Carmen “Coach Carmen” Duncan, MSW

Chief Coach and Founder, Mission Accomplished Transition Services

Hon. Karen B. Johnson

Vice Chair, Schenectady County Legislature; Planned Giving Manager, Proctors

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Ann DiSarro

Consultant on aging and former director of Senior Services of Albany

Maggie Fronk

Executive Director of Wellspring

Elizabeth Miller

Executive Director of the Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC)

Mona Golub

Price Chopper vice president for public relations and consumer and marketing services

Frances O’Rourke

Key Bank senior vice president and market leader, Capital Region

Shirley Readdean

Community Volunteer (YWCA, SICM, Haven, Schenectady City School Board)

Gloria DeSole

Retired Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Affirmative Action, University at Albany

Alissa M. Quinn

First Vice President, The Quinn Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Milinda Reed, Esq.

Service Director, Unity House Domestic Violence Services Program

Elizabeth Coco

Entrepreneur in Residence, University at Albany

Christine Standish

President, the Standish Family Foundation

Marri Aviza

Partner, Rumors Salon & Spa Ltd.

Cindy Phillippe

Community Volunteer

Pamela Sawchuk Brown

Vice President for Community Development, Albany Medical Center

Ruth H. Mahoney

President, KeyBank Hudson Valley / Metro New York

Julie Massry Knox

Sales and Marketing Manager, Tri City Rentals

A.C. Riley

Community and Civic Leader

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jan Smith

Manager of Public Affairs, GE Energy

Lorraine Power Tharp, Esq.

Posthumous Award

Sr. Constance Casey, snjm

President and CEO, Academy of the Holy Names

Jane Golub

Director of Vendor Marketing Programs, Price Chopper Supermarkets

Candace King Weir

President, C.L. King & Associates, Inc.

Teri Bordenave

President and CEO of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region

Charlotte Buchanan

Retired, McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams

Jeanne Neff, Ph.D.

President of The Sage Colleges