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Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber to honor four female professionals during virtual awards ceremony

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will hold its Women of Achievement awards ceremony virtually from 10-11 a.m. on June 18. Dr. Kemi Alli of the Henry J. Austin Health Center, Caryn Barnes of Langan Engineering, Judith Hutton of YWCA Princeton and Ana Montego of the American Red Cross are the 2020 honorees.

Hutton is the CEO of the YWCA Princeton and the former executive director of Anchor House. As a new executive in 1983, she led Anchor House with a mere budget of $35,000.  Today, she serves on the Anchor House Foundation and helps that organization raise almost $500,000 each summer with its annual Ride for Runaways, according to information provided by the chamber.

Today, at the YWCA Princeton, she deploys a $5 million budget and dedicates $400,000 to $500,000 of the organization’s annual revenue to scholarship.

She oversees the YW’s Breast Cancer Resource Center, English as a Second Language Program, Latinas Unidas, the HiSET Testing Center, the Young Wonders Child Development Centers and Stand Against Racism with other YWCAs both nationally and globally, according to the statement. From all-girls competitive robotics, to dance and arts and crafts, to book clubs, to educational lectures and seminars, to a Newcomers Club that welcomes people from all over the world, more than 5,000 participants use the programs and services led by Hutton each year.

Hutton has served as president of the Garden State Coalition of Youth & Family Concerns, was named Mercer County’s Professional of the Year in 2004, and received the 2014 Community Leader of the Year Award from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Concurrently, she received a national award from the US Department of Health and Human Services in recognition of her work with groups including the Youth Services Commission, and the National Network for Children and Youth, according to the statement.

Barnes is a leader of Langan’s environmental practice with nearly 30 years of experience in all aspects of environmental investigations, soil and groundwater remediation, community outreach and site closure. She has worked extensively in New Jersey on DEP- and EPA-led projects. She is an active participant in the development of regulations and guidance, and is on the forefront of investigating and remediating emerging contaminants. She is the immediate past president of the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association, according to the statement.

Barnes is a co-founder and corporate leader of Women@Langan, a women’s initiative program started in October 2014 to foster an atmosphere of mentorship and support to empower women to achieve career and personal success.

In 2015, she was honored with the Growing Great Women in the Garden State award by the New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals.

As a recovery executive for the American Red Cross, Montero oversees the Hurricane Maria Long Term Recovery Program in Puerto Rico. A native of Puerto Rico, she contributed to the Red Cross relief efforts after hurricanes Irma and Maria, serving in external relations leadership positions. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, as assistant commissioner overseeing housing programs for the State of New Jersey, she led the state housing task force to assist individuals displaced by the disaster. She was appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy to serve on the Commission on Puerto Rico, according to the statement.

Montero previously served as regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross New Jersey Region. She was responsible for all Red Cross disaster services, volunteer management, service to the Armed Forces, fundraising and external relations within the state.

Montero joined the Red Cross in 2014 as chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Region. She was responsible for overseeing the region’s overall operations and facilities, as well as leading various Red Cross programs. Her work with the Prepare SoCal Campaign involved partnering with businesses, local government and community organizations to develop community coalitions focused on creating resilient communities.

Prior to the Red Cross, Montero served as assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. During her 14 years in public service, Montero also served as executive director at the Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Department of Human Services.

Dr. Alli has been the CEO of Henry J. Austin Health Center since 2015 where she previously served as chief medical officer from 2008. She has been a pediatrician with Henry J. Austin for over 22 years.

Alli has done webinars, speaking engagements and conference presentations across the country on healthcare systems improvement, including topics on advanced access, integrated care and telemedicine. She led several primary care enhancement initiatives to reduce health disparities, improve patient health outcomes and access to care for those most underserved. She has participated in numerous advisory panels across the country, most recently serving on the Health Resources and Services Administration, Workforce Well-being Technical Advisory Panel or the New Jersey Department of Health’s, Integrated Healthcare Advisory Panel helping to shape the regulations for integrated care and substance use treatment services for the state of New Jersey, according to the statement.

Alli founded the Trenton Health Team and serves on boards including the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, the New Jersey Primary Care Association, the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and Thomas Edison State University.

 

Tickets for the awards ceremony are $30 for members or $40 for future members. Ads and sponsorships begin at $50; ad deadline is June 8.

For ticket or sponsorship information, visit web.princetonmercerchamber.org

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