Garden City Residents Named “Women Of Distinction”
Six Garden City women were honored on Saturday August 11 by Assemblyman Tom McKevitt at the Albertson VFW hall. Two of the six biographies (Merril Schapiro Biscone, Esq and Jerie R. Newman) were already published by the Garden City News. A biography of Joan Schmidt appears separately in this issue. The remaining three biographies are below.
Kerry is a special part of the Garden City community in so many ways. A Garden City resident, she works diligently to educate and inspire the children of Garden City through her post as a teacher at the Stratford Avenue School.
The place where Kerry most recently and profoundly impacted the Garden City community is through her founding of the Garden City Race For A Cure in 2010. The Garden City Race For a Cure is a fundraiser for cancer research. This past year alone, the Race attracted approximately 1,200 participants. Due to this excellent turnout, Kerry presented Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with a check for over $30,000. This achievement was due to all of the hard work, selfless dedication and heart that Kerry and the whole committee put into trying to make the Race as successful as possible. For this, Kerry was presented with a Citation of Merit from Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Kerry, a recent skin cancer survivor herself, provides a guiding light for her students and all of Garden City in creating a vision for a cancer-free future. She has inspired the entire Garden City community and continues to do so through her hard work and enthusiastic attitude.
As a lifelong resident of Garden City, Judy Courtney is an integral member of the Village, proving that one person can truly make a difference. She volunteers her time frequently with the Garden City Athletic Association, the Garden City Parent Teacher Association and the Garden City Special Education Parent Teacher Association.
Judy’s largest undertaking is through her role as President of the Eastern Property Owners’ Association (EPOA), after serving as a Director and then Vice President for two years. The POAs are responsible for many tasks, including facilitating elections for Village Trustees and School Trustees.
Judy received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Manhattan College, where she studied career development. She puts her extensive training to work as a human resources professional with Capital One Bank, after a very successful career with many of the nation’s top banks including JP Morgan Chase, Fleet Bank and Swiss Renaissance.
With all of the titles Judy bears as volunteer, President and professional, the most important title she bears is mother to her daughter, a Garden City High School graduate.
BARBARA TRAPASSO, ESQ.
Barbara Henry Trapasso graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Legal Studies from the City College of New York in 1982 and went on to attend the City University of New York Law School at Queens College, where she earned her Juris Doctor.
Barbara has been practicing law and shattering glass ceilings ever since. Beginning in 1986, Barbara worked as an Associate Attorney for Ricca and Donnelly; Gleich, Siegel and Farkas; and Jaffe & Asher LLP. Additionally, Barbara served as Counsel at Title Associates, a division of Stewart Title Insurance Company, and is currently Of Counsel at Nesenoff and Miltenberg in New York City.
In addition to great professional success, Barbara has dedicated much time to community and civic affairs. From 200 to 2005, she was the Boys’ Soccer Coordinator for both the Centennials and GCAA. Barbara has been a Director with the Western property Owners’ Association since 2000 and finally, a School Board Trustee since 2003, serving as its Vice- President for the last 3 years.