Mildred Norman Ryder “Peace Pilgrim”, Dr. Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD, Jacqueline Carole, Flora M. Castillo, Pam Green, Patricia L. Royal, Gina L. Rullo

Jacqueline Carole - Government/Public Service

The first woman president of the Mainland Rotary, Jacqueline Carole opened the door for others to follow. Always a strong advocate for the importance of women’s causes, in the 1980’s, along with members of her family, she marched in Philadelphia for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Ms. Carole is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens in Atlantic County.

Flora M. Castillo - Government/Public Service

Flora Castillo developed a variety of programs that celebrate the role of minorities and women at New Jersey Transit Company. She also helped in the formation of the Atlantic County Hispanic Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering its members and promoting better cross-cultural communication. Flora Castillo ascended to serve as the first female president of this organization.

Pamela M. Green - Business

Ms. Green was one of the first female Executive Sous Chefs in the Atlantic City casinos. She is responsible for initiating a ‘Healthy Snack Day’ program for students at a local elementary school. She explains the benefits of healthy snacks vs. unhealthy ones and teaches the students to create their own healthy snacks. She also encourages the children, especially the girls, to think of culinary arts as a future career.


Karen Brundage Johnson - Journalism/Media

Karen Brundage-Johnson is founder of ‘Your Image Matters’ a career and personal development program. Ms. Brundage-Johnson is also a contributing author in the book ‘Beyond the Body/Developing Inner Beauty’ which is a book dedicated to the emotional, mental and spiritual wellness of women.

Mildred Norman Rider - a/k/a 'Peace Pilgrim' (Posthumous)

Ms. Ryder was an Atlantic County woman, born in Egg Harbor City, who adopted the name, ‘Peace Pilgrim’. She was a spiritual leader and non-violence advocate who walked more than 25,000 miles over 3 decades spreading her peace message across our country.

Patricia Royal - Education

A dedicated educator for over 32 years, Patricia Royal has been recognized by her colleagues as having a deep concern and honest compassion for each of her students throughout the years. Her visible demonstration of energy, enthusiasm and creativity in her teaching methods have been recognized throughout her career. She has received many local and state awards for her service and dedication above and beyond her teaching duties.

Gina Rullo - Journalism-Media

Gina Rullo, at age 20, was a key figure in the successful development of the weekly publication, The Hammonton Gazette. She serves as Editor-In-Chief and has guided the paper to play a pivotal role in the life of her community. In her free time she mentors young adults to become active citizens.