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Volunteers Recognized by Girl Scouts of Nassau County


Garden City, NY April 4, 2012 – Girl Scout volunteers were honored and recognized at the 20th annual Adult Recognitions Ceremony on March 18, 2012 at LIU – Post Hillwood Commons.

"Our Adult Recognitions Ceremony is a way for us to show our great appreciation for the wonderful standout volunteers we have here in Nassau County," said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. "We are very proud of these women that devote so much of their time, talent and energy to our Council and we are very pleased to present these awards to them in honor of all they do to help us continue to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”

At the Adult Recognitions Ceremony the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Board of Directors recognized its volunteers with several awards, including The Girl Scouts of the USA Thanks Badge, The Girl Scouts of the USA Honor Pin, The Girl Scouts of the USA Appreciation Pin, The Girl Scouts of the USA Years of Service Pin, The Girl Scouts of the USA Tenure Pin and the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Continuing Service Award.


The following volunteers were honored:


The GSUSA Thanks Badge -

Diane White – Valley Stream

Margaret Stacey – Locust Valley

Cathy O'Reilly – Hewlett


The GSUSA Honor Pin -

Theresa Edelman – Hicksville

Gloria Baca – Hicksville

Debbie Vespo – Bethpage

Dafna Adler – West Hempstead

Lisa Burke – Oyster Bay

Ruth Bigman – Glen Cove

Chris Bonczyk – Hicksville

Vito Genova – Franklin Square

Sharon Haley – Woodbury

Wanda Jackson – Baldwin

Karen Lombardo – Roslyn Heights

Judith Marrazzo Jann – East Norwich

William Mays – Merrick

Eric Rogers – Westbury

Deborah Schiff – Dix Hills

Laura Smiros – Oyster Bay

Daniel Yngstrom – Merrick


The GSUSA Appreciation Pin -

Patricia Montesdeoca-Sarju – Baldwin

Susan Garfinkel – Plainview

Diane Volberg – Farmingdale

Sarah Ayers – East Meadow

Lorraine Baltusis – East Meadow

Marie Draper-Fraioli – Levittown

Joy Geist – East Meadow

Brenda Kenny

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Stephanie Neus – Farmingdale

Teresa Soto – East Meadow

Celia Haynes-Lowe – Far Rockaway

Kerry Couture – Garden City

Cheryl Hatala – Glen Cove

Susan Rogers – Farmingdale

Allison Woessner – Farmingdale

Kimberly Weaver – Freeport

Therese Baranello – Williston Park

Audra Fordin – Roslyn Heights

Patricia Hackenjos – Williston Park

Theresa Lally-Del Sorbo – Syosset

Denise Bochetto – Massapequa

Mary Ann Kovaluskie – Massapequa Park

Deborah Meehan – Massapequa

Laura Tammaro – Massapequa Park

Susan Battaglia – Merrick

Diance Danielsen – Merrick

Lori D'Antonio – Merrick

Maria Fonte – Rockville Centre

Gloria Hagerstrom – Bethpage

Christine Camardella – Levittown

Dara Blitz-Taskale – Manhasset

Jeanine Di Lillo – Port Washington

Sona Hyde – Port Washington

Donna Russo – Port Washington

Keisha Gorham-Sains – Uniondale

Tara Bowers – Seaford

Joy Gilbert – Seaford

Stasia Alvarez – Glen Head

Petrice Kaider – Sea Cliff

Kathleen Lavin – Glenwood Landing

Alison Santoro-Smith – Glen Head

Lillian Chajkewicz – West Hempstead

Ellen De Mott – West Hempstead

Josephine Detz – Franklin Square

Carol Grassi – Franklin Square

Debbie Ventimiglia – Franklin Square


The GSUSA Years of Service Pin -

Debra Ieraci – Glen Cove

Carol Ross – Farmingdale

Terry Creighton – Bellerose Terrace

Pat Linsner – Floral Park

Theresa Danks – Rockville Centre

Elana Wills – South Hempstead

Wendy Neus - Farmingdale


The GSUSA Tenure Pin -

Pat Amoroso – Merrick

Kathleen Murphy – Massapequa Park

Paula Quinn – Port Washington

Kathleen Sands – Marlborough

Andrea Surless – East Meadow

Tracey Wargo – Massapequa

Maureen McPartlan – Mineola

Joy Geist – East Meadow

Bonnie Campbell – Wantagh

Stephanie Neus – Farmingdale


The Girl Scouts of Nassau County Continuing Service Awards -

Elizabeth Alford – North Bellmore

Josephine Capizzi – Baldwin

Edith Van Keuren – Baldwin

Nancy Rosenbaum – East Meadow

Jeanette Rotolo – East Meadow

Peggy Berta – Floral Park

Jo Ann Kohler – Floral Park

Patricia Linsner – Floral Park

Denise Betts – Farmingdale

Laura Andreacchi – New Hyde Park

Raleigh Brown-Meyer – Port Washington

Fran D'Alessandro – Port Washington

Miriam Lopez – Rockville Centre

Deborah Barbieri – Glenwood Landing

Maureen Imbesi – Garden City

Anne Marie Spensieri-Fidis – West Hempstead

JoLynn Tripp – Franklin Square

Lauren Burke – Oyster Bay


Certificate of Appreciation -

Colleen Wright - Bellmore

Carolyn Bove – Massapequa Park

Sharon Haley – Woodbury

Rosemarie Tait – North Bellmore

Joan Monestero – North Bellmore

Randi Meltzer – Bellmore

Dianne Danielsen – Merrick

Lori D'Antonio – Merrick

Addys Reilly – Merrick

Rita Marie Smith – Merrick

Tanya Tolentino – Wantagh

Leanna Giaquinto – North Merrick

Amanda Dias – West Hempstead

Olen Dias – West Hempstead

Agnelo Dias – West Hempstead

Cynthia Friedman – Floral Park

Kavita Gera – East Meadow

Sejal Gera – East Meadow

Carlie Mendoza – East Meadow

Carmel Mendoza – East Meadow

Christina Mendoza – East Meadow

Allison Yang – Manhasset

Michelle Wong – Manhasset

Jillian Wong – Manhasset

Priscilla Wong – Manhasset

Tricia Keskinen – Baldwin

Randi D'Ambrosio – Wantagh

Basia Damsker – Wantagh

Kathleen Murphy – Massepequa Park

Sydney Renwick – Mount Vernon

Nancy Wolinski – Manhasset

Tracey Wargo – Massapequa

Colleen Stark – East Meadow

Colleen Wright – Bellmore

Susan Young – Port Washington

Eva Barahona – Maspeth

Gina Young – Maspeth

Sophia Dhaliwal – Maspeth

Ingrid Matias Chungata – Maspeth

Diana Pena – Maspeth

Thresia Harris – Maspeth

Cynthia Baux – Maspeth

Bianca Aponte – Maspeth

Arlene Barksdale - Maspeth


The GSUSA Thanks Badge is the highest award in Girl Scouting. It recognizes service so significantly above and beyond the call of duty. This pin is given to an individual only once, and fewer than 200 are given annually across the country. The Thanks Badge recognizes volunteers actively giving service impacting the Council or the entire Girl Scout movement and who have taken a leadership role at the Council level in one or more of the following areas; increasing membership growth and retention, increasing program opportunities, developing broad participation in policy – influencing through the democratic process, and ensuring inclusive behavior is recognized, understood and practiced at all levels.


The GSUSA Honor Pin recognizes volunteers actively giving outstanding service by significantly contributing to one or more Council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in two or more geographic areas.


The GSUSA Appreciation Pin recognizes volunteers actively giving outstanding service meeting one or more of the Council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in at least one geographic area.


The GSUSA Years of Service Pin recognizes an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the USA for her/his active volunteer service at five-year intervals. Volunteers with 25 or more years of service were recognized.


The GSUSA Tenure Pin recognizes an adult member with the Girl Scouts of the USA for total membership years as a girl and/or adult in Girl Scouting. Registered members a total of 25 years or more, including both girls and adult membership years.


The Girl Scouts of Nassau County Continuing Service Award was be presented to volunteers that were nominated after receiving the Appreciation, Honor or Thanks Badge and have continued service for an additional five years. The Award Pin depicts a tree as a symbol of continuity, continued growth and service to Girl Scouts of Nassau County. All awarded volunteers actively recognize, understand and practice the values of inclusive behavior.


A special Certificate of Appreciation was also awarded to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Trainers, Volunteers Serving Wait Listed Girls, The GSNC Asian Task Force, Gold Award Mentoring Committee and the Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. Gamma Epssilon Graduate Chapter for futuring the work of the Girl Scouts in Nassau County.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouting in Nassau County creates an accepting and nurturing environment, which gives girls a chance to build character and develop leadership skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. In order to get girls there, Girl Scouts has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl in a move to rally the nation around the cause of girls' leadership. With almost 21,000 girl and 7,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Nassau County has become the preeminent organization and leading authority for girls. The organization, now in its 100th year, continues to make the world a better place one girl at a time.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County call Donna Rivera Downey 516 741-2550 at ext. 260, or visit


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