Mary Lou Antinozzi, Bernice Coulter, Rev. Dr. Joanne Drane, Doris Lippincott, Hon. Susan Maven, Clare Sabatini, F. Naomi Taylor, Ruth Tunnell, Sister Shamus Zehrer

Mary Lou Antinozzi - Business

A New Jersey native, moved to Atlantic City to explore opportunities in the casino industry and obtained a position in the facilities department of Bally’s Atlantic City. Mary is the Director of Facilities and she manages over 200 employees.

Mary is active professionally as a member of the South Jersey Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute where she has served as a Program Chairman, Vice President and President. She is a member of the South Jersey 68 Operating Engineers and the NJ Water Advisory Committee for Atlantic County and the Association of Professional Energy Managers. She has received numerous professional awards.

Community participation includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic County Women’s Center and volunteer efforts for the United Way of Atlantic County’s Allocation Committee, the March of Dimes and American Heart Association.

Bernice Coulter - Education

An Innovator, a Teacher and a lifelong Advocate of Education. Bernice served four years in the military after which she returned to college and obtained a Masters Degree in Education from Columbia University. Ms. Coulter went on to become principal of the Pennsylvania Avenue School and in 1964, became principal of the Brighton Avenue School where she remained until her retirement in 1982.

An avid traveler and licensed pilot, Bernice was active in many organizations including: American Association of University Women, Soroptimist International, Atlantic City Education Association and Atlantic City Administrators Association. – Deceased.

Rev. Dr. Joanne Drane - Social Services / Volunteerism

Joanne Drane holds degrees in Nursing and Nursing Education from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia and Temple University. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology (Temple), and a Ph.D. in Theocentric Counseling from La Salle University.

She has held positions as an educator in the fields of family-centered maternity care and child health. She formed the Childbirth Education Association of Atlantic County, was the Director of Maternal/Child Health at the Atlantic City Medical Center.

Joanne an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church of Linwood, currently serves as minister of Pastoral Care and Director of the Central Counseling Center which she founded. Joanne serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped, Cape Volunteers in Medicine and The Southern NJ Council for Health Ministries.

Doris Lippincott - Volunteerism

Born in Philadelphia and a graduate of Swartmore College, Doss has been a tireless advocate and practitioner of volunteerism for many years.

Some of the many projects in which she has been involved included:
Red Cross blood drives, Miss America Pageant Organization Hostess, Margate Terrace Senior Citizen Apartments Committee Member, United Way, Caring, Inc., American Red Cross, Manna for AIDS, and the Atlantic County Visiting Nurse Association.

Doss is an ardent fundraiser for many area groups, including Charity League and Margate Community Church.

Hon. Susan F. Maven, J.S.C - Government/Public Service

Susan Maven is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvainia and Temple University School of Law. She is a member of the Bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

During her career she has served as development coordinator for the Atlantic County Transportation Authority, (now the South Jersey Transporation Authority) & in-house counsel for the Atlantic County Improvement Authority, Condemnation Hearing Commissioner and Atlantic County 2005 Task Force Minorities & Women’s Concerns Committee Chairwoman. In 1998, Susan assumed a position on the NJ Casino Control Commission. In 2000, she was appointed by former Governor Whitman to serve as a Commission on Discrimination in Employment and Contracting.

In December 2001, Susan Fowler Maven received a judicial appointment to serve on the New Jersey Superior Court.

Clare Sabatini - Business / Education

Mrs. Sabatini has extensive experience in the teaching field, and is a past Special Services Coordinator for the Head Start Program where she initiated a reading program. She pioneered a networking program with Richard Stockton College and other agencies.

Clare’s community, civic & charitable affiliations include: MBCA, Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic City Restaurant Assoc., NJ Restaurant Assoc. & ACT (Atlantic City Tomorrow).

She has been recognized as the 2001 NJ Mother of the Year, 2001 Fleet Small Business Award for Community Involvement, the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary, two awards from the St. Leonards’s Tract Assoc., the Atlantic City Education Foundation Award for perpetual assistance and numerous Restaurant Gala Awards. – Deceased.

F. Naomi Taylor - Business/Arts

Mrs. Taylor is CEO of Douglass Industries. Douglass Industries is one of the largest female owned businesses in South Jersey. She is currently the only woman in New Jersey operating a mill.

Naomi has been honored by the New Jersey Women Business Owners as ‘Business Woman of the Year in 2001, Zonta, ‘Women Who Make A Difference’, The Atlantic County Mainland Chamber of Commerce, ‘Mainlander of the Year’ and Atlantic City Magazine’s ‘Outstanding Women’ award, to name a few.

Mrs. Taylor sits on the boards of Child Federation of Atlantic City, The American Cancer Society, & has served as Board Chair of AtlantiCare. She is currently Chair of Success By 6, a collaborative effort of United Way and AtlantiCare. She is Life Member of the AtlantiCare Foundation and supports Childreach & has been appointed by county government to the Atlantic County Economic Development Advisory Council and also the Atlantic county Advisory Commission on Women. – Deceased.

Ruth Tunnell - Volunteerism

A graduate of Rutgers University, Ruth Tunnell holds a degree in Sociology and Social Work. She is a 25 year member of the Educational Opportunity Fund Board of Atlantic Cape Community College and in 1988 became the first female chairperson. During this time she organized a ‘Youth Ambassador Program’ and taught Ambassadors Facilitation of Peer Leadership workshops.

Her numerous awards include:
The Rosa Parks Award by the National Women In Community Service; Business Woman of the Year by American Business Women’s Assn; Outstanding Alumni by NJ Educational Opportunity Fund Professionals Assn.; Atlantic Human Resources Inc. Community Foundation of NJ; ACCC E.O.F. Advisory Board Community Service Award; Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges; and the President’s Award by the Atlantic City Education Foundation.

Sister Shamus Zehrer - Education

Sister Shamus is a member of the Order of Sisters of Mercy and is the Principal of Star of the Sea Regional School in Atlantic City.

She is active in the community in her roles on the Atlantic City Drug Free School Council & other civic projects. In 2000, the Salvation Army presented Sister Shamus with the Community Service Award, and in that same year, former Mayor James Whelan bestowed ‘honorary’ lifeguard status on this no-nonsense educator, who for over 30 years, has been ‘guarding’ the lives of many of Atlantic City’s youth.

Sister Shamus is a member of the following organizations: Principals Association of the Camden Diocese, Principals Association of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Federation Principals Association, NJ History Teachers Association, and the Atlantic County CYO Coaches Association.