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Gayle Dorio

Gayle Dorio
Naples, FL

Career and Family
I have always been involved in tikkun olam. Our family relocated 15 times as my husband's corporate career evolved. This necessitated "re-inventing" myself each time in both my career and community involvement. At each opportunity, I became involved in organizations that gave back.  I worked for the Chagrin Valley Therapeutic Riding Association. I was involved in ORT. I served on many different boards of directors - for four Jewish temples, for the Lexington, KY Arts & Cultural Council and the American Women's Group in Paris, to name a few.  When I came to Naples, I found Hadassah.  This organization is the synthesis of everything!  It is the perfect combination of sisterhood, advocacy - working to better the community and the world, ensuring the state of Israel and promoting Jewish values.  It is all rolled into one!  

How did you get involved with Hadassah?
I began as chairperson of the Crown of Esther program, which is now the Chai Society program.  After several years, I became chairperson of the Nominating Committee.  I helped on various committees and attended board meetings to better understand the operational workings.  In 2016, I became co-president of our chapter with my good friend, Karen Cohn.  

What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
I believe in humor!  I love to make people laugh and I always try to provide a positive approach even while I am kvetching!  We need Hadassah!  We need to do more!  We need to come together and help one another! I want to thank all Hadassah members who work hard -- we are providing funds for ground-breaking medical research, for humanitarian work, and to repair the world.  I am honored to be a small part of it!

Share something you would like people to know about you.
I am a licensed interior designer and have been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers for more than 30 years.  In addition to keeping active with design clients, I am an avid orchid grower and mah-jongg player.   I enjoy teaching both orchids and mah-jongg at Florida Gulf Coast University's Renaissance Academy.  I also work part-time for a cardiologist, helping in the office.  Throughout my career, I have managed different companies -- design-related and others, such as a large art gallery headquarters and even a forklift company.  I love working with people and making a difference.

Previous Members of the Month

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Sarah Elgart

Somerville, MA
“I am inspired by Hadassah’s efforts to connect healthcare professionals internationally.”
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Sandra Goldman

Charlotte, NC
"Rather than just an organization, Hadassah is like family."
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Sally Laufer

Palm Harbor, FL
"I am so moved by all that Hadassah nurses have achieved in Israel in the past 100 years."
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Ruth Fein

Merrick, NY
"I chose Hadassah because its main focus is Israel."
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Randi Lampert

Las Vegas, NV
“Board certified pediatrician passionate about Hadassah.”
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Randi Cohen

Arlington, VA
“I owe much to Hadassah, including meeting my husband.”
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Paula M. Schiff

Walnut Creek, CA
"Along with my wonderful Hadassah members, I have presented three Israel advocacy programs."
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Marlyn Bradshaw

Philadelphia, PA
"Hadassah is an amazing organization!"
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Lori Reszutek

Fairfield, CT
"I love being part of a group where I feel a true kinship to the other members."
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Leslie Gonzalez

Newton, MA
“I love that Hadassah is this amazing organization for Israel, about Israel, in Israel.”
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Laura Freed

Treasure Island, FL
“I love that Hadassah finds ways for every woman to get involved and get empowered to help others.”
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Judi Babcock

Bedford, MA
"I am proudest of the cutting-edge medical research done at Hadassah, including research on treating ALS, cystic fibrosis, heart stents, stem cell therapy and more"
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Joyce Backman

Westport, CT
“When I hear about new medical advances that have come out of Hadassah, I feel proud to support Hadassah.”
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Helene Schilian

Wellington, FL
“Hadassah supports everything I feel strongly about.”
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Hannah Cohen

Escondido, CA
“I grew up witnessing my mother’s deep commitment to Hadassah.”
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Erin Coleman

Nashville, TN
“A prior service military engineer officer inspired by Hadassah.”
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Ellen Audet

Gainesville, FL
"It is a great honor to say I am a Hadassah nurse."
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Elise Feldscher

Calabasas, CA
“For over 30 years, Hadassah has been the constant in my life.”
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Dorothy Lasensky

Irvine, CA
"Nurses are the heart of Hadassah."
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Carol Konecky

Oceanside, NY
"I enjoy being surrounded by bright, creative and talented women who share my passion."
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