CONGRATULATIONS to the Radiant & Elegant, NANCY DUSEK-GOMEZ, MS. Massachusetts SENIOR AMERICA 2012 and a special thanks to the state director, Lorraine Gorham for another successful State Pageant!
The Honorable Nancy Dusek-Gomez was appointed to the Massachusetts Trial Court Bench in 1986 and served in the Springfield District Court until her retirement in 2011. Administrative positions included Presiding Justice of the District Court of Eastern Hampshire and founder and Presiding Justice of the Specialty Mental Health Court Session, “Recovery with Justice.”
She worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Northwestern District specializing in Civil Rights and Child Sexual Assault Cases. She was a trial attorney for indigent criminal defendants and a staff attorney with Western Mass. Legal Services. She taught Jr. High School English and Adult Basic Education and English as A Second Language to adult learners.
In 1991, Judge Dusek-Gomez developed a community service program wherein defendants worked for the City of Springfield in lieu of paying fines. She was the catalyst for the opening of a free drop in day care center for witnesses and victims required to appear in court.
Born in Queens, New York in 1950, she moved to Massachusetts to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her education includes: Northeastern University School of Law, 1980, Juris Doctor; Harvard University, 1973, Ed. M; S.U.N.Y. Potsdam, 1971 B.A. English and Secondary Education.
She is a board member of The Gray House, an educational and social service center, Jericho: Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults, providing advocacy and social activities for people with mental and physical disabilities and on the Executive Committee of The St. Thomas More Society, Diocese of Springfield. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Hampden County Bar Associations. She co-authored a study of Intermediate Sanctions for Women at the Hampden County House of Correction.
She was named “Woman of the Year” in 1987 by the Greater Springfield Chapter of N.O.W., “Woman of the Year” in 1992 by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, “Catholic Woman of the Year” Diocese of Springfield in 2000 and “Outstanding Catholic Jurist” St. Thomas More Society in 2002.
She is the mother of two daughters, Marisol Hughes and Anna Gomez and has three grandchildren. She enjoys playing bocce, swimming, kickboxing, piano, and Latin Dancing. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently studying Italian.
The Ms. Senior America Pageant is
the world's first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to
women who have reached the "Age of Elegance." It is a search
for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and
inner beauty of all senior Americans. The Ms. Senior America philosophy
is based upon the belief that seniors are the foundation of America, and our
most valuable treasure. It is upon their knowledge, experience and
resources that the younger generation has the opportunity to build a