Sylvia Rivera-Vecchio

Rivera-Vecchio, Sylvia CoverMs. Sylvia Rivera-Vecchio’s most recent pilgrimage allowed her to travel to Rome, Italy, where she was able to visit the basilicas, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Square. She valiantly climbed the Spanish Steps and was able to the embrace the views of Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, completing her journey in Sordevolo, Italy. Her current journey is completely voluntary — she is caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, a task which she finds both humbling and fulfilling.

Title:  Payroll Principal Secretary (Retired)
Company: New York Board of Education
Location: Brooklyn, NY United States


  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Local Church
  • Religious Instruction Teacher
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • The Poetry Society
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • Volunteer, Local Nursing Home


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2015)
  • Inductee, Top Female Executives (2015)
  • Member of the Academy of American Poets (2011)
  • VIP of the Year, Worldwide Branding (2011)
  • Certificate of Achievement, Senator Martin J. Golden (2008)
  • Certificate of Recognition, Elliot Spitzer, State of New York (2008)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Secretary Award, Parent Teacher Association (2007)
  • Recipient, Citation Award, Alec Brook-Kransby, 46th  District, New York State Assembly (2008)
  • Recipient, Citation Award, Assemblymen Peter J. Abbate Jr., New York State Assembly (2008)
  • Recipient, City Council Citation Award, Dominick Recchia (2008)
  • Recipient, City Council Citation Award, Councilman Vincent Gentile, District 20,
    United Federation of Teachers (2008)
  •  Recipient, The Marty Markowitz Award, Brooklyn Borough President (2008)

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