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Each year the UCIAF will name a Signore and Signora of the Year at our annual Italian Festival.

2018 SIGNORE OF THE YEAR - Les Lombardi

Les LombardiLes Lombardi is a legendary high school and college basketball coach who was named a MAAC honoree for the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame. After an 18-year basketball coaching career that included establishing successful programs at every level from youth to Division II college, Lombardi began heading up "The Rock" team at Anaconda Sports. He later founded the international exchange program known as Hoops Across the Ocean, which brought teams from Ireland and China to play against the John A. Coleman basketball team.

2018 SIGNORA OF THE YEAR - Cheryl Bowers

Cheryl BowersCheryl Bowers is the president and chief executive officer at Rondout Savings Bank. She is the first female to serve in that role since the bank opened 150 years ago. The Kingston native holds a leadership certificate from the Wharton Business School and is a high-honors graduate from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. Bowers also is active in the New York Bankers Association Women's Leadership Conference.

She has served as past board chair of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and continues to volunteer on the boards of the Kingston Boys and Girls Club, Kingston Lions Club, SUNY Ulster Foundation and Vassar Brothers Medical Center.