Schenectady, NY – The 39th annual YWCA NorthEastern NY’s Achievement Award (formerly Women of Achievement) celebration will take place in person on Thursday, March 24 at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady.

These awards recognize remarkable community members who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements through their career and/or community involvement.

As YWCA NorthEastern NY’s premiere fundraising event, proceeds will allow for the expansion of programs and services empowering low-income women and survivors of domestic violence.

This year’s event chair is the remarkable Amy Aldrich, owner of the Amy Aldrich State Farm Insurance and Financial Services Agency, and the Master of Ceremonies will be the talented Jaye McBride, proudly transgender comedian and past Women of Achievement awardee.

“Each year, YWCA NENY is honored to celebrate trailblazing individuals in our community who embody our mission, whether at work or in their personal lives, by eliminating racism and empowering women,” said Kim Siciliano, chief executive officer at YWCA NorthEastern NY. “Our 2022 inductees are all community change agents working for the greater good in their respective fields. We congratulate them and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments!”

The 2022 Achievement Awards Honorees are:

  • Advocacy: Kathleen “Casey” DiPaola & Lorraine Silverman, Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Tatiana Cunningham, Mahogany Connections/CNYS Black Expo
  • Health & Human Services: Arsyl De Jesus, M.D., New York Oncology Hematology
  • Katherine S. Rozendaal Volunteer Award: Maura Furey, Schenectady StreetSoldiers
  • Susan Rosenthal Woman in Business Award: Jacquelyn Szczepanik, Sandell Transport
  • Volunteerism: Kishani Choudhury, Saratoga National Bank
  • Women Empowerment: Marcella Hammer, Palette
  • Youth Empowerment: Anzala Alozie, Capital District YMCA
  • Youth Award: Isabella Getter, Student, Scotia-Glenville Central School District

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here.

About YWCA NorthEastern NY:

Since its beginnings in 1888, YWCA of Schenectady, dba YWCA NorthEastern NY, has been a constant innovator in providing programs and services to meet the changing needs of the community. They are a charter member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest women’s membership organization. The nonprofit’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. To do this, they offer comprehensive domestic violence services and safe shelter; affordable housing and housing services; early learning curriculum; counseling; advocacy and more.


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