Countdown to the NJBIZ Best 50 Women event A look back at the Class of 2010

(With their thoughts on work/home life and their past self)

NJBIZ STAFF//March 16, 2015//

Countdown to the NJBIZ Best 50 Women event A look back at the Class of 2010

(With their thoughts on work/home life and their past self)

NJBIZ STAFF//March 16, 2015//

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NJBIZ is celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Best 50 Women in Business event with a countdown to this year’s ceremony, to be held Monday, March 23, at The Palace at Somerset Park.For the nine business days leading up to the event, we’ll take a look back at a previous class, giving you a sneak peek at their answers to a class-only poll question and a class-only open-ended question based on topics involving women in the workplace.

Today, we’re featuring the Class of 2010.

But before we get to our answers (below) and a listing of the members of the Class of 2009 (even further down), we feel the need to remind you to get your tickets first.

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And if you want to start tweeting about the event today, please use #Best50WomenNJ on your tweets.

And now, the answers from the Class of 2010:

Poll Question: Business life/home life … can you have it all?

Yes: 90 percent
No: 10 percent

Open-ended question: What would you tell your 15-year-old self?

  1. Joyce Bryant, director, Quality Dental School of Technology Inc.: Dream big and play hard. It’s okay to lose some time but shoot to win all the time.
  2. Liz Miller, president, Summit Place Financial Advisors: There is no need to try to be someone other than who you are. You’re truest self can be most successful when you push yourself and take risks. Looking back you will laugh to think they ever looked scary.
  3. Clare Wherley, CEO, Lassus Wherley & Associates P.C.: It’s going to turn out a whole lot better than you could ever imagine!

More answers will be in our special supplement covering the event.

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Looking for the answers from other classes? Click the year:

The Class of 2006

The Class of 2007

The Class of 2008

The Class of 2009

And finally, a look back at the Class of 2010:

  • Dr. Padma Allen, President and CFO, TechnoDyne LLC
  • Julia Amaker Porterfield, President/CEO, Amaker & Porterfield Transportation, Inc.
  • Michelle Bennett, CFP, Founding Partner and Executive Vice President, Newport Captial Group
  • Dr. Joyce Bryant, MDT, President & Director, Quality Dental School of Technology, Inc.
  • Ann Claffey Baiada, RN CRRN, Director, Bayada Nurses
  • Carolyn Clark, President, Peloton Advantage, LLC
  • Lisa Clune, President, Kaplan EduNeering
  • Lourdes Cortez, President & CEO, North Jersey Federal Credit Union
  • Galina Datskovsky, Ph.D. CRM, Distinguished Engineer & Senior VP of Architecture, CA, Inc.
  • Jo-Ann Dixon, President & Principal Consultant, MatchPlay, Inc.
  • Baldeep Dua, Chief Financial Officer, Kirusa Inc.
  • Erica Ferry, President, Erica Ferry and Associates, LLC
  • Melissa Gasnick-Cloeter, President & Entrepreneur Expose’ Co-Founder, WINC & Entrepreneur Expose
  • Karen Gilman, Member of the Firm, Wolff & Samson PC
  • Dely Go, DNP, MSN, RN, President, Nursing Network, LLC & CEO, AVTECH Allied Heath, Nursing Network, LLC and AVTECH Allied Health
  • Donna Griffin, Chief Diversty Officer, Chubb Group of Insurance
  • Kim Haas, President and Founder, Haas Media LLC
  • Lisa Kent, President & Founder, The Luminations Group, LLC
  • Karen Kessler, Partner, Evergreen Partners, Inc.
  • Lori Klein, CID, Design Director, Posen Architects, LLC
  • Rosalie Mandel, Principal, Rothstein Kass & Company
  • Denise Mandeville, Business Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164
  • Beatriz Manetta, President and CEO, Argent Associates, Inc.
  • Deborah Mathis, CPA, CHBC, Shareholder-in-Charge Healthcare Services Group, Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A.
  • Gina Merritt-Epps, Esq., Corporate Counsel and Secretary, South Jersey Industries
  • Elizabeth Miller, CFA & CFP, President, Summit Place Financial Advisors, LLC
  • Christina Minardi, President-Northeast Region, Whole Foods Market
  • Sonia Minhas, Director, Operations, VEDICSOFT
  • Laura Monica, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & External Relations, American Water
  • Wendy Murphy, CRPC, Financial Advisor, Financial Planning Specialist, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Jennifer Nevins, President, DW Smith Associates, LLC
  • Barbara Pachter, President, Pachter & Associates
  • Sherilyn Pastor, Esq., Partner & Practice Group Leader for Insurance Coverage Litigation Group, McCarter & English, LLP
  • Madeleine Robinson, CEO and Owner, LPS Industries
  • Allison Sargent, Chief Executive Officer, Allison Sargent Events Inc.
  • Susan Schear, President, ARTISIN, LLC
  • Koleen Singerline, Senior Vice President/Partner, Snelling Staffing-The Wyckoff Group
  • Monica Smith, CEO and Founder, Marketsmith, Inc.
  • Laura Stern, President, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC
  • Andrea Sullivan, Partner, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP
  • Louise Thomas, Managing Director, Massey Quick & Co., LLC
  • Kristi Vaiden, Esq., , Ernest & Young, LLP
  • Paula Varsalona, CEO, Paula Varsalona Ltd.
  • Jill Vitiello, President, Vitiello Communcations Group
  • Ame Wadler, Chief Management Officer, Executive Vice President Worldwide Healthcare, MWW Group
  • Harriet Weiss, CEO, CRW Graphics
  • Clare Wherley, CPA, CFP, Chief Executive Officer, Lassus Wherley
  • Alice Young, Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice at Kaye Scholer LLP, Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Deborah  Zastocki, DNP, RN, President & CEO, Chilton Memorial Hospital
  • Vikki Ziegler, Walder, Hayden & Brogen, P.A.

(Note: Titles and companies are as listed in the year the recipient was named to the Best 50 Women in Business.)