David C. Burdick, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director
Christine Ferri, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Assistant Director of SCOSA and Director of Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning (SILL)
Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW, Professional Services Specialist: Coordinator of SCOSA Older Adult Programs
Karen Rose, Ph.D., Temporary Employment Specialist (TES): Age Friendly University Champion
Patricia W. Collins, MA/OM, SCOSA Community Engagement Liaison
Pamela Puerto, Temporary Employment Specialist (TES), and Office Assistant
Pearl (Peppy) Margolis, Temporary Employment Specialist (TES): Education, Socialization/Recreation, and Physical Activity Program Assistant
Don Swenson, Temporary Employment Specialist (TES): Education, Socialization/Recreation, and Physical Activity Program Assistant
Christine Gayda-Chelder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Education and Service Chair
A new SCOSA Advisory Council is being finalized during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. The council will involve key Stockton faculty, administrators and staff.
A Community Advisory Board has assisted in planning and operating the Center in various ways since its inception.
While the formal board has been inactive in recent years, individual members continue
to assist. Our board structure, function, and membership is evolving in Spring 2022.
A new Advisory Council currently includes a core of gerontologically engaged faculty
and staff. It will be expanded to include one or more campus leaders and several community
The Advisory Board included:
- Frank Blee, former Director of Senior Services, current Director of Government Relations, AtlantiCare
- Pastor David Delaney, St. Paul's United Methodist Church (Thorofare, NJ)
- John Emge, Engagement Director, Northeast Region, United Way Worldwide
- Marilu Gagnon, Director (Retired), Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services
- Lori Heberley, President, South Jersey Geriatric, LLC.
- Joanne Kinsey, Associate Professor, Family & Community Health Sciences Educator, Rutgers
University Cooperative Extension of Atlantic & Ocean Counties
- Joanne Leichte, Director of Customer Relations, Southern Ocean County Hospital
- Elyse Perweiler, Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Co-Director,
NJ Institute for Successful Aging, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
SCOSA joins Stockton’s Gerontology Program in honoring and thanking faculty retirees who have supported gerontological education, Stockton’s gerontology program and the establishment of SCOSA. Linda Aaronson (Professor Emerita of Nursing) and Nancy Davis (Professor Emerita of Pathology, former Dean of Professional Studies, now member of the Stockton Board of Trustees) both began teaching Introduction to Gerontology and Aging and Health in the mid-1980s and continued for nearly 20 years until teaching and administrative needs in Nursing forced them to curtail their GERO teaching. William Jaynes (Professor Emeritus of Social Work and African American Studies and former Acting Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences) taught Aging and the Family for over 20 years, and the late Ralph Werner (Associate Professor of Biology) who taught Biology of Aging for nearly a decade.
SCOSA currently has no student fellows.