her work "to preserve this country's magnificent, diverse ethnic
heritage," CUNY Trustee Kathleen M. Pesile will receive the
Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of
Organizations Foundation at a gala celebration-with fireworks by
Grucci, of course-under the watchful eye of Liberty.
is the largest representative of ethnic and heritage organizations
in the U.S., comprising more than five million family members. Pesile,
who held important positions in international banking, has taught
as an adjunct at the College of Staten Island since 1978 and has
served as a trustee since 1998. She currently is the principal of
her own financial services firm, the Pesile Financial Group.