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  • In Recognition of American Jewish Committee New York 2012 Women of Valor Marlene Altman, Joan Dean, Jo Renee Fine, Judith O’Neill and Andrea Pastor

    by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney

    Posted on 2013-01-15

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    MALONEY of new york in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to five extraordinary women being honored at the American Jewish Committee, AJC, New York's 2012 Woman of Valor event. This year, AJC New York is awarding Marlene Altman, Joan Dean, Jo Renee Fine, Judith O'Neill, and Andrea Pastor with this outstanding distinction. All of the honorees have made important contributions in their personal and professional lives to the vital mission of AJC to advocate for the security of Jewish people around the world.

    Marlene Altman studied mathematics at the University of Colorado, and spent her early career working for the U.S. Bureau of the Census. After moving to New York in 1983, Ms. Altman became CBS News Director of Election Operations. Political and cultural activism has always been central in her life. In 1993, Ms. Altman moved to St. Louis with her husband Murray, where she earned a Masters degree in Political Science and became involved in the AJC, the Jewish Community Center, JCC, and other arts and cultural organizations. She has continued been active in AJC and UJA since returning to New York City in 2002.

    I am proud to see that Joan Dean is being honored as a Woman of Valor. Ms. Dean is a strong community leader who served as my Finance Director from 2006-2008. She has been active in politics and fundraising for most of her career, much of which she spent in California. She is a board member of AJC New York and co-chair of the National Outreach and Advocacy Committee. Ms. Dean has shown extraordinary leadership in Jewish organizations for many years. She founded an Upstate New York Hadassah chapter, was Vice President of the Upper New York State Region of Hadassah, and served as President of the AJC Board in San Diego, CA. Ms. Dean is the proud mother of Lisa and Amy Cohen and loving grandmother to five grandchildren.

    Jo Renee Fine is a renowned educator and photographer who has 35 years of experience in private and public sectors advising organizations on web and print communication. Dr. Fine has published two photo-documentary books: The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side and a more recent edition with the same title. Dr. Fine is on the AJC New York Regional Board of Directors for which she chairs the Interreligious and Intergroup Relations Committee. She is also a member of the AJC National Board of Governors, Co-chair of Project People Foundation, and Vice President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Dr. Fine and her husband, Dr. Edward Trieber, are proud parents to their daughter, Jessica.

    Judith O'Neill is an attorney with 37 years of experience in the telecommunications and energy sector. She has done consulting work in more than 85 countries and throughout the developing world. In her role as Surgeons of Hope Board member, she is working with the Nicaraguan government to develop a Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Center for children in Managua. Ms. O'Neill is an active member of both AJC-New York Region and the national AJC Board, where she chairs the Energy Steering Committee.

    Andrea Pastor spent her career in the information technology sector working as Chief of Management Information Services for the Bureau of Drugs and as a securities law attorney in New York City. After retiring, she became involved in AJC chapters across the country. Ms. Pastor served as President of AJC-Milwaukee and AJC-Palm Beach chapters. She was also President and Chair of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Women's Division Political Awareness program and held leadership positions in philanthropic organizations, such as the American Heart Association. Ms. Pastor is on the AJC-New York Board and Executive Committee, and co-chairs the Region's Immigration Committee.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in saluting these truly inspiring Women of Valor who are all outstanding leaders in the Jewish community and New York City at large.


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