CINNAMINSON – Eleven women will be recognized for their leadership and service to Burlington County at the annual Burlington County Outstanding Women Awards on October 18, hosted by the County Women’s Advisory Council. The council also awards three female high school graduates scholarships for their advocacy, academic excellence and interest in women’s issues.
“Each of these women comes from a different background,” said Commissioner-Director Felicia Hopson, liaison to the council, in a press release. “But they each had a big and lasting impact on our county.”
For more than two decades, the council has recognized the contributions of women in Burlington County, but this is the first year it has recognized first responders and frontline workers.
âThe board wanted to recognize the exceptional service provided by women leaders during the pandemic,â Hopson said.
The reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on October 18, at the Riverton Country Club, 1416 Highland Ave
The laureats :
Fozia Janjua, Volunteering
A newly elected Mount Laurel board member, Janjua is a âpassionate community organizerâ and founder of Community South Jersey and Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that distributes meals and care packages to shelters, community centers and mosques in Camden.
Helen Barsocchi, mentor
Barsocchi has been coaching softball for over 15 years, mentoring and encouraging girls “to think of themselves as talented young women.” She is a member of the board of directors of the United Girls’ Softball Association, which organizes softball leagues in South Jersey and Philadelphia, and assistant coach of the Medford Renegades Under-18 Softball Team.
Officer Sally Landrum, Law / Enforcement
Landrum has been the Willingboro Police Department Community Engagement Officer since 2019, working with religious and community leaders to create news to engage with vulnerable populations.
Holly Funkhouser-Cucuzzella, Health care
Burlington County Health Department Health Officer Dr Funkhouser-Cucuzzella – whose leadership throughout the pandemic has been “particularly exceptional” – guides all of the county’s public health programs and coordinates its response rapid and complete to the pandemic.
Phyllis Worrell, frontline worker
A member of numerous regional and state public health and emergency management committees, Worrell volunteers as the health care coordinator for the county emergency management office. In this role, she manages the activities of the Community Emergency Response Team and directs the operations of the Burlington County Vaccine Mega-Site.
MP Carol Murphy, Government
During her second term, MP Murphy was a “strong advocate for women’s rights and equality,” a volunteer for the Displaced Women Program at the Women’s Opportunity Center and the current sponsor of four bills “that make advancing the socioeconomic status of women ‘in New Jersey.
Shannon Gibson, Community Service
A licensed clinical social worker, Gibson runs several programs at Oaks Integrated Care, a non-profit organization that provides children, adults and families with mental health and addiction services. These include the Foster Flex, School Based Youth Services, Teenage Parenting, Respite and Mentoring programs.
Kathleen Horton, Corporate Management
As CFO of the Food Bank of South Jersey, Horton transformed the organization’s financial structure and updated its technology. Both achievements have enabled the food bank to manage the unprecedented security challenges and resource demands caused by the pandemic.
Saima Bhutta, Diversity / Inclusion
A healthcare provider, community activist, volunteer and political leader, Bhutta has spent the past 25 years fighting for equity and social justice in South Jersey. Some of her accomplishments include helping the founding of the Pakistan American Society of South Jersey and the Muslim Federation of South Jersey, providing health care to the homeless in Camden County through the HOPE Project and the Catholic Charities of Camden County, coordinating the distribution of meals to families that families need throughout the pandemic. and building bridges of understanding between several faith groups in South Jersey.
Amanda Cassel, Education
Cassel is the Deputy Director and Supervisor of Education for Lenape High School and the Senior Supervisor of Special Education for the Lenape Regional School District. Recognizing the disproportionate ratio of male administrators in the district, she created a program to connect women leaders through LRSD and promote their professional success. She has also established a âWellness Centerâ at LHS, which provides students with mental health resources.
Lori Engler, first speaker
An EMT and firefighter for over 20 years, Engler has “worked tirelessly to help the residents of Burlington County” throughout the pandemic. At 16, she was the first female firefighter at the Consolidated Fire Association, a fully volunteer fire station in Bordentown. When not working as a paramedic, she responds to fire calls and educates students on fire safety.
Skylar Brotz, Alice Paul Champion Award
A graduate of Delran High School, Brotz is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. She has led a sexual assault awareness campaign in her workplace and hopes to help draft legislation that better protects survivors of sexual assault. Currently a student at Rowan College in Burlington County, she plans to transfer to the College of William and Mary in the spring and someday go to law school so she can work with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Maya Tanikawa-Brown, Celeste Arties Memorial Award
A graduate of Northern Burlington Regional High School, Tanikawa-Brown has spent her time at NBRHS working to make the campus more equitable and inclusive. Outside of school, she volunteered for One Choice, a women’s health organization in Mercer County and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She is currently majoring in Food Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and hopes to work for the FDA in foodborne pathogen prevention and food preservation. security.
Makayla Scott, Elizabeth Coleman White STEM Award
A graduate of the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, Scott has a long history of volunteering and intends to become a Doctor of Physiotherapy. She has facilitated blood drives through the Health Occupations Students of America, participated in various community service and women’s empowerment programs run by the Rancocas Valley Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and organized a shoe collection for Soles 4 Souls. She plans to study kinesiology at Delaware State University and attend physiotherapy school after graduation.
Aedy Miller covers education and economics for the Burlington County Times, the Courier-Post and the Daily Journal. He is a multimedia journalist from Central Jersey and recently graduated from George Washington University.
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