EWNJ to Honor 37 Women of Professional Distinction at ‘Salute to the Policy Makers’ 2010 Awards Dinner

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EWNJ to Name One New Jersey Company to its Business Honor Roll; EWNJ Celebrates 30 Years of Service; NJR’s Laurence Downes Serves as Honorary Dinner Chair

EWNJ’s much-coveted Business Honor Roll recognizes New Jersey companies that have cultivated employee-centric cultures characterized by employee trust, pride and appreciation

Executive Women of New Jersey (”EWNJ”) will honor 37 women of professional distinction in New Jersey at its Salute to the Policy Makers 2010 Awards Dinner on May 13, 2010. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this prestigious executive women’s organization. New Jersey Resources (NJR) Chairman of the Board and CEO Laurence M. Downes serves as the event’s honorary dinner chair. Elaine Chao, former United States Secretary of Labor, will serve as guest speaker for the event, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick in New Brunswick, NJ.

“As part of its commitment to promoting women at the most senior levels of corporate America, non profits and public service in New Jersey, EWNJ will pay tribute to 37 accomplished and admirable women for their professional achievements and contributions to their organizations. Since 1980, the Salute to the Policy Makers has become a prestigious list of the Garden State’s most accomplished women,” noted EWNJ President-Elect and 2010 Salute Dinner Chair Donna M. Meade, who also serves as executive director of the JFK Medical Center Foundation.

Proceeds from the biennial event will fund EWNJ’s scholarship program, which has provided over $1 million in scholarships to more than 300 deserving New Jersey women enrolled in advanced degree programs at New Jersey institutions since instituting the program in 1986, as well as other programs that advance women.

The 2010 honorees are:

Rebecca C. Amoroso, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP; Linda Bowden, regional president, Northern New Jersey, PNC Finance Services Group; Ann Marie Burke, Esq., vice president, human resources, Wakefern Food Corporation; Connie Claman, MBA, CFO and vice president for resource administration, Liberty Science Center; Lourdes Cortez, president and CEO of New Jersey Federal Credit Union; Mildred C. Crump, council president, City of Newark; Roseann DiBrienza, MS, RN, vice president, patient care services, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Donna M. Griffin, chief diversity officer, Chubb Group of Insurance; Sandra L. Helton, director, The Principal Financial Group and Covance Inc.; Kerrie R. Heslin, Esq., partner, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.; Laura A. Hills, vice president, marketing, Cybershift, Inc.; Anne E. Hoskins, JD, MPA, senior vice president - public affairs and sustainability, PSEG Services Corp.; June M. Inderwies, executive director and chief operating officer, Gibbons P.C.; Sister Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D. president, Georgian Court University; Margaret M. Johnson, R.Ph., vice president, pharmacy services, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Barbara A, Keshishian, president, New Jersey Education Association; Susan Bass Levin, president and CEO, The Cooper Foundation at Cooper University Hospital; Rosalie Mandel, principal, Rothstein Kass; Christal A. McElroy, CPA, MBA, partner, Eisner LLP; Elizabeth L. McGinley, CPA, JD, LL.M, partner, Bracewell & Guiliani LLP ; Louise Mehrotra, vice president, investor relations, Johnson & Johnson; Judith E. O’Grady, RN, MSN, corporate compliance officer and senior vice president of global regulatory, quality and clinical affairs for Integra LifeSciences Corporation; Sharon M. Pennington, Esq., COO, SJI Services, LLC; Brenda Ross-Dulan, community bank- regional president- Southern New Jersey, Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company; Marguerite M. Schaffer, Esq., chair, Somerset County Democratic Organization and partner, Shain, Schaffer & Rafanello, P.C.; Maureen Schneider, Ph.D., MSN, MBA, RN, senior vice president, of clinical program development and chief nursing officer, Somerset Medical Center; Gloria Segal, executive vice president, human resources, Formal Mills, Inc.; Deborah L. Shepherd, managing director, Merrill Lynch; Patricia B. Shrader, senior vice president, external and regulatory affairs, BD; Carolyn Smith, vice president- IT and corporate governance, Verizon; Bernadette M. Sohler, vice president, corporate affairs, Middlesex Water Company; Margaret S. Stumpp, Ph.D., chief investment officer, Quantitative Management Associates, a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc.; Amie Thornton, MBA, senior vice president, operations, Solaris Health System; Kate S. Tomlinson, publisher and editor in chief, New Jersey Monthly; Deborah Gray White, board of governors, professor of history and women and gender studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Nancy Wolff, Ph.D., professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Deborah G. Zilai, vice president, corporate services, New Jersey Resources.

In addition, one New Jersey company will be named to EWNJ’S esteemed Business Honor Roll for its dedicated efforts to represent women at the highest levels of its organization and ensure they are actively involved in corporate governance, while implementing policies to help all employees balance work and family responsibilities.

“EWNJ’s much-coveted Business Honor Roll recognizes New Jersey companies that have cultivated employee-centric cultures characterized by employee trust, pride and appreciation,” noted EWNJ President and Member of its Board of Directors Mary S. Hartman, Ph.D., who also serves as Founding Director of the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University. “For over a decade it has been one of EWNJ’s missions to raise the level of awareness for and formally recognize these corporate values that foster employee satisfaction and overall business success.”

Past recipients have included several of the state’s most venerated corporate and non-profit leaders including Children’s Specialized Hospital, Cooper University Hospital, Lucent, Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, Prudential, Summit Bank, Hoffman-Laroche, and Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey.

About Executive Women of New Jersey
Founded in 1980 as New Jersey’s premier organization for senior level women, EWNJ promotes the advancement of women to the highest levels of business, the professions and government. EWNJ also assists corporations seeking qualified candidates for board of director positions. EWNJ awards approximately $60,000 annually to 20 New Jersey women pursuing advanced degrees. For more information on corporate sponsorship or tickets to the Salute to the Policy Makers awards dinner, contact EWNJ at 908-781-8418 or visit EWNJ on the web at http://www.ewnj.org.

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