❑ Westchester County Executive George Latimer has appointed Lisa M. Denig, Esq., WWBA Board member and Past President, as Commissioner of Human Resources at the Westchester County Department of Human Resources. Lisa has previously served in senior positions within the Office of Court Administration and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, and as the Chief of Staff to the Putnam County Executive.
❑ On March 2, 2023, the Society of Irish-American Lawyers (SOCIAL) honored Kathleen Donelli, Esq., WWBA Past President and Partner at Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP, with a Distinguished Achievement Award at its annual GALA. The Hon. Sondra M. Miller gave eloquent and meaningful introductory remarks about her mentoring relationship and bond with Kathleen, and the Hon. Colleen D. Duffy, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, presented her with the award. Kathleen gave a rich speech, both educating the audience about Ireland’s history and sharing a personal history of her family and profession.
WWBA President Elizabeth Z. Marcus, and longtime WWBA members Mary F. Kelly, Esq., Past President of both WBASNY and the WWBA, and a founding member of Kelly & Knaplund, and Carla D. Glassman, Esq., a founding member and Of Counsel to Glassman & Brown, LLP, were among those present in support. The WWBA extends heartfelt congratulations to Kathleen on this honor.
❑ Prolific author and WWBA Archive & Historian Chair, Susan L. Pollet, has published a collection of poems in 2023, entitled “Susiku, And More.” Susan has been writing poems daily for the last three years, and her poems have appeared in various publications, but this is her first book of poetry. Its title is a play on words between haiku and her first name. The first part, “SEEKING CONNECTION, HOWEVER TENUOUS,” contains poems which examine struggles within relationships and in communications between people, as well as poems which explore internal dialogues. The second part, “REDEMPTION AND RENEWAL, ON OCCASION,” probes universal questions about existence, history, survival, violence, beauty, love and more. Looking forward to a warm coffee and inspiration in Susan’s poetry on a spring day. Please visit SusanPollet.com for more information. “Susiku, And More” is available on Amazon.com; Barnesandnoble.com; and other online and local retailers.
Interview of the Month
An Interview with
by Amanda K. Rieben
I have been a member of this wonderful organization for many years, and while I have always looked at past WWBA presidents and the membership in awe and admiration - the idea of being at the helm was terrifying. Reflecting upon my first few months as President, I’ve quickly discovered that not everything will go as planned. Even more importantly, I’ve learned that’s OK. Whether inopportune weather wreaking havoc or omitting certain details in planning (who muddles happy hour?!), through our collaborative efforts when faced with unexpected challenges we can achieve our greatest success (it was a wonderful happy hour with over sixty people in attendance).
For instance, our annual dinner and installation of officers and directors did not necessarily go as planned. Nobody imagined that there would be wildfires that would impact our air quality and ability to congregate outside as we have in past years. Nonetheless, the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club seamlessly transitioned everything inside to accommodate over 200 guests, who attended our annual dinner. While the room was more crowded than usual during the hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour, you could sense the infectious excitement from the constant chatter and positive energy in the air (or maybe it was my daughters’ enthusiasm for the food spread and the multiple plates of dumplings that they enjoyed!). By the time I stood up to deliver my installation speech, I had momentarily forgotten about the smog, and was overwhelmed with gratitude by the support and the collaborative efforts that had gone into making the evening a success.
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