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Regional committee members honored as ‘Best of the Best’

Thursday, January 27, 2011  
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The Network of Executive Women has honored 13 regional committee members as 2010's "Best of Best” for their vital roles in carrying out the association's mission.

The volunteer-run regional groups are the backbone of NEW, noted Executive Director Joan Toth. "Regional strategy has been critical to our success for the past 10 years.”

Selected by the members of each region, these committee members are the year's Best of the Best: Paul Hagerty of The Hershey Company, the first male Best of the Best honoree, who serves on the Philadelphia college outreach and mentoring committee; Valerie Lonzi of Kraft Foods, a member of the Carolinas venue committee; Megan Brotschule of Deloitte, chair of the Chicago venue committee; Tina Roth of Kroger, chair of the Cincinnati sponsorship/fundraising committee; and Bridgette Porter of Procter & Gamble, director of the Dallas/Fort Worth programs, content and events committee.

Also honored were Donna Gray of Melita, the Florida co-chair of professional mentoring; Elda Devarie of EMD Sales, chair of the Mid-Atlantic registration committee; Janine Dempsey of CVS Caremark, chair of the New England mentoring and college outreach committee; Ellen Compesi of Diamond Foods, treasurer of the New York Metro region; Sharon Van Roo of Sam’s Club, co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas region; JoAnn Murdock of Unified Grocers, secretary of the Southern California region; and Julie Janckila of Supervalu, the Twin Cities chair of event coordination.

Lori Proctor, retail supply leader for Procter & Gamble, San Ramon, Calif., and co-chair of the Northern California region, was honored with the Bobbie O’Hare Award, recognized for her instrumental role in founding, managing and engaging members in the Northern California Region.

Building on their volunteers' unique strengths, each regional committee, and by extension the group, reflects the needs of each local market, said NEW Regional Chair Maria Edelson. "Creativity, communication, teamwork and knowledge of local markets are all critical skills that regional volunteers bring to the table -- and develop in their work with NEW.”

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