Class Notes

Graduates Walking Campus

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

New jobs, weddings, children, honors and awards are things to celebrate. Stay connected with your alma mater and let your fellow alumni know what’s going on in your life. To share your news, simply complete the form here. Don’t forget to include your pictures!

 Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt

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


Bobbi Hornbeck ’08, adjunct faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, was selected as one of six recipients to be awarded the 2018 PaleoWest Foundation’s Scholarship Grant. Applicants were unanimously selected by the Foundation’s board of directors as the top contenders. The PaleoWest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support archaeological research, education, and preservation worldwide by funding projects that advance the profession and create and sustain knowledge relevant to today's world.


Kristopher Cleary '12/M.S.'14, professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Stockton spoke at The Union Market and Gallery, co-owned by Dani Corso '08/'12, on December 12 as a part of David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation's "Coffee and Concersations" series. Read more about the partnership here.

Leanna Mullen- source credit The Current of EHT

Leanna Mullen '15/M.A. '17, manager of disctrict communications of the Egg Harbor Township School District assists and works with high school students at the EHTHS Eagle News Broadcast with their projects using her own industry expertise. She has her own film company, has been recognized for her talent in communcations and film, and battled an life-threatening genetic disorder. Read the full story here.

 Seaman Matthew Lesyk '17

Seaman Matthew Lesyk '17, a Marine Science graduate, guarded former President George H.W. Bush's casket on Wednesday during the funeral service. "Having the privilege to stand among history and to honor a president that was a true American hero was extremely humbling. This is an honor I will cherish for my entire life, and I am extremely proud to have represented the U.S. Coast Guard and stand among our joint military branches." Matthew is on the left in both images and closest to the American flag in the second.

Alan Walker '89

Alan Walker '89 is the Chairman of the Freehold Township Parks and Recreation Commission. In 2018, the Commission and Superintendent of Recreation received an award from the New Jersey Parks and Recreation Association for excellence in design of public use recreation and park facilities which exhibited aesthetic quality, uniqueness of design, usability, and versatility. Opened in 2015, "My Playground" was designed to create diversified recreation opportunities for children of all ages and abilities, as well as families and communities". This playground incorporates intergenerational play for parents and children while being completely accessible and developmentally appropriate. The decision to move forward with this project was based upon a need within the community to provide recreational opportunities for children who cannot interact with others on a "typical" playground. Walker explained, "It is a project that as a Commission we are extremely proud of and it has become a "destination playground" across Monmouth and Ocean Counties. It is truly a shining jewel in our flagship park. As a proud lifelong resident of Freehold Township, it was a great experience to watch this start from conception to the finished product." 


Katherine Rondeau '92



Katherine Rondeau '92, of Burlington, NJ, is currently on her own southern folk music tour. Rondeau was the former Stockton University Argo Editor in Chief and Wlfr.Fm Stockton Radio Station DJ. Check out her music Katherine Rondeau.


David Reiss '95


David Reiss '95 was offered a position, shortly after graduation, in the same organization he interned with through the Washington Internship Program and the Washington Center, at the Department of the Treasury within the Deputy CFO's Office. This is also where he worked while earning his MBA in Finance from George Washington University. From there, Reiss '95 was asked to help start up the Department of Homeland Security in March of 2003. In 2016, Reiss '95 was picked for a position as a Supervisory Financial Analyst in the Marine Corps at the Pentagon where he manages the funding requests from Congress for more than $8 billion a year for our Marines around the world.

 Amanda McCullough

Amanda McCullough '04 joined Stockton University's University Relations & Marketing team as a professional services specialist. In her new role, McCullough will assist in the development, production and distribution of University publications and special projects, including Stockton News and Stockton Now. She previously managed public relations and social media at Atlantic Cape Community College for four and half years. Prior to that, she worked at The Current Newspapers for 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Stockton in 2004.

 Paula Heffley '16

Paula Heffley '16 has joined Marsolluna Media & Marketing, LLC, as their new Social Media Manager! She’ll be proudly working alongside fellow alumna Leslie Jespersen '11, founder and CEO of Marsolluna Media & Marketing, LLC, to support businesses in the local community. Leslie shared,

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


Jean Abbott '78, Assistant Professor of Business Studies at Stockton University, was one of just thirty-nine winners of the Volunteer Award from The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) at its 2018 Annual Convention and Expo.

“The Volunteer Award is a great way to say ‘thank you’ to many of our members who truly give back to their communities, their local schools and the next generation of CPAs,” said Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director, NJCPA.  

Click here for the full story. Chris Crescenzi ’06 (baseball), Shelley Gibney ’11(women's soccer & women's track & field), Rory McPeek ’00 (men's lacrosse), Will Turner ’00(men's basketball) and the 1995-96 Men’s Basketball Team were inducted as the ninth Stockton Athletics Hall of Fame class at a dinner in the Campus Center Event Room on Oct. 5.

Christine “Scrapper” Ross ’85 was honored by The 1985 Lady Osprey Softball Champions, the first championship team in the University’s history, at their second annual reunion and fundraiser. They raised more than $1,100 in support of the Christine “Scrapper” Ross ’85 Memorial Fund. This fund supports Stockton’s Intercollegiate Softball Program and keeps Christine’s legacy, her spirit of generosity, and kindness alive at Stockton. With sadness, we share the news of the passing of Trent Seibert '93, founder and editor of the Texas Monitor and Stockton University graduate. Seibert graduated from Stockton with a degree in Political Science. His career as a journalist was rooted firmly in South Jersey. He interned with The Press of Atlantic City in 1990. Following graduation, he worked as a reporter for the Bridgeton News and Gloucester County Times. He also served as the youngest editor of the Stockton University student newspaper, the ARGO. “He represented the very best of what Stockton is about: taking a first generation college student to the heights of his field,” said Dr. Harvey Kesselman, president. Read more.

Dr. Jason Palermo '99, a board-certified cardiologist, has recently joined the Heart House Marlton office while also taking patients at the Virtua Marlton Hospital and Virtua Voorhees Hospital. With 15 years if experience in the field, Dr. Palermo specializes in non-invasive cardiology, while advocating for ways to ward off heart disease. Read more in the following articles:
Burlington County Times Article
PRWeb Article Ronald DeFelice '14 and Taylor Reeves '15 got engaged during the Atlantic City BeachFest Concert  on Sunday, July 1. Read more. 
 Richard Monahan '76

Richard Monahan '76 is the Deputy Program Manager for Design on the $2 billion Green Line Extension (GLX) for the new Subway line from Lechmere Station to Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

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

Diane Fox '86, CPA was named President-Elect of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) for 2018-2019. Fox is also the Middle Township Board of Education Business Administrator/Board Secretary. With a BS in Accounting from then, Stockton State College, Fox is currently completing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Read more.


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


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

AV Magazine Photo of Francesca Lynch

Francesca Lynch '08 was appointed as a marketing associate with Community Professional Loudspeakers. Lynch has eight years experience in the food and beverage industry using the skills she gain through her Business Studies degree from Stockton University and her MBA from Georgian Court University. Read more.


Hannah Pretz '14 studied the forces of evolutionary, geologic, and social change and contribute to sustainable solutions for this archipelago in Galápagos in summer 2018. Hannah, a school programs manager at Brandywine Zoo, lives in Wilmington, Del., and is a graduate student in Miami University's Global Field Program. 

Kyle Carrier '17 SOSH Project Coordinator

Kyle Carrier '17 received a BS in business studies from Stockton University. After working as an architect drafting consultant with the SOSH Architects firm, Kyle has now been hired as a a Project Coordinator in the SOSH Architects Atlantic City office. 


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