The JCI New Jersey, a state organization affiliate of JCI USA and JCI held its special election for State President and Vice President after its top elected official Shari Guirao decided to take a step back from her JCI commitment to focus on her family and work in February. Stevenson Derodar was elected President in a Special Election on April 18, 2020 while Guirao was elected Vice President.
Stevenson is the single-most Jaycee of age who has been elected to become State President of two state organizations, the JCI New York and JCI New Jersey. Stevenson is a member of three local chapters within New York and New Jersey: the JCI Philippine-New York, JCI Manhattan, and JCI North Jersey.
Inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s principle that “the best way to predict the future is to create it”, the 2020 JCI New Jersey State Team under Stevenson’s leadership will focus on rebuilding, impact, and investing in the future.
Stevenson and his team centers its plan of actions on rebuilding, strengthening the impact, and investing in the future with its theme banner as “One Vision. One Impact. One Future.”
The team recognizes the challenges of today and realizes that now is the best time to revisit their vision, instill the impact and be ready to prepare the future. “More than ever we reference back to the organization’s vision and culture to bring inspiration, empowerment and continuity of purpose,” said Stevenson.
There will be four areas where the State will thread its efforts toward, namely: Investing in the Future, Rebuilding aligned with Vision, Community Integration and Partnerships and Organizational Stability and Impact.
Stevenson’s platforms include Chapter Extensions; Multi-sectoral and Community Partnerships; Membership engagements with innovation, entrepreneurship, and present-day demands for efficiency; Foundational Skills development Training including Robert’s Rules, Project Management, Communications, etc.; and Leadership Career Pathways onboarding members to leadership opportunities upon membership and creating a clear path for growth.
“What we do today is very crucial to the sustainability of our organization. I believe we have to appeal to students, young businessmen, young community organizers to prepare the future while maintaining our impact and to carry out the vision of this active citizenship movement,” Stevenson said.
The complete Board State includes NYSJ Gov. Stevenson Van Derodar-President, Maria Nucum, Chairman of the Board, Shari Guirao- Vice President, 2020 JCI USA NVP Joyce Andes-David – Vice President, Membership Director and Chapter President, LaRissa Cronick (Greater Atlantic City Chapter dba ACJC), Rosalina Dorvilus (JCI North Jersey Chapter) and May Aileen Manuel (JCI Philippine-American Jaycees Chapter), Chapter Presidents; JCI Sen. Vivian Velasco, Presidential Chief of Staff, JCI Sen. Jocelyn Bernal, Presidential Coach.
Eastern Institute Advisers: Arman David, JCI Sen. Jen Radillowicz and JCI Sen. Jocelyn Bernal; Primary Advisors: JCI Sen. Edson Kodama, JCI Sen. Jane Amend, and JCI Sen. Richard Rillera. Board Advisers: JCI Sen. Lee Clemente, JCI Sen. Ria Serrano, JCI Sen. AdelaIde Charrerrie and JCI Sen. Mike Dietz; Legal Adviser, JCI Sen. Gary Abasolo.
Stevenson became a member of the organization in 2009 and has since received numerous national and state-level accolades including Charles Kulp Jr Memorial Award in 2016, Don Cavalli Memorial Award for Outstanding Chapter President in 2016 by JCI New York State, Heidi Juttner Memorial Award in 2012, Wayne McCall Memorial Award in 2011 and 2013, Howard Clarence Memorial Award for the Chapter during his chapter presidency in 2016, 100% CLC for New York State in 2018, 10th Degree, 95% CLC for Chapter during his presidency in 2016, consistently “At growth”, etc. He was also behind in extending JCI Manhattan and JCI Philippine-New York Youth in 2018 and JCI Queens in 2017.
The Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a worldwide community of young active citizens ages 18-40 who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership, and action. (JCI New Jersey press release and photos)