Joanne Kourepinos Adams ’82 was honored as 2010 Citizen of the Year in her hometown of Garden City, N.Y., last April. The Garden City Chamber of Commerce presented Adams with the award in recognition of her volunteerism and service to the Long Island community. Adams is president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., past president and board member of the Garden City Historical Society, director of the Property Owners Association of the Garden City Estates, Inc., a board member of the St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s Development Fund, and a member of the Garden City Belmont Festival planning committee.
In her professional life, Adams is community relations director for the New York Racing Association, Inc. She majored in government at Wheaton, where she also discovered the power of leadership. “I learned about the importance of effecting change through grassroots efforts in Professor Jay Goodman’s ‘Government 101’ course,” she said, and “Professor Sarah Weddington’s leadership course had a huge impact on my life, as she set an example about the importance of women in leadership positions.”