WAGwit wonders: What makes you a gem?

“Quality and integrity.”

Pat Caffray, Greenwich resident

“I can be tough during the day as a prosecutor and fun in the evening, putting on Mickey Mouse ears with my daughter.”

Christine Chartier, Westchester County district attorney’s office, Bronxville resident

“My positive attitude.”

Patricia Cinquemani, sales associate, Richards in Greenwich, North Salem resident

“My daughter is my gem. She keeps me going every day and puts a smile on my face.”

Liliana Deleno, office manager for Dr. Richard Liebman, Pelham resident

“I’m a therapist and I feel that my most gem-like ability is reflected in my daily life of teaching my clients to face their immediate fears and challenges with courage and determination. I help empower them to understand that although the past is not retrievable, their future can be much more happy and positive.”

Innes Frey, founder, Family Solutions of Westchester, Goldens Bridge resident

“I like to go above and beyond to make people happy.”

Marilyn Green, banker, Scarsdale resident

“My ability to make people shine is what makes me a gem. There’s nothing I enjoy doing more than bringing hope to people’s hearts and putting a smile on their faces. My own life experiences have made me strong like a gem as well.”

Gisele Guerrero, owner of Gisele’s Hair Salon, New Rochelle resident

“I tend to always be happy.”

Kathleen Hillyard, Greenwich resident

“I’m a gem, because I collect $307 million a year.”

Tod Laudonia, tax collector, town of Greenwich

“The time that I spend with my patients and my determination to make them happy is what makes me a ‘gem.’ I’ve learned that the end result for patients was not simply making them look good aesthetically, but it was making them feel good as well.”

Dr. Scott Newman, MD, FACS, owner and plastic surgeon of Advanced Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, Yonkers resident

“I’m a diamond in the rough, and the reason I’m a diamond in the rough is because I’m always a work in progress and haven’t peaked yet. I always believe the best is yet to come. Exteriors are always deceiving. I always sparkle from the inside out.”

Debbie Nigro, radio personality and media entrepreneur, “The Debbie Nigro Show,” WFAS-AM 1230 and wfasam.com, New Rochelle resident

“My ability to empathize is one of my better qualities and what makes me a ‘gem.’ As a hotel entrepreneur, wife and mother of two (soon to be three), I am constantly exposed to many people from all walks of life. I believe in the importance of recognizing the successes and struggles of others and, to the best of my ability, trying to accommodate people wherever possible. … When my employees know I will go the extra mile for them, they are more than willing to do the same for me.”

Maria Pampafikos, co-owner and vice president of The Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers, New City resident

“My boys make me their gem. I have two and they are very close to me.”

Nicole Reynolds, businesswoman, Greenwich resident

“My love of my family.”

Carla Sheehan, consultant, Fairfield resident

Compiled by Georgette Gouveia. Contact her at ggouveia@westfairinc.com.


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