MEMBER PROFILE: Hala Shawaf Barson

MEMBER PROFILE: Hala Shawaf Barson

Member Profiles
When you meet and get to know Hala Shawaf Barson it’s easy to see that she really is “all about people, relationships, and community” and being a member of Impact100 SJ feeds her desire to be connected to the community in a meaningful way.   Hala was introduced to Impact100 SJ in 2017 by her friend and mentor Georgann Wardzinski and was instantly drawn to the collective giving model. Being a part of a like-minded community of women who are caring, collaborative, and love connecting and “cross pollinating ideas” was an exciting notion. But at the time she was a young professional growing her career. In 2022 the time was finally right to become a member.  Being a member has been a wonderful experience and Hala actively participates on the Grant…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Beth Gamel

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Beth Gamel

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As a newcomer to South Jersey in 2021, Beth’s interest in IMPACT100SJ was piqued when reading the profile of a Leadership Council member in a local lifestyle magazine. She checked out the organization’s website and its robust offerings, which sealed the deal on her membership application. She completed the paperwork, joined the Grant Finance and Grant Review committees and there was no looking back. No stranger to nonprofit and board engagement, Beth is impressed with IMPACT100SJ’s mission of leveraging the power of collective giving and making a significant impact on local non-profits via IMPACT100SJ’s grant-making process. Being new to the area, Beth was curious to learn more about the area and its needs. Win-win. Beth is a longtime “joiner” and, more importantly a “doer”. As a retired CPA financial advisor,…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:  Colleen Connell

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Colleen Connell

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Meet Colleen Connell, proud charter member of Impact100 SJ.  Colleen first learned about Impact100 from Kyle Ruffin, who serves on the board of the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) with Colleen’s husband, John. She was immediately attracted to a business model in which every member’s vote counts equally toward selecting grantees, making tremendous impacts toward their missions. Also, the opportunity to meet other local South Jersey women who are passionate about philanthropy and volunteerism was very appealing. Colleen finds inspiration in women who are leaders in their communities. “Just like the Milky Way, we are all single stars working together to create beautiful outcomes collaboratively.”     Colleen is an active member of Impact100. She has co-chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) Task Force with Nina Cohen, where she was able to draw on…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:  Paula Fairly

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Paula Fairly

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Paula Fairly is not new to charity, non-profits and philanthropy.  Paula gives both time and money because she is able to, and she is committed to the mission. Paula is a semi-retired executive involved in working with others on developing their exciting, new life chapters. She is a former member of the Moorestown Rotary Club.  During a Rotary presentation featuring Cindy Quinton and Kyle Ruffin, Impact 100, South Jersey was presented.  Paula was impressed with what she heard and decided to provide support to the group.  She appreciates the idea of tapping into women and encouraging them to give back to local organizations in need.   In addition to a full professional employment background at organizations such as Travelers and General Electric, Paula has served on several Boards and community committees. …
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:  Abby Cohler

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Abby Cohler

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Abby Cohler joined Impact 100 SJ in 2019. At the time, she was looking to get involved with a local charitable organization and do more than just “write the check."  She discovered that Impact 100 SJ filled that need for her.  She was intrigued by the fact that IMPACT 100 SJ is solely run by women volunteers, allows each member the choice to be as involved with the organization as she wants to be, and gives out impactful grants to local organizations.   At that time, she went on-line, looked up our local chapter and joined immediately. After she joined, she learned that some of her friends/colleagues were also members, After joining, Abby jumped right in and got involved.  For the first two years (even impacted by COVID shut-downs) she became a member…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Pamela Collins

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Pamela Collins

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After an extensive career at one of the region’s largest nonprofits, in 2018 Pam Collins decided to follow her entrepreneurial spirit and partner with longtime collaborator Pamela Downes to start REV Creative Group. REV was founded on the idea that businesses of all sizes and industries need a dedicated team of experts to revolutionize their marketing efforts. REV mixes strategy with creative design to help energize brands and drive results using an Outsourced Marketing Team model. They believe it takes a purposeful brand with a customized marketing plan to develop memorable connections with audiences. Pam shares, “Our process is designed to give clients the expertise they need without the full-time cost of an in-house team.” She adds, “We build trusted partnerships with clients to fully understand their vision, values and…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kimberly Rice

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kimberly Rice

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Volunteerism, community engagement and philanthropy are baked into Kimberly’s DNA. From her earliest days, Kimberly recalls that her mother and grandparents instilled in her a “service to others” mindset. She worked alongside family members to give back to their community which inspired Kimberly to follow suit. Throughout her adolescent and young adult years, she often helped out at local fundraisers and other philanthropic initiatives in her native North Carolina community. It was through these early experiences that led Kimberly on a long journey of supporting charitable causes and decades of hands-on community engagement and volunteerism. Interested to build community with other South Jersey women and explore a collaborative approach to philanthropy, Kimberly was intrigued to learn about Impact100 South Jersey’s mission and collective giving model from a SJ Magazine article…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Terri Shirley-Summerhayes

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Terri Shirley-Summerhayes

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Upon reconnecting with a South Jersey friend after a 20-year gap, Terri Shirley-Summerhayes learned that her old friend was a member of Impact100 South Jersey. Terri had belonged to a supportive group of young mothers, the South Jersey Mother’s Network, in Marlton when her children were very young. She was also an active and engaged member of the Marlton community serving on the school board, volunteering in community organizations and local civic activities, while raising her children. Fast forward a couple of decades, Terri serendipitously met up with former SJ Mother’s Network member, Valerie Buickerood, and learned about Impact100 South Jersey - another group of like-minded women. Now in both a personal and professional position to give back financially, Terri was inspired to join. When asked why she joined in…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kruti Lodhavia

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kruti Lodhavia

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“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~ Maya Angelou Pharmacist by trade, philanthropist by choice, Kruti Lodhavia was excited to learn that there was a whole group of women who had this common bond of giving back. After seeing a social media post about Impact100 SJ, Kruti searched the website for information and recognized Sue Polikoff among the member list. When she reached out, Sue shared her own positive experience as a member and Kruti’s decision was sealed. She couldn’t wait to join! A pharmacist and manager with Walgreens for more than 20 years, Kruti returned to South Jersey after living in Louisiana with her husband, and starting their family there. She was  raised in Atlantic City and is happy to…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Stefanie Levine Cohen

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Stefanie Levine Cohen

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A woman living her purpose-driven life. Longtime South Jersey resident Stefanie Levine Cohen has traveled a professional and personal journey with twists and turns. As a trained lawyer, Stefanie knew her gifts and talents were better suited in areas other than the practice of law. She found her calling connecting with other people through writing, active parenting and hands-on community engagement. To exemplify her purpose, Stefanie is a Charter member of Impact100 SJ and has served on the Leadership Council since her second year. She is a former Chair of the Governance committee and a former member of the grant review committee. What lights Stefanie up most about volunteerism and community engagement is her commitment to be a force for positive change. With so many urgent needs and giving opportunities…
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