Where are they Now?
Spring 2019 Issue
Paul DiMarco ’86 volunteers his time by sharing his musical talents at the Ronald McDonald House and was featured in the RMHC 2019 calendar. As a student, DiMarco was the founding member of WLFR 91.7 Lake Fred Radio. He received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Stockton.
Laurette Pitts ’91 was recently named chief financial officer of VSBLTY, a retail software and technology company enhancing security and experience for casinos and other entertainment venues. Pitts has 26 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, and finance and operations. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Stockton.
Tamar LaSure-Owens ’95 was recognized as a Lifechanger of the Year by National Life Group for the 2018-19 school year. She is a veteran of the Army National Guard and is a first-grade teacher at Leeds Avenue School in Pleasantville, New Jersey. LaSure-Owens received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton.
Jaime Howey ’99 was named Absegami High School’s Teacher of the Year. Howey was raised in Galloway Township, teaches English, and has been teaching in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District for 18 years. Howey received a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Teacher Education from Stockton.
Brandi Serbeck-Holdren ’00 teaches sixth-grade English and Language Arts at the William Davies Middle School and was named one of the 2018-19 Teachers of the Year. Serbeck-Holdren received a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Stockton.
Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt ’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. Adelizzi-Schmidt received an MBA from Stockton.
Bobbi Hornbeck ’08, adjunct faculty of Sociology and Anthropology at Stockton, 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. Hornbeck received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Stockton and is now a doctoral candidate in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology through SUNY-University at Buffalo.
Shaelene Lauriano Kite ’08, owner and director, DBT of South Jersey, was honored at the Stockton University Research in Psychology Conference on April 17 with a Distinguished Alumni Award for her work as a counselor and DBT-LBC certified clinician. Lauriano Kite gave a brief speech to students about “adulting” and how to build the life that one dreams of obtaining, stressing the importance of keeping your eye on the prize and being passionate. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Kristopher Cleary ’12, M.S. ’14, adjunct professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Stockton, spoke at The Union Market and Gallery, co-owned by Dani Corso ’08, ’12, on Dec. 12, 2018, as a part of David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation’s "Coffee and Conversations" series. Cleary received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and a master’s degree in Communication Disorders, both from Stockton.
Julia Popefka ’13, M.S. ’16 was awarded the Stockton 2019 Community Engagement Award at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Stockton on Jan. 21. Popefka received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, both from Stockton.
Leanna Mullen ’15, M.A. ’17, manager of District 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. Mullen has her own film company, has been recognized for her talent in communications and film and battled a life-threatening genetic disorder. Mullen received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, both from Stockton.
Jemila Aziza Worley ’15, M.S. ’18, former NBA dancer for the Philadelphia 76ers, married Austin Howard Medley on March 7, at The Merion in Cinnaminson, N.J. Their wedding was featured by The Philadelphia Tribune. Worley received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, both from Stockton.
Ben Mrozinski ’16 was hired as a patrolman with the Harvey Cedars Police Department on Feb. 8. Mrozinski received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton.
Seaman Matthew Lesyk ’17, guarded former President George H.W. Bush’s casket during his funeral service on Dec. 5, 2018. “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,” Lesyk said. Lesyk received a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Stockton.
Psychology alumnae Alex Meyes ’17 and Kathleen Connelly ’18, and current social work student Julie Coker, are members of Stockton's Active Minds chapter. All are among 17 recent graduates and students nationwide to be featured in the national mental health book, “Our Stories, Ourselves: Beating the Stigma of Mental Health in Colleges and Universities.”
Michael Gardner ’17 was sworn in as a patrolman with Manchester Township Police Department during a ceremony at the Municipal Complex Civic Center on Jan.14 in Manchester, New Jersey. Gardner earned a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Stockton and graduated eighth in his class from Ocean County Police Academy in May 2018. He previously worked for the Seaside Heights Police Department.
Terry King ’17 was sworn in as a police officer for the Princeton Police Department on Jan. 28. King received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton.
Jaymes Swain ’18 is working with students in Adjunct Professor Stephen Nagiewicz’s ’74 class on researching a shipwreck beneath the Mullica River Bridge in Port Republic, New Jersey from the Battle of Chestnut Neck. Swain received a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Stockton.