Dr. Marie Edouard Nathalie Desvarieux graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1992 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from CUNY Medical School in 1997, and received a Doctorate of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine in 1997. She earned her residency in 2000 from New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University. Dr. Desvarieux continued at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University and completed her Fellowship in Cardiology in 2005. Dr. Desvarieux is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, adult echocardiography and vascular interpretation
In addition to her profession, she is involved in several civic and philanthropic causes. She was inducted into the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Links, Inc. in 2013. She was honored to join an organization with a legacy of public service. She initially contributed her skills as a member of the Health and Human Service Facet at the annual Senior Symposium. She was a keynote speaker, at the recent Go Red Cluster. As a committee member for Resource Development, she helped to organize the most recent Links Soiree fundraiser.
Subsequently, she was appointed Chair of Services to Youth. As Chair of Services to Youth, her team was awarded a Healthy Garden Grant which serviced the Boys and Girls Club Bellport youth.
Currently, she serves as the Vice President of the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Professionally, I am an attorney and I work as a Labor Relations Specialist for New York State United Teachers. This has been my occupation for the past 16 years. I represent union members dealing with their collective bargaining rights and general terms and condition of employment.
From the moment I arrived in New York after graduating law school in May 1991, I have been associated with The Links Incorporated. From May through July, I spent the summer preparing for my bar exam. During August 1991, I attended my first meeting of The Queens Nia Club, which was formed as an interest group for the Links Incorporated. We were ultimately chartered in 1996. At the time of chartering, I was the Recording Secretary. Since then, I have held every locally elected position except that of Vice President for Membership. However, I am most proud of my mentoring work within Linkdom; both within the Eastern Shore Chapter and within the Greater Queens Chapter. Connecting with young people has proven to be both fulfilling and inspirational.
Link Delores S. Ledbetter is a graduate from Tougaloo College. She is a recipient of a graduate degree from Southern Illinois University and a certificate in Labor Management from State University at Stony Brook.
Link Ledbetter is a veteran educator with a distinguished professional career. She has taught both at the secondary and the college level. She has been an educator at multiple institutions throughout the United States including but not limited to the Uniondale Public Schools, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virgina, and Louisiana.
Link Ledbetter is a charter member of the Eastern Shore Chapter Suffolk County in Long Island, New York. She has served as the chairperson of the Arts Facet, Protocol committee and Ethics committee.
Under her leadership, the Arts Facet of the Eastern Shore Chapter was the recipient of an Outstanding Program Award featuring young African American artists. She also initiated the "An Afternoon of Creative Expression" featuring African American youth. During the National Conference in Chicago, the Eastern Shore chapter was recognized for outstanding Arts programing.
As part of the Service to Youth Facet, she served as the coordinator of the "Men of the Future" program at Central Islip Senior High School. Additionally, she was responsible for implementing the Eastern Shore chapter's first scholarship for youth who reside in Suffolk County and desired to attend college but lacked the resources.
Link Delores cherishes the years as a Link and she looks forward to working with her sisters as they continue to serve the needs of the community.
Sandra Thomas has been an advocate and social activist for over 40 years. Her commitment to youth, as well as the poor, have been her primary focus. Her activism in her community has included many innovative programs. Sandra, along with nine other individuals from her church, founded and established Resurrection House, which is a community-based shelter for homeless families. Since its inception, Resurrection House has grown to six houses, one for the shelter and five for transitional housing (13 apartments). She has served as President of the Board of Directors and is currently an active Board member. In addition to her activities with Resurrection House, Sandra is the immediate past President of the Concerned Taxpayers of Wheatley Heights/Dix Hills Civic Association. She currently the Chair of the Accessary Apartment Review Board for the Town of Babylon . She is currently a member of Suffolk County’s African American Advisory Board. Sandra is the former Co-Chairperson of the Half Hollow Hills school district‘s PTA Council Diversity Committee. Sandra was the originator of the District’s Unity Fair which continues today. She is currently a member of The Achievement Gap committee for the Half Hollow Hills School District where her main focus is staff development.
Sandra is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated where she serves on the Delta GEMS Committee and she is on the committee for the Men of the Future Consortium, Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) working collaboratively with the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Links Inc. She is also a charter member of the Eastern Shore LINKS and serves on their Services to Youth and International Trends Facets as well as Chair of the Legislative Committee. Sandra is an original founding and active member of the Mother’s Club of Wheatley Heights, where she has been the Education Co-Chair for many years. Sandra is a former group leader of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal’s Baptismal Committee. She and her husband Douglas currently serve on the small Christian Community Committee as well as serving as Eucharistic Ministers. Sandra is also a member of the Round Table for the Common Good at her church
Sandra is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Eastern Suffolk BOCES. Her activism in her job have included creating and developing innovative programs to dispel racism, build esteem, and assist parents with parenting. Many of her ideas and programs have been adopted by other schools within the Eastern Suffolk BOCES region. In addition, Sandra Thomas has lead workshops in parenting skills for SETRC, the Special Education Training and Resource Center. She is a former trainer for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, assisting Correction Officers with identifying and handling mildly developmentally disabled prisoners. Sandra has also served as a graduate field instructor for SUNY at Stony Brook and Fordham University.
She and her husband have three daughters. Sandra has been a political, educational and socially conscientious voice in the Wheatley Heights community for many years.
Doctor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Retired, Former Professor Nursing, Dean, Senior Administrator on President’s Cabinet as Chief Diversity Officer, Executive Assistant to President and Title IX Coordinator, Farmingdale State College.
Served as Chair of the International Trend Faucet, the Magic Penny Project. National Trends Chair, Recipient of the Links Cardiovascular Educational Research Grant, University of California 2006. Recipient of the United Way Grant for Girls Who Code. Introduced the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM ) Diversity Roundtable and Summit and Girls Who Code to the Eastern Shore Chapter.
Links Sponsor: Charyle King Profession: Communications Vice President External Affairs, Farmingdale State College (retired). Currently, Chairman, Farmingdale College Council, Appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Served on 4 U.S. Presidential Advisory Commissions (Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, G. Bush) for: WOMEN AND GIRLS, HBCUs, INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION and AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION,
Served as Chair, International Trends and Services Facet and Chair, Protocol and Rituals
Served on Education and Legislation Subcommittees
Initiated ESC/Links UN Amb. Ralph Bunche Symposium at FSC, Collaborated with Magic Penny Project in Sierra Leone, developed collaborative linkage with Partners of the Americas. Served on LINKS INCORPORATED Committee for Workshop Presenters at UN.
Patricia A. Hobson joined the Half Hollow Hills School District in Dix Hills, NY as a School Counselor in 1999. This career change was from the Corporate Industry of Training & Development for one of the largest Big Eight Accounting Firms, Arthur Andersen & Sons, has really allowed her to work through her passion of “service” and helping others. During the summer of 2008 she joined Suffolk County Community College as an Adjunct Professor teaching two courses: Freshman Seminar and College Life and Personal Growth. Effective, July 1, 2011, Mrs. Hobson was appointed as the Director of Guidance at Candlewood Middle School within Half Hollow Hills School District.
Mrs. Hobson is the true example and a positive role model for the children, youth and families that reach out for her assistance. For almost a decade, she continues to facilitate the Rising Star Academy which addresses the National Initiative of the Achievement Gap. This academy has taken students on college tours, visits to Manhattan and provides a three year curriculum advising ways to continue strong academic standards to pursue advanced studies while in high school. In January of 2011, she was invited and has accepted being a part of the Superintendent's’ Advisory Council to address education for the 21st Century.
When not involved with HHH, she spends an immeasurable amount of time at Zion Cathedral Church of God In Christ. Sis. Pat, as she is affectionately called by all, serves in the same ministry that she was raised and nurtured in for over 40 years. To this day, she is still committed to God and the call in her life to work with youth and be a living example that holiness is right. She also serves as Executive Hospitality for the local and Jurisdictional services. Additionally, she was the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Trainer for the Young Entrepreneur Training Program (YETP) which operates under The Cedarmore Corporation. Each summer, she assists youth ages 12 -18 to guide them to develop their own business. They are taught how to create a business plan, establish marketing and advertising strategies, and produce a budget for a product that they will showcase and sell during an annual International Street Festival held in Freeport, NY during the month of August. On Saturday, December 8th 2018, Patricia Hobson, will be named “Woman of the Year” for her commitment, dedication and noteworthy work to her church and community of the Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern New York, Church of God In Christ, Inc.
Patricia is a vital participant of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., specifically Sigma Psi Omega Chapter and has served for the past 6 years as their Hospitality chair. She is also an active member of Eastern Shore Chapter, LINKS, Inc. where she works on Services to Youth and Hospitality committees. Additionally, for the past number of years, she has served as Corresponding Secretary.
March 27th 2011, the Mother’s Club of Wheatley Heights honored Patricia Hobson during their Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon to show their appreciation and support of what she means to the children and families of Wheatley Heights where she has spent the past 19 years of career as an “Exceptional Educator”.
She holds an MBA from SUNY Binghamton in Human Resources as well as MS Ed. in School Counseling and Development from Long Island University. As a lifelong learner, she also has a Professional Diploma as a School District Administrator (SDA) from SUNY Stony Brook and annually attends Professional Development courses to keep her skills sharp and current.
Richard is her loving husband and nothing gives her greater joy and sense of value than being the proud mother of Tierre (25) and Richie (24). Her biggest supporter of 55 years is her mother, Mrs. Elnora Washington.