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Domestic Violence Forum - October 2016

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chairwoman
    Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., organized a Forum on Domestic Violence/Abuse when it learned that Grand Island ranked #1 in Erie County towns and villages for domestic violence. "The problems come when no one knows where to turn or how to get help," Diane Dinsmore, president of the Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter said, in explaining the need for the Forum.
    The Forum on Domestic Violence/Abuse will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 27th in the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. It is free and open to the public. Speakers include Grand Island Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Joseph G. Chudoba of the Erie County Sheriff's Domestic Violence Unit, Grand Island Town Justice Sybil E. Kennedy, and Mary Travers Murphy, executive director, Family Justice Center of Buffalo, which provides free services for domestic violence victims and their children. There will be survivor testimony.
    Victim Advocate Chudoba will discuss the referrals for services he makes in Erie County for counseling, anger management, child and adolescent counseling services, social services, and benefits. According to Chudoba, physical abuse is probably what most people think about when they think about domestic violence. "Ways your partner may try to gain power and control over you also include things like isolation, economic abuse, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse, coercion, and threats, as well as physical abuse" Chudoba said. Chudoba is available for support and information at his office in Grand Island Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. - Noon. Victims can contact him at 341-0544.
    Town Justice Sybil E. Kennedy will speak on the role of the courts as it applies to domestic violence violations. Justice Kennedy started a Problem Solving Court to handle domestic violence and alcohol and drug problems on Grand Island. She also was appointed to the committee which set up the first Integrated Domestic Violence Court in Erie County. "Orders of Protection will be discussed at length," Justice Kennedy said, "as well as what punishment can be imposed on a second offender." She will discuss the various sections of the Penal Law used to process these cases. "Most of the victims are women who are at risk of serious and/or lethal domestic violation, especially if a separation has occurred," Justice Kennedy said. "No matter who the victim is, he or she has the absolute right to legal relief and protection. This is the main job of the Court," she explained.
    Mary Travers Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice Center of Buffalo said "no one deserves to be abused. Victims can be any age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, educational level, or income bracket." "You're safe at the Family Justice Centers and you can get help for various problems all at one place. With 14 partner agencies, victims can get all the services they need free and with complete confidentiality," she said. The Family Justice Center of Buffalo is at 438 Main Street, Suite 201, in the Main Court Building. Two satellite offices are at 4383 South Buffalo St. in Orchard Park and at 330 North Forest Rd. in Amherst.
    Joseph Chudoba has worked in the human services field for 17 years, the last eight with the Domestic Violence Unit. He is a member of several local coalitions, assisting victims with multiple issues of domestic violence. In addition, he is president and co-founder of Re-Boot Camp, Inc., which is developing a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Campground for combat veterans. Many will remember Mary Travers Murphy as the consumer reporter for Channel 7 and as Orchard Park Town Supervisor. Murphy said her television experience, combined with the experience she gained as a town supervisor, serves her well in coordinating domestic violence services. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray will introduce the speakers and emcee the program. Additional Info: Diane Dinsmore, 308 6230 or 773 9184.


Margaret Mehlenbacker Tynski Wins Scholarship - September 2016

Margaret Mehlenbacker Tynski

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
    Margaret Mehlenbacker Tynski of Grand Island was honored at the September Awards Dinner of the Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. She was the winner of the Chapter's scholarship for adult women returning to college, trade school or certificate program.
    Mehlenbacker Tynski was a Gastroenterology Technologist at University of Rochester Medical Center at Strong Memorial Hospital. Starting October 17th, she will be a full-time student in Erie I BOCES Licensed Practical Nurse Program and will then proceed to a Bachelor of Nursing program. She received an AAS from Monroe Community College in 2000 and a BS from SUNY Geneseo in 2003. She said her most fulfilling career has always been motherhood, and she is glad she made the choice to stay home with her children when they were young. Her children are Zachary, 21, Gabrielle, 20, and William, 16.
    When her children were in middle school, she realized this was her chance to begin pursuing her career. "Accepting a position as a Gastroenterology Technician at Strong Memorial Hospital allowed me to find my own personal identity. My experiences there were invaluable." "I was so honored to be part of such a caring community and have the ability to make a profound difference in my patient's lives." Mehlenbacker Tynski said there is a feeling that comes from initially meeting a patient facing serious health concerns and journeying through their treatments to the point of recovery that provides her with a sense of joy and satisfaction.
    According to Mehlenbacker Tynski, changing from medical technology to nursing will allow her the chance to give something of herself each day and take away new thoughts, feelings and ideas. "The current technological advances in medicine are astounding and being able to be a part of a team that can change people's lives is my utmost goal and is why I am passionate about continuing my education," Mehlenbacker Tynski concluded.
    Diane Dinsmore, president of Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., presented the scholarship to Margaret and a membership in the Grand Island Chapter. "Your scholarship helps me go forward with my goals. I am already taking steps toward continuing my nursing education after completing the LPN program. I am taking RN program prerequisites now and plan on eventually working as an Advanced Degree nurse in this community," Mrs. Mehlenbacker Tynski said. Previous jobs she enjoyed included customer service representative at Swain Ski Resort. She left the ski resort to purchase The Shack at Swain. She was responsible for all aspects of running a seasonal fast food restaurant at Swain Ski Resort. After a few years, she sold The Shack back to the main resort.
   Margaret Mehlenbacker Tynski truly cares about her patients - past, present and future. "As amazing as our new procedures are, sometimes something as simple as a smile can go a long way to make a patient feel important and cared about. It does more to reassure them, even in situations where there seems to be little comfort."


Scholarship Offer - June 2016

    The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., is offering a scholarship for a woman living on Grand Island interested in returning to school. The award will be presented to an adult woman who has lived on Grand Island for at least two years, and interested in attending college or a trade school. "The scholarship is not for high school seniors," said President Diane Dinsmore. Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of an accredited school, Dinsmore said. Copies of high school or college diplomas or GED, two letters of reference and a personal interview are required to receive the award. An essay is also required. The deadline for applications is July 10. Applications are available at the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Office, Grand Island Memorial Library or by contacting Dinsmore at 308-6230 or by email, dinsdgr@aol.com.


Grand Island Professional Women's Installation - June 2016

From left: Beverly Kinney, Diane Dinsmore, Assemblyman John D.Ceretto, Sheila Benoit, Kathy Cheng.

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
   The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, recently elected officers who were installed by Assemblyman John D. Ceretto at the Chapter's May meeting. Officers are President Diane Dinsmore; Vice President Beverly Kinney; Secretary Sheila Benoit; and Treasurer Kathy Cheng. For additional information about the Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, contact President Dinsmore at 308-6230.


January Meeting Planned - January 2016

   The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, in Elldens at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. President Diane Dinsmore said that members will be planning this year’s fundraiser—a forum on Domestic Abuse/Violence. For reservations, contact Dinsmore at 308-6230 or email : dinsdggr@aol.com

Amy Gilmore Smith Wins Scholarship - September 2015

Amy Gilmore Smith

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
    President Diane Dinsmore said that a new scholarship that the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter will award each year will be to an adult woman from Grand Island who is either returning to college, a trade school or continuing education. This year’s winner is Amy Gilmore Smith, a Grand Island resident for four years who is currently attending SUNY Empire State College in the accounting field. She is a wife and mother who works for Christine Learman, CPA, on Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Dinsmore will present the scholarship to Mrs. Smith at the Professional Women’s annual award dinner at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30th at River Oaks.
    Amy initially received a three-year business degree at a college in Canada. Her marriage to George Smith, who was in the U.S. Air Force, drastically changed how she would further her education. In those fourteen Air Force years, she took courses at many colleges in the United States as well as three foreign countries. “I continued my education, one course at a time, with the various colleges along the way,” Mrs. Smith said. “We moved every few years, so I had to re-enroll in a new college each time. After all these years, I’ll finally get my bachelor’s degree from ESC this December.”
    Valerie Goodwin, lecturer/mentor at Empire State College, said that Amy Smith has been a student in her accounting classes over the last year. She said Mrs. Smith “is a very good student---dedicated and hard working.” “As a full-time student with a part-time job, paying for her education is a concern,” Goodwin said, “The adult scholarship will be very helpful to her and her family.” SUNY Empire State College is located throughout New York State. Mrs. Smith is a student in the Niagara Region and works out of the Cheektowaga Center. Regional Centers also are in Lockport, Jamestown, Olean and Fredonia. According to Valerie Goodwin, ESC is a leader in adult individualized and on-line learning. “It is especially suited for the individual trying to complete a degree, allowing transferability and credit for life experience.” CPA Christine Learman said that Amy Smith has been working under her supervision as an office assistant, and most recently, as a tax assistant. Learman said that Amy is a very capable and responsible employee. Amy Smith add one “During her time with us, Amy expressed interest in completing her bachelor’s degree. We have encouraged and supported her, as she balances family, work and school activities,” Learman added.
   Amy said that receiving this scholarship from the Grand Island Professional Women has lightened her financial burden and allows her to focus on the most important aspect of school, which is learning. “The Women’s generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope that one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goals just as the Professional Women here helped me,” Amy Smith said. Amy, her husband, George, and ten-year old son, Kaden, all hope to continue community involvement. George was one of the mural painters for the Grand Island Murals Project on Baseline Rd., across from the Grand Island Post Office. Amy has been involved with the Grand Island Historical Society, Taste of Grand Island, Discovery Boys Club, KidBiz, Boy Scouts, UPWard Basketball, Buffalo Dream Center and the PTA. Her future plans include working for the elderly in estate and trust planning. For dinner reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or dinsdggr@aol.com.


Terry Collins to Receive Leadership Award - June 2015

   

Left: Terry Collins, right: Dr. Sherry Bradford

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
    Terry Collins, president of Maroon Technology Ltd. of Grand Island, will receive the Annual Women's Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business at the June 24th meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. at Elldin's at River Oaks, Grand Island. The Award will be presented by Dr. Sherry Bradford, a member of the Grand Island Chapter and President and Co-Founder of AccuTheranostics, Inc., 875 Ellicott Street in Buffalo. Her lab provides cancer patients and their physicians with a fast diagnosis and best chemotherapy treatment. She is the inventor of AccuTheranostics, various patents. According to Dr. Bradford, the Award is an opportunity to recognize women for what they have accomplished and honors a woman who "actively supports and inspires women to reach their full potential." "The Award recognizes a woman who excels in her chosen field, who donates time and energy to her community in a meaningful way, and who serves as a role model for women."
    Mrs. Collins received her BS in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo and her MBA from Canisius College. She is a sales and marketing professional with a strong background in software engineering. Professionally, she is president of Maroon Technology Ltd. of Grand Island. Her marketing and web design firm includes many Grand Island and Western New York clients. In addition to running her own business, she is active in Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts, GI Soccer Club, PTA, Knights of Columbus, Network in Aging, and WordPress Meetup. Her professional affiliations include Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Sandler Strategic Sales, Presidents Club and Toastmasters. She is a director of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
    Dr. Bradford started the Award eight years ago because of her personal and professional experiences "as a female, faced with a unique set of challenges as I formed and developed the business and now operate, manage and move the company forward." "Gender discrimination, stereotyping, dual career-family pressures, and the lack of equal opportunities and pay, all play a role in challenging professional women," Dr. Bradford added. Past Awardees include Sonja Miller, Sheila Benoit, Bev Kinney, Diane Dinsmore, Tricia Belter, Mary Anne Shea, Regina Schunk, Michelle Iannello and Fran McMahon. They are all members of Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter or the prior Grand Island Business and Professional Women.
    Terry Collins lived on Grand Island before she married Tim, and they moved back to Grand Island in 1992 when they were expecting their younger son, Joe. They have two sons, Matt, who is 24 and works in finance in Manhattan. Joe is 23 and is in his first year of law school, but had his first year interrupted by a diagnosis of AML/Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Mrs. Collins said that they are so thankful that Joe's particular AML is responding well to treatments and that he has a 10 out of 10 match - stem cell donor. According to Dr. Bradford, this year's Award recipient internalizes the meaning of AccuTheranostics, a cancer treatment biotechnology company: "Dedicated to the Cancer Patient, Committed to Science and Translating Science to Survival."
    In addition to the Award, Grand Island Chapter Officers for 2015-16 will be installed by Linda Przespasniak, newly-elected First Vice President of New York State Women, Inc. Officers are Diane Dinsmore, president; Bev Kinney, vice president; Carol Golyski and Sheila Benoit, Secretary; and Jan Lydon, treasurer. For dinner reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com.


NYS Women Scholarship for Adult Women - May 2015

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
    The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. will award a scholarship to adult women returning to college, trade school or continuing education. The application deadline is June 15th, and all materials must be postmarked on or before this date. According to President Diane Dinsmore, the scholarship is not for high school seniors, but for adult women who have resided on Grand Island for at least two years. "The award requires a demonstrated need," Dinsmore said. "Applicants must submit a copy of her high school or college diploma or GED and two letters of reference." A personal interview with the scholarship committee will be held will be held in July and the award will be made in August. Applications can be obtained after May 15 at the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce office, the Grand Island Memorial Library, or by calling Diane Dinsmore at 716 308 6230 or email dinsdggr@aol.com.


NYS Women Meeting - January 2015

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
   Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28th, at Elldens Restaurant in River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. For reservations or information, contact Chapter President Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com.


GI Professional Women Vendor Fair Benefits Scholarships - October 2014


Chapter President Diane Dinsmore

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
    Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., will hold a Vendors Fair on Sunday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Grand Island Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. The shopping event benefits the Chapter’s new scholarship fund. Dawn Bonora is Vendor Fair Chairperson. Chapter President Diane Dinsmore said that the Grand Island Professional Women have run two previous shopping events and have had good response from both vendors and the public. "It gives people the chance to get a little bit of a head start on holiday shopping and to see interesting new products," President Dinsmore said.
    According to Dinsmore, the Vendor Fair supports the groups changed scholarship program. "We have changed our scholarship program this year," Dinsmore said. "We will be helping women who are already in the workforce and need to further their education to advance in their field." "We also will help women who are re-entering the work force and need to brush up on their skills. Currently there is no avenue for them to get very much financial help. This new program is what our organization is all about," she added. Dawn Bonora is handling vendor information and vendor tables. She can be contacted at 570-2023 or at dawnbonora@yahoo.com. Admission is $5 and includes tickets for a Chinese Auction, with items donated by participating vendors.


NYS Women Meeting - September 2014

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
    The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, in River Oaks Clubhouse, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. The program features information on domestic violence and it is free and open to the public.
    Joseph Chudoba of Tonawanda, a member of the Erie County Sheriff's Department Domestic Violence Unit, is the liaison for domestic violence in Grand Island courts. He will discuss various elements of domestic violence locally as well as the recent legislation on domestic violence signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in July. Chudoba has worked in the human services field for 15 years, the last six with the Domestic Violence Unit. He is a member of several local coalitions assisting victims with multiple issues of domestic violence. He speaks on various issues such as bullying, cyberbullying, teen dating violence, and elder abuse throughout Erie County. He also is a team leader in Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court assisting local veterans with legal issues. For information or dinner reservations, contact Chapter President Diane Dinsmore at 308 6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com.


NYS Women Installation Dinner & Award Presentation - June 2014

By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
    President Diane Dinsmore has announced that the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 18th at Elldins at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Rd. Recently-elected officers will be installed by Ramona Gallagher of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter NYSW, Inc. Besides Dinsmore, who is owner and president of Diversified Management Services Ltd., other officers are Vice President Dawn Bonora, a Mary Kay Independent Sales Representative; Secretary Sonja Miller, a professor of clinical laboratory technology at Erie Community College; and Treasurer Beverly Kinney, a sole proprietor with Carol Ann’s Hair Fashions in Tonawanda.
   In addition to the installation ceremony, Dr. Sherry Bradford, president and founder of AccuTheranostics, Inc. of Buffalo, will announce the winner of the Eighth Annual Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business. Dr. Bradford is chief scientific officer and inventor of the cancer lab’s trademarks and patents. Dr. Bradford said the award honors a woman who excels in her chosen field, who devotes time and energy to her community in a meaningful way, and who serves as a role model for women. According to Dr. Bradford the Leadership Award originated from "my personal and professional experiences as a female, faced with unique challenges, as I formed and developed my business. The Leadership Award is an opportunity to recognize women for what they have accomplished." For additional information and dinner reservations, contact Chapter President Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or dinsdggr@aol.com.


McMahon Receives Leadership Award - June 2014


By Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair
   Grand Island’s Francine (Fran) McMahon doesn’t think she deserves awards. But, she’s getting one Wednesday night and the hundreds of Special Education students she’s helped over the years are applauding. She’ll receive the Eighth Annual Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business at the meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 18th in Elldins at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.
    Fran owns McMahon’s Family Restaurant, which opened in 2002, at 1849 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. She knew for 30 years that she wanted to open a restaurant, and she even knew where - the building she now owns. She picked it out long ago and told people “whenever it goes up for sale, I’m going to buy it.” She had a special reason for buying a restaurant. She has four children with “Fragile-X” a genetic disease with a range of ability from mild to severe. "It's really for the kids, so they could work in it throughout their lives," Fran explained. She’s benefited from her college degrees—an Associates Degree in Food Services Business Education from Erie Community College and a degree in Secondary Education with a Certificate in Special Education from State University College at Buffalo. Fran starts at the restaurant at 6:00 a.m., and at 6:30 a.m. they have a family business meeting. "We first dedicate the day and time to God," Fran said. Her children handle every aspect of running the restaurant from cooking and cleaning to grocery lists, ordering products, cash register, and maintenance, as well as meeting sales people.
    Fran also volunteered with the Grand Island Schools Special Education Department. For the past eleven years, Grand Island High School has sent Special Education Students to McMahon’s for training in restaurant work. "They come by bus, and I train them according to ability," Fran said. "I give them a job to do; sometimes it's as simple as filling the sugars. Because you're disabled, you still have to be able to hold a job." "Our students are the happiest people that come to see us," Fran added. Fran's original project was to give her disabled children a way to earn a living; but, her passion to help others spread to the high school students to boost their confidence in the workplace. Fran's other activities generally relate to children. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and a member of its KidBiz Committee. KidBiz gives children in the third through sixth grade the experience of running their own businesses.
    Fran was one of the Founders of the Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY. Miracle League lets children with mental and physical disabilities experience the joy of playing baseball. Today, Miracle League teams play on a specially-designed turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other devices. And, Francine McMahon still doesn’t think she deserves awards! The Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business is sponsored by AccuTheranostics Inc.of Buffalo and will be presented to Fran by Dr. Sherry Bradford of Grand Island, who is company president, chief scientific officer and inventor of the cancer lab’s trademarks and patents. According to Dr. Bradford, the award honors a woman who excels in her chosen field, who devotes time and energy to her community in a meaningful way, and who serves as a role model for women everywhere.


Grand Island Professional Women's Meeting

    Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., meeting is at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 28th at Elldens at River Oaks, Grand Island. President Diane Dinsmore said that educator Michael Welch will speak on how he beat cancer. Welch was associated with the Buffalo Public Schools for 38 years and is a teaching assistant at SUNY at Buffalo Medical School. His publications include “Cancer Defeated – How I Did It,” “How to Talk to Your Doctor,” and “Diet and How It Affects Your Health.” For information or dinner reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore at dinsdggr@aol.com or call 308 6230.


Grand Island Professional Women's Meeting

    Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., will present “Key4Women” at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20th at River Oaks, Grand Island. Key Bank speakers will discuss “Key4Women,” a program geared to women business owners to support their evolving business needs. Speakers are Bernie Aja, area retail leader, and Madalyn Cosentino, Delaware-Tonawanda branch manager. Area businesswomen are invited. Michelle S. Caswell, small business relationship manager at the Key Bank Grand Island Office, said “Key4Women” can help you grow your business. “You need resources you can trust as well as a program that clearly represents your business needs. For reservations, contact Grand Island Chapter President Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com.





Grand Island Professional Women's Meeting

    Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, at River Oaks, Grand Island. For dinner reservations contact, President Diane Dinsmore at 308 6230 or dinsdggr@aol.com.


Michele Iannello-Ward Receives Award - June 2013


   Mary Anne Shea, Public Relations Chair... Michele Iannello-Ward will receive the seventh annual “Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business” at the meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., at the River Oaks Clubhouse, Whitehaven Rd., at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 26. The Award is sponsored by Accu Theranostics, Inc. of Buffalo and will be presented by Dr. Sherry Bradford of Grand Island, who is company president, chief scientific officer, and inventor of the cancer lab’s trademarks and patents. According to Bradford, the award honors a woman who excels in her chosen field, who devotes time and energy to her community in a meaningful way, and who serves as a role model for women everywhere.
   Michele believes that one of her most important contributions when she represented the 10th District in the Erie County Legislature is that she was the first politician to support and work closely with the founder of the Clean Air Coalition. The Coalition supported the efforts to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable for breaking the air emissions regulations, emitting toxins at levels 75% higher than EPA standards. “After years of community support, Tonawanda Coke was recently found guilty of 15 felony counts,” she said.
   Before entering public service, Michele worked as a Real Estate Paralegal. Many don’t know that she was also a small business owner/operator. The small business was a pizzeria on Niagara Falls Blvd., in Wheatfield. And, many didn’t realize that she developed her own pizza sauce and additionally developed dessert pizzas, long before they became popular. This private sector experience has given her “a vast knowledge of property values and the importance of the relationship between government and business.” When Michele met her husband, Dennis E. Ward, he was an attorney specializing in divorce and election law. He was also Amherst Town Chairman. He is now in his ninth year as Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner. “Dennis encouraged me to run for Trustee of the Kenmore Village Board,” Michele said. That was her first run for office before running for County Legislator in District 10, in 2005. Her District included the Village of Kenmore, the City of Tonawanda, a portion of the Town of Tonawanda and all of Grand Island. Jean Harper, a member of the Grand Island Democratic Committee, accompanied Michele as she went house to house on both her legislative campaigns, and will be at the Award Ceremony. “She has what it takes,” Harper said. “She’s a hard worker and dependable leader.”
    Dr. Bradford’s laboratory, Accu Theranostics, Inc., which sponsors the leadership award, tests and identifies the best chemotherapy for a patient’s unique tumor. It identifies which drugs have the most or least potential for treating the cancer, increasing the success of the chemotherapy. The Leadership Award arose from Dr. Bradford’s personal and professional experiences as a female, faced with a unique set of challenges, as she formed and developed her business. “Gender discrimination, stereotyping, dual career-family pressures, and the lack of equal opportunities and pay, all play a role in challenging professional women.” Dr. Bradford said. “And the Leadership Award is an opportunity to recognize women for what they have accomplished.”


June Meeting - June 2013

The June meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 26th at River Oaks Clubhouse, Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. It will include the installation of Officers for 2013-14: Diane Dinsmore, president; Dawn Bonora, vice president; Sonja Miller, secretary; and Beverly Kinney, treasurer. Dr. Sherry Bradford of Grand Island, president and founder of AccuTheranostics, will present the seventh annual "Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business." For information and dinner reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore at 773 9184, 308 6230 or dinsdggr@aol.com.


May Meeting - May 2013

The May dinner meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 15th at River Oaks Clubhouse, Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Officers for 2013-14 include: Diane Dinsmore, president; Dawn Bonora, vice president; Sonja Miller, secretary; and Beverly Kinney, treasurer. A report of the April Region VIII meeting of New York State Women Inc. will be given. For information and reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore at 773 9184, 308 6230 or dinsdggr@aol.com.


April Meeting - April 2013

Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women Inc., will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 17th, at River Oaks Clubhouse, Whitehaven Rd. Diane Dinsmore will report on the State Winter Board Meeting. Funding for the Chapter's Scholarship Program will be discussed. Nominations for 2013-14 Officers will be held. For information and dinner reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore at 773 9184, 308 6230, or dinsdggr@aol.com.





New York State Women - Nov. 2012

Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc.
The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to tour the U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security facility on Grand Island. Dorothy Bitner has coordinated the program which will be held jointly with Town advisory boards. For information, contact Chapter President Diane Dinsmore at 773-9184, 308-6230 or email dinsdggr@aol.com.


Nathalie Winder Receives 2012 Professional Women's Scholarship - Aug. 2012


Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter President Diane Dinsmore presents a scholarship to Nathalie Winder as her mother, Theresa Winder, and Scholarship Committee Chairman Sonja Miller look on.
   In addition to being the only female in the advanced technology courses at Grand Island High School, Nathalie Winder has demonstrated high academic achievement in advanced course work in math and science. Winder, of Hemlock Drive, Grand Island, won the 2012 annual scholarship awarded by the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc.
   Sonja Miller, past president and chairman of the scholarship committee, said that Winder is a multitalented young lady with perseverance and leadership skills that provide an added dimension and perspective in the field of engineering design. Miller is professor of Clinical Laboratory Technology at Erie Community College.
    “With the talent pool of qualified female engineers running low, I encourage young women who enjoy and have a talent for math and science to consider this dynamic and opportunity-filled career path,” Miller said.
    Winder also received a matching funds scholarship from the Grand island Chapter of Dollars for Scholars, according Chapter Secretary Beverly Kinney.
    On the first day of her freshman year, Winder walked into the technology classroom and felt somewhat out of place because she was one of only two girls in the class. “The biggest project that year was designing ‘hockey bots,’“ she said. “From the best paint job to the best mechanics, my partner and I created a hockey bot that went undefeated and won the school championship.” During her senior year, Winder was in the Advanced Technological Design Class where the biggest event was Tech Wars at Niagara County Community College.
   “My two teammates and I built a wooden bridge to participate in the large-scale bridge building competition,” Winder said. “ We set both a school and Tech Wars record, holding a whopping 995 lbs. on our 5.5 lb bridge; and, we secured a first place win.”
    “I have grown and matured since that first day of freshman year, and I have become completely comfortable around the guys,” Winder said. “It has given me self-confidence, and I have proven the stereotype that girls are bad at technology wrong, countless times.”
    “In both group and individual projects, I have presented different ideas and thoughts, and ways to solve problems that boys just don’t think of,” she continued. “I have a different perspective than the rest of the class because I am a girl; and, therefore, I was able to come up with unique solutions to problems.” Winder said that this is because she considers both appearance and functionality when designing a project. She also considers how to present her ideas in a thoughtful way---organized, neat and precise.
    Winder thinks it is very important to encourage young women to enter STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Winder said that one of the things that really helped her was the high standards that her parents set for her, and that she later learned to set for herself. Her parents are Stephen and Theresa Winder.
    According to Winder, being one of the few girls in a field can be intimidating, but after going through years of tech classes in high school, she has gotten used to the gender gap. “In today’s society, young women do seem somewhat reluctant to take an interest in engineering or technology,” she said. “If we can give them role models who are intelligent and motivated, they might set different goals for themselves. In addition, there needs to be programs that encourage younger girls to study engineering and technology.”
    Winder said that Grand Island High School has a very impressive number and variety of tech classes, and the teachers are enthusiastic and interesting. This, too, helps motivate girls.
    The 2011 GIHS Homecoming Queen has been involved in many diverse school activities. A varsity swimmer, she was captain of the Piranhas Swim Team and team manager for the Boys High School Swim Team. Winder was class vice president for all four years and a member of the National Honor Society. She was just named one of twelve students selected as Rotary-PTSA Students of the Year. Winder earned her second black belt in Karate in January 2009 and her senior black belt in August 2010. She said her proudest moment was when she earned her black belt. “I was only 13 years old and one of the youngest and smallest students in the school to test my rank.” She received the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and was nominated for and awarded a four-year partial scholarship to attend RIT. She will use this scholarship and the two Grand Island scholarships to attend RIT’s fall semester.




Effective Leadership Award Recipient - June 2012


    Sheila Wright Benoit, an officer for many years with the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, will receive the ”Annual Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business.” See Effective Leadership Award.





New York State Women - June 2012

Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc.
June Meeting
Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 21 at Four Points by Sheraton, Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. State President Susan Mager will install 2012-13 Officers. Dr. Sherry Bradford, president of Advanced Cancer TheranosTX, will present the Sixth Annual Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business. For additional information and dinner reservations, contact Chapter President Diane Dinsmore at 308 6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com





New York State Women - May 2012

Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc.
May Meeting
Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 at Metro Town Center Realty, Inc. 1980 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Officers for 2012-2013 will be elected. Dinner reservations by Monday, May 14 by contacting President Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com.





New York State Women - December 2011

Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc.
December Meeting
The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter New York State Women, Inc. will hold a Holiday Christmas Meeting Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island. Members will bring gifts from the Neighbors Foundation Wish List. For information and reservations, contact President Diane Dinsmore at 773 9184 or email Dinsdggr@aol.com.





New York State Women - November 2011

Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York StateWomen, Inc.
November Meeting
The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women’s November Dinner Meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 16 in iver Oaks Clubhouse Restaurant, 201 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. For information and reservations, contact President Diane Dinsmore at 773 9184, 308 6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com





New York State Women
Childhood Obesity Seminar - October2011


GRAND ISLAND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CHAPTER, NEW YORK STATE WOMEN, INC.
Childhood Obesity is the subject of the sixth annual Health Seminar sponsored by the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. It will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Tickets are $10 and include refreshments.
See
Childhood Obesity for complete information.





New York State Women - 2011


The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. annual Wine and Dine Membership Drive will be held on Wedneday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Sandy Beach Yacht Club on Grand Island. Speaker is Erie County Deputy Sheriff Elizabeth Fildes who will discuss “Human Trafficking.” President Diane Dinsmore said the annual Wine and Dine will feature a buffet that includes croissant sandwiches, antipasto salad and desserts. Interested women should contact 773 1715 for information or reservations.






Kathleen Rustowicz, Recipient of Professional Women Scholarship - Aug. 2011

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   Kathleen M. Rustowicz of Tracey Lane, Grand Island, won the 2011 Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women's annual scholarship. She will attend Canisius College. Miss Rustowicz also received a matching funds scholarship from the Grand Island Chapter of Dollars for Scholars. The daughter of Maura and Kevin Rustowicz, she is an award-winning Irish dancer and served for two years as editor of the Grand Island High School yearbook. Math is her college major, and she hopes to teach math in middle and high school.





April Chapter Meeting: Wednesday, April 20 - 2011


Grand Island Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 in the Metro Town Center Office, 1980 Whitehaven Rd., at Baseline, Grand Island. For information or reservations, contact President Diane Dinsmore at 716-308 6230.





STATE WOMEN, INC. Meeting - March 2011


Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m.on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Metro Town Center Real Estate Office, 1980 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Elizabeth McIntyre from the International Institute will speak on "Human Trafficking." For reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore, 308 6230 or Sonja Miller, 773 1715.





STATE WOMEN, INC. Christmas Party


Members of the Grand Island Professional Women Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. will hold their annual Christmas Party on December 1, 2010 at the Buffalo Launch Club starting at 6:00 pm. Donations for the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation will be collected at this time. Please contact Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or dinsdggr@aol.com to make your reservations. All are Welcome!





GRAND ISLAND CHAPTER OF NEW YORK STATE WOMEN, INC.
November Business Meeting


Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 17 at The Riverstone Inn, 971 East River Road, Grand Island. For dinner reservations or information, contact President Diane Dinsmore at 308 6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com





GRAND ISLAND CHAPTER OF NEW YORK STATE WOMEN, INC.
Professional Women's Fifth Annual Health Seminar – Oct. 2010


    Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, NYS Women, Inc. will present its Fifth Annual Health Seminar at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 20 in the Grand Island Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Chapter President Diane Dinsmore said that this year the Health Seminar will focus on "Organ and Tissue Donation" and "Transplants." Guest speaker is Esmeralda Sierra, who is Community Outreach Coordinator for Upstate New York Transplant Services,UNYTS. Tickets are $10. Pre-register with Diane Dinsmore at 308 6230 or email: dinsdggr@aol.com





GRAND ISLAND CHAPTER OF NEW YORK STATE WOMEN, INC.
Diane Dinsmore - Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business – JULY 2010


    Diane Dinsmore, president of the Grand Island Chapter of New York State Women, Inc., received the annual Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business, presented each year by Advanced Cancer Theranostix. Dr. Sherry Bradford, president of ACT, said the award honors a woman who has provided outstanding contributions that support women in developing professional skills, as well as personal excellence and leadership. Ms. Dinsmore, co-founded LDC Construction Co. in 1973, also formed Diversified Management Services on Grand Island, which provides accounting, tax preparation and insurance consulting services.





NEW YORK STATE WOMEN, INC. STATE CONFERENCE ON GRAND ISLAND June 11-13 – JUNE 2010


    New York State Women, Inc. District VIII is hosting the State Conference to be held June 11-13 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center on Grand Island. District VIII Comprises Chapters in Allegheny, Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Orleans counties. District Director Ramona Gallagher of Buffalo said that two District VIII woman are running for State office—Susan Mager of Blasdell and Laurie Livingston of Jamestown. Susan Mager is a candidate for 1st Vice President. She has been an active member of Buffalo Niagara Chapter (formerly Buffalo Business and Professional Women) since 1984. She has been president of the Buffalo Chapter and was District VIII Director. She is business manager for the State magazine, NIKE. Laurie Livingston is a candidate for re-election for State treasurer. She has been a member of the Jamestown Chapter since 1999. She has served as Chapter President and District VIII Director. She is active in Chautauqua County organizations including Chautauqua Leadership Network, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and the YWCA of Jamestown. State President Mary Ellen Morgan said that the Conference will present informative speakers and workshops. “The Conference should encourage women to become better professionally, personally, and politically,” Mrs. Morgan said.





PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CHAPTER – JUNE 2010

    Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 17 in the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island. Susan Mager, First Vice President, New York State Women, Inc., will install Chapter officers for 2010-11. Officers are Diane Dinsmore and Sheila Benoit, co-presidents; Tricia Belter, vice president and treasurer. Dr. Sherry Bradford of Grand Island will announce the Women in Business Effective Leadership Award winner. Dr. Bradford, owner of Oncology Research Therapeutics (ORT) in Amherst, has presented the award each year to acknowledge a Chapter member who has provided outstanding contributions and support for women in the development of professional skills. For reservations or additional information, contact Sonja Miller, 773 1715 or email: regina0698@aol.com.





NYS Women, Inc. To Meet - May 2010

    Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, in the Grand Island Holiday Inn, 100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Officers for 2010-11 will be elected. Other agenda items include the State Conference of New York State Women, Inc. at the Grand Island Holiday Inn the weekend of June 11-13. For additional information and reservations for the monthly meeting, contact Sonja Miller at 773 1715 or sbrad@ascubuffalo.edu





NYS Women, Inc. To Meet - March 2010

   The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 24 at Dick and Jenny's Restaurant, Baseline at Love Rd., Grand Island. For reservations or information, contact Dr. Sherry Bradford at 860-7800 or email: regina0698@aol.com.