Nine women living in Hempstead Town were recognized for contributions to their communities at the town’s annual Pathfinder Awards this past week.
The women were honored by Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the town board. The keynote speech was given by Christine Conniff Sheahan, the founder, publisher and chief executive of Networking Magazine.
“The women we recognize . . . have made a genuine difference in our communities and have gone to great lengths to accomplish their goals,” Murray said in a news release. “From swimming with sharks in an effort to raise money for students to personally constructing homes for the elderly and needy, our ladies have shown grit, courage determination, intelligence and ‘grace under fire’ as they’ve staked their claims on success.”
The honorees are: Mary Ann Cali, longtime orchestra director for the Valley Stream school district; Taniella Jo Harrison, chief executive of Tri-County Home Nursing Services; Camille Leone, a community volunteer in East Meadow and elsewhere; Leeann Graziose, principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Regional School in Bellmore; Carolyn Simpkins, a Freeport nurse with 47 years of experience; Kayla Babbush, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore; Nancy Howard, deputy mayor of Rockville Centre; Dorothy Criscuolo, a retired physical education teacher in the East Rockaway school district and active volunteer for 18 years; and Sheila Dauscher, a Hempstead Town employee for 29 years.
Photo: Hempstead Town Hall.