News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner



June 7, 2021

Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women to Offer Free Zoom Webinar

‘Women in Public Life: Pathways to Civics and Service’

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Join the inspiring “Women in Public Life: Pathways to Civics and Service” Zoom event hosted by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The program is an uplifting webinar that will take participants through the journey of three special guest speakers and their successful career path in public service.

“I encourage people to join this informative and inspirational webinar,” said Somerset County Commissioner Deputy Director Sara Sooy. “Women’s roles in public service have expanded over the past few years, and it’s important to  keep that trend moving forward. We need to continue to recognize the positive impact women have when working in the public service sector.”

This presentation is the first of the “Women in Public Life” webinar series that will show participants the range of opportunities that are available for women in public service and how they can achieve success.

Guest speakers include:

  • The Honorable Shelly L. Bell, M.A., a fellow of Emerge New Jersey, who has extensive political and government experience, specializes in constituent relations, legislative affairs, and leadership development, and in 2020 was the first African-American elected to serve as committeeperson for Montgomery Township;
  • Dr. Sandra Grundfest, M.A. Ph.D., founding commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission on the Status of Women and founding member of Princeton University Women’s Organization (PUWP); and
  • Joyce Eldridge-Howard B.S., M.A., who has served as a recognized educator for forty years and is a former member of the Hillsborough Board of Education.

To join the Zoom webinar, go to the Meeting ID: 836 3814 8166 and Passcode: 053494.

For more information about the event,

About the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women (SCCSW) is a group of concerned individuals who are interested in identifying and addressing issues that affect women in communities. The commission was created by the Board of County Commissioners in January 1985.


The mission of the SCCSW is to advocate for all women in Somerset County by providing an effective forum to identify and address women’s issues and concerns and to develop a greater public awareness of women’s issues by sponsoring informational exchanges to enhance the quality of life for everyone.


For more information about the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, visit


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