The Little Falls WCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Women of Distinction Awards, who will be recognized at a breakfast at the Little Falls Elks Lodge on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. Please join us as we honor and celebrate these exceptional women who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the Little Falls community. This event is sponsored by Van Meter & Van Meter, LLC.

The honorees have been selected through a nomination process in the following categories:

Business/Industry – Deborah A. Kaufman: Kaufman was instrumental in securing numerous large grants for the city of Little Falls and the formation of My Little Falls, the Mohawk Valley Express, and the Creative Outpost, Inc. She has the honor of being elected the first female mayor of Little Falls and is currently serving full-time in that leadership position.

Religion – Maryanne Terzi: Terzi is an active member and volunteer of Holy Family Parish. She serves in the capacity as leader and treasurer in the Holy Family Rosarians. Terzi gives her time to the Church without reserve and brings her faith and commitment to all facets of life being involved with community organizations and events.

Music/Arts – Kara Milianta: Milianta is a high school art teacher and is a leader in the arts community. She has a wealth of knowledge and sees things from a unique perspective. Milianta is a skilled arts educator and has dedicated endless hours advocating for new programs she has developed for students and the Mohawk Center for the Arts.

Health/Wellness – Roza Karabanov, FNP-BC: Karabanov is a family nurse practitioner working in Little Falls through Mohawk Valley Health Systems, fulfilling a vital need in the community which is lacking in primary care providers. She has been caring for patients in Little Falls since 2016. Karabanov has provided exceptional care with her incredible knowledge of medicine, as well as the needs of her patients, and combines that with true compassion and concern.

Education – Tracy Young: Young is a STEAM Specialist and Engineering by Design instructor at Benton Hall Academy. STEAM means the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. Young is a skilled educator and community volunteer at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts and has been recognized by both state and international organizations for her superior teaching credentials and her dedication to students.

Volunteerism – Caren Woolner: Woolner, a recent newcomer to Little Falls, selflessly gives of her time to volunteer for local organizations and works hard to build capacity by attracting and engaging new volunteers. She is organized, thoughtful, full of new ideas, and incredibly passionate about whatever project she’s working on, including the Celebration of Lights event.

Only advance sale tickets for the breakfast will be available at $20/per person and can be purchased at the Little Falls Public Library, Van Meter & Van Meter, LLC, at 536 E. Main St., Little Falls, or by calling WCA Board President Barb Smith at 315-715-5823. Proceeds from the breakfast support a scholarship for a graduating Little Falls High School female senior.

Donations in support of this event can be made directly to the WCA at 534 Garden Street, Little Falls.