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South Brunswick Commission on Women 2021/2022

Vandana Aiyar, Chair

Liz Nolley Tillman, Vice Chair

Beatrice Alexander, Treasurer

Bhavana Arya, Commissioner

Ashley Gomez-Jimenez, Commissioner

Margit Haas-Rethage, Commissioner

Delali Kumapley, Student Commissioner

Karishma Patel, Commissioner

Archana Grover, SB Township Liaison

Joyce Mehta, Board of Education Liaison

Thank you for attending the SBCW 23rd Leadership and Career Pathways Conference.

We are so excited about the overwhelming response to this year’s virtual conference. We recognize that many of you were unable to participate in your desired breakout sessions due to a technical issue with our Zoom account that could not be resolved during the live event despite our best efforts. We apologize for this inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again should we need to continue with virtual operations in the future.

As we shared during the conference, we are working to make the replays to the main session and the career-focused breakout sessions available to all conference registrants. We are also exploring the feasibility of offering a follow up stand-alone panel on domestic violence and sexual assault in the near future given the importance of this topic to the women in our community. Please stay tuned to our social media channels and website for additional updates in this regard.

Again, we thank you for your participation and appreciate your continued support.

The South Brunswick Commission on Women


We are now ready for our virtual SBCW Leadership Conference going live in the morning at 9 am.Registered student/ panelist experiencing difficulties with log in, please check your spam folder/ contact us via email atwomenscomm@sbtnj.netfor further assistanceThank you and see you there!
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SBCW is proudly announcing

Dr. Genevieve Kumapley

Keynote Speaker for our 23rd Annual Leadership and Career Pathways Conference on March 27, 2021 (virtual event).

Dr. Kumapley, PharmD, BCOP is the Founder and the Executive Director of MyGOAL, a 501 C(3)

non-profit autism organization established in 2008 in South Brunswick, NJ that helps families with limited economic resources access therapies, programs and information about autism spectrum disorder in various countries including the United States.

Dr. Kumapley received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree with Honors from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Kumapley is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist and leads as a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Holy Name Medical Center ; she also holds an Adjunct Clinical Professor appointment with Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

She uses her leadership skills to inspire and educate the community. She is committed to serving her community through her roles on several boards.

Dr. Kumapley is a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Coach and Trainer.

She has received awards for her leadership and is co author of two books: “7 Principles to Developing and Maintaining Your Passion", a book anthology and "Network to Increase your Net Worth" and her chapter is titled: No Passion, No Gain. She has been featured in several TV and Radio Networks including Ghana TV, NBC, ABC News.

📌 📌 South Brunswick Commission on Women Scholarship Opportunity 2021 is closed as of

Friday, February 05, 2021 at 3pm📌 📌

South Brunswick Commission on Women Scholarship Opportunity 2021:SBCW Scholarship Application Form 2021 📌 📌 DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 5 , 2021 📌 📌
⚜️ Frequently Asked Questions answered:1. Students can download the current transcript from the Genesis portal and upload as part of the application.2. If a teacher/counselor would prefer to send the recommendation letter directly to the SBCW Scholarship committee, they can do so by sending the letter at and clearly stating the student name in the subject line. This should be received by 3:00 pm on 05-Feb-2021, along with the online application completed including required documentation uploaded.We will not accept any documentation after 05-Feb-2021 by 3:00 pm. ⚜️

⚜️ Domestic Violence Awareness ⚜️


The South Brunswick Commission on Women presents our first virtual event focused on bringing awareness to Domestic Violence


WATCH here:


Conference with Key speakers and Resources 🙇🏻‍♀️

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South Brunswick Commission on Women congratulates Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.

This past week, Kamala Harris broke the glass ceiling for all women and girls by becoming the first woman, the first Black woman and the first Indian-American woman to be elected as the Vice President of the United States.

Her victory is an inspiration for all girls to dream big.

Congratulations to all the winners of the elections for SB Township Council and SB Board of Education.

Thanks to all the outgoing Board of Education members for their many years of service.

A special shout out to our SB Township Liaison Archana ( Ann) Grover on her re-election. Thank you for always being there for the SBCW and providing hands-on support when needed.

SBCW Chair Liz Nolley Tillman and Vice Chair Vandana Aiyar delivering donations received during this year's Domestic Violence Awareness event to Women Aware

Welcome to the South Brunswick Commission on Women’s annual Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence event. Due to the pandemic restrictions, this year’s event and walk will be virtual. Please share this event with others and watch to learn how you can walk with us virtually and how to make a donation to support Woman Space and Women Aware.

0:03 Welcome from Liz Tillman, SBCW Chair

3:13 Mayor Charlie Carley Remarks

4:51 Councilwoman Archana Grover Remarks

6:27 Domestic Violence Overview by Joyce Mehta, South Brunswick Board of Education

8:22 Dina Marie’s Story as Shared by Joanne Pipitone

12:03 Inspiration from Vandana Aiyar, SBCW Vice Chair

13:06 Womanspace Inc. Presentation

15:48 Inspiration from Margit Haas-Rethage, SBCW

16:45 Women Aware Presentation

19:52 Inspiration from Beatrice Alexander, SBCW

20:21 Patrolman Ray McCarthy, South Brunswick Police Department

25:57 Inspiration from Bhavana Arya, SBCW

26:48 Dr. Olubukunola Oyedele, The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey

31:24 Inspiration from Karishma Patel, SBCW

31:58 Jennifer Kurdyla, MSW, Middlesex County Center For Empowerment

38:33 Inspiration from Mahiya Sampson

41:37 Christine Bevacqua & Team, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

52:36 Manavi Presentation

57:28 Inspiration from Tawanna Sampson

1:00:00 NAMI NJ presentation

1:04:14 Hugs for Brady Foundation presentation

1:04:38 Ellen & Frank Gambatese Memorial Award for Community Service

1:09:32 Debbie & Arthur Roedel Philanthropy Award

1:13:29 Support our partners, a call to action from Delali Kumapley, SBCW

1:14:10 Walk with us, a call to action from Ashley Gomez-Jimenez, SBCW

1:14:56 Donate, a call to action from Nikita Arya, SBCW

1:15:59 Getting Help or Getting Involved


Rest in Power, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We have lost a true trailblazer, but her legacy lives on and will never be forgotten🕊

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” - Justice RBJ 🦋

South Brunswick Commission on Women

Liz Nolley Tillman, Chair

Vandana Aiyar, Vice Chair

Beatrice Alexander, Treasurer

Nikita Arya, Secretary/Student Commissioner

Margit Haas-Rethage. Commissioner

Bhavana Arya, Commissioner

Delali Kumapley, Student Commissioner

Ashley Gomez-Jimenez, Commissioner

Karishma Patel, Commissioner

Archana Grover, SB Township Liaison

Joyce Mehta, Board of Education Liaison

SBCW Student Volunteer Hiba Jamil ( and four of her HS friends) heads GoFundMe initiative to raise money IPads for hospitals to assist with communication between Covid19 patients and their families.

SBCW Conference 2020 cancelled due to the

Covid-19 pandemic

Our SBCW 2020 Ellen & Frank Gambatese Memorial and Debbie & Arthur Roedel Philanthropy Awards will be integrated in this year's

SBCW Domestic Violence Awareness

events in October

A message from our Mayor Charlie Carley:


I wanted to take a moment to update all the residents of the Township on the status of efforts to combat the virus in our community. Our work has been round the clock for the past month involving an all hands on deck approach. Our response has involved every department in the Township. Our local health department in coordination with the Middlesex County Health Department has been at the forefront of identifying people who have contracted the virus and conducting follow up. Our Office of Emergency Management has worked continuously with County and State officials to adapt to the changing emergencies and restrictions. Our Social Service Department and Senior Center have developed contingency plans to address the neediest members of our community. Our police department has modified manpower levels and added new technology to improve outreach capabilities. Our EMS services have risen to the occasion with increased coordination and improved response times. Our fire departments have adjusted their manpower to address our community’s needs. The entire municipal workforce has made adjustments to ensure safety while trying to maintain essential services. This is not battle that will end in the coming days, but I want everyone to rest assured your safety and welfare is my top priority.....

....I believe there is tremendous coordination and cooperation by all those responding to this emergency. I want to thank the vast majority of residents who are adhering to the Governor’s restrictions on social distancing and limiting travel. We have seen an 80% decrease in traffic crashes as a result of more people staying home. The next two weeks will be important to see how we can flatten the curve.

Here are some steps I have directed to help us get through these next few weeks;

  • The Office of Emergency Management will issue briefings to the community ... via Nixle.

  • Social Services will continue outreach efforts to get those in need of food assistance. You can contact food Jeanne Wert at (732) 329-4000 Ext. 7674 or email to get help.

  • The Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with the Senior Center will establish community follow up of the neediest members of our community.

  • South Brunswick Public Works will implement an enhanced protection plan for our police vehicles, fire trucks, and municipal vehicles through new disinfectant procedures.

I believe there will be adjustments to our daily lives over the days to come and we will keep you informed. I also want to ask that you support our local restaurants who are open for take-out and delivery. These local establishments serve our community on a daily basis and if you are able to order from them it will help us all in the long run. A list of restaurants and food establishments can be found on the Township website at

I thank you for your help and patients in this difficult time, and remember we are all in this together

After carefully monitoring the evolving global situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) SBCW has decided to postpone the conference and will provide an update at a later time.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at South Brunswick High School from 8 am - 2 pm

SBCW 23rd Annual Leadership and Career Pathways Conference

SBCW 2020 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Genevieve Kumapley


SBCW Conference Registration open now:

South Brunswick Commission on Women is thanking for the participation in the Suicide Prevention Awareness Eventon Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Woodlot Park

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Thank You All who participated and enjoyed our

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In memoriam of former Mayor Frank Gambatese

Leadership . . . Empowerment . . . Inspiration

Thank you all for being part of SBCW's 20th Anniversary Leadership Conference and Career Pathways 2017