SENECA FALLS — Several local women were honored Thursday at WCNY’s sixth annual “Makers: Women Who Make America” at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Wesleyan Chapel.
The awards first started in collaboration with the PBS documentary “Makers: Women Who Make America.” Since then, WCNY has continued the Makers Awards as a way to celebrate the achievements of Central New York women and inspire others to follow their examples.
The 2018 local Makers Award recipients are:
• Juanita Holmes Bass (Herkimer County): She has introduced many to classic American soul food at her White House Berries Inn, a break and breakfast and restaurant she opened in 1989. In 2001 she closed the inn but launched Juanita’s Soul Classics.
• Shelly Callahan (Oneida County): As the executive director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, Callahan works to refute refugee stereotypes and highlights the contributions by refugees to Utica. She was instrumental in leading the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council in securing nearly a quarter of a million dollars to build a One World Welcome and Opportunity Center.
• Maureen Campanie (Madison County): She is the associate director of the BRIDGES Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Campanie founded Concert for a Cause, a series of events that raise money for many causes.
• Ellen Percy Kraly (Madison County): She is a geographer, award-winning teacher and study abroad director. A member of the Colgate University faculty, Kraly’s students work with community members over issues like food deserts and sustainability, such as in Waterville where they led focus groups regarding small-business development.
• Carol Musacchio (Oneida County): She has been a behavior specialist at Madison-Oneida BOCES for more than 30 years working with students with educational challenges. She often makes home visits to support students and their families.
• Also honored were: Sandra Hamilton (Wayne County), Tina Nabinger (Onondaga County), Pamela Puri (Onondaga County), Tracy Verrier (Cayuga County) and Kerry Barnes (Oswego County).