The strength of a warrior, the power of a community!
The strength of a warrior, the power of a community!
Danielle grew up in Philadelphia and went to Helene Fuld School of Nursing and Drexel University for her Bachelors in the Science of nursing. She moved to Mickleton, NJ in 2010 and became an active member of the Witches of East Greenwich in 2012 and a CoCaptain in 2017. Danielle loves exercising, running, setting goals, the summer and spending time with her husband and two children, Christian and Oliva.
To know Danielle is to know a person full of passion and determination. Ever since working as a Neonatal Nurse and caring for the most vulnerable populations, Danielle has embraced the “we can do this” attitude and has never back down from a challenge. She brings that same passion and attitude to the Wicked Warriors of East Greenwich organization. After Danielle stepped away from her career as a nurse to focus on family, she worked to better herself physically and mentally and started a personal training business. Danielle loves to inspire others through healthy living and fitness and works to support and guide others to become the best version of themselves either by encouraging a newcomer to take their first spin class or running side by side with a friend to assist them in reaching their goal.
Danielle’s goals for the future are to continue to grow and strive to better herself, return to her career in nursing and continue to empower and support women through the Wicked Warriors of East Greenwich Organization.
Deneen grew up in West Deptford, NJ. She went to Rowan University where she earned her B.A. in Business with a concentration in Management. For the past 15 years, she has worked for Walgreens within Management. Within Walgreens, Deneen has facilitated her district’s participation in Charity walks and events. Some of these include Light the Night, American Heart Association, The Southern NJ Heart Walk, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Deneen has always had a desire to be involved in her community and contribute to making a difference. She was an active member of the Witches of East Greenwich for 6 years. During this time she was one of the Captains of her team for 2 years. She also held the position of Co Chair for the Ball Committee for 2 years. In 2019, Deneen was named “Witch of the Year” for her contributions to the organization. Deneen enjoys spending time with her husband Bob, daughter Gabriella, and her son, Dominic. They enjoy family vacations and trips to the Jersey Shore.
Laura has 20 years of experience in the trade show and event industry, both as an Account Manager for companies across multiple industries and most recently as Trade Show Manager for one of the largest companies in the digital payments and technology space. She is currently working toward earning the Exhibitor’s Certified Trade Show Manager professional certification. Born and raised in Buena NJ, Laura now resides in Mickleton where she is the Director for Parks and Recreation in East Greenwich Township. She assists the municipality and Public Works in various areas of the community, helping to coordinate multiple community events such as parades and most notably the East Greenwich Christmas Tree Lighting. Laura was a member of the Witches of East Greenwich Dragon boat team for the past 6 years and recently served on the Witches Ball Committee. Laura is an avid runner, loves to read and enjoys spending time with her husband David of almost 18 years and her son, Nicolas. She is excited for this new adventure as Board Secretary for the Wicked Warriors and as the new co-captain of Boat 7!
Christina Criscitello has grown up in south Jersey for the better part of her life. Her and her husband Mike have been married for 20 years and have 5 children. Kaeli, Roman, Caleb, Alicia and Gabriel. They spend a lot of time together as a family and can be found on the sidelines of a soccer field, a lacrosse game, or trips to visit Roman at USF. Christina is the General Manager for TTI Inc in Mount Laurel, NJ. She has been working in the electronics industry for 25 years and leads her team with drive and passion. Her positive attitude and love for volunteer work make her an incredible role model and leader. Christina loves running, spending time with family, her friends, her church and traveling. Christina is excited to empower our members and continue to race with the Wicked Warriors!
Tina grew up in Southwest Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls (241). She went on to graduate from La Salle University in 2001 with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Currently, Tina is the Director of Accounting for the US Division of an international company based in Australia.
East Greenwich, NJ became home to Tina in 2007. She was an active member of the Witches of East Greenwich for 4 years. When the Wicked Warriors of East Greenwich started in 2020, Tina without hesitation took the role as Co-Captain of Boat 1. Being a part of both the Witches of East Greenwich and the Wicked Warriors has been very rewarding to Tina. She loves to help others and has made some very special friends within the organizations. She has also discovered a love of Dragon Boat racing as well as other on-water activities. She is excited to begin this new journey as Treasurer for the organization.
In her free time, Tina enjoys spending time with her two boys, Nicolas and Anthony, and her girlfriend, Gerri. She also loves hanging out with her dog (Dakota) and two cats (Snickers and Kimchi). Tina is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan and may even bleed green (GO, BIRDS). She is extremely loyal, caring and has a strong work ethic. Some of her favorite activities include DIY home projects, kayaking, boating, biking, hiking, attending any Philadelphia sports team event, and traveling to places near water.
The quintessential Jersey Girl, Jill is a tenacious, well-educated, kind-hearted, quick-witted, loving mom to two teenage girls and is a firecracker with an adventurous spirit. Believing in being her best self, being there for her friends and bringing out the best in others is what Jill does.
Growing up in Clarksboro, Jill dreamed of growing up, becoming a teacher and ensuring all children have excellent teachers, services and schools, and that is exactly what she has done for 23 years and counting. With two Masters degrees, B.S. in Special Education, seven certificates ranging from school administrator to reading specialist, Jill has served as the Chief School Support Officer of Special Services, Senior Director of Special Services as well as the Child Study Team Coordinator, Supervisor of Related Services, Special Education Literacy Resource Coach and Teacher. She has managed Special Education, Bilingual Education, and was responsible for Health Services in a large Urban School District in South Jersey.
In addition to her career, Jill has balanced serving on the Greenwich Township Board of Education along with being an extremely active JDRF One Walk Committee member. As Captain of Boat 11, Jill is all about unity, philanthropy and bringing out the best in all of us to serve the Wicked Warriors Mission.
Kara Thompson grew up in Mullica Hill, NJ and has always been very involved in the community. Kara pursued her passion in college and received a B.A in communications from Rowan University, but always envisioned starting her own business. Kara spent 15 years in corporate marketing and advertising before her and her sister-in-law Megan, started Fit to Dance Studio in 2011 with the dream of bringing a love of DANCE and FITNESS to families in their community. Kara’s love of helping people achieve their dreams and her passion for home interior design, have recently led her to pursue a part-time career in real estate as well. Kara has volunteered with the Gloucester County United Way, People for People, the YMCA of Camden County (as a board member), and been a member and captain with the Witches of East Greenwich for the past 6 years. Kara also started the organization, Main Street Savvy, for women business owners seeking to connect with other women business owners. She is looking forward to continuing her community involvement and women inspiring women, through the Wicked Warriors of East Greenwich. In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time in or on the water, hiking, and camping with her husband Tom, two sons Garret and Reid, and dogs Harlee and Tex.
Tawnya Hartman, is to a large extent, a self-made woman; she had no early advantages, but with a devoted spirit she pursued her dream of being the first of her family to graduate college and pursue a career in education. Her hard work and dedication resulted in a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and a Teacher of the Handicapped certificate. She began teaching children with multiple disabilities and later earned a second certification in general education. She has been teaching at Harrison Township School District since 2010 where she was awarded Teacher of the Year. Helping others has always been a driving force for Tawnya. She currently serves as a union representative and the Health and Safety chair for the HTEA and has been a dragon boat captain since beginning with the Witches of East Greenwich in 2015. She has made a wonderful life for herself and her family with the support of her husband, Barry, who has been at her side since they first met at Kingsway High School. Each day isn’t guaranteed, so she enjoys time spent with her three children Jake 24, Gavin 20, Emma 17). It is her uplifting energy, tenacity and fun-spirited personality that Tawnya enjoys sharing with the Wicked Warriors.
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