Helen Rodriguez Burmaster ’78 is 2018 Crockett Medalist
Helen Rodriguez Burmaster received the Doris L. Crockett Medal during Reunion weekend. The Crockett Medal is the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association’s highest honor and recognizes alumnae for commitment to the college in conjunction with professional achievement and/or community service.
Burmaster is retired from a 30-year career assisting underserved populations via leadership roles in four New York State government agencies: Health, Higher Education, Social Services and the Division of the Budget. As assistant director for the Bureau of Dental Health at the Department of Health, she implemented initiatives aimed at improving the oral health of New Yorkers. She was also assistant director of the fiscal unit for the Division of Family Health, deputy director for the Office of Minority Health, associate budget examiner for the Division of the Budget, fiscal specialist and program administrator at the New York State Commission for National and Community Service, and human resource development specialist with the Department of Social Services. She previously worked at the Whitney M. Young Community Health Center in Albany, as the director of the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food program.
Burmaster has remained connected with the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association since she graduated. She was RSCAA president between 2011 and 2015, and also served as vice president, Reunion chair, Nominating and Awards committee chair, on the Outreach, Ways & Means and Finance committees, and as an admissions volunteer.
In her communities in New York’s Capital District and central Florida, she has been active in organizations and activities that promote professional, educational and economic advancement for Hispanic women.
Burmaster completed a Bachelor of Arts in History/Secondary Education at Russell Sage College and graduate classes in Public Administration at The Sage Colleges and the University at Albany.
Five Honored for Professional Achievement
Kathy DeVito Cohen ’83, Andrea Annese-Como ’88 and Annie Iwanicki ’86
Kathy DeVito Cohen ’83, Karen Kinsman ’88 and Annie Iwanicki ’86
Kathy DeVito Cohen ’83, Emily Curro ’07 and Annie Iwanicki ’86
Kathy DeVito Cohen ’83, Karen Kinsman ’08 and Annie Iwanicki ’86
Andrea Annese-Como ’88, Claudia Protzman Barone ’83 and Karen Kinsman ’88 were recognized as the Alumnae Association’s 2018 Women of Influence for their influence in their professions and communities, and Emily Curro ’07 and Audrey Hummer Paslow, DPT, ’08 received the Marion Hughes Reuss ’45 Award for professional accomplishments within 15 years of graduation.
Annese-Como is active in efforts to increase awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms and raise funds for research across New York state.
Barone is the Nicholas P. Lang, M.D., and Helen F. Lang, RN, Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Karen Kinsman is director and senior program manager of the STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research & Education within the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity.
Curro manages marketing and development for the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton,Massachusetts, and is a cofounder and executive director of Troy Foundry Theatre.
Paslow is the lead physical therapist for Ellis Hospital’s (Schenectady, New York) concussion management team.