• Women of Distinction Award

  • Affinity Health Plan is proud to recognize extraordinary female community leaders during our Women of Distinction Award Ceremony. For the past three years Affinity Health Plan has celebrated Women’s History Month by recognizing outstanding female leaders and community organizers. This year, we have an Affinity Health Plan employee who demonstrates personal commitment to community involvement and volunteerism.

    The 2019 Women of Distinction honorees are:

    Wilma Alonso
    Wilma Alonso
    Fordham Road BID Executive Director and Trustee at St. Barnabas Hospital
    Ms. Alonso’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the over 300 local Fordham businesses has made Fordham Road a prime shopping destination. She’s created new and creative ways to address district needs and to attract more visitors.

    NYPD Detective Adriane Johnson
    Community Affairs Officer at the 115th Precinct in Queens
    For 18 years, Detective Johnson has worked with community council presidents, elected officials, civic and block associations and religious leaders. Although honored with numerous recognitions, it’s her work with and for the residents of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona that gives her the most pride.

    Quanda Jones
    Quanda Jones
    Corporate Training & Development Specialist at Affinity Health Plan
    Ms. Jones is a key member of Affinity’s Human Resources team with more than 20 years of experience in health care. In addition to being a stellar contributor at work, Ms. Jones dedicated more than 120 community service hours in 2018.

    Monica Martinez
    Monica R. Martinez
    NY State Senator – 3rd Senate District and Former Brentwood Teacher and Assistant Principal
    Senator Martinez has funded numerous anti-gang/anti-violence programs offering safe environments and mentorship programs, and established the first Suffolk County Child Care Commission. As the Domestic Animal Welfare Committee chair, Senator Martinez is committed to strengthening animal rights.

    Weijing Shi
    Weijing Shi
    Chinese Outreach Manager for CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving in the Asian Community
    For over 17 years Ms. Shi’s community service has included giving guidance, education, and advocacy support to the Chinese community. In her current professional role, she provides assistance and resources to family, caregivers and persons affected by Alzheimer’s.

    Sonia Velasquez
    Sonia Velasquez
    Founder/Director of Your Network Caring Community Advocate
    Ms. Velasquez’s passion for community service goes beyond Brooklyn, where she grew up. When Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, Sonia spearheaded the relocation of over 240 affected families to New York.


    Award recipients will be honored at a special reception in late March.