Where are they Now?
Summer 2017 Issue
Lauren H. Moore Jr. ’84 was named the executive director of the Atlantic County Economic Alliance. Moore has been executive director of the New Jersey Business Action Center since 2014, an agency tasked with helping businesses relocate to New Jersey as well as stay and make investments in their companies. Moore received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Stockton.
Larissa Smith ’90, biologist for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, spoke on Stockton’s main campus in Galloway as part of the March meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey: “Bats of NJ: What’s Not to Love?” Smith coordinates the foundation’s volunteers and works on the New Jersey Bald Eagle project, Eastern Tiger Salamander project as well as a variety of other projects. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Stockton and an M.A. in Environmental Education from Rowan University.
Michelle Villar ’97 studied Borneo’s primate denizens, including the orangutan, and developed new ways to engage communities worldwide in primate conservation in Borneo last summer. Villar of Vineland, N.J., teaches at Vineland High School, and took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field program.
Dan Duran ’98, an assistant teaching professor at Drexel University and a 1998 Stockton Environmental
Studies graduate, presented at Stockton University’s Pinelands Short Course in March.
Duran described the many ecological services
Nicole Rollender ’98 was recently recognized as a recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the New Jersey State Arts Council. Rollender penned the book, “Louder Than Everything You Love,” published by Five Oaks Press. She received a B.A. in Literature.
Matt McCort ’00, is a herpetologist and wildlife ecologist with Herpetological Associates, where he has worked since graduating with an Environmental Science degree from Stockton in 2000. McCort presented at Stockton University’s Pinelands Short Course in March. McCort discussed the life history and conservation of snakes in New Jersey’s Pinelands.
Michael Levine ’01 is the vice president of Sales and Marketing for Chelsea Senior Living, overseeing 19 communities in the tri-state area. Levine is also the chair of the National Executive Sales Roundtable for Argentum (Assisted Living Federation of America) and board chairman for FPYouthoutcry, a 501c3 charity.
Sarah Krom ’04 is managing partner of the accounting firm SKC & Co. LLC and incoming president-elect
of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA).
Alison Pilla ’09 recently wrote and published a children’s book titled, “It’s Not So Bad,” a vibrant tale that aims to teach children to make healthy choices. Pilla holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stockton and a master’s degree in Counselor Education from Kean University.
Ashley Brooke Gordon ’10, a manifestation coach, meditation facilitator and certified yoga teacher, returned to Stockton on April 25 to instruct a Glow Yoga class in the Experimental Theatre. It was an opportunity for students and the campus community to stress less by experiencing yoga with glow-in-the-dark paint.
Rebecca Arsenault ’14 took third place in her division at the 30th Liberty Bell Judo Classic tournament. Arsenault, who received a degree in Environmental Sciences from Stockton, competed as part of The Stockton Judo Club. Nichole Moore, a senior in computer science, took a first place in her division. Students Brian Fox and Jorge Azcona also competed in their first judo tournament. Pictured are Moore (left) and Arsenault with Coach Dave Goldmann, who works in Stockton’s School of Arts & Humanities.
Mary MacDonald ’16, who works at Burlington County Institute of Technology, presented at Stockton University’s Pinelands Short Course in March. MacDonald brought out a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk that was hit by a driver who brought the injured bird to them for help. Due to vision loss in one eye, the hawk lives at the refuge. A great horned owl with a wing injury that prevents flight also made an appearance along with a few reptiles.