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Dinner Dance to Honor Three Women Who Take the Lead

Sacred Heart Academy’s 70th Anniversary celebration continues with its Annual Dinner Dance honoring three outstanding Alumnae who serve as models by Taking the Lead in their respective professions and communities.  The Dinner Dance will take place at The Garden City Hotel on Friday, March 20, 2020.

This year’s honorees, Teresa (Spinosa ’80) Ferraro, Shannon (Lally ’96) McLay, and Shannon Riley ’00, are celebrated for their achievements and applauded for demonstrating the strength that comes from an all-girls Catholic education at Sacred Heart Academy.  

Teresa Ferraro is President of East/West Industries, Inc., a women owned small business located in Ronkonkoma, NY.  She has a 35-year track record of success providing fiscal, strategic and operational leadership.  She recently led the most significant business expansion in East/West history, including a move to a new facility that increased the company’s footprint by approximately 50 percent.   She has utilized her skills to create successful business relationships with major aerospace and defense contractors, including The Boeing Company, Sikorsky Aircraft, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Shannon McLay is the founder and CEO of The Financial Gym, a national personal financial services company that takes a fitness-inspired approach to their clients’ finances.  Through her own personal journey McLay realized that “accountability” was the key element missing in the personal financial services industry. In 2015, she launched The Financial Gym to provide the professional, accessible and affordable personal finance service for all. McLay’s goal is to improve the financial health of millions of Americans by putting the “personal” back in personal finance.  She has been featured in national media including The Today Show, The New York Times, Inc., and Forbes and is also the author of a book, Train Your Way to Financial Fitness.

Shannon Riley, originally from Garden City, NY, is the Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA), an all-girls Public Charter School high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant founded to empower young women to be the best version of themselves. After receiving her MSW from Columbia University she has called NYC home for the past 12 years. She credits her Sacred Heart Academy experience for her continued commitment and passion for girls’ education. Riley also serves as the Dean of Advancement, working closely with prospective families and students and is the liaison between the school and their partners. 

Sacred Heart Academy’s Dinner Dance is a festive evening of dinner and dancing. To purchase tickets, sponsorships or digital displays, please visit:   For more information, please contact: