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2020 Honorees & Sponsors

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We are proud to present our 2020 Women of Achievement honorees...

Charlotte Abella
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Charlotte Abella
Vice President of Marketing
If You Care® / Source Atlantique, Inc.

Since 2015, Charlotte Abella has been Vice President of Marketing for Source Atlantique Inc., one of the largest specialty foods importers in the country. At Source Atlantique, Abella works with specialty food brands in developing and implementing shopper marketing and consumer digital and social media programs.

In addition, Abella has overall responsibility for the brand If You Care, a complete line of environment-friendly kitchen and household products carefully and deliberately crafted to have the least environmental impact and the lightest carbon footprint possible, while at the same time, delivering to the consumer, the highest quality and most effective results.

Abella started with the brand in 2004 when she first worked at Source Atlantique, with just a handful of items and now, If You Care is the leader in pushing the limits of environmental and social responsibility in its categories, featuring over 40 products. She oversees brand management, new product development, supplier relations, and export sales. If You Care has consistently grown double-digits in the past 10 years and is now distributed in over 30 countries as a result of her efforts.

If You Care has been prominently featured in national media such as Martha Stewart Living, Clean Eating, Rachael Ray, PBS Shows Moveable Feast and Martha Bakes and has also received international press in media outlets in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Germany to name a few.

Prior to her current position at Source Atlantique, Abella held a variety of marketing and communications roles outside the food industry. Her most recent work was with Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to business development for small to-medium sized companies in New York City.

Abella was born and raised in the Philippines but was exposed to different cultures at a young age She lived in Singapore with her parents when she was a child and has traveled extensively on a global basis. She is most passionate about food, traveling, yoga, and the If You Care brand.

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Nikki Sumpter
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Atlantic Health System

A forward-thinking leader celebrated for inspiring positive change and engagement across large health care systems, Nikki Sumpter is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Atlantic Health System.  Under Sumpter's purposeful leadership, the integrated care delivery system, which boasts 16,000 team members and 400+ sites of care, was honored for the 11th consecutive year as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For . Most recently, Sumpter was honored with the 2018 Great Place to Work for All Leadership Award , designed to recognize the integral strategic and cultural influence of talented women leaders from Fortune 100-recognized organizations.

The daily activities of Sumpter and her team are devoted to encouraging the alignment and development of AHS caregivers; promoting health and wellness; fostering diversity and inclusion; and extending system initiatives connected to sustainability, charitable giving, and community involvement. The team is grounded by Sumpter's fundamental belief in a life of service to others, and in constantly striving to surpass one’s own expectations of what is possible when we work together.

Prior to joining Atlantic Health, Sumpter served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. There, she led enterprise-wide strategies founded on a commitment to excellent patient-centered care and a best-in-class workplace. Sumpter and JPS were honored with a Press Ganey Commitment to Excellence Award for Employee Engagement for their successful redesign of employee recognition, benefit plans, and workforce and leadership development programs. While with the organization, Sumpter was named a Most Powerful Businesswoman by the National Diversity Council and Texas Diversity Magazine, and JPS was recognized by the Dallas Morning News as a Top 100 employer.

Sumpter began her career at Carolinas Healthcare System, now operating as Atrium Health.  During her tenure, she was awarded with multiple promotions in recognition of her talent for fostering positive workforce relations, and emerged as a key strategic leader on the HR leadership team.

Sumpter holds a Masters in Human Resources Development from Villanova University and a Bachelors in Business Administration – Management from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Morris-Sussex-Warren Workforce Development Board and Cornerstone Family Programs. 

BD Women's Initiative Network of Franklin Lakes
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BD Women's Initiative Network
BD, Franklin Lakes, NJ

The mission of the BD Women's Initiative Network is to create an inclusive and supportive environment that facilitates the retention and advancement of women across the organization. WIN Franklin Lakes strives to expand, enrich, and enable the opportunities, experiences, and goals of women at BD in Franklin Lakes.

BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics, and the delivery of care. The company develops innovative technology, services, and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers.

BD and its 65,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help improve patient outcomes, improve the safety and efficiency of clinicians’ care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease, and advance researchers’ capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics.

BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. BD helps customers enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety, and expand access to healthcare. bd.com. 

Representing the BD Women's Initiative Network at Women of Achievement 2020 are members Monica Council-Miles, Jennifer Singelyn Dietric, and Luba DeGroat. 

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Monica Council-Miles
Manager, Social Investing
BD

Monica Council-Miles is a member of the BD Social Investing team, where she oversees corporate giving and grant programs, employee giving, state and local volunteerism, and special volunteerism events. She also develops relationships between BD and nonprofit organizations that operate locally in New Jersey and on a global scale. Council-Miles supports BD’s associate resource groups, which drive the inclusion and diversity goals at BD, in planning team-based volunteer opportunities that drive associate and community engagement.

In 2017, Council-Miles launched BD’s first multi-site employee engagement volunteer event: The BD Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Implemented in collaboration with Rise Against Hunger, a global NGO, this initiative each year brings together hundreds of BD associates at more than a dozen locations across the United States, to pack shelf-stable meals to feed people in vulnerable communities across the globe. Under Council-Miles' leadership, BD is on target to pack over one million meals through this program by 2020.

Prior to joining BD, Council-Miles worked within the entertainment industry at Motown Records, WNYW Channel 5, and at VIACOM, where she supported creative marketing strategies for Nickelodeon and Spike TV brands, including SpongeBob SquarePants and the James Bond franchises.

Council-Miles is a 2017 fellow of the Bergen LEADS Civic Leadership Program, and is a management associate with the Information Technology Senior Management Forum. She served as school district parent liaison for the Pennsylvania State Education Department’s Dyslexia Pilot Program and is a member of National Black MBA Association. She is a 2019 recipient of the TWIN (The Women of Influence) Awards by the YWCA of Northern New Jersey.

Council-Miles earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and media from William Paterson University. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Milford, Penn. 

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Jennifer Singelyn Dietrich
Senior Program Manager
BD

Jennifer Singelyn Dietrich is a Senior Program Manager at BD, where she is responsible for leading cross-functional project teams to develop new products. She began her career at BD in 2010 as a Senior Engineer in the Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP), and has had the opportunity to work on a variety of products within the medical and diagnostic segments. Some of these products are a low-cost safety syringe portfolio for global markets, microbiology lab automation equipment, a smart-device for measuring medication delivery, and a chemotherapeutic contamination monitoring device.

In addition to her role of Program Manager, Singelyn Dietrich has held a variety of leadership roles within BD as part of the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and TLDP. She is passionate about helping others through the products she develops and through outreach activities, focused on inspiring others to pursue STEM-related careers. As co-chairs of the WIN Outreach committee, Singelyn Dietrich and Luba DeGroat have partnered with the Girl Scouts to put on “BD Girl Scout Day” at the BD campus – introducing girls to the life-changing work being done at BD and encouraging the girls to pursue their dreams.

Prior to BD, Singelyn Dietrich completed her PhD at the University of California, San Diego – where her thesis work was to develop a material to repair cardiac tissue after someone has experienced a heart-attack. Her undergraduate degree is a double major in Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Outside of work, Singelyn Dietrich and her husband live in New Jersey and are expecting their first child in May. They enjoy travelling and exploring the outdoors. Singelyn Dietrich is originally from New Jersey and spent her childhood days focused on her studies, while being actively involved in sports and in Girl Scouts. She even received her Girl Scout Gold Award, which taught her many of the skills required in her Program Management role.

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Luba DeGroat
IP Operations Manager
BD

Luba DeGroat is an IP Operations Manager at BD, a Fortune 500 medical device and instrumentation technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents.

In her role, DeGroat is responsible for driving operational efficiency, optimizing IP services and managing IP-related projects. Her experience includes process improvement, lean Six Sigma, data integrations, and project management. DeGroat has been an associate with BD’s Law Group since 2014.

Committed to diversity and inclusion, DeGroat co-chairs BD’s Franklin Lakes chapter of Women’s Initiative Network – External Outreach, where she, together with her colleague Jennifer Singelyn Dietrich, build meaningful partnerships with external organizations whose mission aligns with BD.

Prior to joining BD in 2014, DeGroat worked as an Operations Specialist for the New Jersey State Judiciary in Passaic County, where she oversaw daily operations of the Law Library/Self-Help Center.

DeGroat holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hunter College, CUNY. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children where they enjoy spending time with family and friends. She is also a Girl Scout co-leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout Brownie Troop.

Megan Lunde (Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise)
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Megan Lunde
Customer Success Manager
Amperity

Megan Lunde is a Customer Success Manager at Amperity. In this role, she works with retail clients to help them harness the power of their customer data to build outstanding customer experiences. Before joining Amperity in 2019, Lunde worked at American Express on the team that launched Plenti, the first coalition loyalty program in the U.S., and as a marketing consultant for the Global Merchant Service business. Her contributions at American Express were recognized with the President’s Club Achievement Award in 2016.

Lunde is a lifelong supporter of the Girl Scout movement and an outdoor enthusiast. She first joined as a Girl Scout Daisy in Troop 1221 in Mendham. In subsequent years, she attended Jockey Hollow Day Camp’s Day & Away program, which led her to Camp Hoover, a resident Girl Scout Camp near Newton, NJ. Lunde spent 6 years at Hoover as a camper, and worked as a counselor, lifeguard, and unit leader through high school and college. Some favorite memories include leading a five-day overnight hiking trip and field trips to the Farm & Horse Show. Lunde’s biggest Girl Scout regret: never earning her Girl Scout Gold Award!

Lunde credits Girl Scouts for sparking her enthusiasm for outdoor recreation. In the summer of 2019, she led a group of friends in a challenge to hike the length of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey (75 miles!), which they completed over 10 day-hikes. In 2017, she and her father, longtime GSNNJ board member Harold Lunde, biked the GAP and C&O rail trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. During winter months, Lunde enjoys organizing an annual ski trip with friends from many chapters of her life.

Lunde holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Stanford University. She currently lives in Madison with her faithful pup, Bella. 

Jean Myers (Mitzi Golbek Spirit of Girl Scouting Award)
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Jean Myers
Girl Scout Volunteer and Troop Leader 

Jean Myers is a Girl Scout Alumna and Lifetime Member, a Gold Award Girl Scout, and a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She has served as a Girl Scout Volunteer for the past 14 years as the leader for each of her two daughters’ troops.

Girl Scouting is a family tradition for Myers, and her sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmothers were all members of Girl Scouts as girl members, troop leaders, board presidents, and national board members.

As a Girl Scout, Myers loved camping and participated in two Wider Opportunities (now Destinations) travel activities with Girl Scouts of the USA, during which she visited the Girl Scout National Center West and took a two-week backpacking trip to Wyoming. She was among the first Girl Scout Gold Award recipients of her council, and served as one of their National Council Delegates.

Now a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Myers strives to inspire and foster in girls a love of the outdoors, adventure, and camping. In addition, she guides her Girl Scouts through their Take Action projects, and one of her proudest moments has been helping her youngest daughter’s troop earn their Girl Scout Bronze Awards. When the girls were fifth graders, they began a campaign to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags in their community. After years of petitioning local government officials, their efforts resulted in the creation of a local ordinance banning plastic bags in Teaneck, NJ. Following their success on the local level, the Girl Scouts have continued to advocate on the state level and are hopeful that New Jersey will soon pass a state-wide ban.

In addition to volunteering within her Girl Scout Service Unit, Myers also represented Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as a National Council Delegate at the 2017 Girl Scouts of the USA National Council Session in Columbus, Ohio.

Myers holds an undergraduate science degree from Mount Holyoke College and two graduate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a science teacher at a private school. She resides in Teaneck with her husband, son, and two daughters.

 

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