Women Dine for a Cause founding members

Founding Women Dine for a CAUSE members (left to right):
Rochelle Spooner, Emily Dominguez, Liz Kallen, Paula Davis, Enid Weishaus and Donna Schmidt.


Paula Davis

Paula Davis, M.S. has been a special education teacher for thirty years. Now retired, she currently volunteers at the Upper Nyack Elementary School. For the past 25 years, she has been an active advocate for the Center of Safety and Change (formally the Rockland Family Shelter). Paula is a founding member of Women Dine for a Cause and is very committed to helping women and children in Rockland County.

Liz Kallen

Liz Kallen is the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program Manager for the Rockland Economic Development Corporation. Her responsibilities include educating small businesses in Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties about the benefits of doing business with federal, state and local government agencies and guiding them through various processes and certifications associated with government procurement.

Prior to this, Liz was the founder and President of Exceed Associates, a business consulting company and has worked in sales for large multinational companies such as Xerox. Her experiences working at large corporations and as a business consultant and sales trainer enable her to provide valuable information to help her PTAC clients to be more successful in their government procurement endeavors.

She is a founding member of the Rockland County Women Dine for a Cause and is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC), the APTAC Membership Committee, the Department of Defense Northeast Regional Council for Small Business Advocacy and Education, the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber, The Business Council of Westchester, the Westchester Economic Development Committee and she is on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Minority and Women Business Committee.

Emily Dominguez

What Emily loves about her life is that everyday is different! Between her duties as an elected official, running BLU RIVER marketing, volunteering, serving on three non-profit boards, she never knows what the day will bring. Emily Dominguez is a proud Rockland County native who is now serving her third term as a Village Trustee in Haverstraw.  Emily was recently appointed Deputy Mayor and becoming the first woman to hold the position.  In 2014, Emily received the Women of Leadership & Vision Award. This award is given to women who are community minded achievers for their vision, innovation and leadership toward improving the quality of life for others. Emily also completed the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University Law School, joining an elite group of women from Rockland County and proud to be the first Hispanic to attend this prestigious class.   Recently, Emily received the 2016-17 Citizen of the Year Award from the Haverstraw Elks for all her service in the community.

Emily also has a successful marketing & events firm, BLU RIVER marketing started in 2006, where she works to promote small and medium businesses in and around Rockland County. Emily brings extensive marketing experience to BLU RIVER, having worked for Krups North America as a Marketing Manager & Bridal Director, and for Bed Bath & Beyond in their Bridal Department and their College Program. Over the years, Emily has been successful in coordinating and hosting Bridal Shows, Collage Fairs, Campaigns and many other special events. Emily is passionate about volunteering. She learned the importance of community giving from her mother. She is the President of the Rockland Community Foundation,  Board Member of both The United Way of Rockland & The Center for Safety & Change, Founding Member of Women Dine, and Co-Chair of the Haverstraw Neighborhood Programs.

Rochelle Spooner

Rochelle Spooner,MA, CCC-SLP. E-YRT-500, is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in complimentary approaches to the treatment of communication deficits and yoga. She has over 40 years experience working with both children and adults. She is is the owner of Advanced Therapeutic Concepts, an agency providing yoga therapy and speech and language pathology for people with physical limitations. She has had a staff of over 40 people specializing in many disciplines.

Rochelle is also a practicing yoga therapist with ongoing classes. She has incorporated yoga, breathing techniques and meditation to help adults and children with limited mobility and special needs. Rochelle believes that regular practice of yoga at any level can gently and profoundly impact health, concentration and communication. Rochelle has taught yoga internationally and in the New York metropolitan since the 1990’s leading biweekly classes, corporate wellness seminars, clinics and private sessions and created ‘phone yoga/mediation’ for the home bound population. She has lectured and led yoga workshops at regional institutions including the Arthritis Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Staten Island Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Mt Sinai, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Nyack Hospital, Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Center and the North Jersey Developmental Center. Rochelle has had her own import/export business specializing in the table-top industry. Rochelle has earned her title Swamimommy. She has a bring sense of humor.

Donna Schmidt

Donna Schmidt is the Founder of her own Communications Company (Schmidt Communications) where she assists local businesses strategize creative, targeted marketing programs. She is also Editor of the Nyack Hamlet Hub and Communications and Community Affairs Manager for Active International. Schmidt worked in advertising and designed, wrote and published a real estate magazine under a family publishing company for many years and has written human interest features for many local publications.

She is on the Planning Committee for “Women Dine for a Cause”; has Co-Chaired the community group for Cropsey Community Farm; Co-Chaired the JCC Cultural Arts Festival; member of the Board of Jewish Family Services “Author Talks” Series in addition to assisting many Rockland Non-Profits by telling their personal stories.

Enid Weishaus

Enid Weishaus, MSW, is a former U. S. Senate Regional Director for Hillary Clinton and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Lower Hudson Valley. She is on the National Finance Committee for “Ready for Hillary”. She is the founder and facilitator of “Smarter, Bolder, Older: Women Navigating Second Adulthood” events. Enid teaches Success Strategies and Presentation Skills to women who want to be entrepreneurs through the Women’s Enterprise Development Center in Westchester County. She is on the planning committee for “Women Dine For a Cause” and on the board of The Nyack Center.

Enid was a Director in the Foundation at American Express Company. She has also been a life coach, entrepreneur and yoga teacher.

Committee Members

  • Karel Amaranth
  • Kathy Jaffe
  • Sandy Weiner