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Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala

Thank you to all who joined us for our annual
Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala

On Wednesday, March 27, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored seven community leaders at our annual gala event hosted
at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale. This year, more than 220 guests celebrated a truly distinguished group of honorees, who are all outstanding role models to our girls.

Funds raised at the charitable event will support leadership programming and camping services provided by
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore to our more than 10,500 members in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Congratulations to our honorees and thank you to everyone who made this night a memorable success!
We cannot tell you enough how grateful we are for your support!

2022 Gala Highlight Video

Click below to view our photo gallery!

All photos Copyright © 2022 Bill Denver

Congratulations to our 2022 Honorees

  • Women of Distinction

    • Heather Barberi
      • Grunin Foundation
    • Tasha Youngblood Brown
      • Ernst & Young, LLP (EY)
    • Dr. Antoinette Clay
      • Ocean County College
    • Martha Delehanty
      • Commvault
    • Jacqueline K. Shea
      • New Jersey Resources
  • Community Partner

    • L&L Paving Co. Inc.
      • Frank (Sandy) McIntyre

     

    Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout 

    • Benjamin L. Waldron
      • Monmouth-Ocean Development Council

Discover the Magic of Camp!

 

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About Our Honorees

Women of Distinction
Heather Barberi
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Heather Barberi is currently the Executive Director of the Grunin Foundation – a private family philanthropic foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all members of our community by using philanthropy to drive economic excellence at the Central Jersey Shore.  Since 2013, the Foundation has been thoughtfully investing in the arts, education, health care and nonprofit capacity.

With a background in fundraising, marketing, strategic development, and management, Heather uses her experience to lead innovative projects at the Foundation, such as the Catapult Institute, and partnerships that bring meaningful, transformative change in the community. In addition to her role at the Grunin Foundation, Heather is an active member of the community serving on Boards and committees with organizations such as the Ocean County YMCA, ArtPride New Jersey, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, Ocean Partnership for Children, and Monmouth-Ocean Development Council. Heather is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Ocean County, NJ.

Tasha Youngblood Brown
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Tasha is a purpose driven leader with over 25 years of expertise in the areas of audit and accounting, information technology, risk management, and business strategy across many different industries including the government, healthcare, life sciences, technology and education.

She has a passion for education and is currently a Managing Director with Ernst & Young, LLP (EY) in the firm’s Government and Public Sector (GPS) Practice. Through this role, she works directly with state governments, higher education institutions and organizations to help them exceed institutional goals and further their mission. As a partner and collaborator, she brings innovative technology, deep knowledge and business process expertise to drive optimization, shape strategy and improve business and financial operations for her clients. Tasha is also on the Board of Trustees at Monmouth University and President of the Long Branch Board of Education, both of her alma maters.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) and the Board Treasurer, Tasha also fuels another passion for entrepreneurship by working with minority-owned, women-owned businesses and corporations as an advocate for supplier diversity. Tasha is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America, Inc. among other organizations designed to meet the needs of children and families, the community and the underserved.

Dr. Antoinette Clay
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Dr. Antoinette Clay, a resident of Toms River, is currently the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ocean County College (OCC) in Toms River, New Jersey.  Toni grew up in Red Bank and holds a B.A., in Psychology from Montclair State University, a M.S.Ed, in Counseling Students from Monmouth University, and a Doctorate of Education, in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She’s worked as a college administrator for almost 40 years as an administrator and adjunct faculty member, as well as other helping professions.

In the community, Dr. Clay serves as a charter member of the Montclair State University Black Alumni Advisory Council and is a member of the Toms River NAACP. She is also a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and a member locally in Lambda Omega Omega Chapter, having held several offices. AKA is bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope. In Ocean County, she has chaired many service projects; a Playground Project in South Toms River, library projects, several donations made to local churches, Read Across America, and the Scholarship Committee whereby the sorority has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to Ocean County high school students over the years. Former roles include serving a former state appointed court volunteer who served on the OC Juvenile Justice Commission and the OC Youth Services Commission, a former board members of OC Caregivers and the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. Toni volunteers her time during Black History Month as a motivational speaker, presents workshops and presentations on the topics of going to college, the expectations of college students, and financial aid, among other topics, to church youth groups, civic organizations, and schools, whenever she is invited.

Dr. Toni Clay lives the bible passage, “To whom much is given, much is required” and is humbled and appreciative to be recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. 

Martha Delehanty
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Chief People Officer

With people at the heart of our growth, innovation and opportunity, we need to, “get ‘em, build ‘em and keep ‘em” for the future. Chief People Officer Martha Delehanty joined Commvault to do just that.

Martha uses her decades of human resources experience at Verizon Operations and Verizon Wireless to guide and coach our team members to build fantastic, life-changing careers. All while helping ensure that Commvault is a naturally relevant contributor to our customers’ value chain.

Martha earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Mount Holyoke College and master’s in business from the University of Texas. When she’s not working, she’s working out; advocating for young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Jacqueline K. Shea
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Jacqueline (Jackie) Shea has been the chief information officer (CIO) for New Jersey Resources (NJR) for more than six years. Jackie is responsible for the digital strategy, enablement and support for all the information technology (IT) infrastructure, applications, telephony, communication networks and cybersecurity for the company. In her role, she helps advance NJR’s strategic goals through the investment, planning and management of the company’s business applications and end-user and customer support. She currently leads a multi-year transformational program to modernize and enhance NJR’s technology ecosystem.

The daughter of Irish immigrants who came to this country in 1949, Jackie’s drive for knowledge and purposefulness has led her career trajectory from wanting to be a lawyer upon first entering the State University of New York at Albany to her success as a female technology leader. You may be surprised to discover her degree is in political science (and not computer science or engineering!). But it was Jackie’s passion for working with business partners to help enable, support and transform the way they work and achieve their business strategies that led to her impactful technology career – and the many leadership roles in which she has excelled.

Right out of college and without tech experience, she landed a job working for a computer hardware manufacturing company and quickly showed an aptitude for technology and enthusiasm to learn. She moved on to Tommy Hilfiger as a programmer analyst and in 18 years rose in the ranks to senior vice president and CIO, responsible for all business applications, data centers, servers, telecommunications and networking capabilities of the company. Prior to her current position at NJR, Jackie also served as global CIO at Godiva Chocolatier.

Jackie excels at team building and her leadership style centers around accountability, ownership and a strong sense of empathy – rolling up her sleeves and working in the trenches with her colleagues – all while developing new opportunities with passion, integrity and authenticity.

She currently serves as vice chair of the American Gas Association's Technical Advisory Committee and is on the board of Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Volunteering, mentoring and ‘giving back’ has always been important parts of Jackie’s life – a commitment to the community she is proud to share with her husband and three children. She is a board advisor to the Georgian Court School of Business and Digital Media and is a long-time member of the Board of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. Jackie is a proud former Brownie, and her daughter is also a former Girl Scout!

Community Partner
L&L Paving Co. Inc.
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The L&L Companies

  •  L&L Paving Co. Inc
  • Asphalt Restoration Enterprises, LLC – (WBE)
  • Greenway Industries of New Jersey, LLC (DBA, Greenway Material)
  •  FABCOR Inc.

The L&L Companies are Purveyors of Quality services, paving, and asphalt mix designs. Owned and Operated by two brothers that are reputable, caring and dedicated Americans. Lance and Lawrence Redaelli started their first business, L&L Paving Co., in 1992 and together their reputation, tenacity and high-quality work have helped them expand into related businesses to become leaders in the industry.

Greenway Material is proud to announce the opening of a brand new bituminous concrete manufacturing plant. As a manufacturer of bituminous concrete materials, we are able to control the overall quality of the materials sold, and take great pride in being able to fully serve our customers with the highest standards in place.

One of the secrets to our longtime success and continued growth comes from our steadfast commitment and consistency in maintaining a dedicated and customer-oriented staff. Respect, customer consideration, delivering expert service on time, and manufacturing quality asphalt materials are our highest priorities. These core beliefs are the heart of our business and what drive our actions throughout the entire process on every job.

Our customers have come to expect that they will be treated in high regard when they choose The L&L Companies because we understand that the most important part of our business is our customers’ satisfaction. Our goal is to provide not only quality work completed in a timely manner, as well as the manufacturing of the highest of quality asphalt material, but to do so with the caring and considerations that our customers and the industry as a whole deserves.

Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout
Benjamin L. Waldron
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Ben Waldron was appointed to the position of Executive Director for the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, Manasquan, NJ in May of 1999, assuming the responsibility for the day to day operations of the organization. Ben is a past Director and two-term President of MODC, and hails from the banking industry, a profession he worked in since 1968. In 1984 he relocated his career and family to the Jersey Shore where he spent the next 10 years employed with National Community Bank, Wall Twp. Immediately prior to becoming MODC's Executive Director, he was a Regional Operations Officer for Commerce Bank, Cherry Hill.

During his banking career, Ben held the position of Board Member, Registrar, Vice President and President of the MSU Chapter of the American Institute of Banking. Additionally, he has held officer positions with the Piscataway Chamber of Commerce, Southern Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Piscataway and North Brunswick Kiwanis, and was President of the Monmouth County Bankers Association. He is a former recipient of the MODC Silver Gull Award, the Golden Osprey Award from the Southern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, the Citizen of the Year award from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Community Partner Award from the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, the Diversity Champion Award from the American Conference on Diversity, the Business Partnership Award from the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board and the Big Wave Award from the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ben is also an alumnus of Leadership Shore 2000.

Ben is an active volunteer and participant in business and community organizations and currently serves in varying capacities with the following organizations:

  • Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst - Honorary Commander Emeritus; Air Mobility Command Civic Leader Emeritus
  • Military Support Alliance - Board of Directors
  • Georgian Court University - Business Advisory Council
  • Hackensack Meridian Health – Regional Advisory Council
  • Brookdale Community College - Business Management Advisory Committee
  • Preferred Behavioral Health Group - Executive Board of Directors
  • Jersey Shore Partnership – Board of Directors
  • Lakewood Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors
  • Monmouth County Employer’s Legislative Committee – Vice Chair
  • Monmouth County Workforce Development Board – Board of Trustees
  • Ocean County Workforce Development Board – Board of Trustees
  • Ocean County Tourism & Business Advisory Council - Member
  • Ocean County Vocational/Technical School - General Advisory Committee
  • Small Business Development Center of Monmouth/Ocean – Advisory Council

Ben has been an Ocean County resident for nearly 40 years. He currently resides in Lanoka Harbor with his wife Linda, where they enjoy time with their two sons, daughters-in-law and three beloved grandchildren. 

 

Thank you to our 2022 Event Sponsors

  

  • Gold Sponsor

    • Grunin Foundation

     

  • Bronze Sponsor

    • Aspire Technology Partners 
    • New Jersey Natural Gas 
  • Trefoil Sponsor

    • Commvault
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Badge Sponsor

    • ENCON
    • Hackensack Meridian Health 
    • Monmouth Medical Center – Southern Campus & Community Medical Center
    • Ocean County Business Development & Tourism
  • Girl Scout Sponsor

    • Bogota Savings Bank
    • Deloitte Services LP
    • Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione & Dunn, P.C., Attorneys at Law
    • Maureen & John Lloyd
    • Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Commissioner Director Tom Arnone and Clerk Christine Hanlon
    • Monmouth University
    • Ocean County College & Ocean County College Foundation
    • OceanFirst Foundation
    • Pine Belt Cars
    • PNC Institutional Asset Management
    • SAP America, Inc.
    • SHI

     

  • Underwriter

    • S'mores Bar provided by Causeway Family of Dealerships
    • Flowers provided by Narcissus Florals
    • Music provided by Teri O'Connor

February 9, 2022 Gala Committee Kick-Off

February 9, 2022 Gala Committee Kick-Off
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and Gala committee members met to kick-off and welcome this year's Women of Distinction & Community Partners!
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