Advisory Committee on Women

3 members of the Advisory Committee on Women in the Freeholders Meeting Room
(l/r) Chairwoman Pam Bennett-Santoro, Member Virginia Lyttle, and Vice Chairwoman Gayle Pearson of the Morris County Advisory Committee on Women. Learn about their efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking.

Meetings & Agendas

The Advisory Committee on Women meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Morris View Healthcare Center, 540 West Hanover Avenue in Morris Plains, N.J. in the Board Room on the third Tuesday of the month as noted.


  • January 29 canceled
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 30
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20 canceled
  • September 17
  • October 15 (rescheduled from October 22)
  • November 19
  • December 17













The Advisory Committee:

A.  Serves as a fact finding committee by studying the needs, problems, interests, convents and capabilities of the women who reside and work in Morris County.

B.  Research and centralize information regarding resources, issues, events and programs which involve women’s concerns and promote their interests.

C.  Advises and promote reforms in the law, public policy and public attitudes towards women.

D.  Recommends programs which will help meet the needs of the women of Morris County in areas including but not limited to:

  • Aging, Disabilities, Veterans
  • Housing
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse
  • Insurance
  • Youth Services
  • Domestic Violence/Trauma
  • Human Services
  • Sexuality (Young Girls)
  • Ethnic Population/Social Issues
  • Workforce Investment
  • Other
  • Women’s Leadership

Reorganization:  The annual reorganization meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be held at its first meeting after the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Reorganization meeting.

  1. Regular meetings of the Advisory Committee shall take place every other month beginning January, on the third Thursday of the month.
  2. Special meetings may be held at any time upon call of the Chair or upon written request of five members of the Advisory Committee. Notice, time and place shall be given in writing at least five working days prior.
  3. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the appointment members of the Advisory Committee present and is required for the transaction of business.


Members shall consist of 11 people, appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, who reside in Morris County, are representative of the community, and who have demonstrated interest in women’s issues.

Members are appointed annually by the Freeholders and serve without pay.

  • Pam Bennett-Santoro
  • Lila Bernstein
  • Joann Bjornson
  • Allison Delcalzo-Berens, Secretary
  • Carole Harper
  • Elaine Muller
  • Gayle Pearson, Vice Chair
  • Shelby Rhodes