Honoring Women History Makers

North Jersey Federal Credit Union Recognizes Accomplished Women through its 1st Annual Women History Makers ~ “Women Who Make A Difference”

March 1, 2014, Paterson, NJ and Upper Montclair, NJ ~ North Jersey Federal Credit Union will recognize four women who make a difference in honor of women’s history month during its 1st Annual Women History Makers social media program.  Annually, North Jersey Federal conducts several community service programs designed to provide support and services to its local community.  Many of these community service programs, such as art exhibit contests, golf outings, toy drives, film festivals, and more, raise funds to benefit local non-profit organizations and reflects North Jersey Federal motto of “People Helping People.”

This year, our newest community service project is the 1st Annual Women History Makers ~ Women Who Make A Difference program.   The goal of this program is to recognize women who have excelled in their fields and have made history through their careers and lives. As a unique approach to recognizing the honorees, North Jersey Federal will use a social media platform to highlight these “history-makers”, and will post information on its social media, throughout the month of March. Posts are expected to reach over 30,000 people during the month of March through its web site blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Viewers are encouraged to visit and read about our honorees.  Women Who Make A Difference honorees, include;

 Camelia M. Valdes 

Camelia M. Valdes,   made history in the State of New Jersey on May 16, 2009, when Governor Jon S. Corzine nominated Valdes as the Passaic County Prosecutor.  Upon confirmation by the Legislature, she became the first Latina county prosecutor in the State of New Jersey, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States. Ms. Valdes is responsible for the management of approximately 185 office employees, a $19.2 million office budget and the oversight of 16 municipal police departments, the police departments of William Paterson and Montclair State Universities and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.  


 Ruth E Lugo, PhD

Ruth E Lugo, PhD is an accomplished educator at Metropolitan College of New York, where she is the Dean of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education. Lugo, a Newark resident, is credited for serving as the lead in the development of the Master of Science in Mathematics, the General Education Curriculum, and a Master of Science in Childhood Education programs, opening access to new educational opportunities for a diverse urban student population.  She is also responsible for the application and the win of a Title V Grant from the Department of Education, which was used to develop and implement a Learning Enhancement Center worth $2.7 million. As a result the Hispanic Serving Institution has enabled the college to provide academic support services for all Metropolitan College of New York students. In addition, Dr. Lugo is an educational and artistic consultant in the area of accreditation in Puerto Rico, USA and Latin America.

Pamela M. Powell

Pamela M. Powell lead the team to plan and open a student-run credit union at JFK High School, located in Paterson, New Jersey.  Powell grew up in the Paterson Public School system, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State, and a Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary.  In 2009, Powell seized the opportunity to develop the student-run credit union in partnership with North Jersey Federal Credit Union.  As one of the first of its kind in the state of NJ, the project was incorporated into the financial literacy curriculum under the Business and Marketing program at the high school. More importantly, it gave students an opportunity to gain real life banking experience as tellers and prepared students for jobs in the banking industry upon graduation from high school.

 Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron

Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron is the seventh president of William Paterson University in Wayne, one of the largest public universities in New Jersey with more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 250 academic programs.  A leader in science, business, nursing, teacher education, and music, the university has a vibrant sustainability program marked by one of the largest solar panel installations in the Northeast; and boasts a record number of Fulbright Fellows among its distinguished faculty.  President Waldron, who holds a doctorate in Latin American history from Indiana University, is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Social Science Research Council Fellowship and was recognized as one of the top 50 women in New Jersey by NJBIZ in 2012.  As president, Dr. Waldron has increased the number of full-time faculty, led the completion of the university’s Strategic Plan 2012-2022, and initiated a building and capital campaign.  She serves on the boards of the Tinker Foundation, the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, NJEDge.Net, and the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.