Class Notes

Graduates Walking Campus

Stay connected with your alma mater and let your fellow alumni know what’s going on in your life. To share your news, simply complete the form here. Don’t forget to include your pictures!


Kristopher Cleary '12/M.S.'14, professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Stockton spoke at The Union Market and Gallery, co-owned by Dani Corso '08/'12, on December 12 as a part of David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation's "Coffee and Conversations" series. Read more about the partnership.

Kristen Donath Engaged

Kristin Donath '13 is newly engaged to marry Charlie Doty, both from Fort Pollk, LA. Kristin is employed by the Louisiana National Guard and graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Public Health. Read more.

Julia Popefka Community Engagement Award

Julia Popefka '13/M.S. '16 has degrees in Psychology and Occupational Therapy and was recently awarded the Stockton 2019 Community Engagement award at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 21. Read more.

Jennifer Boyer ’14 and Devon Murden ’16

Jennifer Boyer ’14 and Devon Murden ’16 were married May 2019. They “met, fell in love, and built an amazingly supportive group of friends at Stockton.” Several Stockton alumni attended the wedding.

Ronald DeFelice and Taylor Reeves Engagement

Ronald DeFelice '14 and Taylor Reeves '15 got engaged during the Atlantic City BeachFest Concert on Sunday, July 1. Read more.


Hannah Pretz '14 studied the forces of evolutionary, geologic, and social change and contribute to sustainable solutions for this archipelago in Galápagos in summer 2018. Hannah, a school programs manager at Brandywine Zoo, lives in Wilmington, Del., and is a graduate student in Miami University's Global Field Program.

Nicholas LaFata

Nicholas LaFata ’15 was sworn in as a new member of the Monroe Township Police Department. He was administered the oath of office at a monthly council meeting surrounded by family, friends and fellow police officers. LaFata graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy and graduated from Stockton University in 2015 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He worked as a park ranger for Middlesex County before joining the Monroe Township Police Department.

Manager of Communications

Leanna Mullen '15/M.A. '17, manager of district communications of the Egg Harbor Township School District assists and works with high school students at the EHTHS Eagle News Broadcast with their projects using her own industry expertise. She has her own film company, has been recognized for her talent in communications and film, and battled an life-threatening genetic disorder. Read more.


Stephen DeCasien '16 is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Ancient History at the University of South Florida. Since Stephen has graduated from Stockton, he has been attending school at the University of South Florida and participating in the 2018 Summer Session at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Stephen plans to further his education at Texas A&M University in the fall to receive his degree in Nautical Archaeology. Stephen graduated from Stockton University with his Bachelor of Arts in Historical Studies.

 Stockton Wedding

Sara Kosch '16 and Nathan Lepore '14 met at Stockton during their first semester at school together and became instant best friends. Nathan graduated with a B.S. in Business Management and now works for Merrill Edge as a Performance Analyst. Sara graduated with a B.S. in Hospitality Management and is currently the Marketing Coordinator for The Smile Center of NJ dental offices. These two Stockton Sweethearts were married on Jan. 26, 2019, at The Carriage House in Galloway, close to their Stockton roots. The two currently live in Mount Laurel, NJ, with their furbaby, Daisy, and Nathan's eight-year-old daughter, Melanie.


Carly Griffiths '16 is working to help establish Atlantic City as the headquarters for climate change research. Last year, she began organizing a climate change conference for the Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) which came to fruition. Carly graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability. Read more.

 Giordano Wedding

Mario Giordano ‘16 and Noelle (Gibson) Giordano ’16 got married on July 21, 2018 at the Camden County Boathouse. They met during their junior year when Noelle began working at Mario’s family’s restaurant, Cousin Mario’s, located in Mays Landing, NJ. After graduation they continued to live near Stockton where Mario successfully ran his own construction company. They recently relocated to South Florida after Noelle accepted a job offer as the Marketing Coordinator for Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Paula Heffley

Paula Heffley '16 has joined Marsolluna Media & Marketing, LLC, as their new Social Media Manager! She’ll be proudly working alongside fellow alumna Leslie Jespersen '11, founder and CEO of Marsolluna Media & Marketing, LLC, to support businesses in the local community.


Ben Mrozinski '16 has a BA in Criminal Justice and was recently hired as a patrolman with the Harvey Cedars Police Department. Read more.

Kyle Carrier SOSH

Kyle Carrier '17 received a BS in business studies from Stockton University. After working as an architect drafting consultant with the SOSH Architects firm, Kyle has now been hired as a a Project Coordinator in the SOSH Architects Atlantic City office.

Alex Meyes

Psychology alumni Alex Meyes ’17 and Kathleen Connelly ’18, and current social work student Julie Coker are members of Stockton's Active Minds chapter. All are among 17 recent graduates and students nationwide to be featured in the national mental health book, 'Our Stories, Ourselves: Beating the Stigma of Mental Health in Colleges and Universities'. Read more here and here.

Matt Lesyk

Seaman Matthew Lesyk '17, a Marine Science graduate, guarded former President George H.W. Bush's casket on Wednesday during the funeral service. "Having the privilege to stand among history and to honor a president that was a true American hero was extremely humbling. This is an honor I will cherish for my entire life, and I am extremely proud to have represented the U.S. Coast Guard and stand among our joint military branches." Matthew is on the left in both images and closest to the American flag in the second.

Jaymes Swain

Jaymes Swain ’18 has a BS in marine science and is working with students in Adjunct Professor Steven Nagieqicz's '74 class on researching a shipwreck beneath the Mullica River Bridge in Port Republic, NJ from the Battle of Chestnut Neck. Read more.


Michael Gardner '17 has a BA in Criminal Justice and was recently sworn in as Patrolman Michael Gardner with Manchester Township Police Department by Justice Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer during a ceremony in the Municipal Complex Civic Center in Manchester, NJ on January 14, 2019. Michael Gardner earned a bachelor’s in criminal Justice from Stockton and graduated eighth in his class from Ocean County Police Academy in May 2018. He previously worked for the Seaside Heights Police Department. Read more.

Terry King

Terry King '17 has a BA in Criminal Justice and was recently sworn in as an Officer for the Princeton Police Department by Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert. Read more.

Lorena Hernandez ’18 was sworn in as a special law enforcement officer II in Vineland. Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Stockton University.

Brittany LaFalce

Brittany LaFalce '18 was recently sworn in as one of the newest full-time officers hired by Jackson Police Department. Previously, Brittany worked as a loss prevention officer at Macy's. Brittany graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Read more.

Marc Ellsworth

Marc Ellsworth ’18 participated in the most recent controlled burn of dead trees and bramble with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, recording data for the school’s forest management plan near Stockton University.


The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced the 2019 class of WW Pennsylvania Teaching Fellows. Among the class of 24 is Stockton’s Michael Slaza and Rachel Milliron. Rachel earned a B.S., environmental science in 2012. Michael earned a B.S, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2019. The highly competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math—the STEM fields—and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools. Each Fellow receives $32,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a yearlong classroom experience. In return, Fellows commit to teach for three years in the high-need Pennsylvania schools

Brandi Serbeck-Holdren

Brandi Serbeck-Holdren '00 has a BA in Literature and teaches sixth grade English and language arts at the William Davies Middle School and was just named one of the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year! Read more.

 Craig Rudzenski ’01

Craig Rudzenski ’01 recently opened relax: Float Spa in Doylestown, Pa. After suffering from a back injury at work he tried floatation therapy, and after a few sessions, recognized that more people needed to understand its benefits. Shortly after, he applied the knowledge he gained from both his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and his 17-year career with Sony PlayStation to open the new floatation spa. After only being open for five months, relax: Float Spa, which offers four custom-built, private float suites, has already won the Bucks Happening List 2019 in the "Best Day Spa" category. Rudzenski credits his Stockton University education for preparing him to face the challenge of opening his own business.


Peggy Gentile-Van Meter ’01 is presently serving a two-year term as Governor of the North Atlantic Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Since joining Soroptimist in 2006, she has held several board positions at the regional level, including Governor-Elect, District Director, and District Secretary and is also a member of Soroptimist International of Cumberland County, NJ (SICC) where she was honored in 2015 with SICC’s Soroptimist of the Year award for her hard work and dedication. Peggy is also a member of Lions International and the South Jersey Holocaust Coalition. Peggy’s other honors include induction into Cumberland County’s Women’s Hall of Fame (2011), Cumberland Regional High School Teacher of the Year (2006/2007), and Cumberland County Leadership Award (2004). Prior to retiring in 2012, Peggy taught history for more than 34 years at Cumberland Regional High School. Additionally, from 2006-2017 she served as adjunct History professor at Cumberland County College. When not doing Soroptimist work, she enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering and spending time with her family.


Kristine (Cusick) May '02 is Lead Counselor and Co-Lead Science Teacher at Sturgis Charter Public School West in Hyannis, Mass. US News and World Report ranked Sturgis Charter third on its top high schools in Massachusetts list. Kristine also teaches International Baccalaureate Higher Level Biology and advises the school ROVers Club, which builds marine Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for competition.


Dr. Sean McQueeney '02/MPT '04/DPT '09 recently accepted a position with the Chinese Olympic Committee working with the table tennis team.

Tamara deMent

Tamara deMent ’03, acclaimed jazz violinist, performed at Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill earlier this month. deMent is a sought after and versatile musician noted for  her dark, resonant tone and lyrical improvisation. She has been a featured jazz performer for events funded by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts, as well as Cape May Jazz Vespers, Jersey Shore Jazz Vespers and Cape May Music Festival.


Amanda McCullough '04 joined Stockton University's University Relations & Marketing team as a professional services specialist. In her new role, McCullough will assist in the development, production and distribution of University publications and special projects, including Stockton News and Stockton Now. She previously managed public relations and social media at Atlantic Cape Community College for four and half years. Prior to that, she worked at The Current Newspapers for 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Stockton in 2004.


Katie (Fatzinger) Hubner ’05 and her husband, Carl, opened a College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving franchise near Atlantic City. The franchise – which has been featured on "Blue Collar Millionaire," "Shark Tank," and other primetime shows – provides local moving, junk removal, donation pickups, general labor and more.


Jersey Central Power & Light named Frank Luna ’05 a new external affairs consultant to serve as a liaison with elected officials and to support local community involvement activities, serving much of Monmouth County. Luna was district chief of staff for Congressman Tom MacArthur and served as his campaign manager in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at The Anchor's Bend in Asbury Park, the New Jersey Republican State Committee, and as director of constituency outreach in the office of Governor Chris Christie. 


Susan Adelizzi- Schmidt '05, president of Suasion Communications Group received the prestigious New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award in the Digital Outreach category from the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association. Susan has also been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a 2018 Top Full-Service Marketing Agency for the second year in a row. Additionally, she was appointed to Downtown New Jersey’s (DNJ) Board of Directors, an organization devoted to ensuring the vitality of New Jersey’s downtowns. 


Brett Steinberg ’05 was named general manager of Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing where he will oversee sales, marketing, technical services and customer service.

 Drama Kids

Jessica (Eisenstein) Sawyer ‘06 graduated from Stockton with a degree in Theatre Performance. After several years as a high school drama teacher, she left the classroom and is now the Owner/Director of Drama Kids of Medford, Voorhees and Williamstown. Drama Kids uses drama activities to build self-esteem, self-confidence, collaboration and creativity skills in children and is offering classes throughout South Jersey beginning in September.

Hall of Fame

Chris Crescenzi ’06 (baseball), Shelley Gibney ’11(women's soccer & women's track & field), Rory McPeek ’00 (men's lacrosse), Will Turner ’00(men's basketball) and the 1995-96 Men’s Basketball Team were inducted as the ninth Stockton Athletics Hall of Fame class at a dinner in the Campus Center Event Room on Oct. 5. 

Brandi Hornbeck

Bobbi Hornbeck ’08, adjunct faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, was selected as one of six recipients to be awarded the 2018 PaleoWest Foundation’s Scholarship Grant. Applicants were unanimously selected by the Foundation’s board of directors as the top contenders. The PaleoWest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support archaeological research, education, and preservation worldwide by funding projects that advance the profession and create and sustain knowledge relevant to today's world.


Francesca Lynch '08 was appointed as a marketing associate with Community Professional Loudspeakers. Lynch has eight years of experience in the food and beverage industry using the skills she gain through her Business Studies degree from Stockton University and her MBA from Georgian Court University. Read more.


Belinda Chester '08 started a new column in the Atlantic and Cape May County Currents/ Gazettes, “Cultivating Thoughts.” The editions come out weekly in The Press of Atlantic City. Belinda is currently the Master Gardener Program coordinator for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County. Belinda graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies.

Nicole Stephens

Nicole Stephens ’08 is participating in the second annual Dancing Under the Atlantic City Stars fundraiser on Nov. 2 for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Stephens studied a range of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and acrogymnastics for over 25 years. She graduated from the Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts, where she majored in dance and furthered her education at Morgan State University, majoring in psychology while performing on the marching band’s dance line. She continued her education at Stockton where she was a member of the All Star dance team, then graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.


Larissa Smith '90 has worked for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey since 2000 as a wildlife biologist. Larissa coordinates volunteers and works with the New Jersey Bald Eagle project among others. She graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and has a Master of Arts in Environmental Education from Rowan University.


Mark Deebold '91 was just named Atlantic County Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. Mr. Deebold has worked in education for over 22 years. Mark graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor’s of Arts, majoring in Historical Studies.


Laurette Pitts ’91 has a BA in business studies and was recently named Chief Financial Officer of VSBLTY, a retail software and technology company enhancing security and experience for casinos and other entertainment venues. Pitts has 26 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry and finance and operations. Read more.

Katherine R

Katherine Rondeau '92, of Burlington, NJ, is currently on her own southern folk music tour. Rondeau was the former Stockton University Argo Editor in Chief and Wlfr.Fm Stockton Radio Station DJ. Check out her music.


With sadness, we share the news of the passing of Trent Seibert '93, founder and editor of the Texas Monitor and Stockton University graduate. Seibert graduated from Stockton with a degree in Political Science. His career as a journalist was rooted firmly in South Jersey. He interned with The Press of Atlantic City in 1990. Following graduation, he worked as a reporter for the Bridgeton News and Gloucester County Times. He also served as the youngest editor of the Stockton University student newspaper, the ARGO. “He represented the very best of what Stockton is about: taking a first-generation college student to the heights of his field,” said Dr. Harvey Kesselman, president. Read more.


Eric Reich ’94, president and founder of Reich Asset Management, introduced the Reich Report – a new weekly column for Catamaran Media to share helpful information on a variety of financial topics, like Social Security, estate planning mistakes, how to spot a recession, IRA mistakes, and more. Reich received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Stockton University, became a Certified Financial Planner and earned his Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from American College and attended The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to obtain his Certified Investment Management Analyst designation. He has worked as a financial planner specializing in retirement for more than 20 years.

Tamar LaSure-Owens

Tamar LaSure-Owens '95 is named Teacher of the Year for Leeds Avenue School in Pleasantville. Tamar has started a ripple effect into other areas around the school to cross-curricular teach and incorporate black history into the state mandated Amistad curriculum. Tamar graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Tamar majored in Criminal Justice and received certification in African American Studies. Tamar was also recognized as a Lifechanger of the Year by National Life Group for the 2018-2019 school year. LaSure-Owens has a BA in criminal justice, is a veteran of the Army National Guard, and is a first-grade teacher at Leeds Avenue School in Pleasantville, NJ. Read more here.


Lt. Gregory Ciambrone ‘95 was appointed police chief by the Hamilton Township Committee. Following an extensive interview and qualification review, the Township Committee voted unanimously for Ciambrone at its Monday, July 1, meeting. He was subsequently sworn-in in a ceremony at Township Hall the following morning.



David Reiss '95 was offered a position, shortly after graduation, in the same organization he interned with through the Washington Internship Program and the Washington Center, at the Department of the Treasury within the Deputy CFO's Office. This is also where he worked while earning his MBA in Finance from George Washington University. From there, Reiss '95 was asked to help start up the Department of Homeland Security in March of 2003. In 2016, Reiss '95 was picked for a position as a Supervisory Financial Analyst in the Marine Corps at the Pentagon where he manages the funding requests from Congress for more than $8 billion a year for our Marines around the world.


Stephen Peacock ’97 will be inducted into the Lakewood (NJ) Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Peacock was a star defensive lineman for the Lakewood High School varsity football team from 1979-1981. He currently works as an English Language Arts teacher at Lakewood High School and has been the “Voice of the Piners” as a PA announcer for the school’s past five basketball seasons. Peacock graduated from Stockton University with a major in Communication Studies.


Jaime Howey '99 has a BA in Literature and Teacher Education and was named Absegami High School's Teacher of the Year. Jaime was raised in Galloway Township, teaches English, and has been teaching in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District for 18 years. Read more.


Dr. Jason Palermo '99, a board-certified cardiologist, has recently joined the Heart House Marlton office while also taking patients at the Virtua Marlton Hospital and Virtua Voorhees Hospital. With 15 years if experience in the field, Dr. Palermo specializes in non-invasive cardiology, while advocating for ways to ward off heart disease. Read more in the following articles: Burlington County Times; PRWeb


Dean Marcolongo ’81, Cape May County surrogate, was recently appointed by The New Jersey Supreme Court Dean Marcolongo to serve on the Judiciary-Surrogate Liaison Committee. Marcolongo was recommended for service on the committee by Surrogate Michelle Gentek-Mayer, chief of the Surrogates Section of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey. His three-year term will be effective immediately, ending Dec. 31, 2021. Marcolongo graduated from Stockton University in 1981 with a B.A. in Political Science.


Jim (James) Sabol ’82 is one of only 33 Certified Wildlife Biologists in the State of New Jersey. A former employee of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Sabol now volunteers as a NJ Conservation Corps member. He stays connected to his profession by assisting farmers and others to mitigate wildlife damage situations on a part-time basis and became a certified biology teacher in the state, having been employed as a full-time teacher as well as a home instructor for several school districts. A Stockton University graduate, Sabol credits his Stockton education – particularly instructors Dennis Slate and Sandy Hertzog – for having a tremendous impact on his professional trajectory. He maintains a website for his wildlife management endeavors:

Ross Fund

Christine “Scrapper” Ross ’85 was honored by The 1985 Lady Osprey Softball Champions, the first championship team in the University’s history, at their second annual reunion and fundraiser. They raised more than $1,100 in support of the Christine “Scrapper” Ross ’85 Memorial Fund. This fund supports Stockton’s Intercollegiate Softball Program and keeps Christine’s legacy, her spirit of generosity, and kindness alive at Stockton.


Paul DiMarco '86 has a BA in Liberal Studies and was the founding member of WLFR 91.7 FM. Paul volunteers his time to the Ronald McDonald House by sharing his musical talents. Featured in RMHC 2019 calendar, Paul says, "Volunteering at the RMDHC is a chance for me to give back just a little bit of myself for those overwhelmed with stress and worry over their children and family. For years, I passed the "House" every day and was searching for a way to give back in a meaningful way when it dawned on me, these folks might appreciate a melody or song in the air. Music is a very powerful healing force to both the player and the listener and every time I perform, there is always something that surprises me. It's not anything you would ever look for or expect but sometimes just a shy smile or wave from a child is all you need to know you are doing the right thing."


Middle Township resident and School District Business Administrator Diane S. Fox ’86 will serve as president of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) for the 2019-2020 school year. 


Kurt Rataski ’86 joined Alliant’s Northeast team as Senior Vice President. The New Jersey property and casualty expert has a diverse background in sales, finance, and consulting and will deliver a full range of risk and insurance solutions to clients with operations in the Garden State and across the globe.


Diane Fox '86, CPA was named President-Elect of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) for 2018-2019. Fox is also the Middle Township Board of Education Business Administrator/Board Secretary. With a BS in Accounting from then, Stockton State College, Fox is currently completing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.


Alan Walker '89 is the Chairman of the Freehold Township Parks and Recreation Commission. In 2018, the Commission and Superintendent of Recreation received an award from the New Jersey Parks and Recreation Association for excellence in design of public use recreation and park facilities which exhibited aesthetic quality, uniqueness of design, usability, and versatility. Opened in 2015, "My Playground" was designed to create diversified recreation opportunities for children of all ages and abilities, as well as families and communities". This playground incorporates intergenerational play for parents and children while being completely accessible and developmentally appropriate. The decision to move forward with this project was based upon a need within the community to provide recreational opportunities for children who cannot interact with others on a "typical" playground. Walker explained, "It is a project that as a Commission we are extremely proud of and it has become a "destination playground" across Monmouth and Ocean Counties. It is truly a shining jewel in our flagship park. As a proud lifelong resident of Freehold Township, it was a great experience to watch this start from conception to the finished product."


Jaymes Swain ’18 has a BS in marine science and is working with students in Adjunct Professor Steven Nagieqicz's '74 class on researching a shipwreck beneath the Mullica River Bridge in Port Republic, NJ from the Battle of Chestnut Neck. Read more

Michelle Keates

Michelle Keates '76 and H. Paxson Keates of Ventor donated $50,000 to the Stockton University Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship fund for students. Thanks to Michelle '76 and H. Paxson Keates for their extraordinary generosity! Their endowed scholarship will be a permanent source of support for Stockton students. Read more.


Richard Monahan '76 is the Deputy Program Manager for Design on the $2 billion Green Line Extension (GLX) for the new Subway line from Lechmere Station to Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.


Richard Beshore '77 has been promoted to Yacht Broker in South West Florida. Richard, who also goes by Rick, graduated from then, Stockton State College, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Studies.


Jean Abbott '78, Assistant Professor of Business Studies at Stockton University, was one of just thirty-nine winners of the Volunteer Award from The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) at its 2018 Annual Convention and Expo. “The Volunteer Award is a great way to say ‘thank you’ to many of our members who truly give back to their communities, their local schools and the next generation of CPAs,” said Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director, NJCPA. Read more.