Class Notes

Graduates Walking Campus

You may have graduated, but you are an Osprey for life! You are part of a growing network of more than 50,000 alumni who each play an important role in the Stockton family. We recognize and embrace our alumni as vital to the success and advancement of Stockton University and the greater community. Therefore, we want to brag about YOU in publications.

New jobs, weddings, children, honors and awards are things to celebrate. 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!

 Dean Marcolongo '81

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.

 James Sabol '82

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:


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.

 Stephen Peacock '97

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.

 Nicholas LaFata '15

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.

Marc Ellsworth '18

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.

Michelle Keates '76

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 here.



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.



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. Read more here.



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. 


Tamar LaSure-Owens '95


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. 



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.  

 Kristin Donath '13


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 here.


Stephen DeCasien '16


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. 



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 here.

 Brittany LaFalce '18


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 here.

 Paul DiMarco '86

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." 

 Jaime Howey '99

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 here.

 Brandi Serbeck-Holden '00

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 here.

 Julia Popefka '13

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 here.


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


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 here.

Terry King '17

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 here.


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 here.

Tamar LaSure-Owens '95 

Tamar LaSure-Owens ’95 was 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

 Bobbi Hornbeck '08
Bobbi Hornbeck ’08 has a BA in sociology and anthropology, is now an adjunct faculty member of Sociology and Anthropology at Stockton and a doctoral candidate in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology through SUNY-University at Buffalo. Hornbeck was selected as a winner of the 2018 PaleoWest Foundation Graduate Scholarship in support of her doctoral dissertation research project. Read more here.
 Meyes, Connelly, and Coker

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.

 Swipwreck Swain and Nagiewicz
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 here.
 Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt

Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt MBA '05, President of Suasion Communications Group and Stockton adjunct instructor, has been appointed to Downtown New Jersey’s (DNJ) Board of Directors, an organization devoted to ensuring the vitality of New Jersey’s downtowns.


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.


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 here.

Leanna Mullen- source credit The Current of EHT

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 the full story here.

 Seaman Matthew Lesyk '17

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.

Alan Walker '89

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." 


Katherine Rondeau '92



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 Katherine Rondeau.


David Reiss '95


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.

 Amanda McCullough

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.

 Paula Heffley '16

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. Leslie shared,

"We take pride in hiring all Stockton interns and grads and are excited to have Paula part of the team. I met Paula at Stockton while speaking to her Senior Seminar class with the Communications Program. I admired her attention to detail and willingness to learn. She connected with me right afterwards and when she applied for my most recent job opening, I knew she'd be the perfect fit. With Stockton in Atlantic City now, it's even more important for Marsolluna Media to continue to show the Osprey pride!"


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.  

Click here for the full story. 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.

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. 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.

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 Article
PRWeb Article Ronald DeFelice '14 and Taylor Reeves '15 got engaged during the Atlantic City BeachFest Concert  on Sunday, July 1. Read more. 
 Richard Monahan '76

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.

"Middle Township Board of Education Business Administrator Diane S. Fox to Serve as 2018-2019 NJASBO President-Elect"

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. Read more.


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


Susan Adelizzi- Schmidt '05, head of Suasion Communications Group and Stockton University adjunct instructor, has been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a 2018 Top Full-Service Marketing Agency for the second year in a row.

AV Magazine Photo of Francesca Lynch

Francesca Lynch '08 was appointed as a marketing associate with Community Professional Loudspeakers. Lynch has eight years 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.


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. 

Kyle Carrier '17 SOSH Project Coordinator

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. 


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