The votes are in! Bernice Toledo won the Passaic County Surrogate in the November 2011 Elections. A surrogate is an elected officer, who is acknowledged as a Judge to appoint guardians for minors, supervise adoptions, and the execution of wills, or a hearing for an incapacitated person. As an elected officer, Toledo was quoted as saying, "I will continue to provide affected services and I'll expand technology to improve communication between the surrogate's office and you the residents of Passaic County."

Bernice Toledo

The Paterson native used the upbringings of her parents as a foundation to her success. Her parents are true community leaders as Founders and Executive Board members of the Spanish American Federal Credit Union, now known as North Jersey Federal Credit Union. Toledo graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School in Paterson and Passaic County Technical Institute where she received her high school diploma. Soon after, Toledo went onto college at William Paterson University earning her Bachelor's and Master's Degree.

While attending William Paterson University, Toledo became a Founding Sister of Lambda Tau Omega, Sorority Incorporated Geminate Beta Chapter under the Coral class lineage. Toledo completed the intake process in Fall 1988 which was two weeks after the Founding Mothers established the organization. Her involvement in its forefront has aided in the Sorority's growth, leadership, and empowerment of womyn. Toledo's studies did not stop there. She received her Juris Doctorate with Cum Laude Honors from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Bernice Toledo is a true testament to Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Incorporated's motto "Excellence through Unity, Knowledge, and Dedication." by dedicating her commitment to the community at large, applying her knowledge to help all in need, and aiding those as a bilingual Spanish speaking attorney to unify multiple cultures within the court system. Seeing the positive impact and results Toledo has demonstrated by using all of her resources from childhood to adulthood, she is an inspiration to everyone who should always follow your dreams, apply what you've learned to give back to your community in all aspects of your life.

Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Incorporated (ΛΤΩ) was founded on October 9, 1988 at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Incorporated (ΛΤΩ) is a non-profit, Greek-letter organization that was founded on the principles of womyn's empowerment, multiculturalism, and commitment to service with particular focus on the welfare of children. The Sorority thrives in exemplifying those ideals. Furthermore, it exemplifies the Sorority's motto: "Excellence through Unity, Knowledge and Dedication". For more information, please visit