Women of Wonder
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
2016 Woman of Wonder E. Marie Hayes
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 - ACCC School Board of Estimate, Member - Special Services School Board of Estimate and Member - Technical School Board of EstimateBiography: 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.
2013 Women of Wonder: Noel R. Hier, Cape May County Technical High School
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, Director, School Based Youth Services at Cape May Tech High School.
2012 Woman of Wonder: Martina Singleton AKA Oprah Winfrey, CARA
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.
Tracey Staab, principal COMPACT, Martina Singleton, recipient, and Amanda Paris, former COMPACT student.
2011 Woman of Wonder: Myra Belasco, Lower Cape May Regional School District
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.
Vicki Clark, Foundation VP, Diane McKoy, Foundation President, Myra Belasco, recipient, Tracey Staab, COMPACT, Freeholder Sue Sheppard, Dr. Pat Gentile