What Makes You Feel Beautiful CELEBRATES Women's History Month 2016


The Event was covered by: Dina Sciortino, Editor-in-Chief of Westchester Woman

Faith Saunders M.S.

Title: The 4 Distinguishing  Qualities of Women of Greatness
Description: When you hear the word 'greatness' what person comes to mind? The person may differ for each of us but the common denominator is often someone who stands out. During this event to honor women who made or are making a difference,  we will have a conversation about the 4 qualifies of women of distinctions - this includes you!

Faith Saunders is an author, motivational speaker, Executive Producer/Host of Princeton TV's  Discover A New Future Show and an entrepreneur. Her company, which happens to have the same name as the show, mission is to help people to be the best version of themselves.

Faith developed the passion and skills for helping others especially women, not only because of her professional experience working in the mental health field but also due to her personal journey.

Faith is a graduate of Rutgers University, formerly UMDNJ, with a Masters in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She is the proud parent of two adult children and resides in Somerset, New Jersey.

*“The Edna Saunders Humanitarian Award” presented by Faith Saunders

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tyree Oredein (Tayo)

Tayo (pronounced Ty~yo, and which means "Joy" in Yoruba) is of African-American and Nigerian descent (her father is Nigerian). She was born in Washington, DC and moved to Queens, NY with her mother and older sister when she was six years old.  

She attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA and returned to New York after graduation. She later received a Master’s degree from Hunter College, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. By day, Tayo is a Health Educator & Trainer working to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth of color, and other marginalized groups. She also serves at as an Adjunct Professor at a state university.

In 2011, she was handpicked to be a model for Monica Marrow’s “Beauty of the Month” project and later appeared in the “What Makes You Beautiful” art exhibit. Since then she has been involved in various projects and can be seen in online promotional materials, catalog, novelty items, coffee-table books, and art exhibits. She has also branched out into acting and appears in music videos, shorts, and an independent film titled “Interrogation Room 109”.
She is also an author, and published her first book “His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems About My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend”.

Judy Troilo , Executive Director

Judy Troilo joined the LOFT team as Executive Director in November 2014.  She brings a wealth of experience in both the not-for-profit sector and arts and entertainment industry to her leadership position at The LOFT.

Judy was Executive Director for more than 10 years for an Albany-based New York statewide not-for-profit organization which assists thousands of disenfranchised individuals and families with health services, employment opportunities, and affordable housing.

Prior to segueing into the not-for-profit sector, Judy worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years.  Four of those years, she worked independently.  For eleven of those years, Judy was with a major record label and was one of the youngest recording industry executives as well as one of the few female vice presidents at the time.  Judy was instrumental in developing artists such as Melissa Etheridge and The Cranberries, and worked with other renowned artists such as Grace Jones, Tom Waits, U2, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.  During her years in the music industry, she had the privilege of working on the Red Hot and Blue AIDS awareness and services benefit project and Ain’t Nuthin’ But a She Thing, an all-female artist compilation album and breast cancer campaign.










Dr. Bettye H. Perkins

Dr. Bettye H. Perkins, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT). An educator and former IBM executive, Dr. Perkins has spent the past 20 years developing and implementing educational programs to enhance the academic achievement of young people in New York and throughout the northeast. With anenormous passion for opening doors for young people, Dr. Perkins launched TSTT in 1994 with only 7 students in Westchester County, New York. Today, TSTT’s full-circlecollaborative model has been successfully replicated in four states: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia, and is recognized by prominent educators and policy makers as a “viable model to help close the teacher of color gap.”  TSTT has produced over 150 alumni teachers, and nearly 1000 high school and college students arecurrently in the pipeline to become caring, competent, committed teachers and leaders.


Dr. Perkins is the recipient of many awards and proclamations acknowledging her outstanding achievement in Educational Leadership such as: the Special Parent Honoree Award from the NYS Education Department and the Pathfinder Awardfrom the NYS Association of Women in Administration; the Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award from the Westchester Children’s Museum, the Trailblazer Award by the NY Chamber of Commerce, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Westchester County, NY County Executive’s Office. Most recently, Dr. Perkins received the prestigious Community Service Award from the Westchester County Democratic Committee (WCDC) for her work in preparing young people for the careers in education.


Dr. Perkins received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from North Carolina A&T State University, a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Pace University, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Urban Policy from Fordham University. Her work has been published by the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) as a best practice for Human Capital Management Strategies, by the Amsterdam News for her work on the ‘Male Teacher of Color” Initiative, and by Harvard Business School for the significant economic value and the critical social impact the program has made on our society.


A sought-after speaker, Dr. Perkins recently served as a panelist at the 2015 Teaching & Learning Conference presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards held in Washington, D.C. In September 2015, The Albert Shanker Institute recently published “The State of Teacher Diversity in American Education” spotlighting TSTT as one (1) of eight (8) national programs that is having a positive impact in recruiting and retaining teachers of color. She has also been featured for her work in several national and local media outlets such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Journal News, and the Westchester County Press.


Dr. Perkins and her husband, John, are avid tennis players and live in Hartsdale, New York. They enjoy mentoring many young people and spending time with their godchildren.

Rebecca Lippel

Rebecca Lippel is the Director of My Second Home, a new intergenerational social adult day program and the Lanza Family Center For All Ages. Lippel joined FSW in November of 2014 and prior to then served as the Director of Resident Services and Quality at Kendal on Hudson, following managing Friendly Connections, a Connecticut based program serving homebound seniors in the community. In addition, Lippel spent a couple of years with the New York office as well as the Washington DC based headquarters of AARP. As a Gerontologist and adjunct professor, Lippel has much experience in senior services and carries a passion for working with and on behalf of the aging population.










Joan Nimmo, LCSW

Joan Nimmo, LCSW has been working with people with dementia and their caregivers for over 20 years. She received her MSW from NYU and practiced in New York City and Westchester before moving to the Berkshires, where she had a private practice for 12 years working with elders and caregivers in their homes. During that time she also worked with the Alzheimer’s Association training both professional and family caregivers and was an adjunct professor at Berkshire Community College. Last year she moved back to the area. She works for Family Services of Westchester as a social worker at the intergenerational social adult day program My Second Home at White Plains and doing outreach in the community to disseminate information about Alzheimer’s Disease.










Jessy Méndez

Program Manager, Arts in Education 



Jessy Méndez began her career with arts in 2007 as the Executive Assistant to Janet Langsam, Chief Executive Director of ArtsWestchester.  Her responsibilities then included coordinating and maintaining the C.E.D.’s day-to-day agenda, organizing corporate meetings and luncheons, acting as liaison to all Department Directors. Over the years, Jessy has proven to be smart, adaptable, determined and a great team player - all qualities that have allowed her to successfully elevate within ArtsWestchester.  To date, Jessy is the Program Manager for the Arts in Education Department. Her responsibilities include building and maintaining strong relationships with schools and human service agencies including mental health sites, homeless shelters, afterschool programs and senior residences in order to successfully provide effective and enriching art programs.  She is also responsible for promoting and vetting County-based professional teaching artists that conduct art residencies at various locations.  With her diligence, ArtsWestchester has maintained a roster of over 80 professional artists that work to provide art experiences for a variety of populations, ages and abilities.  


Outside of her time with ArtsWestchester, Jessy is health and fitness enthusiast.  She takes crossfit, kickboxing, dance and hot yoga classes at her local gym and is working on her certification for yoga and zumba.

Heidi Luerra

Heidi Luerra is the Founder & CEO of RAW:natural born artists, the largest independent arts organization in the world.

RAW plans, promotes and produces event showcases in 60+ cities around the globe with over 70,000+ artists in their network. The mission is to provide tools, resources and exposure to artists within the first 10 years of their career in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, accessories design and photography. Heidi oversees a company of 28 employees at RAW Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, where she also calls home.

At an early age (seven years old) Heidi was hosting fashion shows in her living room and art shows in her bedroom. By 11, she started her own business selling seasonal items from catalogs door-to-door. She also sold pet rocks she painted, apples and lemonade. Heidi created her own club for the neighborhood girls complete with monthly curriculum, fundraisers and newsletters. Entrepreneurship is in her blood.

A self proclaimed "small voices activist" Heidi saw a gaping hole in the arts culture between just beginning and "making it" in the creative world.
She experienced what she describes as the "injustice" first hand while creating a clothing line (Everywear Clothing) at age 19. Finding it nearly impossible to stand out in such a large crowd and not having an appropriate platform to promote her line. This venture brought her to the conclusion that creating a platform for young artists to be seen and heard was an absolute necessity.

At age 20 Heidi founded Project Ethos, an event series that showcased emerging talent in fashion, music and art. Learning very quickly that she found her calling: To help independent artists find their voice. Project Ethos grew tremendously to a highly regarded, well-attended event with over 2,500 attendees in Hollywood, CA.

Shortly after, Heidi earned her degree in Product Development from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She began working independently with artists and corporate clients, helping to launch careers, products, services and brands.

Currently, Heidi sits on the advisory board for tech start-up, Art Square. She also holds a chair on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council in Arts, Culture and Education.










Penny Berman

Having begun her career in the field of educational publishing, with a temporary detour into the field of consumer marketing research, Penny found her passion in the field of environmental education when she took a course designed to prepare volunteers to introduce youngsters to the natural wonders found at Westchester County’s nature preserves. This led to a two- decade plus career in the natural history field, first as Coordinator of the Volunteers-in-the-Parks Program with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation, and then as Director of Operations and Visitor Services at the Greenburgh Nature Center. As she says, she saved the best for last, having found a career that was centered on the things she most valued—early childhood education and nature.  While recently retired, Penny remains an active devotee to the field of environmental education, believing that if we truly love and value the environment we will move heaven and earth to protect it.  










Amanada Kyle-Shaw

Amanda Kyle-Shaw currently serves as the Area Director of WestCOP @ Greenburgh/Elmsford Community Action Partnership located on the 2nd floor of the Theodore D Young Community Center in Greenburgh, New York. She began this assignment in November of 2006. Amanda is deeply committed to social causes and has worked in the healthcare sector as secretarial support for nursing staff for more than 17 years prior to this appointment. She has a passion for helping the underserved and always seeks to develop programs and services to meet low income clients’ needs and strives to change the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together building alliances and partnerships to sustain and strengthen the community. 

When asked what brought her to Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP), Amandaresponded: “I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason and God had a purpose to put me where I’m at and He gave me the tools to help those in need.”  The Greenburgh/Elmsford CAP office provides several services and programs to the community including food pantry, utility assistance, back to school clothing, and summer jobs for youth.  Under her direction, this small 2-person office sees on average more than 150 households per month.

Still residing in the village where she grew up, the mother of two daughters was the only child of Panamanian born Lilian Shaw and American William Kyle. Raised by a strict Caribbean mother in North Tarrytown, Amanda earned her diploma from Sleepy Hollow High School; she later graduated Cum Laude with a Degree of Associate in Applied Science in Computer Network Administration from The College of Westchester.

Sarah Bracey White

Sarah Bracey White is a writer, teacher, arts consultant, and curator. She earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Baltimore’s Morgan State University (1967), and a master's degree in Library and Information Services from the University of Maryland at College Park (‘71). She was a 2010/2011 Inaugural Fellow at the Purchase College Writers Center.
Her literary work includes “Primary Lessons: A Memoir” published by CavanKerry Press Ltd. In 2013, The Wanderlust: A South Carolina Folk Tale, and Feelings Brought to Surface, a poetry collection. Her memoir piece, “Freedom Summer,” was included in the Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books’ anthology Children of the Dream,’99, and Dreaming in Color, Living in Black and White, ‘01. Some of her other essays appear in Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother and Gardening on a Deeper Level, and Heartscapes: True Stories of Remembered Loves. The New York Times, The Baltimore Afro American Newspaper and the Journal News have published her essays which also have appeared on the world-wide web and been reviewed in national journals such as Southern Literary, and Sewanee Reviews.
For the past 23 years, she has been the Town of Greenburgh’s Executive Director of Cultural Affairs where she is the administrative manager & fundraiser for a full range of cultural and artistic program serving 83,000 people. Among her many arts related activities, she designed and coordinates Greenburgh's Kids Short Story Connection, a creative writing project for children who love to write.
She has been a college and legislative librarian, speech writer and special representative for the Mayor of Baltimore City, associate editor of the Westchester Advocate, National Writers Union local officer, review panelist for grant applications to the New York State Council on the Arts and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Westchester Arts Council. She has taught creative writing courses at Morgan State University, Mercy College, and the Hudson Valley Writers Center.
Her public speaking includes radio and cable TV interviews, lectures at NYU’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, Morgan State University, Manhattanville College, Westchester Community College, Purchase College, the Neuberger Museum, and the International Association of Business Communicators.
She has appeared on “Good Day New York,” WFAS and WVOX Radio, and Channel 12 Westchester's "Daytime Edition." Since the release of her memoir Primary Lessons, she is a frequently sought after speaker at book clubs, churches, synagogues, libraries, schools, colleges and community events. She has chaired many local charitable events such as the Westchester Library System’s African American Authors’ Tea, the Greenburgh Library’s Annual Friends’ Fundraiser Books and Cooks, the White Plains YWCA’s Mover and Shaker Celebration. She gave the keynote at Hasting’s 2015 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday Celebration.










Emily Grant

Emily Grant is 31 years old and is a Speech and Language Pathologist at Dramatic Pragmatics Speech & Language Center in Rye Brook, NY. She studied Italian Language and Literature at Penn State University and then after traveling and working a bit, she went on to get her Masters at Hunter College in Speech Language Pathology. Emily grew up in White Plains, NY but currently lives in Tarrytown, NY with her wonderful fiancé, Mike. On August 27 of this year, she will become a happily married woman! Besides spending time with Mike, family, and friends, she loves cooking (and eating!), hiking and the outdoors, traveling and photography.

Sergeant First Class Charlene Mahabir Corpening

Born in Trinidad, West Indies Combat Veteran Sergeant First Class Charlene Mahabir Corpening moved to Bronx, NY with her family in 1977 in search of the American Dream.  Thanks to a mother who believed in being prepared for whatever opportunities that may come, Charlene was ready for the many journeys that she encountered throughout her life.  
After graduating from Crosby High School (Crosby, TX) in 1990, she enlisted in the United States Army as an Administrative Specialist.  What started out as a five-year enlistment, turned into a successful career of over 25 years culminating as a Senior Human Resource Sergeant with the Army Reserves.  In addition to numerous stateside assignments, her overseas tours included Germany, Korea and Afghanistan.  Throughout her career she’s been awarded various Armed Forces Awards which includes the Joint Services Accommodation Medal and most importantly, five Meritorious Service Medals but if asked, she would tell you her greatest accomplishment is her family.  Married to Isiah D. Corpening, Jr for over 22 years, they have one child, Isiah III (17) who will graduate from high school this May.  
Currently, Charlene is serving as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) unit in Charlotte, NC.  Upon completing her degree in Healthcare Management this fall, Charlene is looking forward to the next chapter in her life after retirement from the Army in 2017.










Mia Diamond Padwa, LMSW

Mia Diamond Padwa holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College. She is the Director of Adoption & Children’s Services, a division of Family Services of Westchester (FSW.) Mia is a regular speaker at conferences sponsored by the Adoptive Parents committee, a tri-state organization dedicated to supporting adoptive families through research, advocacy, and community building.
When Mia became Director of Adoption at FSW in 2008, the agency already had a 50+ year history in counseling expectant parents considering making an adoption plan for their newborns, and in approving families to adopt those infants. Over time, the agency expanded to working with singles and couples hoping to adopt children from around the world. In 2013, Mia started the Parents and Children Together (PACT) program at her agency, to work with singles, couples, and families who wished to adopt children in the foster care system. Through PACT, children who have experienced trauma, grief, and loss early in their lives have found their forever families.
Mia is also a Leader in La Leche League International, a global organization dedicated to supporting the idea of breastfeeding as normal feeding. Through fifteen years, of volunteering with La Leche League, Mia has provided current information on all aspects of breastfeeding to hundreds of women with the goal of enabling them to make informed decisions about feeding their children. Mia lives with her family in Riverdale, New York.










Helena Marescot

Helena Marescot is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and loving mother of two.  Her passion is to promote a better quality of life by teaching and empowering busy women to live a healthy lifestyle and building vibrant families.
Helena strives to accomplish her vision in 3 ways:
Individual one-one coaching designed to prioritize one's health in an over-scheduled and stressful environment.  She starts with a holistic approach and looks at all how all parts of life affect health as a whole.
Facilitate workplace wellness seminars to improve productivity and reduce health care costs.  Topics focus on prevention and lifestyle management such as nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, weight loss and disease management.
Partners with non-profit organizations to develop outreach programs and health fairs targeted at educating and providing support to underserved communities.

Prior to entering the health and wellness space, Helena worked 20 years as a Corporate Marketing executive for various Fortune 500 Companies where she was responsible for launching million dollar branded food, snacks and beverages.  Over time, she became disillusioned over how food corporations advertise healthy images and pass off products as being "good for you" simply because of one ingredient or having the unfair advantage of affecting food policy and regulations.  This prompted her to change careers and leverage her knowledge to help get America healthy, one person at a time.

Helena  enjoys being active, exercising & socializing with family and friends.  

Qualifications/Certification and Accreditation
Helena received her holistic nutrition certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In addition, she holds a certificate from the partnership with Take Shape For Life, the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education and the College of Nursing at Villanova University.

Helena earned a Bachelors from Bernard Baruch College and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Adelphi University.

Other Experience
Hope World Wide Tri State representative - youth mentoring, disaster response, fire safety and prevention and homeless outreach.
Regional Chair, Health & Wellness, WEPR (180 school districts across Westchester &Putnam counties)
Emergency Response Volunteer & Blood Drive Coordinator - American Red Cross-Greater New York
Corporate Trainer, Employee Assistance Programs (Anthem, United Healthcare, LifeCare, Optum, Aetna)

Workshop Presenter
Helena is also a sought-after nutrition and wellness speaker and gives informative talks on how to create a healthier lifestyle that fits into your life seamlessly.
Holistic Health Articles and Newsletters
Presenter, monthly public access cable TV programs
Phone: ‪(914) 462-1515‬‬‬ Email: hmarra1@gmail.com   Website:www.wellness4life.guru

Mary J. Swann

For more than three decades Mary Swann has broken barriers, made history, and touched 100's of lives in the world of beauty and fashion.

She graduated Wilfred Academy in 1978. Shortly after graduating she worked at 'isis' in east orange nj. In 1984 she relocated to 'shampoo' in Irvington nj. In 1985 Mary Swann was the co-founder and owner of 'A cut above the rest' the very first full service salon in Newark Nj with a staff of 22 persons.

Mary taught and mentored over 200 hairstylist of which several have gone to own their own salons. Mary has worked as a platform artist for Clairol, Excutive stylist for music videos, and personal stylist to Queen Latifah.

She has received numerous awards and honors. Mary has been and still is like a mother to most. A giver of life as well. Recently in 2015 she gave one of her kidneys to her childhood sweetheart and husband Cleo Swann. A perfect match.
Mary's credo is 'each one teach one' Give back to the community.










Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman

The Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and political strategist who has been expanding people’s understanding of faith and sexuality for over twenty-five years.
She has worked on the most pressing contemporary issues in the intersection of religion and sexuality, serving as an inner-city hospital chaplain to people with HIV/AIDS from 1989 to 1995, helping to craft political and communications strategies for marriage-equality efforts, and persevering for almost two decades to become an openly queer priest in the Episcopal Church.  Her forthcoming book, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity(Beacon Press, May 2016) is drawing attention and praise for its effort to breathe fresh air into public conversations about religion and human sexuality, earning starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives in New York.  


Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills, a New Jersey native, has been the Youth & Young Adult Coordinator for Hudson Pride Connections Center since 2011. She facilitates HPCC’s youth group, YouthConnect, for LGBTQ youth ages 13-18, and Building Our Youth (BOY) for young adults 19 to 24.

Before joining the HPCC team, Stephanie graduated from William Paterson University, earning her B.A. in English. She served as an Americorps member, facilitating an S.A.T preparatory course, and mentoring and serving as a program coordinator for high school students.  She also worked as the Program Director for then-Mayor Corey Booker’s “Brick City Serves” initiative, where she was as an advocate for and worked closely with, youth and Newark Public Schools.

She brought her experience working with youth to HPCC where she delivers workshops to assist LGBTQ youth to address issues they face in their personal lives as well as within their community. In addition to youth empowerment, she helps address homelessness, substance abuse, unhealthy relationships, and unsafe-sex practices. She also links individuals living with HIV/AIDS to adequate health care, and provides resources to further education.

Her overall goal is to empower youth to become engaged in creating positive change for themselves and ultimately their communities.










Chef Pearl Thompson

Having been born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Chef Thompson is a Jersey girl through and through. After spending much of her young life in New York City and Newark, she eventually moved to Allentown Pennsylvania, where she became the first African-American female bus driver for the local transit company.
While in Pennsylvania, she was exposed to a wide variety of foods that were different from the fare she was accustomed to.
Because of this new interest in food, Chef Pearl Thompson later attended The New York Restaurant School at The New School for Social Research. After completing culinary school, she worked in a number of restaurants and set about opening a restaurant and catering business of her own. After three years in the business, she went on to work for New York Food & Hotel Management in NYC as a chef instructor. This was the ultimate career high for her, because teaching has always been her first passion.
Family, community and activism have always had a space in her heart, so after 4 years as a chef instructor, she decided to make a change. The AIDS epidemic was in full swing, and Chef Pearl saw an opportunity to apply her work’s philosophy to use food as a tool of healing. In 1986, Chef Pearl went to work for the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation to co-manage a program that served restaurant-quality meals to folks who were homeless with AIDS.
During her time at Hyacinth, she was introduced to the Reverend Lisanne Finston, who would later become her employer and her mentor at Elijahs Promise. As the director of Elijah’s Promise, Lisanne expressed a desire for Pearl to start a culinary school, which would teach culinary skills to low-and no-income people in order for them to obtain employment in the field of culinary arts. Promise Culinary school has been in existence since 1997 and has graduated over 500 students who are employed in every facet of the foodservice industry. Chef Pearl’s objective is to educate and empower those who have been marginalized in society to gain dignity through culinary arts. In furthering the mission of Elijahs Promise, Promise Culinary School works to alleviate the root causes of poverty and hunger through programs centered on building self-sufficiency.
Because of her work at Elijah’s Promise’s Promise Culinary School, she was awarded the Community Service Award from Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and the New Jersey Association on Correction.










Dr. Barbara Milton PhD, LCSW

Throughout her career, Dr. Barbara Milton has never shied away from a challenge. She has worked with underserved populations, and particularly with inner-city children and families.

She brings her knowledge of oppression to her work with clients. Her doctoral research focused on resilience in African American slaves. Through her study of a collection of the Work Progress Administration's slave narratives, she identified the ways slaves survived during and after bondage. She applies her learning to the work she does in mediating the effects of violence and trauma.

Her research also guides and inspires her work with African American youth.
She is the executive producer and host of the Comcast Channel 51 public television show, “Focus on Teens.” This program shines the spotlight on resilient inner-city teenagers, and brings good news about youth of color, information too often missing from mainstream reporting.

Her newspaper column for the Jersey Journal, called “Our Pride and Joy,” features stories about resilient Hudson County teenagers. I encourage you to go to NJ.com, type Barbara Milton’s name into the search box, then enjoy her wonderful stories. And be prepared to be inspired!

Her writing always highlights the good — and the good people — she encounters in her community.

Former Director of Clinical Services for The Family Center of the Urban League of Hudson County in Jersey City, Barbara has been an unstoppable advocate for children, families, and communities.

And her work has not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of a CUNY Graduate Research Grant; a CUNY Social Welfare Fellowship; the UMDNJ-UBHC Master Clinician Award, the Hudson Pride Community Advocate Award, and Rutgers University’s Mark Foreman Excellence in Social Work Award.

Dr. Milton also gives back to the social work profession and to NASW-NJ. She co-chairs the NASW-NJ Hudson Unit and serves on the Chapter’s Continuing Education Program Committee. She is deeply committed to the social work profession and to developing the next generation of professional social workers. I am a consultant/therapist in private practice through my business social work practice for resilience LLC.










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