In early March, silive.com announced the list of this year's Women of Achievement. We are very fortunate to know and be friends with Sheree Goode, whose true colors speak for themselves. Genuine, kind-hearted, focused - are only a few of the thousands words to describe Sheree.
Today at the Hilton Garden Inn, we were honored to see Sheree being recognized for all her work and volunteering in the community.
Congratulations to the following women as well: Linda Cutler Hauck, Grace M. Murphy, Alicia Palermo-Reddy, Linda K. Steinman, and Janice Giacalone-Stoffers.
As part of the Probation Department's Neighborhood Opportunity Network -- or NeOn - Goode spends one day a week at Daytop/Samaritan Village treatment center in Mariners Harbor, a Probation Department partner. She works closely with Daytop director Dr. Phyllis Cureton - "Dr. Phyll," as Goode likes to call her - to provide services to probation clients dealing with addiction.
Goode earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology/psychology with an emphasis in criminal justice from Wagner College, where she dormed in Harbor View Hall for a year.
She received a master's degree in administration the following year from the former Audrey Cohen College for Human Services, graduating with a GPA of 3.987.
She worked her way through both degrees, managing several residential facilities run by the New York Archdiocese, including a group home in Port Richmond. She joined the Probation Department in 1999.
Goode is also active in 49 Strong, a North Shore coalition that sponsors anti-violence initiatives, fatherhood mentoring, mediation, wellness services and art programs in at-risk neighborhoods.
Proud to be a Staten Islander, Goode likes to acknowledge the borough's natural resources and community spirit.
"Everybody has more in common than out of common," she says, referring to Staten Island's diversity. "We're all here in the same fish tank. What happens on Grymes Hill impacts Elm Park and Tottenville. We are one Island."