SCOSA Leadership

David C. Burdick,  Ph.D., FGSA, FAGHE

David C. Burdick,  Ph.D., FGSA, FAGHE

 Director, Professor of Psychology
609-652-4311 (fax: 609-626-3620)  | F-231, Main Campus
Christine Ferri, Ph.D.

Christine Ferri, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Coordinator of Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning (SILL),  Associate Professor of Psychology
609-626-6046 | E-216, Main Campus
Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW

Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW

Senior Operations Specialist (PSS2), Coordinator of Older Adult Programs
609-626-5590 | F-227, Main Campus
Patricia W. Collins, MA/OM

Patricia W. Collins, MA/OM

SCOSA Community Engagement Liaison, SCCESL Community Engagement Liaison
609-652-4456 | F-101k, Main Campus
Duo (Helen) Wei, Ph.D. 

Duo (Helen) Wei, Ph.D. 

SCOSA Faculty Associate, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
(609) 626-3813 | L-107, Main Campus
Karen Rose, Ph.D.

Karen Rose, Ph.D.

Temporary Employment Specialist (TES): Age Friendly University Champion
609-626-7887 | F-227, Galloway Campus
Pearl (Peppy) Margolis

Pearl (Peppy) Margolis

Temporary Employment Specialist (TES): Program Assistant for Older Adult Programs
609-626-3637 | F-227, Galloway Campus
Fionna Janson

Fionna Janson

Temporary Employment Specialist (TES): Office Assistant
609-626-3591 | F-227, Galloway Campus


SCOSA's Advisory Council, established in February 2023, replaced and expanded upon an earlier Community Advisory Board that served the center since its inception . The council includes key Stockton faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as community leaders, consumers, and stakeholders.

  • Mary Blakeslee, PhD, Retired, Manahawkin, NJ
  • David Burdick, PhD, SCOSA Director, Professor of Psychology, Stockton University
  • Patricia W. Collins, MA/OM, SCOSA Community Engagement Liason, and Site Supervisor, Stockton University
  • Michele Collins-Davies, MA, Director, Manahawkin Campus, Stockton University
  • Lisa Cox, PhD, Professor of Social Work, GERO faculty, Stockton University
  • Rita Coyne, MA, Retired, Brigantine, NJ
  • Nancy Davis, PhD, Board of Trustees, Professor Emerita of Pathology, Stockton University
  • Rev. Dave Delaney, Pastor, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (West Deptford, NJ), Smithville, NJ
  • John Emge, Northeast Regional Engagement Manager, United Way International, Marlton, NJ
  • Jovin Fernandez, MA, Director, Multicultural Center, Stockton University
  • Christine Ferri, PhD, SCOSA Assistant Director, Associate Professor of Psychology, Stockton University
  • Christine Gayda-Chelder, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, GERO Coordinator, Stockton University
  • Valerie Hayes, Esq. Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion, Stockton University
  • Lori Heberley, LPC, Ownor/Operator, South Jersey Geriatric Care
  • Brian Jackson, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, Atlantic City Campus, Stockton University
  • Joann Kinsey, MS, Family and Community Health Services Educator, Rutgers Extension, Atlantic and Ocean Counties, Rutgers University
  • Patty Laychock, RRT, Owner & Director, Visiting Angels, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • Marissa Levy, PhD, Interim Provost, Dean, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Criminal Justice, Stockton University
  • Gina Maguire, MSW/LSW, SCOSA Senior Operations Specialist, Coordinator of Older Adult Programs, and GERO Adjunct Faculty, Stockton University
  • Fred Meineke, CSW, Director of Outreach, Caring, Inc., Pleasantville, NJ
  • Patricia Melcer, MSN, Retired, Smithville, NJ
  • Elyse Perweiller, RN, MPP, Co-Director, New Jersey Institute on Successful Aging
    Rowan Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine, Rowan University
  • Sreelekha Prakash, MD, MPH, SCOSA NJGWEP Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Health Science, Stockton University
  • Janet Reilly, Retired, Smithville, NJ
  • Ashlee Roberts, PhD, Executive Director, Student Affairs, Stockton University
  • Karen Rose, PhD, Emerita Professor, Widener University, SCOSA Age Friendly University Specialist, Psychology & Health Sciences Adjunct Faculty, Stockton University
  • Robert Szapor, MBA, Assistant Vice President, Behavioral Health and Neuroscience
    AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • Mary Ann Trail PhD, Profesor Emerita, President, SURA (Stockton University Retiree Assn.), Stockton University
  • Duo (Helen) Wei, PhD, SCOSA Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Stockton University

Click Here and then on Gerontology. (GERO) Minor

SCOSA joins Stockton’s Gerontology Program in thanking faculty colleagues who have retired or passed on who have supported gerontological education, Stockton’s gerontology program and the establishment of SCOSA.  Linda Aaronson (Professor Emerita of Nursing) and Nancy Davis (Professor Emerita of Pathology, former Dean of Professional Studies, now member of the Stockton Board of Trustees) both began teaching Introduction to Gerontology and Aging and Health in the mid-1980s and continued for nearly 20 years until teaching and administrative needs in Nursing forced them to curtail their GERO teaching. Elizabeth Elmore who taught at Stockton for 50 years, and passed away in December 2022, helped to establish and sustain both our Gerontology Program and the Stockton Center on Successful Aging. She taught Economics for All Ages for many years. She and her husband Richard established the Frances Leonilda Acerra Christopher Memorial Fund in honor of her mother to support both Gerontology and SCOSA. William Jaynes (Professor Emeritus of Social Work and African American Studies and former Acting Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences) taught Aging and the Family for over 20 years, and the late Ralph Werner (Associate Professor of Biology) who taught Biology of Aging for nearly a decade. 

Linda Aronson

Linda Aaronson

Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis

Elizabeth Elmore

Elizabeth Elmore

Will Jaynes

Will Jaynes

Ralph Wermer

Ralph Werner