2016 Board Members
Mary Lou Antinozzi - Board Member 2016
Patricia Beebe - Board Member 2016
Mary Fran Blisard - Board Member 2016
Anne Campbell - Past President - Board Member 2016
Evelyn Caterson - Board Member 2016
Tula Christopoulos - Past President; current Treasurer; Board Member 1997-present
Deborah Davies - Board Member 2016
Mary Amanda Delcher - Board Member 2016
Diane Jannone - President - Board Member 2016
Nora Kennedy - Board Member 2016
Dr. Jaqueline McBride - Founder and Past President - Board Member 2016
Sister Patricia Prendergast - Board Memebr 2016
Mindy Shemtov - Board Member 2016
Judy Ward - Board Member 2016
Mary Lou Antinozzi - Board Member 2016A New Jersey native, moved to Atlantic City to explore opportunities in the casino industry.
Mary is active professionally as a member of the South Jersey Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute where she has served as a Program Chairman, Vice President and President. She is a member of the South Jersey 68 Operating Engineers and the NJ Water Advisory Committee for Atlantic County and the Association of Professional Energy Managers.
She has received numerous professional awards. Community participation includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic County Women's Center and volunteer efforts for the United Way of Atlantic County's Allocation Committee, the March of Dimes and American Heart Association.
Patricia Beebe - Board Member 2016Born in Millville, NJ, Pat graduated from Millville High School and attended Douglass College where she majored in Pre-Medicine. During this time, she decided against a career in medicine and left school to decide where her career path might lie.
While working, she continued her education at Temple, Rutgers and Glassboro. At the suggestion of a friend, she decided to try teaching and loved it. Her first job was as a Special Education teacher at Mt. Pleasant School. Pat received her BA in Elementary and Special Education at Glassboro State College (now Rowan) and graduated with honors. Upon graduation, Pat took a position as a teacher with the Betty Bacharach Home, working with severely physically & mentally challenged children. While at Bacharach, she initiated many techniques and innovative methods for working with learning disabled and physically handicapped children.
Always a music lover, Pat earned a Master of Arts degree & was instrumental in creating a music program for children. In 1975, Bacharach relocated to Pomona & Pat became the first ever Learning Disabilities Consultant for Bacharach. Pat was appointed Chair of the Child Study Team, a position she presently holds at the Atlantic County High School, which is part of the Atlantic County Special Services School District.
Mary Fran Blisard - Board Member 2016Mary Fran Blisard, M.A., CCC/SLP is a Speech and Language Pathologist. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and Kappa Delta Pi Professional Honor Society.
She serves as Treasurer for the Boardwalk Toastmasters Club and has held office as president and secretary. She has served on the Atlantic City Mayor's Quality of Life Committee.
Anne Campbell - Past President - Board Member 2016Anne M. Campbell - Anne is a true Atlantic County native, having been born and raised in Atlantic City. After completing education in Pennsylvania, returned to the business world in Atlantic City.
Anne currently holds the position of secretary in the school administration field. Retired from General Motors Acceptance Corp. (GMAC) after 35 years of service. During her career with GMAC, Anne held managerial support positions in several areas.
Anne is an active member of Zonta International, Atlantic City Area Chapter, a service organization whose goal is to advance the status of women worldwide. Anne currently serves on their board of directors as well as on the board of her alumnae association.
Serving as president of Atlantic Area ( New Jersey) Business & Professional Women's organization in 1996, Anne was invited to become a member of the original ACWHF Board of Directors
Evelyn Caterson - Board Member 20161996 inductee into the Atlantic County Women's Hall of Fame
* Volunteer Corporate Counsel for ACWHF
* President-elect of Atlantic County Hall of Fame
* Has served as Assistant Prosecutor of Atlantic County, Municipal Court Judge, City Councilwomen.
* Currently sole practitioner specializing in labor/employment/business law.
* President, Atlantic County Bar Association.
Tula Christopoulos - Past President; current Treasurer; Board Member 1997-presentProject Manager, Pappas Hellenic Center, Stockton University · Former Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, Inc. · One of first Atlantic County women in IT consulting. Certified Network Administrator. · Languages: French, Spanish and Greek; lived in France and Spain. · Former Adjunct Instructor in Technology and English as a Second Language courses at Atlantic Cape Community College and Richard Stockton College of NJ (Intro. to Modern Greek). · Past president: Atlantic County New Jersey Women Business Owners; Atlantic County Business Professional and Women.
Deborah Davies - Board Member 2016Born in Kansas, Debbie graduated from the University of Kansas in 1974 with a Psychology degree and was awarded a Federal grant to further her education in the field of mental retardation and cognitive development.
Debbie was Assistant Professor of Psychology at Richard Stockton College from 1980 until 1983, when she accepted the position of Executive Director of The Arc of Atlantic County. As CEO of the Arc, Debbie has led the agency from a small grass roots organization, to a diversified social services corporation with an $8 million budget that serves 700 people and employs 250 people. During Debbie's twenty-one years at The Arc, she and the agency have become industry leaders in integrating people with developmental disabilities into Atlantic County communities, and advocating for their human rights.
Debbie is committed to the belief that our community is a better place when we include and embrace people with disabilities.
Mary Amanda Delcher - Board Member 2016Mary Amanda Delcher was born and raised in Atlantic County. She graduated from Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey, and later returned to school to pursue a degree in teaching.
She is currently an elementary school teacher for the Atlantic City public schools.
Mary Amanda volunteers for events at AC Art's Garage, and Gilda's Club of South Jersey. She has served on the board of directors for Atlantic City Arts Comminssion and the Mary Wilson Art Association. Currently she serves on the board of directors for New Jersey Shore Arts Association, and Atlantic County Women's Hall of Fame.
Diane Jannone - President - Board Member 2016Diane is the current president after serving as secretary, treasurer and vice president along with being a member of the Board of Trustees of ACWHF for 11 years.
She has previously served as secretary of the Columbus Day Committee of Atlantic City and a volunteer for the local pageants in the Miss American Organization. She was also a talent coordinator for the Lucille Russo Boardwalk Star Revue and the March of Dimes Telethon. Diane is a District Deputy for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and was the president of the local chapter for 2 terms.
She had been a certified case manager at Catholic Charities in Atlantic City for over 10 years and has worked in Atlantic County for over 36 years.
Nora Kennedy - Board Member 2016Nora Kennedy is an Assistant Director at Adelaides’s Place, a drop in center for homeless women, located in Atlantic City. Prior to this, Ms. Kennedy worked at Catholic Charities as a Case Manager; for the State of New Jersey for over 19 years in different positions, but most recently as an Aide to Senator William Gormley; and as an English as a Second Language Instructor at Atlantic Cape Community College.
Ms. Kennedy is a graduate of Rutgers University, and has a Certificate of Eligibility to be an Elementary School Teacher Grades K-5.
She is an active member of her church, Our Lady of Sorrows, where she does a weekly hour of Perpetual Adoration. Ms. Kennedy is married, and resides in Linwood with her husband Jim and daughter, Grace.
Dr. Jaqueline McBride - Founder and Past President - Board Member 2016Founder and Past President of the Atlantic County Women's Hall of Fame. Co-Founder of the Atlantic County Advisory Commission on Women.
Founder and President of the International Network of Women in Emergency Management. One of the first female emergency managers around the world.
Served as leader in federal, county and municipal emergency management agencies and is currently a reservist with the U.S. DHS/FEMA.
First female appointed Deputy Coordonator of Emergency Management in the State of New Jersey. Research and published the first Emergency Managers and Leadership dissertation in the United States. First person, around the world to receive a Ph.D. in the field of emergency management and homeland security.
Married to Det. Norman Jones (Ret. - Atlantic City Police Department) and has 5 children and 7 grandchildren.
Sister Patricia Prendergast - Board Memebr 2016Sister Patty first became interested in the plight of the homeless while working at Holy Spirit Parish. As a result, she and a group of parishioners began a soup kitchen in the Atlantic City Inlet area. Later, during her employment as a case manager for Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, she continued to work with the homeless.
After many years of service with Jewish Family Service, Sister Patty joined the Atlantic City Rescue Mission where she directed the Single Women's Ministry and worked with many of her former clients. In a move to Covenant House of Atlantic City, she became Pastoral Minister. Sister felt a urgent call to minister to these vulnerable women, many of whom suffered from mental illness and still others who were victims of abuse. With the encouragement of the superiors of her order, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, she began a feasibility study for a day program for homeless women in 1999. In August 2002, Adelaide's Place opened in a temporary facility in Atlantic City.
The philosophy of Adelaide's Place can be found in Hebrews 13:2; 'Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Mindy Shemtov - Board Member 2016Mindy Shemtov holds a master’s degree in Social work from Rutgers University and has over twenty years’ experience in providing mental health and substance abuse therapy to both adults and children. She began as supervisor of the sexual assault program at the Atlantic County Women’s Center and served as Mental Health Administrator for Atlantic County. She worked as a consultant/therapist for the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the John Brooks Recovery Center. In 2001, she cofounded the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families which, today, includes a Bereavement Center and a Thrift Shop which helps financially support the Center’s programs.
Judy Ward - Board Member 2016Judy holds the 2nd Ward City Council seat and became the third female to serve on City Council in Pleasantville. Councilwoman Ward was Mayor Pro Tempore for four years and became the first female City Council President.
She is the Community Relations Committee chair and serves on the Finance and Recreation Committees and chairs the Senior Citizen's Advisory Board. Judy believes, 'Stand up for what is right, even if you're standing alone.