4 Honorees Recognized.
The Zonta Club of Malden celebrated its 20th Annual Women Making a Difference Dinner on Thursday, March 29th at Anthony’s Restaurant of Malden. The annual event recognizes local women for their enduring commitment and tireless efforts in the community. Proceeds from the event will be used to grant several much- needed scholarships to deserving high school seniors.
This year’s honorees were Donna Lawler Culinan, Joanne Puopolo, Judy Sadaca and Dr. Deborah Wayne. These women soar above the ordinary in their professions, in their service to the community, and in the steadfast commitment to help to improve the lives of those around them.
Donna Lawler Culinan, was honored for her leadership and courage in fighting tirelessly for families in Massachusetts and beyond our border. Donna is a public health nurse, visiting nurse, administrator, school nurse and works with the homeless. She is currently a home care nurse practitioner in Milton. Donna is part of a medical team that travels to Haiti each year. Donna travels with a group of students to provide nursing care to traditionally hard to reach patients.
Joanne Puopolo was honored for her visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to the many organizations she contributes her time, dedication and passion to. Joanne is currently the Governor of Zonta International, District 1, which spans an area from New England to the Province of Novia Scotia, where she leads a group of more than 300 advocates for change. A member of the Zonta International since 2004, she has served on various club committees, has served as Club President and Area IV Director, and is presently Governor. She has also served on many District level committees. Joanne’s strong commitment to supporting community-based care has led her to serve a member of the Mystic Valley Elder Services Board of Director. She was instrumental in the partnership between the Zonta Club of Malden, the Greater Boston Food Bank and Hallmark Health in operating a monthly food distribution market to assist food insecure families since 2012. When not advocating for Zonta, Joanne is a fiscal manager for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Judy Sadacca was honored for tireless energy and community activism. Judy has been a physician outreach and community relations manager at Hallmark Health for almost 20 years. In this role, she manages over 60 community programs with the Hallmark service area. Some of her favorite programs are directly related to women and youth including “Meet, Mingle, Mammogram”, womens’ breast health education as well as CPR in several location high schools, just to name a few.
Dr. Deborah Wayne was honored for her humanity and concern for children and adults in need of eye care. Dr. Wayne, who has been in private practice since her graduation from New England College of Optometry in1983.
She is past Treasurer of ROCA, Inc and past Board chair of North Suffolk Mental Health, where she is still a Board member. She is also the chief volunteer officer of the Malden YMCA, a member of the Malden Lions Club. Ten years ago she preformed mission work in the Dominican Republic where she provided eye exams and glasses to those who don’t have access to eye care. Since that time, she has made four more trips.
This year’s event was attended by over 160 and through tireless efforts of the WMD Committee, Chairs Sue Thomson and Michelle Luong and members Barbara LaMattina, Maria Luise, Dorothy Umlah, Nicole Manseau, Majorie Leonard-Jeremie, Claire Croken, Ariane Taylor and Nicole LaMattina the event was a huge success. This event also would not have been possible without the generosity and support of the members of the Zonta Club of Malden, our sponsors and those who support our ad book as well as surrounding area clubs that come out to support this event.