Women of Wonder League

Women of Wonder

The Women of Wonder League℠ recognizes influential women for their outstanding and selfless dedication to helping others reach their full potential.  The Women of Wonder League℠ is committed to serving at-risk high school students by providing support and tuition assistance to attend Atlantic Cape Community College so they may transform their lives.  The League stands by the notion that building a child’s confidence in academic environments will allow them to succeed both in the classroom and in everyday life.

2018's Women of Wonder event was co-sponsored by Atlantic Cape Community College and the Cape May County Women's Advisory Commission and honored Vicki Clark, president of the Cape County Chamber of Commerce, as the 2018 Woman of Wonder!

For more information about the Women of Wonder, please contact Maria Kellett by email at mkellett@atlantic.edu or phone at (609) 463-3670.

The Woman of Wonder Award

Every year when the WOW League comes together to plot our next year's strategies to fulfill our mission, we recognize an outstanding sister who works or volunteers with at-risk youths in Cape May County. The Woman of Wonder Award is a prestigious acknowledgement of a superhero who goes above and beyond her work or volunteer responsibilities on an ongoing basis. The Woman of Wonder exemplifies a super-hero in action.

 

Past Women of Wonder

Atlantic Cape Community College and the Cape May County Women's Advisory Commission are proud to honor Vicki Clark as our 2018 Woman of Wonder!  Vicki is the president of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and an outstanding civic leader, serving as a role model for young people in our community.

About the Honoree

Vicki T. Clark, IOM
President, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce

 Vicki Clark Head Shot - Atlantic Cape

Vicki Clark is the President of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held for the past 14 years.  Prior to that, she served as the Chamber’s Marketing and Membership Director for 13 years.  She oversees the daily business operations, advocacy positions, and membership programs with a staff of 4 year round and 2 seasonal employees. 

Clark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from VA Tech in Marketing Management and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management as well as both the classic Dale Carnegie Course and Dale Carnegie Sales Training.

She is President of the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association, serves on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Board of the New Jersey Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (NJACCES), the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board, and served on the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education for eleven years. 

In 2016 she became a founding member of the Business Alliance for the Protection of the Atlantic Coast and currently serves as the organizations first President.  In July 2018, Clark became a member of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

She and her husband Bruce have three married children and five grandchildren.

E. Marie Hayes

Biography

Freeholder Responsibilities: Board of Elections, County Clerk/Adjuster, Culture and Heritage, Fare Free Transportation, Library, Museum, Park/Zoo, Print Shop, Surrogate, Tax Board and Tourism & Public Information

Freeholder Liaison: Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, Chamber of Commerce, Culture and Heritage Commission, Jersey Shore Partnership, Library Commission, New Jersey Association of Counties - 1st Alternate, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Park Advisory Board, Tax Board, Member - Atlantic Cape School Board of Estimate, Member - Special Services School Board of Estimate and Member - Technical School Board of Estimate

Biography: E. Marie Hayes was sworn-in on February 1, 2013 to fill the unexpired term of M. Susan Sheppard, Esq. on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Hayes was re-elected in November 2014 to her first three year term and will serve until December 31, 2016.

In late 1970's, Marie was hired by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office as an Investigator. During the majority of her career, she was assigned to Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Investigations. She rose through the ranks being promoted to Sergeant of Detectives to Lieutenant of Detectives, retiring as Captain of Detectives in 2009.

Hayes received her Associate Degree from Atlantic Cape Community College, where until this year; she was an Adjunct Professor teaching Criminal Investigation. Hayes received a Bachelor Degree in Human Services, with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison State College and is a 1996 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Hayes resides in Ocean City with Lloyd, her husband of 32 years, and their son Lloyd. Also, she has two grown daughters, Megan and Danielle, a son-in-law Vince and six grandchildren.

 

The 2013 Woman of Wonder, Noel R. Hiers, is the director of School Based Youth Services at Cape May County Technical High School. Noel began to build this vibrant school program in 2006…from scratch. Now, Cape May Tech has a meaningful program with outstanding counseling services for all its students. The multi-focus program includes activities like field trips, student clubs and support groups like the diabetes support club and the GLBT club, among others.

The school based youth services program has become one of the most highly valued, highly utilized programs of the school. In others words, this super hero built a world of good from literally nothing.

Some of the outcomes from this super hero's unsung work have been building tolerance for all, creating a sense of community for the diverse group of students attending tech, and a safe haven for students when they are at their most vulnerable moments.

Noel Hiers

Noel Hiers, Director, School Based Youth Services at Cape May Tech High School.

 

Whether it is at noon on a school day or midnight on a weekend - Martina Singleton is there when you need her! Martina is employed by the Coalition Against Rape and Abuse - CARA - as the Sexual Assault Program Director. But that is just her cover story for her life of heroic actions. She has not only risen up from her own personal history of abuse, she helps to raise our children up out of their situations of abuse and helps them learn to cope with the life altering consequences of violence. For her support, love and work with the COMPACT students, Martina takes her place in the WOW Hall of Fame.

Atlantic Cape WOW EVENT 10-26-11

Tracey Staab, principal COMPACT, Martina Singleton, recipient, and Amanda Paris, former COMPACT student.

 

Myra Belasco, Counselor, Lower Cape May Regional School District exemplifies an unsung super-hero among us who quietly and without much fan fare is making a huge difference in the lives of our at-risk children. Myra works closely with Cape Educational COMPACT to recommend and support students from her high school to the program. According to her nominator, she consistently goes above and beyond in supporting her COMPACT students. Myra's dedication earned her a place in the WOW Hall of Fame.

WOW Event

Vicki Clark, Foundation VP, Diane McKoy, Foundation President, Myra Belasco, recipient, Tracey Staab, COMPACT, Freeholder Sue Sheppard, Dr. Pat Gentile

Event Sponsors

The Atlantic Cape Foundation and Cape May County Women's Commission would like to extend a sincere 'thank you' to our Women of Wonder event sponsors! 


Caped Crusaders

Clark's Moving and Storage Logo - Atlantic Cape

 

Superhero Scholars

Atlantic Cape Logo - Atlantic Cape  Cape Women's Resource Fund Logo - Atlantic Cape

McMahon Insurance Agency Logo - Atlantic Cape  Merrill Lynch Logo - Atlantic Cape

OceanFirst Bank Logo Suasion Communications Group Logo - Atlantic Cape

Sturdy Savings Bank Logo - Atlantic Cape

 

Academic Avengers

Crest Savings Bank Logo - Atlantic Cape  OC PBA Local61 Logo - Atlantic Cape