RIVERDALE, NJ – Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey installed new members to the Board of Directors at its annual meeting on May 9. Bette M. Simmons, Ed.D. of Randolph, was re-elected chair of the board of directors, and Krista Korinis of Wyckoff was elected as secretary of the board of directors.
Helen Appleby of Mountain Lakes, Shacara Delgado and Matthew Lamb of Washington Township in Morris County, Delia Blackler Perretta of Wyckoff, and Lori Pimenta of Morris Township were unanimously elected as members-at-large by delegates representing 160 communities in northern New Jersey. Julia Helliesen of Mountain Lakes, Anjali Patel of Englewood, and Alyssa Okun of Wayne, were unanimously elected as girl representatives to the board. Elisa Buckley of Allendale, and Delia Blackler Perretta of Wyckoff, were unanimously elected to the Board Development Committee. Joanne Morreale of Cranford, Jonathan Nguyen of East Rutherford, and Jillian Warner were unanimously elected to fill unexpired terms.
Simmons is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and is the vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Management at County College of Morris. She has held this position for the past 12 years, after having various administrative positions over the course of her 38-year career with the college. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University, teaching doctoral-level courses for the College of Education and Administrative Services.
Simmons is very active in the Morris County community. In addition to Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, she is involved with the African American Wellness Coalition, the Building Cross Cultural Communities Committee, the Morris County Human Relations Commission, Preschool Advantage, and the Morris County Park Alliance. She was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault. On a national level, she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and serves as chair of the NASPA Foundation Board.
Korinis is the President of Global Installation Resources, LLC, a woman-owned and operated union installation company specializing in office furniture, demountable walls, signage, and laboratory case work installations, as well as a wide variety of project management services. Korinis is an active member of Professional Women in Construction, Women President Educational Organization, and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. She just completed her second term on the Board of Directors for Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey.
Appleby is a NJ/NY-based executive coach and woman’s leadership trainer who has a strong track record of leadership and commercial success. Prior to becoming a full-time coach, Appleby was a VP and global business leader for GlaxoSmithKline where she led the $1 billion respiratory health business in consumer healthcare. Her career at GSK and Unilever spanned six countries and she has lived and worked in Canada, the UK, Cyprus, Dubai, Malaysia, and the USA. She is the author of the upcoming book “The Unwritten Rules of Women’s Leadership,” to be published in this summer.
Delgado is a senior vice president in the legal department of Realogy Holdings Corp., headquartered in Madison. She manages the company’s employment benefits and contractor relations law group. Prior to joining Realogy, she worked as an employment and commercial litigation attorney in various public law firms in New York City and New Jersey. She is admitted to practice law before the New York and New Jersey state courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District Court of New York, the Eastern District Court of New York, and the District Court of New Jersey.
Delgado is a trustee for Trip County Scholarship Fund, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and is a host parent for the Fresh Air Fund. In 2016, Delgado was named among the list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal magazine and named as one of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy magazine. In 2017, she received the distinguished Woman of Achievement Award from Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. Recently, Delgado was elected to serve on the Board of Executive Women of New Jersey.
Lamb is Global Head, vice president of Global Regulatory Affairs – Inflammation and Immunology at Celgene Corporation. He has 19 years of experience in global pharmaceutical development in the disciplines of clinical pharmacology and regulatory affairs. Prior to Celgene Corporation, he worked for Warner Chilcott Company, LLC and Hoffman La-Roche.
Blackler Perretta is the content coordinator for Wyckoff Living, a publication owned by Best Vision Media. Before moving to New Jersey, she worked at Good Housekeeping where she edited the Peggy Post etiquette column and created print and online consumer guides. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter and penned a number of consumer service articles for The Record.
Pimenta is an area sales manager for UPS, and manages a $65 million sales territory. She was previously on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, as chair of the board, first chair and member at large. She is also a board member for the Greater Morristown YMCA and an active volunteer for the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate.
Buckley is the senior project manager, certified ecologist environmental remedial investigations and ecological evaluations at Langan Engineering. As senior project manager, she has provided over 18 years of technical project support for due diligence, various remedial investigations, and ecological evaluations. Her environmental investigative experience includes petroleum spill sites, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, Brownfield redevelopment sites, and landfills. Buckley is a member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey.
Helliesen is a junior at Montclair Kimberley Academy. A Gold Award Girl Scout, Helliesen has been a Girl Scout for 12 years. She earned her Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Awards, and was recognized with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and the Presidential Service Award. At her school, she serves as the editor-in-chief of the yearbook. She writes a blog called “Humans of MKA” to help connect students in her high school community. She also writes for both of her school newspapers.
Okun is a junior at Wayne Valley High School, where she is the girls volleyball manager, a We Act Club member, a Future Business Leaders of American member, and an Alps Leader, which is a teacher’s assistant in physical education. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. A Girl Scout for 12 years, she earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards. She is currently working to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Patel is a junior at Academies of Englewood. She has been a Girl Scout for nine years and earned her Girl Scout Silver Award. She is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. Patel loves to swim, dance, and run cross country track. She has been swimming since she was three years old and now enjoys teaching other children how to swim. Patel also volunteers at her Indian School and participates in the food drive there.
Morreale is the vice president for the global enterprise applications team at Wyndham Worldwide. She is responsible for leading the applications teams working on new project initiatives for Wyndham associates all over the world. In 2016, she led the Women in Technology mentor circle composed of 12 women leaders at varying levels of their career who are dedicated to STEM, and she has continued to provide one-on-one mentoring to others inside and outside the company. Morreale is a member of the Women on Their Way Associate Business Group, which is an internal resource group focused on women’s business and community advancement, where she serves as Business Initiatives Committee Chair.
Nguyen is the treasury management officer at PNC’s Corporate & Institutional Bank. He has dedicated 17 years of his career to the financial industry. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County and Hometown Heroes.
Warner is the program manager at Harris Corporation in Clifton, where she supervises 15 managers and a $74 million budget. She previously worked at Toys R Us and BAE Systems. Warner has Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification, Project Management Professional Certification, and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Theta Omega Chapter.
For more information about Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, call 973-248-8200 or visit www.gsnnj.org. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and northern Warren counties.
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