2017-2019 Federation Officers
Sylvia Vason, Newark
Ms Vason is a long-time member of NJFDW, serving 16 years as Treasurer before being elected as current President.
Professionally, Sylvia was Municipal Clerk for 18 years at the Borough of Lawnside and for the Borough of Chesilhurst for 15 years.
Sylvia lives in Newark with her husband, Orlando Vason; together they have two children and five grandchildren.
Her leadership credo:
Here's to strong women:
May we know them,
May we be them,
May we raise them!
1st VICE PRESIDENT
Andrea Mastro, Upper Township, Cape May County
Ms Mastro has been a member of Cape May County Chapter Federation of Democratic Women and NJFDW since 2004. She first started her involvement in politics as a member of NJEA, then joined the Cape May County Chapter and participated at the state level as Cape May's representative before advancing to Recording Secretary and 2016 Fundraising Chair. A founding member of the CMC Party for the Party Fundraising committee, Andrea is currently a committeewoman with the CMC Democratic Committee.
Andrea grew up in Passaic, graduated in 1969 from Paterson State College (now William Paterson University) with a degree in elementary education and in 1972 from UPenn with a MS in reading. After a successful career as a Basic Skills reading and math teacher, and as Wilson Reading Teacher at the Intermediate School of Ocean City, Andrea retired in 2006. Along with her political life, Andrea is the mother of 2 sons, grandmother of 2 girls, and employed part time at Donna's Hallmark of Somers Point.
2nd VICE PRESIDENT
Viola Scott, Willingboro
Ms Scott was born in Trenton, raised in Ellisdale (near Allentown), and has been a resident of Willingboro for more than 35 years. Viola has retired from the US Postal Service where she served as Secretary of Affirmative Action and EEO, the Postal Advisory Committee, and the Postal Agency’s Career Awareness program. While in service, Viola also helped organize Black History and Womens’ Month activities and formation of a Toastmaster’s Club. Viola has received various awards for participation in the area of career mobility, safety, and volunteering. She is also a Math and Spanish tutor, a member of NOW, NAACP, Committeewoman and Treasurer of the Willingboro Democratic Party, past secretary in Democratic State Committee, and serves this term as NJFDW Treasurer.
Margaret Martin, Trenton
Ms Martin has been involved, on several levels, with Political and Civic organizations in both Arkansas and New Jersey. Margaret was elected to serve as Chairwoman of Pulaski County Democratic Committee in Arkansas, the 1st Black woman to serve in this capacity. Margaret has been employed atd the New Jersey Democratic State Committee since 2002 and is currently its Operations Director. having received numerous awards and notations for her work mentoring young women, she continues to enjoy participating in activities to enhance and assist with the advancement of women in Politics.
Margaret was the 2014 Reg Roberts Award recipient given by the New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women.
Mary Forbes, South Orange
Ms Forbes was born in the District of Columbia where politics was part of her life from high school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The George Washington University and attended the Corcoran School of Art. After her husband retired they moved to Monroe, CT, where she was on the Board of the Monroe Historical Society, a member of the Town Democratic Committee, and Chairman of the Commission on Aging, chairing the building committee for the Monroe Senior Center. Moving to North Plainfield, NJ, Mary was President of the Democratic Club, President of the Friends of Vermeule (the Vermeule Mansion is a historic site on both the state and national register), a member of the borough Historic Preservation Commission, and a member of the Planning Board. She served two terms as Councilwoman in North Plainfield before moving to South Orange, NJ. She was an officer in the Somerset County branch of the Federation of Democratic Women. Mary is a Rotarian. She has two children and two grandchildren.
Marge retired from a 28 year government career having held positions in local, county and state government. As such she worked as the deputy county administrator in Camden County, as the director of engineering in Cherry Hill, her home town, and was the Executive Director of the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency where she was responsible for overseeing the financing of thousands of units of affordable housing throughout New Jersey. She now is a Senior Director of a consulting engineering, architecture and environmental science firm located in Cherry Hill.
Marge and many other active membership of the NJFDW worked together in 2014 and 2015 to organize, manage and ensure a successful National Convention in New Jersey after the untimely and sudden passing of the NJ Federation President. Together the NJ women oversaw and orchestrated a successful convention and came out of the event stronger, proud of themselves and the State of New Jersey's Democratic Women and more united.
Marge was a stabilizing force for the organization and its members during her presidency and tenure as president. She successfully increased the membership in the organization and worked to encourage participation by young women in the organization and help get them elected to office in NJ.
She was pleased to succeed the office to the capable hands of the current NJFDW Executive Board.
Lorraine Joewono (center)
Carlstadt, Bergen County
Burlington, Burlington County