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GECC 2021 Calendar Honoree's


February - Women in Transportation

Mary Kiely


Cathy Raga



Blenda Riddick



Monica Slater-Stokes

United Airlines


Monica Slater-Stokes

United Airlines


March - Women in Healthcare


Jessica Cohen




Krishna Garlic



Patricia J. Hajnosz Esq.

VP Legal Affairs

Trinitas Regional Medical Center


Mary McTigue

Wice President/Patient Care Services/CNO

Trinitas Regional Medical Center


Rosemary Moynihan, SC

VP Mission Integrarion

Trinitas Regional Medical Center


Nadine Brechner

Executive Director/Trinitas Health Foundation

Trinitas Regional Medical Center


Judy Comitto

Vice President/Information Technology

Trinitas Regional Medical Center


Nancy DiLiegro

Vice President/Clinical Operations & Physician Services/Chief Clinical Officer

Trinitas Regional Medical Center




As Vice President for Legal Affiars and General Counsel for Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Pat is central to success of the Medical Center and is playing a key role in the upcoming merger of Trintas wth Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health. Once the transaction is complete RWJ will invest heavily in the community served by Trinitas, and the two organizations will have a profound and positive effect on the level of healthcare for many years to come. Pat's legal experience is crucial to this effort.

As Chief Financial Officer at Trinitas, Karen Lumpp has found ways to keep the hospital functioning during the deoths oif the COID pandemic. At a time when all elective and outpatient procedures were cancelled and hundreds of thousands of pieces of PPE needed to be purchased, Karen helped ensure a solid bottom line by simultaneously taking advantage of all pandemic funding and finding savings within the hospital's many operations. As a result, Trintas continued to care for the thousands of COVID patients who came to us for care.

Mary McTigue is a key leader at Trinitas’ and was out front in the institution’s response to Covid-19. Throughout the crisis she led the crisis team in dealing with every aspect of the pandemic – from staff issues, infection control, patient care matters and more. Most recently she leads, with Nancy DiLiegro, the vaccination effort that to date has vaccinated more than 25,000 individuals. Throughout this troubled time, Mary kept an even demeanor and inspired the care team to new heights.

Sister Rosemary Moynihan presently serves as the Vice President for Mission Integration and as a psycho-therapist in the Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Prior to this she was the General Superior of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey from 2011-2019.

When she retires this August, Nadine Brechner, Executive Director of the Trinitas Health Foundation and Chief Development Officer for Trinitas Regional Medical Center, will cap a career in which she has raise well over $100 milion for the Trinitas Health Foundation, which she has presided over since 2004. As a result, healthcare ervices in Elizabeth and the surrounding communities took a giant leap forward.

In addition to erving as Trinitas Regional Medical Center's first and only Cheif Information Officer, Judy has also worked with 23 NJ hospitals to create Jersey Health Connect which links clinical data from all healthcare facilities into a useful database for all clinicians to view. She is currently the Chair of the JHC board of Trustees.

Nancy DiLiegro is the Chief Clinical Officer and VicePresident of Clinical Operations and Physician Services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Nancy was central to the Medical Center's response to COVID, serving as a memeber of the Incident Commans Team for the durationof the crisis. Today, with Nancy McTigue, are heading to the COVID vaccination effort that has successfully vaccinated more than 25,000 individuals.

April - Women in Construction


Marlene Borruso


USA Architects


Maria Carvalho


City of Elizabeth


Jennifer Garcia

3rd Year Apprentices

Plumbers Local 24


Karyn Schuchardt

Office Administrator/Asst. Diversity Manager

Austin-VRH Joint Venture


Marta Sullivan

Planning Board of Adjustment Secretary

City of Elizabeth

Marlene is a design professional who thinks deeply about making buildings great for people interaction, beautiful and healthy and of course sustainable.

Ms. Garcia participated in EDC’s Women in Construction program 2019-2020 program year, sponsored by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She successfully applied to Plumbers Local #24 for a Registered Apprenticeship with that skilled trade construction union. She is a third-year apprentice with that local. Jennifer Garcia is a mother of three and a graduate of Kean University with a Bachelor's in Psychology. Her background was not typical for a candidate applying for a career in the construction trades. But she was determined. She attended our pre-apprenticeship training diligently and proved she wanted a career in the construction trades and three years later she is more than halfway done with a five year apprenticeship program with Plumbers Local 24.

Karyn joined VRH Construction 27 yrs. ago. In 2019, Karyn was transferred to her 1st field office - the ConRAC Public Parking Garage at EWR. ConRAC, a JV with Austin Ind. is among the largest projects VRH has been awarded. This project tests every skill while learning to work on a construction site! Working her way up from Admin. Asst. to Asst. Diversity Mgr. Karyn has inspired many women to pursue construction careers. She will continue to promote and foster diversity & inclusion.

Marta Sullivan - NEED *Dedication to her field

May - Women in Law



Anabela Melo Crus

City of Elizabeth Prosecutor

Melo Law Firm


June - Women in Education



Jessica Goldsmith Barzilay

Director of Career Services & International Studies

Kean University


Dr. Lisa Hiscano

Executive Director of CE & Workforce Development

Union County College


Olga Hugelmeyer

Superintendent of Schools

Elizabeth Public Schools


Diana Pinto Gomez


Elizabeth Public Schools


Bea Rodriguez

Assistant Dean of Students

Union County College

Jessica is an executive level director in higher education and non-profit management with over 25 years of experience in strategically balancing mission needs with organizational sustainability and growth. She is passionate about creating systems that empower people, create greater access, and ensure equity.

At Kean University, Jessica and Career Team launched an effort to ensure that all students have professional opportunities for experiential learning. This campaign: Secure Your Internship, Secure Your Career brought
them to the GECC. The Chamber mentors several interns and connects Kean interns to the Elizabeth business community thus serving local businesses and the Kean community.

Jessica works on scholarships that allow students to give back through internships at Kean, nonprofits, government agencies. She created a service inspired internship abroad opportunity.

In her role at Kean, Jessica and her team expanded study abroad options to help students become globalized citizens prepared to compete in interconnected world. They expanded the student exchange program welcoming
over 180 students from Kean’s China campus  in 1 semester.

·  Open Education Resource Conference Committee Member

·  Advisory Board Member Caring America

·  Award for Leading Collaboration on Implementing Electronic Health Record in disability community

·  Founder NJ Social Security Alliance

·  Founder Get FIT Statewide Coalition


Dr. Hiscano is committed to the workforce training needs in our community. She has any eye on the demad of eployers and educational needs of students.

Olga Hugelmeyer is a most deserving candidate for the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce.



Asst. Dean Rodriguez is a long term valued employee of the college. She's dedicated to our students and our mission. AS a UCC graduate herself, she understands the benefits of an accessible, excellent and affordable education.

July - Women in Social Service

Andrea Bentancourth


Body & Faces Salons


Ingrid Villanueva


Penny's Size to Fit


Debbie Ann Anderson

Director of Human Services Department

County of Union


Gail Driscoll


Josephine's Place


Bernadette Griswold

Executive Director

Community Access Unlimited


Ashley Wohlrab


A&B Promotions

Woman owned salon


I was nominated for creating PPE supplies such as masks and doctors gowns during the peek of the pandemic, as supplies were running low. Me and my small team of 6 helped make over 500 gowns and masks. We are proud of being able to serve the city and our community. I studied design in Colombia and graduated from college in 1990. I came in as an imigrant in 1999, but my career as a designer/seamtress in the U.S. began in 2006, when I started working for Penny's Size to Fit. I worked here for 10 years as an employee, and became Penny's right-hand woman as time went by. In 2016, I bought the business from her, as she was retiring. I started updating the place and put an emphaisis on social media that was never present here before. It has been a long journey; with long and hard days, but in the end I'm very proud of my work and being able to serve the community that has been built over the years.


First woman of color to oversee the county's social services division


As Executive Director of Josephine’s Place (JP), a non-profit for women in Elizabeth, Gail is responsible for its leadership, growth & management. Her role is strategic planning, fundraising, programming, fiscal management, serving 400+ women annually. Gail continuously demonstrates outstanding leadership & truly goes above & beyond, working 12-14 hours most days (plus weekends) to ensure that JP’s programs & fundraising events are a success, & that the women of JP are learning & growing.


Bernadette has managed enormous responsibilities to keep Community Access Unlimited members and staff as protected as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring important programs continued for the people CAU serves. She responded quickly to organize virtual services for many programs, promoted teamwork and activities that helped members and staff find enrichment at home, and coordinated to promote vaccinations for more than 95 percent of CAU members.


As a busy self employed woman Ashley is always finding time to help her friends and family whenever needed. She volunteers in assisting and feeding the homeless, she is active with the mentally challenged and she also volunteers a lot of time to suicide prevention.

August - Women in Hospitality & Tourism


Lida Fernandez

El Nacho Cantina


Crystal Fresco

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Mills at Jersey Gardens


Angelica Laozao




Barbara Nahass


Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel


Denise Palazzo  Cusick

General Manager

Mills at Jersey Gardens


Wendy Merhert


Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel



September - Women in Uniform

October - Women in Arts & History


Katherine Craig

Rachael Goldberg

Mary Alic Kean

Kim Nesbitt-Good

Phyllis Reich

Katherine - NEED

Rachael Goldberg - Rachael began her association with Liberty Hall as a volunteer guide, proved her dedication to history and combined with an outgoing personality was offered the opportunity to become a paid guide. She advanced to a highly specialized role as Coordinator of Museum Collections and Exhibits. When our Executive Director accepted an opportunity in California. the Board of Directors nominated Racheal as his successor.

Mary Alice - NEED Mary Alice is the reason Liberty Hall is a museum. It was her vision and perseverance in making her family home open to the public.

Kim Nesbitt-Good - Ms. Nesbitt Good has devoted her adult life to educating, supporting and developing programs and events for the entire African American Community through the arts etc.

Phyllis Reich - NEED

November - Women in Banking



Carmen Rivera


Spencer Savings Bank


December - Women in Culture & Color

Nancy Carrero-Munez

Vice Principal

Elizabeth Public Schools


Clara Goodridge

Chief Licensing Inspector

City of Elizabeth


Marcella Perrotti






As a Bilingual Vice Principal, she has cultivated meaningful connections with our students, families, and community leaders. She inspires them to embrace their native language, culture, and identities as they build self confidence while learning a second language. She is an advocate of the English Language Learners in Elizabeth. As the Chairperson of the Bilingual/ESL department in previous years and now as a Vice Principal she continues to ensure that the students and families are welcomed, and services
are being provided to help them succeeded in society and excel as citizens. Mrs. Carrero-Muñoz is an educator in our community, an advocate in cultural awareness and a true leader.





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