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Grand Island Chapter presents Women’s Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business

Grand Island Chapter presents Women’s Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business

Author: Communications Committee/Wednesday, June 17, 2015/Categories: Chapter News

Terry Collins, president of Maroon Technology Ltd. of Grand Island, will receive the Annual Women’s Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business at the June 24 meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. at Elldins at River Oaks, Grand Island.

The Award will be presented by Dr. Sherry Bradford, a member of the Grand Island Chapter and President and Co-Founder of AccuTheranostics, Inc., 875 Ellicott Street in Buffalo. Her lab provides Cancer patients and their physicians with a fast diagnosis and best chemotherapy treatment. She is the inventor of AccuTheranostics, various patents.

According to Dr. Bradford, the Award is an opportunity to recognize women for what they have accomplished and honors a woman who “actively supports and inspires women to reach their full potential.”

“The Award recognizes a woman who excels in her chosen field, who donates time and energy to her community in a meaningful way, and who serves as a role model for women.”

Mrs. Collins received her BS in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo and her MBA from Canisius College. She is a sales and marketing professional with a strong background in software engineering. Professionally, she is president of Maroon Technology Ltd. of Grand Island. Her marketing and web design firm includes many Grand Island and Western New York clients.

In addition to running her own business, she is active in Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts, GI Soccer Club, PTA, Knights of Columbus, Network in Aging, and WordPress Meetup. Her professional affiliations include Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Sandler Strategic Sales, Presidents Club and Toastmasters. She is a director of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Bradford started the Award eight years ago because of her personal and professional experiences “as a female, faced with a unique set of challenges as I formed and developed the business and now operate, manage and move the company forward.”

“Gender discrimination, stereotyping, dual career-family pressures, and the lack of equal opportunities and pay, all play a role in challenging professional women,” Dr. Bradford added.

Past Awardees include Sonja Miller, Sheila Benoit, Bev Kinney, Diane Dinsmore, Tricia Belter, Mary Anne Shea, Regina Schunk, Michelle Iannello and Fran McMahon. They are all members of Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter or the prior Grand Island Business and Professional Women.

Terry Collins lived on Grand Island before she married Tim, and they moved back to Grand Island in 1992 when they were expecting their younger son, Joe. They have two sons, Matt, who is 24 and works in finance in Manhattan. Joe is 23 and is in his first year of law school, but had his first year interrupted by a diagnosis of AML/Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Mrs. Collins said that they are so thankful that Joe’s particular AML is responding well to treatments and that he has a 10 out of 10 match- stem cell donor.

According to Dr. Bradford, this year’s Award recipient internalizes the meaning of AccuTheranostics, a cancer treatment biotechnology company: “Dedicated to the Cancer Patient, Committed to Science and Translating Science to Survival.”

In addition to the Award. Grand Island Chapter Officers for 2015-16 will be installed by Linda Przespasniak, newly-elected First Vice President of New York State Women, Inc. Officers are Diane Dinsmore, president; Bev Kinney, vice president; Carol Golyski and Sheila Benoit, Secretary; and Jan Lydon, treasurer.


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