SUMMIT, NJ - Anneliese Seelaus Mitnick, Chief Executive Officer of R. Seelaus & Co. Inc., will be honored by the Tri-County Scholarship Fund at their seventh Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon on April 11, 2019, at Canoe Brook Country Club.

“We are thrilled to be honoring Annie,” said Tri-County President, Prudence Pigott. “Each year the event recognizes four outstanding women whose career accomplishments and community service make them leaders in the community, and role models for our scholarship students.”

Mitnick is the Chief Executive Officer of R. Seelaus & Co., Inc. She joined the firm in 2009 to head up the institutional credit sales and trading efforts and was named CEO in 2015. Since taking the helm, Mitnick has focused on making the firm mission-driven in providing more opportunities for women in finance.

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Before joining her current company, Mitnick was previously a senior vice president at HSBC, who specialized in corporate bond and emerging markets sales and trading. She worked in both the New York and London offices during her decade at the bank. Annie graduated from the Oak Knoll School in Summit, NJ and earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University where she was also a member of the Division I varsity women’s ice hockey team.  

The luncheon raises funds to support Tri-County’s Freedom Scholars Program, an organization that was founded in 1981, as a response to what the group saw as the failing public school system and the mounting inequities in educational choice for families in poorer communities.

As a result, a group of New Jersey business leaders joined forces to create an organization that would provide scholarship assistance, based solely on financial need, for students to attend private K-12 schools.

Since the organization was founded, over 32,000 scholarships have been awarded, amounting to more than $27 million dollars. As a result, families in the lowest income levels are able to choose safe educational opportunities for their children in private schools that offer a sense of family and a disciplined learning environment. Each year Tri-County has been able to award 450+ scholarships but the waiting list of equally deserving applicants each year is nearly 1600.

Candidates for the program are incoming 9th grade students who have demonstrated great academic potential but have substantial financial need. Freedom Scholars is a partnership between schools, families and the fund, enabling students to choose values-based, high performing private high schools. 100% of Freedom Scholars graduate from high school and 100% attend 4-year colleges.

The luncheon will also honor Jessica Ortiz, Esq., Partner at MoloLamken LLP law firm; Paula Mandell, Senior Vice President and Area Executive for M&T Bank Corporation; and Michele R. Neves, Principal of Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, New Jersey.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please go to or call 973 984-9600.