Five to be honored during National Business Women’s Week

The Rome Business Professional Women Chapter Yellow Rose of Challenge awards will be presented during National Business Women’s Week at the Legislative Forum, organized by Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Beeches on Turin Road.

The forum will feature Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, and Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica as speakers. Legislators have been invited by the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee to provide information on legislation that will impact business.

The following are to receive Yellow Rose of Challenge awards:

Carolyn Trela-Ferlo

Trela-Ferlo has been an educator for over 26 years as both a teacher and school administrator. While assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Whitesboro High School, she developed a Freshman Transition Program and co-wrote the curriculum for the class. The course centered on character education and study skills.

As the high school liaison with Mohawk Valley Community College, she helped bring several dual credit courses to Whitesboro High School students. She is a trained building coordinator for the Dignity for All Students Act. She has been a member and officer for the Whitesboro Administration Organization, as well as a member of the National Association of Secondary Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the School Administrators Association of New York.

She has been a volunteer for the Rome Polish Home, the Drums Along the Mohawk drum and bugle corps competition, the Rome Art and Community Center, and Rome Lions Club. She is also active in her church, St. John the Baptist.

Mary Carmel Wolf

Michelle Adey, the 6-year-old daughter of Mike Adey and Mary Carmel Wolf, died of cystic fibrosis in 1982. Thanks to the help of friends and family, the Michelle M. Adey Memorial Fund was established to keep her memory alive by assisting other families whose children face serious illnesses. Carmel is the secretary of the fund. Operating in the greater Utica-Rome region, it is the longest running fund of its kind in the area. The uniqueness of the fund is that it is run by an all-volunteer local board with no paid staff and no administration costs. Virtually every cent donated goes to help families in need.

Additional areas of her involvement include being a 20-year member of the Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees, assistant secretary of Wednesday Morning Club and a member of the Rome Twigs.

Rosemel Atkinson

Atkinson has been the administrator since 1996 of the following subsidiaries of Rome Memorial Hospital: Rome Medical Group, Delta Medical Group, and the Camden Family Care Group.

She is responsible for recruitment of providers for the medical offices. Hospitals and physician practices depend on key individuals to provide services to members of the community, ensuring quality care for the patients.

Cheryl Haritatos

Haritatos is the director of BAE Systems Information Solutions Inc. Rome Operations at Griffiss Business and Technology Park, responsible for all technical, contractual, financial and security of more than 50 personnel and all business development functions while overseeing a $22 million annual budget.

Since 1998, she has managed programs in intelligence information handling systems, command and control efforts, knowledge management, software engineering, imagery exploitation, cyber and cross domain solutions, man-machine interface concepts, and many other programs in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate.

Susan M. Hanson

Hanson has chaired the Rome Crop Walk for more than 10 years; she was a member of the Ski Patrol at Woods Valley Ski Area for 22 years; she has been a member of the Rome city-wide Relay for Life Committee for three years and a member of the Rainbow of Hope/Faith Relay for Life Team for more than 10 years; she was a Girl Scout Leader for several years and a member of its board of directors.

She was a mentor for students with behavior problems.

Hanson is also a member of the Rome Twigs where she assists in their activities to support Rome Memorial Hospital. Hanson has also helped at the Rome Family Y, where she helped to teacha class in water safety and drowning prevention; and the Rome Art and Community Center.

Hanson retired from Rome Hospital after 20 years of service as a medical technologist.

The Yellow Rose of Challenge awards will be presented by the Rome Professional Business Women Chapter — Beth Ann Jones, president, and Lucille R. Argenzia, chair. The award was initiated in the late 1980s, and recipients of the award believe in the tenant of Women Helping Women.

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