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Girl Scouts honor 11 outstanding, young female role models


The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore raised more than $30,000 while honoring 11 amazing women under the age of 40 at its third annual Phenomenal Women Under 40 event Thursday, September 13, at Crystal Point Yacht Club, Pt. Pleasant.

The Phenom Award recognizes young women under age 40 in Monmouth and Ocean counties not just for who they are, but for who the community thinks they’re poised to become. “Phenomenal Women Under 40 is our way of celebrating young women professionals while they’re still ascending to the full height of their accomplishment,” said Eileen M. Higgins, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “These leaders are making a difference in the world today, and they’ll continue to make a difference for a lifetime.”

The 2018 Phenom Award honorees are:

  • Michelle J. Casserly, Belmar – Hackensack Meridian Health / Meridian Health Foundation
  • Erin Chiaravalloti, Middletown – The Rumson Country Day School
  • Kimberly Clark, Ship Bottom - Pinelands Regional School District
  • Jessica Easton, Manasquan - St. Denis D.O.V.E.S & Seabrook
  • Laura Grunin, Toms River - The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation
  • Meghan Kane, Neptune - Clean Cheats LLC
  • Shani Love, Howell - YMCA of Western Monmouth County
  • Samara Porter O’Neill, Jackson - PorterPlus Realty
  • Kelly Servodio, Barnegat - CG Healthcare Solutions
  • Jamie L. Sheridan, Shrewsbury - UBS Financial Services
  • Sarah Snell, Toms River - Holman Frenia Allison, P.C.

Every Phenom Award recipient was nominated by a resident or business leader in Monmouth or Ocean County. In addition to being successful, young professionals they’re also exceptional role models for young women who are just now starting to prepare for college and careers.

Exclusively serving girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, guiding them as they become women of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. More than 100 years of experience proves that the girl-focused, girl-led environment created by Girl Scouts gives girls the best opportunity to discover their own, personal path to success. Girl Scout alums include 76 percent of current female U.S. Senators, 67 percent of current female U.S. Governors, and every female U.S. Secretary of State. In addition, more than half of women leaders in business are Girl Scout alums.