Women of Distinction Awards: A night to shed light on 8 women who are far more precious than jewels

“The 2nd   Chance International Women of Distinction Awards” was held in December 9, 2018 at Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island where eight distinguished women from New York State were honored. It was an emotional event as honorees received their awards followed by poignant testimonies.

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels,” said Emmanuel Randolph Wheagar, Founder and CEO of the 2nd Chance International Women Awards, who quoted proverb 31 verse 10 from the Bible. “These are the kind of women we honored tonight,” he said.

Among women who were honored we numbered journalists, humanitarians, business owners, and pastors. Here is a brief description of who they are.

Ms. Dolores N. Morris. She began in 1979 her television career as a story researcher and eventually associate producer at “Children’s Television Workshop for the show “3 – 2 – 1” Contact.” After two years at the CTW, Ms. Morris became Director of children’s Programming at ABC network…”

Claire Regan. She is a passionate journalist with more than 30 years of newsroom experience in reporting, editing, management, and page design. She is an assistant professor of journalism at Wagner College…

Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano. She is a Rwanda orphan genocide survivor, and CNN hero nominee, and the Founder, and CEO of a humanitarian charitable organization called “Why Do I Exist? / Kuki NDIHO Rwanda Orphans Support Project established in 2005 to raise awareness on the genocide in Rwanda, and help survivors orphans…

Pastor Peggy Small. She is television Talk Show Host, and author of the women of God Magazine. She graduated from Metropolitan College of New York with a master’s degree in public administration. She also obtained her master’s in divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary…

Mrs. Lois Nicotra. She is Chairman/ owner of the Nicotra group, a real estate development company she and her husband, Richard founded in 1992. “One of the most challenging business ventures that Lois and Richard entered into was the 2001 development and opening of the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island hotel,” she said.

Yolanda Roberson Porter. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and consumer Sciences from South Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Monroe College. “Being the coordinator for the Smart Girls program was one of the highlights of my career. Being able to educate, motivate, and mentor young girls’ age 10 to 18, was the life – changing,” she said.

Frances A Melendez, PHD. She is Director of the Clinical Mental Counseling Program at the College of Staten Island. She is a graduate of the College of Staten Island and received her PH. D in Clinical Psychology from the graduate school of the City University of New York. Dr. Melendez has extensive experience working with adult and children infected with and affected by HIV/ AIDS women over 50. Her work with women over 50 has been the focus of a New York Times article, a documentary, and several media interviews…

Min. Florence Nimley. She is a licensed New York State Chaplain, small business owner, worship leader, youth advocate, mentor, and minister of the gospel of Jesus – Christ. She heads the overseas evangelical mission and prayer ministry…

All women have received certificates of special recognition from different partners of “The 2nd   Chance International Women of Distinction Awards” such as Congressman Dan Donovan, Senator Diane Savino, Council Member Debi Rose, Senator Andrew Lenza.

Prayers and songs contributed to make up the event an unforgotten and beautiful night. Thank to Lady Tiffany Obi and the Gospel Music choir.

“To the women who are silenced, young girls sustaining systemic abuse around the world, women whose leadership constantly hit the glass ceiling, you are not alone. We are dedicated to honor and shine the light on your work, while advocating for your rights,” Mr. Wheagar concluded.  

Bazona Barnabe Bado


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