Who is Yorktown's Woman of Distinction? [Poll]

Senator Greg Ball (R,C–Patterson) is accepting nominations to honor a woman from each town, village and city in the 40th Senate District. Nominations are due by Feb. 1.

  • Editor's Note: Each town is accepting the nominations for a "Woman of Distinction" award and if you'd like to officially nominate someone, you can contact the Yorktown town supervisor's office at 914-962-5722, ext. 201 or email supervisor@yorktownny.org. The article has been updated since it's original publication to include more women.

Senator Greg Ball (R,C–Patterson) is accepting nominations to honor a woman from each town, village and city in the 40th Senate District.

Towns, villages and cities district-wide are currently in the process of selecting their nominees and will eventually nominate one person from each town. If you would like to suggest someone in Yorktown, you can contact the Yorktown town board. Nominations are due by Feb. 1.

The Women of Distinction will hold a ceremony and reception on Friday, March 30, 2012 to welcome its first class of honorees, recognizing one woman of distinction from each town.

Take our poll below (which is in no particular order) and add your own suggestions for a Woman of Distinction in the comments below.

*NOTE: This is not an official poll. The town board will be sending nominations to Senator Ball's office.


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gail burlakoff January 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Karli Wheeler, Clerk of Amawalk Meeting (Quakers) and Media Manager, Yorktown School District
Catherine Wald January 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I second the nomination of Karli Wheeler -- she is actively involved in the community and holds a leadership position at the Amawalk Friends Meeting, a National Historic Site which Karli makes available to community members who ask to use it, such as the Amawalk Cemetery Board and the Field Family Reunion. She is an excellent and compassionate communicator in her professional roles.
Melissa January 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I agree - Karli Wheeler is a light in our community. She is fair minded, thoughtful and caring!
claire schoenfeld January 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Ms. Rothe is the most dedicated, sincere, hard working director of agency-SPARC, as many who attend her programs, classes, etc. for young and old 'special' activities can attest to!
Support Connection January 23, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Kathy Quinn had been at the helm of Support Connection since its inception 15 years ago which is key to the organization's success. She is an incredible leader and her work has had a positive impact on countless women affected by breast and ovarian cancer. She is also a tireless volunteer and has lent her time and talents to many other causes in the Yorktown area.
Raymond Magnani January 23, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I am delighted to add my support to Kathy Quinn's nomination as Yorltown's Woman of Distinction. Her tireless efforts in leading the Yorktown based Support Connection have helped women and families in this area and elsewhere devastated by breast and ovarian cancer.
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) January 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Thank you everyone for the comments and for taking our poll here! I want to reiterate that each town is accepting nominations for a "Woman of Distinction" award and if you'd like to officially nominate someone, you can contact the Yorktown town supervisor's office at 914-962-5722, ext. 201 or email supervisor@yorktownny.org. The town has not yet made a nomination. (Nominations are due by Feb. 1).
janet brandt January 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Rose Rothe is indeed a Yorktown Woman of Distinction. As Founder and Executive Director of SPARC Therapeutic Recreation Programs for special needs individuals in the Yorktown area for more than 20 years, Rose continues to raise the bar in the provision of sensitive, meaningful, quality human service programs through her positive and creative approach to the needs of her clients and staff.
Jessica D'Amato January 24, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Thanks for including me! I'm honored!
Kathy Quinn January 24, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Best of luck to all the nominees. I am happy to be among you and have been blessed to know and work with many of you throughout the years. You are amazing women!!
Helena January 24, 2012 at 05:39 AM
It is an honor to be nominated with so many women I admire. We all have left our mark on this community for the good. It is with the help of other people of distinction that the Teen Center continues, not just me. I share this nomination with the board and volunteers (men and women) that supervise a safe and fun place for the youth of Yorktown.
Paula Miritello January 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Thank you whomever nominated me for this honor. I was truly surprised when I clicked the link open to vote for someone else (which I did) and saw my name on the list, lol. It is truly and honor and I am fortunate to be supported by many friends and family in keeping my brother Vincent's memory alive with the Special Olympics Miles for Medal Walk and food and coat drives in his honor. Best of luck to everyone that has been nominated. May you have continued success in all you do. Yorktown is a wonderful community and I am honored to be among all of you ladies! Thank you Senator Ball and Plamena! Please save the date - The Vincent Miritello Special Olympics Miles for Medals Walk - April 29, 2012 FDR Yorktown. Walk registration 9 am and walk starts 10 am!
Christina Rae January 24, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I would like to add (just did so "officially" as well)... - Tricy Cushner, Executive Board Member, Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) - Lisa Tomeny, Executive Director, Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) Both Tricy and Lisa have done fantastic work in and around Yorktown to help keep our kids safe. They are both actively involved with Yorktown's Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), the local PTAs, and much more. Good luck to all the nominees -- it's great to have so many fantastic women in our town!
Jo Pisani January 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Paula is one of a kind --- got my vote
Jennifer Lozano January 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Paula, You got my VOTE :: PAULA IS AWESOME :: A HEART OF PLATINUM !!! YHS alumni :) 1989 WHoop WHoop
Danielle OConnor January 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Paula has my vote! An amazing woman who carries on her brothers legacy by doing charity work in her free time. Love you Paula! http://perfectcakedecorating.com/blog/2011/11/16/woman-organizes-food-and-winter-coat-drive-in-memory-of-late-brother-vincent/
Sheri Legeret January 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Paula gets my vote! She never passes up an opportunity to help others. Her work for multiple charities speaks for itself, not to mention the many families in need she has personally rallied for! A true humanitarian.
Irene Grill January 25, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Paula truly embodies all that is good and noble. She is a woman who puts aside her own struggles to help those who are in dire need. All who know her are better off for it. She leads by an example we all should follow.
Theresa Ryan-Onatzevitch January 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I am honored to vote for Tricy Cushner. Her work with the Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) and our PTAs has truly made a difference in keeping our kids safe, and our parents informed. Her quiet acts of generosity go largely unrecognized but they are performed in abundance. I know Yorktown is a better place because she and her family are part of our community!
Kimmy Vote Ronpaul January 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM
This is exactly why I voted for you and why I am having my friends vote for you.We don't even know you,and I want to support your efforts.You are so kind to do what you do.I think you should be reconized for having one of the best senses of Community.Thank you Paula!!!
Ricardo Diaz January 25, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Donna Simone gets my vote. I wish she could be a twin. Then all things good would come to the needy twice as fast.
Lauretta LaPeter January 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Donna Simone gets my vote!!!
Karen Pasquarella January 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Donna Simone - Sofo gets my vote, she is doing an amazing job!
Theresa Ryan-Onatzevitch January 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I feel very lucky to live in a town with so many wonderful people sharing their talents and abilities to make Yorktown a better place for us all! Thank you, Ladies!
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace said town board members have decided to nominate Kathy Quinn, executive director of Support Connection, for Sen. Greg Ball's "Women of Distinction" award. The decision was made during their Tuesday work session and Grace said the choice was quite difficult because there were so many good candidates.
Donna Simone January 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Thank you Plamena, I think Kathy Quinn deserves to win. She has done wonderful work. Congratulations Kathy.
Kathy Quinn January 28, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I am very grateful and honored to receive Yorktown's Woman of Distinction Nomination. Yorktown is a great place to live, work and volunteer. Let's continue working together for all the important causes that need our attention. It is a great chance to make each day count!
Chereese Jervis-Hill January 29, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Congrats Kathy, so well deserved!
Karli Wheeler January 30, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Thanks to all who shared their thoughtfulness here and with the town board. Isn't it nice to live in a town where there are so many people doing so many good things?


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