Bellmore Chamber Immediate Past President Sandra G. Johnson was among nine women honored by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Town Board at the town's annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony on March 9. The women - all Town of Hempstead residents or employees - were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community.
Johnson was honored with an award in the business category.
"Women who are looking for a role model in the business community need look no further than our next honoree," Murray said when introducing Johnson. "More than just another tax preparer, Sandra Johnson has built a reputation for competence while establishing 'big dividends' for many other women who make up Sandra's team of accounting professionals."
Sandra has employed several women who have returned to the workforce, as well as provided internships for young women with bookkeeping, auditing and accounting backgrounds.
"Sandra Johnson does much more than 'talk the talk' when it comes to creating opportunities for women," Murray said. "Sandy is helping our region's young ladies, indeed all young people, to gain the educational tools to succeed in the business world. As an adjunct professor, a lecturer and an architect behind many college courses, young people are expanding their knowledge and realizing opportunities as a result."
Johnson told Patch she couldn't be more excited about the award.
"I am now and have always been very involved in women's issues and am thrilled to have been selected to win an award exclusively for women," she added.
Johnson is a CPA who is the president of a Bellmore accounting firm for over 10 years. She has also been an involved community leader. A two-term president of the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce, Johnson is also the executive vice president and soon-to-be president of Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. With extensive involvement in groups such as the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, the Wellness Council of the Bellmores and Merricks, the Lions and the Cultural Arts Foundation for the Bellmores and Merricks, Murray said Johnson has "improved her community."