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2024 WOA Announcement Page

What is Women of Achievement?

Meet the Honorees:

2024 WOA Jacqueline Cassagnol (1)

An award winning nurse scientist, accomplished nursing administrator, and professor, Dr. Jacqueline Cassagnol earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Pace University, received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration, and a Post Master Degree Certificate in Nursing Education from Mercy College. She is the founder and president of Worldwide Community First Responder (WCFR), Inc. She is also a founding member and past vice-president of the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, a board member of People to People, a Rockland Community Emergency Responsive Team (CERT) member, a Leadership Rockland (LR) member, a Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) member, a Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. member, an Alpha Eta National Honor Society member, and a Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing member. She was elected Nanuet Patch Mayor in August 2018. She is currently a clinical associate professor at Pace University, and the STTI Upsilon Chapter mentorship program chair at New York University. Read more...

2024 WOA Brooke Malloy (1)

Brooke Malloy has spent her entire career working to make life better for Rocklanders, first at the Nyack Center and then at VCS as part of the Gay Pride Rockland initiative. Gay Pride Rockland was the vision that helped create the Phyllis B. Frank Rockland County Pride Center and Brooke was a natural fit as the Pride Center’s Founding Executive Director in 2016.

As a proud queer woman, Brooke and her husband raised their children in Rockland. Now, she is helping raise the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth to live proud, thriving lives as members of a multi-generational community.  She works tirelessly in the community, building bridges and creating opportunities. Because of this passion, youth, families, adults, and seniors can find a home at the Pride Center through community events, support groups, and advocacy opportunities. 

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RBWN is proud to announce our 2024 Service Woman of the Year

Bonnie Werk, Vice President - TD Bank
2024 WOA Bonnie Werk (1)

Bonnie started her career with TD Bank over 30 years ago and currently holds the title of Vice President, Store Manager III in Pearl River since October 2005.  The TD Bank in Pearl River holds the majority of market share amongst competitor banks in the Pearl River area.          

As a business development officer Bonnie maintains a large book of business as she builds relationships with her clients and prospects.  Bonnie works very closely with her partners throughout the bank and leads the region's Community Reinvestment Act pillar.  Bonnie has been recognized by TD Bank at their Academy Award Style annual event and was awarded the CEO Leadership Award for "Legendary Leader" for her dedicated leadership within the TD Bank organization and her dedication to volunteerism and community involvement.  She attended the CEO Leadership trip in May 2016.  Bonnie has been nominated for the CEO Leadership Award numerous times, most recently in December 2023.  Bonnie participated as a mentor in North New Jersey's POW, Power of Women.  An initiative for Women in leadership roles mentoring women eager to advance their careers within TD Bank.  Bonnie is very involved in her community, she currently sits on two boards in Rockland County:  Vice President, Community Outreach on the Executive Board for Rockland Business Women's Network as well as a board member for People to People.   Bonnie also serves as an Ambassador for the Rockland Business Association.  Read more...

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Sydnie Ampofo - Nyack HS

Sydnie Ampofo is a senior at Nyack High School. She is an A+ student, who strives to be active in her school community through clubs and teams. Over the past four years she has been a member of her school’s Varsity Swim Team and Mock Trial Team. My elected positions include Public Relations Officer for the Student Body, and Vice President of the Science Honor Society.

Outside of school, Sydnie is very passionate about her endeavors in the arts. She has  played classical piano at the Rockland Conservatory of Music for 10 years. She has said that she loves being able to share music with others, and that she has been privileged enough to play at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall. Sydnie works as a page at the Nyack Library, and she is an involved volunteer for Rockland Meals on Wheels and Nyack Soup Angels.

At Nyack High School, her coursework in biomedical science, physics, and chemistry inspiring her to pursue a career in chemical engineering. She plans to continue her academic journey at the Cooper Union in New York City this fall. She is interested in working in pharmaceutical development and making medical interventions more scalable/accessible.

Isabel Gallegos - Nanuet HS

Isabel Gallegos is a devoted student at Nanuet Senior High School, where she serves as manager of the school paper, Vice President of the Debate Team, Secretary of Model UN, and Co-Captain of the Science Olympiad team. She is also involved in the Interact and Women's Issues Now Clubs. Isabel is also a lifelong musician who plays the violin in various school ensembles, but she uses her musicianship to tutor middle school violinists, and spruce up community events and nursing homes. Isabel spends her summers as an intern at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Piermont, focusing science research and Hudson River Education to engage the local community. She volunteers for Lamont on Saturdays over the summer, continuing the mission of education, as well as volunteering for the American Eel Project, where she aids the endangered eels in their migratory journeys. She is headed to Cornell University in the fall to pursue a double major in Global Development and Information Science. As she looks forward to her future, she aspires to cultivate expertise in fostering female leadership and sustainable systems in the developing world.

Irene Mattei - RCC (1)

Irene began her college experience in 2000 and has returned after a 23 year hiatus to complete her degree in Business  Administration. During that time, she graduated from the French Culinary Institute with a certificate in Pastry Arts and has worked in several of New York City’s top bakeries as a baker, cake decorator, and instructor. Irene has two children, Kaleesi and Peyton, who have motivated her to return to college after so many years to complete her degree and to show them that it is never too late to finish what you’ve started.

Upon graduating from Rockland Community College, Irene will attend SUNY Oswego to complete her BA in Business Administration. She intends on using her degree to obtain a position as a financial analyst.

Hannah McKay - Tappan Zee H.S

Hannah attends Tappan Zee High School. For the past two years, she has also attended the BOCES CTEC Program in Cosmetology. She will take her licensing exam in June for her NY and NJ license. She has been a cheerleader for her school for three years for the fall and winter seasons. When not in school, she holds three jobs including 1840 Tavern in West Nyack, Salon 5W in Pearl River, and babysitting. Hannah also helps her family by volunteering for a local food pantry. She is very excited to begin the next chapter in her life by studying Fashion Business Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In the future, Hannah hopes to launch her own business “Hannah’s Hairtique” a one-stop shop for hair, makeup, and fashion.

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