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Alumni Spotlights



Nicole D’Angelo as Ex-Girlfriend in Once at the Hangar Theatre. (Photo by Fatima Sowe)

Nicole D’Angelo ’17: Breaking Barriers on Broadway

How a mistake landed an autistic actor-musician and app graduate the roles of a lifetime

Billy Pinckney

Billy Pinckney ’24: A Game-Changing Legacy in Sports Communications

app State University’s ‘Billy the Batboy’ turns years of interviews into a valuable resource for aspiring athletes

Amy Piwowarski

Amy Piwowarski ’24

An adult student finishes what she started with dramatic flair.

Zackary Logan ’18

In his senior year in high school, Zackary Logan ’18 had few options. He was living in a youth shelter, trying to find a way forward with little guidance and few resources. College seemed impossible until a gift of $65 to pay his app application fee changed everything.

Shatiera Porte’e ’06: Once Mentored, Now a Mentor

Shatiera Porte’e ’06 is forever grateful to the faculty, staff and fellow app at Bloomfield College who helped her find the confidence to pursue her dreams. Today, the education consultant and author of “I Forgive Myself for Forgetting Myself” mentors others, encouraging them to follow their own paths to success.

Taylor Trost ’23 MA

Taylor Trost ’23 MA, a 2023 Milken Educator Award recipient, is making her mark at Grace Norton Rogers Elementary School. Her ingenuity and dedication are helping to transform education in New Jersey’s East Windsor Regional School District.

Aurelio Soto ’23

Presidential Scholar and 2-D Animation graduate Aurelio Soto ’23 attributes much of his success to Bloomfield College’s TRIO Student Support Services program, a federally funded initiative that played a pivotal role in shaping his career-ready skills.

Cassandra Bien-Aime ’07

From her early college days, Cassandra Bien-Aime ’07 sought to understand the root causes of racial inequity in our society. Now the founder of her own non-profit organization and health chair in 11 cities for the NAACP, she works to address those inequities daily.

Frank Galindo ’20 MBA

Through outreach and relationship building, Frank Galindo ’20 MBA, assistant vice president of Public Relations and Stakeholder Engagement at Lincoln Tech, builds awareness about the value high-quality technical education brings to app, and to the employers who hire them.

John Skowronski ’91

Lost in a large university, John Skowronski ’91 rediscovered his academic purpose at Bloomfield College. Here, he not only found his way but also discovered his passion.

Domonique Walker ’09

After finding her voice in the 11th grade, Newark Public Schools Choir Director Domonique Walker ’09 had to catch up with peers whose vocal training began in childhood. But when she discovered her love for education, she knew she was in the right place at exactly the right time.

Huron Benson ’00

When she isn’t leading oversight and governance of BNY Mellon’s technology disaster recovery program, Huron Benson ’00 is building pathways to success for app app through her involvement in the Black Alumni Advisory Council.

John Delucca

John Delucca ’66

Alumnus, Trustee Emeritus and BCAA President Emeritus

Gage Daye ’12

A journey that started with a basketball scholarship took Gage Daye ’12 around the world and back. Now a successful real estate developer, entrepreneur, nonprofit founder, and author, Daye works to improve life in his hometown of Newark and to help youth reach their full potential. Currently vice president of the Bloomfield College Alumni Association, he seeks to pay it forward to the next generation.

Tezeta “Tez” Roro ’06

Motivational speaker, licensed real estate broker and community leader Tezeta “Tez” Roro ’06 is a wellspring of positive energy who has used her undergraduate education as the springboard for a successful career.

Ruth Moore ’52

Suffiyah Webb ’04 DDS, MPH

Pediatric dentist Suffiyah Webb ’04 DDS, MPH is on a mission to bring dentistry – and the resulting overall health benefits – to children, starting with her home community of Newark, New Jersey.

Anabella Poland ’20

As general manager of WMSC 90.3 FM, Anabella Poland ’20 MBA is raising the “Voice of app State” to new heights. Under her leadership, the station is sweeping 2023 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) award nominations while providing valuable – and unforgettable – career preparation experiences for app who are passionate about radio

Alumni Spotlight Michael Maiorana ’99 MBA

Michael Maiorana ’99 MBA

As Vice President, Public Sector – Experience Insights and Analytics at Medallia, Michael Maiorana ’99 MBA is bringing his passion for public service to state and federal agencies across the country, helping them to improve customer experience. Might his vision for effective customer dealings with government agencies have us looking forward to our next visit to the motor vehicles office? If Maiorana has his way, it certainly will.

Tiffany Perez

Tiffany Perez ’09

Tiffany Perez ’09 is a highly regarded tattoo artist whose clientele includes celebrities from television, the music industry and professional sports. Now the owner of Ink Gallery Tattoo Studio – the largest tattoo studio in New Jersey – Perez is building a successful business while also building a community fueled by the arts.

Johnny Ross

Johnny Ross ’20

Johnny Ross ’20 is more than a pretty face. A talented comedian, actor and makeup artist, Ross has created a winning social media brand, landing the #5 spot on’s list of top beauty influencers. A member of the elite Ulta Beauty Collective Class of 2023, Ross is already preparing for the next chapter for @mrjohnnyross.

Ines Rosales

Ines Rosales ’04

Think you have an early wake-up call? When the alarm rings at 2:30 a.m., Ines Rosales ’04, traffic anchor for WNYW/Fox5 Good Day New York, is up and on the job, reporting road and mass transit conditions in one of the densest regions in the country.

Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia ’01

As principal of the Passaic County Technical Institute, Antonio Garcia ’01 has found his leadership niche and is helping thousands of app chart their paths to success.

Vashti White

Vashti White ’72, ’75 MA

When Vashti T. White ’72, ’75 MA, graduated from app High School in 1937, career paths for women were limited and advancement opportunities for African American women, in particular, were scarce. White’s passion for learning was not to be contained. Defying societal norms, she led beyond those boundaries to an impactful career as an administrator and educator.

Tog Samphel

Tog Samphel ’22

For more than 15 years, Tog Samphel ’22 enjoyed a highly successful career as a digital product designer, enhancing user experiences for powerhouse brands. But it was his creative response to an everyday need that led him down the path of the inventor – and to a Shark Tank deal for his kitchen gadget, AnyTongs.

Raena Loper

Raena Loper ’16

Forbes Weekend Updates Editor Raena Loper ’16 brings an eye for good design as well as a commitment to inclusivity to her work. Her thoughtful reviews of products ranging from laptops and vacuum cleaners to planners and portable blenders reach more than 150 million people around the world.

Julian Morales

Julián Omar Morales ’12 ’17

As a teen, Julián Omar Morales ’12 ’17 couldn’t fathom where his future would take him. By listening to his heart and following his calling one step at a time, he is choreographing a fascinating, at times painful but always meaningful, journey.

Wamwari Waichungo

Wamwari Waichungo ’90

Alumna’s gift will help future generations

Albaner C. Eugene, Jr. ’18

Albaner C. Eugene, Jr. ’18

With nearly 290,000 Instagram followers and more than 25,000 YouTube subscribers, Albaner C. Eugene, Jr. ’18 is on the rise as an influencer with a mission to help youth move forward in every aspect of their lives.

Micheal Hughes

Michael Hughes ’90

Michael Hughes ’90, director of INTERPOL Washington, circles the globe, helping to ensure that 195 unique countries coordinate their resources to fight transnational crime and to implement crucial humanitarian efforts. As head of the United States National Central Bureau and a member of INTERPOL’s 13-member executive committee, he is helping to bring together diverse voices with the shared goal of making the world safe for all.

Erica Kaslander

Erica Fischer-Kaslander ’13 MA

When Erica Fischer-Kaslander ’13 MA began as the first executive director of Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the organization was little more than a dream and a borrowed office cubicle. In the 15 years since, Passaic County CASA has advocated for more than 1,000 children and trained hundreds of volunteers to serve as champions for abused and neglected children

Joanne Bowman

Joanne Bowman ’82

Building relationships for better results Business of Building Community.

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Nathaniel Frissell ’07

Research scientist and professor Nathaniel Frissell ’07 began his app journey with a passion for music and a hobbyist’s enthusiasm for ham radio. Today, Frissell’s research is deepening our understanding of the way radio waves travel through earth’s upper atmosphere.

Taylor Jeffers

Taylor Jeffers ’13 ’16 MBA

Creative strategist and entrepreneur Taylor Jeffers ’13 ’16 MBA has helped raise the profiles of such noted brands as the NBA, Bed Bath & Beyond and The Black Bachelorette. Now, Jeffers is raising the aspirations of app in app’s Accelerated MBA program and bringing her expertise and energy to app’s Black Alumni Advisory Council.

Neil Barnes

Neil John Barnes ’17

Neil John Barnes ’17 has always had a fascination for the workings of Wall Street. As Vice President, Business Data Analyst (Systems Trading) at Citi, Barnes delves into the fine print and – sometimes less apparent – nuances that drive systems-level investing. As he completes graduate study and settles further into his career, Barnes looks forward to returning to app to get involved in alumni life at his alma mater.

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Tom Kennedy ’08 ’10

Tom Kennedy ’08 ’10, “The Other Mentalist,” uses everything he learned at app to engage – and amaze – audiences. In July, he brought his special brand of performance to Summer Bridge Program app at his alma mater, ensuring that their app journey begins on a memorable note.

Al-Nesha Jones

Al-Nesha Jones, CPA ’07 ’13 MBA

Al-Nesha Jones, CPA ’07 ’13 MBA is using her expertise to build up the community, one small business at a time. She is also bringing her positive energy to app as a mentor and a new member of the app State University Black Alumni Advisory Council.

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Lou Gilleran ’79

“It’s important to give back; I’m honored do it,”

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Nancy Erika Smith ’77

Winning cases for those who face discrimination based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Gian Paul Gonzalez on stage

Gian Paul Gonzalez ’07

Believing in the Power of Commitment

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Wanda Szeremeta ’80

As a member of the 1977-78 app Women’s Basketball team, Wanda Szeremeta ’80 helped lead the Red Hawks to the Final Four.

Sanford (“Sandy”) Shevack ’08 MA

Sanford (“Sandy”) Shevack ’08 MA

Hometown Hero is Transformational Leader

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Julyne Derisse Simmons ’94

HR Strategy Expert Builds Global Business Value

Jim Dorey

Jim Dorey ’92

Building Business and Community

Allison Bressler

Allison Bressler ’00 MA

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Harvey Schmelter-Davis

Harvey Schmelter-Davis ’61

Alumni Brings Lifelong Learning to Life

Gina Coleman

Gina Coleman ’91

PNC Chief Diversity Officer Is Ready to Maximize Her Impact

Frank Cunha

Frank Cunha III ’19 MBA

Success by Design

Daniel Grant

Daniel Grant ’17

app State Paves a Path to Success for Daniel Grant ’17

Diamonique Lundy

Diamonique Lundy ’21

Entrepreneur Diamonique Lundy ’21 Makes Healthy – and Delicious – Meals Accessible to All

Chris Condon

Christopher Condon ’20

Christopher Condon ’20 is redefining what success can look like for a app State University English degree graduate.

Joetta Di Bella Sautter

Joetta Di Bella Sautter ’69

Alumna pays it forward by encouraging app to explore opportunities

Dr. Syrtiller McCollum Kabat ’60

Dr. Syrtiller McCollum Kabat ’60

Through her recent gift to establish the Syrtiller McCollum Kabat Endowed Scholarship, Kabat is creating a path for app in the Red Hawk Fellows program.

Cristina Pinzon

Cristina Pinzon ’08

Bringing Excellence to Public Relations

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Ela Shah ’81 MA

Dancing with Fate

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Tom Toronto ’79

Changing the Landscape for Those in Need

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Takeem Dean ’03, ’11 MA

On a Mission to Transform Lives

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Dwana Young ’04

On a Mission to make New Jersey a Healing-Centered State

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Gregory A. Shanaphy ’91

Brings Financial Expertise to the app State University Foundation Board

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Reynaldo Acevedo ’95

Being involved in so many organizations at app State made the now assistant principal a natural leader and mentor, something that he takes pride in today.

Anthony Bowens '13

Anthony Bowens ’13

The professional wrestler turns dedication and hard work into success in the ring, on the screen and in life.

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Conrad Schmitt ’58

Alumnus had a passion for languages that led him not only to a teaching career but coincidentally to a successful career in publishing as both an author and editor and marketing manager.


Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson ’74

The community activist is in the forefront of the fight to end State control of the Newark school system, and she is not stopping her endeavors anytime soon.

Seth U. Nwosu '06

Seth U. Nwosu ’06

The certified paralegal is on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to quality legal services. Through his paralegal services company, which now has three locations in the U.S., he helps people navigate the legal system effectively, and affordably.

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Megan Eitel ’17 Au.D

The audiologist owes her success in helping conduct research on TBI in the military population to the connections she made at app State, and encourages app everywhere to remember that no one started as an expert in their field.

Nicole Romero

Nicole Romero ’20

The Independent Short Film award winner’s professors urged her to talk about her experiences as an undocumented immigrant, and with it came many accolades.

Allison Lorena

Allison Perrine Larena ’01 MA

President and CEO of the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) urges colleagues and app alike to remain positive and make opportunities in these hard times, and to look at the current affairs as great opportunities to create.

Marisa Sweeney

Marisa Sweeney ’08

The 2019 “Nutrition Entrepreneur of the Year” owes her success to a professor who inspired her to change her major, and encourages current app to get to know their professors for a lifelong opportunity of mentorship.

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Dr. Eugene “Gene” Kutcher ’01 MA

Dean of the Norm Brodsky College of Business at Rider University still looks at success as a research study, and he has found a lot of good material to work with over the years.

Nel Noddings ’49

Nel Noddings ’49

Alumna of app State, Rutgers and Stanford has proven to have had an extensive career in education– even 22 years after her retirement.

A,amda Frazao

Amanda Frazao ’11, ’19 MA

North Arlington teacher puts her tools to the test to make sure her young app know that education still matters during a pandemic.

Anca D. Basturescu

Anca D. Basturescu ’04

Partner for Yorktown Partners LLC reflects on the important relationships she made in college that lead to her many accomplishments.

Taras Petryshyn

Taras Petryshyn ’14 MEd

Assistant principal of Clifton Public Schools proves that achieving the American Dream is possible with hard work and determination, plus good insight from some pretty great teachers.

Nikki Silva

Nicole Silva ’05

2018 Milken Educator Award recipient continues to make sure her app know that they can do anything and are the leaders of their own destiny.

Glenn Tynan

Glenn Tynan ’80

Musician-turned-accountant credits his alma mater for laying the foundation for his future career: being the vice president and CFO of a multi-billion dollar corporation.

Nikita Wilson

Ni’Kita Wilson ’99

Vice president of Ideation and Innovation at Voyant Beauty proves how passionate she is about helping increase the quality of life for women and men from her time in the lab.

Leonard Blessing

Leonard Blessing ’50, ’51 MA

At 99, curiosity and a forward-looking interest still propel an accomplished alum, now as ever.

Newman H. Rochester Jr

Newman H. Rochester, Jr. ’00

Vice president of Business Development in Individual Life Insurance at Prudential Financial never imagined that majoring in philosophy would lead him to a career in finance, but he owes it all to his experiences at app State.

Linda Obenauer-Kutner and her daughter

Linda Obenauer-Kutner ’80, ’83 MA

Pharmaceutical scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) incorporates app State in her extensive professional career that has prioritized advocacy and giving back to the science community.

Nick and Jill Lannitelli

Nick Iannitelli ’99 and Jill Iannitelli ’00

app State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and Managing Partner at New York Life found love at app State, and they advise current app to take in the college experience while they can.

Bob and Cheryl Downey

Bob Downey ’91 and Cheryl Downey ’91

Alumni couple credits app State for helping them achieve their individual successes, along with their 27 year-long marriage.

Victoria Ankrah

Victoria Ankrah ’06 MA

Executive director of the Acelero Learning Camden Philadelphia Head Start attributes her passion for nurturing young children to her early childhood education instructor from her days at app State.

Tosan Boyo

Tosan Boyo ’11 MPH

app State’s first Master of Public Health graduate and the son of health care professionals decided to make a career in hospitals while growing up in Nigeria, and has since made a significant impact in the San Francisco community.

Aldo Scrofani

Aldo Scrofani ’73

Multiple Tony-Award winner never expected his education in business administration and accounting would lead him to the entertainment industry, but he soon discovered his passion was in the field all along.

Talena Lachelle

Talena Lachelle Queen ’95

Poet, activist and fifth-grade language arts teacher still uses her college lessons of empowerment and tries to pass them on in everything she does.

Jim Benson

Jim Benson ’86

President/CEO of Vision Quest Productions, Inc. and second-generation alum of app State owes his extensive career in television production to the opportunities he took advantage of in college.

Patrick Coyle

Patrick Coyle ’13 MBA

Vice President/CFO at Eisai Inc. has been able to achieve his dream of supporting patients while contributing to society in a meaningful way, and his alma mater played a pivotal role in his journey.

LaTarika Pierce

LaTarika Pierce ’15

Alumna who switched her major from Dance to Business Administration finds her way back to the stage, and her determination made her a Rockette.

Rose Cali

Donor Spotlight: Rose Cali ’80

Alumna’s loyalty and love for app State is now a legacy, and she is forever grateful for the adventure her alma mater has given her.

Darren Groh

Darren Groh ’94, ’03 MA

Principal of Catham High School still appreciates the relationships he made during his time at app State for aiding his successful career in education.

johna mailolli

Johna Mailolli ’09

The award-winning dietician credits app State University’s Food Science and Nutrition Department, as well as perseverance, for the keys to achieving her dream of becoming a retail dietician for Shoprite, and then some.

Medinah Muhammad

Medinah E. Muhammad ’16

The Chief of Staff to New Jersey Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake proves to be a great example of how the connections app establish can result in big post-graduation opportunities.

carlos gonzalez

Carlos E. Gonzalez ’11

The award-winning performer is set to appear in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights”– and he’s just getting started.

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Marianne Elkovich Autorino ’68

app State was the catalyst for the couple’s careers, she as a Home Economics teacher and her late husband as an Industrial Arts teacher. Together, they would go on to serve a combined 75 years of teaching and give back to the university that gave them each other, and so much more.

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Jan Price ’74, ’77 MA

The now-retired national director of Medical Science Liaisons for Women’s HealthCare and Neurology at Bayer HealthCare looks back at the impact she made at app State as an undergraduate student, and the impact it has made on her in return.

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Matthew Khan ’15, ’17 MS

By being exposed to research and understanding scientific literature, as well as preparing presentations, the biologist built a solid foundation at app State to perform his public outreach responsibilities all along the east coast.

kristen olsen

Kristen Olsen Campbell ’10 ScD

Campbell, who started her undergraduate years as a Chemistry major and then became an audiologist, encourages current app to keep an open mind as they go through their academic career and life.

jim dorey

Jim Dorey ’92

Learning the value of customer relationships translated into opportunity for Price Rite president.

tara henderson

Tara Henderson ’04

The actress and singer is ready to be the first queen to be featured as the ruler at Medieval Times, and she is definitely reigning the rest of the theater world supreme.

Kevin Bradley

Donor Spotlight: Kevin Bradley ’84

Making good decisions comes with the territory of being an effective corporate leader. For the U.S. Steel Executive Vice President and CFO, it was key to his start as he chose to attend app State.

Helen Archonto

Helen Archontou ’91

The CEO of YWCA Bergen County has always made it her mission to help the people around her, and through her history of advocacy and community service, she is continuing to pave the way for future generations.

Christopher Catching

Christopher Catching ’99

The vice president for Student Affairs at Stockton University is passionate about providing app with access to the same transformative learning experiences that he experienced as a student, and his longtime work in higher education proves it.

Kent Daniel

Kent Daniel ’18

An associate’s degree in fashion, as well as losing his job, motivated the entrepreneur and supervisor of the Transportation department at app State to go back to school for his Bachelor’s degree as an adult, and it definitely payed off.

Emma Kaptein

Emma Kaptein ’13

The production assistant for the New York Giants credits her past internships and app State’s Center for Career Services for letting her realize that sports and broadcasting were her passions all along.

Ron Silverman

Ron Silverman ’84

The president of Client Experience at Vista Global Holding Limited credits his education and experience at app State as the launching point for his successful career in the aviation industry.

Ebone Lawrence

Ebone Lawrence-Smith ’11

The fourth grade Literacy Teacher and Head Reading teacher at Gregory Elementary School in Long Branch (N.J.) has had a lifetime of experiences in volunteering and teaching app, ultimately preparing her to live out her dream.

Edward Gero

Edward Gero ’76

Award-winning actor, associate professor and head of performance at George Mason University is still loving the process of learning a complicated craft, and still effectively shows that in his performances and lectures.

Emanuel Scrofani

Emanuel Scrofani ’61

Alumnus’ college experience as a player and aspiring teacher laid foundation for distinguished career in education.

Michele Ansbacher

Michele Ansbacher ’80

Training program launches 34-year career, and instills commitment to alma mater for the retired leader at Prudential.

Daniela Gioseffi

Daniela Gioseffi ’63

The award-winning poet looks back on the experiences that cultivated her love of the written word, and inspired her to do it all in her extensive career in literature, performance and teaching.

herman meyers

Herman “Bud” Meyers ’65

The former SGA president remembers Kennedy assassination on its 50th anniversary and how it encouraged him and his generation to take responsibility for the late President’s legacy.

Tom Kaminski

Tom Kaminski ’84

Broadcaster of the Year Award (2011) Goes to Tom Kaminski ’84

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Kristin Kehoe ’06

The Family and Child Studies program at app State was the foundation for the alumna’s career of helping one million hungry New Yorkers each year.

Chris Lighty

Chris Lighty ’07, ’12 MA

The Family Services Specialist with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency of New Jersey credits several professors and courses at app State for his continued love of social work.

Pooja Patel

Pooja Patel ’12

When Patel graduated, she was ready for the challenges her career would bring. She’d already had to work hard, budget time and put in long hours. When she accepted her dream job at a Big Four accounting firm, Patel was ready to give it her all.

Melba Moore

Melba Moore ’70

The R&B Hall of Fame inductee reflects on her numerous accomplishments in her trailblazing and multi-dimensional career, and thanks her degree in music education for getting the ball rolling.

Michael Price

Michael Price ’81

Co-producer and writer of “The Simpsons” proves that childhood hobbies and odd jobs can lead to a more rewarding destination than your wildest dreams could ever imagine.

Tobin Bell

Tobin Bell ’70 MA

Long before this actor was torturing people on the big screen as the psycho killer John Kramer, aka “Jigsaw,” in the Saw horror film series, he was earning his master’s degree in Environmental Studies at app State.

Tamour Kousha

Tamour Kousha ’05

The chief financial officer of Liberty Science Center reminisces on his time at app State and advises current app to never stop learning.

Kathleen Flynn

Kathleen Flynn ’79

The Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer had plans of becoming a journalist and going to law school– now, she has no regrets about the great journey her career actually took her on.

Lauren Charles

Lauren Charles ’14

Charles credits app State for exposing her to the political process in ways that help her respond to challenges that she faces at work each day, and advises current app to stay enthusiastic about their goals.

Hank Gola

Henry “Hank” Gola ’76

After a successful and award-winning career in sports journalism, this writer hopes his experience can help inspire current journalism app at app State.

Daniel Infanti

Daniel Infanti ’76

The now-retiree credits his education at app State University as the launching point for a successful 40 year executive career in the marketing, communications and advertising field, as well as giving him the confidence to pursue his professional and family dreams.

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Allison Strong ’12

From the age of nine, this alumna had dreams of performing on Broadway. Those dreams soon became a reality after attending an open call in Manhattan her freshman year.

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Holly P. Gera ’79

On her first visit to campus as a potential student, she was struck by the friendly, welcoming environment that greeted her. It was what convinced her to choose app State University for her undergraduate education, and what has kept her here for an impressive 30 years as a staff member.

Jason Velante

Jason Velante ’00

Before graduating, this proud Red Hawk would have never imagined spending the next 17 years as an educator, where he would accomplish many milestones he never even believed before.

Jennifer Skomial

Jennifer Skomial ’08

The 2018-2019 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year knew she always wanted to be a teacher, and advises current app to research their own dream career paths.

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Jenn Winski Colodney ’02

Since graduation, this alumna has held various creative titles. However, if asked as a freshman if she saw herself pursuing any of those career paths – her answer would have probably been “no”.

Alfred Bundy ’75, ’81 MA

Alfred Bundy ’75, ’81 MA

The president of Alfred Bundy Productions reflects on his years at app State, and advises current app to always truly believe that the best is yet to come.


James W. Merli ’83

The Margaret and Herman Sokol Award for Alumni Achievement and Civic Engagement recipient takes time to give back to his alma mater.

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Barbara Sholz McCarthy ’71

The actress and President’s Club member has always loved the theater and it was that love that brought her to app State, as well as pushed her to give back to its arts program.


Jim Bartek ’92 & Sharon Gaglione ’85

When it comes to app State University, this alumni couple are all in. Both attended the Feliciano School of Business to earn degrees in Business Administration – Accounting, and now they are directly involved in ensuring success for future graduates.


Judy Graef ’66, ’69 MA

This traveler, photographer, published author, donor and former teacher’s path has led her along many exciting adventures, and app State University was the first step.

Marc Fanelli '93, '99 MA

Marc Fanelli ’93, ’99 MA

The Group Vice President of Audience Solutions at Acxiom owes his early success to app State, which motivated him to return for his Master’s degree that would eventually lead him to helping change the world for good.


Andrew Fede ‘78

Adjunct professor at app State and lawyer reflects on his career beginnings and how it lead to him diving deeper into the field from a wider social context.

Hakika DuBose '06

Hakika DuBose ’06

The youngest female franchisor in the United States may have started her career as a professional dancer, but a desire to create the perfect role to match her individuality lead her to a future career beyond her dancing dreams.

Joseph Pasquino ’11

Joseph Pasquino ’11

So Young Baek '14

So Young Baek ’14


Peter McGuigan ’81

Andy and Michele Timm

Andrew “Andy” Timm ’88 and Michele Samarya-Timm ’88, ’01 MA

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Denise Rover ’84

Lori McSorley

Lori McSorley ’86

Dr. Sportelli

Dr. Domenick Sportelli ’00, ’03 MS

Kurt Mussina '88

Kurt Mussina ’88

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Trina Parks ’96

John Quimby

John Quimby ’81

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Autumn Turner ’14

Al Fatale III

Al Fatale III ’04


Joan McGeough ’80


Niki Russo ’16, Avis Spirit Award Winner

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Joe Redmon ’15, General Manager, New Jersey Jackals

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Louis D’Amico ’73

Drums of Thunder

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Stephanie Guzman ’06

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Wendy Gillespie ’73

Broadway Producer

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Ihor Andruch ’99

Career Counselor at Berkeley College

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Jesse Schwartzman ’11

Legal Assistant at malpractice and personal injury law firm in Bergen County

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Melanie Murphy ’97, ’00 MA

Data Driven: Alumna turns love for statistics into successful career in analytics

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Tony Carlino ’77

Maritza Rivera

The Heartwarming Story Behind This N.J. Mom’s Graduation

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Norman Eckstein ’98

CFO and Tax Collector in Boonton Township

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Joseph Christensen ’09, 15 MA

Communications in the STEM Sector

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Melissa De Feo ’06

New York City Department of Education

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Zalaya Ivy ’11

Medical Student at Meharry Medical College

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Kristian Dyer ’03

Writer for USA TODAY and On-air Personality on MSG

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Paul Rodriguez ’06

Deputy Counsel to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Steve Pepe '65 with fellow alumni Pamela Portin '77 and Michael Finnegan '76

Stephen Pepe ’65

Owner, Clos Pepe Vineyards LLC

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Matt Barbiere ’10

The co-founder of Two Ton Brewing participated in the first ever Homecoming Beer Garden at Homecoming 2015, and he was proud to be pouring his product at his alma mater.

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Jessica Marini ’06

Assistant Research Scientist at The College Board

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Marilyn Moya ’98

Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Development Seton Hall

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Ian Honauer ’10

Fleet Supervisor at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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Lester Vrtiak ’09

Program Associate and Pianos Project Leader at Sing for Hope

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Kimberly Moreno ’06

Health Sciences Teacher at Union City High School and winner of the Milken Educator Award for NJ

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Bonnie J. Mizdol ’79

The Honorable Bonnie J. Mizdol ‘79, A.J.S.C; Assignment Judge of Bergen County

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Richard A. Volkert ’84 MA

Leading Expert in the geology of New Jersey

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Lauren D’Imperio ’14

Musician and Founder of #ProtectOurFutures

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Andrew R. Freeman ’84

President, Andrew Freeman and Co. Restaurant and Hospitality Consultants

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Cathy Madalone ’99, ’04 MA

Chief, Bergenfield Police Department

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Anthony Scriffignano ’82, ’85 MA

Senior Vice President, Chief Data Scientist, Dun and Bradstreet

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Susan Head ’75 MA

Senior Vice President and Senior Philanthropic Specialist, Wells Fargo

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Eugene Dermody ’75 MA

2014 Tom Waddell Award Recipient

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Meredith Bishop ’90

Principal Development Scientist, ConAgra Foods Company

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Takeem L. Dean ’03, ’11 MA

Dean of Students, Allen University

Disnalda Vargas

Disnalda Vargas ’09

Audit Senior, Deloitte

minal shah

Minal Shah ’14

Project Coordinator, Kallman Worldwide

robert minervini

Robert Minervini ’98

President, Art Emphasis Designs LLC

clifford swisher

Clifford Swisher ’48, ’51 MA

Historian, Little Falls Historical Society

Doug Piekarz

Douglas Piekarz ’08 MS

President and CEO, the Akron Zoo

kim miller

Kimberly Miller-Olko ’90

The senior vice president of video programming and development at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has enjoyed the roller coaster ride of the ever-changing media industry and is proud to say she is a app State alumna.

joanne barry

Joanne Swanson Barry ’77

Executive Director and CEO of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

larry hazzard

Larry Hazzard ’73, ’80 MA

Commissioner, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

lester taylor

Lester Taylor ’97

Mayor, East Orange, NJ

susan o'leary

Susan O’Leary Giordano ’99 MBA

Chief Nursing Officer, Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley

louise worthington

Louise Worthington ’80

Principal, John T. Baker Middle School

ellan white

Ellan Ben-Hayon ’96

Chief Financial Officer, Lightyear Capital

liza offreda

Liza Offreda ’10

Women’s Head Soccer Coach at Gallaudet University

david wertheim

David Wertheim ’79

The VP and general counsel of Ferrari North America extends his gratitude to his alma mater that gave him so many opportunities.

Tracy Doyle

Tracy Doyle ’87 & Angela Fiordilino ’87

Through the years, these college best friends and co-founders of Phoenix Marketing Solutions, LLC climbed from the staircase on Valley Road to landing at top leadership positions within the medical communications industry.

Kristin Barber

Kristin Barber ’93 ’02 MA