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W.B.O.C. Leading Women



feature: syracuse’s new school superintendent


Fabulous finds: pretty in pink


Local Business Matters: syracuse first


Queen of ArTS: once an artist, always an artist


New Look, New You


for a Good cause: nsef


Cover Story: occ: filling our community’s needs


breast cancer handbook


fasHion forward: lilipad creations


artist’s view: painting her passion


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healthy woman: the scoop on screening mammograms


world of womens sports


feature: empire state’s intergrative approach


heart healthy


feature: pat mouton continues to inspire





A little swm humor


feature: parade of homes


Women Entrepreneurs: nelson farms


The Main Event


in her own words


in & out of town


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Letter from the editor “I think the key is for women not to set any limits.” – Martina Navratilova I couldn’t agree more and I would never argue this point. What good can possibly come from setting limits? We should set goals and we should not only meet them, but we should surpass them by a mile. For the majority of my life, I have been an athlete, but more specifically – a runner. Does that mean I should limit myself on what type of athletic competition I enter? No, not all! In accordance with my ardor for long-distance running, I began training for the Oct. 9 Chicago Marathon, a beautiful 26.2-mile trek near my hometown. I created a 16-week plan with my friend Laurene, who is training for the Hartford Marathon, also in October. This plan happened to intermingle with my intrigue for the Athleta Iron Girl Syracuse Triathlon. I knew the marathon training had to stay on point, but now I would need to start swimming again (I haven’t swam in about 15 years) since I forgot how to stay afloat. Plus, I would need to get on a bike and get my running legs into reasonable cycling shape. Thanks to the amazing staff at the Bike Loft in North Syracuse (Lance, Tracy, Aaron, Denise, Dave and Jamie), I was able to ride a 2011 Amira Expert in the Iron Girl held Aug. 7 at Oneida Shores. Thanks to their apt advice and encouragement, I felt confident going into my first-ever triathlon. I am now proud to say I am officially an Iron Girl after completing the course in 1:46:06. I finished 130th out of a field of 1,047 finishers. I also claimed a rank of 13th in the 5K run – that was my portion of the competition that I was not as worried about. With all this said, why should I discount myself from further triathlons or some extreme sporting competition just because I am primarily a runner? Again, I shouldn’t. In terms of my level of fitness and future goals in athletic competition, the sky’s the limit. The Iron Girl was not only a great personal accomplishment, but the camaraderie I witnessed was astounding. You couldn’t ask for a better venue where women were congratulating one another, although they were head-to-head in competition. Each woman had her own level of fitness and her own goal in mind. But in the end, we were all Iron Girls. These past few months have also brought about more good news for Syracuse Woman Magazine. The magazine was recently chosen to be the exclusive print media sponsor for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2011-12 campaign. If I said we wanted to paint the town red, it would be an understatement! I am proud to say that SWM is in this partnership especially since heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women. In this edition, we focus on both education and breast cancer awareness. Our cover woman, Onondaga County Community College President Debbie Sydow, is a shining example of how women are leading Central New York’s educational community. Flip to our special section on breast cancer awareness and you’ll find stories of courage, companionship and inspiration. When women share their experiences, they bring hope for so many people. This section also lists several upcoming breast cancer awareness to events, so take this as your cue to get involved! As we say goodbye to our brief summer in Central New York, let’s look forward to setting new goals and throwing out any preconceived notions about things to come. You’re intelligent, strong, beautiful inside and out, and your talents and gifts are what make you a limitless woman – or in this case, a Syracuse Woman. This kind of woman is a force to be reckoned with. Remember that!

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Onondaga County Community College President Dr. Debbie Sydow was photographed by Cindy Bell, of Focus Studio, 920 N. Salina St. in Syracuse.


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An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. The all-star cast features Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne.





Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz star in ‘Dream House,’ a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed...only to find themselves the killer’s next target. An American scientific expedition to Antarctica makes an incredible discovery — an alien spaceship with a mysterious and sinister frozen “thing” found nearby. They decide to drill through the ice encasement, ultimately freeing the trapped organism and triggering a series of horrific incidents and attacks. A modernized reimagining of the classic novels written by Alexandre Dumas that follow the story of a young d’Artagnan, who longs to become a great musketeer — one of the personal guards of the French crown. He encounters and befriends the contentious Athos, Porthos, and Aramis — three musketeers of legend and folly.


The Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create 12-week sessions for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals, such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. Each 12-week session meets two to three times weekly. Classes are offered at all branches of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse including the Downtown YMCA, 340 Montgomery Street, Syracuse; the East Area Family YMCA, 200 Towne Drive, Fayetteville; North Area Family YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. The YMCA is a non-profit association dedicated to making our community stronger, and that’s exactly what our LIVESTRONG program does. For more information on LIVESTRONG at the YMCA call the YMCA of Greater Syracuse at 474-6851, ext. 339, or visit www.ymcaofgreatersyracuse.org.


Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women older than 20? And did you know that donating a purse could help safe a life? Women are as unique as their handbags, with their own style and personality. It’s time to share your “Purseonality” with the American Heart Association. In fact, more women will die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined – including all forms of cancer. Because of these alarming statistics, the AHA is turning to all of us to help turn the tide and support the group’s life-saving mission. Donate a handbag filled with items reflecting your very own “Purse-onality” to be used for Handbags Helping Hearts event to support the Go Red For Women campaign of the American Heart Association. The Handbags Helping Hearts event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Stickley Showroom in the Fayetteville Towne Center. By donating a handbag package (suggested value of $200 or greater), you are helping to raise money that will directly go towards the life-saving research and education for women and heart disease. Suggested themes include: music/movies, spa/pampering products, books, candles, arts and crafts, and wine packages. Handbags Helping Hearts is a relaxing night out where girlfriends sip fabulous wines and dine on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres while supporting the local Syracuse Go Red for Women movement through the Syracuse Heart Association. You will also have the chance to listen to a couple of women share their experience with heart disease, while spending time looking over the beautiful and elegant handbags donated by local women and businesses to raise money through a silent auction for the Syracuse Go Red Campaign. This is truly a girls night out! For more information or to purchase tickets ($15 each) to Go Red For Women’s Handbag Helping Hearts event visit www.tinyurl.com/handbagshelpinghearts.


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the alto

BY ELLEN LEAHY I PHOTOS BY KELLY KANE Alto Cinco is Spanish for “high five.” It’s also the name of Syracuse’s premier Mexican-inspired restaurant located in the heart of Syracuse University’s Westcott Nation.

The gorgeous and illusive Johanna Yorke, whose good taste and hard work started Alto Cinco, has propelled it to a definite “diez perfecto” (perfect 10). Take out or eat in, it’s one of the best joints in Central New York for freshly prepared, lively food. Yorke is well known for her behind-the-scenes management style, even preferring in this profile to highlight the accolades of her manager of four years, Emma Brennan. “I really need to talk about Emma,” Yorke said. Syracuse born and raised, Brennan was originally going to make documentaries when she headed off to film school at the University of Buffalo. But she found herself more intrigued at her part-time summer job working as a waitress at Pastabilities in the 1990s. “I fell in love with restaurants at Pastabilities,” she said, adding that Pasta’s owner Karen Korteling also inspired her in that this might be something she could do for her life’s work. She kept on her communications career path continuing in media studies, ending up at an ad agency in Manhattan, where she completely fell out of love with her chosen career path. After answering a blind ad in the Village Voice for an administrative assistant position, she ended up back in hospitality. She became a part of the team that operated the private dining department of LeRoy Adventures, which at that time managed two iconic NYC restaurants, Tavern on the Green and The Russian Tea Room. Another twist of fate happened when the company’s owner, Warner LeRoy, passed away. His 22-year-old daughter, Jennifer LeRoy, became the CEO. Brennan was selected to be Jennifer’s assistant. Tavern was the highest grossing restaurant in the world at that

“It (the job) sounded so great,” she said, “but my actual daily work and tasks weren’t ‘me.’” This was because her job description took her away from operations. “Jennifer LeRoy was always kind to me, but her staff was very difficult,” Brennan said. “I got too far away from the restaurant [aspect].” So she left it all behind and went to work as a counter girl at a funky little pizza place in Brooklyn called, “Two Boots Pizza.” Again she worked her way up into a position of responsibility until she decided to return to Syracuse in 2005 to work at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. After a twoyear stint she went to work with Johanna Yorke at Alto Cinco. “We work really well together,” Brennan said. Essentially Brennan is in charge of day-to-day operations and runs the human resource department at Alto Cinco, which maintains a staff of between 35 and 40 people year round. Johanna runs the kitchen, whereas in Brennan’s words, “I can barely put a grilled cheese together.” But she does love the food. Her favorite dish? “It changes all the time,” Brennan said, “Right now it is the catfish burrito, I was obsessed with the pizza and then it was the soft tacos.” Both Yorke and Brennan are gearing up Alto’s out-ofhouse catering department, recently developing solid menus. In honor of marriage equality passing in New York state, Alto is featuring a 10 percent off deal for all wedding catering. For more information visit altocinco.net or 526 Westcott St., or call (315) 422-6399. If you want to book a party call Emma at (315) 807-7544. syracuseWomanMag.com :: september/october 2011 9

::w.b.o.c.’s leading women

helping inspire WBOC turns 20...

college bound youth BY CELESTE LITTLE


In 2009, Kathy Harter got sick. So sick she couldn’t go out and live her regularly busy life. Then holding an office in WBOC, and being president of Junior Achievement, her generally full plate had to be emptied. Surprisingly enough, it was then that she realized the value of the relationships she’d developed at WBOC. “I got so many cards, letters, flowers and gifts,” says Harter. “I’ll always be a member because of that. Even if I never got a single volunteer because of WBOC, I’d still be a member because of the relationships.” But the relationships Harter has developed over the five years she’s been a member have served her well. Harter’s success with Junior Achievement depends mostly on volunteer teachers and donors, many of whom she met at WBOC. Volunteers include businesswomen (and men), parents, retired teachers, members of parent-teacher organizations, local banks and more. They are all donors who make scholarships possible for students. “WBOC has been an important part of that volunteer force. My participation in WBOC activities has enabled me to recruit some of our very best volunteers,” says Harter. These professionals are able to have a significant, positive effect on the lives of the children they work with through Junior Achievement. Re-sparking a child’s interest through just one Junior Achievement series has actually proven to make her twice as likely to stay in school. “Inertia is appealing,” says Sarah Berman who works with Harter. “Our goal is to make school relevant to something else, to show children there are choices out there.” Berman says they do this through a variety of programs, like young men and women’s symposiums, grade-appropriate financial planning, and activities that prepare them for the workplace. Seeing professionals who didn’t necessarily take traditional paths to achieve their goals, helps children begin to dream about their own futures, making a connection between education and the real world that many of them wouldn’t have made otherwise.

One young woman decided she wanted to be a nurse after meeting one during a Junior Achievement field trip, another won a full Junior Achievement scholarship to Syracuse University, a school she always wanted to attend but would not have been able to afford. And Harter says WBOC provided some of the tools to help get these young women on route to their goals. After volunteers and donors from WBOC began working with her, “there was an opportunity for girls to meet with professional women. There was a scholarship for girls in business,” Harter says. This year marks the WBOC’s 20th birthday – a particularly important anniversary, according to Harter. “The 20th anniversary of WBOC is a real milestone for women in all forms of business in Central New York,” she said. “From entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses, to franchisees and district saleswomen, to women like me who represent other businesses. WBOC gives us a forum where we can network. There, we can learn from one another, build lasting relationships and friendships and help to build our businesses.” The WBOC plans to host a 20th anniversary celebration in November.

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The WBOC is a local non-profit organization that has been providing support to women and access to innovative events and workshops for 20 years. Whether running our own business, working for an employer or launching a new endeavor, women are connected through their entrepreneurial mindset. For information on how to become a member, visit www.wboconnection.org.

My Degree. My Way. You have the power to shape your education and schedule at SUNY Empire State College. Choose how and where you learn through: • individual meetings with your faculty mentor and independent study • 500 online courses or full online degree programs • or a combination of both. And, you may also earn credit for qualified prior learning. Attend an information session to learn more.

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Beth Eischen did something that many of us wouldn’t have been brave enough to do. She was working on her doctorate in molecular biology when she decided to quit and follow her true passion. She began following an ardor for designing that became more lucrative and fulfilling than she’d ever imagined. Eischen first started designing accessories and handbags after the birth of her daughter, Lili. Within a few years, her business was popular but since she was in school, it was only a part-time venture. When she was on maternity leave during her second pregnancy, Eischen began designing clothing. She didn’t like the “mom” clothes that she found on the store racks, so she started making her own. She went back to school for a short period of time, but within a few months she knew that she’d found a new path. “By the end of the summer I got this bug for designing,” says Eischen. “The summer of ‘09 was when I released my first clothing pieces.” Soon Lilipad Creations was born, taking inspirations from designs found in the environment and in nature. “I’m inspired by nature, art, a glass plate, geometric lines in a building,” she says. “Pretty much everything.” Rather than following trends, Eischen looks to these environmental inspirations, which make her designs unique. Her garments and handbags are for women, like her, who take pride in an artistic way of dressing and have a personal sense of style. 12

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“I design for my tribe. From teens to women in their 50s, they’re women who want a certain aesthetic,” says Eischen. “They’re artistic, not like everyone else.” For women who dress more conservatively, Eischen’s creations add flare. “Of course you can’t dress avant-garde every day, but the pieces make dressing dynamic.” What results from this dynamism are skirts layered with asymmetric tulle, custom-made dresses in ranges of mocha, and embellished purses stamped with flowers. It’s nature’s collection – one for eclectic free spirits and understated fairies, alike. This fall, Eischen says her designs will be taking on an even greater natural challenge – the seasons. Each segment of the comprehensive collection is based on a different one. They are dramatic, but subtly colored clothes. “I like drawing from the elements and pulling different hues [that are] muted, stormy colors.” And “stormy” is the perfect word for her fall apparel. Previous lines took inspiration from the beauty in nature, but expect to see stories of nature behaving badly in this eight-piece collection. “With everything that’s been happening with the weather, I draw from the beauty and drama in nature and catastrophe.” Eischen’s focus on natural catastrophe in her designs is a testament to her enduring biologist’s eye. But she never regrets the decision to leave. “I bring the geometric architecture of the cell and of DNA, my personality and the whimsical into my designs,” she says. “I love what I do.”

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::swm education

‘start believing again’


When Sharon Contreras started elementary school in Uniondale, she was part of the first class to desegregate. She had to be bused past her local school to attend Walnut Street Elementary across town. She recalls being “bright and a straight ‘A’ student,” so when she found out she wasn’t in the gifted class, she didn’t understand it. She told her teacher there had been a mistake. She was supposed to be in that class and she wanted to leave immediately. When her teacher wouldn’t let her go, young Sharon asked her teacher for the bathroom pass, walked into the gifted classroom and interrupted class to tell that teacher there had been a mistake. Soon after, she was admitted into the gifted class as the first minority student. “I was in advanced classes for the rest of my life because I went down there and stood up for myself,” Contreras says. “But not everyone does. It was my first experience in advocacy and I live my life advocating for children who cannot advocate for themselves.” Contreras is the new superintendent of the Syracuse City School District. It carries the reputation of one of the most challenged districts in Central New York, with a four-year high school graduation rate of *46 percent and a child poverty rate of **42 percent. Nevertheless, Contreras started working in July with excitement. She’s full of hope for students in the district. Her first 100 days have been devoted to assessment. Monthly backyard chats were scheduled with parents at their homes. Her schedule was packed with board meetings with school administrators. And in the next six months, Contreras will put into place a strategic plan that she’s developed through the assessment. She plans on improving programs that show promise, but she’s not afraid to cut those that don’t. Does the appallingly high child poverty rate threaten her success? “Certainly poverty has an impact on how the students learn. They have lower vocabulary and poor reading skills,” Contreras says. “We have support from Say Yes [to Education] that provides a framework in trying to mitigate the impact. But I want to be clear that the number one thing to improve is the classroom teacher, not parents alone. It is up to us.” Contreras vividly remembers the classroom teacher who resparked her waning desire to learn in the seventh grade. And Contreras says she made her proud to be a high achiever again. As a former classroom teacher herself, Contreras knows that the time for changing the school system is now. “I am passionate and I have a fierce sense of urgency. Quality education is essential for human achievement,” she says. In order for the children in the Syracuse City School District to achieve, Contreras says we have to start believing again. “We don’t have confidence in urban schools, and I would like to change that perception,” she said. “All children have the right to attend public schools and no parent should have to pay because they feel their children won’t get a quality education.”


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Sources: *Public School District Total Cohort Graduation Rate and Enrollment Outcome Summary - 2009-10 School Year All Students. **New York State Poverty Report (released February 2010), which is prepared by the New York State Community Action Association.

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Have the latest fashion trend on you arm this fall and support breast cancer research. Made from recycled seatbelts, these bags and wallets are sure to catch everyone’s eye with their unique look and array of colors, sashes and charms. A percentage of proceeds from pink (wallets and bags) purchases through October will be donated to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Order online at jjscreativegifts.com and learn about “Purse and More Parties.”

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258 W. Jeffersin St., Syracuse, www.industrysalon.com, (315) 476-0015

Add some pink locks to your fall look when you stop by Industry Salon. Your pink Great Lengths hair extensions ($10) will add flare to your ‘do and spread breast cancer awareness, too. Proceeds from all pink hair extension purchases during both September and October will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. So rock your pink and help find a cure!


8167 Brewerton Road, Cicero, NY, (315) 505-4065, www.elenisboutique.com

Sport your best shade of pink for the month of October as we work together to find a cure. This stylish hat by Handcandy (Munnsville) is made of recycled fabric and rocks out a tie for a flower ($43). Both necklaces are all sterling silver and feature hammered details and charms ($69-$71). Bracelets and rings show off pink Swarovski crystals and fine detail ($30i$70). Eleni’s is donating 10 percent of its pink sales during the month of October to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

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3788 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY, (315) 218-5612

Surprise and celebrate a survivor or encourage hope in someone’s heart with a pound of sweets from ICJ Cookies. A pound consists of 20 cookies ($15). Be sure to request some special pink ribbons vanilla balls, but don’t forget to throw in some signature ICJ Neopolitans. ICJ was proud to have recently donated $2,100 to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

COMING AROUND AGAIN CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE 330 First St., Liverpool, NY, (315) 383-1808

Find your shade and wear it. Whether you’re aiming to spread breast cancer awareness or ovarian cancer awareness, this is your one-stop-shop. For neck fashion, choose from a 1950s pink vintage bead ($35) or an Aurora Bourealis vintage teal strand ($75). You can also sport your teal and pink with handmade vintage seed bead purses featuring 1960s brass handles ($90 each). In memory of Vicky Swanson, who lost her battle to breast cancer 10 years ago, 10 percent of October sales will be donated to breast cancer research.

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::local business matters

The Natural Beauty of

BY CELESTE LITTLE We all know our favorite chain restaurants or cafés; our favorite bookstores to head to at home or on the road and our favorite clothing stores and malls across the United States. It’s true, many of us are consumers of big business, but most of us probably don’t know the benefits of spending at locally owned shops, right here in Syracuse. But Chris Fowler, executive director of Syracuse First, understands that the benefits are numerous. Syracuse First is an organization of approximately 200 local businesses designed to encourage spending at locally-owned options. “People shouldn’t pretend big chains don’t exist but when they make a concerted effort to use a locally-owned option, they support and are invested in the community. They have a better quality of life.” The improvement in this collective quality of life has a lot to do with supporting the local economy. Local spending means more money stays in the local economy – approximately $73 from every $100 spent here, as opposed to only $43 when consumers buy at chain stores. This allows a greater opportunity for wealth building, Fowler said. There’s also less of an impact on the environment and more investments made in the city of Syracuse. With just a 10-percent shift in the amount of money spent at local stores, Fowler says Syracuse would feel an economic impact that stretches into the millions. Local business woman Linda “Cookie” Caloia, is the principal of Smart Cook!e Marketing. After years of working for globally known companies, Caloia decided


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to start her own. She says she was lucky to be able to make a smooth transition into business ownership and loves the differences she’s found between owning her own business and working at a bigger one. “It’s a lot different. There are face-toface meetings,” she says. “Modern technology can’t replace face-to-face business transactions.” Caloia says the intimate connection between business owners and the community they serve is an important element of the local economy. The bigger the business, the less connected they can be to the community, she said. Often, big businesses market to smaller cities, like Syracuse, the same way they would market to any other city. What results is a disconnect between those businesses and the people they serve. Caloia points to a local company, Gannon Pest Control. One of their major competitors, a national company, used the same marketing plan they use throughout the country, meaning they were disconnected with the city of Syracuse. “They advertised pest control for bugs we didn’t have,” she says. “Local franchises understand the needs. They genuinely care. They live it. If big stores provided that level of service, they wouldn’t be as profitable.” This is why Caloia supports Syracuse First. Especially as a business owner, she has unique insight about the connection between her work and the city of Syracuse. She knows it is invaluable. “Seeing the work we’re doing in the community we live in, it’s enjoyable,” says Caloia. “Driving past one of my billboards is a different thrill. It’s why I do this.”

::Queen of arts

artist artist

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When a visitor pulls up to Judy McCumber’s Fayetteville home, they’re greeted by a lush landscape. The gardens and their flowers look as if they were plucked right out of a picture book. Her long driveway leads to a quaint sitting area that’s surrounded by more greenery with a birdhouse that invited a pretty and petite bird that would work to catch Judy’s eye throughout our conversation. It’s only fitting that Judy’s house was surrounded by a garden that mimicked one painted by an artist. Judy, originally from Flint, Mich., has been intrigued, inspired and involved in the arts for most her life. Her education in arts includes two Michigan State University degrees, one in art education and the other in interior design. In 1973, she moved to Central New York to work as an agent in housing and design for the Cornell Cooperative Extension. She then moved on to teach art in the Martin Luther King School. While in the area, she met her husband as well. After some time, they moved to Massachusetts, where she also worked as an art teacher. “I was sort of a stay-at-home mom at that time,” Judy said. “But I always did a little something. I always had my hands in art.” In 1973, she and her husband and two daughters, Heather and Nissa, moved back to Syracuse. At this point, Judy was dabbling in artwork with fibers. Throughout the years she has worked with wall hangings (both wrapped and woven), sculpting, and handmade paper collage. For a few years she did in-school art demonstrations for a local program. She was also teaching design for human development as an adjunct at Syracuse University. Soon after she took on part-time work as a field-recruiting representative for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She would then go on to become the director of admissions and recruiting for the College of VPA. Judy was a part of an exciting process. “We would do interviews, meet the kids and their parents.” Most importantly, they would ask, “Why do you want to come here?” The college comprised of schools that taught music, drama and art, design and transmedia. Just like the current VPA recruiting process, Judy and her staff were heavily involved in the National Portfolio Day. “I talked to a lot of talented kids,” she said. “They were incredible.” After 25 years, Judy retired, but she’s still immersed in the arts. Now her focus is primarily on making jewelry. “I never let go of that,” she said. A few years ago, Judy and her daughter Heather, a Long Island resident, developed Tulip Hill Designs, a small jewelry-making business. “She does her thing down there and I do my own thing up here,” Judy said. “Then we come together.” If you ask her when she first became interested in jewelry design, Judy might say, “I had some beads and decided I needed a new necklace so I made one.” But pinpointing when she and her daughter truly started their business and when her overall interest began, is another matter. “That’s funny I should call her and ask her how we got involved in it.” Judy’s love for choosing different textures, colors and shapes of beads and stones has kept her interest in the craft thriving. Like she used to tell her students: “The more you do it, the better you get.” Lastly, she would ask, “What’s your passion? What do you really love to do?”


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Macnamara Elementary School, Art Teacher What better way to start fall than with some strawberry blonde in your life? Leslie had an all-over strawberry blonde color put in, along with bold, dark blonde, chunky lowlights. Her new pixie cut frames her face with more layers in front and a whispy look in the back.

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Leslie knockout ensemble features clothing from Clothes Mentor. From her airy blouse with ruffled collar, crocheted black jacket, to her “fits to a tee” trouser and kitten heels, Leslie is ready for a day at work and any after-hour function. Leslie’s photoshoot took place inside of Mirbeau’s wine bar. Leslie is in her 12th year of teaching in the Baldwinsville Central School District. Last year she was awarded the honor of New York State Teacher’s Association Teacher of the Year in the central region. She was also named to the Liverpool High School Hall of Fame for visual arts. “I got the call and I said, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me!’” Leslie said. “I was one of 1,000 kids in my class.” Her love for her art has been well and alive for years. Her other passion, teaching, has also become a big part of her love for art. “I love working with kids and seeing things from their point of view.”

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2011 Paralegal Studies Grad, Bryant & Stratton College Robin received an all-over chestnut brown color to start off her new career search this fall. She was given long layers in her cut. Also, her eyebrows were reshaped with a quick wax treatment. Her new look includes fashions from Eco Chic. Her outfit carries colors and pieces that will be interchangeable with many other options in her wardrobe. Again, boots are a must for fall, and she has some Via Spiga black boots to start the season off right. A black and brown Chico’s jacket, copper tank and an Express cream maxi skirt complete her look. Robin said she enjoyed her experience at Hairtique and getting to do a photo shoot at Mirbeau was one like no other. Robin recently earned her associate’s degree in paralegal studies while putting in many long shifts at work in order to support her family. Her husband suffered a heart attack in 2007 and has endured many more complications, and her son is waiting for a liver transplant. Her family was very supportive in her decision to go back to school. “My teachers also helped me. They supported me the whole way, even when I wanted to give up.” She wanted to go back to school and study law, something she’s always been interested in. “If I’m going to work and support my family, I might as well do something I love.”


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Owner of Jewels by Judi The Hairtique crew took Judi’s light locks and added a more bold and dark golden blonde allover color. She also received a lighter shade of blonde for her highlights. The bulk of her old haircut was taken out with the length left in. Her layers were textured during her haircut. For her new look, she’s wearing an ensemble from Clothes Mentor. She is sporting a pink, lightweight jacket over a light green top. Her floral crop pant complements the rest of her outfit. She’s wearing a comfortable and stylish pair of thong sandals. Judi said she enjoyed having her hair and makeup at Hairtique and her experience picking out an outfit at Clothes Mentor was great! Her makeover photo shoot was set in the Monet Garden at Mirbeau Inn and Spa. We’re celebrating Judi being a 17-year breast cancer survivor and we wish her more courage as she takes on yet another battle. Judi and her husband, Jim, have been advocates for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund for more than 15 years. Jim is now the president of the organization’s board. She has learned much about her life and what it means to her. “I will spend the rest of my life with the people I love and helping others that are dealing with this disease.”

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Empower FCU, Exec. Administrative Assistant Allyn’s new hairstyle and color is fitting for the fall. She received a base of light brown with intense, dark auburn paneled highlights. Her haircut was raised and her ends were brushed over with a razor for a spunky look. Her transformation included a stunning look with a brown and copper palette that is perfect for the fall season. She’s wearing an Alpaca earth tone vest with a gold blouse and a long brown knit skirt. No fall ensemble is complete without (Nine West) brown boots and a braided belt. Her clothing and jewelry are all items that can be found at Eco Chic. Allyn, a resident of Mexico, is proud to be a one-year breast cancer survivor, especially since she has her two sons to thank for helping her. While she generally stays on top of her annual mammogram, she put it off last year without any worry. However, her sons were helping organize a breast cancer awareness event and she helped create a T-shirt design for them. This prompted her to finally have her annual exam. “Who would have thought designing a shirt would save my life?”


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Thank You The Hairtique staff and owner Donna Stockwheather opened their doors on a Monday morning to give four lucky ladies an autumn makeover. The staff included Ashley Gasparro, Kelly Rogalia, Jessie Plantz, Chelsea Walker and Karen Kopec. Donna co-owns the salon with Randy Stockweather. Hairtique offers a unique salon experience. Located in the village of Skaneateles. It features a full range of professional hair care, body care, and nail products, perfumes, cosmetics and hair accessories. Services include hair styling, cutting, perming, coloring and Keratin Treatment. Spa services include facials, manicures, pedicures, body treatments and massage.

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Many teachers in New York state’s public schools face the reality that not all of the ideas they have for educating their students can be realized. Budget cuts and a lack of resources make it impossible to do every art project, or go on every field trip. But in North Syracuse, fourth graders were able to watch photosynthesis, a science teacher taught a forensics class, children designed hardware for robots, and seventh graders learned from a smoking center. And all of these things were made available through grants from the North Syracuse Education Foundation. On Nov. 5, the North Syracuse Education Foundation will host its fourth annual dinner and gala at the Lakeshore Yacht and Country Club in Cicero to raise money toward its $100,000 endowment fund. The endowment fund will be used to provide grants for teachers who want to do programs that are outside of their school budget and the minimum curriculum for students. The gala is inspired by new creations in technology and will be called “Innovations of Tomorrow.” “It comes down to the enrichment of basic education. They see and do things they wouldn’t see unless they went into a specific area at a college,” said Carolyn Gross, the chairperson for the event. “Children say, ‘I really love this. I want to grow up and be ...’” NSEF was founded in 2001 to enhance the education of children in the North Syracuse area, in response to cuts in education funding. In 2003 it began giving its first grants to teachers, and since then it has awarded more than $40,000. Gala sponsors (both businesses and individuals) can donate as much as $5,000 and as little as $75, to receive things such as complimentary tickets to the event and ads in the evening’s program. The emcee at this year’s gala will be the chief meteorologist at WSYR, Dave Longley. Special honorees include, Linda Hafner, Sylvia Matousek, Stephen Nevins, James Stoddard Sr. and keynote speaker, Storm Team meteorologist Chris Brandolino. Four North Syracuse high school seniors will be receiving $500 scholarships, each in an honoree’s name. All of the honorees are individuals who have had a positive effect on North Syracuse Central School District. The element of community is almost as important as building education, says Nat Ordway, the president of NSEF. The local economy and the members of the community benefit when the children who live there are better educated. For Gross, a former teacher and chairperson for the gala, this is the upside to volunteering for the NSEF– helping children to excel toward higher education. She doesn’t want to see children slip through the cracks. “It’s better to support education than kids going to prison.” Marie Tricarico, a member of the NSEF board of trustees, says her duty as a mother is what compelled her to start volunteering for the foundation. Volunteering became exciting because she was able to make decisions that affected her son’s education. “You see your kids have benefits, you have a say as to some of the things that get done,” says Tricarico. “And it’s helping them learn more. We’re showing, versus telling.”


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For the past 12 years Debbie Sydow has been leaving her home in Onondaga Hill and driving a mere two miles to assume the mantle of leadership at Onondaga Community College. Sydow came to OCC after a stellar career in education in Virginia, her home state. While sitting near one of the large windows of OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center on a warm and breezy July afternoon in Syracuse, Sydow would say, “No, there wasn’t much snow in Virginia.” Without question, Sydow was not looking for her next career move to provide picture-perfect days like this one every day, but rather, she was looking for opportunity. Her career began with an English professorship at Southwest Virginia Community College where she earned the Faculty-Scholar Award. She later served as the dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the same college. Sydow served as the lead researcher and writer for the Virginia Community College System’s professional development program. In her last roles before her move north, she served as the vice president of Academic and Student Services, and for some time as acting president, at Mountain Empire Community College. When Sydow came to OCC in 2000, she arrived as the college’s seventh president and its first female president. “I used to get asked all the time, what it was like to be the first-ever woman president here,” Sydow said. “It was the No. 1 question for many years.” However, she thinks the past decade has been a period of achievement and advancement for women, who have assumed the presidencies of several local colleges and universities – so much so that it’s not a surprise anymore. “It’s no longer a novelty – and that’s a good sign.” During her time in Central New York, Sydow has noted the community’s needs and utilized her role to ensure those needs are met. In light of the booming leadership of women in the region, Sydow said she is pleased OCC has the continuing education options they are seeking. “It’s been very gratifying to see so many local women take advantage of all of the different opportunities that Onondaga [Community College] has.”

One of the college’s largest and best resources, according to Sydow, is the Small Business Development Center. She says there is a large number of women looking to start new businesses, many of which are already leading successful careers. “The local economy is driven by small businesses – many are owned by women.” In addition to entrepreneurial avenues, the college offers many courses in the fields of technology and health, two career paths that require constant skill upgrades, Sydow said. Other women may be looking to switch careers entirely and enter one of these growing fields. “OCC is responsive in helping them develop those skills. It’s an important role we play is to help women transition from one career to another.” Sydow says 11 to 16 percent of the women enrolling into OCC’s array of programs already have at least a bachelor’s degree, and many have a master’s degree. “We’re here at every career stage, [at] every life stage, to help women who are transitioning in their careers or who are simply building new skills to be successful and getting a promotion or in advancing the career they are in.” OCC’s Children’s Learning Center further reinforces its commitment to women seeking further education, according to Sydow. “Many female students are given a real sense of confidence and a sense of comfort that their children are being cared for in the CLC.” Sydow is sure to emphasis the learning part of the CLC’s name – simply because it’s another way that OCC is implementing knowledge-based principles in all areas of the campus. Children who attend the CLC are not just being cared for, but they also learn. The CLC was renovated a few years ago thanks to a $2 million investment. It’s now large enough and so equipped that the center can now accept infants into the program, something the staff thought was lacking. The CLC’s fees are incomebased, and in some cases, if a student qualifies – there’s no fee. The CLC, a five-star accredited facility through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, accepts infant children through pre-school age. There are two classrooms for each age group: infants, toddlers and pre-school.

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The CLC was established in 1975, and has always had an educational mainstay. Sydow says it is aspects like the CLC and the College for Kids program that gives OCC a disposition of constant learning. How young does OCC recruit? Sydow laughed and said, “The CLC has six-month olds, College for Kids has middle school age children and we’ve had graduates 80-plus. So I’d have to say it’s pretty young.” Any addition to the campus comes with deep thought and consideration before it’s installed. The college’s Sustainability Master Plan included the addition of 92 solar panels on top of the Whitney Applied Technology Center. Students are now a part of this plan because they are learning how energy is generated and how it will help the college’s efficiency. “Everything implemented here is purposeful,” she said. “Everything we do is planned out in advance.” While “going green” has become the new “must” among businesses, schools, hospitals and organizations, Sydow said everything at OCC must be tied back to learning. “Yes, we are happy to improve our [energy] efficiency, but most importantly, we are an educational institution.” Students in the Architectural Technology Program learn about renewable energy and track data in terms of energy production, said Sean Vormwald, director of sustainability at OCC. For this project, the college also worked with a local company, Warner Energy, in order to further its relationship with local commerce.

OCC is all about partnerships, and has relationships with more than 70 institutions, including both Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. “They have confidence that our students come to their school as juniors and they’re as prepared as if they started there.” That, in Sydow’s eyes is yet another distinguishable characteristic of OCC and its students. As OCC heads toward a 50-year anniversary and an official celebratory kick-off on Sept. 14, Sydow sees limitless opportunities for the institution. “We take community very seriously, as a part of our name and as part of out mission,” Sydow said. “By offering high value, low cost, the high quality of programming aligned with the community need – then this college is fulfilling a need.”

Although Sydow is proud of OCC’s curriculum and its offerings, the most intriguing advancement has been the college’s implementation of a Regional Higher Education Center. The center, which was built in 1928 and now renovated, was once found on a working farm and at one time it was the Van Duyn Home and Hospital. “We have revitalized, re-purposed that building,” she said. Even before the building was finished (and opens officially for the 2011 fall semester), Sydow was pleased to see that students were already completing both baccalaureate and graduate degrees through a partnership with Keuka College. OCC has already established partnerships with six institutions, including SUNY Delhi and Empire State College.

As a part of the CNY community, Sydow says there are many things that have kept her here in addition to her passion for OCC’s mission. Sydow and her husband, Harry, a SUNY Cortland professor in the department of education, enjoy every season the region has to offer. They love the outdoors, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For a mid-sized city, she says, “There’s really no better place to live in our opinion in terms of local culture.” Sydow has enjoyed many activities such as Broadway shows and library lecture series. The variety of restaurants and cuisine in the area makes Syracuse an ideal home for the Sydows. Although, Sydow said she and Harry opt to stay home on shared evenings because he is a very good cook.

Having the option to complete a four-year degree while already pursuing an associate’s degree at OCC makes it more likely for students to consider the option, according to Sydow. Next to OCC, Sydow says the availability of an institution with a feasible tuition track and high level of degree offerings are few and far between in the Syracuse area. “Although we’re rich in higher education, the fact is we don’t have a SUNY comprehensive here in Syracuse,” Sydow said. “Our students are generally going down the road to Cortland, which is a pretty good drive.” While SUNY has a presence in Syracuse with both SUNY-ESF and SUNY Upstate Medical University, Sydow says these are two “very focused” institutions. “We believe that we’re simply filling in the gaps for higher education options. To us, as a community college, it’s fulfilling a need in the community.”

But the primary attraction to the community is its people. “There is an authenticity about women in this region that I find very refreshing,” Sydow said. “Whether it’s Kathy Ruscitto, one of your recent feature stories, or Nancy Cantor (also a past SWM cover woman), or any of the other marvelous women in this area.” Sydow views a “passion for service” as something she finds to be very special, unique and just inspiring.

In Sydow’s opinion, the college is very well attuned to the needs and lifestyles of working adults in the community. “We have


traditionally focused on making programs, courses available when and where people need them.” With that in mind, OCC established the Distance Learning program 10 years ago to better serve its community. There are 11 full programs completely available online, including business administration. “Someone who has life responsibilities that prevents them from coming to campus, can still complete a degree,” Sydow said. “We want to be sure they can complete a degree, not just a smattering of courses.” Because OCC is local, Sydow says it is a better online option compared to programs from the University of Phoenix because it isn’t a place you can stop by if you needed to. “We are committed to providing access, number one,” Sydow said, “making sure that no local citizen is denied access to higher education, no matter life schedules and work schedules.”

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“To find women who work well together, have a passion to work together, use talents and gifts to support others in the community…” Sydow said. “Well that’s something we don’t celebrate enough locally.” Enter Syracuse Woman Magazine. Sydow smiled and said, “Yes, keep up the good work, keep doing what you’re doing.”


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Your very own Syracuse Crunch will take center ice all in the name of increasing breast cancer awareness and raising funds for research. Last year the Crunch hosted its first-ever Pink in the Rink event and the organization is proud to bring awareness to the cause once again. “We at the Syracuse Crunch are honored to help play a part in raising awareness and funding for this great cause,” said Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon. “And we are fortunate to have a community and fan base which gets 100 percent behind efforts of this nature.” “Through events such as this we are helping to not only to raise money for cancer, but raising awareness for cancer as well,” said Dr. Leslie Kohman, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center. “Thanks to the money raised by the crunch, we can increase our educational efforts to promote screening and early diagnosis; increase access to treatment; support services; and scientific research.” Last year’s event attracted many sponsors and vendors that worked together to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Upstate Cancer Center research. “It was tremendous to see the support in the arena for this cause.” said Amanda Susko, director of community and fan development for the Syracuse Crunch. “Not only did many of our fans wear pink from head to toe, but also many of our players used pink tape on their sticks throughout the game to show their support.” Sue Hamilton, founder of Save the Boobies, attending last year’s game. She said it was a terrific event and another great way to promote education for breast cancer awareness in the community. The setting for the event was quite fitting according to Hamilton’s past Pink in the Rink experience. “So many fans acknowledged they know someone with breast cancer,” Hamilton said. “At every event we attend we find more and more people that tune into awareness by meeting me. I am a normal person living a normal life and a survivor.” Memories like this one and the spirit of awareness and education in the air at last year’s game has made Hamilton anticipate the 2011event with much excitement. Hamilton looks forward to any time she can speak to a woman – a young woman especially– and encourage her to make sure she watches herself, watches for any telltale signs of changes in her body, her breasts in particular. She takes an opportunity like that to tell them to contact her doctor immediately. “Don’t let any doctor discourage her from getting an examination as soon as possible. Stage one can move to stage three and four incredibly fast,” Hamilton said. “You don’t want to be put off until it is more strenuous treatment.” As well, Hamilton’s fundraising goals are running high for this year’s Pink in the Rink night. “With every shirt we sell, we make a significant donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of CNY,” Hamilton said. “I hope with this year’s event we can not only get one more person to become aware of breast cancer, talk one more person into having that mammogram, but also sell enough of our products to make a significant donation to the local Komen charity.” Hamilton says Save the Boobies has worked with various organizations to run charity events, some for other foundations and some for private benefits in an effort to fund breast cancer research and find that cure the community is seeking. “Some day, I would like breast cancer to be thought of like Polio is today; where it will only be read about in books.” For more information on how to donate to the silent auction or be a vendor at Pink in the Rink, email asusko@syracusecrunch.com or call (315) 473-4444, ext. 13.

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Krista Hannacker, RA, NCARB Senior Project Manager, Ashley McGraw

While dressing on a typical workday morning in March, my hand brushed past an unusual lump on my left breast. The size of a golf ball, it was too large to ignore. With a million things to do at work, projects due, and meetings with clients to prepare for, proposals to write, my mind struggled to find some rational explanation other than my greatest fear. After all, there is no history of cancer in my family, my age is well below the norm for such a tumor, and my lifestyle is generally healthy. As days passed, my concern grew, as the mass was not shrinking. My doctor quickly scheduled a mammogram and within 24 hours a specialized breast surgeon took a biopsy. Either way, my decision to have the tumor removed was already made, even with the very concerning question of malignancy still to be determined. While in a meeting with a principal at my architecture firm, the telephone call came. Cancer was confirmed.


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Since that moment nothing in my life has been “normal.� My attention turned from preparing my projects for others to take over, contacting clients to let them know of my impending diminished role, and tying up loose ends at work. I had to focus on how best to proceed with my treatment. Overall, I focused on my life. Issues of life and death have a way of putting other issues in perspective. Thanks to the above and beyond support from my family at Ashley McGraw, my church family, my family and friends, and a great medical team, my treatment is progressing well. Two surgeries, a year of chemotherapy, with six weeks of radiation treatment to come are certainly taxing and extending my physical limitations. Experts say early detection and treatment are two keys to a successful path to a cure with for breast cancer. My story is an evolving testimony to this. Be aware of your body, and work in concert with your doctor for self examinations and mammograms. They may save your life.

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BY FARAH F. JADRAN I PHOTOS BY CAITLYN BOM The early stages of pregnancy usually pose numerous questions and concerns for a woman. She’s worrying about taking the best pre-natal vitamins, eating a healthy diet, staying active, avoiding toxic fumes and cigarette smoke. But most of all, she’s thinking about how much she hopes her baby is born healthy and without complication.

While Bobbi Jo was thankfully finishing her final Taxol treatments in July and looking forward to having her hair grow back, again, Kathy is battling her third diagnosis in eight years. They both said they’re “Friday session” people. Each woman goes to her respective doctors every few weeks to undergo treatments.

If her mind isn’t consumed with enough fears, here’s a curveball: She has stage 2 breast cancer. “If I wasn’t pregnant, I wouldn’t have gone to the doctor,” said Bobbi Jo Wilson, a personal trainer and North Syracuse resident. “I felt a sharp pain in my chest, but I thought I just pulled a muscle at work.” Bobbi Jo, 32, was not thinking about her personal health after receiving the diagnosis. She was thinking about her 4-year-old son Colin and the fate of her unborn baby. The severity of the situation caused for immediate action.

The two women actually met for the first time when Bobbi Jo was undergoing a treatment. Beth Baldwin, CNY’s wellknown breast cancer awareness advocate, met Kathy at Beach Days for Breast Cancer at Gillie Lake in Camillus. Kathy attended with her mother, Rose Marie, a 10-year (and counting) breast cancer survivor. She was visibly pregnant and only weeks away from delivering when she told Beth she was also battling breast cancer at the time. Beth told her, “Everything’s going to be OK.”

Because years of drug testing had ensured that both chemotherapy and cancer drug treatments were safe for pregnant women, Bobbi Jo’s doctors gave her a few options. While terminating the pregnancy in order to begin radiation and chemotherapy immediately was an option – it was not an option for Bobbi Jo. Her doctors told her many babies were born healthy having endured chemotherapy. As we spoke, she began to tear up like she did when she was diagnosed. The memories rushed over her while we sat her kitchen table. This time it was different. This time she was holding her six-monthold son Lenox, who was born five weeks early so she could begin much-needed treatment.

After their first meeting, Beth called Kathy on a regular basis and was by her side during treatments. Bobbi Jo met a mutual friend of Beth’s while some neighbors were organizing a benefit for her. “This woman told me, ‘Beth Baldwin is going to call you in the morning.’” Thinking it was just “something nice people say,” Bobbi Jo was surprised to receive a call from Beth at 8 a.m. the next morning. She went to Bobbi Jo’s first treatment and told her there was someone she had to meet. Bobbi Jo was apprehensive to open up and talk about this with anyone else, but when she learned Kathy also battled cancer while pregnant, her mood shifted.

Fellow breast cancer survivor, Kathy Rogalia, saw her friend’s eyes fill with emotion. Lenox began to cry so Kathy offered to hold him. Colin, who was in the other room, heard his mother crying. He went to Kathy and asked, “Why is mommy crying?” She told him, “Because she is so happy you’re here and you’re here with your brother…” Colin watched as his mom wiped her tears and smiled back at him. Bobbi Jo admitted an abortion wasn’t an option because she had a miscarriage prior to becoming pregnant with Lenox. This was the first time Kathy would hear this. She walked over to Bobbi Jo, put one arm around her while she hung on to Lenox. Kathy had tears in her eyes, too. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t know that.”

Kathy began coming to her newfound friend’s treatments. Even though she had already given birth to Hannah several years before, Bobbi Jo’s courage and strength were an inspiration while she continued her own cancer treatments. “I think I’m helping someone but you [Bobbi Jo] blessed me without a doubt.” They smiled at each other.

Kathy had a similar story, but her treatment was different. When she first became pregnant, it was still unclear whether treatment was safe to endure. She had to decide as well, should she terminate the pregnancy? Since treatment was not an option during any trimester, she had to think far ahead. “What do I do?” she asked aloud. “I would be leaving two young kids here without a mom. I prayed on it” Then she saw the sonogram. “I knew in my heart I couldn’t do that.” Even so, Kathy said, “I could be dead in six months if I wait.” No matter the tough decisions in the beginning, Kathy delivered Hannah, now 8 years old, five weeks early. She underwent a mastectomy and three surgeries and began treatment three weeks later. Kathy, 41, a Marcellus resident, now has three growing children: Hannah, Charlie, 14, and Connor, 10.

Their bond may have been made over what most people would consider a sad event. However, Bobbi Jo and Kathy know this all happened for a reason. They now share an interest in starting a program that will help with the “smaller things” that sometimes become neglected or difficult to assume when you’re battling any type of cancer. “We want women to know they’re not alone,” Kathy said. She remembered how tired she felt on most days and having three young children was an enormous challenge. “Being busy is a good distraction, but there are times you need to take a break,” Bobbi Jo said. In their joint effort, they would like to be able to gather donations that would help pay for items women raising families and battling breast cancer need: groceries, babysitting, transportation and around the holidays – presents for their children. “We both think about how there’s probably some woman sitting at home that needs [our] help,” Bobbi Jo said. Kathy offered to hold Lenox, and took him in her arms once again. She said, “It’s time to pay it forward.”

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BY FARAH F. JADRAN From the moment you wake up Sunday, Oct. 23, to moment you lace up your best sneakers, to the moment you step to the line – you will be making new strides to help spread breast cancer awareness. This year the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund will be hosting its first-ever road race fundraiser. “A Run for Their Life” will include a 5k run and walk, and also a 15k run. This event is perfect for any level of fitness because it has been designed for community members to have fun and advocate for breast cancer research, according to Jacqueline Keuchler, granddaughter of Carol M. Baldwin and a race committee member. Keuchler says Gary Crisalli, the vice president of the board, has been a prime component to the race planning. “Gary has been amazing in his efforts,” she said. Helping strengthen the CMB Breast Cancer Research Fund’s efforts and relationship with Syracuse University is Eliza Decker, the associate director of facilities at SU’s Department of Recreation Services. “My mom [Beth Baldwin] knows everyone,” Keuchler said. “But Eliza’s connections have been a tremendous help for us to build a strong relationship with SU.” Keuchler says the Fund’s strong relationship the Upstate Cancer Research Center is also a main source of fuel that is aiding the event’s committee to predict a stellar inaugural race day. “Upstate alone, is planning on having about 3,000 entrants,” Keuchler said. Overall, the committee is planning on

welcoming around 5,000 participants on race day, if not more. Funds raised at this event, like the many other CMB events, will be funneled to local research efforts, like those being conducted at Upstate. This event is to actively demonstrate community participation in the support of the research fight to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. The race route will include elements of the area surrounding Upstate University Medical Center and the Syracuse University campus and the Connective Corridor. Overall, the event has been designed to promote health and wellness in the Central New York community. “This is our motivation,” Keuchler said. “We’re trying to promote health and wellness do that people will decrease their chances of getting cancer by living a healthy lifestyle.” Participants can register online at www.cmbarunforTHEIRlife.com, but donations can also be made in memory of loved ones or in celebration of survivors and also to support individuals and teams running and walking on Oct. 23. Strap on your laces, wear your best pink workout ensemble and join the community in its group effort to find a cure for breast cancer. To volunteer for particular race day areas such as manning water stations as a group or creating cheering sections on the course, email A Run for Their Life race committee member Farah Jadran at runfortheirlifevolunteer@gmail.com.

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Denika Mesa, 37, left, stands with her niece, Ataliyah Lundy, 17. Denika’s younger sister, also Ataliyah’s mother, Dory Lundy, lost her second battle with breast cancer July 9. Denika and Ataliyah are carrying on the mission of 2Sisters4Life.


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BY FARAH F. JADRAN I PHOTO BY CINDY BELL “It felt like my heart broke all over again.”

Denika Mesa, 37, born and raised in Syracuse, said she didn’t want her younger sister, Dory Lundy, to feel anything that she felt, especially not for a second time. Not the pain, not the worry, not the stress. Only 18 months apart, Denika said she thinks of Dory as her twin. Anything that happened to Denika usually happened to Dory. Almost 10 years ago, Denika was diagnosed with an extremely invasive type of stage 2 breast cancer. She had a full mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy. A year later, Dory turned 27 and she too, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since her sister’s diagnosis, Dory was checking herself regularly, and she found a small lump the size of a popcorn kernel. Her cancer was detected early, in stage 1. Denika still says she wished that she went to the doctor sooner when she found her own lump. Instead, she waited almost six months mainly because she was scared. Waiting longer prompted a two-centimeter lump and the cancer to spread to her lymph nodes. Now, Denika must stay on top of her selfexaminations because her doctor said it’s a “sleeping gene” and it can be aggravated at any time. The sisters firmly believed that paying attention to their bodies was key, especially when they realized they weren’t receiving ample screening or postdiagnosis care.

After Denika finished treatment her hair was beginning to grow back and she was looking toward being healthy again. And then Dory was diagnosed with breast cancer, again. Once more, Denika’s heart broke. When Dory received the news, Denika was living in Florida and “gaining strength” to leave her marriage. She remembered how hard it was to have gotten cancer while being apart from Dory. “[I] was still breast feeding my second son, I was a young mom and wife, my body parts were taken away… [my] husband was distant and Dory was far away.” Denika endured several other health ailments after having a full hysterectomy. Dory would have one as well. This procedure brought on menopause, then osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. But to hear her sister would be taking on cancer yet again, she felt as if “the lights turned off.” At age 33, Dory would begin another battle – her final battle. This time around, Dory had stopped attending regular check-ups because she felt as if the doctors “weren’t checking anything.” Denika and a close friend agreed. “She would go there and they would just look at her, barely touch her and ask her how she felt. If she said she felt fine, they would say, ‘OK, we’ll see you in another six months.”

Denika and Dory were insulted by the lack of respect and consideration they received. Dory felt a lump under her implant that was pressed up against her chest wall, it was stage 4 breast cancer. Her doctors and the staff said it was so far along because she hadn’t been in for a check-up in almost two years, according to Denika. “They didn’t do anything when she went in. So she always said, ‘why should I go?’” “Whether it was our insurance, being low income, being a minority, or young,” Denika said, “we didn’t get taken seriously. We went through all of this to become survivors.” Dory’s second diagnosis came in December of 2009, a mere few weeks before Denika’s Syracuse home was destroyed in a fire. Denika used some of the insurance money to treat her sister to some family trips. Dory would say she “didn’t feel like she was sick…I’m ready to live and walk and do the right things.” The right thing was putting things into place for 2Sisters4Life, a non-profit organization that will benefit women of low socioeconomic status. “One time Dory was so hungry,” Denika said. “She saw a commercial for American Breast Cancer Society and she called the number and a woman (now a friend) came over with groceries.” Dory died July 9, but the two sisters’ mission will be carried on. Denika, along with Dory’s 17-year-old daughter, Ataliyah, will be the faces of 2Sisters4Life. “We’re not dying,” Denika said. “No more stage 4 diagnosis.” Denika wants to focus on providing a resource center in the community, one that can especially serve the black and Hispanic community. Ataliyah always remembered her mother saying, “she had cancer twice because she took it away from me.” Since she was 9, Ataliyah has been learning about breast cancer and doing her part to share her knowledge with her peers. “It helped to know what my mom was going through and what my aunt was going through,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind talking to people about it.” As they cherish Dory’s memories, Denika and Ataliyah have assumed a closer bond. They’ve always been a strong family, but now they’re even stronger. Denika’s two sons, Damian, 14, and Dimitrius, 11, are part of the support system now and they’re sights are set on limitless avenues of opportunity. They are bolstered as well by Dory’s spirit, which is alive in Denika’s home and in the hearts of the entire family. “We’re always going to be two sisters for life.” For more information on 2Sisters4Life, email info@2sisters4life.org. syracuseWomanMag.com :: september/october 2011


Sunday, Sept. 11

Ride for Research TIME: Registration 9 a.m.; Ride begins at 11 a.m. WHAT: To benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund WHERE: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St., Syracuse COST: $30 pre-registered drivers (by Sept. 1); $35 - Day of event drivers; $10 - Passengers (includes cookout only) Registration includes T-shirt - available in S, M., L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. T-shirts are limited! For more information, call (315) 672-5288 or download and mail entry form: www.upstate.edu/specialevents/ride_research_reg.pdf

Saturday, Sept. 17

Paddle for a Cure TIME: Registration 9:30 a.m.; Paddle at 10 a.m. (Rain or shine.) WHAT: To benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund of CNY WHERE: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, 2839 Route 28, Old Forge COST: Pre-Registered $20; Same day $30; Passengers $5. Registration includes a T-shirt. For more information, contact Janice Sell at (315) 464-6276 or visit www.upstate.edu/paddle.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Shop, Spa & Style TIME: 5 to 9 p.m. WHAT: To benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund WHERE: Crowne Plaza, Syracuse COST: $50 advance sale tickets. Stop by or call Showoffs Boutique in Armory Square or California Closets in DeWitt for more information or to buy tickets.

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Every day thousands of women are making smart decisions about their breast health, deciding to have a regular mammogram. The program was designed for women that need a second look, a second opinion. Entering the program gives you access to a multidisciplinary care team and a nurse navigator to help you to make informed decisions about your care. You, knowing what's next, the sequence of events, and all of the options you have. The program is all about you.

Ask your doctor if they participate in The Program. • Ultrasound • CT Scanning • Digital Mammography • Vacuum Core Breast Biopsy • Nuclear Medicine Studies • Fluoroscopy • X-ray • Vein Ablation & Phlebectomies • Fistulograms • BSGI, Breast Specific Gamma Imaging • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy • Interventional Procedures


Saturday, Sept. 24

Rally for the Cure TIME: 1 p.m. shotgun start WHAT: 18 holes to benefit the CNY Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Fund; cocktail reception; awards WHERE: Radisson Greens Golf Course, Baldwinsville COST: $100 per golfer; $40 for reception ticket only WEBSITE: www.rally4thecurecny.blogspot.com

Sunday, Oct. 23

A Run for their Life TIME: Visit www.cmbarunforTHEIRlife.com or call (855) 522-5394 WHAT: First-ever 5k/15k run to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Walk, run or volunteer in this inaugural event. To volunteer for a water station or host a racecourse cheering section, email RunForTheirLifeVolunteer@gmail.com. WHERE: Starts and finishes near Manley Field House at Syracuse University

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Syracuse Crunch’s Pink in the Rink TIME: 7:30pm, Syracuse Crunch vs. Norfolk Admirals WHAT: Filling the rink with pink to benefit the local Susan G. Komen Fund and Upstate Cancer Center’s research. WHERE: War Memorial, Syracuse COST: $15 per ticket. 48

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I am for breast cancer

how grateful Patt Muller, Syracuse Area Manager California Closets

I will never forget the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked and scared; vacillating between disbelief and fear. This meant that I was no longer an invincible teenager even though I was 47! It was very difficult for me not to blame myself for getting breast cancer, but eventually I came to accept that whatever the reasons were, it happened. Over the next nine months, I had a lumpectomy, four months of chemotherapy and 38 days of radiation. I attended support groups and retreat weekends. I met wonderful women and heard horrendous stories. The experiences made me aware that I was in that place in that time in order to find healing and give healing. Nothing was wrong, it was exactly the way it was supposed to be. This affirmation was my new reality … No more “What ifs.” I came to appreciate being in the moment and truly internalized quotes such as “Live each day like it’s your last” and “Anger is a wasted emotion.”


Today, I am committed to a healthier diet and exercise routine and remind myself to stop when I’m stressed out. I am grateful to the breast cancer because

it was like a giant “STOP” sign. I have a long bucket list; places to see, flowers to plant, people to love, and meals to prepare. My mission to raise money for breast cancer research is fueled by my vision of my 13-year-old daughter. I look at her group of friends and pray that the day never comes when I have to think about who the 1 in 8 will be to get breast cancer. Within the next few years, I will be coordinating weekend camps for survivors. I feel there is a need to celebrate the end of the treatment process with a sisterhood circle. I am proud to be involved in event planning for The Carol Baldwin Research Fund of CNY. The first-ever Shop, Spa & Style, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse. You can stop by California Closets on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt or Showoffs Boutique in Armory Square to purchase advance tickets at $50. Enjoy shopping, fashions shows and select spa treatments from local vendors and salon specialists. Together, I know we will find a cure!


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by joan E. lincoln


Every year one in a hundred breast cancer diagnoses is given to a man. This is a startling number. It is much greater than I, like most people, had thought it would be. These breast cancer patients and survivors, like young women, are often an overlooked population struggling with a disease that may alter their life in a long list of ways including their ability to have children. Too, 400 men die annually from breast cancer. In 1984, Joan E. Lincoln’s brother, Mark Boudreau, was diagnosed with breast cancer. He was 28 years old. In a moment of intimacy, his girlfriend of the time, found a lump in his breast. He thought that the lump was nothing more than an ingrown hair. His doctor thought otherwise and scheduled a biopsy. The results identified the lump as cancerous. Boudreau had a radical mastectomy; the lymph nodes in the surrounding area where also removed.

But the night before he had his surgery, a love story began; he met his wife Vicky. He told her about his scheduled surgery and she drove him to it. They were later married and had two children. Boudreau believed he had completely kicked the disease. He took hormonal therapy to prevent a reoccurrence and went for sixteen years without one. Then, when he was 43, he began having trouble breathing; experiencing a shortness of breath. He had a biopsy done. He had metastatic breast cancer; the disease had spread to a lung and a rib.

He took six months of chemotherapy treatments and an experimental drug, Armidex, in hopes of a second recovery. Always championing a positive attitude, he continued his battle optimistically over the next couple of years. After returning home, having lugged his oxygen tank onto is flight, to play and win Seneca Falls Annual golf Tournamment with his dad, brother and brother-in-law, he approached Joan after dinner (see photo above taken at that meal). He confessed to her that he


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was “ready.” He told her that he had made more money in his lifetime than he could have ever imagined and therefore he knew his wife and two children would be cared for. Boudreau, an avid golfer who was an excellent putter, also told his sister that he had made 4 holes-in-one in his lifetime; he had had a great life and could not have asked for more. Exactly one week after this conversation, while at home in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Boudreau worked as a sales manager for Green Bay Packaging Inc., his wife Vicky found him sitting in his chair in front of the television set that was broadcasting a golf tournament. He was dead. He died July 29th, 2001 at the age of 46. There is an annual “Boudie Memorial Golf Tournament” held in his honor at Senca Falls Country Club. He was one in a hundred. He remains deeply loved by those whose life he touched; both family and friends. Joan E. Lincoln, the owner of the recently opened Panache, a vintage and consignment shop in Brighton, advocates for individuals to be proactive in their own care via self-examines, professional examines and, when more than one family member has received a diagnosis of breast cancer, BRCA gene testing. She told me recently, “I am simply waiting for my turn. I am a woman with a sibling who died from breast cancer. It’s coming. I am also the mother of three daughters. I am acutely aware that they too are at risk.” She willing told her brother Mark’s story so as continue his advocacy for early detection and treatment. “Everyone is vulnerable,” he often said. (Photo Above) Left to Right : Oldest: Debbie Di Lorenzo, 2nd Oldest: Mark Boudreau 3rd: Joan E.Lincoln, Youngest: Ed Boudreau

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On Aug. 3, MaryBeth Meade addressed more than 300 people at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff. A two-year cancer survivor, she pays it forward by volunteering as an American Cancer Society Patient Navigator at the Regional Oncology Center at Upstate Medical University, meeting cancer patients and providing information, support and guidance. On Sunday, Oct. 2, she will walk with her daughter (also a survivor) in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Clinton Square in Syracuse because she believes in “more pink for your green.”

from treatment for cancer patients needing a lift. And more pink means the next big breast cancer research breakthrough.

“With your participation and generosity, the American Cancer Society will be able to create a lot more pink,” said Betsy Guilfoil, director of special events for the American Cancer Society’s Central New York region. More pink helps uninsured women gain access to mammograms. More pink means free lodging for breast cancer patients when treatment is far from home. More pink means free rides, to and

The American Cancer Society provides more pink for your green, and more pink begins by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Clinton Square in Syracuse. Visit cancer.org/stridesonline for details and to register, or call (800) 227-2345.

In Onondaga County, the American Cancer Society works closely with local health systems to provide non-clinical support to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Patient navigators, both on the phone and in person at cancer treatment facilities, provide answers to cancer questions and also where to find free wigs, and links to local resources; but most of all, they provide hope.

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One look at Coreen Steinbach and it’s unmistakable that she’s a runner. One look at her artwork might suggest that she studied for years at a top art school, but it’s quite the contrary. Coreen, a Pompey resident, has been painting professionally for 20 years, but she is completely self-taught; she never even took art in high school. Even so, Coreen has been creating art her whole life. She revealed that when she was a little girl, she used to make drawings of the Beatles and sell them to her friends for 50 cents. Laughing, she said, “I think I always had the entrepreneur spirit in me.” She does not bemoan her lack of training. “The good thing about artistic training is that it exposes you to a lot of different mediums. On the other side of the coin, because I never took art in school, I was never forced into anything [artistic].” The freedom to choose her own artistic path allowed her to develop a beautifully fresh style that some might classify as impressionistic, if it weren’t for the bigger brush strokes and more saturated color. Much of her work is sports-related, but she also paints figures, still lifes, and landscapes, using acrylics and canvas. Her work is displayed in collections all over the world.

Coreen entered the world of running, an equally important passion of hers, around the same time she began painting. Like art, running was not something available to her in high school. It began as a way to get back into shape after her children were born, gradually working her way up from a couple miles to 10 miles a day. She entered a local race, and somewhat by accident, won a silver medal in her age group. “After I saw that medal,” she told me, “I was off.” Her list of medals and achievements since then is extensive: one bronze and two silver medals for the 2008 World Indoor Track Championships in Claremont-Ferrand, France; 400-meter National Indoor Champion in 2008 and 2009; two silver medals at the National Indoor Championships in Landover, Md., in 2009; and named Honorable Mention National Masters Runner of the Year by Running Times magazine in both 2007 and 2008. Racing inspired Coreen to begin painting runners, some of whom she sees several times at both local and national competitions. She was drawn to the vibrant colors, the energy, and the emotions that are always alive at sporting events. It was this choice in subject that allowed her professional career to take off. She describes the art world as “very much a niche community,” and her focus on sports helps her to stand out and stand apart from other artists. Most of Coreen’s work is commissioned, and she encourages upand-coming artists to be open-minded about commission work. Many young artists want to paint only what interests them, but she says commission work is immensely rewarding. “A lot of the time, it’s the person’s first experience with original art, and it’s very meaningful for them,” she said. “I do something that makes people happy.” syracuseWomanMag.com :: :: september/october september/october 2011 2011 syracuseWomanMag.com

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The Scoop on Screening Mammograms BY CHRISTOPHER TIRABASSI

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer, but only two-thirds of women who should have regular mammograms do so. In 2011, the American Cancer Society reports that more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and almost 40,000 women will die. The following are common questions about screening mammograms: What is a screening mammogram? A screening mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. The picture or image is captured digitally by a sophisticated X-ray machine. The mammography technologist then checks the images before they are transmitted directly to the radiologist for interpretation. The radiologist interprets the images immediately and provides the results directly to you as well as it sends a written report to your physician. Does it hurt? To capture the best images, the breast is gently compressed between two plates for less than a minute while the X-ray picture is being taken. The procedure is repeated for each breast. There can be some discomfort and it is best to schedule the exam at a time other than during your period. Does the screening mammogram find all breast cancers? Unfortunately, it does not. There currently is no 100 percent effective method for detecting breast cancer. About 10 to 15 percent of breast cancers cannot be seen on a mammogram. Therefore, your best protection against breast cancer is using every detection method available: breast self-examination, your doctor’s breast examination and your annual mammogram.


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When should I start having annual mammograms? The American Cancer Society guidelines are to have an annual screening mammogram at age 40 and older. It also suggested having a baseline mammogram between ages 35 and 40. A baseline is a onetime initial study. What if something is found in my screening mammogram? The radiologist requests extra views at times of one or both breasts in order to see more breast tissue or to ensure the quality of the screening exam. If the radiologist finds anything suspicious on the screening exam, he or she may request a diagnostic mammogram. What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram? The diagnostic mammogram is used to investigate a suspicious or questionable finding. If a suspicious finding is detected, a pinpoint mammogram is used to carefully explore the breast tissue in more detail. What should I expect from my radiologist? The good news with technology is that your radiologist can now view your images immediately while you are in the office. The radiologist can also sit and review your results and navigate you through the next steps, if necessary. In some cases additional testing can be done while you are there so as to reduce any stress from having to wait for results. Where can I learn more about breast cancer and mammograms? The American Cancer Society has an excellent website, www.cancer. org, and certainly you should discuss your breast health with your personal physician. Christopher Tirabassi is the practice administrator for CNY Diagnostic Imaging Associates, LLC. To learn more about CNY Diagnostic, visit www.cnyxray.com.


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Syracuse Festival of Races BY JILL ROMANO

For many in Syracuse, fall signals the start of school, a return to books and work, and the sad departure of warm weather. But for Ruth Ripley, of Pennellville, it means the approach of the Syracuse Festival of Races (SFoR), held the first Sunday of October. It has been held every year for the past 19 years, and Ripley has competed in all but one. “It’s my favorite race,” said Ripley, who has participated in a wide variety of races. She has run a marathon in all 50 states, a daunting goal prompted by a successful battle with breast cancer, which she called “a second chance to do what I wanted in life.” After completing 50 marathons, she stretched her goal to 100. The final race, held in Fulton and sponsored by the YMCA, was called Ruthie’s Marathon, was created in honor of her reaching her 100th marathon mark. Of all her road race experiences, the SFoR remains Ripley’s favorite because of the great number of people it draws from all over the country. The SFoR began as the offspring of the Freihofer’s Run for Women in Albany and Syracuse. When Freihofer’s was discontinued, Syracuse was left without a notable race, something that Dave Oja, director of the SFoR, was not willing to allow. The SFoR broadened the range of applicants to include men and women. Now it is comprised of a few different races: the men’s 5K, the women’s 5K, the MVP Health Care 3K Fun & Fitness Run, the Top’s Friendly Market Community Walk, and the Fitness Forum SOS/Joint Replacement Run & Walk. “We’re not the Boilermaker, and we’re never going to be the Boilermaker,” Oja explained, because the idea is not to make the biggest race possible, but to create “the best of all the things that are good about road races.” That includes, first and foremost, being able to run fast and challenge one’s self to do better. Oja has achieved all of these things, and as a result, the SFoR is the “go to” festival for serious runners locally and across the country. The competition for the master’s class is particularly fierce, and the SFoR has been the site of the USA Masters 5km Championships for the past five years. Year after year, master’s runners in particular, break records on this famously speedy course. There are many factors that contribute to the speed of the course: good competition, room to run, 56

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favorable weather that the first Sunday in October usually brings, and an innovation of Oja’s, the marking of the tangent line. Many runners love the opportunity to run with world class athletes, but for some, the level of competition may be intimidating. This year, Oja has added a new feature to the Festival that will make it more enjoyable for the “average Joe” athlete. It is the “Any Runner Prize Money” contest which gives 24 people the chance to win $100 by being the first to cross the finish line at certain allotted times throughout the race. Oja hopes this lucrative incentive will encourage people to run a little faster and experience something that’s rewarding about doing so. Another recent innovation incorporated into SFoR is the Fitness Forum/SOS Joint Replacement Run & Walk. Camillus resident RoseAnn Napierski had just had her knee replaced before the first Joint Replacement Run & Walk, and she was encouraged to enter the event by her doctors. Napierski called the Festival a “wonderful experience and a great feeling of accomplishment,” but it wasn’t just an accomplishment for her. Napierski decided to run for a cause by raising money for Francis House and Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research. She emailed friends and family to let them know that she was was participating in the event and solicited donations to either charity. She raised just under $1,000 the first year and about $775 last year. Napierski’s hope is that more joint replacement runners will participate, saying, “It’s so important just to keep active. It’s such a wonderful atmosphere. All the school teams, families, grandparents... even if you’re not participating, it’s a wonderful experience.” Instead of following the middle of the wide, curvy road of a course, this tangent line shows the runner the shortest distance between bends in the road, shaving off a considerable amount of extra meters that the runner might otherwise be tempted to run. Equally important are the opportunities for the whole family to take part, the reliability of the weather, the pre- and post-race refreshments, the music and atmosphere, the uniforms, and the opportunity for charitable ventures. “It doesn’t make you an olympian,” he said, “but it is a little faster... and that matters.” However, the SFoR has always been committed to making sure every runner has an enjoyable and enriching experience, no matter their ability level.

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Empire State’s

integrative approach By JILL ROMANO I PHOTO BY CINDY BELL

The distinction between teaching and mentoring is sometimes a subtle one, and this is especially true for Dr. Yvonne Murphy, an associate professor at Empire State College. There, Murphy teaches specialized courses in her areas of expertise, ranging from popular culture to creative writing to what she calls “interdisciplinary modes of inquiry.” But it is her manner of teaching that makes her such a great mentor. Most of Murphy’s students are adult learners who she most often teaches one-on-one or in small groups. Most innovative of all are the “Learning Communities” style class, an experiment of Murphy’s and Empire State College that offers different kinds of learning within one class. The “community” exists both online and in person, and usually about twothirds of the students take advantage of the convenience of online learning while the remaining third prefer in-person discussion. Describing her style of interacting with students, Murphy said, “I guide them through their research. [The class] is a portal and we enter into it together.” Murphy is quick to bring up the research and accomplishments of her students, but she also has quite a few of her own accomplishments. Recently, she published her first book of poems, Aviaries, a feat that took 10 years of hard work, both writing the poems and getting her work out to publishers. Most of the poems have a theme relating to birds, or more specifically, the home of birds. Murphy also described it as “a very urban book,” since her own home for much of her life was in New York City. The book has been received very well by the literary world. She described a review that used the words, “precision” and “whimsy” in the same sentence. “That made me so happy,” she said, “I’d like to specialize in the oxymoron.” Murphy’s infatuation with the oxymoron makes perfect sense after meeting her. With so many areas of expertise and so much success in her professional life, she is clearly a very serious scholar. But she is also quick to laugh at herself and the direction her life has taken. Shortly after publishing Aviaries, Murphy was awarded the SUNY Chancellor Award for Creative Activities. In telling me this, she jokingly wondered aloud whether brushing her teeth would be considered a creative activity. In reality, Murphy is a creative force for Central New York. Now a member of the board for Art Rage, a local art gallery that hosts artistic events, she hopes to focus her energy on fundraising in order to bring in more art shows, projects, and other endeavors to the community. With one book written and a SUNY Chancellor Award under her belt, there is no stopping Yvonne Murphy. She is currently working on a second book of poems, which she says will focus on the “life-cycle of the book.” As for research, says she is “really interested in empathy” and how reading fiction at an early age can affect and possibly enhance empathy and emotional intelligence later on in life. “Ultimately I hope it leads me into impacting education,” she said. Murphy calls art and forms of creative learning a “vital piece of young people’s educational experience” that should be integrated into other subjects instead of being seen as a separate “special” class. If there was ever a woman for the job of integrating education with creativity – it’s Yvonne Murphy.


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by Mazen Beshara, MD


your heart’s

Did your obstetrician ask you to see a cardiologist recently? Why is it important for some pregnant women to be followed during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period by a cardiologist? The answer is commonly one of two reasons. The first reason is the presence of preexisting heart disease. The second is the suspicion by clinical exam of unidentified (or occult) heart disease.

Women with pre-existing or occult heart disease carry variable risks to themselves and their future offspring during and after pregnancy. In order to reduce these complications, a wise way to proceed is to understand the risks leading to expected complications, in addition to the meticulous compliance with treatment and monitoring.

Women with pre-existing heart disease should consult with their cardiologist early, ideally in the planning stages of a pregnancy because the doctor’s knowledge of their condition may identify the best way to proceed. Rarely, heart disease is a contradication to pregnancy and lead to the demise of the mother and the fetus. Many times, problem pregnancies may be carried to term with intensive monitoring. Fortunately, most pregnancies can be safely carried to term with simple out-patient monitoring by a cardiologist wherein the doctor typically monitors the patient while a high risk pregnancy specialist monitors the fetus. Women with suspected heart disease, discovered after they become pregnant, should receive a full cardiac evaluation to assess its presence and extent, and chart a therapeutic approach for the best treatment. Our physicians at the New York Heart Center are trained to utilize many safe diagnostic tools on

expectant mothers, including for example, electrocardiographic monitoring and ultrasound testing. We like to avoid radiation exposure to the fetus, thus diagnostic tests with radiation are reserved only for most severe cases when the life of the mother and fetus hang in the balance. We also like to formulate a safe treatment and monitoring plan throughout pregnancy, delivery, postpartum and breastfeeding periods. This will often include switching medications to safer alternatives, and optimizing their doses to minimize their effect on the fetus or the nursed newborn, while maintaining the benefit for the mother. We maintain a solid communication with your obstetrician, and when needed with the high risk pregnancy clinic to ensure continuous and harmonious teamwork. In conclusion, women with heart disease need not despair when pregnancy is planned; proper preparation is the only way to a safe, happy and healthy birth. Mazen Beshara, MD. Fellow of the American College of Cardiology



memory lives on in Liverpool

The sudden and tragic loss of Pat Mouton, a longtime educator and president of the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education, shocked the entire Liverpool community (as well as many across Onondaga County). Toward the culmination of the heated March 15, 2010, BOE meeting, Pat suffered a heart attack. She passed away later that evening. She was 70 years old. Her final moments were undoubtedly spent doing what she cared about most, making the best possible decisions for children’s education. Born and raised (until age 12) in Pensacola, N.C., or what natives pronounce as “Pensacoli,” Pat’s southern accent made her voice hard to mistake at a board meeting. For much of her life and especially during her educational pursuits, Pat focused on teaching and the elements of a good education. Her passion for education also introduced her to the love of her life, Stephen, who was a longtime educator in North Syracuse. This past August, Stephen celebrated what would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. “I’m celebrating her life,” he said. “I loved her sense of humor. She was a fun person to be with.”

Pat’s sudden passing painted a picture Stephen didn’t expect. Letters and cards poured in from past students and fellow teachers. I was sitting with Stephen in his Liverpool home when he was remembering the days that followed March 15. When he mentioned the amount of media coverage her passing brought on, I had to admit, “I was there. I remember writing about it…and I’ll never forget it.” He paused for a moment. Every time he looks at the stack of newspaper articles, letters, cards and photographs – he remembers one thing – how he couldn’t believe the community’s reaction. “The outpouring of grief and honor shocked even me,” Stephen said. “I felt that way about my wife, but I didn’t know the world did.” In 1960, Stephen returned to his alma mater (Pat’s alma mater as well), Maryville College, in Maryville, Tenn., to become certified in educational psychology. Although he focused on teaching in his career, he says, “I’m very glad I did (get certified) because that’s when I fell in love with my wife.” In addition to the English class they had, they were in Writers’ Workshop together. One day, after workshop had ended, there was an awful downpour. Stephen said he was carrying a large umbrella and offered to walk her to her car, however, Pat walked to school from her house. When he offered to drive her home, she replied, “Not if we don’t get a cup of coffee first.” They sat and talked and enjoyed each other’s

company. Pat said she had to get home soon because she was on deadline for a column she wrote for Scotch and Soda. Wanting to spend more time with her, Stephen offered to help. “When we got to her parents’ house, she said, ‘Mama put the coffee pot on, we’re going to do some writing here.’” They became partners in writing the column. While their relationship stayed platonic until his last night in Maryville, he admitted they “flirted outrageously” with each other. In the summer of 1960, Stephen was all set to teach English. He was headed to North Syracuse to interview for a position at Roxboro Junior High School, a job he would soon accept. He took Pat out to dinner in Knoxville, gave her a hug and said goodbye before he got into the car with his mother and brother and headed north. “The further I drove away from Tennessee, the more I realized I was going in the wrong direction.” Stephen remembers stopping at a gas station and purchasing two wooden figurines, a black cat and a chartreuse mouse. He sent her a note that read, “We’ve never talked about this before, but I’m tired of playing this game of cat and mouse.” After she died, Stephen said he went through a drawer in her dresser and there was the little mouse. “I never knew she kept this.” The mouse now sits next to Pat’s earn. And do you have the cat? “No, the cat disappeared!” Pat began her 19-year teaching career as a reading teacher at Roxboro. She also spent many years serving on boards for nursery schools and other educational avenues in the community. She went on to complete her master’s in reading education at Syracuse University. By the late ‘70s, Stephen said, everyone was aware of Pat. Pat’s final contributions came from her eight years of service to the Liverpool BOE. No matter where Pat was teaching, her passion shined through. Too many students to name have gone on to achieve incredible honors, and many have followed her footsteps into education. And that in itself has become her legacy. Her past English and reading students still marvel at having Mrs. Mouton as their teacher. “She loved to learn,” Stephen said. “She was intelligent…she was brighter than I am.” Syracuse Woman Magazine would like to thank the Mouton Family for contributing photos for this article.

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syracuse women


ann sedore

Director of the Crouse College of Nursing BY FARAH F. JADRAN I PHOTO BY JANET LEE

Can a woman really have it all? Ann Sedore, the director of the Crouse College of Nursing for the last five years, says, “Yes, you can.” During the ‘60s, she embarked on a mission to acquire higher education. However, this was a time when careers, in general, were limited for women. “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. I cannot even remember a time when I didn’t,” Sedore said. “I grew up in a family with a lot of nurses and they were all caregivers.” Sedore grew up in a small, Mennonite rural community in Telford, Pa. Her family prided itself on hard work. It was considered grand to go out of state for college, but Sedore’s hard work earned her a scholarship to Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., a small Baptist institution that her pastor suggested she attend. Sedore then went on to earn her master’s degree in nursing at New York University. She witnessed women working on their master’s and doctoral degrees, teaching nursing, having careers and raising families. “They showed me you could be familyoriented, you could have a job, but also a career,” Sedore said. “[It] inspired me. You could have it all. I saw real people doing it – people I respected.”

Sedore used these past experiences to conceptualize other avenues of influence in the healthcare field. Her time at Alderson-Broaddus and NYU helped shape her view of a nursing career. After graduating from NYU, Sedore began teaching at Syracuse University’s School of Nursing while working on her doctorate in adult education. “[I found] a broader vision of what nurses had to contribute to healthcare – research and publish.” While teaching, Sedore was working in Crouse’s Intensive Care Unit on the weekends. “If you were teaching about it, you ought to be able to do it.” Sedore’s relationship with Crouse started in the ‘70s, in her early days of working in the ICU. She has always appreciated the flexibility of the hospital especially since they accommodated her teaching schedule and her responsibilities to her new baby boy. “It’s been 40 years. My [oldest] son is now 40.” After 20 years of teaching, Sedore took a supportive resignation and began working at Upstate Medical in staff development as the Chief Nursing Officer and the Chief Operating Officer. Although she retired from Upstate after 15 years, and in most cases she had reached what could be seen as the culmination of her career, Crouse School of Nursing brought aboard its team. “[Crouse] liked my academic background. I knew budgeting, capitol planning, productivity formulas…business and marketing of a hospital and how it runs academically.” Sedore says many people might be surprised to learn that she served as a town councilor for the town of Redfield for eight of the 17 years she resided there. “I learned how to do a lot with nothing. That part of my life was truly helpful for administrative experience with town government.” Taking over as the college’s director, Sedore found that she combined her experience in education, town government and hospital administration. Sedore foresees retirement in the near future, in or around the college’s 100th anniversary in 2013. However, she is focused on major changes in the short term, such as a curriculum redesign to meet the current needs of nursing. “This is what will lay the foundation for their career.” She is proud of Crouse’s “history of excellence” For now, Sedore will continue to follow her passion for nursing but also her other favorite pastimes – competitive ballroom dancing, her commitments to Northside Baptist Church and SU football.

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“Teaching is a joy, and research makes my life come alive.”” MARTHA GRABOWSKI Professor of Informational Studies, LE MOYNE COLLEGE



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Martha Grabowski says her friends would describe her as surprising, enthusiastic, and energetic because she throws herself into whatever she does. “It makes all the difference,” says Grabowski. “If you bring energy, enthusiasm and passion to everything you do, the work can’t help but to be exciting.” But what she doesn’t mention is that the work she’s done has taken a great deal of discipline, hard work, and an astonishing level of brilliance. Grabowski is a professor at Le Moyne College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with her undergraduate degree and got her master’s and doctoral degrees from RPI. Grabowski was a licensed deck officer in the U.S. merchant marine and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. She’s married with four children and has two pets. She likes to ski in the winters and kayak during the summers. She recently became a volunteer ambulance dispatcher. “We were at a volleyball game, when we overheard they needed people,” Grabowski said. “Sometimes you just need to jump in, so we did.” It’s her positive, spontaneous attitude, to which Grabowski attributes much of her success. Grabowski studies large-scale systems. Much of her research focuses on enhancing human performance in safety-critical settings, and on assessing risk reduction measures to prevent oil spills. Her work has helped develop new technologies, revise navigation routes, and escort tugs to assist disabled tankers in Puget Sound (state of Washington) and Prince William Sound, Alaska. For sponsors like Exxon (now SeaRiver Maritime), and the US Coast Guard, her research team developed artificial intelligence systems to steer tankers after the Exxon Valdez grounding. She sailed on merchant ships for several years after she graduated from the Academy, but went back to school when a ship she’d been on sank in heavy weather. “Sometimes it’s clear when you need a career change,” she says. During graduate school, she went to work for GE on submarine systems, did her dissertation on artificial intelligence in maritime systems, and then decided to pursue teaching and research. “My mentors asked me why I was applying to work at Le Moyne, since it was so different than the other places on my list.” Grabowski went on to teach at Le Moyne and to answer what she dubs the “million dollar question:” she did it because she loved the focus on their Jesuit mission – educating the whole undergraduate student in an intellectually rigorous environment. Now Grabowski teaches at Le Moyne and works in a research capacity at RPI. She calls herself double-hatted and is happy to be able to do both. Currently, she’s working on a project to determine how social networking can save lives in near-field tsunamis, like the one that struck Japan in March. “Teaching is a joy, and research makes my life come alive,” she says.

“Music allows me to be creative and expressive. It allows my selfesteem to grow”

becky hall

Music Teacher, Smith Road Elementary School BY LAUREN GLASS I PHOTO BY KELLY KANE

Smith Road Elementary School music teacher, Becky Hall, advises her students to always reach for the moon, explaining that if you fall you’ll land amongst the stars. Growing up in a modest home in Mattydale, Becky’s parents taught her the importance of adhering to this mantra from a young age. “We were on food stamps. My dad worked three jobs and my mom stayed at home with the three kids. We were the family that stood out. We didn’t know it at the time because we were so happy.” Despite their financial struggles, her parents worked tirelessly to instill a strong sense of self-esteem in their children. “My mom had us in every activity she could, but I was very shy because when you go to school you start seeing the differences.” Musical theatre motivated Becky to emerge from her shell in the second grade, as her talent and passion for the performing arts came naturally. She eventually received a master’s in flute music education from her undergraduate alma mater, Ithaca College School of Music, while simultaneously working full time as a music teacher and chorus director. “As a performer, you’re used to doing many things at all times of the day. It’s in my nature. When I don’t have anything to do, something’s wrong.” Becky exudes compassion and optimism, complimenting her roles as a mother and a teacher. “I’m not a perfect role model and I don’t think anybody is, but I always try my best and I tell the kids that. I was that shy kid and I had the right encouragement along the way.” She continues to follow her lifelong dream of becoming famous by performing in local productions, such as her most recent stint as the “stepmother” in Not Another Theater Company’s adaptation of Into the Woods. She began teaching in 1999. With a student return rate of about 95 percent in the school’s chorus, Becky’s desire to generate enthusiasm toward music remains apparent. “I teach the kids from when they’re 6 and 7 all the way up to age 10. I see it as the ultimate job to get them excited about the arts. If I can do that by the time they graduate from my school, chances are they’ll stay with it.” North Syracuse Central School District awarded Becky the 200910 Teacher of the Year Award. She humbly attributes her success to her family, including husband, CNY Central meteorologist, Peter Hall, and 4 year-old-daughter, Julianna. She also praises her colleagues for their hard work, acknowledging the unsung heroes who inspire her. Becky has staged a variety of benefit concerts featuring her students, including a 2010 performance where proceeds helped raise money for families affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Music’s impact on Becky transcends her own performing experiences. She flourishes in her ability to share her love for the art with her students. “Music allows me to be creative and expressive. It allows my self-esteem to grow and inspire others. I know I’m not the best and I’ll never be the best, but I always try my best and wake up each day trying to make it better than the day before.”

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Staying fit


when you have

a career, a family…homework BY VALERIE PATRICK

Finding time to take classes, study, and stay in shape is always a challenge. The demands on a busy working student can take a toll on your body. There are many ways to fit in your workout without spending hours at the gym. Taking five minutes every morning to meditate or do yoga stretches can start your day with a clear mind and get your circulation going. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to exercise efficiently A small floor space is all that is needed for a good Pilates or yoga workout. If you have taken classes and are familiar with some of the moves, then either workout with just a few exercises can boost your energy. The Pilates Ab Series takes only five minutes to complete and will provide you with incredible core strength. Just a few series of the Yoga Sun Salutations will stretch your body and increase your oxygen level. Taking 20 minutes to complete both routines will stimulate serotonin levels needed to control your mood and appetite.

Some great, inexpensive and space saving tools are a stretch resistance band and a Pilates ring. There are a variety of exercises that can be done with either and it’s easy to multi-task with these small pieces of equipment. Pilates and yoga exercises use your own body weight as resistance that allows you to take your workout with you wherever you go. Also, a brisk walk back and forth to work or classes or during your lunch break can elevate the heart rate. Setting the timer to stretch or complete a quick workout during study time is an excellent way to give your mind a break and rejuvenate your body. Short activity bursts throughout your day can keep you physically and mentally alert. When the snack attack hits you instead of reaching for a bag of chips or a candy bar, get up, stretch, walk around or grab your Pilates ring or resistance band and do a round of bicep curls. If a monthly gym membership is too costly or you can’t find the time to take a class at your local studio the next best thing is to invest in a few private lessons. Personal instruction will give you the benefit of scheduling a workout on your time. The instructor can show you ways to optimize your home workout and help you with alignment. They can also help you target the areas that you need to work on the most. Timing is also important to your exercise regimen. Work out when your body clock tells you it’s ready. A ritual of a morning jog works well for some to jumpstart the day. A lunchtime class can be very convenient. An early evening workout might be best after your body has had time to warm up during the day. Restorative yoga stretches before bed can function to set your body up for dreamland. Vary the time of day at first to see what best fits your body and your schedule. Either way, mark your calendar, stay consistent and exercise your way to a stronger and healthier you. Valerie Patrick owns and operates Fitness & Dance of CNY, located in Cicero.

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::a little swm humor BY YVONNE CONTE

I have two children, Aubry and Johnny. I brought them up in the same house with the same rules at the same time. They turned out entirely different from one another and I have no idea how that happened. My daughter lived in New York City for many years. When I visited her she would have a car waiting for me at the airport, theatre tickets, dinner reservations and everything would be just perfectly planned out. I never even had to think. Then I’d go to visit my son in Arizona – he’d forget to pick me up at the airport. Johnny is a backpack wearing, raisin eating, save the world, hug a tree, kiss a mule kind of kid.

Vacation education

He’s a minimalist, so he has nothing. Let’s just say his lifestyle is rustic. He lived in the middle of the dessert in a hut with no air conditioning because “that’s not good for the environment.” He washed his clothes with a detergent he bought at the Hippy Dippy Love Store so it doesn’t make suds. He had no dryer because that’s not good for the environment either. He dried his sheets on a tree. Have you ever slept on a sheet that was dried on a tree? You’ll cut your face! (I know from personal experience.) And don’t get me started on his towels. Johnny moved to Northern California and now lives with his girlfriend and her 12-year-old daughter, Kavhi. Recently, Johnny and his family came to visit me. I put fresh, clean 1,600-thread count Egyptian linens on the beds and a vase full of my prized hydrangeas in the room. I had scented candles ready to light and my finest hand cream made from Dead Sea Minerals on the nightstand. I spent $35 on the special cream, soaps and luxurious thick Turkish towels in the bath. I wanted them to experience comfort. Honestly I don’t think they even noticed. I stocked the house with groceries before they arrived but somehow I didn’t have the “right” foods. Off to the health food store they went and brought back organic goat milk, beet juice, almond butter, flower of the sea Celtic sea salt, a nasal cleansing pot and something called smooth move tea. I held my tongue. With all the extra traffic, in and out, we had several pesky flies in the house. My son and his girlfriend didn’t mind that there was a fly sitting on the rim of their coffee cup. Flies in the house are one of my all time pet peeves. When I brought out the fly swatter you, would have thought I had a machine gun in my hand. “Oh Mom, please don’t hit that fly! That’s a horrible thing to do to the fly. Imagine how that feels.” After a brief conversation about why I wanted the fly gone, which included that flies are commonly found sitting on dog droppings, Johnny and Andrea carefully, lovingly captured that fly and released him out in the yard. It took them 20 minutes. In the words of Emily Litella, “I thought I was gonna die!” This three-and-a-half week visit taught me many things like tolerance, patience and acceptance. I love my son and I respect that we think differently on many subjects. I have learned to take a deep breath and let a lot of things go. I’m actually proud of myself for being able to learn tolerance at my age. Later that night, a fly the size of Texas began to buzz around the living room and landed on the coffee table. I picked up my ammunition and prepared for war. Johnny quickly stopped me from crushing the fly saying, “Mom, that’s so mean. Don’t you realize the fly has feelings?” I came down, fast and furious, directly on the fly with my thickest issue of Oprah Magazine and said, “Not anymore he doesn’t.” There are some things I just can’t change. syracuseWomanMag.com :: september/october 2011


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Parade of Homes: BY LAUREN GLASS

Workers in hardhats pound hammers and operate loud machinery as the skeleton of an open and airy, three-level house begins to take shape. Builder Todd Loscombe views floor plans alongside designer Roseann Smith, analyzing every detail to assure the final product’s perfection. This home is the duo’s 10th to be displayed in the Parade of Homes since the event began in 1991.

“We are building a house, but we want to make it your home,” Smith said. “It’s classy looking, yet it’s comfortable. It’s not a theme house that could go out of style. We wanted to build something that you could have for a lifetime if you want.” This year’s Parade of Homes showcases 10 professionally furnished and decorated newly built homes. Loscombe, owner of Loscombe Custom Homes, emphasizes the creativity and originality of the Parade. “We pride ourselves on really being different and to showcase something you haven’t seen before or a new way of doing


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something maybe that you have seen. In all the parades I’ve been in, I’ve never built the same model twice.” The 16-day event, beginning Sept. 10, allows design enthusiasts to tour the homes, introducing prospective buyers to builders and designers as well as helping others generate remodeling ideas. “There are some people who are looking to buy homes, but a majority come to see what the new trends are and the new methods,” Loscombe said.

Whether that burnt orange, linoleum, kitchen floor needs an update or it’s time to “go green,” the show provides inspiration and valuable guidance from certified green professionals. “Everybody likes to recycle and that’s important, but really how you live and how you live inside of your house is probably a more important issue to most people today. It’s really a customer driven thing that we want to focus on what’s important to you.”

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From the ground up Smith, owner of Roseann Smith Residential and Commercial Design, also prides her design strategy on customer service. “A lot of times people think designers are going to come in and say, ‘OK you have to change everything.’ But it’s your home and I want you to be a part of every decision and really feel comfortable with the suggestions that you want to implement into the house design.” In holding true to the green movement, she welcomed using native craftsmen to help furnish the custom-built home. “I’m using a lot of natural fibers and all local vendors are making the furniture.”

areas with information about their association. At the end of the show, the builders make a donation back to their respective charity, an aspect of the Parade that continues to draw builders and designers like Loscombe and Smith back to the event year after year. “It benefits the community for the obvious economic portion of it,” Loscombe said. “But it’s also an awareness event that gets people involved with local charities and it benefits them financially.” For information about the Parade of Homes, visit www. hbrcny.com.

Aside from the homes themselves, this year’s Parade boasts various special events, including two ladies nights featuring massage therapists, wine and cheese, as well as a variety of vendors geared toward women. Local charities partner with each of the participating builders, assisting as door greeters and setting up display

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Nelson Farms

a one-stop shop BY CELESTE LITTLE

We’ve all frustratingly attempted to replicate grandma’s pasta sauce or grandpa’s fried chicken breading, remarking that if only there was somewhere that sold that stuff, life would be a lot easier. Well, what if there was somewhere that did? Nelson Farms, a few miles east of Cazenovia is a processing plant, partnered with Morrisville State College, which takes local entrepreneurs from grandma’s recipe all the way to the shelves of their own country store, as well as local grocery stores like Price Chopper and ShopRite. “We are a one-stop shop production facility. We go a step beyond to help people create and produce. We take entrepreneurs from recipe to market,” says Dave Evans, director of Nelson Farms. Entrepreneurs range from local farmers who want a few dozen bottles of a barbecue sauce to small business owners who plan to stock shelves at larger chain stores. The key connection is all of these products are locally grown and produced. Nelson Farms a member of the Pride of New York program, a state program that fosters premier local food suppliers, and supports sustainability as well as the local economy. Pat LaPoint owns Hill n’ Hollow Farms where she grows cranberries. She has produced several vinegars, chutneys, and a dried cranberry crunch with nuts through Nelson Farms. Her experience there was invaluable. “It’s been wonderful, marvelous, outstanding--whatever word you’d want to use,” says LaPoint. “They’ve been so helpful, very knowledgeable and their expertise has saved me a lot of mistakes.” 74

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LaPoint says she never knew that bottling her product in a specific way would make such an important difference, but it did. Simple things, like the size of the jar, saved her in the long run. “How fast they can fill a jar or the cooling time, you don’t know that matters in the beginning. If you can’t use the jars, or it takes too long, you’re losing money,” says LaPoint. LaPoint says through the marketing program, and the Nelson Farms Country Store, the process of bringing her product from a recipe and onto the shelves was a lot easier. Nelson Farms’ country store takes a step back in time. Glass jars line the wooden shelves, and barrels of products sit on the floors, but what Rebecca Burmaster, marketing specialist for Nelson Farms, points out is that the products are as new and fresh as ever. There’s no cross-contamination here and it’s not your “typical” country store where you can by penny candy. In the back, behind the store sparkling silver mixers make doughs, spreads and seasonings in separate rooms. Safety and quality are paramount, stresses Burmaster. The production room smells like tangy barbecue sauce, and economy size bags of bright red Heinz ketchup are stacked on a table. This is where the magic happens, the important distinction between grandma’s recipe and the persnickety taste of the real world - the production room. “I spent one day in production and it felt like a delivery room,” says Burmaster. “In the kitchen, a client is in for first production and it is like the birth of a dream.” It’s what Nelson Farms is all about.


Experience Nutritional Healing Breakthroughs with

Nutrition Response Testing Dr. Anthony Alphonso

170 Intrepid Ln. Suite 2, Syracuse, NY 13205 | (315) 314-7708 | www.backtowellnesscny.com Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive method of analyzing the body to determine the exact cause of illness or non-optimal health. How does Nutrition Response Testing work? It’s a form of muscle testing where your body’s neurological reflexes are used in order to determine how your body’s nervous system is functioning. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why this method is so unique and so effective. According to Dr. Freddie Ulan, the originator of the technique, “Nutrition Response Testing enables us to test each patient at a core level and identify the real causes of dis-function. We can now correct the root of the problem using time-tested nutritional protocols that are safe, sensible, and economic, which produce the results we have always felt were possible for our patients.” The human body has an amazing capability of being able to heal itself.

Training – the highest level of training available in Nutrition Response Testing. Therefore, insist that the practitioner that you use has obtained the Advanced Clinical Training and verify their credentials and diploma. My personal health and that of my wife’s and children would not have been corrected had I not used an Advanced Clinical Training doctor.” Nutrition Response Testing has helped with: hot flashes, chronic fatigue, joint pains, PMS, heart burn, digestive, thyroid issues, headaches, infertility, allergies, sinus conditions, and much more. Dr. Alphonso has been serving the Central New York area for the past several years. His office is located at: 170 Intrepid Ln. Suite 2, Syracuse, NY 13205. Call him at 315/314-7708 or visit Back to Wellness on the web: www.backtowellnesscny.com

“Many people we encounter at Back to Wellness,” states Dr. Alphonso, “have eaten themselves into their current state of ill-health. Their deficiencies/imbalances lead to a breakdown of the body’s ability to cope with environmental stresses. However, the good news is that it is possible to reverse the process through Nutrition Response Testing.” Nutrition Response Testing is used by thousands of health practitioners of all types and specialties across the US— Chiropractors, Osteopaths, and MDs. Dr. Alphonso graduated with a certification in Advanced Clinical Training in Nutrition Response Testing in Clearwater, Fl. There are currently only a few hundred doctors worldwide who have completed the Advanced Clinical Training. “The Advanced Clinical Training I received has proven invaluable in my practice. Not only have my hands-on clinical skills become extremely sharpened, but my ability to handle patients making realistic dietary and lifestyle changes have become easier as well. Patients that left me spinning before I obtained the Advanced Clinical Training are now handled with ease. What is the benefit for patients who utilize a doctor who has completed the Advanced Clinical Training? The patient can be handled more confidently and exactly by the doctor. The patient will also save themselves valuable time and money and will ensure a degree of certainty only obtainable by a doctor with the Advanced Clinical

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Syracuse Woman Magazine hosted two after-hours events in the Syracuse area to bring readers and fans of the publication together for delicious drinks and food, and of course, great company! The inaugural SWM Night was held July 20 at BC Restaurant in Armory Square. Guests enjoyed a gold champagne toast, visited with old friends and made new ones while listening to the hot tunes of Kanjira. BC’s hospitality was off the charts, according to many attendees. The next SWM Night was held July 28 at World Martini Bar in Hanover Square. Readers and fans enjoyed creative cocktails made with attention to detail. (Before SWM’s press run, another SWM Night was set for Aug. 17 at Empire Brewery in Armory Square.) Again, a great group of Central New Yorkers gathered and celebrated SWM. Join us at our next two SWM Nights: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Prime Steakhouse; 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at World.


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2011 IRON GIRL SYRACUSE Women of all ages, representing 21 states, took to the shores of Oneida Lake on Sunday, Aug. 7, to compete in the 2011 Athleta Iron Girl Syracuse. There were 1,047 finishers in this year’s competition, which includes a 600-meter swim, a 30k-bike course and a 5k run. Repeat winner Jamie Sherwood, 27, of Morris, N.Y., took the gold with a time of 1:26:59 to win the sprint triathlon in Brewerton.. There was a beautiful camaraderie among the women competing that day. Each woman came with a different skill level and a different goal to achieve. While every woman there was different, they all left the same in the end – they were all Iron Girls.

events:SHIFT+CONTROL september


WBOC Program

TIME: 4:30 to 6 p.m. WHAT: Speed Networking with Linda BrownRobinson, In The Event Of WHERE: The Genesee Grande, Syracuse COST: $10 members; $20 non-members


Raise the Green 9-Hole Tourney

TIME: Registration 3 p.m.; Shotgun start 3:30 p.m. WHAT: To benefit Ophelia’s Place WHERE: Foxfire Golf Course, Van Buren COST: Foursome $260; $65 per golfer MORE INFO: Stop by Café at 407 in Liverpool


3rd Annual Teal Ribbon 5K Run/ Walk

TIME: Registration 8 a.m.; Opening ceremony 8:45 a.m.; 9 a.m. Stiletto Dash; 9:30 a.m. 5k timed run/5k fun walk WHAT: Benefits the Hope for Heather Foundation visit hopeforhealther.org WHERE: Inner Harbor, Syracuse COST: According to event/registration deadline



WBOC 20th Anniversary Celebration TIME: 4:30 to 6 p.m. WHAT: Cocktail party and a panel of early WBOC members. WHERE: The Genesee Grande, Syracuse WEBISTE: www.wboconnections.org


3rd Annual Virtuous Women Fashion Show

TIME: 6 p.m. WHAT: Juli Boeheim will emcee the show. WHERE: Driver’s Village WEBSITE: www.exodus3ministries.org

21-22 & 28-29 boo at the zoo

TIME: 6 to 8:30 p.m. WHAT: “A bustling Halloween bash” with fun for families WHERE: Rosamond Gifford Zoo WEBSITE: www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org Do you have an event coming up? Submit your

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::in her own words

educating tomorrow’s communication leaders’


I never planned on a career in academia. In fact, this is a second career for me. I spent 25 years as a journalist, first as a reporter and later as an editor and editorial page editor at such places as the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I also was the executive editor of the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida.

Journalism was my passion. But I believe everything I did in journalism, from coaching and mentoring reporters to managing a newsroom and a budget, helped prepare me for my eventual transition into the academia. My interest in teaching grew, much like my interest in journalism, from my desire to make a difference and to do my small part to help make the world a better place. I think journalism, like teaching, is a calling. And watching the light bulbs go off as students grasp the knowledge you are trying to impart is incredibly rewarding. My first academic appointment was as the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. It seemed natural to channel my journalism experience toward training the next generation of journalists. I also discovered just how many students are interested in careers in the various fields of communications. We are a hot major. I really loved Austin but it was tough to resist the siren call of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications  despite the Syracuse snow. I am now entering my fourth year as dean of Newhouse, which is one of the top communication schools in the country. We admit fewer than 10 percent of the 4,000-plus students who apply each year and our students are extremely smart and talented. The university has worked hard to improve its diversity and Newhouse has certainly benefitted from these, as well as our own, recruitment efforts. This is not just a feel good thing for Newhouse. Most of the fields we represent are sorely lacking in diversity and concerned about being more inclusive and representative. I understand that imperative. I was the first woman, the first person of color or both in almost every job I have ever had, so diversity, or the lack thereof, has always been a concern for me. On the other hand, being black and female has not been a barrier to my success. I spend more time administrating than I do teaching nowadays but supporting faculty who teach our students has its own rewards. It is an interesting time to be leading a communications school because so many of the industries for which we prepare students are in the midst of tremendous change and transformation. This has forced us to look at everything we do to educate our students and several years ago we completely retooled and digitized our curriculum to respond to the changes taking place in our new media world. We are also trying to be more interdisciplinary, more entrepreneurial and more agile. There is a lot to be considered in educating journalists in the 21st century. No one wants to pay for news and anyone with a cell phone can gather and share information with the world. The role of a free press to keep citizens informed is more important, and more difficult, than ever. Our goal at Newhouse is to be the very best at educating tomorrow’s communication leaders.

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::in & out of town SHIFT+CONTROL


We’re crunching our numbers when it comes to family vacations or any sort of trip we take. Gas prices are up and the cost of fun attractions has begun to outweigh our motivation to even leave the house. But when you’re waking up on any given day and you’re itching for an escapade, consider a day trip through Madison County’s Route 20. Once you’ve found the best place to gas up the old engine, head toward one of the best places to start your day in Madison County – Dave’s Diner at Common Grounds in Cazenovia. The friendly atmosphere is sure to give you the kick-start to a good day’s drive. Enjoy an array of coffee espresso and choose from a wide variety of items on the breakfast menu. Dave’s opens at 6 a.m. so you can get an early start, too. A commonly known fact about Dave’s Diner: food is not just something we sell, it is something we love, and you can taste it in every bite! The proof is in the hot egg sandwiches. If you’re in the mood for some shopping, but some “won’t find it just anywhere” shopping, then head further south on Route 20 to visit Bouckville Antiques. Family run, Bouckville Antiques focuses on hosting a unique site for shoppers to view a wide variety of antiques. There are more than 30 shops and services along the sevenmile route from Madison to Pinewoods, N.Y. After exploring miles of antique stores, you’re sure to be hungry again. Whether you’re seeking a late lunch or an early dinner, the sky’s the limit on Route 20 with such places as the tasty dishes of the Copper Turret. However, if you’re headed back through Cazenovia and it’s getting late, why not try the Linklaen House. Established in 1835, Linklaen offers not only superb cuisine, but history as well. Dinner is served between 5:30 and 9 p.m. To start off, enjoy some creamy seafood bisque and then consider carving into some fresh beef tenderloin for your main course. When you head back home be sure to get a few glimpses of the starry sky that hangs over Cazenovia Lake – it’s a sight in itself worth driving for.

OUT-OF-TOWN - CANANDAIGUA, NY Enter the city of Canandaigua; known as the “Jewel” of the Finger Lakes. From any direction you will feel its warmth and charm. The incredible restaurants, victorian homes, and vibrant specialty shops are housed between many historic landmarks and buildings. On any given spring or summer day it is host to a rich presence of art galleries, art classes and summer festivals. Window shopping and strolling in and out of the dozens of shops is fun and easy because of its wide sidewalks and islands of colorful flowers. Whether you are looking for antiques, jewelry, the latest fashions, or something sweet to munch on, you will find it on your trip down Main Street. If water sports peaks your interest, there are a variety of fun attractions including Roseland Water Park and renting kayaks on Kershaw Beach. Perhaps a view of magnificent sailboats will entice you to take a picturesque cruise on the “Canandaigua Lady,” or ride around the pride and joy of all of the Finger Lakes, Captain Gray’s tour boat, for a spectacular view of the rolling hills. In the evening, treat yourself to a relaxing dinner lakeside at one of the many fine area restaurants that will satisfy any pallet. If you are a wine lover there are several well known wineries along the lake or you might want to pay a visit to the famous New York Wine and Culinary Center that offers not only offers your favorite area wines, but cooking classes as well. For a bit of nostalgia, there is much history to be found in the Ontario County Courthouse where Susan B. Anthony was tried in 1873 for voting, found guilty, and fined $100.00. When nature is your call you may want to explore Lagoon Park for a challenging experience through one of many bike and hiking trails. Strolling through the historic park, mansion, breathtaking gardens, and wine center, discover the elegance of Sonnenberg Gardens. Canandaigua, being the word for the “chosen spot,” lives up to its expectations from one spectacular end to the other.


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::say what?

Say WHAT?! Hmmmm. What were they thinking?

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