People Making a Buzz

By Queens Courier Staff |


Brigadier General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibility and leadership.

Jennifer Carluzzo from Woodhaven to Specialist; Rayshon Miller from Queens to Private 1st Class; David Licorish from Jamaica to Private; Zimran Samuel from Jamaica to Private; Gaston Aguirre from Woodside to Private 1st Class; Eric Steinberg from Forest Hills to Sergeant; Marie Freire from Long Island City to Private 1st Class; Aura Vengal from Rego Park to Sergeant; Brandon Lomax from Jamaica to Private 1st Class; Daniel Geneta from Briarwood to Staff Sergeant; Jean Johnson from Far Rockaway to Sergeant; Christopher Cruz from Rockaway Park to Private 1st Class; Jason Alvarado from Ridgewood to Specialist; Troy Adams from Flushing to Sergeant; Timothy Sheehan from Astoria to Specialist; Lanise Timberlake from Queens to Private 1st Class; Stanley Clervil from Hollis to Private; Jason Stephen from Jamaica to Private 1st Class; Franz Scott from Jamaica to Private 1st Class; Steve Jackson from Jamaica to Sergeant; Joshua Poirier from Ridgewood Specialist; Delbert Page from South Richmond Hill to Sergeant; Stephen Green from Ozone Park to Private 1st Class; Shadika Haye from Jamaica to Private 1st Class; Ronald Mohammed from Queens to Sergeant; Muhammad Velez from Corona to Private; Nur Sadlee from Ozone Park to Private; Shamel Grant from Rosedale to Private; Carlee Daughdrill from Queens to Private; Andrew Pencle from Bellerose to Sergeant 1st Class; Akhtar Harrisonlewis from Jamaica to Private 1st Class; Courdero Douse from Queens to Private 1st Class; Michael Verdes from Astoria Sergeant; Noris Molina from Queens Village to Staff Sergeant; Yisak Yoon from Flushing to Private 1st Class; Jin Chun from Flushing to Private; Jae Im from Flushing to Private; Veronica Medina from Ozone Park to Private 1st Class; Hiroshi Tsuboi from Briarwood to First Lieutenant and Devanie Ramlakhan from College Point to Specialist.

Brigadier General Patrick Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the promotion of the following local members of the New York Air National Guard in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibility and leadership.

Eric Riquelme of Jamaica was promoted to Staff Sergeant.


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently toured North Shore-LIJ’s Patient Safety Institute to learn about the health system’s work in providing simulation training to medical residents, nurses and other clinicians from throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s Chief Learning Officer Kathy Gallo, RN, Ph.D., right, showed Gillibrand plans for expanding the health system’s Patient Safety Institute and Center for Learning and Innovation – the nation’s largest corporate university.


The following local students are eligible to graduate from their respective colleges or universities:

SUNY Oswego

Steve Y. Kim of Bayside; Tristan M. Watty of Far Rockaway; Laura A. Farruggia of Floral Park; Shavone A. Williams of Floral Park; Kayla M. Pichardo of Flushing; Joanna Tung of Flushing; Rachel M. Ho of Fresh Meadows; Emmanuel Ezenwa of Hollis; Abraham Alshawish of Jackson Heights; Tymarria C. Kendall of Laurelton; Marvin J. Matthews of South Ozone Park and Jose D. Terrero of Woodside.

The following local students have been selected for awards and honors at their respective colleges or universities:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Ashmita Roka of Woodside is currently studying in Aix-en-Provence, France, an off-campus program of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., designed to introduce students to the language and culture of France.

Connecticut College

Jennifer Rose Jacoby of Bayside was recently inducted into the Connecticut College chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.


More than 60 students from The School for Language and Communication Development (SLCD) were introduced to a number of different career paths at the Third Annual Career Day on Friday, March 26. Careers ranged from a banker and a librarian to a prosecutor, a policeman and a journalist. “This was a very successful Career Day for our Middle/High School students,” said Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman, president and founder of SLCD. Following presentations, students had the opportunity to personally meet the panelists and ask more specific questions.

Queensborough Community College (QCC) announced its second million-dollar gift at its 50th Anniversary Partners Gala at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Pictured from left: Deirdre Corrigan, student; Sandra Delson, Ed.D., Gala Host; Naji Grampus, student; Kurt R. Schmeller, Ph.D., former QCC president; Eduardo J. Martí, Ph.D., president of QCC; Matthew Goldstein, Ph.D., chancellor of The City University of New York; Peter Campanella, QCC Fund Board chair; Dominick Bruccoleri, Gala chair; and Alisha Traille, student.


In honor of Nurses’ Week – May 6 to May 12 – Margaret Tietz Adult Day Health Care in Jamaica honored one of their most outstanding nurses whose care and compassion truly does make a difference in the lives of their registrants. Chosen for recognition was Nurse Coordinator Judith Pohl.

Photo Courtesy of Margaret Tietz Adult Day Health Care

Judith Pohl takes the blood pressure of Bunya Natis.

Borough President Helen Marshall thanked Diane Pryor-Holland, founder of Quilt-N-Queens for participating in the exhibition held at Queens Borough Hall during Women’s History Month called Working Women with two of the quilts she made, one of Judge Cheree Buggs and the other of Judge Edwina Richardon-Mendelson, Supervising Judge of Queens Family Court.

Quilt-N-Queens group is made up of 25 women who meet the first Tuesday evening of every month from September through June at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue.

The Quilt-N-Queens group is open to any man or woman who share a common interest in quilt making. Quilt making knowledge is not required but basic sewing skills would be beneficial. For additional information, call 718-658-7400, Ext. 134 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you.

Photo by Juliet Kaye

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall thanked Diane Pryor-Holland (center), founder of Quilt-N-Queens, at Queens Borough Hall for a quilt entitled Working Women.

The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society has elected Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO, as its 2010-2011 president. Dr. Rivera-Martinez is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology, in Old Westbury. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Dr. Jerrold Ross, a distinguished educator and member of the Board of Trustees of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, has been elected the Chair of the new Arts Advisory Committee for New York City. The Committee will advise the city’s Department of Education on instructional policies regarding arts education. “Our strong position will be that we must not lose any arts positions. We cannot lose what we have achieved in the short range, and we have to plan for what can be done when the economy expands," Ross said, adding "Many schools in New York’s poorer areas have no arts programs at all.”

Dr. Jerrold Ross, Dean of the School of Education, St. John’s University.

Allstate Insurance Agents Milton Espinoza and Milton Espinoza, Jr., whose office is located at 95-20 63rd Road in Rego Park, have both received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for their commitment to volunteering in the community. With this award came two $1,000 grants from The Allstate Foundation for the Blau-Weiss Gottschee soccer club in Glendale, where the Espinozas volunteer.

Photo Courtesy of Allstate Foundation

Allstate Agent Milton Espinoza, Jr. (left) presents check to Blau Weiss Gottschee Youth Coordinator Ben Boehm.

St. John’s University announced that Bob and Suzanne Wright (Co-Founders of the Autism Speaks Foundation) received honorary degrees and served as this year’s commencement speakers at the University’s Queens 140th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 16. Paul J. Evanson, chair, president and chief executive officer of Allegheny Energy, Inc., and Most Reverend Guy A. Sansaricq, Auxiliary Bishop and pastor of St. Gregory the Great parish in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, also received honorary degrees. Approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees at this ceremony.

Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Nancy Yip, whose agency is located at 57-06 Main Street in Flushing, for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth, earning her an invitation to attend Allstate’s President’s Conference 2010.

Nancy Yip


Assemblyman Rory Lancman; Elaine Fonda, Beech Haven board president; City Councilmember Jim Gennaro; and Joe Kocal, Department of Parks Senior Forester in Queens planted five trees in front of the Beech Haven co-op on 168th Street in Jamaica in celebration of Arbor Day. The White-Flowering Redbuds are just five of hundreds of trees available to be planted upon request thanks to a Gennaro initiative in conjunction with the New York City Parks Department which allows residents to receive free trees within the 24th Council District. To request a tree, call Gennaro’s office at 718-217-4969, visit his office at 185-10 Union Turnpike or send an email to with your NAME, CONTACT INFO, and LOCATION where you would like a tree planted.