The Cumberland County Womens Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members

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The Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame will induct three Vineland women into the prestigious group at their seventh annual gala celebration in April. The winners are Carol Parks, Julia Ranagan-Blackwell, and Shelly Schneider.
“Our winners this year have incredibly wide-ranging achievements,” said Louise T. Bertacchi, Founder and President of the Hall of Fame. “Their backgrounds in education, medicine and public service are exceptional, and each one has been an inspiration for so many other women.”
Parks founded a support group for parents of children with limb deficiencies at the old Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia. The first educator at Landis School to receive the governor’s Teacher Recognition Program, her teaching techniques were studied by the State Commission on Education. She was a long-time leader of the Women’s Club in Vineland, and documented every grave at the NJ Veterans Memorial Home.
Blackwell began the school for medical technologists at Newcomb Hospital in 1955, leading the effort for Newcomb to become an accredited training hospital for lab technicians. She became the first female to receive the Vineland Citizen of the Year Award in 1966 for singular accomplishments, and was honored as the founder of the Red Cross Blood Bank Program in Vineland, for her leadership role in the Vineland Service Committee, and for starting the Diabetes Detection Clinic.
Schneider was responsible for converting the old Prudential Building in Millville into the school district’s new Lakeside Middle School. Former Superintendent of the Millville School District, she is active in Big Brothers Big Sisters and was named Big Sister of the Year in 2008. She serves on the Board of Directors of Inspira Health System and is on the Advisory Board of Leadership Cumberland County.
The induction ceremony take place on Wednesday, April 29th at Merighi’s Savoy Inn in East Vineland. The public is invited and the cost is $55 per person. Cocktails begin at 6 pm, with dinner starting at 7. The induction ceremony follows, with Jennifer Webb-McRae, Cumberland County Prosecutor, as the emcee for the induction gala.
“Each year we continue to be amazed at the quality and quantity of accomplishments of the women in Cumberland County,” said Bertacchi. “It is such an honor for the Hall of Fame Board to be able to give these women the public acclaim they deserve.”
The Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame honors local women of outstanding achievement who have made significant contributions to a profession, the community, and/or women’s issues. In the past six years, 34 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.