Women’s Political Caucus of NJ Welcomes New President and Board Members

The board of the WPCNJ.

The board of the WPCNJ.

Members of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) gathered on Tuesday evening for the group’s annual meeting. The event was held at the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics.

WPCNJ’s new leadership includes President Chrissy Buteas, CEO, Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey; Vice President-Finance Grace Strom Power, Esq., Eckert Seamans; Vice President-Membership Nicole Cole, Esq., President and CEO, NJ Charter Schools Association; Treasurer Scarlett Rajski, Government Affairs Specialist, Horizon; and Secretary Lisa Chapland, Esq., Director of Government Affairs, New Jersey State Bar Association. WPCNJ-PAC selected Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq., Partner, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, as Chair and Pam Yuen, Government Relations Coordinator, American Association of University Women, as Treasurer.

The meeting also marked the addition of new board members Tai Cooper, Chief Policy Advisor to Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka; Judith Fenelus Chief of Staff to Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter; Patricia Teffenhart, Executive Director, NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Deirdre Woodbyrne of Dolmen Strategies.
The event also featured a panel called “Power, Politics and Money:
Influence of Women on the Presidential and Gubernatorial Elections.” The panel featured Professor Ben Dworkin, the director of Rider University’s Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics; Jeanette Hoffman and Julie Roginsky.

2016-2017 WPCNJ Board Members

Executive Board:
President Chrissy Buteas
VP of Finance Grace Strom Power, Esq.
VP of Membership Nicole Cole, Esq.
Secretary Lisa Chapland, Esq.
Treasurer Scarlett Rajski
PAC Chair Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq.
PAC Treasurer Pam Yuen

Board At Large:
Michel Bitritto, Ph.D.
Rosemary Bernardi
Tai Cooper
Eileen Della Volle
Zulima Farber, Esq.
Jeanne Fox, Esq.
Dianna Geist
Deborah Hurley
Lisa Mizrahi Kaado
Janice Kovach
Jeannine LaRue
Elizabeth Murray
Annabel Pierce
Kelly Stewart Maer
Patricia Teffenhart
Eileen Thornton
Shari Weiner, Esq.
Deirdre Woodbyrne

Board Counsel:
Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq.
Alix James, Esq.