Dr. Judy DeFelice

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Dir. Pat DeFelice Chapter

Dr. Judy DeFelice, an Adelphi University and Hunter College Social Work Graduate, is a retired New York City Dept. of Education Administrator, who joined the Hugs board in Jan. 2004. Seeing a need for a Hugs Chapter in NYC, she started the Pat DeFelice Chapter in honor of her father in Feb. 2004 in the Stuyvesant area of the City. Dr. DeFelice is also a member of the Hunter College School for Social Work Board and she divides her time between her homes in Manhattan and Ithaca, NY.


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Director Judy DeFelice with
donor Rose Mezzariello

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DeFelice family donors Pat, Marie,
Jean, Lois, Judy, and Esther
 Jean Battle, a civilian employee of the United States Navy, worked first as a steward, then an ordinary seaman and most recently as a mate steering an oil tanker on the high seas until her retirement in 200l. After l5 years of service, Jean was one of only a handful of female mates. I met her as a student of the martial arts where she was the first female black belt in our style. She also became the first female sensei in Seido Karate, which was another ground breaking role that she played in her life. Jean died of cancer in 2006. She was 67 years old. She left behind a son and daughter and two grandsons. It is an honor and a pleasure for me to donate l,000 teddy bears to the USS Comfort in honor of my friend. The USS Comfort is a navy ship that Jean had hoped to sail on before her retirement. She greatly admired the work that they do.  {gallery}sig/DirJudyDeFelice{/gallery}
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