Woman of Honor 2015 Nominations
Humanitarian & Culture Award – Jasmin Pitter
Ms. Jasmin Pitter is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and is certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). She is also a certified Yoga instructor, a graduate of Stony Brook University, and the New York College of Health Professions where she studied massage therapy (Eastern and Western protocols). She completed her Nutritional Consultation certification at the former Global College of Natural Medicine in California. Ms. Pitter is also a dynamic leader at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Springfield Gardens, New York.
Ms. Pitter believes that optimum health can be achieved or maintained by taking a holistic approach to wellness. This includes incorporating balanced nutrition, exercise, stress management, meditation, and other tools for self care, as well as caring for others and our environment. She has given many presentations about her holistic approach.
Ms. Pitter has instructed yoga classes at various locations including gyms, retreats and currently at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. She is the lead delegate for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) – New York Chapter 2015. She has volunteered her massage services at various events such as the Long Island Brain Tumor Walk, Relay for Life – American Cancer Society, Ride 2 Recovery, and the New York Firefighters Burn Center Holiday Event at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell. She currently provides individual and group demonstrations on food preparation that may prevent or reverse various health issues.
In August 2005, tragedy struck when she lost her oldest child Xavier in an auto accident. She has since provided annual scholarships to high school seniors who are selected from an essay competition. The essays are based on causes and effects of speeding and advice on prevention.
Ms. Pitter is a native of Jamaica, West Indies. She currently resides in New York. She enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures. She has sojourned to Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, St. Croix and Canada. On her trips to Egypt and Ghana she chaperoned students and helped them to learn about their ancestors as well as provided school supplies to students of those countries. She conducts annual educational tours, one of which is to Washington DC where patrons learn about the presence of African symbolism in that area. She also organizes trips to the organic farms and shares information about caring for our environment.
Jasmin has been married to her husband Trevor for 29 years and they are the parents of three children.
Business Award – Cheryl L. Fratello
Cheryl L. Fratello is the founder and president of Fratello Law, P.C., a Long Island based law firm with offices in Woodbury and Smithtown, New York. Fratello Law, P.C. serves the legal needs of clients in the areas of Trusts & Estates, Elder Law, and Real Estate.
For more than 10 years, Cheryl has assisted clients with their estate planning needs through the use of wills and trusts, and the administration of estates in Surrogate’s Court. She regularly works with clients seeking asset protection, Medicaid planning, and Medicaid nursing home and home care applications. Cheryl has lectured to local communities about important legal issues in Trusts & Estates, Elder Law and Real Estate.
Cheryl was awarded her Juris Doctor degree from SUNY Buffalo Law School and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the State of New York University at Stony Brook. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Cheryl is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and completed the Alzheimer’s Association accredited AD Training Program.
- Nassau Suffolk Law Committee, Inc., Advisory Council Member 2012-present
- Columbian Lawyers Association of Nassau County, Inc., Officer 2011-present
- Long Island Women’s Agenda, Board of Director, 2007-2012
- Leadership in Law Award, Long Island Business News, 2014
- Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2015
- 40 Under 40 Award, Long Island Business News, 2010
- Emerging Leader Award, Long Island Women’s Agenda, 2010
Cheryl has had the pleasure of teaching legal studies to college students at Brooklyn’s CUNY Kingsborough Community College as an adjunct professor and has lectured to students at Touro Law School, Hofstra Law School and C.W. Post – Long Island University. Cheryl has supported local organizations including NCBA Senior Clinic, LIWA, Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education, Child Care Council of Nassau, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, Friends of Caleb Smith State Park, and Girl Scouts of Nassau County.
In her free time, Cheryl studies wine at the International Wine Center in New York City. She has obtained Level 1 and Level 2 Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) certifications and is currently working to obtain her WSET Advanced Certificate.
Educator Award – Franshuas Rodriguez
I met Franshuas Rodriguez over the last two summers while I was working at a special summer STEM program at Culture Play, LLC. From my observation, her focus is on her each student’s learning. She always tries to speak particularly clear when she was teaching. I didn’t know that she is a public speaker for young people dealing with adolescent issues!
Franshuas, graduated with a Master of Arts, in Technology for Learning from Hofstra University as Summa Cum Laude in May 2014. In 2009, she was the Sigma Delta Pi president and the recipient of Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize at Hofstra. She was a Spanish teacher in middle and high schools. She started as a Spanish Teacher in Smithtown Christian School from 2011, and is now the Secondary Technology Department Chair. While she was a Spanish teacher, she assisted in the building of a language lab in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and in preparing students for outreaches to other Spanish speaking countries.
She is an educator who uses both Technology and Language Art to reach youngsters. I believe it is important to recognize educators such as Franshuas Rodriguez who encourages young students to have confident, goals and vision. (Soh Young Lee-Segredo, GEWWC supporter. Presenter and public school teacher)
Entertainment & Art Award – You Jung (Anes) Jong of ‘Hanbok Story’, Queens, NY
“I want to dress as many people as I can with Hanbok. I love to see them beautiful!”
You Jung (Anes) Jong showed artistic talent growing up. She spent much of her middle school years in the art room. Her teacher encouraged You Jong to attend high school which was known to have high standard art program. However, she followed her father’s wish and she focused on main academic subjects. She continued art. She graduated from Youngnam College, Daegu, S. Korea majoring in Communication and Modern Art in 1981. From 1982 to 1984, she worked as a manager at the Korean Uniform School in Daegu, which was partnered with the Fashion Company ‘Creo’. From 1985 till 1989, she owned her designer shop creating new styles of uniforms. From 1989 till 2006, she was trained with her mom and aunt, who is nationally known for over 60 years for her Hanbok designs. A Hanbok is the national costume of Korea. Two years after arriving in the USA, she opened the first Hanbok Rent Center in Flushing. Since 2010, through her store, Hanbok Story, Ms. Jung has contributed her artistic talent in providing unique styles of Hanboks to the Korean community, as well as, to whoever is an aficionado of Hanboks. She has sponsored numerous times exhibitions of Hanboks in Stony Brook University, at Leonard’s Wedding Show, and at the annual Hanbok Fashion Show co-sponsored by the Korean American Garment Association and the Korean American Fashion Association. Since 2010, she has held a Hanbok Fashion Show at Columbia University, MIT, Boston University, and Yale University.
She has used her artistic senses along with inherited talent from her aunt and mom to dress people beautifully. When we dress someone beautifully, we also feel happy and beautiful. You Jung (Anes) Jong studied art but after marriage into a big family, it was difficult her to focus on art. Putting her heart into it, with two women’s encouragement and teaching (her aunt and mother) she became a unique artist who makes Art with people and fashion! We, women, should strive to chase our dreams regardless of obstacles! (Recommended by Soh Young Lee-Segredo, Multicultural Council of NY, Inc. and GEWWC Women’s Award recipient of 2013)
Han Bok Story is sponsor for East Meets West Cooking Demonstration at GEWWC 2015.
Health & Community – Shalin Raj
Shalin Raj, was born & brought up in Mumbai, India. Having spent a majority of her life in India, she is very strongly attached to her values & traditions. She has an excellence in various fields, however, having represented her school & college in basketball & dance has been on top of her awards & certifications list. Giving back to the society is something she has learnt from her mother, who was actively involved in Rotary & Lions Club projects in India. She got involved with the National Association of Blind as a volunteer during college & began her individual journey towards achieving a philanthropic approach towards life. She has been a believer in the yogic way of life since a very young age. After pursuing her bachelors in economics & a post graduation in travel, she wanted to be vocal about how she felt about maintaining a healthy way of life through yoga. She is a certified teacher in yoga, from the Yoga Institute, Mumbai which strongly believes that yoga is a way of life & performing asanas in only a minute part of what yoga really is. She conducted various workshops for underprivileged school kids & imparted her knowledge for health & well-being. Marriage was the reason that brought her to New York. She further pursued her continuing teachers at Yoga Darshana Center & is involved with AHRC Nassau & Brookville children’s center & imparts her yogic knowledge with the autistic kids of the school. She also completed her healthy living certification for senior citizens which teaches senior citizens how to self manage themselves who are living with chronic diseases. Recently, she won Mrs. India International, 2015 in the runner-up position & won the city crown as Mrs. Bethpage International. Living a healthy & wholesome life is the motto of this working mother of two who has her priorities in place & is determined to achieve her dreams, one step at a time!