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Dr. Juanita High, JoAnn Hackney Wescoat, Lori Mooney, Margaret Minnis, Rose Newman, Susan Renneisen, Tracey McArdle
She became the first full-time Affirmative Action Director at Richard Stockton State College, Pomona, NJ. and, later, Executive Assistant to President Vera King Farris. She was on the Board of Directors and coordinated the groundbreaking CHEER (Civility, Harmony, Education, Environment and Respect) program at Stockton conducting workshops and other activities designed to eliminate prejudice, violence and racism in schools statewide.
Retired in 1996, she now serves as assistant to the president for special projects.
Born and raised in Atlantic City to a family dedicated to sports and athletics, she has actively continued to promote the Hackney Invitational Swim for girls, a program created by her father but revived by JoAnn and friends after his death. This scholarship swim meet is open to all high school age girls and is sponsored by the Zonta Club of Atlantic City.
After moving to Folsom, NJ with husband and family, Mrs. Minnis discovered there were no cultural or education activities for minority children anywhere in the area. With help of parents, a youth club for teens was organized.
She helped organized the first Cub Scout troop in Folsom and Winslow and became Den Mother. Over the years, through will and vision, she helped create a system of health care and day care services for Hispanic farm workers in the southern New Jersey area and organized after-school programs for students to motivate and inspire them to reach for higher learning. – Deceased
Is the first woman County Health Officer in the State of New Jersey and is responsible for the administration of all public health and environmental programs under auspices of county.
She graduated from College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown and then, through the Peace Corps, spent time in Fiji teaching science at the junior high school level. Ms. McArdle is an accomplished harpist, pianist and certified scuba diver and has traveled extensively through Asia, the South Pacific and Western Europe. – Retired