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.


1. Honorable Dr. Dorcey Applyrs, Ph.D., Albany Common Council
2. Dr. Marlene Belfort, Ph.D., University of Albany
3. Lola Brabham, New York State Department of Civil Service
4. Honorable Claudia Braymer, Warren County Supervisor
5. Courtney Burke, Healthcare Association of NYS
6. Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, Vanderheyden Inc.
7. Jeanette Castagnol-Lazelle, NYS Department of Labor
8. Dr. Alice Greene, Center for Law and Justice
9. Dr. Gloria DeSole, University at Albany (Retired)
10. Carmen Duncan, Mission Accomplished
11. Maud Easter, Women Against War
12. Honorable Patricia Fahy, NYS Assembly
13. Honorable Helena Heath- Albany City Court
14. Maureen Helmer, Esq. Barclay Damon
15. Corey Jamison, Corey Jamison Consulting
16. Daquetta Jones, YWCA
17. Honorable Rachel Kretser, Albany City Court (Retired)
18. Tandra LaGrone, In Our Own Voices
19. Carolyn McLaughlin, Albany Common Council President (Retired)
20. Jamaica Miles, Citizens' Action Network
21. Angelicia (Ang) Morris, Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
22. Sheila Poole, NYS Office of Children and Family Services
23. Margherita Rossi, Broome County Community College
24. Jessica Rowell, Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County
25. Cindy Schmehl, To Love a Child
26. Allison Sesso, Human Services Council of New York
27. Honorable Kathy Sheehan, City of Albany
28. Barbara Smith, Author and Activist
29. Deborah Snyder, New York State Office of Information Technology Services
30. Honorable Leslie Stein, Court of Appeals
31. Ruth Walters, The Walters Group
32. Gwen Wright, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

1. Albany District Links
2. Higher Heights
3. NYS Office for Children & Families, Division of Childcare
4. NYS Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care
6. Southwest Airlines
7. STEM- Strong through Every Mile
8. Times Union "Women @ Work" publication

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