MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: JANET GARRATY

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: JANET GARRATY

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Meet Janet Garraty, Director of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, and new member of Impact100 South Jersey this year. Janet first heard about Impact100 from Kyle Ruffin, whom she’s known for several years. And she knew she wanted to become a member even before she attended a virtual member cultivation information session last fall.  What intrigued Janet the most about Impact100? “I enjoy collaborating with women of high leadership quality who know how to make a difference in our world, whether through volunteering or working. And networking with other members is important to my role as Chamber Director, enhancing our ability to positively influence the economic, civic and cultural wellbeing of our community.” Since graduating from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) with a bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice, Janet has enjoyed…
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Member Spotlight: Sarah Fawcett-Lee

Member Spotlight: Sarah Fawcett-Lee

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When Sarah Fawcett-Lee relocated to South Jersey in January 2019, she was looking for a group of women with kindred spirits that she could know both personally and professionally. After living in Baltimore, MD for 30 years, she describes moving to South Jersey as a “big adventure” for her and her husband, "It was good to be somewhere different, and to learn a new city and new area for a different experience."   It was not long after she came to South Jersey that she learned of Impact100. A few members, including Lois Greco, suggested she join the organization and spoke so highly of the group that she was intrigued. Sarah thought to herself, “living in this new community, in such an amazing place, with people who really care about their community. I want to…
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Member Spotlight:  Dianna Geist

Member Spotlight: Dianna Geist

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Dianna Geist is a new member of Impact100 SJ, having joined in the Fall of 2020 after attending a virtual information session. Dianna had seen Facebook posts about Impact100 SJ shared by another member, Valerie Buickerood, and became interested in learning more.  Having been involved in charitable organizations in South Jersey for years, she was intrigued by the idea of women’s collective giving for impact. While working as Director of Major Gifts and Annual Fund at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School in Philadelphia, it surprised her how many women were not making philanthropic decisions in their households. Dianna was shocked at the difference between alumni giving to Roman Catholic High School, a historic boys school, and the alumnae at Hallahan, especially given that many of the women were married to…
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Member Spotlight:  Leona Davis

Member Spotlight: Leona Davis

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Leona Davis first learned of Impact100 SJ by attending an information session hosted by Nancy Weber. While learning about the mission of Impact100, and seeing so many potential members attentively listening to the presentation, growing eager to join, Leona felt an immediate connection with the group and the amazing work being done to support the efforts of local Southern New Jersey non-profit organizations. She knew she wanted to join! What appealed to Leona the most? “I was so impressed with the simple but impactful approach to collective giving to local non-profits, and knew I wanted to become a part of this effort.”   Leona became a proud member of Impact100 SJ in 2019 and is now in her third year.  Her joining Impact100 SJ happened to coincide with another decision Leona made that year – to formalize…
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Member Spotlight:  Michele Juliana

Member Spotlight: Michele Juliana

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Michele Juliana is in her second year of membership with Impact100 SJ and what she has found striking is seeing the impact that grants have made on the previous nonprofit winners.  While searching for ways to be more connected to the nonprofit community in the region, Michele read an article about Impact100 in SJ Magazine and was excited to learn more. She was looking to grow her personal philanthropy and wanted to find a network of professional women who shared her values.  Professionally she wanted to learn more about the nonprofits in the area and connect with them as well. Board participation, while satisfying, has limits in the number of professionals with whom you connect. Likewise, the knowledge you gain about nonprofits is specific to the organization whose board you serve on. Impact100…
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Member Spotlight:  Debra Noll

Member Spotlight: Debra Noll

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Debra is no stranger to the collaborative effort of supporting non-profits that focus on improving their communities, which is so central to Impact100’s mission. The Development Chair of Acenda Integrated Health has spent a lifetime giving to others, a passion that was nurtured by her parents. Debra’s father was a World War II veteran, volunteer fire chief, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and served as the town’s Santa Claus for many years. Her mother was a member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary Ladies and as a result, Debra remembers spending most of her weekends in a variety of volunteer and civic activities. This culture of giving has followed Debra throughout her life. When her sons Jeremy and Craig were in school, she joined parent groups and other…
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Member Spotlight:  Kim Moon

Member Spotlight: Kim Moon

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Kim Moon is a founding member of Impact100 South Jersey.  Having been a member of Impact100 Philadelphia for many years, she knew well that a group of women joining together, pooling their philanthropic dollars, and partnering with local non-profits could be a real force for change in the community. During the summer of 2017, Kim was introduced to a group of women who were about to launch an Impact100 chapter in South Jersey and was thrilled to help bring that momentum to the community where she has lived for almost 30 years.  As the founding Grants Chair, Kim greatly values the experience she has had these past few years. Of the women Kim has met through the process and all that she has learned, she shares that, “Impact100 SJ’s grant review process…
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Member Spotlight:  Amy Leis

Member Spotlight: Amy Leis

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When the year 2020 gives you lemons, you turn them in to lemon-colored dance shoes!?! Well, you do if you are Amy Leis, Phd, CFP(R), Leadership Council Member, Charter Member and grant review chair of Impact100SJ. Since the pandemic started, Amy took up competitive pro-am ballroom dancing (complete with mask and face shield) and has waltzed her way to being ranked 10th in the country. No surprise, since Amy puts that same focus and determination into whatever she does, whether it is keeping up with a rambunctious 9-year-old daughter, supporting the non-profits of South Jersey or maximizing the profits of her financial clients. Back in 2017, Amy mentioned to her friend Patti Withington that she wanted to be more involved in South Jersey philanthropy.  Patti shared that she was involved…
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Member Spotlight:  Bev Volpe

Member Spotlight: Bev Volpe

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Women’s friendships can be life changing. For Bev Volpe, her friendship with Karin Phillips, community affairs reporter at KYW Newsradio, was a reassuring constant during a tumultuous time. Karin’s untimely passing in 2011 left an emptiness, which Bev filled with volunteer work.  Fast forward to 2019 and an information session hosted by Kyle Ruffin, a name Bev had heard often from Karin, who was HER best friend. Right then and there, Bev knew that something, or better yet someone, had guided her to Impact 100 South Jersey.  Wanting to continue Karin’s legacy of telling nonprofit stories, the first-year member joined Impact 100 SJ’s marketing and communications committee, as well as the Education Grant Review Committee for the education focus area. “As a Philadelphia-based PR person, I had the honor to…
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Member Spotlight:  Tina Kemps

Member Spotlight: Tina Kemps

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Thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts regarding my reason for becoming a member of Impact100 SJ. First, may I say what an honor it is to be a member of this group of women involved in this engagement of collective giving. I have always wanted to give back to society as a thanksgiving — not only for what I have been blessed with, but also for the joy it gives me in giving to others. I believe it is not just important to give to those in need, but to open our hearts to all people who surround us each and every day.  I joined Impact100 to focus on specific non-profits in our community and the collective giving aspect of its operating model. It’s a great way…
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