On Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at the Program Activity Center in Farmingdale Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore celebrated Monmouth and Ocean counties Phenomenal Women Under 40. Ten incredible women were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the community, exemplary character, and their passion to defy the future.
Phenomenal women under 40 are dedicated to community service, have proven leadership skills and consistently go above and beyond in their personal and professional lives. They are go-getters, leaders, innovators and role models.
Funds raised at this charitable event help to support leadership programming and services provided by Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore to our more than 12,000 members in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator, OceanFirst Foundation
Co-Head of School/ Lead Teacher, Sea Lavender Montessori
True North Clinical Services, Counseling the Courageous Heart, LLC
Vice President of Operations, Quaker Special Risk, a Jencap Company
Parcells Plastic Surgery, SUNNIE Skincare
Student, Monmouth University
Vice President Financial Planning, Newport Capital Group
Employment & Industry Development Coordinator, OCVTS
Director of Guest Services & Admissions, Director of Marketing & Business Development, The Webster Apartments
Wellness Coach, Long Branch Public Schools, Founder of “Amy’s Yogabilities LLC”
The Phenom Award recognizes exceptional women who have gone above and beyond in all that they do, including their amazing accomplishments and commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and community service.
Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator; OceanFirst Foundation
Julie Bellezza is the Community & Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for OceanFirst Foundation, based in Toms River, NJ. Through her role with the Foundation and as a member of OceanFirst Bank’s WaveMaker committee, Julie helps support nonprofit organizations by utilizing almost 1,000 OceanFirst employees to fill different volunteer and board opportunities. During her first year with OceanFirst Foundation she played an integral role in the planning and implementation of CommUNITY First Day, a companywide afternoon of volunteerism across 5 states resulting in almost 3,000 hours of volunteering.
Julie is on the Executive Board for Panthers, Let’s Eat, a nonprofit based in Point Pleasant that helps provide healthy kid friendly meals to children on the National School Lunch Program during spring, summer and winter breaks. She has been an integral part of transitioning PLE from an emergency assistance arm of the local PTO to a 100% volunteer run independent nonprofit organization. The success of Panthers, Let’s Eat can be directly attributed to the phenomenal women she works closely with, helping over 175 children annually.
Julie is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Rhetorical Studies and received her Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College. She is a resident of Point Pleasant along with her husband Tom, and their two children, Joseph and Eliana. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Syracuse Basketball (Go Orange!) and being at the beach.
Co- Head of School/ Lead Teacher; Sea Lavender Montessori
Shanel R. Ingram is the founder and owner of Shanel Ronnai, LLC. The company uses graphic design and media to help individuals, small businesses, and organizations build their brands and effectively market their message to audiences.
Shanel graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and was a Substitute Teacher in the Asbury Park School District. She is the Co-Head of School/Lead Teacher at Sea Lavender Montessori in Belmar, NJ where children can be themselves, feel confident in their identity, and learn in a diverse and nurturing environment.
As a Camp Director for Inspire Life, Shanel has organized Summer Camps, a Tech Summit, and a Coding Camp for students, 3rd-8th grade. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the RMW Foundation, Inc., that focuses on feeding, educating, and empowering children and the community, Inspire Life, a community-based organization for children and families, and the Brookdale Community College Foundation that raises money for scholarships for students.
Previously, Shanel has worked as an Area Director for STEAMpark, Inc., a non-profit that provides enriching and educational after-school programs in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. In addition, she was a STEM teacher for their STEMgirls and STEAMpark Trenton Academy Programs.
Her hobbies include traveling, all things Disney, and quality time with family and friends. Shanel’s desire is to spread love, encouragement, and help people understand that they are necessary in this world.
True North Clinical Services; Counseling the Courageous Heart, LLC
Kescy is a counselor by title and by heart. She has served as a High School Counselor and currently serves as an Intensive In-Community Clinician at True North Clinical Services for children, and took on working with adults through telehealth practices at Therapy Connection. In addition to her professional career assisting youth and families, she is an active member of Jersey Shore (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Kescy serves on operational and programmatic committees that provide a direct educational and cultural impact on youth, especially of African descent.
She is a highly motivated and passionate Mental Health Professional with over a decade of experience. Kescy is the founder of Counseling the Courageous Heart, LLC and her vision is to open her own private practice. Her organization’s mission will be to acknowledge the bravery it took to seek help and empower her clients to overcome life’s adversities implementing an eclectic approach to therapy.
Kescy has overcome personal challenges of both her parents falling ill to progressive illnesses months apart, but continues to be resilient, maintains a positive outlook on life and never ceases to show up for others. She recently created three scholarships to offer financial assistance to Monmouth County High School Seniors attending a 4-year university in the Fall as a way to honor her parents. Her drive and dedication is unmatched when it comes to advocating for her loved ones, the youth and families and overall clients she serves.
Amazingly enough, Kescy still finds time to travel and has launched her own travel brand called, C’est La Vie with Kescy. It focuses on tips from her own travels, the importance of mental health and self-care practices. As a former Girl Scout, Kescy embodies the Girl Scout Law with those she serves through leadership and mentoring youth to have endless opportunities empowering them to stop at nothing to achieve success just as her parents did for her.
Vice President of Operations; Quaker Special Risk, a Jencap Company
Patricia McCully started building her career at Quaker Special Risk, a Jencap Company, right out of college. She graduated LaSalle University magna cum laude as a Finance major and double minor in English and Risk Management and Insurance. Over the years, Patricia's inquisitive nature and strong work ethic helped her earn her current title of Vice President of Operations. She is the first and only woman on the executive team in New Jersey.
When Patricia is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their children, Jack and Kensley, and their dog. Their family loves to go crabbing, spending time on the beach, mastering arcade games, and trying different eateries when not running between various organized activities.
Through her children, Patricia began volunteering as a catechist at St. Denis Church and as a co-leader for Kensley's Girl Scout troop. She is going on three years in both roles and continues to further immerse herself in Girl Scouts by accepting additional committee and coordinator roles. Herself a Girl Scout from kindergarten through high school, Patricia wants to lead by example in showing her children how valuable it is to truly "live by the Girl Scout Law."
Parcells Plastic Surgery; SUNNIE Skincare
Dr. Alexis Parcells is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in Manhattan + Monmouth County, NJ. She owns and operates her private practice, Parcells Plastic Surgery, and is the founder of SUNNIE Skincare, a clean and cruelty-free medical-grade skincare brand.
As a mother to two young daughters (+ daisy's!), Dr. Parcells
understands what happens to our bodies as we go through significant
life changes that affect the way we look and feel. Her surgical
expertise includes cosmetic and reconstructive breast and body
Dr. Parcells is a clinical instructor to medical students and
surgical residents at Rutgers RWJ Barnabas Health. She’s been
recognized for her excellence in teaching with two Golden Apple
nominations from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Parcells is
strongly involved in the academic plastic surgery community and has
authored several textbooks and journals and presented her original
research in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, San Francisco, and New York
Dr. Parcells became interested in plastic surgery after volunteering with Operation Smile on medical missions to Morocco, Peru, Vietnam, and Kenya. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgetown University and her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed her plastic surgery residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Parcells is routinely featured as a plastic surgery expert in magazines including Elle, InStyle, Glamour, Women’s Health, and more. Dr. Parcells has been named a 2022 and 2023 New Jersey Top Doc, an honor given to the top 1% of doctors in the state.
Student; Monmouth University
Ceilie Reynolds is a 25-year-old college student at Monmouth
University. She moved to Monmouth County in 2006, where she attended
St. James Grammar School and Red Bank Catholic high school. Ceilie
played golf at Red Bank Catholic where she led the team her senior
year to win the state championships. After playing golf for one year
at Fairfield University, Ceilie decided to pursue her love of scuba
diving. She spent 6 months getting certified as a Master Scuba Dive
Instructor on an island off the coast of Honduras.
When she returned to the United States, she was involved in a near fatal accident and sustained serious injuries including cranial issues, a collapsed lung, and multiple broken bones and face. The accident prevented Ceilie from returning to school or pursing her dream of being a scuba instructor. Ceilie credits her amazing recovery and successes to her close knit immediate and extended family and friends, most importantly, her mother Stephanie, father Kevin, and her brother, Brian.
Coming from a family of people who help, Ceilie has been involved with many charitable organizations for as long as she can remember. She gives her time and talent to Monmouth Park Charity Fund, The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care and Clean Ocean Action. More recently, Ceilie has become involved with the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, the American Heart Association, and The Human Library.
Currently, Ceilie is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus in Environmental Science.
Since the accident took most of Ceilie’s vision, her direction is focused on helping people who can’t help themselves, both physically and emotionally. Ceilie lives her life by believing that it’s not the incident or an event that defines your life, but rather, how you respond to it, and come back from it. It’s really what you do next that matters.
Vice President Financial Planning; Newport Capital Group
Kate Roselli, CFP®, is Vice President Financial Planning at Newport Capital Group where she provides holistic financial planning and advice to clients. She is responsible for identifying and integrating financial planning solutions appropriate for each client’s situation. Kate joined the team in 2011 as a Marketing Associate helping the sales and marketing team with various responsibilities including preparing for meetings, event coordination, business development activities, and target market research. Soon after joining she became Executive and Family Office Assistant to the founder and his family, responsible for coordinating and managing the family’s financial, personal, and household needs with accountants, various attorneys, and professional staff. This role led her to discover an interest in Private Wealth and assisting the team in meeting preparation, client service, operations, and planning analytics while studying for her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM designation.
Kate has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) designation. She received her Bachelor of Science in Employment Relations from Rutgers University in 2011. Kate is a former Girl Scout and currently is a member of the Silver and Gold Award Committee for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.
Employment & Industry Development Coordinator; OCVTS
Jenna Rosenfeld joined Ocean County Vocational Technical School as the Coordinator of the Office of Employment and Industry Development and provides comprehensive employment services to students and alumni. She focuses on developing and nurturing relationships with local and regional industry to support and supplement the programs offered and ensures that students are engaging in the most important up-to-date skills to meet industry demands. This year, a highlight has been working with Professional Women in Construction and Professional Women in Building to provide networking and mentorship opportunities for the female students in construction trades.
Before starting at OCVTS, Jenna taught English at Jackson Memorial High School. She holds her Masters in Educational Administration, was a district teacher leader, the head field hockey coach, softball coach, and yearbook co-advisor. She is also the owner of a health and wellness business where she has built a brand on social media and has helped hundreds of people by simplifying health. She is passionate about leadership and relationship building and has been a guest speaker for female entrepreneurs and local college students. She loves talking about the importance of personal development, mindset, and growth. Jenna received the Spirit of Driven Women award from the Driven Women Networking Community for 2022 and multiple recognitions in her business. She resides in Toms River with husband, Mike, and two energetic boys, Bo and Bryce.
Director of Guest Services & Admissions; Director of Marketing & Business Development; The Webster Apartments
Tara Scott currently serves as the Director of Guest Services and Admissions, Marketing and Business Development of The Webster Apartments where she provides leadership and direction in the planning, management, and evaluation of all guest-related services from the moment a potential guest inquires to their alumni relations with the organization and focuses on supervising and controlling the partnership and visitor sales operations to meet/exceed sales revenue and profit objectives.
Prior to her role at The Webster, Tara worked as Senior Manager, Programs & Events at Cosmetic Executive Women, a national trade association for the beauty industry with over 9,000 members. While at Cosmetic Executive Women, she planned executed and managed all logistics for over 25 national events annually including theme creation, budget oversight, space, transportation, media, sponsorships, staffing, speaking hiring/oversight, creative design, and hospitality.
Tara served as a sales staff member at Conde Nast Publications’ Gourmet Magazine earning quarterly performance awards and in management and director roles at JLH Management Enterprises and NorthStar Strategies working in development and events management.
Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Tara was also the recipient of the Leo C. Bebe Excellence in Marketing Management award.
Wellness Coach, Long Branch Public Schools Founder of “Amy’s Yogabilities LLC”
Amy Zambrano is a yogi on a mission, bringing yoga to all ages and all abilities. She is the founder of “Amy’s Yogabilities LLC” and is the “Wellness Coach" for the Long Branch Public School District. Amy’s holistic approach to well being focuses on empowering the mind, body, and breath with physical and mental strength, balance and flexibility. Amy inspires her students to reach their full potential and incorporate yoga on and off the mat and into their everyday life! Amy has over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training along with attending Rosemont College, Villanova University and Rutgers University and has traveled all over the world to deepen and enhance her teaching practice to support her students. With over 14 years of teaching experience, Amy has pioneered yoga in education by infusing yoga movement, meditation, mindfulness, music, art, essential oils, social emotional learning and other holistic wellness practices that benefit students and staff to achieve academic, professional and personal success.
As the Long Branch Public School’s Wellness Coach, she works with all grade levels from pre-school to high school, including the special education department, athletes, staff, and administrators. Amy hosts the “Weekly Wellness Wednesday Zoom” show, where Green Wave students and staff tune in every week for connection and community. Because of love for Villanova Basketball, she created the district wide, “March Madness Mindfulness Challenge” where students compete with Social Emotional Learning Competencies as a friendly competition. Amy is a member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, and teaches at the district’s after school Steam Program. As a proud Green Wave alum, it has been a dream come true for Amy to share her passion with the Long Branch Public School District.
Amy has been a presenter at the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully Conference, NJAHPERD Conventions, Peekapak SEL Summits, Wakelet Community Week Conference and was a virtual presenter for the New Jersey Department of Education’s Digital Professional Learning Series. Amy has been featured in the spring 2019 “Goddess” issue of NY Yoga +Life Magazine, entitled: “A Day in the Life: Working in Wellness with Amy Zambrano”, along with sharing her Yogic expertise as a Guest Blogger for the companies: K-Deer and Plymouth Rock.
As a former Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scout, Amy learned early on the importance of giving back to her community. She began volunteering for St. Luke’s Church during High School as a member of the Rotary Interact Club. For the past 20 years she has helped with the annual holiday dinners, along with delivering meals to people in need. In college she participated in service trips with Habitat for Humanity by rebuilding homes in New Orleans, and volunteering at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Amy has volunteered her yoga services for the annual Autism Speaks event, Girl Scouts Troops, Coastal Communities Family Success Center, Special Olympics & Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids. Amy was the recipient of the 2015 Rotary Community Service Volunteer Award and in 2016 Amy was chosen as #80 in the “Shine: 100 Women Of Long Branch” photo exhibit gallery at the Long Branch Public Library because of her commitment to bringing yoga to the Long Branch community. She was also recognized as the “Plymouth Rock Teacher Feature” in 2019.
In her spare time, Amy loves to travel. She has been to 30 countries, 35 states, and 6 continents. She loves watching Villanova Basketball with her beagle Lilly, spending time in nature, going to Bon Jovi concerts and taking dance and yoga classes. Known for her smile and compassion to make a difference in the lives of her students, Amy is passionate about sharing her love of yoga to leave a positive impact on all she meets.