Seven women will be honored by the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan at the Women of Distinction Dinner next month. "The women are truly dynamic, their leadership demonstrates to young women that they can study hard, dream big, and overcome any challenges placed before them," says Michele Tuck-Ponder, CEO of the Girl Scout council. The dinner will be Tuesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the New Brunswick Hyatt. Cost: $135. Call 732-821-9090, extension 112.
Rebecca Notterman, a Hightstown-based pediatrician who has been practicing for 50 years, is receiving the Juliette Low Excellence in Leadership award, for pioneering women who have made groundbreaking and lasting contributions. She started out as a registered nurse, graduating in 1945 from the Bellevue School of Nursing, and obtained her MD in 1952 from New York University, finishing her residency in pediatrics in 1954.
Beverly Allen Richardson, provost for Mercer County College’s James Kerney Campus, has won the World of Education Award. A graduate of Norfolk State with a master’s degree from Simmons College and a PhD from Boston College, she works with 3,000 students in Trenton, chairs the Children’s Futures Initiative (an RWJ Foundation effort and is on several other boards.
Christy Stephenson, CEO for RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton, will receive the World of Corporate Leadership award. A graduate of nursing school in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she has a bachelor’s degree from Rider and an MBA from Temple. She started a hospice in Manhattan, Kansas and joined RWJ Hospital in 1989, where she advanced from planning director to vice president of operations. After three years at Curative Health Services, responsible for a multi-site network of wound care centers in New Jersey and New York, she returned to RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton as chief administrative officer and then CEO.
Rebecca Taylor, senior director of corporate affairs for Bristol-Myers Squibb, gets the World of Communications award. A graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, she has been a journalist at daily and weekly papers and was the press secretary for Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey. She has also been public affairs director for various state agencies. She serves on several boards and co-chairs the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, a public-private partnership.
Marguerite L. Mount CPA, a managing director at the Mercadien Group on Quakerbridge Road, gets the World of Finance award. A graduate of Seton Hall and the W. Paul Stillman School of Business, she is a former principal of the Mount Ritter Group. She is certified as a grantwriter for nonprofits and government entities; she also works in tax compliance and has experience in applying international tax treaties in the individual and corporate environment.
Linda Greenstein, an assemblywoman in the New Jersey State Assembly, receives the World of Public Service award. A graduate of Vassar, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown University Law School, she has taught at Seton Hall Law School, served as assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, served on the Plainsboro Township Committee, and been vice president of the Mercer County School Boards Association. Greenstein wrote New Jersey’s anti-telemarketing law and sponsored
improvements to school bus safety, funding for open space preservation, and property tax reform.
Shirley M. Ward, director of community and urban affairs at Public Service Electric and Gas Company, will receive the World of Community Outreach award. One of her urban development programs was cited by a McGraw Hill book, "The Livable City."
"This event is a great venue for young girls to see professional women who have achieved great things all while staying connected to their families and greater communities," says Ponder. Each honoree will mentor a scout. "Not only are the Girl Scouts inspired by the strength that they see in the women, but the women are just as inspired by the determination of the Girl Scouts.