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2017 Nominees Announced

The Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame will induct two women into the Hall at its annual gala event in April 2017. They are:

Sue “Sioux” Fenili, Vineland. for her longtime contributions to environmental issues and a stellar teaching career in Vineland and Millville schools. She founded Kids Against Pollution devoted to cleaning up their environment, and it became the “first glass recycling operation in New Jersey” in 1970. With the money earned, they bought equipment for water quality testing and discovered effluent going into the Maurice River from the Landis Sewerage Authority. She serves on the board of Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and has been on the Vineland Environmental Commission since 1970, developed Arbor Day activities, and she recently initiated an Anti-Litter Initiative for children and students that has been presented to the Vineland Board of Education for potential inclusion in lesson plans. Her classroom in Millville – Room 115 – was “the place to be” where she installed a real pond and “fun things happened.” She mentored an autistic child and founded Our Wild Side to encourage kids to be “stewards of our Earth.”


Dr. Mary L. Gruccio, Vineland, for her extraordinary career in education, her integrity, and her success and for being a role model for women in the top echelon of their careers. Her entire teaching career has been in the Vineland School District, which she has served for more than four years as Superintendent. Widowed at a young age when her children were just two and six, she was a cancer survivor and a single parent working full-time when she earned her Doctorate in Education. She developed two publications about Vineland and the Vineland schools, leads the School District’s strategic planning committee, developed a Parent’s Resources Center, served on the Governor’s Committee for Parent Involvement for five years, is on the Board of Directors of The United Way and The Dream Foundation and served on the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For her entire professional life, her position has been “How will this help our children?” according to her nominator, and she is a “strong, talented, dynamo of boundless heart.”


“The Hall of Fame is truly honored to celebrate the lives of accomplished women throughout Cumberland County,” said Louise T. Bertacchi, Founder and President of the Hall. “This year’s winners, and the others already in the Hall of Fame, have had extraordinary impact in our community.”

The gala event honoring these two women is open to the public at the Centerton Country Club on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 6 p.m. For reservations or more information, contact Louise Bertacchi at LTB431@comcast.net or Kim Litchendorf at Klitchendorf@cumberlanddairy.com, or call 856-825-5929. The guest emcee for the induction will be Dr. Dina Rossi Elliott, Superintendent of the Joseph F. Scarpa Technical Education Center of Cumberland County.

The 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. The Hall also gives scholarships to young women graduating from Cumberland County’s high schools and going on to higher education.

Dr. Dina Rossi Elliott To Be Guest Emcee

dr-dina-elliott-2014Dr. Dina Rossi Elliott will be the guest emcee of the ninth annual induction ceremony for the Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame in April.

Dr. Rossi Elliott has been Superintendent of the John F. Scarpa Technical Education Center of Cumberland County since 2012. Born and raised in Cumberland County, she is a resident of Millville. She began her teaching career as a General and Special Education teacher, was a Resource Teacher at St. Mary’s Regional School in East Vineland, and was Superintendent/Principal of the Downe Township School District.

The 2017 ceremony is Wednesday, April 26 at Centerton Country Club, and the 2017 inductees will be announced in January. Reservations for the gala will open with that announcement.

Dr. Rossi Elliott will be one of a group of local accomplished women who have led the annual gala event. Others who have served as emcees include The Hon. Georgia Curio, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, Vineland; Vineland Schools Superintendent Mary Gruccio; Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae; and Dr. Shelly Schneider, Interim President of Cumberland Community College and a Hall of Fame inductee.

“It is always special to stand among the great women of Cumberland County at the induction ceremony,” said Louise T. Bertacchi, Founder and President of the Hall of Fame. “Our guest emcees personify excellence, and we are delighted to have Dr. Rossi Elliott continue that tradition in 2017.”

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.
Contact: Nancy Monaghan, 603-964-2651 or nancymonaghan@comcast.net