Deborah Billoni, chair of the Town of Grand Island Ethics Committee and treasurer of the Grand Island Republican Committee, received a 2015 Business First Woman of Influence Award as a Community Supporter on Sept. 17 during a luncheon in Depew. Billoni has been the director of finance and operations at the International Institute of Buffalo since 2009.
She is extremely active in the community, serving as the fiscal advocate for the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and, will be involved Sept. 25 when the commission holds a ribbon-cutting for its Tribute Garden in Isle View Park in the City of Tonawanda. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo and a Eucharistic minister at St. Stephen R.C. Church.
In late October, she will travel to Nepal to participate in a President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity trip where she will join hundreds of volunteers from around the world to build houses for residents in extreme need.
For these efforts, New York state Sen. Marc Panepinto presented her with an official Senate proclamation proclaiming Aug. 31 as Deborah Billoni Day in the state. He cited: "The future success of our state and nation is dependent upon individuals such as Debbie Billoni, who have dedicated their lives to nurturing the new lives found by refugees and helping assist them in becoming valuable contributing members of American society. Debbie has been called upon to contribute her time and talents in Nepal to help countless people in need, and give of herself unstintingly."