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2016 Women of Achievement Honorees

    Linda Bowden
    Regional President, PNC Bank

    Linda Bowden is the New Jersey Regional President of PNC Bank. Ms. Bowden is responsible for providing executive leadership and supporting client relationship and business development initiatives across the firm's lines of business in the region, including corporate and institutional banking, commerical banking, and wealth management, as well as supporting the firm's community-based activities.

    Bowden adds extensive industry experience to PNC that spans every aspect of wealth management, having served as portfolitio manager, trust and investment officer and as a manager overseeing private banking officers. Bowden has been named among the "25 Women to Watch" by U.S. Banker magazine and was recognized as one of the "Best 50 Women in Business" and "Power 100" by New Jersey business news publication, NJBIZ.

    Prior to joining PNC in 2009, she was the managing director of Wachovia Wealth Management. Bowden began her career as a teacher for seven years in Wyckoff and authored two children's math books.

    Bowden is active in a range of community programs. She serves on the board of the Drumthwacket Foundation, as well as the executive committee of the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Bowden is Second Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of the Board for Choose New Jersey.

    Gina Bruzzichesi
    Senior Vice President, Avis Budget Group, Inc.

    Gina Bruzzichesi is senior vice president, operations, for Avis Budget Group, Inc., a leading global provider of vehicle rental services. Based at the Company's World Headquarters in Parsippany, Ms. Bruzzichesi oversees corporate operations for Avis Car Rental, Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental in the United States and Canada. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company's airport facilities and oversees fleet distribution, revenue generation and expense control for the company.

    Prior to her most recent appointment, Ms. Bruzzichesi held roles as senior vice president of Payless Car Rental, strategic customer leadership and human resources for Avis Budget Group. She joined the company in 2001 and worked in legal, human resources and operations functions in positions of increasing responsibility.

    Ms. Bruzzichesi graduated from Villanova University and recevied her bachelor's degree in sociology where she graduated with honors. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University. Ms. Bruzzichesi resides in Morris County and is a mom to two daughters, Emersyn, 3, and Serafina, 2.

    Malaak Compton-Rock
    Founder/Director of The Angelrock Project

    Malaak Compton-Rock began her career in entertainment and cosmetic public relations and special event fields. However, she found her true calling after accepting a position at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund.) During her three years with the organization, she spearheaded and oversaw the Special Events and Celebrity Relations Department. Compton-Rock designed and orchestrated numerous fundraising and advocacy events, geared towards increasing the organization's visibility and promoting private sector and corporate giving.

    After leaving the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Compton-Rock incorporated styleWORKS, an organization that provided comprehensive grooming services, hair styling, makeup application, skincare services, clothing, accessories, and image consulting to women moving from welfare to work. In 2008, she founded the Angelrock Project, an online e-village that promotes volunteerism, social responsibility, and sustainable change. Among its many elements, the Angelrock Project includes valuable information on how to volunteer, advice on making monetary or in-kind donations, links to life-changing non-profit organizations, and recommendations on fair trade companies whose products sustain third-world artisans.

    Additionally, Compton-Rock partners with local grassroots organizations in Diepsloot and Soweta, South Africa, two proverty-stricken shanty towns to provide assistance to orphaned and vulnerable children, granny-led households and people living with HIV/AIDS. Core programming includes educational assistance, food and nutritional support, income-generating schemes and emergency care to the most vulnerable citizens in the target communities. She also founded and coordinated Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service, a program that took groups of at-risk youth from Brooklyn, New York to South Africa and Ghana for two weeks of global volunteer service focused on HIV/AIDS and child slavery. The 2008-2009 inaugural program was filmed as part of CNN's Black in America 2: Tomorrow's Leaders hosted by journalist Soledad O'Brien.

    Dr. Ursula Parrish Daniels
    Executive Assistant to the President, Bergen Community College

    Activism, volunteerism, and professionalism are fundamental to the character of Dr. Ursula Parrish Daniels. She has been an advocate for the empowerment of women and the rights of children throughout her professional career. Her deep concern regarding the disparities that exist for students of color is documented through her numerous efforts on their behalf. Dr. B. Kaye Walter, Bergen's President, who appointed Dr. Daniels to her current position as Executive Assistant to the Preisdent, has described her work as "extraordinary." Dr. Daniels works diligently to facilitate collaborations between the college and our K-12 partners to promote student success. Additionally, her efforts to promote Bergen as a community resource are endless.

    She has served as an educational consultant for IBM, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), the New York City Public School, the Institute for Research and Professional Development and Time Warner, Inc. "Time to Read," Time Warner's national literacy program was launched at Englewood's Janis E. Dismus Middle School as a result of her efforts. This program was a component of the U.S. Department of Education's GEAR-Up grant which was a partnership between the College and the Englewood Public Schools from 1999-2005. As a member of the Bergen County NAACP, Dr. Daniels was pivotal to the revival of the NAACP Campus Youth Group chartered over 25 years ago at Bergen.

    Dr. Daniels has served as president of the Bergen/Passaic Chapter of the Coalition of 100 Blakc Women, Inc. as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Urban League for Bergen County (ULBC), as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Food Action and as a member of the Board of the West Side Infant Day Care Center. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and the New York Girl Firends, Inc., one of the oldest African American women's organization in the county. She is the founding director of the College Child Development Center at Bergen Community College.

    Lindsey Inserra-Hughes
    Vice President of Corporation Retail Health & Wellness, Inserra Supermarkets
    Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise

    Lindsey graduated from New York University with a degree in Social Work and continued her family’s long-standing tradition of giving back to those in need. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11, Lindsey knew the importance of helping others as she found people’s kindness to be such a support. During the time that Lindsey was completing her degree at NYU, she worked at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and Hoboken University Medical Center in Hoboken, NJ in their respective social services departments. During this time, Lindsey also identified the need to support those living with Type 1 Diabetes. She founded the organization ACT 1: Adults Coping with Type 1 Diabetes, a support network of adult Type 1 Diabetics. The group provides services such as support groups, meet-ups and an online community focused on supporting each other in a positive way. In the spirit of using her own experience with having diabetes, Lindsey turned a negative into a positive. Truly believing that if her experience could help another, she would devote her time to that cause. Following graduation, Lindsey knew that her career choice would have to stay focused on furthering her experience gained while working in the social work field. She decided to go into the family grocery store business where she is committed to meeting the needs of others in a broader sense while merging all of her passions. Two years ago, Lindsey became the Vice President of Corporate Retail Health and Wellness where she currently runs a team of eleven registered retail dietitians. Her program encompasses her knowledge and her hope to bring healthy food and lifestyle changes to those who could otherwise not afford these services. Lindsey has found a way to improve her company’s community outreach and ability to provide support to the costumer in a new way that Inserra Supermarkets had been unable to achieve before. Lindsey also works with her company’s charitable donation department in addition to developing Inserra Supermarkets’ public relations team. Lindsey believes that a “boots on the ground” approach to nutrition and wellness is the key to patient’s success, which is why she created her team of dieticians the program they offer to consumers. Currently, Lindsey serves as the Young Professional Chair of the Northeast Board of the Diabetes Research Institute, a cure focused diabetes organization that she has worked with for many years. In this role, she is working to cultivate the next generation of DRI supporters needed to raise the necessary funds to cure this disease. In addition to her board position at the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Lindsey was recently asked to join the Advisory Board at Lyfebulb, a “patient-centric organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic disease NOW”. Most recently Lindsey was appointed to the board of Table to Table, an organization dedicated to delivering food to those who need it most. Utilizing her family business and all available resources, Lindsey is committed to supporting this worthy cause. Lindsey is 31 years old and lives in Mahwah, NJ with her husband John Hughes and her two dogs.

    Katherine Bickerton
    GSNNJ Volunteer and Leader
    Mitzi Golbek Spirit of Girl Scouting Award

    Katherine Bickerton has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts in Denville since 1995 when her daughter began her Girl Scout Daisy experience. She enjoyed lots of adventures and learning experiences with that initial group of girls and the subsequent girls who found their way into the troop in the years that followed. Her current troop of 11th and 12th graders make her very glad she continued as a leader, as their energy and enthusiasm are the highlight of her week.

    Katherine is grateful for the many opportunities that Girl Scouts has afforded her over the years. She has served her community in many leadership positions and, at the council level, has represented GSNNJ at three national conventions. She is an adult development facilitator, a member of the Gold Award Committee and the Adult Recognitions Committee.

    Girl Scouting has always been on Katherine's radar. Her first experience in working with girls came in high school, when she worked with a Girl Scout Brownie troop in Morristown while completing the requirements for her "All-Round Cord" (like a Girl Scout Silver Award), having recently moved to New Jersey from Windsor, Ontariio, where she grew up as a Girl Guide. She credits her girlhood Girl Guide experiences in camping and hiking, teamwork and leadership as being hugely foundational in giving her the skills she stilll uses at work as well as community service endeavors.

    Professionally, Katherine has worked in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. Currently, she is serving in the public sector, working as the administrative assistant to the Superintendent/Principal of the Boonton Township School District.

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