To commemorate 40 years of advancing gender justice, the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society has named 40 individuals and organizations whose work aligns with the Center's, and whose impact on the individuals, organizations, and communities that cross their paths has been inspirational. These individuals and organizations have led by example, and made our world a more positive and affirming place. Their leadership sustained our engagement with the promise that a better world is possible, and fueled our commitment to positive social change. We appreciate their tireless and dedicated service to their community, and honor them for their significant contributions to our world.



THE 40 CHANGE MAKERS

Dorcey Applyr

Honorable Dorcey Applyrs, PhD
Albany Common Council
Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter-Palumbo
Vanderheyden Inc.
Patricia Fahy

Honorable Patricia Fahy
NYS Assembly
Marlene Belfort

Marlene Belfort, PhD
University at Albany
Jeanette

Jeanette Castagnol-Lazelle
NYS Department of Labor
Alice Greene

Alice Greene, PhD
Center for Law and Justice
Lola Brabham

Lola Brabham
New York State Department of Civil Service
Gloria DeSole

Gloria DeSole, PhD
University at Albany (Retired)
Helena Heath

Honorable Helena Heath
Albany City Court
Claudia Braymer

Honorable Claudia Braymer
Warren County Supervisor
Carmen Duncan

Carmen Duncan
Mission Accomplished
Maureen Helmer

Maureen Helmer, Esq.
Barclay Damon
Courtney Burke

Courtney Burke
Healthcare Association of NYS
Maud Easter

Maud Easter
Women Against War
Corey Jamison

Corey Jamison
Corey Jamison Consulting
Daquetta Jones

Daquetta Jones
YWCA
Sheila Poole

Sheila Poole
NYS Office of Children and Family Service
Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith
Author and Activist
Rachel Kretser

Honorable Rachel Kretser
Albany City Court (Retired)
Margherita Rossi

Margherita Rossi
Broome County Community College
Deborah Snyder

Deborah Snyder
New York State Office of Information Technology Services
Tandra LaGrone

Tandra LaGrone
In Our Own Voices
Jessica Rowell

Jessica Rowell
Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County
Leslie Stein

Honorable Leslie Stein
Court of Appeals
Carolyn McLaughlin

Carolyn McLaughlin
Albany Common Council President (Retired)
Cindy Schmehl

Cindy Schmehl
To Love a Child
Ruth Walters

Ruth Walters
The Walters Group
Jamaica Miles

Jamaica Miles
Citizens’ Action Network
Allison Sesso

Allison Sesso
Human Services Council of New York
Gwen Wright

Gwen Wright
NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
Angelicia Morris

Angelicia Morris
Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
Kathy Sheehan

Honorable Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany
Albany District Links

Albany District Links
Higher Heights

Higher Heights
NYS Department of Health

NYS Department of Health,Division of Long-Term Care
STEM

STEM:Strong Through Every Mile
NYS Office for Children

NYS Office for Children & Families,Division of HealthCare
RISSE

RISSE
Times Union

Times Union “Women @ Work” publication
Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines



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