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2016 Emcee Announced

Dr. Shelly Schneider will be the host emcee of the Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame, Inc. induction ceremony in April, when three local women will enter the Hall.

Dr. Schneider, Interim President of Cumberland County College, joins a group of local accomplished women who have led the annual gala event, and she is herself a Hall of Fame inductee, the first to host the event.

This year’s ceremony is April 27 at Merighi’s Savoy Inn, and reservations are now being taken. Cost of the dinner is $60, and reservations are available by contacting Louise T. Bertacchi, founder and chair of the Hall, at LTB431@comcast.net

“Not only is Shelly an accomplished woman, she’s an excellent event host, and we are retruly delighted to have her for this important night,” Bertacchi said. Other female leaders in the Cumberland County community who have served as emcees include The Hon. Georgia Curio, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, Vineland; Vineland Schools Superintendent Mary Gruccio; and Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

The three women to be inducted into the Hall at the event are:

  • Dr. Deborah Ayars, Vineland. the first and only female County Engineer in New Jersey
  • Jean K Nocon, Dividing Creek. A long-time preservationist and historian
  • Margaret Battle Winchester, Bridgeton, founder of the Margaret Winchester Center for the Blind

Dr. Schneider, of Vineland, has had a long career in education, serving as Superintendent of the Millville School District from 2004 to 2010. She was voted into the Hall of Fame last year for her many achievements, most notably the conversion of the old Prudential Building in Millville into the school district’s new Lakeside Middle School. She was named Interim President at CCC in July 2015.

The Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame honors local women of outstanding achievement who have made significant contributions to a profession, the community and/or women’s issues.