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The Town of Oyster Bay concluded its celebration of Women's History Month March 31 by holding its 11th annual "Women of Distinction" ceremony. This year's designees hailed from communities throughout the town and each recipient was presented with a town citation and a special pin designed to commemorate the occasion.

On a local front, Rosemary Dillon, a licensed clinical social worker at Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services Inc. in Hicksville, was honored as a "Distinguished Woman in Health Services." Since 2000, Dillon has served as director of residential programs for Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, where she directs over 40 staff members and is responsible for the oversight and management of the entire program.

For more than 25 years, Dillon has developed and provided residential services for those with serious and persistent mental illnesses. She has developed well over 60 licensed housing beds and approximately 60 supported housing beds in Nassau County, and over 100 OMH and/or HUD funded supported housing residential beds in Suffolk County. Additionally, Dillon serves on the board of directors for both the Nassau and Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless and the Association for Community Living.

Dillon has dedicated her entire professional career to making a positive impact upon the lives of those struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Each year, the town honors 'Women of Distinction' who live or work in the Town of Oyster Bay and have made an outstanding contribution in the following eight categories: Arts, Business, Community and Civic Affairs, Education, Government, Health Services, Humanitarian and Volunteer.

Congratulations to 2009's Distinguished Women:

Angela Melledy, Bethpage - Humanitarian

Kristine Occhino, Massapequa - Volunteer

Kathryn Abbe, Glen Head - Arts

Jane Ryan, Massapequa Park - Business

Michele Browner, Oyster Bay - Community & Civic Affairs

Debbie Bernstein, Plainview - Education

Maureen Gest, Bethpage - Government


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