In a virtual ceremony Monday, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara recognized this year’s Women of Distinction honorees in his 111th District.
The honorees are:
– Lifelong Rotterdam resident Diane Marco, an active community member for more than 40 years. Marco has served as the town’s deputy supervisor and town clerk. She’s also served on Rotterdam Girls’ Softball, Pop Warner Cheerleading and the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Association and a number of other roles with various organizations, the assemblyman said.
– Christine Andrzejczyk, who for more than 20 years served more than 500,000 meals at the AMEN Place Soup Kitchen. It provides weekly meals to a local middle school backpack program.∙
– Alverna “Chris” Morris, director of Schenectady Landlords Influencing Change, an organization that has supported and been a voice for small business landlords for more than 11 years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Becky Daniels, who’s been active in many Capital Region nonprofits. She holds senior leadership positions with the board of directors for the Schenectady County Education Foundation, Women United Leadership Committee, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, the Junior League of Albany, and others.
– Kelly Quist-Demars, president for Montgomery County’s Habitat for Humanity. Quist-Demars is an active member of GROW Amsterdam, and has volunteered locally for organizations such as The United Way, Rotary Club and Amsterdam Free Library.
– Mohini Randall, who opened “Taste of Guyana Roti Shop and Bakery” on State Street in Schenectady with her husband in February 2017 and since then has become an integral part of Schenectady’s diverse business community.
Santabarbara spoke of the need to honor the local women during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“No doubt, these are challenging times. The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways. It’s during these times of need that we are reminded of the many helpers that shine bright in our community,” Santabarbara said.