Meet the Steering Committee

STEERING COMMITTEE
Chairperson, Steering Committee
Gail Gordon, Esq.
Chairperson Emeritus
Jeannine LaRue
Founder/CEO
LaRuelist Group, LLC
Vice Chair, Steering Committee
Lori Grifa, Esq.
Chair, Regulatory Affairs Group
Wolff & Samson PC

Vice Chair, Steering Committee
Jill Johnson
CEO
Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Vice Chair, Steering Committee
Liz Thomas
CEO
Thomas/Boyd Communications
Alka Agrawal
COO/General Manager
EBC Radio 1170 AM
Karen Alexander
President & CEO
New Jersey Utilities Association
Jeanne Dovgala Ashmore
Director of Constituent Relations
Governor's Office
Mary Bentley-LaMar
Founder/Executive Director
The Sickle Cell Association of NJ
Carol Beske
President
ACT Engineers
Leanna Brown
Former New Jersey Senator
Diana L. Buongiorno, Esq.
Counsel
Wolff & Samson PC
Ruthi Byrne, President
Zinn Graves & Field, Inc.
Meryl Conte Clayton, Esq.
Meryl Conte Clayton, P.A.
Loredana Cromarty
L&P Strategies

Michellene Davis, Esq.
Senior VP
Policy Development & Governmental Affairs
Saint Barnabas Health Care System

Sonia Delgado
Lobbyist
Princeton Public Affairs Group

Linda M. Doherty
President
New Jersey Food Council

Teri Duda
Senior VP
Government Affairs, Berkeley College

Beverly H. Fedorko
Director, External Affairs
New York Shipping Association

Reva Foster-Shropshire
Chair
NJ State Conference of the NAACP-WIN

Joyce P. Hendricks
Vice President
Rutgers University Foundation

Laura Coti Garrett
MS, RD, CDE
Realtime Nutrition, Inc.

Deborah Witcher Jackson
President
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic Chapter

Karen Jezierny
Director, Public Affairs
Princeton University

Jessica Johannesen
Administrative Director
New Jersey Crime Victims' Law Center

Eileen Kean, Esq.
Komjathy Stewart

Bridget Kelly
Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of the Governor

Wendy Lazarus
Director, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Pfizer

Elizabeth Litten
Attorney at Law
Fox Rothschild LLP

Deana Lykins, Esq.
President
Insurance Council of New Jersey

Elizabeth MacKay
Senior Policy Advisor
Department of State

Kathleen R. Madaras
Associate Director
Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey

Tanya Mitchell
CFO
Newark Alliance

Valerie Montecalvo
President
Bayshore Recycling Corporation

Cynthia A. Myer
CEO
Ridgewood Moving Services, Inc.

Ann Mary O’Rourke
Assistant Director-Government
and CommunityRelations
Port Authority NY & NJ

Sharon Pennington
Vice President, South Jersey Industries
& COO South Jersey Industry Services

Rebecca Perkins
President & CEO
The Perkins Partnership

Blenda Riddick
Director, Corporate and Government Affairs
United
Newark Liberty International Airport

Eunice Salton
Eunice Salton Associates, LLC

Kate Seewald
Executive Director
Merri-Makers Caterers

Cathy St. John
Director of External Affairs
Prudential

Candy Straight
Private Investor and Director
Montpelier Re and Neuberger
and Berman Mutual Funds

Joanna Sykes-Saavedra, Esq.
DLA Piper LLP

Mary Tassini
Director of Government Affairs
Cablevision

Debbie Walsh
Director, Center for American
Women and Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Melanie Willoughby
Senior Vice President
New Jersey Business & Industry Association

Lillie Wilson-Wells
President
Nt’l Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc./
Southern NJ Chapter

Helen Wronski
President and CEO
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey

Bridget Zellner
Business Administrator
City Elizabeth

Patrizia Zita
Principal
Kaufmann Zita Group


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