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2015 Women of Achievement Honorees

Dr. Alicia Abella
Assistant Vice President, AT&T Advanced Technology

Angela Margolit
President, Bluebird Auto Rental Systems

Honorable Lizette Parker
Mayor of Teaneck

Marnita Robertson
Director, Information Technology Attorney, United Parcel Service

Jessica A. Jansyn
Attorney, Laddey Clark & Ryan, LLP
Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise

Gigi Regolizio
GSNNJ Volunteer and Leader
Mitzi Golbek Spirit of Girl Scouting, GSNNJ Volunteer

 

 

Dr. Alicia Abella
Assistant Vice President, AT&T Advanced Technology

Dr. Abella is Executive Director of the Innovative Services Research Department, where she manages a group of multi-disciplinary technical staff specializing in data mining, user interfaces, IPTV, mobile services, SIP/VoIP technology.  In 2009 she was recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for her contributions in the area of green technology. In 2008 she became a member of the elite group of AT&T Science and Technology Medal award winners.  She was also a recipient of the 2008 Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement. 

 

Dr. Abella has helped serve to increase the pool of women and minorities in science by serving as Vice President of the Young Science Achievers Program and chair of the AT&T Labs Fellowship Committee. Dr. Abella holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University, a M.S. in computer science from Columbia University and a B.S. in computer science from New York University. 

 

Dr. Abella is a first generation American. She grew up in Queens, New York with her Cuban-born parents. Her 17-year career at AT&T helped propel her into the spotlight. In 2010, Abella was chosen as one of the top five women of the year by Hispanic Business magazine. A few weeks later, she was nominated to join President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Abella became a commissioner in May 2011, after an extensive, months-long background check. Abella is one of 30 commissioners who meet twice a year at the White House. Her focus is on corporate/ public partnerships and media.



 

Angela Margolit
President, Bluebird Auto Rental Systems

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Angela was involved in numerous clubs and activities at a very early age.  As soon as she could work, she held down three jobs while finishing high school at St. Mary’s Springs in Fond du Lac. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, she lived in Minnesota, Texas, then southern California.  While working full-time, she completed her MBA in Information Systems from San Diego State University.
 
While living in San Diego, she was a programmer for PRC, CSC, and EDS, then she was recruited to be a systems engineer for Datapoint.  With them, she was put on a sales rep track, and sold systems to the Army, Navy, and Air Force.  After working in different vertical markets in the southwest, she moved to New Jersey in February of 1988, to work for Bluebird Systems.  Her task was to sell the auto rental software to companies throughout the northeast. 
 
That was also the year she met her husband, Mike.  In 1989, their first son, Ben, was born, followed by Brian in 1992.  After a brief maternity leave with each son, Angela continued to expand her territory and managed several major accounts.
 
Wanting to port the auto rental software from SuperDOS to Windows, Angela engineered an employee leveraged buy-out of the auto rental division.  The new company, Bluebird Auto Rental Systems, immediately hired a Florida-based consulting team, Automation Plus, to rewrite the software.  Serving car rental companies and dealerships throughout the world, Bluebird is committed to keeping pace with technology in order to offer the most advanced line of products possible, as well as providing top-notch customer support.  They are considered one of the premier providers in the industry, and therefore sponsor over a dozen conventions a year plus a biennial Users Conference.
 
Always encouraging other women to take the plunge into owning their own business, Angela is very active – donating time and money – with groups such as the Women in Business Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship. An avid sailor, Angela is an adult leader with the Sea Scouts, a division of the Boys Scouts which girls 14 and over can join.  Throughout the summer the troop meets to learn how to chart a course and tie knots, culminating with a week long cruise to put into practice what they learned!


Honorable Lizette Parker
Mayor of Teaneck

Lizette Parker is a dedicated public servant who distinguishes herself as a conscientious and active community leader in Teaneck, NJ. She was first elected to the Teaneck Town Council in May 2006. In May of 2010 and 2014 Parker was reelected to the Teaneck Township Council with the honor of earning the most votes. Subsequently, May 2014 Parker garnered the esteemed distinction of being the third female Mayor of Teaneck as well as the first African-American female Mayor of Teaneck and Bergen County.
 
Mayor Parker has taken a special interest in making government more accessible to the people, readily addressing the needs of the varied communities represented in Teaneck. A positive role model and youth advocate, Parker’s hard work, and commitment to her community have earned her the respect and confidence of her colleagues and constituents. She is known as a fair, approachable and action-oriented public servant working to foster a consensus to improve the efficiency of the Council as well as Teaneck.
 
As a councilwoman, her proudest accomplishment was the reestablishment of a Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Parker noticed that the township had various boards that advised the council on multiple issues, but none that addressed the needs of the township’s most precious residents, its youth. Mayor Parker continues to mentor former YAB members into young adulthood.
 
Mayor Parker began her career in public service as a caseworker for the Bergen County Board of Social Services where she has moved up the ranks; she currently serves as a Social Work Supervisor. Her duties include managing an Emergency Assistance Unit that helps salvage and secure housing for public assistance recipients. She has been employed by the board for 21 years.
 
The Mayor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Montclair State University, and a Master’s in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickerson University. She is a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack.
 
Lizette Parker is also a member of various community-based organizations which include: the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc., National Coalition of One Hundred Black Women Bergen/Passaic Chapter, Bergen County Branch of the NAACP, and the Bergen County Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc.
 

Lizette is married to Anthony and in May of 2014, they celebrated their 16th anniversary, they are the proud parents of their daughter Alyssa Mariann Parker. Mayor Parker enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her brother Timothy. She also loves to travel.           

 

Marnita Robertson
Director, Information Technology Attorney, United Parcel Service

Marnita Robertson is a Director, Information Technology Attorney for United Parcel Service in New Jersey.  Ms. Robertson currently provides legal support for UPS' Information Technology division. She is primarily responsible for providing legal support for the Information Technology Global Sourcing group. This group is responsible for the acquisition of a majority of the significant technology used by UPS in its global operations including the acquisition of telecommunications services, software licensing, customized hardware acquisitions, outsourcing and intellectual property rights. Ms. Robertson negotiates complex technology contracts and is involved in a broad array of technology related legal issues including data privacy, data security, e-commerce and software compliance.
 
Ms. Robertson is admitted to the New Jersey bar. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law School.  She is currently matriculating at Lazarski University, Poland pursuing a LLM degree in Commercial Transnational Practice which provides an emphasis on international business, trade, dispute resolution, and the cross border practice of law.  She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) as well as a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). Ms. Robertson is a member of the American Bar Association, International Law Section, a member of the Association for Corporation Counsel, National Association of Women Lawyers and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  She is also a court qualified mediator under Rule 1:40 for the NJ Superior Court and a member of the NJ Association of Professional Mediators. 
 
Ms. Robertson is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix, Online MBA Program and teaches graduate courses in Business Law and Corporate Governance.
She was a former Board President for the Urban League of Bergen County and former board member for Bergen County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She was also a former volunteer for the Child Placement Review Board which is a board comprised of citizens that assist the court in reviewing cases of children placed outside of their homes by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP).  


Jessica A. Jansyn
Attorney, Laddey Clark & Ryan, LLP
Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise

Ms. Jansyn is an associate at Laddey, Clark & Ryan LLC in Sparta.  She earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law. She was a member of the Seton Hall Law review and worked for two semesters at the law clinics at Seton Hall. Prior to that she received a B.A. degree in English and Mathematics from Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J. After her undergraduate career, Ms. Jansyn spent a year working in Fuzhou, China teaching at a private women’s college.

 

Ms. Jansyn is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York and her practice focuses on Employment and Labor law as well as Estates and Trusts planning, administration, and litigation.  Ms. Jansyn’s has represented both employers and employees on a variety of employment matters including discrimination, whistle-blowing, severance agreement, non-compete agreements and contract claims.  Ms. Jansyn also has experience in employee handbook review and drafting and is a regular speaker at the LCR Employment Series seminars.

 

Ms. Jansyn is a member of the Board at Ginnie’s House, Sussex County Children’s Advocacy Center as well as the Board at Mane Stream.

 

Gigi Regolizio
GSNNJ Volunteer and Leader
Mitzi Golbek Spirit of Girl Scouting Award

 

Gigi Regolizio has been a Girl Scout volunteer for 12 years.  She started as the co-leader of a Girl Scout Brownie troop and has since led several different troops and groups in her community and in Sussex County.  She started a special needs troop at Newton High School and mentored a group of girls ages 11-17 in Andover. She later took over a Girl Scout Daisy troop.  Within Sussex County, she has served as a regional coordinator for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors to help guide leaders through the Journeys and new Girl Scout Awards.

 

Gigi has taken on many volunteer positions in her community. She has been a Service Unit Cookie Manager, Service Unit Delegate, Service Unit Manager and Co-Service Unit Manager, of several different communities including Andover, Sunrise,  and the recently formed service unit of Newton, Andover and Green.  She also served as Service Unit Treasurer of Andover. 

 

At the council level, Gigi shared her talents and passion for Girl Scouting as a trainer, facilitating about 30 trainings a year. She has developed and facilitated a workshop on adapting the Girl Scout program for girls with special needs and also helped to create the manual for in-person training for Girl Scouting 101. 
 
Gigi also represented Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as a delegate to the National Council Session and National Convention in 2008 in Indianapolis and in 2011 in Houston. 
Because of her dedication and commitment to Girl Scouts, she has been honored with the Outstanding Leader Award, Appreciation Pin and Honor Pin.
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