Dean's Executive Advisory Board
The objective of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board is to draw upon the wisdom and experience of selected business and professional leaders, who will assist the Dean, faculty and students of the Stockton School of Business by developing and promoting programs within the School to a position of excellence.
Sr. Recruiting Manager
Sales Recruiters, Inc.
Stockton Alumnus Class of 1985
In his 26 years of recruiting, Henry has successfully conducted over 2,070 searches in the area of sales, accounting/finance, IT, Human Resources, Client Services, Managers, Vice Presidents, and members of the C-suite and Board of Directors for small and large private and public companies.
As President of Sales Recruiters, Inc., Henry has been able to establish the firm as one of the most well respected in the sales staffing vertical. Sales Recruiters is only one of eight firms that was awarded and has maintained the National Accredited Firm designation from NAPS. Henry was awarded “Most Valuable Player” by the president of one of his clients. In 2012, Henry was named the H. Michael Boyd Excellence in Employment by the Association of Employment Professionals.
Henry earned the Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) designation from the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS). The CERS credential (along with the CPC and CTS certifications) are the only national designations recognized globally by the personnel services and staffing industry. At the time of the designation, Henry was one of only 40 staffing professionals to have the designation.
Henry has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the NAPS. In addition, he has served as the NAPS trainer for the immersion CERS training and certification. Currently, Henry serves on the Board of Advisors for the First Interview recruiter network and teaches Principles of Management and Introduction to Human Resources at Southern New Hampshire University.
An acknowledged leader in the industry, Henry has been published several times and is the author of the book “The Power of Proactive Recruiting”, available in written, eBook and audiobook on Amazon, iTunes and Lulu Press.
Educational, Henry holds a Magna Cum Laude MBA from Temple University. Additionally, a BA with Highest Honors from Stockton University, Home of the Ospreys. He is proud of his “Osprey” roots as his office is filled with Osprey chairs, mugs, and magnetic stickers in addition to his Osprey socks he proudly wears.
Henry has been married for 29 years and has two children and currently lives in Southern New Hampshire.
President and CEO
Business Administration and Operations
Stockton University Alumna Class of 2000
Roxanne grew up in Waterford, New Jersey and still resides there today. After graduating high school, she attended Stockton University earning a degree in Political Science. Following graduation from Stockton University, Roxanne went on to earn a law degree from the Widener University School of Law.
Her role with FantaSea Resorts began in 2005 when she was hired as In-House Counsel. With her legal skills and business acumen, she was quickly promoted to Vice President, and then Chief Operating Officer. Today, Roxanne is the President and CEO of the three FantaSea Resort Properties, also owning the management companies of the hotels.
Roxanne has been a pillar in the community, also dedicating time to her Alma Mater on panels such as the Stockton Women’s Leadership Council and creating programs for the youth of Atlantic County. Roxanne serves on many boards including the Corporate Board of Advisors for SparBar, Stockton University’s Light Advisory Board, Stockton Philanthropic Committee and more.
Her goal is to offer advice and inspiration to others who also aspire to be a leader. Roxanne has been a role model and friend to those who know her and embodies what it is to lead by example.
Suasion Communications Group
Stockton University Alumna Class of 2005
As President of Suasion Communications Group, Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt leads a team of creative professionals who execute award-winning branding, public relations, digital and marketing campaigns. Susan acquired Smith O’Keefe & Associates and rebranded it under the name Suasion Communications Group on August 1, 2007. For the past 13 years, Susan has positioned Suasion as a successful omni-channel boutique agency, with offices located in Somers Point (headquarters) and Haddonfield, New Jersey. Suasion is a certified New Jersey Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
Suasion provides customized campaigns for tourism destinations, municipalities, corporations, retail, healthcare, financial and nonprofit organizations. The Suasion team provides a complete suite of services that increase traffic, improve brand awareness, and elevate sales through customer acquisition and retention.
Currently, Susan is a Doctoral Student (Organizational Leadership) at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, where she also completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.
In addition to her professional career as an entrepreneur, Susan also serves as a Stockton University School of Business Adjunct Instructor, where she inspires young minds with insightful, real-world lessons. Additionally, Susan shares her business knowledge at well-received seminars and workshops that take place regularly at schools, universities, industry associations and business organizations.
Susan serves on the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association and the Downtown New Jersey Boards of Directors. She is a member and mentor in Stockton University Women’s Leadership Council. Additionally, she chaired the Upper Township Economic Development Advisory Commission and is immediate past Chair of the Cape May County Women’s Commission. Susan made history as the first female from either party to win a nomination and run for State Senate in the history of New Jersey’s First Legislative District (Cape/Cumberland/Atlantic). Her hard-fought campaign platform focused attention on job creation, economic development, women’s advocacy and addressing the substance abuse epidemic in her region.
Susan is the proud mom of two dynamic college students; her son is attending Syracuse University and her daughter is attending Susan’s alma mater, Arcadia University.
Carl Bagell is a partner at Friedman LLP and has over 40 years of public accounting experience, with a concentration in taxation. He has a passion for business and empowers his clients by coaching them in attaining their financial goals. His experience in everything from intra-company mediation to business analysis allows him to offer clients expert consultation in areas of operational efficiency, personnel relations, and strategic growth planning.
Carl has extensive experience in the negotiation and settlement of federal, state and local tax audits and controversies. He also provides audit, accounting, and consulting services. He is licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to practice as a CPA.
His expertise includes:
- Resolving federal and state tax controversies, as well as representing individuals and self-employed clients, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and members of limited liability companies
Building effective client management teams to help ensure profitability through strategic planning, strong operating procedures and succession planning for start-up businesses as well as established firms
Dual Degree BS/MBA Student
Based out of Atlantic City, Shane is enrolled in the Dual Degree BS/MBA program in the School of Business at Stockton University, on pace to graduate in 2023.
Shane works as a Business Development Manager at Advanced Data Systems Corporation, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions for medical practices and billing companies.
Shane enjoys all forms of learning, exercise, and healthy competition. He finds interest in making new acquaintances and exploring places he has never been before. He dreams to see the day that Atlantic City regains its glory as the hidden gem on the East Coast shore, as it did in the early 1900’s. He hopes to be an integral part of Atlantic City’s public health and economic structures as they grow in the years to come.
Shane has been a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of Atlantic County for the past 3 years. He also volunteers for the Eastern Service Workers Association of Atlantic County. In addition, he is an active member of the Stockton University School of Business Student Advisory Board, the National Society of Leadership & Success, and the Stockton University Environmental Club
Shane is always seeking new relationships and opportunities through internships, volunteer work, and philanthropic events that will benefit his post-graduate career. He is an extremely dedicated and driven individual that holds himself accountable to all committed obligations.
Fonder and General Manager
Regal Software, A MineralTree Company
Kofi is responsible for the integrated payables offering for MineralTree. He’s spent the past 25 years solving complex operational problems for a wide range of companies by creating innovative technology solutions.
Kofi founded Regal Software in 2008 to solve a major problem for banks and corporations attempting to work together on payments and treasury integration. Over the 12 years, he guided the company from a single integration to 160 ERPs and saw most of the major US banks partnering with Regal Software to gain access. Prior to Regal, he was VP of the Microsoft division at VSS, a premier IBM Partner and Engagement Manager at ePartners, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner. He worked as a corporate controller prior to dedicating his career to FinTech.
Passions include autism awareness, soccer, (Go Chelsea FC), rugby and hiking. Kofi is an avid pilot with an FAA instrument rating and is also certified on technologically advanced and high-performance aircraft. On the weekends he’s a Command Pilot with Angel Flight, transporting underserved children from outlying areas to facilities in Atlanta for medical treatment.
He was born in Ghana and grew up living in multiple cities with his diplomat parents. His teen and young adult years were spent in New York City where he attended The City University of New York’s Hunter and Baruch colleges. He now resides in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.
TD Bank, South Jersey/Coastal New Jersey
As Market President of TD Bank, Rob Curley leads a team of commercial and small business relationship managers throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May Counties as well as oversees all corporate and charitable giving throughout that footprint. Rob has been with TD Bank (formerly Commerce Bank) since June 1989 where he started as a Part Time Teller.
Curley went to Cherokee High School in Marlton and is a graduate of Penn State University with some post graduate work at Villanova and Temple as well as executive development at Wharton's Aresty Institute.
He has always been active in the community and currently serves on the following boards: New Jersey Bankers Association, Coopers Ferry Partnership, the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, the Camden Health & Athletic Association, the Southern New Jersey Development Council, Special Olympics New Jersey, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Atlantic County Economic Alliance, Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation, Rutgers Walter Rand Institute, The Patriot Fund, Stockton University Business School Advisory Board, Hopeloft, and Volunteer UP Legal Clinic.
In 2007, the Philadelphia Business Journal selected Curley as one of Metro Philadelphia’s “40 Under 40” up and coming leaders. Over the years, Rob has been awarded the South Jersey Young Professional’s Halo Award, Philadelphia Smart CEO’s “Philly’s Top Bankers”, and SJ Biz Magazine's "Power 50" for 6 consecutive years - just to name a few.
Southern Region President
Vincent D’Alessandro is the President of OceanFirst Bank’s Southern Region, which currently includes branches and administrative offices located throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, Burlington, and Camden Counties in New Jersey.
Vincent graduated from Toms River HS South in 1985 as class Valedictorian and from Rutgers University in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration, Political Science, and Education and then completed his MBA at the Stonier School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania with a leadership certificate from the Wharton School of Business. Included with his degrees from RU is State Certification in Teaching from New Jersey.
Vincent’s professional career began in 1989 which included various commercial, credit, and leadership roles at First National Bank of Toms River, Summit Bank, PNC Bank, Shore Community Bank and has been with OceanFirst Bank since 2008. These professional experiences include completion of a management training program immediately following graduation from Rutgers and then commenced into a banking career with roles in Commercial Credit and Administration, Commercial Lending, Commercial Team leadership, Private Bank management, and a current responsibility leading the South Jersey Region of OceanFirst Bank in all revenue producing lines.
Vincent has had extensive involvement with various non-profit organizations and is currently involved on the Boards of the Shore Medical Center Foundation, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, the HERO Campaign, South Jersey CEO Group, MBCA of Atlantic City, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, and Businesses Committed to South Jersey. Previous organizational board involvement included Ocean County Foundation, American Cancer Society, Ocean of Love, United Way of Ocean County, Ocean County YMCA, Barnegat Little League, Stafford Township Schools, and Toms River Country Club.
Vincent is an avid golfer and has played competitive golf since the age of eight, progressing to Division I collegiate golf at Rutgers University. He has been married to wife Susan since 1990 and has one son, Christopher age 18, who is carrying on the family golf tradition, playing for Arcadia University.
Mr. Dibor for the last 24 years has been the CEO/president of Adcon Consultants, Inc., an engineering and construction management firm based in Philadelphia. In addition to Mr. Dibor’s leadership and management of Adcon, he continues to be a successful businessman managing and advising different types of business organizations on best business practices in the new emerging economy within the Philadelphia region.
Mr. Dibor is a well-known civic leader, philanthropist, and continues to play a major role in civic activities in the City of Philadelphia.
At Adcon, Mr. Dibor directs and oversees design and construction projects. Over the years Adcon has worked on projects with construction values over $ 10 billion. Adcon’s clients consist of private and public agencies (City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and US Federal Transit Administration).
Mr. Dibor has a background in planning, architecture, engineering, construction, business and corporate strategy with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Dibor was educated in Nigeria, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Mr. Dibor is an active member of various prestigious professional organizations, such as the Union League of Philadelphia for over twenty years; former member of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission in Construction Industry Diversity, Chairman of Youth Education to the construction Industry; the Engineer’s Club of Philadelphia, where he served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer; the Order of Engineers; the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Construction Management Association of America; corporate and affiliate member of the American Institute of Architects; the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; served on the Board of Directors of the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP); served as Chairman of the AAMP Celebrate Africa Committee, in charge of organizing the African Art and Cultural Festival in 2006.
Mr. Dibor authored hundreds of articles, including a mentoring and training program for a selected group of Philadelphia high school students for training in entrepreneurship, engineering, construction, and related fields for university education. Mr. Dibor was a guest speaker at Philadelphia University and former Spring Garden College in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
Mr. Dibor is married to Dr. (Mrs.) Chichi Dibor, a Dentist, with offices in Germantown, Philadelphia. They are happily married couple and the proud parents of three children.
Stockton University Alumnus Class of 1979
Bill is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of WithumSmith+Brown, PC, the 25th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the country. He has been a member of the firm's management for over 30 years. As a licensed certified public accountant in New Jersey, as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Bill specializes in merger and acquisition services and international business. During his tenure as CEO, the firm has tripled in size and expanded into non-traditional advisory services. The firm is known nationally for its unique culture and team member retention rates. Withum's CEO Statement on Inclusion and Diversity shares the intentional commitment to inclusion and diversity reinforces the foundation of the value-driven culture.
A graduate of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Bill joined Witham in 1980. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). He has also demonstrated a leadership role in expanding the firm's global capabilities, serving as a current executive committee member and vice-chair of HLB International and as the former chairman of Nexia International USA - both of which are worldwide networks of independent accounting firms and business advisors.
Bill is a sought-after thought leader, appearing on television and radio programs discussing topics related to leadership and business management, including appearances on Steve Adubato’s television show, “NJ Caucus”; News 12 New Jersey’s television segment, "New Jersey Business"; and Executive Leaders Radio. He is frequently quoted in accounting and business publications and has authored many articles over the years on topics ranging from fixed asset management to mergers and acquisitions to leadership within the profession. Bill was featured in the business leadership book, Catalysts of Culture: How Visionary Leaders Activate the Employee Experience, in which the first chapter spotlighted Bill and his story of Withum’s unique culture. Most recently, NJBIZ named Bill to the Accounting Power 50for 2020 and ROI-NJ named Bill as one of Accounting’s Top Influencers of 2020its annual Power List.
Bill resides in Monmouth County, NJ.
Gerald Hannah Group
Dr. Hannah is a behavioral psychologist, author, researcher, and entrepreneur with over 25 years of extensive experience working with private corporations, private/public higher education institutions, federal/state organizations, non-profit organizations, and family-owned businesses.
Dr. Hannah currently serves as an Executive Coach for CEOs, Presidents of colleges/universities, and Senior Directors. He also leads people strategy initiatives related to an organization’s culture, employee engagement, senior team effectiveness, succession management, and top talent selection.
He served as a Senior Consultant with the HayGroup (global management consulting firm), Casagrande Consulting (college/university presidents and board of trustees), and Atlantic Executive Resources (international management consulting firm with clients in Nigeria, Africa).
He has worked as State Commissioner and Asst. Commissioner of Mental Health for three Governors. Dr. Hannah was responsible for the operation and accreditation of the state’s psychiatric hospitals. He coordinator funding and services with state-wide non-profit community mental health clinics. Dr. Hannah has served as Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Lecturer at several public and private universities.
Dr. Hannah has authored and co-authored five professional books and over 20 professional articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Art of Control: Developing Your Intelligent Emotions & Managing Your Life.
Dr. Hannah, “I am excited to be a part of a firm that is committed to the success of students, faculty, and staff in higher education. Together, we bring a research-based executive coaching and leadership development methodology.”
He received his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, his MSW Degree at Fordham University, and his BS Degree at Middle Tennessee State University.
He enjoys golf, tennis, yoga, meditation, baseball, and cooking. He has six children and eight grandchildren. His wife is an artist with a career in nursing. They live in Chattanooga, TN.
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
Mina Jafarijoo is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) in the School of Business at Stockton University, Galloway, NJ. Mina earned her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Washington State University. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and obtained the Executive M.B.A. degree as well.
Her very technical educational training at the Undergraduate and Master levels combined with her behavioral focus at the Doctoral level has prepared her to develop and teach various CIS and MIS courses that are technical and analytical but simultaneously are applied and practical. She has taught courses in traditional and online environments, including Computer Networking Principles, Programming in Python, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Integration, Data Analytics, Data Vitalization, Data Management, Enterprise Business Process Analysis, Introduction to MIS, and Global E-commerce.
Mina’s research interests include the role of information technologies (IT) governance in IT and business value, particularly in disruptive and emergent IT-related phenomena such as cloud computing. Her work has been accepted for publication in proceeding of several high prestigious Information Systems conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), America’s Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Global Information Technology Management (GITMA), and Industry Studies Conference.
She has professional experience working in the industry as a Senior Network Engineer and Project Manager at Informatics Services Corporation (ISC), a community cloud computing provider and the most prominent electronic banking organization in the Middle East Region.
Pravin Khatiwala was born and raised in Surat, India where he studied at the National Institute of Technology and earned his Engineering degree. He has been a successful local businessman for over forty years in South Jersey. Khatiwala immigrated to America from India for a better future in early 1970s along with his wife. Upon arrival in America, Khatiwala had to start over with very humble beginnings. As his belief is “nothing is unachievable without hard work, education and believing in your dream”, he went on to graduate from Management Studies at the City University of New York.
He continues to pay it forward by funding a school in India to promote education for many individuals without the means for an education, providing job opportunities to many individuals.
One of his most recent achievements was establishing the “Jaybala P. Khatiwala Endowed Memorial Scholarship” at Stockton University to pay tribute to his lovely beloved wife, soul mate and best friend, Jay. The goal of the scholarship is to help students in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. His beloved wife was a mathematician and statistician, who graduated with a master’s degree and worked as an auditor. The couple were happily married for 46 years, until her untimely demise.
He looks forward to giving more of his time and dedication within the community. And feels that the scholarship fund was just the beginning. At times Khatiwala feels enough is not being done and his dream is for every hard-working individual to be a success with all of their future endeavors.
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services and Chief
Human Resources Officer
Richard D. Lovering, MBA, is the Senior Vice president for Administrative Services and Chief Human Resources Officer at AtlantiCare. AtlantiCare comprises AtlantiCare Regional Health Services, including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, Ambulatory Services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization.
As a leader of AtlantiCare’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBQA) team, Lovering played a key role in AtlantiCare being named one of only five organizations in the country to receive the MBQA in 2009.
Prior to joining AtlantiCare, Lovering was the Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Operations for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton, Hamilton, New Jersey, where he was instrumental in the organization’s achievement of the 2004 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Lovering serves on the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, serving as chair of the Governance and Human Resource Committees. Additionally, he serves on the Insurance Fund Board of the New Jersey Hospital Association.
Lovering earned his Master of Business Administration degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey and his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is certified by the HR Institute of Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR).
Lovering resides in Robbinsville, New Jersey, with his wife Sue. They have two adult children.
Dual Degree BS/MBA Student
Rifat Mahmud was born and raised in Bangladesh. He is currently a junior at Stockton University, pursuing both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Management. The Accelerated Dual-Degree Program is giving me the opportunity to complete both a bachelors and master’s degree within five years. After graduation, Rifat aspires to work in a human resources department.
Rifat is a member of the School of Business Student Advisory Board and an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He currently serves as the Secretary of National Society of Leadership and Success.
Rifat is involved in several clubs at Stockton University, including but not limited to Stockton Circle K and Community Garden.
Rifat was awarded the First-Generation Ospreys scholarship. As an academic achievement, he has been named to the Dean’s List for several semesters and is currently maintaining a 3.7 GPA.
Upon graduation, Rifat intends to pursue Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
President & CEO
Joseph Maressa, Jr. was born on July 1, 1959, in Camden, New Jersey. He is the third youngest of four children and attended the Assumption school in Atco, New Jersey where he excelled in sports and music. His passion for playing the drums was developed at an early age and he was a member of the school band. Maressa was an avid equestrian and participated in many horse shows during his adolescence.
He attended the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey where he played ice hockey and threw the javelin and shot put for the track team. After graduating from Peddie in 1978, Joe attended Rowan University where he studied business and pre-law and achieved Dean’s list status while receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon graduation from college, Maressa went to work for Title America, a family business owned by his father, the late Senator Joseph Maressa. At Title America, he learned all facets of the title business and excelled at business development. He continually grew Title America’s market share throughout New Jersey while developing a specific expertise in new construction and commercial transactions. Today, with a stable of many national, regional and local commercial and residential builders, Title America has earned the reputation of being the “Builder’s” title company. Joe was named President of Title America in 1996. As a compliment to his position at Title America and from the unrelenting urging of his father, Maressa entered the evening division of Widener University School of Law in 1988, while maintaining his duties at Title America. At Widener Law, he focused on real estate, land use and banking law and was invited to become a member of the honors fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. After graduating in 1992, he was admitted to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars and joined his father’s firm where he limited his practice to land use and transactional law.
The obligation to serve one’s community was instilled in the Maressa family by their father. In furtherance of this commitment, Joe serves as a Director of the South Jersey Port Corporation, where he is a member of the Professional Appointment’s Committee, the Board of Liberty Bell Bank, a division of the Bank of Delmarva, where he serves on the Loan and Audit Committees, and the Camden Diocese Real Estate Review Committee. Joe also serves on the board of Jefferson Hospital New Jersey where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of Kennedy Management Group. He also serves on the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Innovation/Strategic Partnerships Committee and the Facilities Committee.
Joe has been married to his wife Linda since 1989. They have two children, Josephine, an environmental attorney who graduated from Vermont Law School and Joseph III who attends Saint Joseph’s Haub School of Business. Joe enjoys vacationing with his family, biking, hunting and fishing.
Innovation & Business Improvement
South Jersey Industries
Kyle began his career with South Jersey Industries in October 2012 joining as an operational
analyst within South
He moved from South Jersey Gas to South Jersey Industries, serving as a supervisor within financial planning, progressing to a General Manager and leading the department until 2017.
In 2017, Kyle led the formation of the Organizational Effectiveness department, striving to put in place new process(s) and technology leading their utilities towards operational excellence.
In his current role as Vice President of Innovation & Business Improvement, Kyle is leading the newly formulated team and building upon the foundation set in operational excellence through the establishment of an enterprise-wide innovation program and exploring new ways of operation and growth including Renewable Natural Gas and Power-to-Gas technologies.
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) and an MBA with a Finance Concentration from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.
Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing
Dr. Naz Onel is an Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Marketing, at Stockton University and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Her principal areas of research are consumer decision-making and psychology, sustainability marketing, corporate sustainability strategies, digital consumer behavior, consumer environmental and social behavior, social cause marketing, corporate social responsibility, and cross-cultural consumer behavior. Her research studies aim to engage with the environment in its broadest sense, considering the interconnection of ecological, economic, and social elements with an interdisciplinary emphasis. She also focuses on research that benefits consumer welfare and the quality of life for all beings affected by consumption.
Dr. Onel has been an active member of the Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) since 2016 and chaired research tracks with a focus on consumer and societal well-being. She also serves on the TCR Digital Outreach Committee, which disseminates and promotes TCR work and impact within and beyond academia.
Her research has been published in various reputable refereed journals and books. She also made presentations as a keynote speaker and invited guest speaker, attended sessions as a panel discussant, and served as a proceedings editor, track chair, as well as a roundtable facilitator. She is also actively engaged in international sustainability initiatives and has presented papers and published manuscripts in the proceedings of a number of international conferences. Dr. Onel was named as one of the DSEF Fellows and listed next to many distinguished scholars.
Dr. Onel serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Business & Economics Association (NBEA) since 2018. Currently, she is the Conference Chair for the NBEA 2021 Conference, which will take place in Atlantic City, NJ.
With a keen eye for detail, and a well-earned depth and breadth of experience, Robert E. Salad is at the forefront in business and tax law. Rob has served as President of the firm since 1996. Rob is also Chairman of the Tax and Business practice group.
Rob's areas of expertise encompass almost all aspects of tax and business planning and transactions. More specifically, he focuses on matters involving the representation of businesses, including healthcare providers. He helps them to achieve business objectives, and provides advice with respect to income tax issues. He handles both business and personal matters for his clients with the utmost sensitivity and timeliness. Rob has handled very significant mergers and acquisitions since the mid-1980s.
A sought-after lecturer, Rob is informative and entertaining. He brings extensive experience in areas involving commercial transactions, entity formation, estate planning, estate administration and litigation as well as those matters involving representation before federal, state and/or local taxing authorities.
Rob represents a wide range of clients from public companies, closely held businesses and tax-exempt organizations. frequently presents at State and local Bar Associations and CPA societies. Rob also serves as a member of the Western New England University Board of Trustees.
Rob is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980), Western New England Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, 1983), and New York University (LL.M. in Taxation, 1984).
President & CEO
Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc.
Through his career, he has served in executive roles with a variety of retailers from department stores to big box and mall-based specialty. Since 2003 Steven has held the position of CEO and President of Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc. which operates two distinct lifestyle retail brands; Spencer’s, and Spirit Halloween.
Spencer’s, the retail icon founded in 1947, opened its first location in 1963. Today Spencer’s is the mall destination for fun and entertainment among 18-24-year old’s and operates over 600 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer was originally founded in 1983 and acquired by Spencer’s in 1999. Since 2003 Spirit has become the Halloween category killer and experienced tremendous growth operating over 1,400 locations for the 2020 Halloween season. Spirit is the one-stop shopping destination for everything you can imagine for Halloween.
From 1992 to 2003, Steven was in leadership roles at Linens & Things. He joined Linen’s, then a division of Melville Corporation in January 1992 as VP, General Merchandise Manager. In November of 1996, Linen’s completed a successful IPO on the NYSE, as part of CVS’ (formerly Melville) strategic restructuring. In addition to merchandising; he was responsible for marketing, planning, distribution, store operations and strategic planning, before serving as company president.
Steven was previously with Bloomingdales (1985-1992) in New York, as well as RH Macy (1981-1983), also in New York. He received his MBA from the Wharton School in 1985 and BA from Cornell University in 1981. He has served on multiple local charitable boards in his hometown of Riverdale in the Bronx, New York as well as corporate boards internationally.
WCRE l CORFAC International
After 17 years of steady growth and success at a top national commercial real estate services firm, Wolf Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) founder Jason Wolf came to understand that the reason he was performing at a high level was that in addition to his expertise and professionalism, he was intensely focused on "Building Successful Relationships". knew he could combine his talents with his focus on relationships and commitment to community to create a commercial real estate company that would be a true partner to its clients across multiple industries, whatever their needs. That is why Jason founded WCRE in February 2012.
With over 26 years of experience and leadership in the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey regions, Jason’s vision and values are the foundation on which WCRE is built. They are apparent in all aspects of his personal life and his business. These include integrity, responsiveness, a passion for the community, attention to detail, and open communication with clients even after the deal is done.
WCRE was selected by CoStar (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of CRE information, analytics and online marketplaces, to receive a CoStar Power Broker TM Award 5 times over the past 9 years. This annual award recognizes the “best of the best” in CRE brokerage by highlighting the firms and individual brokers who closed the highest transaction volumes in commercial property sales or leases within their respective markets.
WCRE oversees more than 200 plus properties comprising 5 million square feet.
In 2016, WCRE formed The WCRE Foundation to manage and oversee our community
fundraising efforts. date, our foundation has successfully raised approximately
$450,000 from community fundraising efforts.
Currently, The WCRE Foundation supports Bancroft, CARES Institute at Rowan University, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen-Philadelphia, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice and the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.
Leading under the guiding principle of “students first,” Dr. Harvey Kesselman presides over Stockton University as its fifth President. With beginnings as unique as the university itself, Dr. Kesselman is the only sitting university president to have been in the inaugural class of the very institution he serves.
Throughout Dr. Kesselman’s four-decades-long tenure, he has successfully held leadership positions within virtually every major division of the university, including Provost and Executive Vice President, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Dean of the School of Education, making him the best-versed ambassador of Stockton University.
At the onset of his presidency, Dr. Kesselman took immediate strides to strengthen the value of a Stockton degree. Under his leadership, the University achieved record-breaking growth in enrollment. Stockton's enrollment is currently almost 10,000 students.
Committed to advancing the University’s mission, Dr. Kesselman has successfully advocated for increased state appropriations, improved campus capacity, advanced University recognition and reputation, increased institutional giving, rededicated institutional commitment to shared governance and transparency, and developed stronger community and regional relationships.
In keeping with Stockton’s firm commitment to Atlantic City and the surrounding community, President Kesselman secured a firm footing in the area, negotiating a monumental public-private partnership to build a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art residential campus and parking garage in Atlantic City, which opened in 2018. Dr. Kesselman’s visionary prowess and collaborative nature has positioned Stockton University’s Atlantic City Campus to be not only an extraordinary anchor institution, but a major economic driver for the region and the educational capital of southern New Jersey. In 2018 Atlantic City’s City Council approved the creation of a new University District to support Stockton and help foster economic development in the surrounding neighborhood. In 2020, the University broke ground on Phase II of the Atlantic City campus, a new Residence Hall for more than 400 students that is scheduled to open in 2023.
As one of New Jersey’s most prominent and highly regarded educational leaders, Dr. Kesselman’s sphere of influence reaches well beyond the local community. He currently serves as chair of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council (NJPC), recently served as the co-chair of the student success working group for the NJ State Plan for Higher Education, and also sits on Governor Murphy’s Executive Council for Atlantic City Shared Prosperity. In addition, he has advised the New Jersey College and University Presidents' Council regarding accountability and assessment, and represented the senior public colleges and universities in the NJ Committee of Experts on Campus Sexual Assault Issues. In addition, he founded and chaired the SRI & ETTC Consortium, which includes more than 90 school districts throughout New Jersey.
Dr. Kesselman’s efforts in diversity and inclusion have earned Stockton national recognition. Known as a leading authority in public policy on higher education, President Kesselman was appointed by the American Council on Education (ACE) to serve as a member of the Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE).
Under Dr. Kesselman’s guidance, the university has received INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award three years in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and the 2018 Inclusive Excellence Awards from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Stockton has earned national recognition as a front-runner in civic learning, community engagement and sustainability, receiving the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' (AASCU) Excellence in Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development in 2016 and for Civic Learning and Community Engagement in 2017. With a host of awards and many special recognitions, Kesselman’s efforts have advanced the reputation of Stockton University and catapulted the institution’s brand into the national arena.
President Kesselman received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Widener University, his master’s degree in Student Personnel Services/Counseling from Rowan University, his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stockton, and is a tenured Professor in Stockton’s School of Education, making him the most recognizable alumnus in Stockton’s history.
Dean, School of Business
Dr. Alphonso O. Ogbuehi began his tenure as the Dean of the School of Business at Stockton University in July 2019.
Prior to his arrival at Stockton, Dr. Ogbuehi served as Dean of the College of Business at Clayton State University in Atlanta, GA and was Founding Dean of the School of Business at Park University in Kansas City, MO.
He completed his doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Memphis, and his M.B.A. and B.S. at the University of Kentucky.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ogbuehi has travelled to sub-Saharan Africa to conduct work on the role of universities as catalysts for regional economic development.
He has served as a tenured faculty member at Clayton State University, Park University, Bryant University, Saint Joseph’s University and Illinois State University, and has served as a Visiting Professor at universities in Nigeria, Germany, Jamaica, Zimbabwe and England.
Dr. Ogbuehi has authored or co-authored over 30 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, books and edited volumes, and has delivered over 35 presentations at national and international conferences.
CDO & Executive Director
Stockton University Foundation
Dan Nugent serves as Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the University Foundation. In this role, he oversees the operations of the department of Development and Alumni Relations, works closely with the Foundation Board of Directors to support their mission of providing ever-growing resources for Stockton students, and maintains relationships with the Foundation’s key contributors, advocates and friends.
Prior to this role, Nugent served as assistant vice president of Advancement Services and campaign manager, as well as interim assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, at Seton Hall University. In his time at Seton Hall, Nugent successfully created programs aimed at increasing engagement among a wide array of constituencies. He has held positions across the spectrum of university advancement and has focused on creating value-added programs, collaboration, volunteer engagement, meaningful student and young alumni participation, and strategies aimed at supporting at-risk groups of students.
Nugent has gained a national reputation and is published in the area of student engagement, focusing on laying the foundation for future engaged and philanthropic alumni. He has presented at numerous national conferences on the subject. The student engagement program he created at Seton Hall has won multiple awards, including national recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
He manages a Development and Alumni Relations team of 15 whose responsibilities include the solicitation, processing and stewardship of donor contributions at all levels, management of relationships with corporate and foundation supporters, planning and implementation of major fundraising events, management of volunteer programs and events for Stockton’s more than 50,000 alumni, coordination with volunteer leaders, management of comprehensive communication campaigns, and oversight of the Foundation scholarship process which awards more than $1,000,000 in annual awards to Stockton students.
Nugent holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in public
administration, both from Seton Hall University. He is a native of Atlantic County,
having spent most of his life in Northfield.
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Administrative Assistant to the Dean
School of Business - Stockton University
Secretary, Dean’s Executive Advisory Board
Susan is the Administrative Assistant to Dean Alphonso Ogbuehi in the School of Business at Stockton University. She has been employed at Stockton University for just under 20 years.
As part of her position as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Business, she is also the Secretary to the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board.
Susan is most proud of her role as the mother of three amazing and successful adult children. Her oldest son is part owner and Director of Marketing & Strategy at eUnited, a professional eSports company; her middle son is a graduate of Stockton University with a BA in History and is now a Store Manager with CVS Pharmacy and her youngest and only daughter is also a graduate of Stockton University with a BS in Exercise Science and is currently attending Life University in Marrietta, GA where she is studying to become a chiropractor.
Susan lives in Galloway, NJ with her husband and two cats.