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Community College Women Recognized at MCCC Awards Breakfast


Five professional women from New Jersey community colleges were honored at the second annual “Celebrating Women Leaders in Community Colleges” breakfast held at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) on April 13.

The event was sponsored by the college’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), and was part of events for Community College Month.

Each honoree received the “Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award.”  Dr. Donohue, who is president of MCCC, is president emerita of the national AAWCC. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Kathleen Crabill, president of Raritan Valley Community College.

Joining Dr. Donohue in presenting awards were MCCC’s Dr. Khalida Haqq, who is president of the AAWCC Mercer Chapter and director of MCCC’s Programs for Academic Services and Success. 

Also presenting was Dr. Linda Martin, MCCC’s dean of Science and Health Professions, who is the Region II director and a member of the national board.  Lucia Brown-Joseph, last year’s award recipient and bursar for MCCC, also assisted in the awards ceremony.


Dr. Latonya Ashford Ligon is director of advisement and enrollment services at MCCC.  She has promoted the Disengaged Adults Returning to College program, which focused on the needs of women returning to college as adults.


MCCC's Dr. Khalida Haqq, far left, and President Patricia C. Donohue, far right, with four of the awardees, from left: Cheryl Wallace of Raritan Valley Community College, Andrea Lynch of MCCC, Helen Antonucci of Gloucester County College, and Karen VanDerhoof of County College of Morris.
Pictured is one of the winners from MCCC, Dr. Latonya Ashford Ligon, director of advisement and enrollment services at the college.

Dr. Ashford Ligon is the past president and current member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and currently works with its members to mentor young women in the Greater Trenton community.  In 2010, Dr. Ashford Ligon earned her doctorate in education from Rowan University while working and supporting her two children.

Andrea Lynch is an associate professor of business and technology at MCCC.  Her commitment to the community college woman is exemplified through her work with the First Year Experience, coordinating the college’s study abroad program, and taking on a leadership role in the Foundations of Excellence project.  Recently Lynch spoke at a Women’s History Month event at the college, where she shared her own story of success and offered students tips on achieving professional and personal development.

Helen Antonucci
has been the director of the Senior Corps at Gloucester County College since 1982.  Senior Corps is a federally sponsored program that provides volunteer opportunities for people over the age of 55.  Each year, Antonucci and her staff place more than 420 volunteers into the community.  Last year she wrote and submitted changes to grants that fund her program from a hospital bed while recovering from a serious illness.  Most recently, she was the driving force in obtaining a 10-year renewable grant from the Pascal Sykes Foundation, which assists families in need.

Karen VanDerhoof
is the vice president for business and finance at County College of Morris.  She began her career at the college in 1992 as the director of budget and business services, and was later promoted to controller and then to her current position as vice president.  In 2011, VanDerhoof was awarded the Distinguished Business Office Award for her outstanding achievements in the field of business and financial management in higher education.  As a result of her mentoring, numerous members of her staff have been promoted to significant management positions, and more than half a dozen female staff members have successfully completed the County College of Morris Leadership Academy.

Cheryl Wallace is the human resources manager at Raritan Valley Community College.  Wallace is strongly focused on team cohesion and goal attainment of her staff, and leads and encourages a collaborative work environment.  She constantly encourages her staff to excel, and is sought out by others throughout the college as a resource.  Wallace is known to concentrate on team accomplishments and communication.  She is an active member of the Sister to Sister program on campus, where she takes personal interest in the success and achievement of the many students she mentors.


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