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2019 Women of Achievement Honorees

Lisa Brady
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Lisa Brady Schmittgall began preparing for her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Joseph’s Health when she joined the Girl Scouts in her small Illinois community. Through the Girl Scout’s overnight summer camp, she began learning life skills, building relationships, and gaining confidence. Years later, Ms. Brady Schmittgall would assume multiple jobs to put herself through college, calling again on the resourceful spirit and courage she learned through her Girl Scouting years.

Ms. Brady Schmittgall’s career began as a strategy consultant to healthcare providers throughout the country. She then served as SVP, Chief Strategy Officer, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, for ten years. Subsequently, Ms. Brady Schmittgall moved to the East Coast as SVP and COO, as well as Vice President, Planning and Business Development at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, where she was responsible for the overall operations of the community teaching hospital. When the hospital merged, she assumed the role of SVP, Strategy and System Development at Western Connecticut Health Network in Danbury, where she led the formulation of a system-wide strategic plan, the development of an overall marketing and branding strategy, and the development of a Network-wide physician resource plan.

Nearly four years ago, Ms. Brady Schmittgall joined St. Joseph’s Health, a Paterson, New Jersey-based not-for-profit healthcare and hospital system sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The organization is a top provider of charity care throughout the state and includes leading physicians and world-class services, a trauma center, Children’s Hospital, Wayne campus, and Healthcare & Rehab Center.

Looking to give back to her community, Ms. Brady Schmittgall has served as a Board Member of the YWCA, Aurora, IL; United Way, Aurora, IL; Sunnymere Retirement Center, Aurora, IL, and served as teaching faculty after earning her Master of Science Degree from Rush University in Chicago. She currently sits on the Policy Development Committee at New Jersey Hospital Association and is a Board Member at Metro YMCA.

Most of her career, Ms. Brady Schmittgall lived in Chicago – even after meeting and then marrying a NYC firefighter at Wrigley Field. She lives with her husband and 7-year-old twins in Rockland County, where her daughter Anna is a proud member of her Girl Scout Daisy troop, embarking on her own journey toward independence and courage.

June Bray
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June Bray joined Allergan (formerly Forest Laboratories) in 2008 as the head of regulatory affairs. She assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Medical Writing in 2012, and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 40 years.

Throughout her career Ms. Bray has successfully obtained global drug approvals, including over 30 in the United States.

Prior to joining Allergan, Ms. Bray headed the regulatory affairs organization at Organon (now Merck), was the head of regulatory affairs at Berlex Laboratories (now Bayer HealthCare), and worked at Hoechst Roussel (now Sanofi Aventis) in positions of increasing responsibility.

Ms. Bray has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Balpreet Grewal-Virk
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Growing up in Westwood, New Jersey, Balpreet Grewal-Virk’s childhood was full of sunny days at Van Saun Park and riding her bike on Forest Ave. She was born and raised in Bergen County and therefore grew up in a diverse community. Both her parents migrated from Punjab, India to make a better life for themselves and their families. Her mother was a homemaker, and her father a mechanical engineer, professor at Fairleigh Dickson University, and an entrepreneur.

Ms. Grewal-Virk and her younger brother grew up in a very close-knit family, having most of their aunts, uncles, and cousins living less than 20 minutes away; all fifty of them. The family flourished in the gas station business, which meant that she learned the meaning of hard work and dedication, at a very young age. She attended Saddle River Day School from the sixth grade onwards and graduated from Seton Hall University, majoring in Criminal Justice. Ms. Grewal-Virk went on to earn her Master's degree in Corporate and Organizational Culture, an MBA degree with a focus in Marketing, and finally a PhD degree in Health and Medical Sciences.

During these years in academia, Ms. Grewal-Virk also became a part of the political circuit. She has been involved in multiple campaigns including those of Senator Cory Booker, Senator Robert Menendez, and more recently Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. She also served on Governor Murphy’s healthcare transition team.

Ms. Grewal-Virk worked at her father’s oil company for over ten years, as the Marketing Director, and joined Hackensack Meridian Health in January 2016. She currently holds the position of Director, Community Engagement Population Health at Hackensack Meridian Health. 

In addition, Ms. Grewal-Virk is an advocate for spinal cord injury. During Hurricane Sandy, a night before the 2012 Presidential Election, her father suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident. Her father, who holds giving back to the community an important mission, was helping get first responders, like firemen, police officers, doctors, and nurses, fuel for their vehicles, so that they could help others. He didn’t know that he would need their help the most. She has spoken at multiple forums about spinal cord injury, even addressing an audience at a Congressional Briefing, in Washington DC. Her next event is at Rutgers, where she will share the stage with Dr. Wise Young, the leading researcher in spinal cord injury, in the United States.

Ms. Grewal-Virk holds three things very close to her: her family, her mission to help others, and her dedication to educate the community on healthcare issues. When she is not busy working, she’s spending time with her husband, Yoginder, their very active 5-year-old daughter, Sifth, and 20-month-old, Mehma.

Amber Sabathia
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Amber Sabathia is a woman full of passion and purpose. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, published columnist, public speaker, and contributing editor.

Having grown up in the inner city and been raised by a single mom, Ms. Sabathia learned early on to follow her dream and that anything is possible. With this core value at the forefront, she co-founded the PitCCh In Foundation to enrich the lives of at-risk youth in the inner city. As the Executive Director, Ms. Sabathia is committed to strengthening and expanding the Signature Programs.

An avid runner, Ms. Sabathia bridged her passion for running and giving back when she joined the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Board of Directors. She serves on the Youth & Communities Committee and works hard to fulfill the mission of giving all people everywhere a reason to run.

Ms. Sabathia graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and earned a Certificate of Philanthropy at Heyman College at New York University. She is married to her high school sweetheart, CC Sabathia, six-time All-Star and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher for the New York Yankees. Amidst all her success, Ms. Sabathia’s greatest accomplishment is being a mom to four amazing children.

Janet Henry Cash
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Janet Henry Cash is the principal of Marshall Hill School in West Milford Township, one of six Kindergarten-6th grade neighborhood elementary schools in the West Milford Township School District. During her two-year tenure as principal, she has worked with the Marshall Hill School community to enhance the school’s special education program, promote differentiated instruction, and focus on school-community partnerships. Under her leadership, Marshall Hill School was named a “State School of Character” by Character.org in 2018.

Before joining the West Milford Township Public School district, Ms. Cash served as a teacher for Franklin Lakes Public Schools for seven years, and was named a Teacher of the Year for Colonial Road School in 2013. During her tenure with the Franklin Lakes school district, she earned her M.Ed. in Special Education and M.A. in Educational Leadership.

Ms. Cash, who was a Girl Scout for 12 years and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, began her professional career at Girl Scouts: Lenni-Lenape Council as an Outdoor Program Specialist. She quickly advanced to become the Outdoor Program Director for Lake Rickabear Day Camp through the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, and created a robust outdoor program offering.

Ms. Cash served as a member of the New York/ New Jersey American Camp Board and was appointed as the 2008 Girl Scouts of the USA Representative for the Juliette Low Seminar in Adelboden, Switzerland. This national-level experience created opportunities for North and South America Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to come together through camp programming and badge work, which she helped facilitate.  

Even as her educational leadership role continues to develop. Ms. Cash is a champion for Girl Scouts. She believes through empowering girls, we empower our communities, states, and nation to be more accountable, more present, and most of all, more inclusive.  

Ms. Cash earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Miami University of Ohio. She currently holds standard certifications in K-6th Elementary Education, K-12 Art Education, and T.S.D (Teacher of Students with Disabilities), in addition to administrative-level certification.  

She is a six-year member of the National Ski Patrol and is a volunteer member for Camelback Ski Patrol in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. She resides in West Milford with her husband, Greg, and future Girl Scout daughter, Rozabeth. 

Martha De Young
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Martha De Young has been a Girl Scout for 60 years, starting in a troop in Saddle Brook with her mother, Kathryn Springer, and Marie Parker as her Girl Scout leaders. Today, Ms. De Young's granddaughter, Megan Mooney, is a Girl Scout in a troop led by her mother, (Ms. De Young's daughter,) Susan Mooney.

Ms. De Young is currently the Service Unit Manager for the towns of Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park, and South Hackensack, is the leader of a Girl Scout Senior Troop in Maywood, and is advisor to a Girl Scout Daisy Troop in Hackensack.

Living by the motto “it is better to give than receive," and in addition to her many Girl Scout volunteer roles, Ms. De Young is an active volunteer with the Adler Aphasia Center, Secretary of the Maywood July 4th Committee, Education Chair and Social Services Chair for the Women’s Club of Maywood, and is active with the Summit Church in Hackensack. She is also a member of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey’s Order of the Evergreen.

Among her many accomplishments, Ms. De Young has been Grand Marshall of the Maywood 4th of July Parade, was inducted into the Maywood Hall of Fame, received the Bergen County Volunteer of the Year Award, and received the Scouter of the Year Award from the Northeast Region Scout Museum.

Through the years, Ms. De Young has worked to bring the Girl Scout program to as many girls as possible and has been a great mentor and support to girls and their volunteers. In 1987, she served as a delegate to the Girl Scout National Convention in Portland, Oregon. There she met girls who lived on a Native American Reservation that traveled 30 miles one way to attend their Girl Scout meetings. She has never forgotten their story and their dedication to being active in Girl Scouts despite the logistical obstacles in their way, and it is one reason why she works so hard to ensure every girl in Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park, and South Hackensack have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout. A self-described “Green Blood Girl Scout,” she truly lives the Girl Scout Promise and Law every day.

Ms. De Young recently retired from Myron Corp after 32 years as an International Expeditor.

 

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