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LIFE Achievement Awards


While LIFE serves as a forum to discuss issues and exchange information relevant to low-income energy consumers, the individuals at the state, county, and local levels perform an instrumental role in this effort by bringing this information to the communities and individuals in need. As part of the LIFE Statewide Conferences, the LIFE Steering Committee honors those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in addressing the issue of energy affordability for low-income New Yorkers. These unsung heroes play an essential role through education and outreach efforts aimed at helping low-income consumers address their energy challenges. The following unsung heroes have received the LIFE Achievement Award:


  • Rasheada Caldwell, PEACE, Inc.
  • Kelvin Keraga, NYSERDA
  • Gerald Norlander, Esq., Public Utility Law Project of New York


  • Allan Bressett, PEACE, Inc.
  • Patricia Fayo, United Way of the Dutchess Orange Region
  • Susan West, PSEG Long Island 


  • Patty Bashaw, Essex County Office for the Aging
  • Joe Guarinello, HeartShare Human Services of New York
  • Virginia Walsh, Honeywell Utility Solutions


  • Kate Granger, National Grid
  • Dianna Schooley, Tompkins County Office for the Aging
  • Andy Stone, NYS Weatherization Directors Association


  • Miguel Santos, National Grid
  • Sharon Sutherland, Chenango County Department of Social Service
  • Carol Sweeny, Honeywell International


  • Anne McLane, Monroe County Department of Social Service
  • Leonard Maisel, Amalgamated Bank
  • Ellin Boyd, Honeywell/LIPA/REAP


  • Gladys Brangman, Tompkins County Office for the Aging
  • Marie Grace, Onondaga County Department of Social Service
  • Gary Ferraro, Montgomery County Office for the Aging