Girl Scouts Honors 11 Outstanding, Young Female Role Models
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Girl Scouts Honors 11 Outstanding, Young Female Role Models


More than 250 people joined Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore in honoring 11 emerging leaders at the fourth annual Phenomenal Women Under 40 celebration on Wednesday, September 18, at The Mainland in Manahawkin.

The Phenom Award recognizes women under 40 who make a significant community impact through their work at a variety of businesses and nonprofits in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The honorees were nominated through a public process and selected for demonstrated leadership in the workplace, volunteerism and contributions to the community, as well for the potential of what they might achieve in the future.

Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, the event raised over $30,000, which will support Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore in its mission to help girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who will make the world a better place. All event proceeds will benefit programs that develop future leaders of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, a nonprofit leadership organization serving 10,000 girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“These phenomenal women make a difference in their communities every day. Phenomenal Women Under 40 is our way of celebrating women professionals while they are still rising to the height of their careers,” said Eileen M. Higgins, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “This is not a lifetime achievement award; this is recognition of women who still have much to achieve in their lifetime.”

The 2019 Phenom Award honorees are:

  • Chaniqua Buck, South Amboy, a care manager and coach at Monmouth Cares, West Long Branch.
  • Elizabeth D’Aloisio, Lavallette, the owner of Iceberg Ice Cream in Lavallette.
  • Kate Dowd, Toms River, talent and organizational development partner at New Jersey Resources, Wall.
  • Melissa Gallagher, West Creek, a teacher at Pinelands Regional School District, Little Egg Harbor.
  • Elizabeth Golla, Eagleswood, executive director of Family Promise of Southern Ocean County, Barnegat.
  • Stephanie Karatzia, Hazlet, a teacher in the Holmdel Township School District.
  • Gabrielle Liguori, Toms River, director of association management at NorthStar Strategies, Trenton.
  • Meagan O’Flaherty, Freehold, strategic events officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation, Wall.
  • Cady Piarulli, Burlington, project engineer, DW Smith Associates, LLC, Wall.
  • Lauren Concar Sheehy, Colts Neck, video production specialist and president of the Alumni Association at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, and executive director of the Garden State Film Festival.
  • Stephanie Toal, Pine Beach, marketing and communications coordinator at OceanFirst Foundation, Toms River.

Honorary chairwomen for the Phenomenal Women Under 40 event were Ocean County Freehold Director Virginia “Ginny” Haines and Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry. Serving as event chairwomen were 2017 Phenom Award Recipient, Paige Baran of Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione, Dunn & Beck, and 2016 Phenom Award Honoree, Lauren Holman of Holman, Frenia, Allison. Emcee was Chelsea Masterson, a lifelong member of Girl Scouts who works for SoJo 104.9 and Cat Country 107.3, part of Townsquare Media.

For more information about leadership and program opportunities offered by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore in Monmouth and Ocean counties, e-mail or call (800) 785-2090.