Mrs. Yolanda

Yolanda L. Smith was born on December 12, 1962, the eldest daughter of Jesse & Yvonne Stancil in Irvington, New Jersey.  In 1967 her family moved to Plainfield where she spent the major part of her school years in the Plainfield School District. She was a member of the National Honor Society, attended various Summer Engineering Programs (i.e. Bell Labs, NJIT, Rutgers) and the Plainfield High 1980 Yearbook’s Editor-in-Chief.

In October of 1980, Yolanda, known as “Yollie” to her J&J family began her career with Johnson & Johnson as a Maintenance Trainee through the H.I.S.O.M. (High School Introduction to Ortho Maintenance) Program. Working through the many challenges of being a double minority and the youngest employee at that time she completed her apprenticeship schooling with high honors.

In 1990 Yollie became a licensed electrician and proprietor of Lynette Electric. Throughout her thirty-eight-year tenure with J&J, she has held many positions and today she is the FM Systems Support Specialist whose scope spans across the globe. She also maintains a stretch position as the DSL (Decision Support Lead) for the VP of Facilities Managment’s Leadership Team.

Yollie is an active member with three Employee Resource Groups (ERG) the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), Helping Our Neighbors with Our Resources (H.O.N.O.R.) and the African American Leadership Council (AALC) for which she is the Raritan Site Lead. Although each ERG is committed to community service and she volunteers whenever time allows, one annual event is a personal highlight. H.O.N.O.R. sponsors an annual Community Track Met that invites children through age 18 to come to demonstrate their abilities and enjoy a day of friendly competition. The event enjoyed by all who participate encourages children to strive and reach their full potential, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and for those who volunteer the opportunity to serve others.

Outside of J&J, Yolanda’s volunteers with her husband Tony who is Head Coach of the Plainfield Tsunami Track Club. The Club is a community-based track and field program that provides training for children between the ages of 6 to 18 years.  The program which began in 1994, offers young people an opportunity found nowhere else in the city and strives to continue a rich track and field tradition predating the emergence of legendary Plainfield High School product Milt Campbell, who won a gold medal in the decathlon in the 1956 Summer Olympics. She has been volunteering with the team alongside her husband since 1998.

Yolanda is also an active missionary and minister with her church serving others wherever there is a need. Yolanda and Coach Tony have been married for 37 years. They have three children Christina, Everett Jr. and Jordan.

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