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And His 2014 People of Distinction Awards HONOREES!


~ 2014 Sung Hero: Actress DEE WALLACE ~ Dee Wallace will forever be known as the Star of Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Dee played the mother in the film). She is also a World Class Healer, Spiritual Teacher and Author of “Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting.”

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Actress Dee Wallace is a familiar face to television and film loversHer her starring role in Steven Spielberg’s movie classic “ET: The Extraterrestrial”(Dee played the mother in that film) and “Cujo” have helped paved an exceptional path for her. Besides Steven Spielberg, Dee has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Peter Jackson, and Wes Craven.

For the past decade, Dee Wallace has blended her two careers, acting when the calls came, while simultaneously teaching the spiritual wisdom that she discerned through the perfection of her craft and her life experiences. Her new book, “Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting”. Sheshares with readers the lessons she learned in her journey toward living an illuminated life. Dee has become a highly-regarded healer and spiritual teacher as well as an in-demand actress. For Dee Wallace has discovered, like her co-star E.T., that the journey home comes from following the heart’s lead!

Dee is aligned with “People of Distinction” in more ways that one: Dee’s outstanding talk showConscious Creationis aired weekly on the Al Cole / People of Distinction Broadcasting Network!


~ 2014 Sung Hero: Actor JOHNATHON SCHAECH ~ Johnathon is known for his outstanding acting in “THAT THING YOU DO” opposite Tom Hanks. He is also a dedicated Humanitarian in his work with “ADOPT THE ARTS” and “TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM.”

JOHNATHON SCHAECHActor Johnathon Schaech is best recognized for his on-screen work, including his famous role of ‘Jimmy Mattingly in THAT THING YOU DO opposite Tom Hanks.

In between starring in films like That Thing You Do and the upcoming 7500, as well as gearing up for the new Showtime drama Ray Donovan, Johnathon is also on the way to being recognized for his work to make a difference for school children across the country. He’s teamed up with Steven Tyler, Jane Lynch, KISS and other stars to create the short, “Epic School Battle” YouTube video, to give kids a voice and shed light on arts education. Johnathon believes art education is crucial in a child’s development and is on the board of directors for the Adopt the Arts organization. He recently spoke in front of Congress in Washington, DC to address the issue of the government cutting funds for art programs across the country.

Johnathon is also a supporter of TACA (Talk About Curing Autism). It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that typically affects children between the ages in 18 months to five years of age. Autism currently affects 1 in every 68 children today (1 in every 54 males). It’s estimated there are almost 2 million people in the United States alone with autism. TACA has made tremendous strides in raising autism awareness and along the way has helped over 40,000 families!

Johnathon and his wife, Julia, have been given the greatest blessing of their lives – their very own beautiful child, Camden!

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~ 2014 Unsung Hero: AMBASSADOR MASIDI SIRE DIONE ~ President of UNESCO, New York State Chapter / Director of Global Affairs For the World Energy Forum / Director of Public Affairs, Universal Peace Federation, USA


Ambassador Sire Conde, has been honored with numerous Community Service Awards, as Ambassador of UNESCO NYS Chapter, for Peace Award and Leadership. . She has arranged the UNESCO World Federation with NY Senator Bill Perkins, and coordinated Child Labor event for UNESCO NY State Chapter.

She is a member of Africana Women Working Group at the UN, AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), Commission on Status of Women, African Women Organization, US National Committee for UN Women, African Day Parade and African Diaspora Women for Obama, and Grand Dame for St. John Jerusalem Malta, one of the most prestigious awards within king generations of history within Spain. She will provide liaison with the Government of Spain including His Majesty the King, Prime President of Catalonia of Barcelona.

Masidi Sire Conde has also been recently appointed Director of Public Affairs for the Universal Peace Federation, USA. With this appointment she has again demonstrated her international, national and local involvement as an outstanding peace advocate.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: DR. ROSEMARIE ROSSETTI ~ Paralyzed from the waist down, Rosemarie has become a motivational force to thousands… through her love, compassion, business and academic acumen!

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Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti is a powerful, internationally known speaker, consultant, writer, and publisher who walks her talk. On June 13, 1998 Rosemarie’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crushing down on her. Her life was changed in that instant! Paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, she looked deep within herself and found new strength and new resolve. Rosemarie’s motivational program Just Like Riding A Bike: Coping with Change and Dealing with Adversity is a transformational experience. She brings a positive attitude to life that touches all who hear her, with an emotive speaking style that makes audiences fall in love with her and rally to her message! For instance:

In February 2008, Rossetti was honored as one of “20 Outstanding Women You Should Know in central Ohio. She was selected as a national “Roll Model” on the runway in a New York City fashion show on February 6, 2007 for a spinal cord injury fundraiser sponsored by Discovery through Design. She holds the title, Ms. Wheelchair Ohio 2004. In 2002, she carried the Olympic torch in Columbus, Ohio on its way to the Winter Olympics. She also received the Remarkable Women Award and a service award from the National Speakers Association, Ohio Chapter, in 2002. In August 2001, she founded the Rosemarie Rossetti Spinal Cord Research Fund at The Ohio State University. In 1999, she received the Woman Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: REV. IGHO YEGBEBURU ~ Inspires Nigerians to find their Inherent Strength of Character & Restoration of their Dignity!


Rev. Igho Lewis Yegbeburu is a distinguished clergyman, author, songwriter, composer, arranger, music producer and life coach. He lives in the African country of Nigeria with his wife, Toyin and their three lovely children, David, Sharon and Bliss. He is the President of the Glorious Fountain Ministries an interdenominational non profit body committed to promoting worship and the unity of Churches through music since 1994. The Glorious Fountain Ministries plays a key role in restoring and fostering peaceful coexistence through the preaching of the gospel of peace, love and unity, and has received special commendation from the Governor of the Nigerian State in which Rev. Igho lives. Rev. Igho also started the “Replenish Charity Fund”, a non-profit body dedicated to breathing life to destinies through partial or full tuition scholarships. Replenish Charity Fund helps young and promising individuals fulfill their dreams of having a college education. Replenish Charity Fund is also involved in providing welfare packages to Orphans, Widows and others in need. Rev. Igho Lewis Yegbeburu has touched the hearts of thousands of fellow Nigerians and has inspired them to find their inherent strength of character and in the process the wonderful restoration of their dignity!…………………………………………..


 ………..~ 2014 Unsung Hero: SAMUEL K. BURLUM ~ Business & Community Leader / Supporter of our Veterans / Gets Things Done In Congress: His personal motto is “Never Quit!”


Samuel Burlum is CEO/President of Extreme Energy Solutions, Inc. and is a founding member, elected to his post by the Company’s shareholders in 2011. He also serves as Vice President of SMART Air Fuel Saver LLC; serves as a Committee Member of the Green Fleet Task Force for Sustainable Jersey, and is an Officer-Secretary for Informal Small Business Owners Group of Northern NJ His personal motto is “Never Quit!”

Burlum was recognized by the World Green Energy Symposium, honored with the 2013 NOVA Award; Passaic Valley FOP Lodge #181 named Extreme Energy Solutions, Inc. Passaic County’s 2013 Company of the Year. He’s appeared on the nationally syndicated “Today in America“, hosted and narrated by NFL Football Legend Terry Bradshaw, which aired on the Discovery Channel.   

He and his company encourage the hiring of Veterans whereas the majority of his staff had served; many of which were once either underemployed, displaced, and/or homeless. Another policy instituted under his leadership was the “Policy of Community Investment”, whereas the company would support local non-profit community efforts that increased the quality of life of others. He and the company embraced its responsibility of aiding in enhancement of the community and act as a community steward and has contributed to such projects that included raising significant funds for displaced, disabled and homeless Veterans. He is a Cornerstone Member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; and is a member of NJ Clean Cities Coalition, Association of Washington Businesses, UMP Dirt Car, Informal Small Business Owners Group of North Jersey.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: CHRISTIAN SPEARS ~ A Great Example of what a Young Man should be in our Society ~ After the Hurricane Sandy Disaster, Christian Helped Hundreds of Homeowners to Recover!


My name is Christian Spears and I live in The Rossville section of Staten Island. I am the founder of SIFT (Staten Island Friends Together), which is a recognized grassroots volunteer organization that formed immediately after Superstorm Sandy struck. Since October 29, 2012, SIFT has helped over 550 homeowners in Staten Island, Long Island, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Oklahoma. It is our mission to help those recover after a storm and salvage what we can for homeowners. For the one year anniversary of Sandy, SIFT beautified the dead end of Manhattan Street in Tottenville to honor those who lost their lives on that tragic day. It was a successful project that took one week to complete and was funded by the Citizens Committee for NYC. Moving forward, SIFT will continue to work with 501c3 organizations and continue to network in order to make a positive difference when disaster strikes. Lastly, thank you for all of your support and together we can all make a difference!


~ 2014 Sung Hero: DR. BEVERLY WHIPPLE ~ Dr. Whipple has been called “one of the 50 greatest scientists in the world today!” She is the scientist who has the worldwide distinction of having coined the term “G-Spot”.

Dr. Whipple is known for contributing to women empowerment through her international scientific research into helping women to understand and be more comfortable with their own human sexual responses and needs.


Dr. Beverly Whipple: Professor Emerita at Rutgers University of NJ.  She s a member of a number of Honor Societies and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1983 and was named An Alumni Fellow in 2007 by Wagner College. Dr. Whipple is a certified sexuality educator, sexuality counselor, and sex researcher. Dr. Whipple has been honored in over 90 countries for her groundbreaking work on clinical female sexuality and spinal chord injuries. The New Scientist named her one of the 50 most influential scientists in the world.

Dr. Whipple is the co author of the international best seller, “The G Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality”, which has been translated into 20 languages and was re-published as a Classic 23 years later in 2005.

Dr. Whipple has appeared on over 300 radio and TV programs and has been featured in hundreds of magazines. She has delivered over 800 talks and keynote speeches, published over 180 research articles and book chapters. In 1982 and 1983 The Philadelphia Magazine named her one of the People to Watch. She is the recipient of over 115 awards, including the Hugo Beigel Research Award, the NJ State Nurses’ Association Award for Excellence in Research, the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, the Public Service Award, the Kinsey Award and the Bullough Award for the most distinguished book written in 2006 from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the Professional Standard of Excellence Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Dr. Whipple was the President of AASECT (1998-2000), was the Vice President of the World Association for Sexology (2001-2005), the Secretary General/Treasurer of the World Association for Sexual Health (2005-2009), was on the Board of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (2002-2004), and was the President of SSSS (2002-2003). She is an Honorary Member of the Board of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (FSSS).


  ~ 2014 Unsung Hero: DR. SARA NASSERZADEH ~ DR. SARA NASSERZADEH is one of DR. BEVERLY WHIPPLE’s associates and also contributes to women empowerment through her international scientific research into sexual health.

Sara’s father always said: “If you don’t see a path; create one, and in doing so live a life that has your own signature on it.”

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Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh PhD, DipPST, is a Social Psychologist, specializing in sexuality and relationships. She was born in Iran, studied in England and currently lives in New York.  She is a COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Therapist and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor. Dr. Nasserzadeh is an award-winning author, public speaker and producer of a BBC World Service show the “Whispers. She has worked globally—across 22 countries—helping various organizations and media campaigns in the capacity of a consultant in effective communication, sexual health, education and policy.

She is the host of the World Sexual Health Day events in New York City (September 4th). WSHD is an annual event initiated by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) that celebrates sexual health as a natural part of human being, and not just as a disease-free state.

She was named as one of the 6 best love doctors by the Harpers Bazaar and one of the world experts in the field by Yahoo Shine. Recently, the DatingAdvice.com named her as one of the best love and dating experts in the U.S.

In addition to her clinical and consulting works, Dr. Nasserzadeh contributes to the professional organizations across the world via her administrative roles and trainings; organizations such as the World Association for Sexual Health (Advisory Board Member, Chair of the Middle East Sexual Health Committee), American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (Chair of the International Out-reach Committee), International Society for the Study of Women Sexual Health (elected Member of the Nominating Committee). She received the prestigious BBC World Service Award for “Innovation of the Year” for her radio/online program on sex and relationship issues.


 ~ 2014 Unsung Hero: ZELDA ROSENBERG ~ Serving New York Children as a FOSTER GRANDPARENT!

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I, Zelda Rosenberg, moved to Rockland County 1992 and in 1993 moved to Esther Gitlow Towers, a senior citizen high-rise where I still reside. At a meeting in our building I heard about the Foster Grandparent Program. I’ve happily been a Foster Grandparent ever since. I currently worked with up to four 3 year olds per school term. I give the children one-to-one help with subjects they’re having trouble with. The teacher advises who needs this help and what help is needed – such as recognizing letters, numbers, colors and counting, or reading to them.

It is wonderful to see the progress these children make. When I remember their problems in September and October and now in April, May and June I can see the progress and the confidence of the child. I can’t express the feeling I receive and I’m so happy for them.

“I wish all seniors would join the Foster Grandparent Program of Rockland County as they would also experience the joy of helping children in the schools!”

Zelda Rosenberg


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: MENES DE GRIOT aka “Baba Mpho” ~ His “Drums For Peace” have been performed at New York’s Lincoln Center ~ He follows the African Tradition of “Herbs For Health”

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Menes De Griot aka “Baba Mpho” is a phenomenal Master drummer and Kweh Kweh specialist who continues to maintain the African tradition of Guyana, the Caribbean and America. De Griot has been playing drums and performing professionally, for more than 45 years. Menes has also followed the footsteps of his ancestors as an Herbalist for Health!

He was honored by Lester E Taylor lll, Mayor of East Orange, NJ for his great work in the community!

His outstanding performances have been recorded on the prestigious stages of New York’s Lincoln Center, Central Park “Ecofest”, Prospect Park ”Celebrate Brooklyn”, the Grand Army Plaza Library “Celebrate Brooklyn International Drum Festival”, Prospect Park “Drummers Grove” Congo Square, and the celebrated halls of the Kennedy Center. He has also engaged audiences with his dynamic performance at the Monument Mall in Washington DC, Million Woman March in Philadelphia, Jo’Berg Stadium South Africa for their 2002“Peace Concert”, Trinidad National Stadium, Guyana National Park, Carifesta 2008, Guyana Cultural Center. He has had the honor and privilege to perform at very historic events such as Yankees vs. Mets World Series.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: Ms. ABAYNESH ASRAT ~ Founder and CEO of Nation To Nation Networking ~ Ms. Asrat Is Fighting Domestic Violence!

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~ Ms. Asrat is involved in many civic, cultural, humanitarian and professional organizations including the following:

Director, Fistula Foundation / National Fundraiser Chair for Tesfa Ineste A Fistula Foundation program for building a mini Fistula Hospital in Harar Region of Ethiopia with the Ethiopian Diaspora contributions / Director, National Council of Women of the United States Inc. / Director, Parent Advisory, New York State Department of Education / Member, New York Coalition of 100 Black Women / Member, New York Metropolitan Museum.

Ms. Asrat has earned high-level recognitions and received many awards for her outstanding achievements in several fields: Galaxy Women from New York Women’s Agenda, 2004 / Ambassador for Peace, 2005 / Chairmanship Volunteer Award, 2005


 ~ 2014 Unsung Hero: NICK D’ANDREA ~ A Marine Officer who serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Toys for Tots Foundation


U.S. Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Nick J. D’Andrea now has a second important professional and humanitarian mission in life. He is Regional Coordinator of Toys for Tots and has been awarded Coordinator of the year for the Toys for Tots Foundation! The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: PRINCE ADU-APPIAH & 1BILLION AFRICA ~ Mobilizing 1Billion Africans to help turn the “1billion” problems in Africa into “1billion” projects & opportunities! “Africans, let’s come together in turning our problems into projects”


Prince Adu-Appiah is a Ghanaian born, young African Leader, Youth Activist, Social Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. Prince Adu-Appiah, 24, is the Founder and Chairman of 1Billion Africa, an amazing non-profit problem solving movement on the African continent, which is mobilizing people in Africa, especially the youth of the continent not to only talk about the problems around them but to turn these problems into projects and social actions. He believes all Africans, especially the youth of the continent can come together as one body to help turn problems around them into projects and opportunities, which would transform individuals, homes, communities and countries in Africa. Currently in 9 other African countries, Prince leads 1Billion Africa with the unflinching support of a dynamic and talented team, the 1BA Team, and International Advisors including Gordon Tredgold, Alexina Arthur and Nour El Din Hussein, to work towards turning problems in African communities into projects. They run Educational Projects, Youth Empowerment & Leadership Development, Health Projects, Environmental & Sanitation, Science & Technology, Agricultural & Social Entrepreneurship Projects and they believe that once the 1Billion Africans develop the Victors mentality instead of the Victim’s, Africa’s transformation is within reach.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: DR. WILLIAM (“BILLY”) KARESH ~ Internationally Recognized Authority on Healthy Ecosystems between Animals & People / Serves: EcoHealth Alliance & The World Health Organization


Dr. William Karesh is the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy for EcoHealth Alliance. He is also the President of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Working Group on Wildlife, co-chairs the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s Wildlife Health Specialist Group, a network of hundreds of wildlife and health experts around the world, and serves on the World Health Organizations IHR Roster of Experts. Since 2009, he has served as the Technical Director for USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT program.

He has pioneered initiatives focusing attention and resources on solving problems created by the interactions among wildlife, people, and their animals.  He coined the term “One Health” to describe the interdependence of healthy ecosystems, animals and people and the term has been adopted by the United Nations in their global health efforts. Dr. Karesh has created dozens of initiatives to encourage linkages among public health, agriculture and environmental health agencies and organizations around the worldto improve the lives of people and animals.  He has personally lead programs and projects in over 60 countries, covering terrain from Argentina to Zambia and worked on species from albatrosses to zebras.  In addition to his work in the private non-profit sector, Dr. Karesh has also worked for the USDA, DOD, DOI and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.  Dr. Karesh is internationally recognized as an authority on the subject of animal and human health linkages and wildlife. He has published over one hundred and sixty scientific papers and numerous book chapters, and written for broader audience publications such as Foreign Affairs and The Huffington Post.


 ~ 2014 Unsung Hero: MELISSA PETTIGNANO ~ A Business person, Author & Singer who is also active with the “9-11 Community”, Education, helping the Homeless, clothes donation to Africa, Fundraising for the Needy too!


Melissa Ann Maria Pettignano is a professional music artist, songwriter, author, entrepreneur, and inspirational speaker. She’s the founder and CEO of MPettignano Enterprises, LLC. 
One of the biggest losses Melissa has had to deal with was losing her aunt, Arlene T. Babakitis on September 11, 2001. As a result, Melissa is very active in helping the 9-11 Community. Melissa frequents museums and helps the youth understand what that day of “911” was like and gives them insight on how they too can overcome anything they face, especially tragedy. Not just to the youth, but all ages.

Fox News interviewed both, Melissa and her mother, Evelyn Pettignano, for their Fox News Documentary in regards to the 10th year anniversary of September 11, 2001 for Bill O’Reilly’s, What’s Happening Now. Melissa and her mother shot a documentary film in New York City, “Forever Changed 911 in Remembrance” for ACLJ- American Center for Law and Justice. On June 20, 2013, Melissa and her family joined Points of Light in Washington D.C. to attend the America’s Sunday Supper with nine-time Grammy Award winner, John Legend.

In her hometown community, Melissa and her family are active in donating time and money to worthy causes and fundraisers.  They recently worked closely with Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the community to help fire victims who lost their homes, as well as donated cases of water for Hurricane Katrina victims at Secaucus High School. Melissa is also active in helping those affected by cancer and other illnesses. She is active with her Catholic Church, and active in donating clothes to Africa


 ~ 2014 Unsung Hero: NANCY GARLICK ~ President of Emerging Speakers of Elmont’s Toastmasters Club / A Registered Nurse Who Serves Human Health & Teaches Young People To Sharpen Their Communication Skills Too!

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Nancy Garlick was born and raised in New York. At an early age she decided to become a nurse. She graduated from Queens Vocational High School PN nursing program. She began her career as a health care professional working in a nursing home at the age of 18 years old. Nancy continued her career aspirations in a one year Registered Nursing Program at Helene Feld School of Nursing graduating with honors. The key to her success was consistence of purpose. She lobbied the library board in her community pursuant to starting a toastmasters program at Elmont’s Public library. The Toastmaster’s educational program is a hallmark for individuals to hone public speaking, leadership, listening and critical thinking skills. She works diligently with district leaders to build confidence and character in the membership. She is currently very successful in her undertakings. She is the President of Emerging Speakers of Elmont’s Toastmasters Club and a district leader serving as Area 82 Governor overseeing the success of four toastmasters clubs, Freeport, Syosset, PSEG Powerhouse and Weizar Mazaar on Long Island.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: MICHAEL “SANDY CLAUS” SCIARAFFO ~ Making Christmas Beautiful for Thousands of Children Every Year


The Secret Sandy Claus Project began in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Michael “Sandy Claus” Sciaraffo decided to don a Santa suit and find children who lost their toys in the storm in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, Staten Island and some parts of New Jersey, wherever they may be. The goal was to match up each child with a toy they had lost or asked for Christmas from Santa.

By December 21st, 2012, the Secret Sandy Claus Project was featured in every newspaper around the world. The project had now garnered worldwide and national news media attention such as the Associated Press, CNN , ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Fox News Channel, CBS National News and many other news outlets. The Secret Sandy Claus Project is officially an arm of America’s Disaster Relief organization. America’s Disaster Relief is a non-profit organization that is supported solely by grants, fund raisers and donations.



 ~ 2014 Unsung Hero: CHERRY BALDWIN ~ Cherry has also Received The “Status of Women Award” from Top Ladies Of Distinction Inc!


Cherry Baldwin is the CEO of Cherry Kids, Inc. They provide children with a nurturing environment that can help them utilize their free time in their parents’ absence. Their after school center provides a stimulating atmosphere where the youth can learn positive decision making abilities that will help build their personalities. They strive for academic success of our students through individualized tutoring, goal setting, dance, music, other forms of arts and homework assistance. Their creative curriculum eases the stress of their students’ day-to-day lives. They instill positive self-esteem through their creative activities. On May 3, 2014, Cherry was blessed to have received the Status of Women Award from Top Ladies Of Distinction Inc. Cherry Kids, Inc is committed to empowering our youth. They have worked with the at-risk youth in different capacities from the shelter system to the school system. Cherry Baldwin and her personal crusade to empower the lives of our youth and their families originated the vision of faith, love and passion.


~ 2014 Unsung Hero: SISSY’S ANGELS ~ Helping To End Domestic Violence


Sissy’s Angels mission is to bring awareness to the growing domestic violence problem in our communities. To end domestic violence and help abused women, children and men. 

Theresa Mapes, President of Sissy’s Angels, along with her husband John, lost their own daughter to domestic violence; her name was Simeonette, affectionately known as “Sissy”. Simeonette mentored many teens on post who missed there families, who had a drinking problem or who just needed a hug. She also help put on shows at the theater to help raise money for special dinners for the teen soldiers away from home for thanksgiving and Christmas.

Simeonette started a program called the Girls only club where the female students would meet and discuss anything they wanted . Simeonette also volunteered for FDNY in their run for Life. Simeonette also donated to animal rescues. As you can see Simeonette was a special New Yorker. She was an angel on earth and we as her family will continue her good works as Sissy’s Angels.


.~ 2014 Unsung Hero: MICHELLE THEURER ~ A New York Court Stenographer who helps out victims of Domestic Violence… helps wounded Veterans, helps out with Anti-Bullying, Diabetes & Muscular Dystrophy efforts too!


Michelle Theurer is amazing! She’s the essence of a natural born “Unsung Hero”. She makes her living as a New York Court Stenographer. She is a member of the New York State Court Reporters Association and the National Court Reporters Association. She was recently chosen as a VIP member of Covington Who’s Who 2014 Registry. Impressive stuff here… but this is only the beginning. In her already busy professional life, Michelle has still managed to find the time to reach out to help in diabetes efforts with the JDRF Research Foundation; to out in Anti-Bullying efforts with the New York City Art Cypher Group; to help out victims of Domestic Violence with her participation in Sissy’s Angels Inc; to help out wounded veterans with her participation in the Wounded Warriors Program; to offer her time to the Susan B. Koman Breast Walk and the Leisha Emons Breast Cancer Vaccine Fundraiser; and when she has time left over, contributes her efforts to the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Association!

HOW DOES SHE FIND THE TIME? In Michelle’s words: “People will time for the things that are really important to them. And the most important thing to me is helping others. We are all just passing through, when I arrive to the grave, I don’t wan to arrive in a well-preserved body, I want to arrive scratched up and screaming “Wooooo, what a ride!


 ~ 2014 Unsung Hero: JAMES KLINE ~ James Kline is a dedicated at-home Dad, leader and inspiration for at-home Parenting

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James Kline is the co-organizer of the Triangle Stay At-Home Dads group in Raleigh, NC. Though media exposure and promoting the “coolness factor” of staying-at-home for children, James was responsible for helping over 250 at-home dads  provide daily playgroups for children and monthly dad events.

It is the mission of The National At-Home Dad Network, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to provide support, education and advocacy for great fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children. These at-home dads are proving everyday that the measure of a man is in the size of his heart. These at-home dads are changing society’s view of what a dad can be. Simply put, these at-home dads are changing the world!

Just as the PDHA believes that there are more POSITIVE things going on in our world than negative things, we also believe that there are more GREAT DADS in our world than dead beat dads.


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