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Elizabeth Vaz, Esq.
Elizabeth Vaz is an attorney, based in Hauppauge NY, who is committed to alternative conflict resolution, specifically in the area of family law and divorce. As a Collaborative Divorce attorney and a Certified Mediator, she has worked in high conflict family situations for several years, assisting families reach solutions that they would not find in court. Elizabeth has worked with victims of domestic violence through the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, she has worked with the Family Services League in Hempstead, she served as a mentor to young women through the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation and she has worked with a Long Island, non-profit agency, for the past 21 years, helping adult women who are afflicted with developmental challenges, find their voices, integrate into their community and lead independent lives. She is an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Council of Divorce Mediators and the founder of the Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professionals.
Elizabeth is a lifelong Long Islander, graduating from SUNY Stony Brook, with a degree in Psychology and she earned her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. She is committed to educating, empowering and supporting women in all aspects of their lives.
Vice President of Membership
Donna Charielle has a Masters Degree in Social Work and has been a longtime member of NOW. Growing up during the social and political turmoil of the 60’s and early 70’s helped develop her feminist perspective and her commitment to doing what she can to make this world a better place for all regardless of gender, race or economic status. As a social worker her focus was to empower women and children to gain the tools they need to achieve their potential. Donna is a two-time cancer survivor who writes thought-provoking poems about illness, injustice, and other issues we face as humans. Donna has lived on Long Island, NY for most of her life, except for several years working with at-risk teens in Pittsburgh; with immigrant and refugee families in San Diego; and substance abusers and AIDS patients in Cambridge, England. On Long Island she had worked for several years in a hospice agency with bereaved children.
Vice President of Programming
Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island (2013-15) and co-director of Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival, is the author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002) Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich Press, 2015), Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016), and The Singer of Alleppey (Shanti Arts, 2018). She has performed the poetry internationally, including at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Festival Internacional De Poesia De Granada. An award winning poet, she teaches English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, New York. Author of numerous essays on poetics as well as creative non-fiction, she is also the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year. She is a founding member of Women Included, a transnational feminist association.
Judith Lipner, Esq.
Judith Lipner attended the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University and went on to receive her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in 1989. Judith has worked as an attorney for 31 years in Manhattan and Long Island. She was a Professor of Legal Studies at SUNY Nassau for a decade and currently serves as a Supervisor for the New York State Department of Health working on their COVID Tracing Initiative. Judith has served many different organizations, including the Dix Hills Jewish Center, PTA Counsel at Half Hollow Hills, the Huntington Town Democratic Committee and the Suffolk County Democratic Committee.
Gail Segui has served as the Treasurer for Mid-Suffolk NOW for over 10 years. Gail has also given her time and energy to serve on the Legal Referral Committee for the chapter. Gail is a retired accountant who now uses her talents to give back as Mid-Suffolk NOW’s trusted Treasurer. Gail previously served as the Treasurer and Secretary for a satellite communications company for over 20 years.
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