Phenomenal Women Under 40

Phenomenal Women Under 40

2022 Highlights
2022 Highlights

Alexis Bailey 

Vice President of Government Affairs, NJBIA

Alexis Bailey is Director of Government Affairs covering employment and labor issues for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the nation’s largest state-level business association whose member companies collectively employ 1 million people.

Prior to joining NJBIA, Bailey worked as a Legislative Research Associate with the Kaufman Zita Group and as a Government Affairs and Communications Consultant for the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association. Bailey has also held numerous internship positions with Hoboken Strategy Group, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics and the Republican National Committee.

In 2019, Bailey was named one of NJBIA’s Rising Star Award recipients.

Bailey graduated with summa cum laude honors from Rider University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Allison Clemente

Director of Development, Community Medical Center Foundation

Allison Clemente is the Director of Development for the Community Medical Center Foundation in Toms River, NJ. In her 10 years with the hospital, she has played a key role in fundraising success and is passionate about her work to drive the mission of Community Medical Center forward. Her strongest achievements for CMC include developing an Emerging Leaders Council for the Foundation, launching a Leadership Development Institute for all hospital leaders, managing three successful annual fundraising events and creatively engaging donors to increase involvement with the medical center. Allison is always looking for ways to ensure an inclusive environment, encouraging involvement and teamwork in every initiative. Allison lives in Forked River with her husband, Mike and two daughters, Emily and Audrey. Allison received her bachelor’s degree from Moravian College and her Master’s from the University of Arizona Global Campus.

Kathrine Dwyer

Co-Chair, Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Group & Administrative Assistant, Hudson Wealth Management

With an unwavering passion for improving her community, motivating innovation within the next generations of aspiring leaders, and encouraging young people to take leadership roles, Kathrine “Katie” Dwyer is the epitome of The Young Professional Award. Katie works for Hudson Wealth Management LLC in Red Bank, NJ. She is also the Young Professional Co-Chair for the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Kathrine has established herself as a leader in the business industry with many years of volunteering and launching programs for her community & colleagues. She has won many awards throughout the years and has been honored by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the St. Timothy Award of the Diocese of Trenton. Kathrine is responsible for and coordinates three out of the seven major events for the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Katie is a visionary and has a rippling effect of savviness and confidence in her work. She highlights empowering young leaders to inspire the future generation. Under her leadership, she has restored The Leadership Summit to provide an impactful educational event and a networking experience for the entire community. Her success was recently recognized in May of 2021 by the Board of Directors for the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, which earned her a seat on the Board. Kathrine Dwyer is the youngest Board Member ever nominated to serve on the Board Katie’s generous spirit, dedication, drive, and duty are the components that fuel her young success story. Her professional charisma, volunteer commitment, and philanthropic dedication align deeply with the MRCC mission.

Lenore Gibson

Program Director, Family Promise of Monmouth County/Lunch Break

When you meet Family Promise of Monmouth County Program Director Lenore Gibson, you feel as if you’ve known her for years. This dynamic 32-year-old woman is the epitome of an achiever. Born into an extremely dysfunctional family – Mom and Dad were substance abusers – Lenore could have been a statistic – homeless, addicted to drugs and living a life on the streets. However, by her own sheer will and through intervention from family and professional mentors, Lenore beat the odds, graduating from Rowan University with a degree in Communications, to become the driving hand of Family Promise, an incorporated program of the non-profit resource center Lunch Break of Red Bank. Family Promise helps homeless families with temporary housing – something Lenore has experienced first-hand multiple times – as well as receive family counseling, find employment, establish their own savings and eventually become self-sufficient. With assistance from Family Promise, many of her clients eventually have become homeowners — the ultimate achievement for a once-homeless, financially- and food-insecure family.

Lenore herself was a victim of a transient household with her 3 older brothers – at first living with her single mother, then with family members and in foster care, after which she was forced into homelessness. But Lenore would not let that stop her from finishing her degree from Rowan University in 2015., Fast-forward to 2022, Lenore is about to finish her coursework for a master’s in social work and will graduate in December 2022 from Monmouth University.

Lenore married the love of her life, Alicia Pettiford, in 2020. Together they provide a loving household for Lenore’s son Jonathan and have purchased two homes, one of which is a dream home, something she never thought would be possible.

As her own life comes full circle, Lenore is a walking, breathing and beautiful example of how courage and determination and an excellent work ethic, and not necessarily an affluent background, is much of what’s needed to succeed. It’s her life story that inspires clients to keep trying. Lenore welcomes families, many of whom are fearful and desperate for help, with love and a true heart. A compassionate nurturer by nature, Lenore is the first person to offer her clients a warm hug when they are scared, a warm bed when they have nowhere to turn, and an open door so that no matter where life leads them, they always have hope and a place to call home with an angel named Lenore waiting in the wings at Family Promise.

As a social worker and even during her formative years, Lenore has been a mentor to so many women who, like herself, have incredible obstacles to overcome before achieving success which all stated as an employee for the Visiting Nursing of America VNA as a Family Support Worker. Later, Lenore went to work as a Parent coach working with the YMCA in Monmouth County, then went on to Community Affairs and Resource working with unemployed Adults. Lastly, she went on to work with the Children’s Home Society of NJ, as a Community Health Worker, serving Monmouth and Ocean County Families. Many of the families she serves are financially struggling, under-employed single women who are raising children. She not only provides them with temporary housing, and the tools for financial assistance and life skills and employment training through Lunch Break’s Life Skills Program, Lenore is their guide to self-sufficiency.

Lenore’s compassion and determination to help others struggling against the odds, just as she once did not too long ago. She never lets a cry for help go unanswered, mostly sacrificing personal time to assist her extended family. Lenore’s career is a vocation — one she considers her life’s purpose. You feel immediately welcome in her presence, as well as loved, cared for and hopeful. You’d never know if she was weary from hearing countless tales of desperation. Rather. It’s these stories that energize her to keep reaching higher to help end the cycle of poverty for so many of our community members. Everyone should have a friend and mentor like Lenore.

Kimberly Kravitz  

News 12 Reporter,  TV Personality & Producer

Kimberly developed a passion for television at a very young age. Although it is not an easy industry to break into, she grew a thick skin and worked hard. Over her decade spent in the television and entertainment industry, Kimberly won two New York Emmys for her excellence in storytelling and production.

The reason for the award was because she led her team in a town hall on the opioid crisis that is heavily impacting our nation. It was a challenging and emotional event to hold live for 500+ people, but Kimberly and her team were committed to making a difference. 

Since then, she has helped other colleagues and youngsters who are breaking out into the field. She also loves to volunteer time for organizations such as the 9/11 Empty Sky Foundation, the fight against ALS and the Girl Scouts.

Sherrice Lyles

Ms. Black New Jersey and President, Queen of Hearts Foundation

After graduating from Lakewood High School in 2006, Sherrice went on to recieve her medical billing and coding certification from the University of Phoenix, AZ in 2010 and certification in nursing care. She currently works as a receptionist for Kur Wellness Studios and served as a former Parent Liaison for Asbury Park School District’s Bradley Elementary School for 7 years. 

Sherrice won Ms. Black New Jersey in 2020 and was crowned again in 2022. Sherrice uses her platform as a voice for young women in need of support from a variety of obstacles and hardships in life.

Sherrice is passionate about helping and inspiring those in need. She volunteers as an event coordinator for Charity Kings Inc, Asbury Park. Sherrice is the face of their Wish Upon a Prom program, assisting over 900 girls from all over NJ with prom attire. Through Charity Kings she also volunteers with Santa’s Toy Shoppe, and runs a Back-to-School Giveaway which provides school supplies and other necessities to families with children in need.

Sherrice has been featured on Della Crews NJ 12 News Spotlight Story for her community work, and has been interviewed with Pix 11 News Anchor, Monica Morales. She was featured on the Wendy Williams show, Tamron Hall Show, and Dr. Oz.

She received special honors for her community service at Charity Kings Inc. 5th Annual Family Day by National Action Network. Sherrice was also nominated and awarded Community Change Maker in 2016, by the White House & Women of the State, along with women from all over the world. The event, held in Washington D.C., gave Sherrice the opportunity to be in the presence of President Barrack Obama, Michele Obama, Oprah, Joe Biden, Kerry Washington and Valerie Jarrett.

When Sherrice is not winning pageants, she is dedicated to facilitating self-esteem enhancement programs meant to uplift, educate, and motivate girls and young women. 

Amy McLane

Client Service Manager, AVP, PNC Bank, NA

Amy McLane is a Client Service Manager for PNC Private Bank in Central New Jersey. She proactively oversees and manages the activities of a Client Service Associate team that delivers seamless client service and support, ensuring an efficient and exceptional experience for high-net-worth client relationships. With over 10 years of experience in the client service and support industry, she acts as a peer resource and mentor to her co-workers and service partners to foster a successful working environment.

Before her most recent promotion, Amy was a Client Service Associate for PNC Private Bank in Red Bank, New Jersey. She was a point of contact for clients/client support teams, service partners, and was also an escalation point for complex client onboarding and servicing issues. She was a team subject matter expert and led special projects and initiatives.

Creating professional successes at PNC Bank also led Amy to take a key role as a peer partner during the recent acquisition of BBVA USA. Most recently, she was recognized by PNC Bank as a 2021 Market All-Star. Also, as a member of the New Jersey chapter of Women Connect, Amy participates in networking, community service, and educational events focused on the personal and professional advancement of woman.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Brick, New Jersey with her husband (Bob) and three beautiful daughters (Charlotte - a proud Girl Scout, Lucy, and Stella).

Brynn Mosello

Sustainability and Communications Director, Mazza Recycling Services, Ltd.

Brynn Mosello is Director of Sustainability & Communications at Mazza Recycling Services in Tinton Falls. She is responsible for driving change in Mazza Recycling’s sustainable business operations through advocacy and partnerships, as well as through their Greener Tomorrow environmental education program. She helps drive Mazza Recycling’s mission of creating a more sustainable future and protecting the environment in the communities they service. Previously, Brynn served as Communications Manager for an environmental education center in Blairstown, NJ, where she was responsible for building relationships to lead inner-city youth into the great outdoors for experiential learning. Brynn is a 2022 Waste360 40 Under 40 Winner. She is also a Tinton Falls Green Team Member, a Sustainable New Jersey Task Force Member, a SWANA Young Professional, and a Women of ESG. She graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and has her graphic design certification from Mercer County College.

Carla Vanzant 

Director, EOF, Brookdale Community College

Carla Vanzant is a true change agent and community builder. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund at Brookdale Community College. With a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, she has passionately worked to impact her community and this world by helping nonprofit and educational organizations all across the country reach their full potential. Carla achieves this goal by providing consultation, mentoring, and empowerment services to an array of nonprofit and community-based organizations.

In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Carla is also a diversity, inclusion, equity, and access champion. Her work in this sphere centers around creating equitable spaces, combating diversity resistance, providing education, and creating systems of accountability.

In 2016, Carla co-founded Inspire Life, a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality camp and educational experiences to students in the Asbury Park community and beyond, alongside her husband, Semaj. Inspire Life is a community shifting organization that seeks to expose young minds to creative artistry while empowering them to lead.

Carla resides on the Jersey Shore with her husband and two sons, Semaj and Seth. Her passions include family, traveling, whales, and seeing communities flourish.

The Evening's EMCEE 

Girl Scout Leena M.

Leena is a Sophomore at the Peddie School. Leena has been an enthusiastic Girl Scout since first grade. During middle school, she initiated her own Silver Award Project titled ReBook, ReRead, ReImagine. This initiative increased access to books and interest in reading to address inequities in childhood literacy. 

Outside of Girl Scouts, Leena has been the principal cellist in the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra’s Concert Youth Orchestra and the All Shore Orchestra. She also performs with her school’s orchestra and NJSYO Chamber ensemble. Leena has been studying bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance style , since elementary school where she is able to connect with her culture.

Within school, Leena was a class representative for the Freshman class, a writer for the school newspaper, leader of the debate team, and very involved in the school community.

Leena is the co-founder and co-host of Dear Little Sisters, a podcast aimed to empower girls by sharing the stories of inspiring women. 

She is a co-lead of STEMpowering, an Initiative to involve children in all communities in STEM. She wrote a proposal to Bristol Myers Squibb for funding and support of their programs. She hosted a week-long summer camp as well as a workshop during summers of 2021 and 2022. She was also the co-moderator of a STEMinar, a virtual panel discussion, for this initiative.

In her free time, Leena enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves being outside and going to the beach.