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Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala

Thank you to everyone who joined Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore as we honored this year's Women of Distinction, our Community Partner and our Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Member of the Year. Each of these deserving honorees live the Girl Scout mission in their lives, helping girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This year's event was an absolute success thanks to your generosity. Thank you again for joining us for this incredible evening! 

Save the date! Friday, March 20, 2020 join us as we host our annual Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale. 


This year's honorees are:

Women of Distinction

  • Patricia Carlesimo  
    LADACIN Network
  • DiAnne Gove  
    9th Legislative District
  • Eva J. Smithers 
    Former Business Owner
  • Bonnie Torcivia 
    Impact 100 Jersey Coast

Community Partner

  • Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. - Carol Stillwell

Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout 

  • Tim Hearne
    United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Our Honorees

Women of Distinction

Patricia Carlesimo


Entering her 40th year at LADACIN Network and her 15 th year as its executive director, Patti Carlesimo has been instrumental in the implementation of new strategies and technologies. LADACIN Network, formerly Cerebral Palsy of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is a non-profit that provides education, therapy, social, residential and support services for people with complex physical and developmental disabilities and delays. A long-time supporter of Girl Scouts, one of Carlesimo’s fondest work memories is a Girl Scout troop established to give girls with significant disabilities the opportunity to experience Girl Scout programs and activities. LADACIN also recently sponsored a Girl Scout Gold Award project as part of the organization’s Give and Take Child Care Program.

Carlesimo currently serves on the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board and serves as chairperson of the Services to People with Disabilities Committee. She is also on the executive committee of the Association of Schools and Agencies for the Handicapped and is the immediate past-president of the board of the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities. She also serves on the Monmouth County Human Services Advisory Council and received the Athena Award from the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Carlesimo received a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Skidmore College and was inducted Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation. She also received a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from New York University. She lives with her husband, Buddy, in Rumson and has three grown children and four grandchildren.

DiAnne Gove
9th Legislative District


Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove proudly serves New Jersey’s 9th legislative district. Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore previously honored her as a Woman of Achievement in Southern Ocean County in 2010. She’s a former board member of Southern Ocean County Hospital and a past VFW Legislator of the Year. She’s also been named Advocate of the Year by the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, a commission on which she previously served and chaired.

Gove recalls growing up as a Girl Scout, particularly Wednesdays at elementary school in Ship Bottom because those were “Girl Scout Days.” She still has fond memories of Girl Scout activities, including planting dune grass and camping and says Girl Scouts taught her the leadership skills, social values and social consciousness that still serves her well today.

Gove’s political career began in 1984 when she joined the Long Beach Township Committee. In 2003 she became mayor and was reelected two times. Prior to joining the Assembly in 2009, Gove taught American History for 32 years at her alma mater, Southern Regional High School. She served as a class advisor for eight graduating classes and was named High School Teacher of the Year in 1992. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Cabrini College and a master’s degree from Monmouth University.

Gove is a life-long resident of Long Beach Township. She lives with her dog André in the same house where she grew up. Her brothers Richard and Ronald live in Atlantic County and she has one niece, one nephew and three great nieces.

Eva J. Smithers
Former Business Owner


Eva Smithers has an outstanding track record of accomplishment as a tireless community service activist and business owner. For over 30 years, Mrs. Smithers was the owner and business administrator of both Lakewood’s Whispering Pines Residential Health Care and the Jefferson Boarding Home, consistently leading professional teams that provided compassionate, quality care to clients with psychiatric disabilities.

Mrs. Smithers previously served on the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction committee for many years. She is a former board member of the Garden State Philharmonic Symphony; Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (now Fulfill); National Conference for Community and Justice, and the former vice president of Ocean County College Board of Trustees. She is also a former officer with the North Jersey Shore Continental Society and the NAACP, Ocean County Lakewood Chapter. In addition, she is a former member of the New Jersey State Health Advisory Commission and of the Minority Business Advisory Commission.

Mrs. Smithers earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgian Court University, and a master’s in education from Rutgers. She’s been honored as Citizen of the Year by the Ocean County College Alumni Association; National Conference for Community and Justice; Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Ocean County.

The proud mother of three daughters and grandmother to four grandsons and one granddaughter, Mrs. Smithers lives in Lakewood.

Bonnie Torcivia
Impact 100 Jersey Coast


A founding member of Impact 100 Jersey Coast, Bonnie Torcivia is a community volunteer and a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment. Impact 100 is an all-volunteer organization that encourages collaboration between women who work together to make a significant financial impact on non-profits in their community. Through their collaboration, Impact 100 helps women become effective philanthropists by sharing methods to amplify success for positive change.

Torcivia volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader for both of her daughters while they were growing up. Prior to starting her family, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from Lehigh University. Upon graduation she enjoyed a career in banking. She also founded the Peninsula Girls Lacrosse Program and coached lacrosse at Rumson Country Day School and the freshman team at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Torcivia recently joined the board for Clean Ocean Action, a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways. She has three grown children – Joseph, Catie and Emily; she will become a proud grandmother in June. When she’s not at home in Fair Haven, Torcivia is a world traveler, having visited all seven continents and 51 countries.

Community Partner

Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.
Carol Stillwell, President


Located in Edison, Stillwell-Hansen is a leader in data center infrastructure solutions, offering power, precision cooling, fire protection and traditional HVAC products. Led by its president, Carol Stillwell, Stillwell-Hansen is consistently named one of New Jersey’s top 250 companies while Stillwell herself has been repeatedly named one of New Jersey’s top business leaders.

In addition to serving as president of Stillwell-Hansen, Carol Stillwell is a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and its mission to help girls become women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. She serves on the board of many organizations and supports numerous non-profits in Monmouth County.

Stillwell is a previous Girl Scout Woman of Distinction and enjoys speaking with Girl Scouts to encourage their dreams and ambitions. When she’s not busy working or volunteering, Stillwell enjoys fine wine and spending time in Napa Valley. She has a twin sister, Mary Ann Larkin; one son, Scott Belford; six stepchildren, and many wonderful grandchildren.

Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout

Tim Hearne
United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties


As president and CEO of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 2008, Timothy Hearne is responsible for directing UWMOC’s mission of mobilizing donors, volunteers and community partners to improve the lives of youth and their families. During his tenure, Hearne led the organization’s response to Superstorm Sandy, directed the change to the community impact model of distributing funds and coordinated the merger of the United Ways in Monmouth and Ocean counties. He’s also been a powerful advocate in support of Girl Scout programs and activities.

Prior to his service with the United Way, Hearne spent 21 years with New Jersey Natural Gas where he oversaw all internal and external financial reports for NJ Resources Corporation, NJNG’s parent company. Hearne is currently on the board of the United Ways of New Jersey, the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership and the New Jersey Utility Shareholders Associate. He is the past president of the Brookdale Community College Foundation and has served as chairman of the Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also severs on the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee for CentraState Healthcare System and is a former board member of the NJ Utility Association.

Hearne received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The College of New Jersey and his MBA in Finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He and his wife Rosa live in Holmdel with their son Tim. Their other son, Tom, lives in Los Angeles. Hearne plans to retire later this Spring.