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‘Women of Distinction’ named in East Meadow

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Two East Meadow residents and Chamber of Commerce members were recognized in the New York 17th Assembly District as “Women of Distinction” for having stood out as extemporary role models in their communities.

MaryAnne Skinner and Noreen Diaz were honored at the ceremony hosted by Assemblyman John Mikulin.

Skinner is the Chief Financial Officer of A&C Pest Management who started her career there shortly after marrying James Skinner, the owner of A&C Pest Management, in 1988. Together, they have three sons, James Paul, Collin and Kevin Skinner, who all work in the company.

Skinner is also the recipient of the Lady Baden Powell Award from Nassau County Boy Scouts, which she received due to her dedication to the Boy Scouts and the fact that her sons are all Eagle Scouts.

Skinner’s financial aptitude has helped grow A&C Pest Management into one of the top 10 pest management companies in Nassau County. The company is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In 1996, A&C Pest Management became one of eight pest management companies in the metro area to be an authorized operator of the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, a revolutionary system that is a four-time winner of the Presidential Green Chemistry Award. Skinner’s company also pioneered the use of NESDCA K-9 teams seeks out bed bugs and rodents, along with the use of Thermal Remediation to kill bed bugs without using chemicals.

Skinner’s company may be pioneers in the industry, but her family and employees have never forgotten to give back their time and talents to countless community charities. With Mary Anne’s support, her family serves on the board of Island Harvest, Nassau County Boy Scouts, Nassau County Fire Department Museum.

James Skinner has been a past president of NY Pest Management Association, past president of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association, along with serving on several National Pest Management Association boards.

Noreen Diaz has built a business on providing a service in the healthcare industry for the surrounding community.

Diaz was faced with a decision in 1999: remodel her kitchen or start a new business in the healthcare industry with her husband Martin. She decided on starting up a new business and that's how Complete Orthopedic Services, Inc. was born.

For 20 years, COSI is fueled by Diaz’s core principle of putting patients first. This has grown from her home to a company with six offices serving all the boroughs, including a brand-new medical center in East Meadow.

Diaz has four children, three of whom are in the business, and two grandchildren.