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"Behind Every Great Woman, There is Another

Great Woman!"

Women Worthy of Honor Awards Banquet

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Eve Lynne Fenton

Masso's Orchard Garden

210 South Delsea Drive, Glassboro, NJ  08028

12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $40.00 per person

Includes: Seated Entree'



"Women in Our Community Serving Our Children"



           Carolyn V. Chang, Esq

Carolyn V.Chang, Esq. is a Family Law Attorney in the South Jersey-Greater Philadelphia area.  Her law practice known as Carolyn V. Chang, Attorney at Law has been located on High Street in Mount Holly, New Jersey since 1992.

Carolyn is a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Judith Yaskin, PJFP; Mary Ann Burgess, JSC and J. Wilson Noden, JSC, all of the Superior Court of New Jersey Chancery Division-Family Part in Mercer County.  Ms Chang is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.  An active member of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New (ABWL), Ms. Chang has served as ABWL's Treasurer from July 1997 to June 1999 and from July 2009 to June 2010.

She is a member of the Burlington County Bar Association where she previously served as Chair of the Juvenile Sub-Committee, and as a Delegate to the NJSBA General Council. She is currently a member of the Family Part Bench and Bar Committee.  She was elected as Committee Woman in Westampton Township, Burlington County in November 2010.  She was sworn in by the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, AJSC as Mayor of Westampton Township on January 8, 2013.  She was sworn in for a second term of Mayor of Westampton Township on Monday, January 6, 2014.  She has played a supportive role in the Women Walking in the Spirit Female Youth-At-Risk Mentoring Program.

          Lauren Y. Hill, Ed.D.

Dr. Hill is the Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program &  Student Support Services at Camden County College.  Dr. Hill began her highter education journey as an EOF student accompanied by her son, Cameron, after graduating from Camden High School at Rutgers - Livingston College.  Dr. Hill is very passionate about connecting residents in and around Camden City to the power of higher education.  Dr. Hill also works with the New Jersey Education Association as a Great Public Schools consultant supporting activities to enhance parental involvement practices.

Dr. Hill attended Rutgers University earning her Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Masters of Public Administration degrees, years later she earned a Doctorate in Educational innovation & Leadership at Wilmington University.  Dr. Hill is married to Wayne Hill, and is a mother and G-mom who is devoted to encouraging positive decision-making and the commitment to persist.  Dr. Hill believes that hope is not a strategy for success; she feels strongly that beyond hope, we must plan, prepare, adapt and persevere to achieve.  Dr. Hill is a lifelong resdent of Camden City and credits her accomplishments to her mom.  Dr. Hill received the 2013 Camden County Freedom Medal for her unselfish contributions to her community.

          Reverend Mary Hodge

She is presently a dedicated member of Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey.  She was licensed in 1997 as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was ordained in 2003 as Reverend.

Rev. Hodge retired from ARCO Chemical Company after 29 years of service.  She became bored with retirement and went back to her first love ministering to the lost.  Presently, she is employed as a State of New Jersey Chaplain of the Juvenile Justice Commission, Office of Chaplaincy Services, where she supervises ofther Chaplains.  Rev Hodge was a Juvenile Justice Commission Volunteer for 15 years before becoming a Chaplain..

She is an appointed member by te Governor of New Jersey to the DOC Commissioner's Advisory Council on Corrections.  She ministers to many youth and adut prison inmates throughout the state of New Jersey.

Mayor Dana Redd

In April 2011, Mayor Dana Redd established the Youth Prevention Policy Board to avert the city's youth from the juvenile justice system and prevent others from becoming adul offenders.  To propel this work forward, in the fall of 2012, the US Department of Justice selected Camden City to be among the second cohort of cities nationally to participate in the highly coveted National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.  The Mayor's 40-member borad-based Task Force engaged in collaborative needs assessment, research, and planning to create a comprehensive citywide plan to prenvt and reduce youth violence.

Mayor Redd will continue to draw upon her 20 years of experience to achieve her overall goal of building a better and brighter future in moving Camden forward.

Joanne Jett-El, LCSW

As a single parent of two striving to support her family, Ms. Jett-El, was led to re-enter college to expand her knowledge and education resulting in an Associate's degree in Crminal Law, Bachelor's degree in Law and Justice and Master's degree in Social Work.

While working on her Associate's degree, Ms. Jett-El was assigned an internship at the Camden County Juvenile Probation office.  However, her focus shifted from being reactive to becoming proactive, from her law school intention to her social work intervention.  She has worked with many children service agencies in South Jersey as she developed in her profession.  Her efforts entailed serving youth in diverse settings and capacities such as foster homes, group homes, residential facilities, juvenile detention centers and even county jails.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Behavioral Health Specialist, Ms. Jett-El specializes with childhood victims of sexual abuse, juvenile sexual offenders, juvenile fire setters, young people suffering with self injurious behaviors as well as adult victims of domestic violence through individual, group and family treatment.

Kendal J. Jones

Kendal is a recent graduate of Rider University with a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts Degree, with a Concentration in Law & Justice and a minor in Psychology.  She is a full-time employee at Gluck Walrath LLP in the Public Finance and Real Estate departments and employed part-time with Twin Oaks Community Services as an advocate and behavior assistant for at risk youth and their families.

She is passionate about empowering and equipping young girls, teenage mothers, single mothers, young adults, recovering addicts.  Kendal's desire is to teach them to live victoriously by expanding and enhancing their emotional and spiritual minds through the influence and impact of the Power of God. 

She also provides positive reinforcement support in the areas of intervention services to children and group behavior modifications guided by the 12 steps of Recovery and Scripture.  Services to women and young girls struggling with issues related to domestic violence, depression, self-esteem, peer pressure, relationship and addiction.  For those with substance abuse she provides and coordinates rides, outreach material and attendance to Narcotics and Alochol Anonymous meetings. With a desire to assist those that she often encounters she provides a24-hour crisis intervention

Leslie A. Morris

In 2007, Leslie released her first book entitled, "How Ya Like Me Now!" which is an inspirational autobiography that provides vivid snapshots into her life's journey as a child growing up in public housing in Long Branch, NJ.  Ms. Morris has used the book as a platform to inspire and motivate young people on their own journey to success.

Leslie's most recent venture involves a partnership with the Campbell Soup Company headquartered in Camden, NJ.  The Women of the Dream project was launched at a focus group event at the Campbell Soup Company in June 2012.  There Leslie convened a group of black women graduates of Simmons College to discuss their journey to success and how their success stories can be used to inspire a new generation of African American girls.  Leslie's non-profit "Women of the Dream"  organization provides mentoring, career counseling, and workshops to African-American girls.