On Saturday, March 24, Dave Sholler ’06 was the alumni speaker at the largest turn out for A Day in the Life admissions event for new students and their families. Now the vice president of communications for the Philadelphia 76ers, Sholler ’06 attributes his success to his experience at Stockton and spoke about his journey and accomplishments despite his difficult upbringing. Parents and students were in tears as they listened to the inspirational story from one of our very own Ospreys.
On March 29, four alumni were featured speaks for the SOBL Curious Careers Panel to speak to students about their “non-traditional” careers after receiving their SOBL degrees from Stockton University, shared experiences about their educational and professional journeys, and gave advice to current students. The alumni speakers were Tracey Campbell House ’00, Maharshi Patel ’17, Steven Radwanski ’05, and Gregory Schaaf ’84. Read their full bios below.
Tracey Campbell House ’00, MAT/CDS, is the Founder, Owner and Director of Garden State Academy. She has 17 years of professional experience in the field of education. Tracey founded GSA in 2013 after her quest to find an amazing preschool for her two daughters was left unfounded. GSA was created with Tracey’s knowledge, determination, and passion for developmentally appropriate practices in the area of early childhood education. Her goal is to provide students with a learning experience above the rest and strives to create the “home away from home” feeling in her school.
Maharshi Patel ’17 serves on the Economic Development Advisory Commission, which advises and consults with the Department of Regional Planning and Development upon all matters relating to the promotion, encouragement, stimulation and maximum use of the commercial, industrial and residential resources of the county.
Steven Radwanski ’05 is a political science alumnus and was able to participate in the Washington D.C. internship program, and was a student trustee, a resident assistant, and the president of the Xi-Rho chapter of Kappa Sigma. Steve received his masters of science in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University, and is currently working on his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Rowan University. Steve currently serves as the Director of Residence Life at Stockton University and is responsible for all housing areas including the new Atlantic City residential complex.
Greg Schaaf ’84 received a degree in Criminal Justice Stockton University. His present position is the Director of Surveillance at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (an MGM Gaming company). As an original team member, opening the property in 2003, he consulted on the development and design of the surveillance end of the property. His career started at Resorts International right out of college when he took a shot with the casinos and began his journey to utilize his college degree in a law enforcement field. Previous to his position at Borgata, he spent 10 exciting years in New Orleans as the Director of Surveillance of a Riverboat casino.
Robert L. Alesiani ’79 was recently presented with the American Pharmacists Association’s Hugo H. Schaefer Award. “It is truly an honor to be chosen by APhA for the Hugo H. Schaefer Award,” said Dr. Alesiani. “I look forward to continuing to improve patients’ lives, to help to hone the skills of our next generation of clinicians, and to make a positive impact in the profession. The future of pharmacy is bright!” Read more here.
Lori Herndon ’92, AtlantiCare CEO, is scheduled to speak at this year’s Atlantic Cape Community College commencement ceremony. Lori has positively impacted southern New Jersey through her work in the medical field. In 2013, Herndon was named to the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame, and Stockton University’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy honored her with its “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award.” She is also the recipient of Stockton University’s Professional Achievement Award. Read more here.
Founder and CEO of Cybersity Leaders, Lisa Peten ‘97 has dedicated the past five years of her life to helping close the gap in underrepresented groups in the cyber industry. Cybersity Leaders mentors minorities and women in the cyber profession, promotes activity to increase visibility, provides a space for diverse voices to be heard, and increases the value of branding. It serves to improve knowledge of the industry and offers camaraderie and support to cyber security colleagues.
Frank Gilliam ’98 hosted Meet the New Mayor on March 27. Gilliam acted as the keynote speaker at the luncheon meeting for the PR Council of Greater Atlantic City. Follow Mayor Gilliam on Facebook here.
Stephen Sparks ’01 was recently named as a judge for the 2018 National Book Award for poetry. Read more here.
Kim Marino Kryscnski ’04 was recently selected for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. The ceremony, which will take place on May 4, will highlight her accomplishments as a Stockton student-athlete. Read more here.