Women of Honor

In 2013 we created the Women of Honor Awards. To celebrate women in our communities who have made a difference by Empowering and Inspiring others in the community through Science, Technology, Business, Humanitarianism, Education, Health, Performing Arts, and Community Service. 

2019 women of honor

Business 2019

Rebecca Sassouni has been giving her talent to many different communities on Long Island.She has been an attorney since 1996 and from 2015 in practice representing students with special needs, students facing suspension, probation.


She is an educational lawyer and has served on the board and exec committee of Temple Israel of Great Neck for 11 years. For three years she has been a Trustee on Solomon Schechter Schools of Long Island. She has been on SHAI Board over a decade, and previously co-founded Persian Culture Committee. She also served on Library Nominating Committee twice and the United Parent-Teacher Council leadership for a decade


In 2014 she was honored by the Town of North Hempstead with the Women’s Roo of for her work with families of students in special learning needs and students facing disciplinary actions.

Humanitarian 2019

Coralanne Griffith-Hunte, Psy.D. is a Human, Industrial and Trauma Psychologist. She has over 25 years’ experience. and has been a Queens community advocate since 2000. Dr.Coralanne Griffith- Hunte. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is a Senior Legislative Advisor who works with key government officials and other organizations to advocate for legislation to create favorable changes in areas of education, human rights, mental health, domestic violence, human trafficking, anti-gang measures and community engagement.

Dr. Griffith-Hunte is the Vice President of Training and Director of Anti-Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence for Not On My Watch (Queens and LI), an organization that aims to eradicate human trafficking and domestic violence nationwide and also rehabilitate survivors. She was instrumental in advocating for the End Child Sex Trafficking bill, which was signed into law in 2018.

Dr. Yolanda Santiago
Education 2019

Dr. Yolanda Santiago is an educational specialist, certified professional coach, licensed teacher, and graduate professor. She is a native New Yorker. With 40 years of practical and analytical diversified leadership and also a poet. Life-long learning was instilled in her by her Puerto Rican parents who value integrity, responsibility and self-reliance. Dr. Santiago maintains family relationships and serves the community while pursuing knowledge with a passion. Possessing a strong foundation in education, holistic living and the arts especially through poetry.


She founded ENTER ABC: Educational Network for Teaching Excellence and Resources – Access Beyond Coaching to make a difference through service. Her contributions to academic learning include curricula, grants, policy, plus Bilingual and English standards.


Her motto is “Knowledge is Responsibility.”

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Dr. Sabrina Caliendo

Science Honoree 2018

Christie Devereux

Fine Arts Honoree 2018

Marcia L. McNair

Performing Arts Honoree 2018

Dr. Gertie Hurley

Health Honoree 2018

Linda Leaf

Humanitarian Honoree 2018


Esther Gitobu

GAIA Award Honoree 2018

Alicia James

Health Honoree 2017


Humanitarian Honoree 2017


Education Honoree 2017

Amy Zaslansky

Youth Empowerment 2016

Colette Knuth

Education Honoree 2016

Linda Oalican

Humanitarian Honoree 2016

Shalin Raj

Health & Community 2015

Jazmine Pitter

Empowerment Honoree 2015

Cheryl Fratello Esq.

Business Honoree 2015

Franshuas Rodriguez

Education Honoree 2015

You Jung (Anes) Jong

Artistic Expression Honoree 2013

Valdelice Reis

Community Service Honoree 2014

Sang Lee

Humanitarian Honoree 2014

Dorene Rose

Women Empowerment 2014

Soh Young Lee Segredo

Community Service Honoree 2013

Zazel O’Garra

Artistic Expression Honoree 2013

Filomena Lombardi

Humanitarian Honoree 2013

Women of Honor submission form

We look forward to learning more about another phenomenal woman making a difference! Please use the Women of Honor Submission Form belowIn the ” Your Message” box please enter the following information about the potential honoree;  their Name, Email Address, Profession & short Bio. 

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