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The New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (NJSWEP) is comprised of professionals from diverse backgrounds in the environmental industry. We meet regularly to share our knowledge and work experiences so we can promote the professional development and achievement of professionals in the environmental field, especially those identifying as women, and regularly host networking and educational events. 

We invite you to browse through our site to learn more about NJSWEP, our mission, upcoming events and membership benefits. If you are not yet a member, we hope you will consider joining us and becoming an active contributor to our organization. If you are already a member, we are glad you stopped by and we hope you will make use of the resources we have provided to you.

Our Mission

NJSWEP has embraced the mission of personal and professional development of persons in the environmental professions. Through networking opportunities, student outreach and information exchange our goal is to empower individuals identifying as women in environmental business, law, policy, and science.

NJSWEP's mission is:

  1. To encourage and promote the leadership, achievement, and professional development of individuals identifying women in the environmental professions;
  2. To provide an informal setting for individuals identifying as women in the environmental professions to meet, share substantive information and work experiences, and network;
  3. To educate members on new developments and current trends in the environmental field; and
  4. To encourage and promote public service in the environmental field.

NJSWEP Chapter meetings are a forum for discussion of issues experienced by our members. Other membership benefits include periodic news updates, regular seminars, opportunities for self-promotion and corporate promotion, networking luncheons, and mentoring opportunities.

 "SWEP has been invaluable in encouraging women to enter the engineering field and in helping women remain in the field through supportive membership programs." ~ Lisa P. Jackson, former Commissioner of the NJDEP and Obama Administration member 

Our Leadership

Past NJSWEP Chapter Co-Chairs

  • Diane Miscowski 1996-1998
  • Bonnie Harrington, Esq. 1996-1999
  • Gail Helfrick 1998-1999
  • Patti Burns 1999- 2003
  • Nancy Van Dyke 2001- 2004
  • Deb Rosen  2003-2007
  • Sue Boyle 2005-2008
  • Kathy Helmer 2008-2009
  • Norma Eichlin 2009-2012
  • Jeanne Mroczko 2010-2013
  • Elizabeth Limbrick  2013-2016
  • Jillian Mooney 2014-2017
  • Kavitha Subramaniam 2016-2019
  • Stephanie Turkot 2017-2019
  • Nicky Brice 2019-2022
  • Nicole Sullivan 2020-2023

Current NJSWEP Chapter Co-Chairs

  • Kate Suell 2022-Present
  • Melanie Powers-Shanbacher 2023-present

To learn more about NJSWEP’s leadership, read about our Steering Committee, here.

And to learn more about how you can become involved in a leadership capacity with NJSWEP click here

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