List of resources for womenm including the Advisory Commission on Women

Atlantic County Government

Advisory Boards, Councils and Commissions

Advisory Commission on Women

c/o Atlantic County Administration
1333 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
345-6700 ext. 2728

The Atlantic County Advisory Commission on Women (ACACW), established in 1994, is a nonpartisan organization comprised of 15 volunteer members appointed by the County Executive. The Commissioners represent the 23 jurisdictions in Atlantic County and women's issues in the following areas: women with disabilities, labor, health care, women in the professions, women in government employment, providers of women's services, clients of women's services, education, business, women's service organizations, and women in the home.

Vision Statement

Atlantic County: A community where women and girls choose to live, grow, and contribute toward a more equitable tomorrow.

Mission Statement

The Atlantic County Commission on Women advocates on behalf of women and girls by providing venues that foster equality, knowledge, and opportunities to obtain well being.

Commission's Purpose:
The purpose of the ACACW is:

  • To serve as a fact-finding and advisory commission to the public at large, the County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders by studying the needs, problems, interests, concerns and capabilities of the women who reside, work and visit Atlantic County.
  • To centralize and disseminate information regarding resources, issues, events, and programs which involve women's interests and concerns.
  • To suggest and urge reforms in the law, public policy, and public attitudes towards women.
  • To recommend programs which will help meet the needs of Atlantic County women.
  • To provide a forum to help increase the interaction among County women, organizations, government agencies, and institutions working to improve the lives of women of all ages and their families in Atlantic County.

Commission By-Laws

Click here to download a copy of the By-Laws.


Regular meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month.

Sponsored Events and Activities

  • Annual Forum for Change
  • Mind, Body and Spirit Making Healthy
  • Choices Program in partnership with AtlantiCare Women’s Health and Wellness Center
  • Leadership for Change, a co-sponsored program with the Citizens Campaign
  • Networking activities with community organizations
  • Promoting women’s issues in cooperation
    with elected officials

Current members of the Advisory Commission on Women are:

Co-Chair:  Amy L.  Houck-Elco, Esq.

Co-Chair:  Nicole Milan-Tyner, Ed.D

Commissioner Member:  Amy L. Gatto

Staff Member: Karla Guy,  Phone: 345-6700 ext.2728

Mary Jo Bernardo
Birdie Cody
Stephanie A. Davies
Amy L.  Houck-Elco, Esq.
Cristine  Knight
Crystal Mays
Jean McAlister
Samantha McManus, LSW
Nicole Milan-Tyner, Ed.D
Dorrie Papademetriou
Sandra Santoro
Yolanda  Simms
Millie Tate
Lori A. Vermulen, Ph.D.
Fran Wise

Total Number of Members Allowed: 15
Number of Vacancies:  0 *

*Most advisory boards are open to Atlantic County residents.  If you are interested in volunteering to serve on this or any other Board or Commission please CLICK HERE for an application.

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