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Freehold Resident Elected State President of Business and Professional Women

Business and Professional Women of New Jersey (BPWNJ) held a successful state conference on May 17, 2014 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.  The event included election of state officers, a scholarship luncheon, an educational program, a business meeting and networking time.  

The state officers for 2014/15 are:  President, Gwendolyn Evans (of Freehold), Carol Lieber (of Manahawkin), Vice President-, Treasurer, Penny Miller (of Manahawkin), and Secretary, Jeanne Jameson (of Highland Lakes).

Gwendolyn L. Evans worked as the College Nurse at Brookdale Community College from August, 1975 to December 2013.  Gwen is the current CEO of Comprehensive Legal Nurse Consulting   She graduated from Brookdale Community College School of Nursing in 1971, receiving an A.A.S degree. In May, 2006, she graduated from Rutgers University, Suma Cum Laude, with a Master’s in Labor and Employee Relations.  Ms. Evans was also a Legal Nurse Consultant, specializing in employment, mental health malpractice, and college health malpractice issues.. In her roles as mother, grandmother, nurse, family member and friend Gwen is always available to lend a helping hand to all of those who need it. She has been active in raising scholarship funds since 2007 in her mother’s name to assist students financially in the Health Science majors. She is also the President of Lincroft Business and Professional Women’s Group.

Carol Lieber retired in 2002, after working 20 years for the Elmont Union Free School District in Nassau County, Long Island, New York where she held the position of Confidential Secretary (Manager) of the Office of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services and was also the Central Registrar for the School District.  Currently she is a Sales Representative for Arbonne International beauty products. 

Carol moved to Manahawkin, New Jersey where, she joined Business and Professional Women of Southern Ocean County.  Ms. Lieber stated, “BPW has been a perfect fit for me and my interests.”   Carol is also the current Secretary of the Business and Professional Women Foundation.  She is a past President of Business and Professional Women of Southern Ocean County.  She noted that family and friends are her first love and that volunteerism is her second love.

Penny (Priscilla Miller) is currently employed by First Commerce Bank, Lakewood NJ.  She is a former Vice President and Branch Manager for Sovereign Bank, Sun National,

National West, Citizens First, and City Federal.  She is a Past State President for Business and Professional Women of New Jersey, Current President and Founder of Business and Professional Women Foundation, President of Southern Ocean County BPW and Chairwoman of the Stafford Business Park Commission located on Recovery Road, Manahawkin, NJ.  Penny is the mother of two sons, Brian Jr. and Matthew Veprek and grandmother of four, Tyler, Delaney, Alexandra, & Samantha.  She is married to Steven R. Miller.

Jeanne Jameson is an Accounting Manager at J. Moore & Co., a Mechanical Contracting firm in Essex County NJ. Jeanne has been with the firm for 26 years and has developed many unique methods for preparing the various reports demanded by an increasingly regulated industry governing the construction industry. Jeanne’s background includes a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration. Her background in Business and Professional Women is extensive serving on the Executive Boards of the Local (President, Treasurer), District (Leader), State (Vice President and President) and National Organization (Board of Director member) since the early 1990’s. In addition, she manages a Website space Reseller business and Tax Return preparation service for a small select group of businesses and individuals.

On a personal level, Jeanne spent the past 24 years representing her Community as a Voting Board member on the Homeowner Community Association Governing Body. She spent those years aggressively seeking open communication between the Voting Board, the Managing Office and the members.  Jeanne’s personal life revolves around her husband Michael and her daughter Leanne.

At the scholarship luncheon the BPWNJ Foundation awarded $4000.00 to four recipients. This past February an additional $1000.00 was awarded to a woman entering the health field.   Penny Miller, President of the BPWNJ Foundation stated, "We are an organization of women helping women. Members donated the funds that were distributed and were honored to be able to provide financial assistance to such worthwhile candidates."

Chartered in 1919, BPW/NJ is a statewide organization presiding over multi-regional local organizations. The ultimate goal for BPWNJ is equality for all women in areas of pay, opportunity, growth, health and well-being. The mission of the organization is to provide a supportive environment for women working towards personal and professional fulfillment, by advocating women's economic, educational and health issue.  The vision is to be the leading advocate for New Jersey women. Membership is open to all individuals who support the vision and mission of BPW/NJ.  Three statewide meetings are scheduled for 2014/15 in October, February and May. Meetings include networking time and an educational program. Guests are always welcome. Visit www.businessandprofessionalwomennj.org to learn more about the organization.


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