Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week for March 15, Jasmine Poole!
During Jasmine's entire life of service, she has been a role model to the younger generation. The wellbeing of children is paramount to her, and she has made it her life’s work to inspire them to reach towards their life's purpose. She has earned her first Degree in English from The University of Saint Elizabeth. Followed by pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration currently from Rutgers University. She has written five published books. Four of which are children’s books. She is the author of the entitled: GO PLAY, I AM ENOUGH, BRIDGING BLACK & BLUE, YOUR BODY IS YOUR TEMPLE, and VOICE BENEATH THE SURFACE. Currently she is working on a book called (We Rise) which is inspired by the women in her community.
While pursuing the alternate route towards becoming the first educator in her family she has worked continuously to overcome all of the hardships of becoming a certified New Jersey educator. She is a motivational speaker and teacher. Jasmine has also offered instruction and spiritual teaching as an active Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Pemberton United Methodist Church.
She constantly continues to keep abreast of the ever-changing trends in education and community in her educational excellence through professional development and training. Additionally, she is the head varsity girls’ basketball coach at her hometown alma mater Pemberton Township High School. She is currently working towards building a community center that will provide services to all of Burlington County veterans, senior citizens, youth grades k 12, at risk youth, single parents, immigrants, homeless, disabled, sports clubs, county outreach leaders.
In 2018, Jasmine founded the community nonprofit organization Jesus People Elite Enterprise (JPELITE). After doing so Jasmine facilitated a variety of community empowerment workshop events on some of the following topics: Anti Bullying, Scared Straight, Women's Empowerment, and Peace On The Streets Community Day, and Community Health Weekly Workout. Jasmine is a member of the NAACP.
Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week for March 8, Dani Cargill!
Dani Cargill is a resident of Willingboro Township and is the President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Zeta Sigma Alumnae Chapter. Dani earned her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Staten Island, NY and she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Publishing at Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Dani believes in serving her community, especially the youth. Her sorority was founded by 7 young school teachers who were passionate about educating children to contribute towards a better society. The sorority’s motto is “Greater Service, Greater Progress”. These values hold true today within each member of sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. a global service driven sorority.
The Epsilon Zeta Sigma Chapter serves the Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties to bring education and resources to needy communities especially women and children. Like their Facebook page Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc Epsilon Zeta Sigma Chapter to see the latest on what the chapter is up to and how local residents can benefit from their programming and outreach.
Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week for March 1, Kate Forte!
Kate Forte grew up in Cinnaminson and has always been passionate about the outdoors. She graduated from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she received two Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. While at Salisbury, she interned at a small zoo as a conservation educator. It was there that she realized she wanted to be educating the public on environmental topics as a career.
She is a Park Naturalist for the
Burlington County Parks System
, where she has the pleasure of educating the public on environmental matters such as wildlife conservation, the importance of our ecosystems, and plant and wildlife identification. She leads various in person nature programs throughout all the county parks and regional trails, while also creating virtual programs that are available on the Burlington County Parks Youtube page. She enjoys teaching about wetland habitats and the species you can find within them, along with birds of prey (especially owls)! On her days off, you can likely find her birdwatching and hiking at her favorite county park, Amico Island. She hopes to see some new faces joining her during her nature programs, and if you ever see her out in the parks, make sure to stop and say hello! Learn more about County parks and programs here
Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week for February 22, Gabrielle Terzano!
Gabrielle Terzano is currently the Events Coordinator for the
in Moorestown. She has a Master’s in Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity and Nutritional Health and she is extremely passionate in advocating for other women to be the healthiest they can be. She schedules all of the cooking classes at the Burlington County Agricultural Center by working with local chefs, farmers and entrepreneurs in the area to promote local, in season produce and nutrition. She also created a run club that meets every Saturday morning during the County Farmers Market season. She also has her own blog where she opens up about her past eating disorder and why she is so passionate about helping others. Visit her blog at: https://livelaughyum.com/
Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week for February 15, Council member, Jo-Ann Weiner!
Jo-Ann Weiner is a licensed Enrolled Agent and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She worked for the IRS for 35 years before starting her forensic tax accounting practice in 2013. While she has in depth technical tax law knowledge, she also has compassion and understanding for the emotions people experience when facing audits.
Jo-Ann currently served as a national speaker teaching tax law and tax controversy resolution skills to other practitioners. She received NAACP’s Frances Hooks Award in 2014 for showing courage in promoting diversity and building bridges across cultures. She was named a “Woman to Watch” by SJ Biz magazine.
Jo-Ann has created a nonprofit called “Women, Words, and Wisdom” which celebrates women each year with a Panel of Power themed for the national Women’s History Month theme.
Jo-Ann is a member of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers, and Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council.
She is a Director on the Board of the NJSEA leading several initiatives for them. She is also on the Executive Leadership Team and the Red Dress Circle for the American Heart Association. Jo-Ann is a member of NAWBO’s National Advocacy Council and a past Board Member for the NAWBO SJ.
Meet the Burlington County Woman of the Week for February 8, Jennifer Bulava!
Jennifer is the Lead Park Naturalist for the Burlington County Parks System. Jennifer is responsible for planning and conducting nature programs and all other aspects of environmental education for the public within the County Parks System. Her programming consists of outdoor, indoor, and virtual activities for people of all ages, including park visitors, schools, scouts, and local clubs/organizations. Jennifer also keeps a natural resource inventory of plants and animals within the Parks system and continually updates the lists by conducting scientific surveys throughout the seasons. She has worked for the Department of Resource Conservation for 20 years and for the Division of Parks for 13 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in Conservation and Ecology from Cook College, Rutgers University. In 2017, she was honored with the Outstanding Environmental Educator Award from the Alliance for NJ Environmental Education.
Jennifer has lived in New Jersey for all of her life and currently resides in the heart of the Pinelands. In her spare time, she loves to visit, hike, and photograph the National Parks with her husband. She is never without binoculars and a camera. Nature photography allows her to illustrate the diversity of life and scenic beauty we take for granted, while educating people about the importance of conservation and uses some of her photographs in the programs and lectures for the Burlington County Park System.