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Wise Advice from 6 Female Executives

Below, we present the profiles of six successful women business leaders. No matter what industry they work in, their biographical sketches and words of wisdom underscore the fact that they are role models for other working women who strive for successful careers in the Garden State.

Kimberly Delaney

Vice President, Human Resources

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages


Kimberly Delaney is the vice president of human resources at Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages (Liberty). At Liberty, she is responsible for leading talent and people strategies, culture, and diversity efforts, which are aligned with the company’s core purpose, vision, and values. Kimberly is an executive with extensive experience in employee relations, performance management, organizational effectiveness, and talent acquisition. She further advises senior management on organizational strategy, design, career development, retention, succession planning, and compensation. Delaney has a demonstrated record of success initiating and implementing human resource strategies to achieve business results.

Tips/Advice: Set goals for yourself and don’t let obstacles get in your way. Both success and disappointment will be a part of your journey, so expect to mess up and for companies not to be perfect. I encourage people to see feedback as a gift and challenges as something to learn and grow from.

Dina DeMarco

Member of the Firm

Smolin, Lupin & Co., LLC


Dina DeMarco is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and has more than 25 years of accounting experience. She services clients in the manufacturing, distribution, and construction industries providing audit, accounting, and tax services. DeMarco also specializes in employee benefit plans. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Public Accountants. She is Chair of Smolin Lupin’s Accounting & Auditing Committee, head of the firm’s Employee Benefit Audit Practic, and a member of the Executive Committee and several other firm committees. DeMarco is a graduate of Monmouth University with a B.S. in Accounting.

Tips/Advice: Work hard. Challenge yourself and keep asking for new opportunities. Partner with more established women in your firm and learn from them. Balance and prioritize work and family. Set and maintain your limits.

Make sure your hard work is noticed. Speak up for yourself and ask for what is important to you.

Laura L. DiTommaso, CPA, PSA

Member of the Firm

Smolin, Lupin & Co., LLC


Laura DiTommaso is a Certified Public Accountant and Public School Accountant in New Jersey. She is board chair of CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the NJ Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Monmouth Chapter of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, and the Commercial Real Estate Women of NJ. A practicing accountant for 35 years, DiTommaso’s focus is represented by professional engineering, information technology and consulting firms, not-for-profit organizations, restaurants and high net worth individuals.

Tips/Advice: Speak Up! You have the intellect and experience to communicate in an educated manner. Work hard! Advance preparation gives you confidence to express views with conviction. Conduct yourself with respect and integrity! Always be professional with those you work with. Be a mentor! Women need to understand that they are not alone.

Deb Lienhardt

Executive Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer

RWJBarnabas Health


As Executive Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer, Deb Lienhardt leads RWJBarnabas Health’s business development function, shaping the future of healthcare in New Jersey by aligning with physician practices to enable healthcare providers to focus on their practice of medicine. She oversees innovation efforts across the system’s 12 acute care hospitals; three acute care children’s hospitals, and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers; a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center; ambulatory care centers; and the system’s Strategic Council, ensuring the system dedicates resources to activities that are most critical to strategic advances.

Tips/Advice: Mentorship is essential. It is more important to find a great mentor than it is to find that perfect job. I keep my two college-aged daughters top-of-mind in my management style: I strive to provide my team with the professional experience and encouragement that I want my daughters to have.

Valerie Montecalvo

President & CEO

Bayshore/Montecalvo Family of Companies


Valerie Montecalvo established Bayshore Recycling Corp in 1995 after seeing the need for recycling construction debris. She used her experience running a heavy highway and infrastructure construction company to address the responsible end-use of these materials. Valerie placed energy conservation/renewable energy at the center of the company’s business plan, initiating a rooftop solar energy system (10,865 panels) that assists in powering the operations. Montecalvo remains committed to environmental and civic engagement well beyond the scope of running the family’s businesses with annual support of public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Tip/Advice: There are no short cuts in life for hard work, dedication and commitment – in the workplace or at home. If you are honest and do the right thing – the rewards are immense. Keep a balance in your life and remember to enjoy life’s pleasures as well as your career.

Jeana Piscatelli

Director of Treasury Management, Senior Vice President

OceanFirst Bank N.A.


Jeana Piscatelli is senior vice president, director of treasury management for OceanFirst Bank in Red Bank. She is responsible for the implementation, overall strategy and management of corporate treasury management. Prior to joining OceanFirst, Piscatelli held various roles with J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo, AT&T and AT&T Wireless. A native of New Jersey, she received her B.S. in Marketing and Finance, an M.B.A with a concentration in Finance, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Accounting from Monmouth University. Piscatelli is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals, and has served as the first female chair on the Board of Trustees for Monmouth University from 2020-2023.

Tips/Advice: Remain a lifetime learner. Continue to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to ask your leaders for feedback and opportunities for growth. Be empathetic and kind to others.

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