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This year’s NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business honorees were drawn from hundreds of nominations – a testament to the myriad accomplishments of the 2023 class. 

Launched in 2007, this program recognizes 50 women who have made a significant impact on New Jersey business and the community at large. 

After an open nomination process, a panel of independent judges selected this year’s honorees using a points system to evaluate submissions.  

NJBIZ is also pleased to announce the Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Carol Stillwell, president and CEO of Stillwell-Hansen Inc., an Edison-based provider of data center solutions, HVAC, fire protection systems and health and safety services. Stillwell joined the company in 1969 as a secretary and was promoted to her current role in 1996. Click here to read more about the company’s legacy, with which Stillwell is entrusted. 

The community is invited to celebrate these women in person Oct. 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Ave. Tickets for the event will be available beginning Sept. 14 on the event page. An early-bird rate will be available through Oct. 1. 

The celebration, brought to you by Provident Bank, will feature a cocktail reception followed by the award presentation. 

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact NJBIZ Associate Publisher and General Manager AnnMarie Karczmit at

Congratulations to this year’s honorees! 

Lifetime Achievement Honoree 

Carol Stillwell, president and CEO

Best 50 Women in Business Honorees 

Dr. Mary Abed, chief of cardiology, Jersey City Medical Center; cardiologist, RWJBH Medical Group
RWJBarnabas Health

Jenny Augustine, senior vice president, talent resources director
ConnectOne Bank 

Susan Aveta, vice president, Phlebotomy
BioReference Laboratories 

Ana Bastiani-Posner, executive vice president and chief financial officer
Kyowa Kirin Inc. 

Isabelle Bibet-Kalinyak, health care law member
Brach Eichler LLC 

Gale Bott, secretary, treasurer and owner
ADD Systems 

Geeta Brana, financial advisor and owner
Geeta Brana Wealth 

Catherine Brennan, senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer
New Jersey Institute of Technology 

Jacqueline Breslauer, chief audit executive
Valley National Bank 

Carolyn Brown-Dancy, executive director, Health & Safety-Sustainability
Atlantic Health System 

Stacy Burch, vice president, North America Marketing

Becky Button, co-managing director and principal

Cathleen Callahan, Northeast business banking executive
Bank of America 

Sarah Cirelli, chief marketing officer

Laura Coccaro, chief people officer

Andrea Davis, owner
Davis Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab  

Judith Deer, president and founder

Lawra Dodge, president
Excel Environmental Resources Inc. 

Rachel Durkan, president
Paradigm Marketing and Design 

Angela Fields, executive director
Family Promise of Hunterdon County 

Paulette Frank, chief sustainability officer
Johnson & Johnson 

Michelle Greenberg, partner and general counsel
Frier Levitt 

Kim Hanemann, president and chief operating officer

Peggy Hansen, general manager, Contract Development & Manufacturing; senior vice president, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs
Regenity Biosciences 

Christine Hodge, CEO
Clearview Washing LLC 

Victoria Hosendorf, executive vice president
The Enterprise Center of New Jersey 

Minal Jain, founder and president
Pink Sky Investments 

Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director
Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling 

Phyllis Lacca, president
Masterpiece Advertising 

Lei Lei, dean
Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University 

Deb Lienhardt, executive vice president, chief business development officer
RWJBarnabas Health  

Lindsay Listanski, national vice president, Field Marketing
Coldwell Banker Realty 

April Mason, president
Violet PR 

Lauren Masterson, vice president of product management

Gina Marie Mattei, president
Revelation Creative 

Karyn Miller, market manager and managing director
Capital One 

Michele Morrison, president, chief hospital executive
Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center 

Melissa Mullin Sadowski, senior director of creative
Smith Design 

Eve Pappas, vice president, Business Development and Growth
Hoffman’s Exterminating Co. Inc. 

Tejal Patel, associate, client manager
T&M Associates 

Jocelyn Petersen, chief financial officer
Capacity LLC 

Danielle Pieloch, executive director, Patient Access
Atlantic Health System 

Ruth Rauls, partner and litigation department vice chair
Saul Ewing LLP 

Tami Rojas, director of procurement and treasury
Sharp Electronics Corp. 

Aida Sanchez, assistant vice president, Safety, Security and Cannabis Compliance
Porzio Compliance Services 

Tammy Stouchko, principal
SSP Architects 

Ann Marie Sullivan, founder and CEO
Spectrum Works 

Emma Taylor, chef and owner
Milk Sugar Love Creamery and Bakeshop 

Debra Wentz, president and CEO/executive director
New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies/New Jersey Mental Health Institute 

Beverly Williams, chief human resources officer and chief diversity officer

September 13, 2023