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This Week’s Show Empowering Women Everywhere:
Episode 40: Ros Thackurdeen

In January of 2012, Ros’ youngest son, Ravi, went on his study abroad. He was a chemistry/premed student at Swarthmore University, traveling to Costa Rica with the Office of Tropical Studies (OTS), through Duke University. While there, Ravi studied global health and tropical medicine. He worked twelve-hour days, six days a week, at botanical stations, and with the Ngobe, Boruca, and BriBri communities.

On April 29th, 2012, OTS took students on a surprise end-of-semester celebratory trip to a beach called Playa Tortuga. Only later did Ravi’s family learn that Costa Ricans do not swim at this beach. Formed from six rivers meeting the ocean, Playa Tortuga is one of Costa Rica’s most dangerous beaches. So when Ravi stepped into the bay, he was quickly pulled from shore. For forty minutes, Ravi tread water. But OTS leaders had come without telephones, or safety devices, even rope—so help never came. Two days later, local fisherman found Ravi’s body, and the Red Cross, along with the Thackurdeens, brought his body to shore.

After Ravi’s death, Ros began searching the Internet for other study abroad incidents. “I thought Ravi was study abroad’s first death,” Ros adds, “I didn’t know what I would find.” What she “found” were students dying horrific deaths, reported as one or two days news. Ros collected these stories. She cut ‘n pasted faces with names, cause of death with country and program. Every student had a page. Gradually, there were so many pages, Ros put them in a binder. She filled one binder, then another.

Now up to five binders, Ros calls her work “the dark side of study abroad.” Gradually, she’s begun phoning newly bereaved families to tell them, “You’re not alone.

Episode 39: Suzanne Ordas Curry

Suzanne Ordas Curry is President of the Bergen County Branch of “Casa”, (Court Ordered Special Advocates) She is very active in the Film Industry, and is currently in production of four (4) feature films as well as two (2) shows on Amazon.
Active in the ‘MeToo’ movement, she also mentors women that are now forming their own companies.

Episode 38: Connie Wehmeyer

In 1998, Connie Wehmeyer founded Subtle Energies as a way of providing natural health alternatives for New York’s Warwick Valley area. Our holistic approach to your health includes various types of massage, aromatherapy, energy work, natural products, holistic classes, homeopathy, and much more!

At Subtle Energies, as soon as you walk through our door, you will be greeted with a welcoming and friendly smile. With us, you’re not just a number but an individual person with your own needs and wants. We honestly care about each and every one of our clients and customers, and we look forward to working with you.

We strive to accommodate a wide variety of clients—from infants to the elderly or disabled. For that reason, we’re wheelchair accessible and have a large and easy-to-navigate parking lot. Inside our building, you’ll discover a nice classroom offering a wide variety of classes, several experienced NYS licensed massage therapists, and a highly trained aromatherapist. Soon after you walk in our door, you’ll discover that all of our staff are ready and able to help with any of your homeopathic questions.

At Subtle Energies, we always like to have something exciting going on (in a subtle sort of way, of course)! So, stop by, we look forward to seeing you.

Episode 37: ReneMarie

*Provide STROKE and APHASIA awareness:
*Annual Telethon
*To bring HOPE through Love and Music and to Raise Financial Aid – for those whose insurance coverage has ended-money should not be the determining factor in recovery.

Episode 36: Andres Standard and Lynn McDonald

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.


Episode 35: Ellie Savoy

Ellie Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and the author of the #1 international best selling book “Stop Dieting Start Living: 5 Foundations for Your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting Starvation or Suffering in Silence”.

She is also the founder of the Stop Dieting Start Living Weight Loss System. Her commonsense and step by step approach has literally transformed the way people look at their body, health and life.

Episode 34: Debbie Major

ZYLOFONE is comprised of a tight knit group of friends and colleagues based in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, who are dedicated to rallying around the vision of our founder, Debbie Major, to create the ultimate performing arts experience and inspiring educational opportunities for disabled children and adults.

As a single mother, having raised highly functioning twin boys with special needs , Gage was born with Cerebral Palsy and Asperger’s Syndrome; Jacob has classical autism – Debbie is intimately familiar with the challenges, frustrations and systemic bias that people with disabilities are confronted with on a daily basis.

Having also enjoyed a long distinguished career as a renowned vocalist, musician, performer and music educator, she is also uniquely qualified to understand what most effectively works to teach, engage and inspire many special needs individuals to achieve their fullest potential. Over many years of observing, evaluating, and fine-tuning her teaching methods and techniques, she has developed a veritable plethora of ideas that would better serve people with disabilities in the performing arts community, including physical space design concepts, visual stimulation, and sensory perception.

Episode 33: Danielle Lowe

We are a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the Literacy Council and Hospitals to promote literacy. Currently, we collaborate with Orange Regional Medical Center so that each mother is given a baby board book when discharged from the Mother Baby Unit. Baby S.T.E.P is not associated with any for profit businesses. We are simply trying to make a difference in the lives of children by promoting a love for reading. We hope to expand to WIC offices, pediatricians, and other low-socio economic communities to inform parents of the importance of reading to babies. By providing an educational pamphlet and the baby’s first book…we are we are giving the Gift of Reading and Endless Possibilities!

Episode 32: KellyAnn Kostyal Larrier

Safe Homes of Orange County’s mission is to work toward the elimination of intimate partner violence and human trafficking by providing comprehensive support services to victims and their children, and by increasing public awareness about these issues and encouraging accountability for perpetrators.

Episode 31: Sarah Womer and Atticus Lanigan


Episode 30: Amy Wohl

Specializing in adolescents, women and couples therapy and counseling. Offices in Goshen & Nyack New York.

I am a nurturer, cheerleader, coach and strong motivator inspiring those seeking clarity and improvement in their lives.

I team up with you to make plans, overcome barriers and achieve results with kindness, understanding, compassion and empathy.

We can work indoors or outdoors where appropriate, using nature if you choose on your life’s path; all while focusing on a more productive and positive future.

My experience includes assisting all ages. I specialize in working with adolescents, women and couples.
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Episode 29: Amy Anderson-Winchell, L.C.S.W.

Amy Anderson-Winchell, L.C.S.W.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Anderson-Winchell began her career with Access (formerly Occupations, Inc.), in 1982 and currently oversees all activities of the $85 million corporate system, providing organizational leadership to over 1,300 staff, serving more than 8,000 people per year, and guidance to an experienced leadership team in delivering diverse mental health treatment, rehabilitation, community outreach, and child welfare services. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York having received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Prior to her graduate education, she was conferred a Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University after completing her final semester of study at Yale University.

As an active member of the community, Ms. Anderson-Winchell has throughout her career been involved in the planning of mental health services with the Orange County Mental Health Department and the Joint Membership of Health and Community Agencies. In efforts to address the needs of the region, she currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of Coordinated Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) and is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors of New York Integrated Network for People with Developmental Disabilities (NYIN) and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Hudson Valley Care Coordination (HVCC) Health Home in Hudson Valley. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Rehabilitation Association and has served on task forces for multiple other state advocacy associations.


Access: Supports for Living is a valued resource to the people, families, and communities across nine counties in New York. The spirit of our founding families has continued to be honored with the shared commitment of promoting the independence, health, and happiness of every person the agency serves.

Over 8,000 individuals receive widely varied services each year and are touched by our commitment to them. As our world continues to evolve, the community can count on Access to be innovating at a time of extraordinary change with our first priority always being to support the people who live with the challenges associated with behavioral health and developmental disabilities.


Access also provides support to children many of whom have suffered unthinkable trauma, separation from their biological family and loved ones. These children may have feelings of uncertainty of their future and often need assistance to help them establish a positive and hopeful vision for the future. Access provides multiple programs to assist families and works to ensure that the social issues of housing, hunger and employment for those with challenges are addressed.

Access summarizes what we believe in four words:


Rewarding Lives. Healthy Communities.


The center of our work encompasses assisting people with behavioral health challenges, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, those who live with vulnerabilities, as well as others in recovery. Our diverse services range across the life span and focus on improving access to housing, employment, and healthcare – keys to helping individuals in our communities attain the healthiest and happiest life possible.


We believe in a world where all are included.

`Our job is to help make inclusion and diversity a reality, and for us that means taking on the challenges and problems of even the most complex issue

We have a critical role to play in enriching and strengthening the places we live and work, not least because by doing so we can change lives for many people once marginalized by their special needs.

We work to strengthen supports in the community, promote the inclusion of individuals with differences in every walk of life, and to help vulnerable people overcome challenges.

Episode 28: Bette Friedlander

Falling asleep in-love, and waking joyful next to the person you adore is Bette and Michael Friedlander’s wish for every couple. They know it’s possible because they experience it in their own life every day.

If you and your husband have grown apart, if you long for some way to reclaim your happiness and rekindle your love, the skills they teach can make all the difference. Because the information they teach has helped thousands of women transform their relationships with the men in their lives, Bette and Michael know it will work for you as well.

Though Bette and Michael are happy and in love today, their individual stories haven’t always been so bright. When they married in February of 2000, Bette’s closest friend, Karen warned her it probably wouldn’t turn out. Bette had survived one failed marriage and several unsuccessful relationships, and Michael had, count ‘em, THREE, ex-wives. Michael’s attempts to save each marriage by seeking counseling always ended the same; DIVORCE. Bette was in love, but still prayed for a way to stack the odds in favor of long-term happiness.

One year into her marriage, Bette’s prayers were answered when her friend Linda told her about an amazing workshop created by relationship expert Alison Armstrong. Bette thought “What do I have to lose?” so she signed up and what she learned took the everyday struggle out of her marriage, produced deeper intimacy, and helped her relationship grow closer over time. Michael noticed an immediate difference. “It was the first time I didn’t feel like I was broken,” says Michael.

The results they got were not unique. Over the years, Bette and Michael witnessed thousands of women create similar results with the men in their lives. Their wanting to cause a change in the lives of others is what inspired them to become certified in teaching Armstrong’s unique information. In 2007, they began three years of training, consisting of research and teaching. To date, they have helped hundreds of women improve their relationships with men through their live workshops, speaking engagements and tele-seminars.

It was Bette’s passion for bringing everyday bliss to married women that fueled the birth of Blissfully Married in 2015. Blissfully Married is dedicated to helping couples live in a happy, fulfilled and joyful marriage. Their first online workshop, Everyday Bliss: A married woman’s guide to more love, joy and satisfaction is a journey that helps married women set aside frustration and resentment while building more love, intimacy and satisfaction. Throughout their course, Bette and Michael provide the perspectives of both wife and husband in teaching the same skills they practice every day in their own blissful marriage.

Bette and Michael firmly believe there is a hero in every husband, and that the wife holds the keys to drawing him out. This means that if you are married to a man who refuses to go to counseling or attend a workshop, you no longer need to worry. Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you have had the power all along.

 For more information, visit BlissfullyMarried.com.

Episode 27: Michele McKeon, COO- Recap.org

RECAP was established in 1965 and is the designated anti-poverty agency in Orange County. As a multi-service agency our varied programs offer many options for residents who need help.

·         Head Start early leaning centers in Middletown, Newburgh and Port Jervis support the comprehensive development of children in the learning centers and in their own homes.

·         Our Energy Conservation team has a variety of home improvement measures to help residents save fuel funds, reduce energy use, and enable people with disabilities to fully access their homes.

·         In the Nutrition and Advocacy program, our advocates and volunteers discuss client needs for food, identify other household concerns, and connect participants with information about other RECAP services and community resources. Awareness activities help us get people talking about hunger disparity and food insecurity.

·         Supportive Housing programs provide a variety of residences focusing on veterans, seniors, the disabled, and the homeless.

·         Addiction treatment services are provided by the the TRUST Center outpatient day treatment center in Middletown and the New Life Manor residence in Newburgh.

·         Fresh Start Cafe is a job readiness program in a cafe setting designed to help individuals on public assistance gain the skills and confidence to succeed in today’s job market. Under the guidance of culinary staff and in a restaurant setting, trainees learn culinary techniques used in a variety of restaurant positions, as well as customer service techniques and standards that translate across the service industry.

·         Orange County Reentry serves to facilitate and support the needs of individuals and their families during the transition from incarceration to successful community citizenship.

·         Our Neighborhood Preservation Company brings a range of community improvement efforts focusing on the area’s housing needs. Projects include the renovation of older homes and new construction developments, assisting homeowners with renovations and helping those trying to stay in their homes. We focus on reducing housing costs, promoting employment, and new business development.

·         The Newburgh Services office offers nutrition and advocacy assistance, translations, social services navigation assistance, help locating forms, emergency food supplies, and more.

Like many Community Action Agencies, RECAP traces its roots to Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. When President Johnson took office in 1963, he proclaimed that all Americans could live in prosperity and thought to accomplish this through reform. In his 1964 State of the Union Address, Johnson declared an unconditional war on America’s poverty and challenged citizens to build a “Great Society”. Organizations were established and they developed a model, the Community Action Program, that could eradicate poverty from the ground up. This model gave people the power to identify problems affecting their own communities and the resources to bring change.

In 1965, poverty levels reached a national high and effects were felt in Orange County. A panel of local activists decided to put Johnson’s words into action and they formed the Regional Economic Community Action Program.

A half century later we’re still as dedicated to eradicating poverty as our founders were. We’ve grown to include innovative programs in the fields of addiction treatment, job training, energy conservation, nutrition and more.

Our mission 

To mobilize and coordinate public and private resources to address the basic needs of low-income people and assist them in attaining the skills, knowledge, motivation and opportunities needed to become economically self-sufficient.

Episode 26: Irene Gutmann

Find your passion and make it happen!

Episode 25: Jennifer Vazquez Bryan

When she was little, Jennifer believed a pediatrician had special powers. She believed they had a gentle soul and that they always knew a way to make her feel better. At the age of 4, Jennifer knew she wanted to be a doctor. Now, as a family doctor, Jennifer has the privilege of being a part of people’s lives in all the different stages, from newborns just starting out in life, to grandparents wanting to enjoy everything life has to offer. Jennifer does enjoy figuring things out like a detective, but her greatest satisfaction comes from making personal connections with people leading them to improved health and happiness.

Episode 24: Christine Rolando

Empowering Women Everywhere, Host Nann Gill with Guest Christine Rolando discuss Literacy Orange and the programs available to learn to read English to prepare yourself for a High School Diploma.  Opportunities to move up! She also talks about the work she is doing with brain trauma, her books and her horsemanship.  https://empoweringwomeneverywhere.tv

Episode 23: Leigh-Ann Mosca

Leigh-Ann graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with a major in Psychology/ Political Science and earned a New York State elementary education certification. Her first education position was in Washingtonville School District. It didn’t take long for Leigh-Ann to realize she wanted to make a positive, lasting impression with children and people. She pursued Montessori Training and utilized this unique skill to help children for years. This included 5 years with the Goshen based institution, Helping Hands.

Leigh-Ann’s passion to help others soon diversified to include women in the work force. As the general manager and sales trainer for two prominent boutiques.

She is now head coach for Girls On the Run, Goshen Middle School (CJ Hooker). Leigh-Ann inspires and empowers young girls to feel confident in their skin and in who they are.  She creates a team environment and a feeling of “sisterhood”.

Leigh-Ann is a single mom with an unyielding desire to help empower woman to their fullest potential. Her efforts are apparent in volunteerism with Family Promise and Safe Home.

Leigh-Ann was hired by Quest Financial Services in 2015. She has been called entrepreneurial, quick, and nimble.  Her integrated vision created a new brand within the company called Women’s Quest. She focuses her attention on women’s holistic health; emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial.  Leigh-Ann manages women’s educational, empowering, and engaging events in the local area.   Her passion for women to succeed is her driving force. It is her grass roots and cross marketing approach that has created her reputation in the community and as a local business woman.

Episode 22: Cynthia Marsh-Croll

Cynthia Marsh-Croll is the Project Director for the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Poughkeepsie location. Ms. Marsh-Croll teaches and oversees numerous programs that provide services to businesses in Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties. Ms. Marsh-Croll is the founder of Croll Productive Synergy which has provided operation business consulting and training for ten years as well as Program Manager for a previous Entrepreneurial Assistance Program center. She has experience in a variety of industries and working with businesses of all sizes. As a result, Cynthia has significant experience training and counseling small business owners and entrepreneurs. Ms. Marsh-Croll has a BS in Management Science as well as a Lean Office Certification through the University of Michigan. Please contact Cynthia at cmarsh-croll@wedcbiz.org or call 845-363-6432 for more information regarding WEDC Mid-Hudson Valley programs.

Episode 21: Veronica Jones

Veronica Jones is the Disability Resource Coordinator/Certified Work Incentives Coordinator for the Orange Works/One-Stop Employment & Training Center. Mrs. Jones has a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management (obtained through the Adult Degree Completion Program at Nyack College) and over 20 years of experience in working with people who have disabilities. Since 2003, Veronica’s role within the One-Stop has been to increase the centers ability to work with and provide services to our customers who have disabilities.

Veronica works to assist customers with disabilities to access and navigate the various programs and services that impacts their ability to gain, return to or retain employment Mrs. Jones is a resource for the One-Stop Center staff and our local employers.

In 2011 Mrs. Jones took on the role of Certified Work Incentives Coordinator at the One-Stop Center. This role has enabled the One-Stop Center to become an Employment Network. As an Employment Network the Center has been approved to provide job placement services specifically for persons who receive Social Security Disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income.

Mrs. Jones provides services in the One-Stop Centers located in Middletown and Newburgh. Monthly Social Security Informational Sessions are offered, Mrs. Jones provides 1:1 workshop specifically designed for “Job Seekers with Disabilities”.

Additionally, Mrs. Jones is a long standing member of the OSCEAN Committee. The Orange and Sullivan County Employment Alliance Network consists of local community based organizations that work together to secure employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to educate the public on the value of hiring a person with a disability.

Episode 20: Fayne L. Frey, M.D

Fayne L. Frey, M.D., is a board-certified clinical and surgical dermatologist practicing in West Nyack, New York, where she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. For over twenty years she has studied the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter skincare products and their ingredients and enjoys developing individual skincare regimens for her patients.  She also offers a variety of cosmetic procedures, including Botox and filler injections, facial peels, laser hair removal, and sclerotherapy. Dr. Frey is the Founder of FryFace.com, a non-commercial skincare information and product selection service website that clarifies and simplifies the overwhelming choice of effective, safe and affordable products encountered in the skincare aisles.

Dr. Frey graduated from Cornell University Medical College, in 1987, and remained at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center for her internship in Internal Medicine.  She then completed a three-year residency in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, also in New York City.  After her training, Dr. Frey worked in private practice on Park Avenue and served as a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Dermatology at The New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center.

In 1994, Dr. Frey relocated with her family to Rockland County, where she started her current practice.  She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. 

Dr. Frey resides in New City, New York, with her husband, Roger, a classmate from medical school, and their four children.  Her hobbies include, playing piano, triathlons/running, reading, and traveling around the world with her family.

Episode 19: Nancy Schneider

Nancy is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with her masters in Education and Permanent Certification from SUNY at New Paltz.
Her true passion is Environmental Preservation and took many topical courses at Pace Law School while working towards her Juris Doctor degree.

After graduation she opened her own general practice including Real Estate, Family Law and Environmental Law. She was the Acting Village Justice in Harriman, NY for thirteen years; was on the Founding Board of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, the Founding Board of Orange Environment and the Orange County Land Trust. She was also a member of the Environmental Committee of the Orange County Citizen’s Foundation.

Nancy is trained and certified as a Community Dispute and Parent-Child Mediator. She serves as an appointed Law Guardian, Court Evaluator and Court-appointed Attorney for Alleged Incompetent Persons. She worked under a special grant from the New York Kinship Navigator as Program Coordinator for Broom, Tioga, Ulster, Dutchess and Orange Counties and, in coordination with the RAPP (relatives as parents program) at the Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension, put together a list of attorneys who would be willing to help grandparents and other people who are raising children that are not their own in Family and Criminal Court. This has been a very successful program.

Aside from her unconditional love of her three rescue pets, Lucy, an English Setter, Bella, a Clumber/Cocker Spaniel mix and little 3-pawed cat, Bonnie, she has become involved in the Blooming Grove Community Garden on Old Dominion Road, Blooming Grove.

She is also presently on the committee which is working on the upcoming FOML Meet the Authors Luncheon which is scheduled to take place Sunday, April 10th at Round Hill House, Washingtonville, NY to benefit the library.

Episode 18: Elise Pittleman

Elise Pittelman is a multifaceted artist educated at Cooper Union, where she received a full scholarship to study fine arts.
She started the jewelry business “Pididdly-Links” IN 1969 with her husband and partner, a line that sold to stores, museums and catalogues all over the world and is still available on sites such as “EBay”, and ETSY

Elise is passionate about gardening and has designed and installed glorious gardens for many prestigious clients.  She has also designed many decorative items including bird palaces, and garden ornaments. She likes to cover objects with rhinestones and has done that to telephones, a TV, a sewing machine, shoes and a guitar. Some of her designs have been licensed to major gift companies.

Elise is an internationally known artist and has had many solo shows of her paintings in Jamaica, Chicago and Woodstock and the Netherlands.  She writes music, sings and plays the piano. She has a CD, which you can find on MySpace and has performed her songs in many places.
Aside from her many talents as an artist, Elise is an entrepreneur, creating a business that manufactured and sold agave sweetened raw chocolate.
Elise has 30 years of training in transformational technology with Landmark Education and is also an accredited Journey Practitioner.  She is an original thinker and enjoys creating possibility where none seems to exist.

Episode 17: Maureen Nicolich:

As a not-for-profit agency with an annual budget of over $3 million, Meals on Wheels of Rockland has a staff of more than 70 employees, over 500 volunteers, and has delivered more than 9 million meals since its inception in 1974. It administers five senior activity centers, an adult day care center, central commissary and a computer learning lab. The Agency has also established a Pet Pantry for seniors who cannot afford to feed their beloved pets.
Each week hundreds of dedicated volunteers support the Agency’s activities by delivering meals to frail, elderly homebound individuals, and providing general assistance in our Senior Activity Centers and adult daycare. They also teach, coach and administer the Adult Learning Center programs, assist in preparing meals in the central commissary, assist with special events, and help the Agency’s staff with day-to-day activities.
The Agency relies in part on local, state and federal government assistance, grants, and private donations to sustain and augment its programs.

Episode 16: Steven Gottlieb

Steven Gottlieb is an intuitive healer and personal performance coach and has helped hundreds of clients over the last ten years.  His work encompasses a variety of bio-energetic methods including Applied Kinesiology, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, a form of Energy Psychology), and straight-forward energy healing. Steven identifies and releases personal energetic ‘blocks’ to optimum well being and personal success, often with immediately felt results ranging from improvements in mental, emotional and physical states to positive changes in life circumstances including personal relationships and careers.

Episode 15: MaryAnn McQuillan

Maryann McQuillan has been in the healing arts for over 26 years, starting as a massage therapist then becoming certified as a personal fitness trainer.  Maryann’s love of all things natural lead her to acupuncture and she’s been in private practice ever since.  Currently, Maryann teaches at her al mater, Eastern School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,  in NJ.

Maryann specializes in women’s health and fertility.

Episode 14: Jaqueline Cassagnol

Jacqueline Cassagnol is the founder and president of Worldwide Community First Responder (WCFR), Inc. She is a registered nurse with her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education, and Post Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration. As a result of Cassagnol’s experience in preparing for and assisting with victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she founded WCFR to provide health education, first aid, and disaster-preparedness training.

She has presented locally, nationally and internationally at nursing conferences about WCFR and its collaboration with other non-profit organizations to improve global health outcomes. In addition, Ms. Cassagnol has presented at an International Research Congress regarding a disaster preparedness project that she initiated through WCFR in collaboration with Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) at acute des Science Infirmieres a Leogane (FSIL), a nursing school in Haiti.

She has been recognized with numerous distinguished awards for her community services. Cassagnol is also a nursing professor at Dominican College, a Rockland Community Emergency Responsive Team (CERT) member, a Leadership Rockland (LR) member, a HANA member, a Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing leadership succession committee member, and a founding member and immediate past vice-president of the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Ms. Cassagnol was honored as a “rising star” by the Rockland Economic Development Corporation at the organization’s 13th Annual Forty Under 40 Reception. She was also honored as the “safe community” award winner by Volunteer New York at the organization’s 35th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards Breakfast Benefit; as “nurse of the year” by March of Dimes at the organization’s Fifth Annual Nurse of the Year Gala in New York; and as the “nurse of the year and president’s choice” award winner by HANA of Rockland County, Inc. at the organization’s Seventh Annual Scholarships & Fundraising Awards Gala in New York.

Episode 13: Adria Goldman Gross

Empowering Women Everywhere is a television show designed just for you. It showcases successful women right in your backyard, that inspire and teach others the true power of women. This show propels people to appreciate those that contribute. Volunteering and giving back helps the community as well as the individuals involved. Empowering Women Everywhere promotes these ideals that need to be elevated in the world. Please contribute by watching and supporting the show which can be seen online at empoweringwomeneverywhere.tv  or tune in on Time Warner Cable (Channel 23) Fridays at 7:30am and 7:30pm.  EWE will air on Manhattan Cable and Cablevision beginning this September. Follow us today @EmpowerWomenTV and become a member on our website.  Membership is free and you will be kept up to date on all our events. By joining with us, you will contribute to making this world a better place for everyone.
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Susan Glusica

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After two decades in the financial services industry working with top management, Susan joined Wealth Advisory Group in 2010 as Financial Representative to fulfill her passion for educating, inspiring and organizing busy professionals and small business owners to achieve abundance, harmony and certainty in life. Her client testimonials include improved protection portfolio by 400% in one year alone, enjoying over 30% more retirement income, and providing keyperson insurance for business succession purposes. (Individual results will vary.) She also headed Growth & Development part-time as Vice President for the firm for a year and a half, achieving 92% 2011 hiring goal on 60% time basis while implementing a new recruiting process.
In 2015, Susan joined mentor and business partner, Kim Fiegoli-Millman, as Director of Business Development at OPUS Private Client Group LLC in White Plains, NY. Here she is able to focus on the women and business owner marketplace on an all-woman team.
Susan is committed to ensuring that her clients are served at the highest possible level, including sharing resources in her extensive network. She is licensed in several states for life, health, disability income, and long term care insurance. Susan offers a wide range of individual and group products through her affiliation with OPUS Private Client Group LLC, Wealth Advisory Group, and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, and is a recipient of Guardian’s Client Builder and Social Media Awards, as well as several Leaderboard standings at Wealth Advisory Group.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities with a concentration in Literature from New York University with honors. She is the proud recipient of NYU’s Founder’s Day Award for scholarly achievement and member, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Delta Upsilon Chapter.
Locally, she is Group Leader of Gotham City Networking’s Hudson Valley Chapter, and proud member, Orange County Chamber of Commerce and most recently, Co-Leader of Women’s Prosperity Network’s Westchester Chapter. She gratefully supports local causes including Hudson Valley Cancer Resources and USO.
Susan resides in the foothills of the Catskills, New York, with her husband and their dog, cat, and bird, and enjoys local hikes, kayaking, fishing and wineries.

Diane Rosen

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Diane Rosen is an artist, writer and educator. She studied painting in Paris on a French Government Fellowship and earned a Masters degree in English Education from Columbia University.  Ms. Rosen has taught both Studio Art and English at secondary and college levels. Currently she has several upcoming projects, including a show of her paintings which opens on September 26, 2015 at Green Light Gallery, Cornwall-on-Hudson. In addition, she is developing a workshop on creativity empowerment as a way of seeing that combines innate qualities we all share, not just a special talent only a few possess. Prior presentations on creativity include conferences of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences, American Creativity Association, and the College Art Association. Ms. Rosen has been recognized with both honors and awards for her outstanding work including elected Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America (PSA); listed in Who’s Who in American ArtWho’s Who of American Women; the Sindlinger Award for Excellent Writing on Education, Columbia University; Art Spirit Foundation Dianne Bernhard Gold Medal, 2014 PSA Annual; Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club Award, 2010 PSA Annual; First Place Mixed Media, 2008 CLWAC Annual.


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Helene Abrams

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It has been 37 years since Think Positive World Founder, David Giller, had his vision for positive, stress-free communities throughout the world. Since that time, David, his Co-Founder, Helene Abrams, and their team of experts have created and tested hundreds of components that now comprise a system and methodology capable of helping hundreds of millions, if not billions, of individuals shift to a mindset dominated by positive lifestyle choices.

Char Silkey

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“Char” is winding down her career as System Engineer and also as 4th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.  She grew up in a music filled house which fueled her love for music. In 2011, Charlotte began to attend Blues Festivals with her fiancé, Tom Deegan.  By 2012, she and Tom began to make plans for the first 2 Left Feet Blues Festival. September 14, 2013 was the first 2 Left Feet Blues Festival, followed by the second on September 13, 2014. This will be the 3rd year for the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival.  Charlotte and Tom work together to make the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival a high quality Blues festival featuring local, regional, national and international performers. 2 Left Feet is a non-profit organization that supports organizations which are dedicated to support and promote live music, to engage, enrich and educate children through workshop programs, performance opportunities and musical mentorships as well as those that provide assistance to musicians who are struggling to maintain their livelihood.  The 3rd Annual 2 Left Feet Blues Festival is scheduled on Saturday, 9/12/15 at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield, Conn.  Don’t miss you chance to “get down” with some of the greatest blues musicians in the world!


Sher Singh

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Safe Homes of Orange County is a private, not-for-profit agency established in 1986 to provide comprehensive and confidential domestic violence services to victims and their families. Safe Homes provides emergency, non-emergency and wrap-around services for individuals and families affected by domestic violence.  These services are available to residential and non-residential clients. Sher Singh is the president of Safe Homes, as the president she oversees all the operations of this non-profit organization. Furthermore Sher serves on the Board of Directors at the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. which is a non-profit organization which strives to promote mental health and the emotional well-being of those in the Orange County.

Louise Luck

Founder and Director of Court Consultation Services
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Court Consultation Services is a private Defense Based Sentencing Advocacy and Capital Mitigation firm that has been assisting defense counsels and their clients since 1986. Their services include family court services, capital mitigation and sentencing advocacy, both state and federal. Louise Luck, the director of Court Consultation Services is also the founder of the organization. As the director she oversees the provided services and even formed the Capital Mitigation Unit.


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Executive Director of Safe Homes of Orange County

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Aired Friday 7/10/15 7:30 – 8:00 pm Channel 23, Time Warner Cable


Safe Homes of Orange County is a private, not-for-profit agency established in 1986 to provide comprehensive and confidential domestic violence services to victims and their families.

Safe Homes provides emergency, non-emergency and wrap-around services for individuals and families affected by domestic violence.  These services are available to residential and non-residential clients.



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Executive Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County 

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Aired Friday 7/17/15 7:30-8:00 pm Channel 23, Time Warner Cable

A uniquely American invention, Cooperative Extension was created in 1914 as a part of the US Department of Agriculture’s land grant university system to provide continuing education to people in their homes and communities. The land grant institution in New York is Cornell University, one of the world’s leading research institutions. For over 90 years, Cornell Cooperative Extension and its partnerships has provided programs for Orange County residents on youth and family development; nutrition, health, and food safety; community and economic vitality; and agricultural sustainability through Cornell based research. Committed to Orange County, they design programs to meet local needs to enable people to improve their lives and communities.


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Founder and Chairperson of Baby Steps Toward Endless Possibilities Inc.

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Aired Friday 7/24/15 7:30-8:00 pm Channel 23, Time Warner Cable


Baby STEP Inc. is a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the Literacy Council and Hospitals to promote literacy. Currently, they collaborate with Orange Regional Medical Center so that each mother is given a baby board book when discharged from the Mother Baby Unit. Baby STEP Inc. is not associated with any for profit businesses. They are simply trying to make a difference in the lives of children by promoting a love of reading.



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Founder of MyLocalWorkshop.org

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Aired Friday, August 7, 2015  at 7:30 am and 7:30 pm on Time Warner Cable Channel 58. Noel Spencer leads a Free College Finanical Planning Workshop.  The workshop teaches how to increase your college-related tax deductions and tax credits, how to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages and how to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school. Additionally, Mr. Spencer will teach about which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution, how to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all the college costs you will incur as a family and even more! This free opportunity allows future college students and their families to educate themselves on the finances of higher education.


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Dorian DeHann

Aired Friday, August 14, 2015  at 7:30 am and 7:30 pm on Time Warner Cable Channel 58. http://www.artisandiscovery.org/ Artisan Discovery Foundation assist’s artisans in selected areas to develop uniquely different products using their existing talent. Through training and education, along with development of core business skills, ADF can guide artisans on a path to successful entrepreneurship. Ultimately, formation of cooperatives, where the artisans can come together to share their talent and creativity, will allow them the opportunity to manufacture and sell a greater variety of products. This helps to establish a community support system and a pathway to sustainable income for themselves, their children, and their families.  ADF aims to assist the artisans in making connections with “fair trade” companies who will market and sell their products in the global arena for fair market values.

Founder and Chairperson of ArtisanDiscovery.org