WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Judge Judy Sheindlin will kick off her seventh year of helping female students from White Plains, Mount Vernon, Yonkers and Mamaroneck schools, through the "Her Honor Mentoring" program.
Sheindlin, the presiding judge on “Judge Judy,” the No. 1 television show in national syndication, funds the program, which is administered by the Westchester County Office for Women, a division of the County Executive’s Office, and the Mental Health Association of Westchester.
Her Honor Mentoring was developed by the TV judge’s daughter, Nicold Sheindlin. It matches promising young women from six local high schools with professional women who provide hands-on work experience, advice and guidance about succeeding in the workplace, a press release said.
This year, 42 mentors and mentees will join Sheindlin and County Executive Rob Astorino at a luncheon at the Larchmont Shore Club on Thursday, Oct. 10 to kick off the program’s seventh season.
The schools chosen for the program are Mamaroneck High School, Mount Vernon High School, Nelson Mandela High School in Mount Vernon, Nellie A. Thornton High School in Mount Vernon, Saunders High School in Yonkers and White Plains High School.
The girls were selected with the help of their school districts and will receive stipends for their work, the release said.
They will spend a minimum of four hours per week for six months with their mentor at her work site, and benefit from various resources and services, according to the release.
The following mentees and mentors were selected and matched for the program:
Mamaroneck High School
Linda Bello - Linda knows she has a bright future. She looks forward to helping her community by pursuing a career in teaching.
Zoe Colon - Executive Director, Hispanic Resource Center
Sara Da Costa – Sara is tri-lingual and wants to have a career that changes the world.
Cheryl Greenberg - Director of Development, My Sister’s Place
Alexa Fornes - Alexa is actively involved with her community and is open to finding a career that she is passionate about.
Maria Diaz - Owner, Eye Level Learning Center
Jazsmine Kerr – Jazsmine dreams of starting an organization called “The Endless Closet.” Their mission will be to redistribute clothes to people in need.
Deborah Blatt - Program Coordinator, Sharing Shelf
Barbara Kruljac – Barbara is determined to join an ROTC program in college and ultimately serve in the United States Navy.
Lisa Swanson – Coordinator, Emergency Operations, Westchester County Department of Social Services
Rosa Lechuga - Rosa looks forward to attending college and studying business. She is focused on being a role model for younger children.
Susan Liddie - Vice President of Information Technology, Avon Products, Inc.
Claudia Lopes – Claudia is currently studying Cosmetology and plans to start her own brand of makeup.
Heather Adessa - CEO, Founder, Lead Makeup Artist, Glo Beauty Bar
Wendy Maldonado - Wendy is determined to be the first person in her family to attend college. She especially loves working with children.
Maria Garzona - Owner, Sweet Teez Candy Shoppe
Jaileen Reyes - Jaileen is passionate about helping people and enjoys art for its therapeutic attributes.
Nancy White - President and Owner, The Flower Bar
Odalys Ruano – Odalys describes herself as determined. She enjoys working with different types of people and learning about new cultures.
Edith Barilla - Franchise Owner, Minuteman Press, Mamaroneck
Jacqueline Santizo - Jacqueline is proud to be first in her family to attend college. She wants to be part of something that is memorable and life changing.
Jirandy Martinez - Programs Manager, Hispanic Resource Center
Luna Slater – Luna’s hobbies include writing poetry and drawing. She enjoys exploring her unique style in art class.
Diane Alexander - Founder and Owner, Alexander Architecture, PLLC
Mount Vernon High School
Shanygne Belfor – Shanygne describes herself as an outgoing, kind-hearted soul. One of her future goals is to be a business owner.
Robin Harmon-Myers – Owner, Harmony Designs Furniture & Interiors
Merlina Escoria - Merlina is completely bi-lingual and hopes to pursue a career in technology.
Renee Fleuranges-Valdes - Business Development Executive, IBM Software Group
Tashania Treasure – Tashania strongly believes people should always try to help one another. Her academic focus is science and math.
April Horton - Director, External Affairs & Government Affairs, Verizon
Rolanda Watson - Rolanda loves to surround herself with positive influences. She plans to major in accounting and business.
Louisa McTurner – Owner, Weezie D. Ladies Boutique
Brittany White – Brittany’s heart is set on attending Johnson and Wales University to major in culinary arts.
Maria & Mariana Delgado-Gambini - Co-Owners, Chantilly Patisserie
Nellie A. Thornton High School
Marciana Davis – Marciana has made honor roll for five consecutive years. She is the proud recipient of a merit based, Obama edition, Presidential Pin.
Pamela Anderson - Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.
Nia Fears - Nia enjoys helping her community and being a positive role model. Her dream is to own a national sports team.
Karen Cheeks Lomax - Founder & Co-Owner, Brownie & Co.
Asia-Morgohn Reid – Asia describes herself as a true scholar. She looks forward to a career in corporate finance.
Jennifer Jennings - Business Leader, Franchise Development, MasterCard Worldwide
Nicole Vanderlinde – Nicole will be the first person in her family to attend college. She is passionate about being an entrepreneur.
Karin Levi - Business Leader, US Digital Marketing, MasterCard Worldwide
Carolyn Esposito - Business Leader US Merchant Marketing, MasterCard
Nelson Mandela High School
Nymia Overton - Nymia has dreamed of being a lawyer since childhood. Her interests lie in advocacy for young people.
Jill Bradshaw-Soto - Managing Attorney - Mt. Vernon, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Saunders High School
Josselin Capistran - Josselin is the first person in her family to attend college. She is always eager to learn and enthusiastic about life.
Wendy Nadel - Executive Director, Yonkers Partners In Education
Elizabeth Cruz – Elizabeth is an active member of her school and community. Public speaking and presentations are her strong suits.
Victoria Rivera - Community Outreach, Westchester County Office for Women – Yonkers Family Court
Pamela Del Rosario - Pamela is passionate about medicine and dreams of becoming a doctor.
Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD - Physician
Islain Dominguez – Islain identifies deeply with her creative self and looks forward to a career in fashion.
Antoinette Klatzky - Program Director, Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute
Twinkle Jacob – Twinkle moved from India to the United States at age 9. Her two favorite subjects have always been math and science.
Melvina Carter - President and CEO, Yonkers Industrial Development Agency
Gabrielle Louis – Gabrielle is a first generation American of Haitian decent. She looks forward to obtaining a college degree in mathematics.
Anna Bruno - Vice President/Small Business Certified Manager, Webster Bank
Ashley Polanco - Ashley is a member of the Century’s Honor Program. She is fascinated with Criminal Justice and all of its nuances.
Mary Grace Ferone - Managing Attorney, Yonkers, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Nicolette Torreggiani - Nicole hopes to attend SUNY New Paltz and pursue her passion for math.
Ellen Story - Director of Management Development, Stew Leonard's – Yonkers
Evelyn Trujillo – Evelyn describes herself as creative and intelligent. Her career interests are accounting and business administration.
Christie Verschoor - HR Specialist, Stew Leonard's – Yonkers
Kadian Wright - Kadian looks forward to studying Political Science in college and attending law school.
Hon. Mary Anne Scattaretico-Naber - Westchester Family Court Judge, Ninth Judicial District
White Plains High School
Kelly Briceno - Education has always been Kelly’s primary focus. One of her aspirations is to work for Google.
Mentor to be determined.
Samantha Carter - Samantha describes herself as open minded. She is determined to pursue a legal career.
Hon. Delores Brathwaite - Judge, Greenburgh Town Court
Matttia Colon – Mattia is inspired by her mother’s determination. Her future aspirations include a career in clinical therapy.
Diane Balistreri - Senior Manager, Westchester County Office for Women
Erika Cueva - Erika is passionate about her community and advocating for children.
Martha Anderson - Spanish Speaking Program Specialist, Westchester County Office for Women
Michelle Giraldo – From an early age, Michele learned responsibility and independence. She looks forward to a career in public relations.
Potoula Gjidija - Manager, Community Relations, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Lesslie Meza – Lesslie is persistent and determined to succeed. She wants to help her community by pursuing a career in the medical field.
Maria De Pena-Nowak MD - NY Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division
Michelle Palma – Michelle deeply values her education. Her dream is to work in the medical field.
Maria De Pena-Nowak MD - NY Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division
Maria Rojas - Maria is intrigued by business. She works hard and is determined to lead by example.
Jane Corcoran - Owner, E-Administrative Services
Emily Serrano - Emily loves art as a form of self-expression. Her goal is to become a fashion designer.
Noel D’Allacco - Founder, OperationPROM
Ashely Vega - Ashley enjoys making others laugh and smile. She looks forward to a career helping people and enhancing their lives.
Cathy Schauber - Owner, Cathy's Biscotti