NJBIZ kicks-off its 2019 awards program on March 25 at the Palace at Somerset Park with the Best 50 Women in Business Awards.
The annual event, one of NJBIZ’s most popular, recognizes leading women shaping their organizations, industries and the economic landscape of the Garden State.
Following an open nomination process, winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges based upon their professional success, community involvement and advocacy for women.
Congratulations to the 2019 #Best50WomenNJ class of 2019:
Catherine Ainora, chief integration and transformation officer, Hackensack Meridian Health
Mary Pat Angelini, CEO, Preferred Behavioral Health Group
Suzanne Balian, financial advisor, Morgan Stanley
Brigitte Bastaldo-Tsampalis, founder and inventor, Bond and Lead
Elizabeth Berman, president and CEO, Continental Food and Beverage
Laura Brandao, president, American Financial Resources Inc.
Kristi Bridges, president and CEO, Sawtooth Group
Beth Burke, owner and executive producer, BSTV Entertainment
Lisa Chowansky, president, HC Constructors Inc.
Allison Colantuoni, director of human resources, Maser Consulting PA
Nancy Corcoran-Davidoff; executive vice president, chief experience and human resources officer; Hackensack Meridian Health
Regina Egea, president, Garden State Initiative
Sandra Fava, partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Shannon Fitzgerald, founder, Brazen Brands
Colleen Foy; vice president, Commercial Real Estate; M&T Bank
Rebecca Moll Freed, partner, Genova Burns LLC
Judith Germano, founder, Germano Law LLC
Gemma Giantomasi, member, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Mariel Giletto; shareholder and chair, Corporate Law Department; Parker McCay PA
Elisse Glennon, vice president and chief administrative officer, NJ Sharing Network
Casey Gocel, partner, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC
Lisa Gorab; shareholder, Public Finance group Chair, assistant managing director; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA
Nadine Green, chief operating officer, Vitiello Communications Group
Kim Guadagno, former Lt. Gov. and partner, Connell Foley LLP
Sharron Halpert, president, Halpert Life Safety Consulting
Antoinette Handler; corporate vice president, Human Resources; Avanade Inc.
Melissa Hartzell; vice president, senior credit officer and head of residential, consumer and small business credit risk management; Investors Bank
Natasha Hemmings, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Christine Kachinsky-Bye, New Jersey tax partner in charge, KPMG LLP
Kate Kalmykov, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Ellen Lalwani; executive vice president, chief retail officer; Lakeland Bank
Jan Lilien, chief executive officer, YWCA Union County
Sharon Mahn, CEO and founder, Mahn Consulting LLC
Mary Meehan, interim president, Seton Hall University
Dana Nalbantian, principal, Gensler
Áine O’Dwyer, chief executive officer, Enovate Engineering
Clelia Pergola, chief operating officer, NJ Elder Law Center
Debra Rosen, partner, Archer & Greiner
Zsia Rosmarin, partner, WithumSmith+Brown
Maryann Schugmann, tax partner, Grassi & Co.
Sheryl Simonitis, director of ecommerce marketing, Brother International Corp.
Kristin Sostowski; director, Employment & Labor Law Department and team leader, Higher Education Practice; Gibbons PC
Deborah Visconi, president and chief executive officer, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
Lori Waldron; co-chair, Life Sciences Practice Group and member of the firm; Sills Cummis & Gross PC
Amrit Walia, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Robin Walton, vice president for community and government affairs, Thomas Edison State University
Helene Wolk, senior vice president, Operations, Englewood Health
Catherine Yaxley; vice president, Data Science & Regulatory Affairs; Holy Name Medical Center