Power Women of Long Island Presented by Catholic Health Honors LI’s Leading Ladies

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Hundreds of supporters cheered while 53 honorees were celebrated at Power Women of Long Island presented by Catholic Health. These women make Long Island a thriving and vibrant place to live, work, and play in. The event took place on Thursday Nov. 17 at The Mansion at Oyster Bay.

The ultimate networking event celebrated extraordinary women from a broad spectrum of the business and nonprofit worlds who were recognized for their accomplishments and their commitment to making a positive impact on 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 healthcare system deeply rooted on Long Island. We’re committed to the community and the people of Long Island,” Catholic Health Senior Vice President for Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer Joseph Carofano said. “We share that same philosophy with Schneps Media.”

Catholic Health Chief Risk Officer and Chief Privacy Officer Lesli Giglio and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Catherine Caronia were among the honorees.

“We’re celebrating all of the awardees,” Catholic Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jason Golbin said. “And it’s a pleasure and an honor to celebrate the women of Catholic Health, especially our two awardees tonight. We’re lucky to have leaders such as our two awardees.”

The event was hosted by Schneps Media, publishers of the Long Island Press, Dan’s Papers, Noticia and Behind the Hedges, which is proud to bring together extraordinary women to connect, support, do business and build community with each other. When women support women, amazing things happen. 

“Tonight, I’m humbled to be part of this esteemed group of women who exemplify women in leadership and the importance of their work,” Joanne Adams, executive director of the Belmont Child Care Association, said. “I’m proud that we’re changing lives every day.”

She said they provide a “safe, nurturing and academically inspiring program” that can make a difference in children’s lives. 

In addition to the ultimate networking and joyful celebration, 100% of the raffle proceeds went to the nonprofit Winters Center for Autism.

“We’re about bringing communities together. What I like about this event is it’s bringing 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 empowering and so inspiring to be in this type of environment.”

The celebration was a night to remember for supporters and honorees alike. Dr. Jennifer McMonigle, a neurologist at McMonigle Neurology Associates, pointed out that so many women in the room have been pioneers.

“I think it’s amazing. I’m honored to be here with all these powerful women who are leaders in their field,” she said. “A lot of women here broke the glass ceiling.”

She talked about how important it is to shatter 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, that’s different.”

She added that enjoying one’s job, while making a difference in people’s lives, is rewarding, making healthcare a fulfilling, if challenging, profession.

“I love it. It’s a privilege to take care of patients,” she said. “The patients who come to me are in the darkest period of their life and I get to help them and, hopefully, cure them.”

The honorees epitomize what makes Long Island so great: people who through persistence and ability overcome obstacles and rise through the ranks of their profession.  

Maria Conzatti, interim president of Nassau Community College, is the first woman to lead that school.

“This event is a capstone for many women here that are really moving Long Island in general in a wonderful direction,” she said.

Conzatti said she is proud to be among the honorees, and to join Adelphi University, Long Island University, Hofstra University, and Nassau Community College as schools led by women. Dr. Christine Riordan, president of Adelphi University, also was among the honorees that night.

“It’s an honor to be among these ladies running the educational institutions on Long Island,” she said. “It’s a privilege. I don’t know that it’s fully sunk in for me.”

Power Women of Long Island Honorees

Chaka Adams, Vice President of Marketing & Community Relations of Jovia Financial Credit Union

Joanne K. Adams, Executive Director of Belmont Child Care Association, Inc.

Deana Ambrosio, Marketing Director of Lorraine Gregory Communications

Alyse Arpino, CM Performing Arts Center Executive Director

Heather E. Barry, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Joseph’s University

Mary Ann Caputo, Executive Director, Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)

Catherine Caronia, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Catholic Health

Diana Choy-Shan, Esq., Partner Cona Elder Law PLLC

Stacey Conklin, RN, Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services

Dr. Maria P. Conzatti, Interim President of Nassau Community College

Karen Curley, MPA, National Vice President of Development and Corporate Engagement of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Pamela Curtiss, Vice President of Vocational and Non-Residential Program at Life’s WORC

Robin Daleo, Managing Partner of Law Offices of Robin Burner Daleo, PLLC

Jodi Deitch, Executive Administrative Assistant/Office Manager of The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center

Jennifer DeSena,  Town of North Hempstead Supervisor

Sharon Devonish LeidMPA, Chief Executive Officer of NetStrucPR LLC

Krystal Fernandez, Owner, Celebrity Makeup & Beauty Expert of Royal 24 Boutique

Katherine Fritz, Chief Development & Communications Officer of Long Island Cares

Lesli Giglio, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Privacy Officer of Catholic Health

Sheryl Giugliano, Partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC

Barbara Guerriere, Home Loan Consultant for Valley National Bank

Corinne HammonsMPA, President & CEO of Little Flower Children & Family Services

Yvette Hester, Founder & CEO of The Manna Project of Long Island

Victoria Hu, VictoritaPrive President & Founder

Cherylyn Hynes, Home Loan Consultant for Valley National Bank

April Intrabartola, Vice President of Eastman Cooke Construction

Mara Johnston, Managing Principal of Keystone Global 

Lynne Koufakis, Board Chair for Life’s WORC

Joely Leidner, Managing Partner of Jobs By Joely

Nathalie Lilavois, Zahara Crown, Inc. Founder/CEO

Jacqueline LoCastro, Senior Vice President, Marketing for HealthCare Partners

Dr. Parul Dua Makkar, Owner/Dentist of PDM Family Dental

Laura Maresca-Santore, Interior Designer at LMS Design

Suzanne McLaughlin, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Custom Computer Specialists

Dr. Jennifer McMonigle, Neurologist at McMonigle Neurology

Meredith Michaels, Chief Development Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

Catherine Muscente, Vice President, Mission and Ministry at Molloy University

Mindy Perlmutter, Jewish Community Relations Council – Long Island Executive Director

Tobi Phillips, Founder and President of Village East Gifted

Adriana Pisani, Rising Star Award

Christine Ponzio, M.S.E.d, Executive Director of Winters Center for Autism

Jean Price, Founder & CEO of Women Ignited Now, LLC

Hon. Gail Prudenti, Dean of Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Christine Riordan, Ph.D., President of Adelphi University

Dorothy Roberts, VP of Hotel Operations & Development for Oxford Hospitality Advisors

Megan C. Ryan, Esq., Nassau University Medical Center’s Chief Legal Officer

Rachel Sabella, Director, No Kid Hungry New York, Share Our Strength

Viviana Smith, Licensed Real Estate Agent at Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Marie Staub, President of WBE Products Corp.

Charlene Thompson, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Economic Development Services, LLC

Mary Jean Weber, St. Johnland Nursing Center CEO

Nyrekia L. White, MBA, Director of Advancement & Strategic Partnerships for the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County

Kerri Winans Kaley, Director of Business Development for Encore Luxury Living

Michele Winters, Owner of Winters Center for Autism

Tanya Yaminian, Esq., Associate at Ackerman Law PLLC