GEWWC WOMEN OF HONOR AWARDS
Brittany SchiavoneHumanitarian Nominee
Brittany Schiavone is the founder of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Brittany’s Baskets of Hope. Her mission is to create and deliver welcome baskets full of resources, love, and hope to new babies with Down syndrome and their families across the country. She believes that no matter who you are or how you’re born, your arrival deserves to be celebrated! To date, Brittany has delivered over 300 baskets to families in 45 different states across the country and has spoken at schools, colleges, and conferences throughout Long Island. Brittany and her baskets of hope have been featured on FOXBusiness.com, The Mighty, Ditch the Label, Elephant Journal, and on News 12 Long Island, where she was selected as one of their “12 Making a Difference” in 2016. Beyond her role with Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, Brittany currently holds a job in retail. Brittany is also currently involved in Consolidated Support Services, and is leading a full, self-determined life. Brittany graduated from Walt Whitman High School and holds an IEP diploma. In the fall of 2016, she enrolled in college courses for the first time through Hofstra University’s CMA Live Wire program for individuals with special needs, and she continued her education at Hofstra during the Spring 2017 semester.
Alina Delgado CuevasEducation Nominee
Alina Delgado Cuevas was born in 1949, in a middle class Havana, Cuba neighborhood called Santos Suárez. Alina left Puerto Rico to study drama and theater in NYC, acquiring a certificate in TESOL. Theater and drama gave her the confidence she needed later to present successfully and bilingually before large groups of educators. Alina’s first job as ESL teacher made her realize that immigrant students with strong native language literacy were transferred skills to English much more rapidly. In 1972 she joined the bilingual education movement, earned a Masters’ degree through a NYS grant at LIU in Brooklyn, joined pro-Latino education advocacy groups such as PREA (Puerto Rican Educators’ Association), SABE and NYSABE. She was supportive and present when NYC mandated Bilingual Ed and created the LAB tests; and eventually, when the Bilingual Education Act passed. As one of New York’s pioneer bilingual educators, both in public schools and later through university careers, she had been an active advocate, promoter and professor of bilingual education until my retirement from Hofstra in 2014.
Alicia JamesEmpowerment Nominee
Ms. Alicia James is the visionary, founder and President of The PAM Project (Preserve A Mom) a social enterprise agency which advocates and promotes the importance of maternal mental wellness and addressing mental illness stigma in communities of color. After 20 years of nonprofit programming, fundraising, business development and marketing consulting, Ms. James made the decision to launch her purpose vision. A business model designed to educate, empower and advocate for mothers. In 2015, Ms. James held two Mental Health and Wellness Community Forums in partnership with both Nassau and Suffolk County Departments of Minority Health. She continues to collaborate with both the public and private sector producing educational workshops and community forums which focused on physical activity, nutrition, mental health / wellness, mental illness stigma, and self-care for caregivers. Ms. Alicia James was awarded the Nassau Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's 2017 Woman of Distinction, for her community contributions in the area of Mental and Physical Health. Ms. James’ life mission is to continuously cultivate positive change for women and girls, health related issues and in communities of color.