Janine is currently a Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity at Teva Pharmaceuticals. She has over fifteen years of experience in the HR field working in Finance, Law, & Pharmaceuticals supporting business leaders. Her areas of expertise including Diversity, Talent, Recruitment, Strategy & Data storytelling. She was recently featured as a contributing author for the book “Latinas Rising up In HR.”
As a corporate leader she is also spends time with organizations focusing on educational access, diversity, bias, and civic engagement. She frequently speaks on these topics and enjoys discussing work-life balance for working mothers.
Janine is very active with the local HSO & other parent committees to support her growing family. Two of her children attend Betsy Ross in Mahwah and her youngest currently attends Goddard in Ramsey. She enjoys visiting the Ramapo reservation with her kids and taking long bike rides in the neighborhood.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
My husband Brent and I have three children named Neal, Noelle & Nolan. They are in 3rd, 1st and Pre-School. They enjoy playing soccer, gymnastics and swimming. We are very blessed with them and look forward to seeing them grow in Mahwah.
Q: Please tell us about your current career. What do you love most about what you do?
There is a very high need to support Inclusion & Diversity efforts in our society overall. I’m blessed to be able to support a business as it advocates for greater diversity internally & externally. As someone who is diverse, it’s a personal passion of mine and I’m able to utilize my background in HR to make distinct recommendations that drive business results.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
6 years, and before that we were in Long Island.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Adel Wilson, she is an Award-Winning TV Host, Producer, Actor and Bestselling Author who is a key entrepreneur. I admire her as a leader in her profession.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Hawaii. There’s something about slowing down and just enjoying the moment that is immediate upon arrival. My runner up would be Australia.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
As a family we have been watching Mandalorian consistently. It’s our family time together.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
Mahwah is a gathering place of all different kinds of people. I have felt very supported as working mother with three young children and would say to any newcomer make an effort to get to know your neighbors. This is not a community that lacks for interaction. It will grab your attention with its community commitment.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
To travel more – anywhere. First will be the kids friendly vacations and later anywhere I can get to.
Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Anything from Lady Gaga
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Kinchley’s which is the first place everyone kept telling us to go to from day one when we moved here, our kids love going there.
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Alice Paul, Stateline Diner. She was an amazing suffragist that changed so much. I would have asked her how she kept up her energy every day and increased the morale of others.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Mahwah Day – great way to come together
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
HR Executive driving Diversity
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I was a kid actor and was on Romper Room.
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
Memorial Day – I love kicking off summer
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My kids – their lives are so different from mine as a kid, my parents, and my grandparents. Seeing them take in the world one day at a time is fascinating and they have honest opinions that make you pause and appreciate every moment.
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Anything my mom makes. She makes “everything” that my grandparents made and more.
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
City Streets, Mountains, & People everywhere