side menu icon
2016logo

Previous Phenom Award Recipients

Every year, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honors Phenomenal Women Under 40. These stand-out performers are young, but they're already making a difference in the workplace and where they volunteer.

Please take a few moments to read the biographies of our past honorees.

2016 Phenom Award Recipients
file

Heather S. Barberi

For almost 15 years, Heather Barberi has worked in the not-for-profit and financial services field. At the start of her career, Heather held a number of fundraising positions with the American Red Cross-Jersey Coast Chapter, rising to the level of chief development officer. She then joined TD Bank as vice president, Field Marketing. During her seven years in that role she developed localized programming and relevant extensions of corporate initiatives contributing strong strategic marketing vision, brand leadership and business driving initiatives.  

Heather is executive director of the Ocean County College Foundation, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, developing and implementing the strategic fundraising plan for the foundation. She is also a founding member of the foundation’s 100 Women Campaign, dedicated to bringing together women leaders in Ocean County. She is also on the board on the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore's Corporate Leadership Council and its Dancing with Our Monmouth and Ocean County Stars committee.

 

file

Allie Cosaluzzo

Allie Cosaluzzo is the oldest of four siblings. Growing up, her parents nurtured here leadership skills by encouraging various entrepreneurial endeavors such as: organizing kick ball games, setting up lemonade stands and orchestrating talent shows that always included her siblings and other children from her neighborhood. During that time, Allie was also a Girl Scout, learning valuable skills such as: teamwork, leadership and contributing to the community; which have helped shape who she is today. As she grew older, Allie also became active in competitive dancing, which reinforced qualities that proved instrumental in her professional career.

Allie is currently an account executive for Townsquare Media. She works directly with many local businesses helping them grow their customer base. 

 

file

Jaimie Diaz 

Jaimie Diaz knew from a young age that she wanted to help other people and make a positive impact in the world. She considers herself to be extremely fortunate to be able to accomplish this mission not only through her community service and volunteerism but also in her professional work as well. Jaimie serves as secretary of Soroptomist International of the Central Jersey Coast. Soroptomist International is a global organization made of professional women who promote public service, specializing in promoting the well-being and development of women and children. Prior to her service as a Soroptomist, Jaimie was an avid volunteer for the Grow Up Great Program sponsored by her former employer of seven years, PNC Bank. 

Jaimie is currently a junior loan officer and credit analyst with Grand Bank. She currently helps individuals and businesses as they establish or expand their existing small business through government sponsored programs supported by the Small Business Administration. In her spare time, Jaimie enjoys spending time with family and friends, live music, practicing yoga and salsa dancing.         

 

file

Jennifer Godoski

Jennifer Godoski is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a degree in Political Science. She received a minor degree in Women and Gender Studies. Throughout her career she has being closed involved with public service, working with Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Governor Jon Corzine, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. She also previously worked as director of the Division on Women for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; direcotr of surrogate scheduling for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee; director of appointments for the Office of Governor Jon Corzine; chief of staff and deputy commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and associate executive director for Program Operations for The Arc/Mercer.

Jennifer is currently the manager of Policy and Government Affairs for New Jersey Resources.

file

Lauren M. Holman

Lauren Holman a wealth of experience in non-profit entities as well as school boards, authorities, libraries, fire districts and HUD funded projects. Her main areas of expertise include auditing, internal controls and forensic accounting. She is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a board member and treasurer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ocean County and a past board member of the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Lauren is the not-for-profit practice leader in the Audit & Attestation Department of Holman Frenia Allison, P.C., a regional certified public accounting firm serving the greater Philadelphia and New York City markets.

file

Noelle McNeil

Ninety seven percent of people who sustain a severe traumatic brain injury do not make any appreciable recovery; they are often forced to remain in a hospital-type setting for the rest of their lives. Noelle McNeil defied those odds. In 2005, she crashed at a horse show after the horse she was riding refused to jump. After emerging from a 14-day coma, she was totally debilitated, confused, and barely able to speak, unable to stand, walk, or even swallow. Months of progress led to a lifetime of inspiration and accomplishments. In May 2010, Noelle graduated from Monmouth University with honors and is walking without assistance, driving, and enjoying life. She goes to the gym every day to continue working on balance, coordination, and core strength training, and continues to use exercises and techniques learned in therapy many years ago. 

Noelle is currently a community ambassador for Meridian Neuroscience and regularly visits with the Meridian Nursing & Rehab facilities in Monmouth and Ocean counties, as well as the hospital rehab departments where she encourages patients to stay positive and work hard.  She is also a member of the NJ Advisory Council on Traumatic Brain Injury.

 

file

Kelli Peterson

Kelli graduated from Rutgers College – Douglass College in May 2003 with a bachelor's degree in English and from Montclair State University with a Masters of Business Administration in Finance. Kelli joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy and is now a lifetime Girl Scout member. She sits on the board of directors of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce and actively volunteers with a variety of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and the South Jersey Food Bank. 

Kelli has worked for Wells Fargo for the past nine years, starting as a personal banker. She is currently Community Bank District Manager for the Camden County District. She is a big fan of the New York Giants and New York Mets. She enjoy running, going to the beach, and hanging out with her nine-year-old puppy, Spencer, and friends and family.

file

Catherine Tobin

Catie Tobin graduated from Quinnipiac University with a bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry, Spanish and microbiology. She uses her acumen to link multiple disciplines in order to protect the ocean. She works closely with educators, institutions, businesses, citizens, volunteers and organizations in grass-roots pollution prevention programs. Using sound scientific principles, Catie facilitates education programs, coordinates outreach and advocates for water quality, sustainability, and water and energy conservation. Programs she oversee include the beach sweeps, student summits, education ambassadors, presentations, and sustainable Jersey and Blue Star.

Catie is currently the marine science program manager for Clean Ocean Action.

file

Dr. Tamra Wroblesky

Dr. Tamra Wroblesky became interested in pelvic health physical therapy after her own medical obstacles dealing with severe pelvic and hip pain for over six years. Because she has undergone several surgeries, including two hip labral tear repairs, she is able to offer compassion and a unique perspective to her patients. Before opening her practice, Dr. Wroblesky shared her experiences recovering from pelvic pain on her award-winning health blog “Sky-Circles,” which fostered a community of over 80,000 readers. She is a contributor to Pelvic Pain Explained, a new book recently released on Amazon, and wrote about overcoming her pain and transforming it into her passion and profession. She is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and volunteer for the Section on Women’s Health.

Dr. Wroblesky is a pelvic and women's health physical therapist who co-owns and operates Inner Dynamics Physical Therapy in Ocean, New Jersey. Inner Dynamics is a one-on-one, hands on physical therapy center that specializes in a whole body, whole mind approach. When she's not treating patients, she enjoys mountain climbing and has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.

file

Elizabeth M. Trottier, Esq.

Elizabeth Trottier has been a Girl Scout almost her entire life. She joined as a first grade student in 1984. Twelve years later, she earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and became a lifetime member. She served on the board of directors of the Connecticut Trails Girl Scout council from 1996-1997 and attended the 1997 National Girl Scout Convention as a national delegate. In 2000, Elizabeth received her bachelor of arts degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  In 2004, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a joint master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations, While in law school, she studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt learning Islamic Jurisprudence.

Elizabeth is a civil litigation attorney with the law firm of Foss, San Filippo & Milne in Red Bank. She serves on the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Board of Directors and enjoys spending time with her family, her newborn daughter and her two rescue Chihuahuas.

2017 Phenom Award Recipients
DanielleBagdzinski

Danielle Bagdzinski
Cowan, Gunteski, & Co., P.A.

Early in her professional career, Danielle Bagdzinski started down the path of public relations at large marketing firms, only to discover greater fulfillment with work that involved a local and personal connection. She shifted career paths and joined the Girl Scout family, first as public relations manager and then as distinguished events and fundraising manager for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. During her time with the organization, Bagdzinski earned the council’s President’s Award in 2015 and its staff Above and Beyond award the year prior.

“Danielle was a great asset to Girl Scouts when she was an employee her,” said nominator Terri Peterson, Girl Scouts’ assistant finance director.” She puts her all into everything she is involved in.”

Bagdzinski is currently marketing coordinator for Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. “As a one-woman marketing team, Danielle goes above and beyond to not only expand the firm’s marketing strategies, but also to increase her own knowledge base,” said nominator and co-worker Deborah Mathis, executive director, CG Healthcare Solutions. “She never backs down from a challenge and is consistently looking for ways to improve both herself and the firm. Her work ethic, dedication and heart shine through to everyone she meets.”

With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University, Bagdzinski also understands the importance of giving back to the community. She coordinates events for the United Way, most notably the 2017 Day of Action. In that role, she recruited several members of her firm to beautify the outside of The Hope Center, a local non-profit. She is also a member of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council and sat on the Girl Scouts 2017 Golf Classic Committee.

Outside of work and volunteering, Bagdzinski teaches Ballroom and Latin dance at a Toms River dance studio and is preparing to run a half marathon.

PaigeBaran

Paige Baran
Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione, Dunn & Beck, P.C. 

Girl Scouts is truly a family affair for Paige Baran. In addition to her own past as a Girl Scout for seven years growing up, she’s also an active troop leader with both a Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie Troop. In addition, she serves on the Girl Scouts’ Corporate Leadership Council and its Women of Distinction and Community Partners committee.

“I learned valuable leadership skills though Girl Scouts,” Baran said. “It taught me the importance of community involvement and giving back.”

When she’s not volunteering in the Girl Scout organization, Baran is an attorney with Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione, Dunn & Beck, P.C., specializing in family law, civil litigation and adoption. She earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Villanova University.

“Paige is a dedicated lawyer who also gives back to her community,” said nominator Madalaine Rice, Girl Scouts’ chief development officer. “She is the first to volunteer whenever asked.”

In addition to her role as a Girl Scout volunteer, Baran is a member of the Lavallette PTO and serves as trustee of the Andrew T. Baran Scholarship Fund, founded in honor of her late father.

She still lives in her hometown of Lavallette with her husband, Jarrod Grasso, her son Hunter, daughter Drew and two dogs, Scout and Mojo.

CarolynBurtnick

Carolyn Burtnick
Community Magazine

Born and raised in Colts Neck, Carolyn Burtnick has centered her work on the community she loves. Before she even began Saint John Vianney High School, Holmdel, she had entered the publishing business at 12 years old. After graduating from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, she founded Community Magazine in 2011, when she was 28 years old. The magazine covers the communities where she grew up, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Lincroft, Red Bank, Rumson, Fair Haven, Middletown, Little Silver, Locust and Sea Bright.

“Through the magazine, Carolyn brings pride to Monmouth County by highlighting the best our community has to offer,” said nominator Carol Stillwell, president of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. “But, it is her character, heart and kindness to others that truly makes her worthy of this award.”

In addition to her work as publisher, Burtnick is involved with many non-profits and currently serves on the board of directors of The Ashley Lauren Foundation. “Carolyn has a heart of gold and is very passionate about anything she is involved with,” said nominator Monica Vermeulen, founder and CEO of the foundation. “She has energy to burn and is continually looking for ways to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

“You will not find a more hardworking, caring and giving young woman than Carolyn,” said nominator Carolyn Walker, board secretary, The Ashley Lauren Foundation. “She is easy to work with and is well liked and respected by her peers.”

KellyFliller

Kelly Fliller
The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation

As director of communications for the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, Kelly Fliller has a strong connection with many organizations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. In addition to leading the foundation’s marketing strategies, she’s also extremely involved with many volunteer organizations in the community.

“Kelly is beyond amazing with all of the activities she’s involved with,” said nominator Lauren Holman, 2016 Phenom Award recipient. “She’s also a great role model for young women. She shows how you can blend what you do for a living while giving back to the community.”

“She is just a phenomenal woman,” added nominator Kelly Servodio, CG Healthcare Solutions. “She is full of love, energy and excitement and has a passion for helping others.”

Fliller earned her master’s degree from Georgian Court University. She serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County and is involved with Ocean County College’s 100 Women Campaign. In addition, she is a board member of the Casey Coyle Memorial Fund and the Ocean County Military Support Committee. She is also chair of the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Gala Committee.

AllisonHavemannNiedrach

Allison Havemann-Niedrach
Thrive by Le-Vel

When discussing Allison Havemann-Niedrach, it’s hard to know where to begin. She’s a wife. A mother. A survivor of cancer and domestic violence. She was once homeless. She’s a MENSA member and a NASA National Leadership Award recipient. All those descriptions and more provide a brief glimpse into an amazing life.

As a Girl Scout, Havemann-Niedrach earned the Gold Award in 1999. She also received a bachelor’s degree elementary and special education and master’s degrees as an autism specialist and in naturopathic medicine from Georgian Court University.

Early in her career, Havemann-Niedrach worked as a behavior specialist for a charter school in Philadelphia. While there, she helped turn around the personal and academic performance of 6th through 8th grade students by designing a custom curriculum that helped them learn how to be productive and appropriate members of the school and local community.

Havemann-Niedrach currently works for Le-Vel, the world's fastest growing health and wellness company. Within 90 days of joining the organization, she became one of its top leaders.

In addition to her professional success, Havemann-Niedrach is a cancer survivor and suffers from chronic Lyme disease. She also volunteers for her local church. “I have watched this woman rise from personal tragedy to being a true leader of her home, community, and anywhere she is called to serve, said her nominator, Eric Niedrach, a co-worker at Le-Vel. “She is the picture of unconditional tough love and unending compassion.”

ChristinaLazaro

Christina Lazaro
WithumSmith+Brown, P.C.

A proud Girl Scout alumna, Christina Lazaro graduated from Monmouth University in 2009. Soon after she began work at WithumSmith+Brown, a public accounting firm.

“Christina is a bright up-and-coming community leader with a quiet humility and sincere kindness with everyone she meets,” said nominator Elizabeth Trottier, 2016 Phenom Award recipient. “Through hard work, dedication and loyalty, she has been promoted four times.”

Lazaro is currently a manager at the firm and was awarded its 2016 Community Strength Service Award. She’s written articles that were published in Accounting Today, New Jersey Construction and the New Jersey Builders Association newsletter.

Lazaro is also known for her passion for volunteering, specifically in connection to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has served as event chair for its Jersey Shore Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer since 2012, helping raise approximately $550,000. As a result of her success, she was invited to attend St. Jude’s Volunteer Leadership Conference in 2016.

MichelleKelly

Michelle Kelly
DW Smith Associates, LLC

When it comes to equality in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, women still do not have equal representation. Currently, only 14 percent of engineers are women and less than 20 percent of engineering students are women. Leading the way within the professional engineering ranks is Michelle Kelly, an engineer with DW Smith Engineering.

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She is a professional engineer and certified municipal engineer. “Michelle has shown incredible success in balancing a career in a traditionally male dominated field, as well as being a first time mom,” said nominator Jennifer Nevins, principal, DW Smith Engineering. “She regularly mentors young females entering the STEM field because she understands that the next generation needs mentorship, and they will be instrumental in shaping our future.”

In addition to giving back within her field, Kelly also recognizes the importance of giving back to her community as well, not only participating in charitable events but also helping her company sponsor a family every holiday. “She has taken a lead role in helping families in need by purchasing clothing, toys, food and other items,” explained Nevins. “Giving back and helping others is a significant focus to Michelle, which makes her not only phenomenal, but a woman of genuine quality.”

TracyMutchiga

Tracy Mutchiga
Ranney School

In high school, Tracy Mutchiga planned and implemented social and fundraising events, but never imagined it would become her career. After 15 years at Ranney School, she’s travelled a path that matches her interests and desires.

“Tracy is a hardworking, kind and dedicated person who gives 100 percent to all she does,” said nominator Madalaine Rice, Girl Scouts’ chief development officer. “She is always dependable and gives tirelessly to everything she commits to.”

As director of community engagement at Ranney School, Mutchiga coordinates cultivation and fundraising events including donor receptions, recognition events and the school’s annual Panther Ball Gala and Auction.

Outside of her work at Ranney School, Mutchiga volunteers with other non-profits, including Lunch Break and Family and Children’s Services of Monmouth County. 

A Girl Scout growing up, Mutchiga recently reconnected with the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. She is a member of the council’s Corporate Leadership Council and the chair of the council’s newly formed alumnae group.

Mutchiga earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. Prior to joining Ranney School, she worked as assistant sports information director for the university. She has been married to her husband, Chuck, for 14 years and they have a seven-year-old Westie named Wally.

SamanthaRice

Samantha Rice
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

It’s not always necessary to look beyond an organization’s walls to find a phenomenal woman; often you work with one every day. Such is the case with Samantha Rice, who grew up a Girl Scout, earning her Gold Award in 2009. “Samantha brings the professional and inspirational quality needed to be a role model for young girls,” said nominator Lori Pepenella, CEO, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. “Her positive outlook and skilled decision making allows her to go above and beyond in her job performance and in the community.”

As communications manager for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Rice manages the visual implementation of the Girl Scout brand in all council materials. She is a graduate of Central Regional High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Rowan University.

Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Rice worked as a brand manager for a wedding production company. She’s engaged to be married in August 2018. She enjoys spending time with her family; in the summer they enjoying kayaking and jet skiing at the beach. During the winter, she wishes it was summer.

JamieStone

Jamie Stone
Lakewood BlueClaws

Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout. Jamie Stone participated in Girl Scouts as a Brownie while in second and third grade before moving on to other activities. Through those volunteer opportunities, she discovered passions that still inspire her today. In high school, she became involved with the Key Club and Rotary Club, volunteering every year at Long Beach Island’s 18-mile run and its Chowderfest.

A graduate of Southern Regional High School, Stone earned a bachelor’s degree in sports/entertainment and event management from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island. Upon graduation, she worked one year for the Lakewood BlueClaws before gaining experience with other sporting organizations including an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Belmont and Saratoga Springs Race Tracks. She returned to the BlueClaws in 2014, and currently works as marketing/event promotions and partnership activation manager.

“Jamie’s positive outlook and cheerful attitude is always on display in each and every task she performs,” said nominator Jim DeAngelis, executive director, BlueClaws Charities, who is also a member of the Girl Scouts’ board of directors. “She is very organized and has made it a personal goal to make our team tops in Minor League Baseball.”

In her current role, Stone is responsible for the BlueClaws’ many promotional nights, including Harry Potter Night, Caturday (a day for cats and their owners), TropiClaws, and Halfway to the Holidays.

A native of Barnegat, Stone’s mom is a teacher at Regional Junior High School and her dad owns Stone’s Northside Garage.

2018 Phenom Award Recipients

Michelle Casserly
Hackensack Meridian Health
Meridian Health Foundation

A die-hard sports fan all of her life, Michelle originally dreamed of being a broadcaster for ESPN. However, after gaining valuable experience at Elizabethtown College, she turned down a job offer from the network to pursue event planning as a career.

Following her position at Street & Smiths’ SportsBusiness Journal in Charlotte, North Carolina, she returned to her Jersey roots to work for the Lakewood BlueClaws baseball team. She then gained experience in other industries, including hotel and pharmaceuticals, before finding her calling in non-profit work.

Currently, as the Executive Director of Strategic Events for Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation, Michelle is responsible for the planning and execution of all logistics related to the annual fundraising events for the hospitals in the network’s southern region. In this capacity, she has increased the revenue total and strategic value of the activities each year during her 10-year tenure.

Michelle leads a team of committee members, volunteers, an event associate and an event assistant. She regularly presents to other non-profit organizations regarding strategically aligning events with the organization’s mission, including three times at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) International Conferences and at Raise - 2018 The Event Fundraising Conference.

Michelle is a resident of Belmar where she serves as a committee member for the Belmar – Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, the Belmar Democratic Committee and sits on the Zoning Board of Adjustments. She also volunteers for the Monmouth Park Charity Fund.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in flip-flops with her family including her two phenomenal nieces Molly and Morgan (ideally at the beach!) and following her favorite sports teams. 

Erin Chiaravalloti
The Rumson Country Day School

Community outreach is especially important to Erin Chiaravalloti who has organized and directed multiple fundraising events. She is the Director of Operations for Costumes for Cancer, which is a fundraising event based around a Halloween costume party that takes place every October. All proceeds go toward endowing a scholarship at Christian Brothers Academy, known as the Vito J. Chiaravalloti, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Chiaravalloti organized and managed Gracie’s Zumbathon in 2015 where she helped raised $8,000 in one day for Gracie West, a survivor of childhood cancer.

During her college years, Chiaravalloti attended Rowan University where she was a member of the Dance team, Admissions Ambassador, and involved in Phi Beta Kappa, an Education honors society. Chiaravalloti is constantly using her talents in dance, physical fitness training, swimming and the performing arts to help others. Today, Chiaravalloti works as the Co-founder and Operating Manager of The Anchor’s Edge Pool Management Company, which operates out of Beacon Hill Country Club.

“She leaves a positive legacy in the lives of all she meets. Her students love her and she is an asset to her school,” said nominator Samantha Rice, former Communications Manager at Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “Overall, Erin actively seeks the needs of others and finds way to help them. She is a star. She is a difference maker.”

Chiaravalloti is a leader and has taken numerous such roles in her community. She exemplified this role when she raised money for a fellow dancer at Count Basie, whose mother had passed suddenly during preparation for the show. Chiaravalloti’s heart leads her to give back to the community. She is currently a Beginner’s Teacher at Rumson Country Day School, where she has also authored, choreographed, and directed a children’s play 30 Days Has September for her Kindergarten students.

Kimberly Clark
Pinelands Regional School District

Courage is the leading characteristic used to describe Kimberly Clark through her endeavors thus far in her life and career. As a loving wife and newbie mother, she continues to thrive in her work, community leadership, and volunteering. Dr. Clark is an Assistant Principal & District Supervisor (of English, gifted and talented, special education and the media center), at the Pinelands Regional School District and Board of Education.

At her school, Dr. Clark has founded the “Golden Paw” Committee for staff recognition, created a Practical Leadership Experience (PLEX) program for aspiring administrators, and much more, truly embracing her role and stepping outside her duties in making a true difference in the school district.

“Kim strides above most, with relentless energy and passion. A go-getter whose sole focus is to make this world a better place for those who follow after her,” said nominator Jacqueline Stone, who work in the department under Dr. Clark. “She is not afraid of challenges, faces obstacles and daunting projects with fierce determination and set goals most wouldn’t have the stamina or determination to achieve or accomplish.”

Service to her community plays a big role in Dr. Clark’s life. She is a volunteer on the Dissertation Committee, Doctoral Student Mentor, Aspiring Administrator Mentor, weekly book reader for a student with multiple disabilities, and an Alliance for a Living Ocean Volunteer. Dr. Clark has shown her involvement in the community and appreciation of nature as the Coordinator of the Food & Clothing Center during Hurricane Sandy, and organized the “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes” Hurricane Sandy Awareness Event in 2012.

Dr. Clark is someone who encompasses traits such as authenticity, trustworthiness, kindness, commitment, savvy, fairness, appreciation, and respect, in an environment where people feel safe and loved.

Jessica Easton
St. Denis D.O.V.E.S & Seabrook

Jessica Easton, was born and raised in Manasquan; she graduated Manasquan High School in 2012, as vice president of her class and varsity cheerleading captain.  Upon graduating from Manasquan, she went on to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Jessica works full time as a programs assistant at Seabrook Senior Living in Tinton Falls, while continuing her education at Rutgers University studying for her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. She enjoys working every day with the elderly.

While in high school, Jessica attended her first service trip with the St. Denis D.O.V.E.S. which means Dedicating Our Values Every Second through Catholic Heart Work Camp in Buffalo NY.   Her team served an elderly woman in her home with painting, yard work and friendship, she left that service trip with a new outlook on life. Not knowing her career path, she knew that “she wanted to help people.”

Every summer since she has spent a week of her summer at Catholic Heart Work Camp, doing a variety of different work. Jessica has gone from camper to chaperone over the past 10 years. Last year when the directors and co-founders of DOVES decided to reduce their responsibility and involvement with DOVES, they approached Jessica with the opportunity to take over the reins of the group.  Jessica believes so strongly in this program so along with her mother Ellen they decided to take over the responsibility.  This past summer was the 2nd year that Jessica served as Co-Director of the St. Denis DOVES youth group as she along with 51 others traveled to serve the less fortunate in Dover Delaware.  

Laura Grunin
The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation

Laura Grunin resides in Toms River with her husband of 18 years, Jeremy, and her three amazing children, Josh (17), Rebecca (15), and Emma (13). Laura makes her impact in the philanthropic endeavors of The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation locally, with the goal of doing the same globally. She has helped implement school-based mental health services in the Toms River School system in order to benefit children in need. Laura is the Second Vice Chair of the Ocean County YMCA as well as a founding and active member of the 100 Women Campaign at Ocean County College, where she mentors nursing students. Although she is quite busy with her family as well as volunteering for non-profit organizations, she has recently gone back to school at NYU for her PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development in order to maximize her nursing expertise in the same manner as her work at the Foundation - positive global impact. Although she does not necessarily believe she deserves this honor, her compassion, need to help others, and willingness to work hard all make it clear why she was nominated for this award. 

Meghan Kane
Clean Cheats LLC

Since she was young, community service and the love of food had been a part of Meghan Kane’s life. With her great grandmother and her sister, Kane volunteered as a child preparing food baskets during the Thanksgiving season through the Freehold Open Door. After the devastation of Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, Kane helped coordinate the adoption of homeless families who were in need of comfort and normalcy. Together with her family, Kane provided a luncheon for five families, including the presentation of gifts to all family members by Santa Claus.

During her last semester at Rutgers University, Kane fell in love with her fieldwork class at the Douglas Developmental Disability Center (a school for individuals with Autism), and found her professional calling. Now she is employed as a special education teacher in the New Brunswick School District teaching students with Autism at the elementary level.

“Meghan has been instrumental in developing vocational tasks taken for granted by most people, and in some cases the start of verbal communication,” said Kevin Kane. “Her character and integrity are well respected by those involved in the special needs community, especially parents of children with Autism.”

Through her day in the classroom and in-home after care sessions, Kane came across many children who had food allergies or specific dietary restrictions who could not enjoy delicious treats such as cookies. This inspired Kane to start baking cookies to reward and treat the children she was teaching. Her passion led to the creation of Clean Cheats Cookie Company in Spring Lake, 2017. Kane bakes 40-50 dozen cookies a week that are now sold in 16 locations across 4 states.

The courage, determination and confidence in her ability has allowed Kane to help make the world a better place for all, especially children.

Shani Love
YMCA of Western Monmouth County

Dance and movement have played prominent roles in the life of Shani Love and continue to provide her inspiration in life. Love graduated from Mason Gross Performing Arts School at Rutgers with her Bachelor’s Degree. Today she continues to work as a dance instructor and Zumba instructor, keeping her passion close to heart.

For the past 10 years, Love has donated her time volunteering to the Macedonia Debutante and Escort Cotillion, which is sponsored by the Macedonia Baptist Church. More recently she decided to take charge and become the Chairwoman of the event. Love felt strongly that she needed to strengthen the program and bring it back to its relevant purpose for the minority youth in the area. Her plans for the cotillion include making it a year-round program that would in return expose the youth to more opportunities, workshops, and trips so when high school is over, the youth feel more prepared for the next chapter of their lives.

“Shani is very passionate about the work that she is doing in all areas, especially the cotillion,” said nominator and mother Gwendolyn Love. “She sees so much value in pouring positivity into the lives of the youth who participate in her programs.”

Working full-time as Coordinator at the Western YMCA for the Before and After school care, Love exemplifies her leadership capabilities. She has lead people by gaining their trust to make the changes and take the risks that are needed to have a positive impact in the end. Love’s humble personality allows for the teachable moments that help not only herself, but her youth to grow to their full potentials. The hardworking Love seeks to find the best in each and every child that comes across her path, truly improving their lives.

Samara Porter O’Neill
Broker and Owner of PorterPlus Realty

From a young age Samara Porter O’Neill was encouraged to live a life built upon the foundation of values. Such values focused on the importance of education as well as living a life of purpose. After earning her Master’s degree from Drexel University in marketing, Samara began the climb up the Fortune 500 corporate ladder. 

Before leaving the corporate world, to take over her fathers Real Estate legacy; she was an esteemed consultant, Director and Project manager. When her father passed away she walked away from corporate America and took on the challenging role of Real Estate broker while being a full time mom and heavily involved in her community. She has a passion for following in her family’s footsteps and showing her children the importance of risk taking and staying faithful to your roots.

From taking on the challenge of her daughters elementary yearbook, to being a youth basketball coach, board member of YMCA, a member of the rotary club, volunteer at the Jackson food pantry and more; there is nothing she can’t find the time for. This is because Samara believes in giving back to the community ten fold and that being a role model for the youth is of the utmost importance. 

Samara’s positive attitude, strong work ethic, compassion, passionate drive and perseverance can be seen in all she takes part in. Everyone who knows her respects her for her ability to transcend challenges through perseverance and compassion.

“Samara has a genuine heart and is eager to jump to the call of service for her community,” said nominator Allison Niedrach. “She is a do all, take charge, and love all the people kind of woman!”

Samara plans on continuing to serve as a pillar in the community while instilling the important values she learned herself as a child. She also hopes that her company Porterplus Realty can continue to positively help the community while bringing the dreams of home buying for families to a reality. 

Kelly Servodio
CG Healthcare Solutions

Involvement in the community is a top priority for Kelly Servodio, as she is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, and the Salvation Army. Servodio received her Bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Felician College, which led her to her job today working as a Credentialing Coordinator at CG Healthcare Solutions. 

“Kelly is a go-getter, she does not hesitate when asked for help, and is always ready with a recommendation or idea,” said nominator Danielle Bagdzinski. “She gives 100% all the time and is a role model for young women everywhere.”

Not only is she successful in her career, but also an incredible volunteer and philanthropist. The lists of organizations she serves is extensive and she is constantly getting involved in additional causes. Servodio is a shining example of what it means to be a woman of courage, confidence and character.

“Kelly Servodio is very dedicated to helping out in the community where she was raised and always looking to give back to make Toms River a better place for generations to come,” said second nominator Kelli Peterson. “Kelly is an outstanding example to women as to what it means to be a part of the community and exemplifies going above and beyond for those around her.”

Jamie L. Sheridan
UBS Financial Services

Moving to Monmouth County in 2000 gave Jamie L. Sheridan the life she always hoped to lead. She attended Monmouth University, earning her degree in Marketing and Communications. After graduation, Sheridan set out to build a tremendous career as a young, female leader in the Financial Services Industry, which is predominantly a male-oriented industry. Today, Sheridan serves as the Branch Office Administrator for UBS Financial Services Wealth Management.

Sheridan's leadership ability was noticed when she lobbied the firm to purchase an automated external defibrillator machine for the office. She arranged for 12 employees to be trained in AED/CPR, including herself. At work, she leads an entire office of over 30 employees, and her commitment reaches beyond the office as she has immersed herself into the community.

“Jamie has been recognized by our firm as an outstanding leader and contributor,” said nominator and fellow employee Maria Farhat-Tanzola, who is also a member of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore's Board of Directors. “She is excellent at all she does while sometimes under the radar, makes a huge impact as a leader and role model for young girls and women. She is Phenomenal!”

Sheridan gives back to the community as a driver, contributor and supporter of many organizations. Her involvement in Clean Ocean Action, Holiday Express, Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean (now called Fulfill), Ocean’s Harbor House and Operation Gratitude has given her the opportunities to give back that she sought out as a student. She makes a true impact in her community each and everyday. 

In addition to her workplace, Sheridan has a loving husband, Tim, who she has been married to since 2015. She was lucky enough to grow her family immediately with her husband’s three wonderful adult children: Kate, Andrew and Kristen. Sheridan and her husband enjoy volunteering on their own time, helping St Luke’s Church and adopting families through Good Counsel. When Sheridan and her husband are not giving back to the community, they enjoy playing golf, traveling and listening to Bruce Springsteen music. 

Sarah Snell
Holman Frenia Allison, P.C.

Having the Girl Scouts close to heart, Sarah Snell is an active member of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore where she holds the position of regional delegate to the Board of Directors and serves on the council's recruitment committee. She is also involved as a troop leader for not one, but two troops in the Shore Pines Region since 2015.

Snell attended Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she holds dual bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Finance. Snell works as chief operating officer at Holman Frenia Allison, P.C. When she started working in 2005 she became one of the fasted moving accountants; she rolled up her sleeves and shifted focus inward on the heart of the company she grew to love. Her ambition kept her working while growing her family, which is often not the choice for women in public accounting since it is such a demanding job.

“Sarah is a true role model for women not only in our firm, but in the workforce. She has proven that you can have an awesome career while at the same time being an amazing wife, mom, daughter and sister,” said nominator Lauren Holman, 2016 Phenom Award Recipient. “She does all of this with grace and elegance and honestly makes it look easy.”

Snell implements and oversees a wide range of activities in all phases of administration, personnel, finances, facilities, and marketing for an 80+ employee firm with four offices located throughout New Jersey. She belongs to the New Jersey and National Chapters of the CPA Firm Management Association where she received the designation of “PAFM” Professional Accounting Firm Manager and graduated from the CPAFMA Leadership Institute in 2017. She is a member of the New Jersey State Society of CPAs and serves on the Student Programs and Scholarship Committee.  She is also a new member of the Junior League of Monmouth County, currently serving on the Community Impact Council.