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Richie honors Women of Distinction


State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 17 Central and Northern New York women at her 48th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony, held in Watertown Thursday.

Those recognized were nominated by friends, family and community leaders in Oswego, St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.

The New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

Rhonda Lyn Roethel of St. Lawrence County was selected as the 48th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction.” She is the 19th person recognized through the Senate program as a Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District.

Ms. Roethel is employed as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service, co-founded America 1 Realty, is a partner in NAC Logistics, and co-owns Hotzenmore LLC. She will be honored at a ceremony in Albany on May 7.
The others honorees are:

St. Lawrence County

• Dr. Kiri Brandy
• Kelly Chezum
• Rose Edward

Oswego County

• Jodi Fiorini
• Nancy Fox
• Dr. Gayanna Gilbraith
• Jacqueline (Jackie) Gregg
• Sandy Mensch
• Sandy Sakonyi
• Clara Sterio
• Melanie Trexler
• Jeanne Unger

Jefferson County

• Daryl (Dee) Brown
• Judy Goodman
• Mary Louise Hunt

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