2022 Hall of Fame Honorees

Founder's Honor - Jack Tarditi

Jack Tarditi has been the President of the Camden Schools Foundation since 2007 and is a lifelong champion for the students in Camden. Born in Philadelphia, his family then moved to Long Beach Island, where he graduated from Southern Regional High School in 1958. Jack attended Penn State University, then Lycoming College where he graduated with a degree in accounting in 1963, and then he earned his MBA from Drexel University in 1973. He went on to begin his long and successful career with the PennMutual Life Insurance Company and he currently serves as Senior Partner at Conner Strong & Buckelew. Jack and his wife Barbara, and their children and grandchildren reside in Haddonfield, where they are active members of the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield.

Jack’s professional successes have been many, including the ownership of the Associated Insurance Management Inc. in Haddonfield, before selling to Commerce Bank in 1997, but his true passion is community service. It is almost impossible to list all the boards and committees that Jack has served on over the last 50 years, but some notable ones include the Community Foundation of South Jersey (founder), the Salvation Army- Camden Kroc Community Center, the Cooper Foundation, Chair of Symphony in C, Markeim Arts Center, the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, Interfaith Caregivers of Haddonfield, the Historical Society of Haddonfield, the Haddonfield Education Trust, and the Haddonfield Celebrations Association. Jack served as the Mayor of Haddonfield for 16 years, was the president of the Camden County Mayor’s Association and president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors.

Jack has dedicated his life to the service of others and has been recognized for his achievements by many organizations. His recognitions include Camden County College Civic Leader Award, Philanthropist of the Year, American Red Cross 59 Gallon Club, Camden County Freedom Medal, and Haddonfield Citizen of the Year. Jack is a founding board member of the Camden Schools Foundation serving as Vice President for one year before becoming President. Under his leadership over the last 14 years, the foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to support the students in Camden. We are excited to present Jack with the second ever Founder’s Honor.

Hall of Fame Honorees

Stacy Johnson

Stacy Johnson was born and raised in Camden. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1975 where he was Class President. He also holds the honor of being the first black student to start at quarterback on the football team. His success on the field led him to be named to the South Jersey All Decade team. Stacy went on to study civil engineering at the University of Michigan where he played quarterback andalsoran track. Stacy then returned to Camden to coach football and begin his career in engineering.

Throughout his life, Stacy has demonstrated unwavering support for the youth in Camden. He has served on numerous boards in Camden County including the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Red Cross, and the Camden City Board of Education, and has received the Camden County MLK Freedom Award. Stacy has supported students and athletes as a mentor and coach both for football and for karate and martial arts. He is a member of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, United Sates Power Lifting Hall of Fame, and the Woodrow Wilson Sports Hall of Fame.

Nichelle Pace

Nichelle Pace was born in Camden and attended Whittier Elementary School. She attended Camden County College and went on to Temple University. Upon graduation she began her career in media and branding. Today she is recognized as a diversity, equity, and inclusion champion and a seasoned media and creative arts professional with 20+ years of film/video production, lifestyle marketing and an advertising. Nichelle also served as an industry expert and speaker/panelist, and has been featured in publications, podcasts, television and at leading marketing and social media conferences such as Revision Path, Social Media Week New York, Mashable Social Media Day, Essence Magazine, The CBS Early Show, and the Today Show.

An unyielding love for her community and passion for issues of diversity, equity and inclusion led Nichelle to take on a larger role in her hometown community of Camden, NJ. She launched a series of workshops to help local small business in Camden she currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Camden Business Association. Nichelle was appointed as Chair of the Camden Cannabis Ad Hoc and has also served on the Accreditation Committee Marketing Lead for the African American Chamber of NJ, and on the volunteer Marcomm committee for Big Brother’s Big Sisters Independence Region.

Joseph Ripa

Joseph Ripa was born and raised in Camden City and graduated from Camden High School in 1957. He went on to study Labor Relations and Real Estate Sales at Rutgers University and, after serving in the U.S. Army, began his long career in public transportation, Union leadership, and public service in Camden County. A lifelong Camden County resident, Joe was elected and served as a Camden County Commissioner from 2004-2009 before being appointed as County Clerk. He was elected to a full term as County Clerk in 2009 and is proudly continuing his fight for the working families of Camden County today, in his third term in office.

In addition to his many professional accomplishments, he remains committed to the Camden County Community. He has served as Trustee for Camden County College, Commissioner of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, a volunteer for the United Way and as a meal captain at Cathedral Kitchen soup kitchen in Camden. Joe and Esther, his wife of over 59 years, raised their daughters in Berlin Borough and currently reside in Voorhees. 

Giovonni Thompson

Giovonni Thompson grew up in Camden. She spent years as a music executive for a large record label before crossing over to the sports world. Her company, GioGlobal Sports Management is a hub of sports marketing, public relations, merchandising, and event production. Giovonni is the youngest African American woman to own a professional basketball team, serving as CEO of the Camden Monarchs, an ABA expansion team in Camden, currently #10 in the nation. An in-demand, public speaker Giovonni shares her knowledge on woman in business, branding, perseverance, and being a successful businesswoman in male-dominated industries. She uses her platform to propel young girls and founded the “Love & Basketball Tea” which is an annual event for young girls that takes place during NBA All Star Weekend.