2019-2021 Federation Officers
Ms. Mastro is President for the term 2019-2020. She has been a member of the State Federation since 2004 serving as 1stVice Present (2017-2019), Recording Secretary (2016-2017) and Representative to the Executive Board from Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women (2006-2016).
Prior moving to Camden County in 2017, Ms Mastro actively participated within Cape May County as an officer in Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women (2004-2016), and member of Upper Township Democratic Club and Ocean City Democratic Club. She served on the Cape May County Regular Democratic County Committee (2010-2017), and as a poll worker for Cape May County Board of Elections (2008-2017). She was a founding member of CMCFDW Party for the Party Committee raising funds to support County Freeholder candidates.
Ms Mastro believes NJFDW can benefit from outreach to, and connection with, all Democratic organizations. She is a member of South Jersey Women for Progressive Change, Action Together NJ, and Maria’s Women United.
Ms Mastro's goal as President is to preserve the values of the Democratic Party, to empower our current County Chapters, and to expand NJFDW throughout New Jersey.
1st VICE PRESIDENT
Dolores Sykes Williams, Paterson
2nd Vice President NJFDW
National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) Nominating Committee Alternate
Alana Burman’s dedication to quality, equitable education and public service started early in her life in Hillsborough. Attending Hillsborough High School afforded her the opportunity to participate in service-focused activities, such as: Varsity lacrosse and field-hockey, 4-H, National Art Honor Society, the Global Young Leaders Conference, Model UN, and Model Congress, where she won a gavel at Yale.
In 2010, Alana joined the Teach for America Corps, where she taught middle and high school in Greenville, MS. She also coached soccer and track, and provided other arts-based extracurricular community projects, such as a public mural.
Upon returning to New Jersey to pursue her Master’s degree, Alana was accepted into the Eagleton Institute’s Graduate Program where she became a Raimondo Fellow, gaining legislative experience as an intern in the Office of Legislative Services’ Law and Public Safety Committee. Her time working in Trenton caused Alana to fall in love with New Jersey’s State Capital, which she has now called home for over 3 years.
Being so close to the Governor’s office and the Legislature has continued to drive Alana’s role and work in public service and education. Since moving to Trenton, Alana has become a Leadership for Educational Equity Campaign Fellow and was selected to participate in the NJDSC Building our Future Summer 2016 Program. These programs facilitated Alana’s involvement with Phil Murphy’s campaign for Governor, first as Finance intern, and later as a Policy and Communications Fellow. Alana was later selected to attend the Leadership for Educational Equity “When Women Run” 2017 Summit in Denver, Colorado, an opportunity informed by her campaign work.
In addition to her work on campaigns, Alana holds positions with the Mercer County Young Democrats as Vice-President, with Mercer County Federation of Democratic Women as State Liaison; with the Trenton Democrats as Recording Secretary; and with Mercer County Democratic Organization as a County Committee Member.
Professionally, Alana has focused her career around communications, advocacy and outreach, and public and government relations.
Alana graduated from Rutgers: Mason Gross School of Arts where she graduated Cum Laude with her BFA and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a Masters in Education Psychology from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi.
At the 2020 National Convention of the Federation of Democratic Women, Alana was elected as Alternate to the very important Nominating Committee of the NATIONAL Federation of Democratic Women! This very important committee is tasked with seeking out and bringing forward talent from our country to serve as officers on the National Federation Executive Board.
Olympia L’liou Perry, Mercer
Margaret Weinberger, Somerville
Ms Weinberger grew up on Long Island in Uniondale with two brothers and two sisters. She was a Girl Scout until the age of 18, where she learned and honed her public service skills and became a lifelong Democrat, by becoming involved in the political process before she could vote, passing out literature for Eugene McCarthy for the 1968 Democratic primary.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from State University College of NY at Buffalo and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Long Island University, NY.
Margaret worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of AZ as a computer programmer during the 1980’s and later as an educator teaching or supervising educational technology in school districts in NY and NJ before semi-retiring.
She is currently married, with two married stepsons and 2 grandchildren. Margaret has held public office as a replacement for a Somerville councilwoman who passed away while in office, served on the Jessamine Smith Henderson Scholarship Board, and has created various fundraising and social activities. She is also an original member of S.A.F.E. (Somerville Alliance for Food Education), the Somerville Farmer’s Market Committee.
She has been the President of the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women since 2013.
Margaret believes we are all connected in this temporary existence where we must do everything we can to leave the world a better place for future generations.
Ms Starke-Meanwell has lived in Bernardsville since 2001. She has a professional background in pharmaceutical sales in the US and international pharmaceutical marketing in Asia and Europe. In 2015, Cynthia completed a master’s degree from Penn State (2015) in US Healthcare Policy, with an emphasis on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Cynthia sits on the Executive Committees of the Somerset County Democrats, Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women, the Bernardsville Democrats, and now the NJFDW where she is responsible for the building and management of the organization's websites and digital media platforms.
Cynthia is a graduate of state fellowship programs, Leadership Somerset (2017) and Lead NJ (2018).
Sylvia Vason, Newark
Ms Vason is a long-time member of NJFDW, serving 16 years as Treasurer before being elected as President for the 2017-2019 term.
Professionally, Sylvia was Municipal Clerk for 18 years at the Borough of Lawnside and for 15 years at the Borough of Chesilhurst.
Sylvia lives in Newark with her husband, Orlando Vason; together they have two children and five grandchildren.
- Sylvia's Leadership Credo -
Here's to strong women:
May we know them,
May we be them,
May we raise them!
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.
Registered Governmental Affairs Agent for the state of NJ as an Associate Advisor for Political Strategy, Executive Director for NJ Advisory Council on Safety and Health, representing WC Petitioner Attorneys, Physicians & Labor
Chief of Staff for State Sen. Barbara Buono, having worked for her as Chief of Staff when Buono was an Assemblywoman, along with former Assemblyman Peter Barnes, Jr.
Past President of Info Line of Central Jersey
Co -Founder and past President of the Middlesex County Federation of Democratic Women ( including holding other positions for MCFDW); 1st Vice President for the NJ Federation of Democratic Women and 2nd V.P.
In conjunction with the National “Women in Blue” event, 2016 “March Women History Month”, NJFDW Past-President Marge DellaVecchia and I co-chaired first time “Meet & Greet” inviting all Democratic NJ State Legislators along with Women from across the State to a luncheon at the state house promoting Women’s issue and getting to know us as a Federation. Very successful.
I am Licensed for Property/Casualty & Health in NJ
Coalition member of NCADD-NJ receiving the 2017 NCADD-NJ Advocacy Leaders award, Resolution presented by Sen. Patrick Diegnan. Advocacy member of Wellspring Center for Prevention.
Member of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School “Women’s Health Institute” Member of the “One Health Initiative” Member of the “Transgender Health” ( Gender Center of NJ ) Received “WHI” Recognition Award. 2016-Yale University I spoke on “How a Bill becomes Law”
With my assistance Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin presented Rutgers Medical School Women’s Health Institute a Joint Senate and Assembly Resolution honoring the many great women Doctors that are constantly studying and researching issues that will help us live a better and longer life. “ It’s all about engaging women helping other women making a difference. “
Auxiliary Board Member of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
I organized a meeting along with Rutgers Doctors and Staff to visit the State House and meet with Senator Joe Vitale, Health Chairman to discuss women’s issues. We successfully have a bill now law, “Maternal Health Awareness Day” Jan. 23rd
Member of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization Social Club and Labor Club. Middlesex County Democratic Committee woman; Member of the East Brunswick Democratic Organization Corresponding Secretary; Board Member of the East Brunswick Senior Commission and East Brunswick Zoning Board.
Received numerous awards from NJ Congressman Frank Pallone, Joint Senate and Assembly Resolutions including NJ General Assembly Women’s Caucus honoree during “Women’s History Month” in the Assembly Chamber & the Middlesex County Freeholders. Recipient of 2013 Peg Roberts Award. Chaired the 44th National Federation of Democratic Women Annual Convention hosted by NJFDW/NFDW.
Dr Gail G Cook