Alison Trenk, grew up in New Jersey but has resided in Manhattan, New York for over seven years with her husband Michael Trenk and golden retriever Cooper. In 2006, Alison traveled to Los Angeles California to surprise one of her best friends for her birthday party. It was not a typical for her to plan an impromptu trip, but she was feeling adventurous. Coincidentally, Michael also traveled to California for that same party, almost canceling because he was not feeling well. Little did they know at the time, that they needed to travel thousands of miles in order to meet their future spouse. Two years later they were married.

Michael has worked in the restaurant business for thirty years. He presently is an entrepreneur in many NYC businesses, such as Lucky’s Famous Burgers, Prohibition Live Music Bar and Treat House, which sells flavored crisped rice treats. Both Alison and Michael utilize the businesses to be able to give back to the community by donating food for local Manhattan events and raising money for multiple nonprofit organizations, such as the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Ace of Good Organization.

Alison has always been interested in empowering others to heal and grow. She studied psychology and criminal justice at Douglass College, Rutgers University. After college, Alison obtained a job as a Residential Coordinator for a domestic violence agency. One weekend she decided, for fun, to go on a dance audition for the NBA NJ NETS dance team and subsequently was asked to join the team. For two years, she ran the domestic violence shelter during the day and danced for the NBA in the evenings. In 2003, when meeting with a talent agent who was recruiting her as a performer, the owner of the agency ended up hiring Alison as an agent. For two years, Alison supported dancers behind the scenes for the prestigious dance agency, Bloc NYC, overseeing the dance division. She represented the top commercial dancers in NYC. However, wanting to refocus back to social service work, Alison left the entertainment industry to pursue her graduate degrees in Psychology and Social Work. She wasn’t aware that her social work skills would be needed for her own family.

In 2007, Alison’s step father, Ross Clark, woke up one morning and was paralyzed from the hips down. There was no injury or accident to blame. For the next two years, Alison, Michael and her mother, Bridget Clark, were in and out of hospitals attempting to understand what had caused the paralysis. It was extremely grueling since Ross would start to feel better and show signs of improvement, and then the next week be admitted to the hospital again. In 2009, the family finally had a working diagnosis, and healing was able to begin, but the paralysis was not going to improve. Throughout the process, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation were a beacon of hope and support to the family. Alison volunteers for the organization and raised money for their partner organization, Victory over Paralysis.

After completing her Masters in Psychology in 2007 and Masters in Social Work in 2011, Alison could finally embrace her work in a clinical role. For two and one half years, she worked at the Office of the District Attorney’s Office of Kings County as a program coordinator for the Victim Services Unit. She oversaw a program that specifically worked with people who had experienced human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Alison is a licensed clinical social worker who is trained in trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy and trauma treatment. Presently she is the Project Manager for a nonprofit organization that empowers young adults with criminal justice backgrounds with employment/education skills and job opportunities.

Alison and Michael enjoy balancing their laborious schedules with healthy activities, such as cycling and taking long walks with Cooper down the Hudson River. In fact, Cooper and Alison raised money for the Morris Animal Foundation by walking in a national virtual walk in 2015. Alison also enjoys running 5Ks and 10Ks for charities, early morning barre classes and just “danced her tail off” for the See Spot Rescued organization. Alison attempts to cook vegan meals on Sunday nights for the both of them. At the same time, they also love discovering new restaurants and innovative food in Manhattan. Every wedding anniversary they take a “stay-cation” by staying overnight in a new neighborhood in New York. Lastly, the couple enjoys traveling domestically and internationally and uncovering new adventures. Both Alison and Michael never doubt the magic that a mini vacation can provide, since it was that which brought them together in the first place.

1977 SUSIE MICHAELSEN
1979 MARY HULBERT-HALAS
1980 MARLENE MOSS
1981 ARLENE GIBBONS
1982 JANET HORVATH
1983 BARBARA SCHANTZ
1984 CYNTHIA FRATIANNI
1985 SHERI MORGANTI
1986 VONABELL SHERMAN
1987 MICKEY MACAR
1988 JENNIFER MIGLIORE
1989 PATRICIA SAUER
1990 ELIZABETH VAN ARTHOS
1991 SHEILA STRASSBURG

1992 STACY MESLER-PRESCOTT
1993 CYNTHIA FISHMAN
1994 SUSAN BELLINI
1995 DIANA DeSANTIS
1996 JEANNE DiNARDO VITO
1997 LISA LILIENTHAL *MRS.AMERICA
1998 BETH BENDER
1999 REBECCA A. ALAMPRESE
2000 KATHY KASPRAK
2001 CHRISTINE COUNTRYMAN
2002 LISA COVE
2003 MELISSA HOLTHOFF-BRISCO
2004 LAUREN WANGER-HERNANDEZ 2005 STEPHANIE TSARSI

2004 LAUREN WANGER-HERNANDEZ
2005 STEPHANIE TSARSI
2006 LIDIA SZCZEPANOWSKI-GOLDSMITH
2007 SHANA JAYCOX
2008 KERRY LYN BOETTCHER
2009 NICOLE PALMER
2010 MEAGHAN JARENSKY CASTALDI
2011 KAREN O’HARA
2012 LEAH BARTOS
2013 HYSHA ROBINSON NESMITH
2014 MELISSA ANN LUISO
2015 JESSICA LAHR
2016 ALISON TRENK

 
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