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Chrissy Buteas

NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas

NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas will be honored by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore as one of four “Women of Distinction” during a gala tonight celebrating role models, community partners and the pandemic’s “unsung heroes” of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Buteas, who has led NJBIA’s Government Affairs team since 2018, serves on numerous boards and councils that support education, women in government, health benefits and economic and workforce research. She has been recognized as a “Barrier Breaker” as part of Jersey’s Best magazine honoring trailblazing women in the state, named to NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business list and recognized on ROI-NJ’s Power List for Government Affairs.

Three other women being honored by the Girl Scouts at the Gala-to-Go event at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale tonight are:

  • Bahiyyah Abdullah, chief mission officer for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and president of the Toms River Area Branch of the NAACP
  • Nancy Barone, vice president of Development, Volunteer, and Guest Services at CentraState Healthcare System
  • Denice Gaffney is vice president of the foundation at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC).

ENCON President David Indursky, who is also the chairman of the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be recognized with the Community Partner Award.  In addition, Toms River businessman Kenneth J. Malagiere, who also serves as the executive director of the Ocean County College Foundation, will be honored with the Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout Award. 

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will also honor three individuals for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsung Heroes Awards will be given to:

  • Jeryl Krautle, deputy director at the Monmouth County Health Department
  • Dan Regenye, health officer and director of the Ocean County Health Department
  • Mukesh Roy, director for Emergency Preparedness & Planning, Ocean County Health Department