Announcing the Winners of the YWCA-GCR Resourceful Women’s Luncheon Awards! published September 15, 2016

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., is pleased to announce Sabrina Mosseau BS, RN, OCN, clinical sales specialist with Genentech Corporation, will be honored as YWCA-GCR’s  2016 Resourceful Woman of the Year!  The 17th Annual Resourceful Women’s Luncheon Awards will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn-Troy

The event, emceed by Benita Zahn, DPS, Co-Anchor from Newschannel 13 serving as the Honorary Chair and Dan Bazille, anchor from NewsChannel 13, continues to grow exponentially each year, as it recognizes women in the Capital Region whose professional, community and volunteer pursuits help to advance the empowerment of women and girls.

This year, YWCA-GCR extends recognition with its Young Girls ON A MISSION category, celebrating girls 18 and under actively volunteering, engaging in community involvement and/or supporting a cause to make a difference in others’ lives.  Fifteen women and girls were selected in categories of Education; Entrepreneur; Health and Human Services; Management; Philanthropy; Public Service; Emerging Professional and Young Girls ON A MISSION. It is with much excitement and anticipation that we announce the winners!                                 


  • Madeline Cafiero – The Sage Colleges
  • Elizabethe Kelley – The Sage Colleges


  • Mayleen Rivera – Department of Health


  • Jade Lewis-Gibson – Jade’s Hair Envy
  • Sheilah Sable – Call Sheilah!


  • Kate Fruscione – Albany Business Review


  • Christine Nealon – Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, Inc.


  • Anzala B. Alozie – Capital District YMCA
  • Caryn Anatriello – Make-A-Wish Northeast NY


  • Victoria Yusko – No Bottom Left Behind Diaper Bank, Inc.

PUBLIC SERVICE               

  • Kym Dorsee – Self Turn Around of Your Living Environment (STYLE)
  • Tye L. Woodson – NYS Executive Chamber
  • Dr. Dorcey Applyrs – Albany Common Council


  • Sydney Noelle Kurzejeski
  • Alana McNulty and Katrina Colby

The Resourceful Women’s Luncheon also honors a Woman of Inspiration.  We are proud to celebrate Felicia Ashley, former Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Program graduate, for her many personal and professional accomplishments.  Despite obstacles, Felicia has worked to reach and maintain self-sufficiency for her and her children.  She illuminates something that every woman coming to YWCA-GCR receives:  HOPE!

The Resourceful Women’s Luncheon award, established in 2000, recognizes and honors those whose community and professional pursuits advance the empowerment of women and girls, a core value of YWCA-GCR’s mission. The luncheon strives to honor everyday women that make a difference in their work place, community and beyond. These accomplished, energetic and committed women represent the spirit of determination and empowerment held dear at YWCA-GCR.

All proceeds from the Resourceful Women’s Luncheon Awards will benefit YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. to sustain, enhance and expand our unique and cutting-edge servicesYour financial contribution will have a greater impact through a matching pledgeThrough the end of the year, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match (1 to 4) of all public support funds raised by YWCA-GCR.

Women come to YWCA-GCR in times of crisis, for safe and affordable housing, victim advocacy, help with addiction, job training and career counseling, and case management. We give women and women with children a second chance and a fresh start, by providing supportive temporary and permanent housing combined with 360° of Support in order to empower them to be able to achieve their goals and become and maintain self-sufficiency. Our supportive services are available to and are utilized by community members through My Sister’s Closet, Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work “Job Readiness” Program, Jamison-Rounds Ready for School Program, our Food Pantry and Weekly Community Meal. In addition, we provide Homeless Prevention and case management services to Rensselaer County residents facing eviction.

We invite the public to help us honor these amazing women. General tickets are $60.00 (price will go up $5.00 one week before the event: 10/4/2016-10/11/2016)). For more information, contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon at (518) 274-7100,,  or visit our website: