2022 Annual Women of Achievement
"Together We Rise"
Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Crowne Plaza (Outdoors)
RBWN is proud to announce our 2022 Women of Achievement honorees!
Tracie McLee, Executive Director, Montefiore Nyack Hospital Foundation
Julie Sadowski, Executive Director, Rockland Community Foundation
With more than 25 years of fundraising, public relations and marketing experience in the non‑profit sector, Tracie D. McLee raised millions of dollars creating strong, long-lasting relationships to benefit charities under her innovative and visionary leadership. Throughout her career, she has managed capital campaigns and annual programs to support infrastructure, equipment and service expansion, special projects and increased annual operating funds. She has spearheaded fundraising activities that include major gifts, corporate giving, direct mail and planned giving, while also planning and executing high-profile fundraising and cultivation events. Read more...
Julie Sadowski, a long time Rockland resident, is the current Executive Director of the Rockland Community Foundation. Her career has spanned both the for profit and nonprofit sectors where she has focused on development, donor relations and marketing. Julie’s tenure within the Rockland County nonprofit community is strong, with past leadership roles at the Rockland County Office for the Aging, JCC Rockland, Center for Safety & Change and The Hudson Valley Children’s Museum. She has served as a co-facilitator of the Western Ramapo Collaborative and most recently is a Co-Chair of the Rockland Business Association Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a graduate of Leadership Rockland (class of 2001/best class ever!) Read more...
RBWN is proud to announce our 2022 Service Woman of the Year
Cheryl Baun, Executive Director, Arts Council of Rockland
Cheryl Baun (she/her/hers) has spent the last 20+ years working in the non-profit sector. She currently serves as the executive director of the Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR). Under her leadership, ACOR has added several new initiatives including an Artist’s Support Fund (administered through the Rockland Community Foundation) and the Hidden Treasure Gallery at the Palisades Center.
Prior to joining ACOR, Cheryl was the Director of Institutional Advancement at the National Hemophilia Foundation, where as part of her responsibilities, she oversaw $6M in annual revenue from corporate partners, led volunteer fundraising committees, and coached corporate executives on how to fundraise effectively and develop active volunteers.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021-2022 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Jessica will be graduating as the valedictorian from North Rockland High School, with an overall grade point average of over 102. Her class advisor described Jessica as a “natural leader” who “wants the best for herself, but more importantly the best for others.” Jessica served as the President of several organizations at her high school, including the Class of 2022, the National Honor Society, the Robotics Team, and the UAccessLife Club. She holds a First Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate. Jessica will be attending Syracuse University in the fall, where she intends to study Biochemistry.
Amara will be graduating Suffern High School, with an overall grade point average of over 3.5. An educator familiar with Amara’s volunteer work described her as having “grit, tenacity, drive, passion, and determination.” Amara is the President of the Deaf Awareness Club at her high school and is a member of the World Language Honor Society for ASL. She self-published an ASL alphabet book that was the number one new release in sign language books on Amazon for several weeks. After learning that many deaf people in her father’s home country of Belize lack the resources to learn ASL or Belizean Sign Language, Amara donated an animated version of her book to the Belize National Association for the Deaf. Amara will be attending Temple University in the fall where she intends to study Speech Pathology.