Every year, the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council recognizes local women for their outstanding service in their professions who have demonstrated leadership within their community, at the annual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon. The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council is committed to helping youth and the fight against child abuse and this year’s recipients are citizens who live the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
Six women are being honored who have exemplified outstanding support to their community: Christine J. D’Agostino, Renee DiMarzio, Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar, Seema Jagtiani, Deborah Lowry Morgan, and Cuqui Rivera will be honored on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:00 am at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison. The 2019 returning luncheon chair is Christina Youngblood and co-chair is Tracey O’Reggio Clark.The 2019 luncheon committee includes: Deborah S. Alexander, Ed.D, Joseph Gonnella Lina Llona, Jean McDonnell, Yesenia Medina-Hernandez, Meena Murthy, Linda Van Derveer, Jennifer Volz, and Patricia Whitley-Williams.
This year’s six honorees prove to be outstanding role models to our youth in Middlesex County.
Christine D’Agostino Christine is the Vice President of operations of the Carpenter Contractor Trust (CCT), a labor-management cooperative that serves as the marketing arm for The Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters (KML) and many of its union contractors. Her volunteer commitments are across a broad range of contributions in New Jersey including: the Middlesex County Improvement Authority – Commissioner; Literacy NJ – Board of Trustees President; BW NICE (Business Networking, Education & Domestic Violence Awareness) Middlesex County, Vice President; Women in Business, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Edison Chamber of Commerce, Board member; Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce; Sisters in the Brotherhood.
Renee DiMarzio is an Administrative Director of Medicine, Surgery and Orthopaedics at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. In that role she has developed a broad range of expertise and is responsible for practice management, financial management, revenue cycle functions, human resource management, regulatory compliance, process improvement and patient access. Renee has been active in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for the past fifteen years holding positions of Treasurer, Committee Chairperson, and Merit badge counselor for multiple merit badges. She is also involved in her church community programs, and volunteers her time for “Feed My Starving Children”, Ronald McDonald House charities, and her community food bank.
Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar currently serves as the Program Director at Youth Advocate Programs – Middlesex County (YAP). YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change. YAP’s mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement. Rebecca was elected to the New Brunswick City Council in 2010 and served as Vice President from 2011 through 2012. She served as council president from 2013 through 2014; and started her third term in the Council in January 2019. Rebecca served as commissioner of the New Brunswick Housing Authority and is currently the Council liaison to the Housing Authority. She is a member of various advisory boards including the Suydam Street Reformed Church Board of Elders, Town Clock CDC- Dinah’s Dwelling, and New Brunswick Tomorrow among others.
Seema Jagtiani is President of Farmers Insurance Agency, a very successful insurance company from the west coast to the Northeast. She has been a Director on the Edison Chamber of Commerce Board since the last 4 years and was nominated as the President of SACO (South Asian Community Outreach) in 2018.Seema is one of the Founding members of Shraddha Foundation, an organization created to help the children and widows of Fallen Soldiers of Indian Defense Forces of below Hawaldar level. Their goal is to provide education to the children up to the age of 18 and give career counselling to the widow.
Deborah Lowry Morgan is a retired Johnson & Johnson associate. Deborah joined Johnson & Johnson in 1987 and worked in different roles in the global Quality & Compliance organization for 31 years. Deborah has worked as a volunteer with various organizations. She has served as a Trustee on the board of Who Is My Neighbor?, Inc. the Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation, and the Magyar Charitable Foundation. She is a Life Member of the N.A.A.C.P. and serves as Secretary for the New Brunswick Area NAACP Branch. She also serves as Chair for the Health and Communication Committees. She is the recipient of the 2008 Metuchen Edison Area N.A.A.C.P. Ruby Dee Community Outreach award. In 2017, Deborah received the New Jersey State Conference of the N.A.A.C.P. Rosa Parks Secretary of the Year award.
Ms. Anna “Cuqui” Rivera is a nationally recognized Community Leader and Civil Rights Activist. Cuqui is currently employed as the Low Income Heat & Energy Assistance Program Countywide Division Manager for the Puerto Rican Action Board. Ms. Rivera has served in many of New Jersey’s community and civil rights organizations. Among them are the, the Governor’s Cabinet for Children (Youth Committee), Governor Corzine’s Transition Team for the Department of Corrections & Parole, the New Brunswick Tomorrow Youth Teen Task Force, the Middlesex County Inter Agency Coordinating Council for Children, the Middlesex County Case Assessment Resource Team, Co-Chair of the Middlesex County Human Relations Commission for seven years in the 90’s, the N.J. Superior Court Committee on Judiciary Minority Concerns (Middlesex Vicinage), the Middlesex/Somerset/Hunterdon HIV Health Services Planning Council and, the New Jersey HIV Prevention Community Planning Council.
Through the Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon, funds will be raised to support the award-winning child abuse prevention programs offered to the community at large by the Boy Scouts of America. The Patriots’ Path Council ranks high among all the Boy Scout councils in the nation in their fight against child abuse. The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council salutes Christine D’Agostino, Renee DiMarzio, Rebecca Escobar, Seema Jagtiani, Deborah Morgan, and Cuqui Rivera with the 2019 Tribute to Women Award for their outstanding example to the youth of their communities.
The luncheon will include a reception with a silent auction, a live scholarship auction that will raise funds for Scouting in the under-served areas of Middlesex County, and featured speakers that will provide more information about the Boy Scouts of America’s youth protection training programs. If you would like to purchase tickets, take out a congratulatory ad in the luncheon program, and/or donate to the silent auction, please contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director at 973-765-9322 ext. 249 , Jennifer.Volz@scouting.org or visit www.ppcbsa.org/special-events .