United in Impact Awards '24

United Way of Greater Mercer County Board of Directors Invites You

to the 4th Annual United in Impact Awards!

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Our Event is Sold Out. 

 

Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters.

 

April 30, 2024

Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptures Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619
5 PM-7:30 PM 

 

The annual event celebrates community champions who demonstrate leadership, passion, and a commitment to a thriving and equitable community in their everyday life as well as share similar values with UWGMC.

Proceeds from the event will directly provide food, rental and utility assistance, health insurance access, tax preparation services, financial coaching, college planning and other resources to help individuals and families get ahead. There are over 66,000 families in Mercer County struggling to make ends meet.


Meet the Mistress of Ceremony:

Verlina Reynolds-Jackson

Brenda Ross-Dulan
Founder and Managing Principal of The Ross-Dulan Group

Brenda Ross-Dulan is the Founder and Managing Principal of The Ross-Dulan Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm designed to transform companies by transforming decision-makers. She leverages more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to help CEOs and executives across the US solve their toughest business challenges. 

Prior to launching her consulting practice, Ms. Ross-Dulan led the merger of Wachovia and Wells Fargo – noted as the largest merger in the banking industry.  She served as President of the consumer banking group for Southern New Jersey, overseeing more than $12 billion in deposits, $5 billion in loans while managing 1,700 employees. Her region’s revenues exceeded $500 million annually and her region was recognized as one of the best places to work in New Jersey. 

Driven by her personal mission to continue to make a difference in the lives of others, Ms. Ross-Dulan leveraged her experience in corporate and real estate banking as well as community development to establish RD Capital Partners. The firm seeks to demonstrate that investments in underserved markets can be both transformative and profitable for local stakeholders and investors.

In 2021, Ms. Ross-Dulan was elected to the board of directors of NJM Insurance Group, her first corporate board. She serves on its investment and audit committees. In 2022, she was named to the board of trustees of NCIF, a Chicago based firm that invests in minority owned banks across the nation. 

Ms. Ross-Dulan has extensive experience in non-profit board governance on both the east and west coasts. She became the first African American female to lead a majority chamber in the State of New Jersey, when she was installed as the Chair of the Board of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce in January 2020. She led the board through the unprecedented pandemic and economic shutdown.   During that time, she served on Governor Phil Murphy’s Advisory Council for the Restart and Recovery of the state of New Jersey. Her board service is quite impressive and includes College Achieve Charter Schools and Young Audiences, NJTV, Greater Trenton Initiative and Coopers Ferry Community Development Association. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and an advisor to the New Jersey Black Women’s Collective. 

Ms. Ross-Dulan has been recognized as one of the most influential business owners and consultants in New Jersey by ROI-NJ. She has been ranked as one of the nation’s most powerful women in corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine and has received dozens of accolades as a leading executive.

Ms. Ross-Dulan holds a BBA from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

People who know Brenda describe her as caring, disciplined and visionary. Fearless in the face of challenge, she is guided by her personal mission: to make a difference in the lives of others and to leave them better off. That philosophy has led to countless testimonies about the impact she’s had on them, their careers and companies.

 

2024 Awards:

Live United Corporate Award:
Recognizes the corporate and personal commitment to building a stronger, equitable, and thriving community.

  • Patrick L. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank NJ

 

Community Quarterback Award:
Recognizes an individual who has shown true leadership, dedication, and passion for helping the community. 

  • Denise Mariani, Esq., Civil Trial Attorney at Stark & Stark.

 

Advocate Award:
Recognizes an individual that embodies UWGMC’s mission and champions equity and access in their everyday life.

  • Ida Jackson Woods, AVP and Chief Diversity Officer for ETS

 

The Eugene Marsh Community Impact Award:
Recognizes an individual or group who exemplifies Eugene Marsh’s commitment to mental health, veterans, diversity, and anti-racism and who give back to the community. The awardee also personifies Eugene Marsh’s three core values: Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.

  • Edward W. Bullock, President of the board of trustees of The Trenton Literacy Movement, Inc. 

 


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For more information please contact

Sandra Toussaint at sandra.toussaint@uwgmc.org or 609-896-1912

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Live United Corporate Award

Recognizes the corporate and/or personal commitment to building a stronger, equitable, and thriving community.

Pat Ryan HeadshotPatrick L. Ryan

President and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank NJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As President and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank, Patrick L. Ryan directly manages all areas of the bank, including Strategy, Operations, Marketing, Finance, Information Technology, Retail Administration, and Lending Departments. Mr. Ryan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, a minor in Economics, the Government Department prize, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Masters of Business Administration from Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business. A Tuck Scholar, he graduated with Distinction. Mr. Ryan served as an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs, a Management Consultant for Bain and Company in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Senior Executive at Yardville National Bank prior to joining First Bank.

 

Advocate Award

Recognizes an individual that embodies UWGMC’s mission and champions equity and access in their everyday life.

 

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Ida Jackson Woods, Ed.D., MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

AVP and Chief Diversity Officer for ETS

 

As AVP and Chief Diversity Officer for ETS, Ida Jackson Woods provides leadership for the vision, direction, implementation, and evaluation of strategic efforts aimed toward advancing an organizational culture of equity. Her role is focused on embedding equity, inclusion, and diversity across the enterprise to enhance employees’ sense of community and belonging.

Before joining ETS, Ida was a Director in Human Resources for The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where she was responsible for organizational learning and professional development, labor and employee relations, performance management and related HR workplace issues. Prior to her role with TCNJ, Ida was Court Executive EEO/AA Officer with the Judiciary’s Superior Court of New Jersey.

A U.S. Army veteran, Ida has earned a doctorate in Leadership and Innovation from NYU. She also holds an MBA from Rutgers University and a BA degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Mississippi.

Ida has completed the Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Certificate at Cornell University. A member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Executive Network, Ida holds that organization’s designation of SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is also certified through the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, (SPHR), a Certified Public Manager, and a Development Dimensions International Certified Facilitator.

A lifetime member of the National Council of Negro Women, a member of the National Black MBA Association, the NAACP, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, (NADOHE), and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Ida is also a past member of Chief, a private network of executive women. A member of CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council, Ida is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Community Quarterback Award

Recognizes an individual who has shown true leadership, dedication, and passion for helping the community. 

 

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Denise Mariani, Esq.

Civil Trial attorney at Stark & Stark

 

Denise Mariani, Esq. is an expert Civil Trial Attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Ms. Mariani is also the Chair of the Nursing Home Negligence practice at Stark & Stark.

For over 25 years, she has fought tirelessly to defend the rights of those who have been injured or killed through the negligence of others. As the Chair of the Nursing Home Negligence litigation group, Ms. Mariani specializes in representing the families of residents and patients who, through negligence or abuse, have died or been seriously injured in a long-term care facility or rehabilitation center.

As a native of Trenton, Ms. Mariani is committed to advocacy on behalf of those who need a voice. She is currently a Board Member on the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Women in Business Alliance,” where she serves on the subcommittee to plan the New Jersey Conference for Women. She also chaired the Community Projects Committee of the Mercer County Bar Association for many years, leading various charitable events and fundraisers throughout the County. Additionally, she is a founding board member of the organization I Believe in Pink, which raises money for victims of breast cancer in Mercer County in the surrounding areas.

Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Ms. Mariani served as judicial law clerk to The Honorable Paul T. Koenig and The Honorable Linda R. Feinberg of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division-Family Part. She also served as a certified legal intern in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in Trenton, New Jersey and the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Eugene Marsh Community Impact Award

Recognizes an individual, group, or organization that exemplifies Eugene Marsh’s commitment to mental health, veterans, diversity, and anti-racism and who give back to the community. The awardee also personifies Eugene Marsh’s three core values: Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.

 

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Edward W. Bullock

President of the board of trustees of The Trenton Literacy Movement, Inc.

 

Edward W. Bullock is the president of the board of trustees of The Trenton Literacy Movement, Inc. The mission of the Trenton Literacy Movement is to enable children to read on grade level by third grade. We believe that children must first learn to read so they can read to learn. The Trenton Literacy Movement raises funds every year to hire certified teachers throughout all 13 Trenton elementary schools for their after school reading enrichment program. They also provide hundreds of new books through a partnership with Reading is Fundamental, the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to literacy. Bullock has personally read to over 1,000 children and adults throughout Mercer County as a part of Drop Everything and Read, Read Across America and Black History Month. To further advance the love and joy of reading, Mr. Bullock recently published his first childrens picture book, Warren goes to grandpa’s about his journey growing up and traveling to visit his grandparents in North Carolina.

Bullock is the former President of the board of Young Scholars Institute of Trenton, New Jersey dedicated to empowering Trenton area youth to develop the skills necessary to excel academically. He began his career in higher education at Norfolk State University as the assistant to the dean of men and federal work-study coordinator. He later moved to New Jersey and worked at Trenton State College, now the College of New Jersey where he rose to the position of Director of Career Planning and Placement. While there he was instrumental in starting the first undergraduate chapter of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., in the state of New Jersey. Bullock moved on to corporate America at Johnson and Johnson progressing to the position of manager of employment for Ortho Pharmaceutical, a leading division of Johnson and Johnson. Mr. Bullock continued his corporate career in the cosmetic industry working for the world’s largest cosmetics company, L’Oréal, makers of Polo, Giorgio Amani, Soft Sheen, Maybelline, Carol’s Daughter and Lancôme, just to name a few. Bullock retired from L’Oréal as the first Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion reporting directly to the President and CEO of L’Oréal USA and serving as a member of the C suite.

Mr. Bullock has received numerous awards, he is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Norfolk State University, The NAACP community service award, The Trailblazer Award from the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and the “Pursuit of Excellence in Higher Education” Award from the American Conference on Diversity. He was named one of the top executives in Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Bullock’s articles and interviews have appeared in the National Employment weekly of the Wall Street Journal, the Black Collegian Magazine, In Flight Magazine, Savoy Professional, The Network Journal and The Trenton Journal. They include Networking, a Guide for Minorities, Real Life in Corporate America, the Resume, the Interview and You, A Comprehensive Guide to Career planning and Purpose and Passion at the crossroads of Diversity and Innovation. He was the 2007 commencement speaker at Norfolk State University. Bullock established a Scholarship at Norfolk State University in the memory of both his late son, Eddie and late wife, Reverend Joanne Boyd Bullock.

Mr. Bullock received his Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University, his master’s degree from the College of New Jersey and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Norfolk State University. Mr. Bullock is married to Sharon Bullock, he has two sons Eric, husband to KaNeda, Peter, husband to Donna and three granddaughters Bella, Madison and Sarabi. Bullock is a member of the Trenton Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and chairman of the Senior Kappa Affairs committee whose mission is “No Brother left behind and No Community left behind”. The Bullocks reside in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Digital Advertising Only $350

  • Ads will be displayed during the event and on the UWGMC website page.

Digital Advertising Information

Ads will be displayed during the event and on the UWGMC website page.

The artwork will appear as submitted. To ensure the best quality, please provide a digital file following the below guidelines: 

  • Dimensions: 7.5" wide x 4.75" tall 
  • Files should be in full-color CMYK
  • Do not include any printer marks, such as bleeds or trims, and turn all fonts into outlines
  • Press quality (300dpi) .jpg, .png, or PDF file

 

PLEASE SUBMIT ARTWORK TO JOHN.SANTANA@UWGMC.ORG  SUBJECT: ARTWORK

BY Monday, April 29, 2024  1:00 P.M.

 

 

For more information please contact

Sandra Toussaint at sandra.toussaint@uwgmc.org or 609-896-1912

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Purchase Sponsorship or Ad

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Tocqueville Sponsor $15,000

  • Brief remarks during the Impact Awards Gala
  • Full screen digital ad
  • Inclusion in UWGMC’s social media for the event (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Recognition at sponsor level on reception signage
  • Recognition at sponsor level in UWGMC’s Annual Report
  • Press release acknowledgment
  • Invitations for three (3) to exclusive pre-event reception (Date TBA)
  • Table for ten (10) at the Impact Awards Gala
  • Opportunity to distribute collaterals/giveaways at one (1) UWGMC event
  • Co-branding on program communications (e.g. flyers, website)
  • Membership to United Way' Tocqueville Society (national benefits) 
  • Feature article in one (1) monthly e-newsletter
  • Listing under Caring Corporations on UWGMC website
  • Logo Placement on UWGMC website – one (1) year

 

Visionary Sponsor $10,000

  • Full screen digital ad
  • Inclusion in UWGMC’s social media for the event (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Recognition at sponsor level on reception signage
  • Recognition at sponsor level in UWGMC’s Annual Report
  • Press release acknowledgment
  • Invitations for three (3) to exclusive pre-event reception (Date TBA)
  • Table for ten (10) at the Impact Awards Gala
  • Feature article in one (1) monthly e-newsletter
  • Listing under Caring Corporations on UWGMC website
  • Logo Placement on UWGMC website – one (1) year

 

Champion Sponsor $7,500

  • Full screen digital ad
  • Inclusion in UWGMC’s social media for the event (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Recognition at sponsor level on reception signage
  • Recognition at sponsor level in UWGMC’s Annual Report
  • Press release acknowledgment
  • Invitations for two (2) to exclusive pre-event reception (Date TBA)
  • Table for ten (10) at the Impact Awards Gala
  • Listing under Caring Corporations on UWGMC website
  • Logo Placement on UWGMC website – one (1) year

 

Partner Sponsor $5,000

  • Full screen digital ad
  • Inclusion in UWGMC’s social media for the event (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Recognition at sponsor level on reception signage
  • Recognition at sponsor level in UWGMC’s Annual Report
  • Invitations for two (2) to exclusive pre-event reception (Date TBA)
  • Five (5) complimentary tickets to the Impact Awards Gala
  • Listing under Caring Corporations on UWGMC website

 

Devotee Sponsor $2,500

  • Full screen digital ad
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Impact Awards Gala
  • Inclusion in UWGMC’s social media for the event (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Recognition at sponsor level on reception signage
  • Recognition at sponsor level in UWGMC’s Annual Report
  • Listing under Caring Corporations on UWGMC website

 

Table Only $1,500

  • Table for ten (10) at the Impact Awards Gala

 

Digital Advertising Only $350

  • Ads will be displayed during the event and on the UWGMC website page.

 

Individual Ticket(s)

  • Cost per ticket is $150.00

 

 


Digital Advertising Information

Ads will be displayed during the event and on the UWGMC website page.

The artwork will appear as submitted. To ensure the best quality, please provide a digital file following the below guidelines: 

  • Dimensions: 7.5" wide x 4.75" tall 
  • Files should be in full-color CMYK
  • Do not include any printer marks, such as bleeds or trims, and turn all fonts into outlines
  • Press quality (300dpi) .jpg, .png, or PDF file

 

PLEASE SUBMIT ARTWORK TO JOHN.SANTANA@UWGMC.ORG  SUBJECT: ARTWORK

BY April 1, 2024.

 

Purchase Sponsorship or Ad

For more information please contact

Sandra Toussaint at sandra.toussaint@uwgmc.org or 609-896-1912

 

 

Live United Award

  • Bristol Myers Squibb, 2023
  • Jeannine Cimino, 2022
  • NJM Insurance Group- Michael Van Wagner, 2021

 

Community Quarterback Award

  • Kemi Alli, M.D., 2023
  • Hal English, 2022
  • Frank Lucchesi, 2021

 

Advocate Award

  • Stanley N. Katz, 2023
  • Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, 2022
  • Diane Grillo, 2021

 

Eugene Marsh Community Impact Award

  • Craig Kramer, 2023
  • Rider University & Gregory G. Dell'Omo, 2022
  • Late Eugene Marsh, 2021