Chatting With Chapey
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
On Thursday, June 15 the Queens Women's Center held its 13th annual dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at La Guardia. It was a celebration of women in leadership.
The Queens Women's Center was founded in October 1987 for the purpose of uniting women and becoming an effective force in the borough of Queens. In order to effectively serve its constituency, the Queens Women's Center has two offices: one in room 158 at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens (which is generously supplied by the Borough President, Claire Shulman) and the other
is located at 401 Murray avenue at Fort Totten in Bayside. The Women's
Center is spearheaded by a dynamic leader, Ann Jarwin. She is the founder and driving force behind its success.
My mother and I were delighted to be the first mother and daughter team honored by the group. My mother and I are both currently full professors at the City University of New York. (My sister Roberta is also a full professor at the City University of New York.) During the ceremony they highlighted the fact that my mother is currently on the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. I serve as the director of the Institute of Professional Development at KCC/CUNY. My mother and I are both Dames in the Knights and Dames of Malta and Ladies in the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre. In addition, we both started our teaching careers at
PS 42 on Beach 66 street in the Rockaways. It was a great honor to share this award with my mother.
Assemblyman Brian McLoughlin was honored at the dinner with the "Good Guy" Award in the public sector. Brian serves as an Assemblyman in the 25AD in Queens. He also currently serves as president of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Brian has a BA from Empire State College and an MA in Industrial Labor Relations from the New York Institute of Technology. In the assembly he is a leader in securing benefits for union members and their families.
David F. Gedris, the vice president of Con Edison's Brooklyn/Queens
Electrical Operations, received the "Good Guy" award for the business sector. David is in charge of the underground and overhead electrical distribution in Brooklyn and Queens. These reinforcement, construction, environmental and safety compliance programs.
Borough President Claire Shulman greeted everyone at the dinner. Claire is a shining example of a professional woman who has achieved in the borough of Queens. Claire was the first woman ever elected to represent our great borough. An important part of Claire's dedication to people is seen in the fact that she began her career in a very concerned and helping profession -- nursing. She started her professional life at the Queens Hospital Center. Claire and her husband Melvin have three children and five grand children. Her daughter Ellen is the product of the public schools in Queens and is now
a physician/astronaut who has flown aboard three space shuttle flights.
Dora H. Young, the vice chair of the Queens County Democratic Organization, was also honored. Dora is a very dedicated public servant with
a very strong commitment to the community. Dora currently serves as the deputy city clerk for Queens. She is to be commended for her sustained
efforts to improve the lives of others.
On the same evening Thursday, June 15, my sister Dr. Roberta Chapey was sworn in as the newly elected president of the New York City Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Roberta Chapey has written extensively in the area of speech pathology -- particularly aphasia. She is in the process of
publishing the fourth edition of her textbook entitled "Intervention
Strategies with Adult Aphasics." It is published by Williams and Wilkins,
which is known for its outstanding medical publications. Her book has been translated into 17 languages and is used around the world.
It is wonderful to celebrate the above accomplishments.