Advisory Council on Women

  • 3:30 p.m.
  • First Monday of every month from September to June
  • Human Services Facility
    795 Woodlane Road
    Westampton, NJ 08060


The council is made up of 15 members including a representative from the Burlington County Superintendent of Schools. Members serve 1-year terms. 
  • Carla Reinas
  • Dianne Mills McKay
  • Dolores Woodington
  • Dr. Dolores Szymanski
  • Shirla Simpson, MA
  • Patti Steel
  • Julia Wittenberg


  • Kathleen McGill Gaskill, Esquire
  • Linda Bowker
  • Sharon Rogers
  • Theresa Dozier-Daniel, MSCC, CCJS
  • Maria Chalmers

About the Burlington County Advisory Council on Women (BCACW)

The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders originally established the group in 1987 as the Burlington County Committee on Women. In May of 2004, at the recommendation of Freeholder Addiego, the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders elevated the Committee to the Burlington County Advisory Council on Women.

The goal of the Advisory Council on Women is to identify and address issues that affect women in Burlington County, raise public awareness of the special needs and roles of women, and enhance the quality of life for all women.


Its purpose is to
  • Advocate for the needs of women
  • Assess economic, educational, and vocational opportunities available to women
  • Examine the health and social service needs of women
  • Promote representation of women in government


Activities sponsored by the council include:
  • Community Partnership Committee formed to donate time, items, or money to local groups who do not have traditional resources.
  • Lecture Series in coordination with Virtua Hospital with topics such as Menopause, Fitness, Stress Reduction, and Preventing Sexual Assault. (March – June)
  • Outstanding Women of Burlington County Awards, a program to enable county women to receive recognition for outstanding achievements. (May)
  • Reach for the Stars program for 9th and 10th grade female students to meet non-traditional career women. (April)
  • Women’s History Month awards program that includes countywide participation of elementary, middle and high school students. (May)

Letter from the Coordinator

The Burlington County Advisory Council on Women was formed to address health and social service issues that affect women and families in Burlington County by raising public awareness of their needs. This is done by health education, nontraditional career informational sessions, honoring outstanding women for work in their daily lives, incorporating women's history into the school curriculum, and promoting legislative discussions.

- Message from the Council