ROI Influencers: Women in Business 2021 — Professional services (A-K)

The 2021 ROI Influencers: Women in Business list includes eight sector categories. They are another way we can honor the best women in the New Jersey business world.

Alma DeMetropolis, Sally Glick, Lisa Gorab, Karen Kessler, Nadine Leslie, Elizabeth Magennis, Maggie Moran, Lori Roth, Monica Smith, Nancy Erika Smith, Jackie Taylor, Anna Maria Tejada, Liz Thomas and Diane Wasser appeared in Top 50 (A-HHHI-PQ-Z).

Christine Amalfe
Gibbons P.C.
She’s chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor Law Department, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and co-founder of the internationally recognized Gibbons Women’s Initiative.

Lisa Bonsall
McCarter & English
Known as a tenacious litigator who has earned the respect of judges and clients alike. She handles a wide array of matters, including commercial litigation, bankruptcy and real estate.


Sarah Cirelli
Chief marketing officer
Internationally recognized marketing and social media strategist is as good as it gets at implementing growth, marketing and business development strategies.

Melinda Colon Cox
Parker Ibrahim & Berg
Past president of Hispanic Bar Association was the first female partner at PIB Law, where she specializes in representation of national banks and financial institutions, mortgage lenders and servicers.

Claribel Cortes
Co-founder/Vice chair
Setroc Group/Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of N.J.
She is the co-founder of Setroc, a top marketing agency, but also the vice chair of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber and a rising star in the Middlesex County political world.

Megan Coyne
Social media manager
Governor’s Office/State of New Jersey
Rutgers grad is now in charge of the social media accounts for the state, Gov. Phil Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy. (That means she’s really funny.)

Etta Denk
Senior vice president and New Jersey market manager
Bank of America
Manages a team responsible for the alignment and delivery of Bank of America’s business integration, marketing/branding, philanthropic and employee engagement strategy.

Tara Dowdell
Founder and president
Tara Dowdell Group/TDG Speakers
Highly accomplished entrepreneur and communications strategist is driven by a passion for helping socially conscious organizations and businesses grow.


Paula Ferreira
New Jersey office managing partner
Veteran leader brings two decades of experience in tax planning and business consulting services.

Colleen Foy
Senior relationship manager
M&T Bank
She’s a recognized senior leader in the commercial real estate marketplace, but better recognized for her numerous speaking events. Is co-president of M&T Women’s Interest Network for New Jersey.

Pearl Gabel
Director of brand strategy
Gabel, whose claim to fame came on the governor’s social media accounts, was recently hired to be a key player at national public affairs and strategic communications firm.

Stacy Gilbert
Citrin Cooperman
She is an audit and tax partner with over 30 years of expertise providing tax, accounting, business and forensic valuation services — with a strong focus in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

Lori Grifa
She’s been a go-to lawyer on all things real estate for some time. (Great wit, too!)

Mariel Giletto
Parker McKay
Chair of firm’s Corporate Law Department, she uses her life experience from a family business to offer practical advice, often serving as general counsel to business owners.

Dorian Hansen
Chief marketing officer and head of operations and digital transformation
Investors Bank
She is leading the ongoing transformation of the bank to a “digital-first” organization, while managing Investors’ branding, advertising, promotion, public relations and social media functions.

Lynne Kaufman
Cooper Levenson
Top casino/gaming lawyer counsels clients in all aspects of industry, including licensure, financings, M&As, compliance, investigative matters and technology approvals.

Sarah Krom
Managing partner
SKC & Co.
Women comprise 50% of college accounting program graduates — but less than 25% of women are partners at firms. Krom’s firm is changing that.

  • For the Professional Services sector from L-Z, click here.

  • For the Top 10, click here.

  • For the rest of the Top 50 (alphabetically), click here (A-HH), here (HI-P) and here (Q-Z). 

  • And click here for 10 legendary business figures.

  • For the other sectors and all of the ROI Influencers: Women in Business, click here.