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Women Aware



Diane Palmer, Board President

Diane Palmer joined the Women Aware Board of Directors in May 2006. She has held the offices of secretary and vice-president before becoming president in January 2014. Diane became involved over 20 years ago with Women Aware as a children’s program volunteer. She is employed by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as the fellowship program supervisor and Medical Grand Rounds’ coordinator for the Department of Medicine. Possessing a volunteer nature, Diane is the president of the Greater Brunswick Area Woman’s Club; ushers at the State Theatre; and serves on her church’s Mission Commission, which helps those less fortunate. Immediate family members include her husband Glenn of 45 years, a daughter Stephanie, a son Glenn, and her five grandchildren.

Jessica Oppenheim, Board Vice President

Jessica S. Oppenheim, Esq. is the Director of the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program of The Arc of NJ, a statewide program which provides advocacy for people with developmental disabilities who become involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining The Arc of NJ in 2010, she was an Assistant Prosecutor in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice, Dept. of Law and Public Safety, from 1985 until 2010. In that capacity, she was Bureau Chief of the Prosecutor’s Supervision and Coordination Bureau, the unit which oversaw the 21 County Prosecutor’s Offices and 600 law enforcement agencies on behalf of the Attorney General. She also drafted and implemented the Attorney General’s Megan’s Law Guidelines, prosecuted Megan’s Law and domestic violence cases and provided training and policies and protocols for law enforcement agencies and prosecutors throughout the State on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, internal affairs policies, Megan’s Law and dealing with diverse populations. She has taught as an adjunct professor for the Paralegal Studies Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to her Board membership for Women Aware, she is a board member for the NJ Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Patty Whitehouse, Secretary

Patty has been involved with Women Aware since 2010. Currently, she is an active member of the Women Aware, Inc. Board of Directors, serving as its Board Secretary. Patty, a retired Chubb and Son Vice President, is also a certified executive and life coach. Patty has been a community service volunteer for many years. Currently, Patty is the President of the Peapack-Gladstone Woman’s Club, Treasurer of the Highlands District Past Presidents Club and Treasurer of the GFWC/NJSFWC Past State Presidents Club. She served on the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) Board of Directors as its Communications and Public Relations Committee Chairman (2012-2014) and in her role as the President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (2010-2012). In 2012, Patty was named a Garden State Woman of the Year for Women’s Initiatives in the non-profit arena and received the GFWC Charlotte Emerson Brown Award for Excellence in State Leadership. Patty and Bill, a retired executive from Kraft/Nabisco Foods, have been happily married for almost 48 years.

Matthew Flannery, Treasurer

Matthew Flannery, New Brunswick NJ, was educated at Reed College, the University of Chicago, and Rutgers University in philosophy and urban and regional planning. He refines English translations of Chinese poems from 200-1200; collects recordings of western classical chamber and solo music in historical depth; edits scholarly papers; translates the occasional poem by Georg Trakl; collects Chinese calligraphy and seal stones.

Jayshree “Tina” Dave

Jayshree “Tina” Dave rejoined the Women Aware Board as of July 2014. Tina is a PMI certified project manager and currently works for McGraw Hill Financial. Before that, she spent 10 years as a licensed correspondent banker and running her own mortgage banking business. She assisted her clients to purchase businesses and homes. Tina was Treasurer and Chairperson of the Finance Committee of Women Aware from 2006 to 2008. She was a charter member of the South Brunswick Domestic Violence Task Force. Tina enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

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